Does your condo or apartment share an antenna?

Jason Fritz

Administrator
Staff member
#1
An article at the washinton post discusses the following question:

If your association has a master antenna that after Feb. 17 will no longer provide you television service, is your board of directors legally obligated to ensure continuous service?
The answer was written by attourney Benny L. Kass, and he basically stated that the board/association has the right to scrap the antenna system and enter into a "bulk contract" with a cable company, passing the fee's on to residents of the complex.

However, he offers a small caveat:
However, the board should first hold an open meeting and give all owners an opportunity to voice their concerns.
The problem with Shared Antennas - Community Antennas
Most community antenna systems are not equipped to handle DTV signals. The cost to upgrade these systems range anywhere from $5,000-$15,000 and even more in some cases which would cause home owner association fees to sky rocket.
 
#2
An article at the washinton post discusses the following question:



The answer was written by attourney Benny L. Kass, and he basically stated that the board/association has the right to scrap the antenna system and enter into a "bulk contract" with a cable company, passing the fee's on to residents of the complex.

However, he offers a small caveat:


The problem with Shared Antennas - Community Antennas
Most community antenna systems are not equipped to handle DTV signals. The cost to upgrade these systems range anywhere from $5,000-$15,000 and even more in some cases which would cause home owner association fees to sky rocket.
however according to federal Law and the FCC no housing authority or owner of apartment complexes can stop some one from putting up their own antenna as long as it does no structural damage to the building. they have a right to use equipment to receive free OTA tv signals:)
 

Jason Fritz

Administrator
Staff member
#3
however according to federal Law and the FCC no housing authority or owner of apartment complexes can stop some one from putting up their own antenna as long as it does no structural damage to the building. they have a right to use equipment to receive free OTA tv signals:)
Exactly. ;) Here's the FCC's enacted rule called Over-the-Air Reception Devices Rule (OTARD rule):

OTARD Rule Prohibitions
The OTARD rule prohibits entities, such as community associations, from creating restrictions that impair the installation, maintenance or use of antennas used to receive video programming. It applies to video antennas including direct-to-home satellite dishes that are less than one meter (39.37") in diameter (or of any size in Alaska ), TV antennas, and wireless cable antennas. The OTARD rule prohibits restrictions that: (1) unreasonably delay or prevent installation, maintenance or use; (2) unreasonably increase the cost of installation, maintenance or use; or (3) preclude reception of an acceptable quality signal. Since its adoption, the FCC has amended the rule so that it also applies to rental property and to customer-end antennas that receive and transmit fixed wireless signals.
Source: FCC Satellite and Antenna Regulations-the OTARD Rule
 

Artel

DTVUSA Rookie
#4
We live in an apartment building and the antenna
is in the attic for all the apartments. We hooked our converter box and get only channel 21. Then it says no signal. Our Manager of the complex says there will be nothing done when Jun. 12th comes around. She says the gov. can’t make them do anything. So everyone living here that does not have cable or satellite will be without TV.
Is there anything I can do? Other than move.
 
#5
the fcc cannot require them to install an antenna but they cannot prevent you from installing your own antenna, give us your zip code or go to tvfool.com and input your exact address then attach the resluts to your next post and we can give you a better suggestion for your problem
 
#6
Do you have roof access Artel? Check out TVfool, put in your zip code, and find the compass orientation's on where you have to point your antenna. Grab yourself a compass too. You'll need it.

Like say if your channels are coming from the north, and you have it pointed south, it won't work. You need to aim @ the transmitters source.

It could be as simple as that. Or maybe the wiring is corroded.
 

Tim58hsv

DTVUSA Member
#7
Most community antenna systems are not equipped to handle DTV signals. The cost to upgrade these systems range anywhere from $5,000-$15,000 and even more in some cases which would cause home owner association fees to sky rocket.
That's true if their antenna set up includes single channels antennas, modulators, and channel converters like the nursing home had that I use to work at.

Nowadays apartments and condos around here don't even use antennas anymore but when they did, their set up included maybe a high band and low band vhf antenna and one or two uhf antennas along with a cheap distribution amp. That type of antenna system should work fine with a digital converter box but the one the nursing home used would easily cost $$thousands$$ to upgrade for digital.
 
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