I was wondering what you need to pick up the Michigan game on tv if you are tailgating at the golf course or highschool parking lot? I have seen people with tv's tailgating and a group of us are coming up for the Ohio game but dont have any tickets and thought about trying a tv. Thanks for any help and info you guys might have. Go Blue!
Help with tailgating and tv's.
Oh, and don't forget...
We just started bringing our Sat/TV last Sat. Bought one of those Honda generators and they purr like a kitten, but pricey. Also, bought a kit with a tripod, dish, finder & cable and everything worked great. Took about 1/2 hr to find a good signal and it was raining so that sucked. Watched the O$U/Toledo game on BTN and had about 30 people around us watching
Well, I guess I was thinking about the game tomorrow, which will be on BTN. But I'd think that UM v. Ohio would be on local ABC, in which case, no you wouldn't need a dish. You'd just need a tv with a tuner and a power source.
Has anyone on here actually succeeded getting an over the air signal in AA tailgating? I attempted to last weekend while tailgating at the lumberyard and got nothing. And before you ask if it was set up correctly, I did the same set up in Chicago a week prior and had 20+ channels perfect. I re-ran auto program each time and tried multiple antenna settings. I don't know what I could have been doing wrong.
As a back up we had a mobile hotspot, laptop and access to a slingbox, but with that many people using phones, etc the service was horrible and unwatchable.
I think the only way to go is satellite.
Last week we used an HD antenna at almendinger (sp?) park. We were able to pick up ABC with very few interruptions. Quite nice!
Depending on your cable provider, you might be able to use ESPN3.com instead of a satilite dish...but then again you would need wifi.....or a hot spot....and youd still need a generator....some cash wouldnt hurt either....Not sure its a better idea but Im sure it is an idea.
Cellular data is really slow on gamedays, and you would need 4G (maybe) to stream decent quality games. The best option is a dish.
Also, buy a LCD TV, because Plasmas need to be carried vertically, use more power, and the glare would be a bitch.
and its a BigTen Network / ESPN game, then you're going to have to go for the over-the-web option... one way to do this:
- Have a laptop with a 3G / 4G phone service internet connection through your phone or mobile hotspot, find a stream of the game, then connect your laptop to the TV with the S-video / HDMI / VGA cable. If you have or a friend has a slingbox, this is probably easier and more reliable than trying to find a random stream on a sketchy website.
If the game is on ABC, you'll be able to pick it up just fine on a digital TV with an over the air antenna. You can pick up one of those power converters from Radio Shack / AutoZone that converts your cigarette lighter in your car to a AC outlet.. you jsut have to know how many watts your TV pulls and know hte max output of the adapter so that you don't blow either one out.
Otherwise, just tailgate before hand, and when you're ready to focus on the game, walk to a campus bar... if you're east of State St by Yost / field Hockey field, then head to one of the bars at corner of State & Packard. If you're at the Golf Course or west of the stadium, walk up Main St to one of the bars.
A tv, a dish, a generator and an electrical engineer graduate from Michigan. We have al of these and it's sweeeeet.
We use a satellite dish. If any of your friends have Directv or Dish Network you can just bring one of their boxes and find a cheap satellite dish and stand on ebay. Point it in the right direction and you are good to go. The power source is the hardest part. You can run off your car battery but I wouldn't suggest that. I would suggest either the honda generator that was pictured above or a marine battery with an inverter. In the Crisler lot we have had no problem getting a signal on our rabbit ears either.
But this didn't merit its own thread and sorta (not really), fits in here.
Does the BTN have a coverage map for which game will be shown for where you live? I spend a little bit of time looking and couldn't find anything, and my cablebox just says "Michigan/EMU or Purdue/SE Missouri."
I'm assuming I'll get the Michigan game since nobody outside of Illinois cares much for Purdue (I'm in PA), but I would just like to know if I have to go to a bar tomorrow for the game.
Yes, they do have a coverage map. Click on Gamefinder and scroll down. Put in your zipcode and it will ask for your provider. Should show which game you are getting. We have a small town cable company and they were listed to my suprise. Best part Michigan is the game we get.
Naturally, was searching at bigten.org...dou
And btw, Indiana cares about Purdue, not Illinois...remember, buzzed posting is the same as drunk posting.
Too expensive! Drink beers and listen to the game!