An article in this week’s Newsweek explores the growing demand for antennas for over the air — OTA — reception of digital television signals from local broadcast stations. A number of factors could be in play behind this growing interest. Certainly, the fact that some viewers were unable to get the SuperBowl in HD over their cable system, but could get it OTA with an antenna sparked a lot of interest. Perhaps all the news and efforts to educate consumers about the changeover frm analog to digital TV broadcasts may finally be taking hold. And just maybe the fact that it’s free is having an impact, as cable companies continue to raise rates in many markets.
If you have an HDTV with a digital tuner and you don’t have an antenna to receive OTA broadcast signals, you might want to investigate getting one. In most cases, the local broadcasts do not compress the signal as much as cable and satellite services do, so this could be your most direct path to the best quality HDTV signal available. Oh, and did I mention that it’s free?