Why Pay For Cable or Satellite Television?
With today's tough economy, it's important to save money wherever we can. Sometimes, we have to cut out certain luxuries, such as cable television or satellite TV. Before the FCC banned analog television, it was easy to tune your rabbit ears and pick up Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC and TBS. Then, the FCC found it necessary to ban the frequencies normally reserved for television in order to provide a broader frequency range for an already overly taxed emergency communication system.
So Is This The End Of Free Television And Rabbit Ears?
Not really. It seems as though the FCC was providing you with a enough lead time to get satellite or cable television, while your local networks were busy retooling their broadcast capabilities so that they would be able to broadcast in digital. If you own a new LCD television (and according to the new surge in LCD TV sales you probably do), then you are already half way set up to receive high quality digital television for free. Yep, that's right- for free. Every new LCD television comes equipped with a digital receiver built in. If don't have a new LCD television, and you have an older tube TV or an older projection TV, you can still receive digital television with a digital receiver that can be bought from Radio Shack for less than $40.
What Do I Need To Set Up Free HD Television?Â
Good question. The equipment that you will need can be purchased at any electronics store, such as Radio Shack or Frys Electronics and is listed below for your convenience:
- LCD TV w/digital receiver ORÂ any TV AND a digital receiver from Radio Shack
- Coaxial cable
There are several brands and styles of antennas on the market today. If you live in a relatively flat area, then perhaps an indoor antenna will work for you- but again, only if you live in or near a populated metropolitan area. If you live in a rural area or in hilly terrain, then it might be a better idea to go with an outdoor antenna that can receive a broadcast signal up to 80 miles away. The best setup is an outdoor roof mounted uni-directional antenna hooked up to an LCD television via coaxial cable. A uni-directional antenna is more powerful as it is engineered to pick up a signal in only one direction which allows it to receive a stronger signal. Not to worry though, as most networks broadcast from the same mountaintop or same building in urban areas.
If you visitÂ www.webantenna.orgÂ you can find your local digital television providers, their antenna locations and even check a map of your area that will show you exactly where to point your antenna. This is a great resource that can be very helpful when you're preparing to enjoy your FREE HD TV service.
A good antenna will run you about $80 or so and then the coaxial cable will cost another $20, depending on how much you need to buy. So, if you already have an LCD television your total cost will be about $100. If you need a digital receiver, then add another $40. Once you make this initial investment, you will have nothing more to pay ever. No cable bill, no satellite TV bill, nothing- ever again!
I currently enjoy getting 18 Free channels. All the local channels, Retro TV,three PBS channels, two sports channels and a couple of dedicated weather channels. Obviously, these channels don't compare to the 200 channels you can get through the big companies, but you can only watch one channel at a time right? Over the course of a year I have saved over $700, minus the $100 start up cost, meaning I have already saved six hundred bucks! I have much better things to do with $600 than to feed it to the cable TV company.
So what are you waiting for? Go out and get an antenna and throw away your cable box for ever. Its like removing the proverbial ball and chain that the cable and satellite companies like to keep tethered to their customers. Enjoy your right to watch Free TV forever!!!