My proof of concept system turned out great. I demonstrated to myself, at least, that I could bring in more channels than I could possibly want with an inexpensive antenna literally laid on a bed connected to a TV in an upstairs bedroom. My signal from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, PBS, UPN & others was crystal clear in this configuration.
Still, there are some potentially interesting hurdles to overcome to actually have an OTA system that would make me comfortable with becoming a cord cutter. Chief amount them:
- Does the existing house cable complex work?
- Is TiVo viable for my hypothetical setup?
- Do I need a Skinny Cable Subscription?
- What are the actual economics?
- When can I cut the cord?
I have opted to address the first two questions by building a prototype system that can exercise the key elements of those issues.