How does football work on OTA networks?

#1
I grew up with cable in New Jersey (child of the 80s) and have never watched sports on OTA TV. Since the mid-90s when I started really watching football the Giants have been carried primarily on Fox (WNYW-NY 5), but I always watched channel 5 on cable so I never really gave it much thought. Living in the central part of New Jersey, we got both the NY and Philadelphia affiliates of all of the major networks on cable-the channel lineup was as follows:

2 WCBS-NY
3 WKYW-PHL (CBS)
4 WNBC-NY
5 WNYW-NY (Fox)
6 WPVI-PHL (ABC)
7 WABC-NY
10 WCAU-PHL (NBC)
29 WTXF-PHL (Fox)

Obviously I always watched the Giants on channel 5 (WNYW) and never gave much thought to what was on the Philadelphia affiliate (WTXF), but now I'm faced with the possibility that reception of WNYW might be dicey from my current location in Northwest NJ. I am going to try stacking two 91XGs in order to try to get enough gain to pickup WNYW at a distance of about 49 miles across hilly terrain, but the success of this is uncertain. My basic question is, if the Giants are playing on Sunday at 1:00, 4:00, or 8:00 and they're on WNYW out of New York, does that mean that WXTF will be broadcasting it as well (assuming the Eagles aren't playing another team at the same time)? I hope so because it looks as though WTXF will be much easier to pull in than WNYW. I'm sure it's a silly question, but I was never great at understanding all of the agreements between networks regarding sports broadcasting rights, etc...
 

MrPogi

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#2
In general, the picture is better OTA. Some prefer 720p (60fps, FOX and ABC) for sports because motion is smoother than 1080i (30fps)
 

Aaron62

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#4
My basic question is, if the Giants are playing on Sunday at 1:00, 4:00, or 8:00 and they're on WNYW out of New York, does that mean that WXTF will be broadcasting it as well (assuming the Eagles aren't playing another team at the same time)?
Have no idea, but subscribed. Both are Fox affiliates right?
 

Chips

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#5
My basic question is, if the Giants are playing on Sunday at 1:00, 4:00, or 8:00 and they're on WNYW out of New York, does that mean that WXTF will be broadcasting it as well (assuming the Eagles aren't playing another team at the same time)? I hope so because it looks as though WTXF will be much easier to pull in than WNYW. I'm sure it's a silly question, but I was never great at understanding all of the agreements between networks regarding sports broadcasting rights, etc...
The only way you will get the Giant's on the Philly station, is if the Eagles and Giants are playing each other, or Fox has a double header and the Giant's happens to be in the second game. However you probably have a good shot at the NY Fox station. Here is a coverage map.
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WNYW is actually on Ch.44. I don't know if you will need to stack your antenna, but I like a bowtie. Hope you good success.
 
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