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HebertFest08
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Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
We are doing a function on Saturday and since CBS doesn't stream the games we need an antenna. Will any run of the mill one work?


Korkstand
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
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Will any run of the mill one work?
Yes.


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LSUtigerME
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
Are you sure there’s no streams? CBS App?

I remember a couple years ago the CBS “Game of the Day” was streamed for free. I was working that Saturday and everybody was watching the game on their computer.

ETA: To answer your question, how far are you from the source and where do you want to install it (by TV or attic or outside)?
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MSGulfTiger
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
cbs sports app should stream game or they have in past. haven't tried it in a couple of years


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MajorTiger
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
You can sign up for free trial of CBS Access: LINK

The stream is good, but delayed by a couple of minutes if that bothers you.


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Bagger Joe
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
I bought and installed this one a couple of months ago and could not be happier with it! Crystal clear 1080 from Channel 9 in Baton Rouge. I am approximately 20-22 miles from the broadcast antenna. If you have Prime, you can get it in 2 days. Some assembly is required but it's simple. Mounted in my attic about 8' high and connected to 5 tvs with coax. No amp needed.

GE Attic Mount Antenna


HebertFest08
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
Just found out a buddy has sling and with Apple TV we can log into his sling account and get it.
At least I think it will work.


Lazy But Talented
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
Got a Mohu Leaf for $30. Use if for CBS and Fox for football games. Works great for me so far.


TU Rob
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
I have one of these in my attic. Along with an amplifier, and I get tons of channels.

RCA Antenna


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Korkstand
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
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Just found out a buddy has sling and with Apple TV we can log into his sling account and get it.
At least I think it will work.
No CBS on Sling AFAIK.


HebertFest08
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
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No CBS on Sling AFAIK


Not sure what AFAIK is, but we just figured out it wouldn't work...

Back to the antenna....

Just remembered there are people close to us with with direct tv satellite deal and they were ahead of us on everything last year.

Would an antenna cancel out the delay?
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TU Rob
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
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Not sure what AFAIK is


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HebertFest08
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
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Doing some training on the computer and didn't think further than my nose.


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Korkstand
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
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Just remembered there are people close to us with with direct tv satellite deal and they were ahead of us on everything last year.

Would an antenna cancel out the delay?

I would think so. Antenna should be about as close to "live" as you can get. I don't know all the specifics about the "hops" a live game feed takes, but I would imagine the video makes its way from the game, through the control room (which may be on-site?), and up to the satellite pretty quickly (though there is usually an intentional "seven second delay" for censorship purposes). Your local affiliate should get the rebroadcast feed from the satellite almost immediately, and they probably put it back out over the air almost immediately (after inserting local ads, I suppose). There may be another hop in there where the feed goes through the station's main control room or something, I don't really know.

As for DirecTV, they have to wait until all of the local affiliates process the feed before they get it. So then I guess those feeds have to go back up to space so that DirecTV can then send it back down to their subscribers.

Cable companies probably get the feeds about the same time as DirecTV, but I would imagine they can retransmit it faster than DirecTV because they don't have the delays associated with the extra satellite hop.

Streaming services almost always lag much further behind, because they have to do a lot more processing. They have to transcode the feed to multiple different bitrates (for fast vs. slow internet connections). They probably distribute the video to multiple datacenters around the country/world to spread the load, and then it can finally make its way to subscribers. Then the stream has to buffer before it'll actually start playing.


So, as a crude visualization, I think the delays might look something like this:

LIVE--->Antenna---->Cable-->DirecTV----------->Streaming


TU Rob
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
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LIVE--->Antenna---->Cable-->DirecTV----------->Streaming


And then another couple of minutes delay on WatchESPN, unless a commercial is playing.


weadjust
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
I have an OTA antenna attached to my Directv DVR so I get an OTA and Satellite version of each network channel. The OTA channel is a 5-10 seconds ahead of the Directv satellite channel.


robchand58
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
Which ever you choose, make SURE it is capable of VHF. WAFB and WBRZ in Baton Rouge are still VHF stations.


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Upperdecker
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re: Won't have cable Saturday. Need antenna for the game/CBS. Recs?
Do yourself a favor and do something else


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