Two days ago, I noticed that Channel 2.1 was looking blotchy. That shouldn’t happen with an outdoor antenna.
8.1 didn’t even come in.
See photo at left.
Video Revolution had installed the Mohu Sky 60 outdoor antenna back in February. I can’t imagine how the F connector could ever come loose, even if only finger-tightened. But there it is.
I called VR to get someone out to reconnect it. They’re pretty busy right now. I’d do it myself, but it’s steep, and the risk/reward equation doesn’t seem to be right. (I also tweaked a lat muscle the other day.)
But in the mean time, there is the recording of General Hospital to consider.
I had decided that the Curve really didn’t add much as an auxiliary antenna for COZI (47.2). But it is perfect for this situation.
I hooked it back up to the Radio Shack Remote Control A|B switch, still in place under the den TV. Aimed it east-northeast, switched it over to the B side of the switch, and we are back in business. Signal strength is fine for the network channels, which is what we mostly watch anyway. And General Hospital recording can continue as usual.
When Video Revolution finally gets around to us, I’ll switch back to the A side for the outdoor antenna. I think I’ll keep the Curve hooked up afterwards.
In the process of getting the AC cords redeployed back there, there was further fallout from the lightning strike earlier in the year. The gigabit switch, already weakened down to 4 ports from 5, decided to give up the ghost entirely. I had a backup on hand for that, too: the $10 TP-LINK TL-SF1005D 5-port 10/100Mbps Desktop Switch.
So all is well, except for a missing episode of General Hospital. I’ve recovered from that before; see previous post Saving YouTubes, viewing with Plex & Emby.
There are a couple of ways to handle it, buy the episode on Amazon Video or VUDU. Then my wife can watch it on the Amazon or VUDU apps on the TiVo.
Since the previous post, episodes have become less easy to find for free on YouTube. I found one poor quality upload. However, Dailymotion (based in France) does have an acceptable version. I could use the Chromecast to put it on the big screen in the theater room. But that’s not where she likes to watch.
So we’ll probably go the Amazon route. She won’t get to it soon anyway, due a backlog of shows from our recent vacation.
The cord-cutting cheer will continue unabated.
(Later note: She got to that episode quicker than I thought. I was unable to find it anywhere but on Dailymotion. I put it on the big screen for her to watch while wrapping presents yesterday. I suspect that ABC has managed to dry up YouTube and other sources in order to promote their own subscription service.)