With the more and more people "pulling the plug" on cable and satellite TV options, the digital TV antenna market has been booming – yes, digital antennas and yes, they are still relevant. Not only are they relevant, they have seen a resurgence in the consumer market with more young people opting to view their entertainment on their laptops, tablets or through streaming video media.
If you have been considering taking the "millennial" approach to tv and entertainment, there are a few things you need to know about modern day digital TV antennas.
SIGNAL CLARITY SUPERSEDES CABLE & SATELLITE
The best part, is that there are no paid subscription fees to receive over-the-air (OTA) television, and the picture and sound quality is far superior. In addition, OTA broadcasts are free from the signal compressions used by cable and satellite giving you unadulterated high definition television.
Did you know that most cable and Satellite providers don't carry all the channels? Most broadcast stations offer additional regional programming, absolutely free. These channels include local news, sports, cooking shows, kids programming along with classic TV shows and movies and this all comes with no monthly fees.
You don’t have to pay for some of the content you receive on cable or satellite. The broadcast networks are paid for by advertisers, not subscribers. All your local news, weather, sitcoms, cooking shows, kid’s shows, sports and thousands of movies are available free with an antenna.
CHANNELS & SUBCHANNELS
Each broadcast station sends out a signal on a frequency (channel). This frequency will provide many ‘sub-channels’ containing your programming. For example, a channel broadcast on channel 8, would appear on your TV as sub-channel group 8.1, 8.2, 8.3 etc.
Each channel, aside from its main service can be broadcasting additional programming on 1 to 4 sub-channels simultaneously. Antennas are a great compliment to any cable or satellite subscription. Complimenting your television setup with a digital antenna will come in handy the next time your cable or satellite blacks out. During emergencies or bad weather, receiving OTA signals to your TV with an antenna will keep you informed. Much like a radio, the frequency is more reliable and less subject to interruption.
SIGNAL STRENGTH & TOPOGRAPHY
The digital TV signal is a ‘line of sight’ signal. Typically, the higher you have your antenna, the better the reception. While signals pass through walls and other surfaces, the more obstructions the signal encounters, the weaker the signal and this causes signal disruption. The clearest, most unobstructed view to the broadcast towers will allow the antenna to perform at the highest level.
TRY A FEW DIFFERENT MODELS
Antennas come in a variety of shapes and sizes, each designed for a specific situation. Some are narrow focused (directional) antennas; while others are multidirectional both with various range capacities. Well-designed antennas, such as our patented Tapered Loop, are tuned for specific frequency ranges and geographical challenges, which will increase your chances for success. Best to try a few different models, in accordance with return policies to assure you aren't out a few bucks on a device that doesn't work well in your home.
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