Digital TV antennas have come a long way in design and in the ability to receive OTA broadcast signals.

Forget about the rabbit ears, sometimes wrapped in tinfoil (yea, my generation suffered that!) of the past!  When the FCC needed to free up analog channels for more radio broadcasts, television broadcasts went digital.

Back in 2009 it may have been a not-so-easy transition but today we are enjoying better reception, better images and high intensity viewing.  With all of the advances and offerings in the television market today, there really is no need to subscribe to cable or satellite; just go buy a digital antenna!

Here are the top 5 things you should know about modern digital TV antennas and what a digital antenna can do for your television viewing.

  1. Broadcast signals are superior to cable and satellite.  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 signal compression used by cable and satellite giving you unadulterated high definition television.
  1. Discover and unlock new local channels. Cable and Satellite providers do not carry all the channels that may be available in your area. In fact, 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.
  1. All the major networks transmit signals free over-the-air. 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.
  1. ‘HD’ or ‘HDTV’ antennas are the more common names used for digital TV antennas. All digital antennas receive the same picture and sound quality; we just give them a familiar name. Some broadcasts will be in full HD while others are broadcast in standard definition. The real difference is the uncompressed signal received with an antenna.
  1. There are channels, and then there are sub-channels. 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.


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