I've been cable-less for the past few years and have been using antennas with my HDTVs for TV reception and have been very content, except I really have no clue what I'm supposed to be doing. To wit:
Adding Channels & Channel Scanning
: In the analog world channels were whole numbers, now all channels are "tenths", one decimal place over- i.e. 50 vs 50.1, 50.2, 50.3, etc.... In the old regime I might not know if I could get channel 50, but I knew that I could just check it then 51, then 52, etc...
-How do I check for channels now? Do I have to roll through all of the 10th channels individually? Is there a way to do this without a channel scan?
-Doing a "channel scan" might detect new channels, but it also might purge any channels (especially manually tuned ones) that are not coming in well at that moment. Or do modern TVs auto-add & remove channels?
-One of my antennas requires fine tuning to receive various channels; when setting it up do I have to to a "channel scan" with the most "popular" setting and then go back and add all other channels individually, going through the different antenna settings?
-How do I know when & where new channels get added? Do I have to constantly check AntennaWeb
-There are two analog stations that come in extremely poorly, one in Spanish. I thought all analog stations were forced to shut down under penalty of large fines?
-It seems that the tuner in the TV itself makes a huge difference for reception; when I swapped out an older higher-end Panasonic TV with a newer but cheaper Toshiba I went from having 18 channels to 7, even though they had the same antenna and setup otherwise. Is there a way to boost this?