Myths and Misinformation About Television

I love hearing from viewers and colleagues in the TV business and I have heard many theories about TV in general that often makes me think “Why do you think that?” So, please allow me a few minutes to attempt to clear up some of these myths.

Free TV went away in 2009. Uh, no, it did not go away. In fact, free over the air TV remains your best entertainment value with the dependability you always expected from TV. As a matter of fact your choices over the air doubled and tripled for programming and information shows and variety after the digital transition. There’s something for everyone on air 24 hours a day that can be accessed without cable or satellite.

It’s impossible to receive a stable signal over the air. While you may have experienced issues after the transition in 2009, antenna designs and receivers have improved greatly since then, as well as users understanding of their sets operation. The digital signal is actually very robust when the proper antenna is used. You may have to experiment a little to find the perfect location for your antenna, but the signal meter built into almost all receivers makes it easy to find the sweet spot in your living room or outside antenna.

Antennas are ugly. Maybe so in certain cases, but there are creative ways to hide an antenna. That’s one reason I love the MOHU Leaf antennas, plus the fact they are easy to aim and install and built right here in Raleigh. They work extremely well and are easy to hide behind a picture or behind the TV. Even mounted in clear sight, they are not ugly and can be painted to blend into the wall color.

Antennas are expensive. Well, not really. You can buy some pretty amazing antennas from $50-$150.00 that work great in this area. If you are trying to cut the cord, an antenna will save you several hundred dollars a year. However, most people will want movies and the ability to binge watch certain series. That can easily be done with Hulu and Netflix which require a monthly subscription. It’s still cheaper than cable or satellite, but it just depends on who you want to invest your entertainment dollars with.

I need cable or satellite for the DVR. Actually this is not true. TiVo and Channel Master and others make a home DVR that works with your antenna just fine. If you are even a little handy, you can build your own DVR with an ATSC tuner from Home Run or Hauppauge that plugs into an old computer you can add hard drives to and make your own DVR. You can even share it with your smart phone or connected TV as well as Roku, Apple TV and other devices.

I need cable for all my sports channels. Again, not true. You can get Baseball, football and basketball subscriptions on the internet to your connected TV or devices. These subscriptions do cost money, but not as much as you’d pay for a service provider and you can pick the sports you want to watch.

The internet is killing broadcasting. While it has certainly had an impact, in general the two work well together. There’s no disputing the internet has taken away a lot of TV viewing time, but most Americans still spend a great deal of time watching network shows over the air. Tonight’s show may be on the network website tomorrow or next week, so to see it first you need to watch it on air. Broadcasting is still the king of next day water cooler conversations and a combination of both systems works nicely in our busy schedules.Breaking News and Severe Weather updates are reason alone to keep watching local TV, because the internet only reports the aftermath. TV stations intend to keep you safe with updates and protect as many lives as possible.

I hope this clears up any misconceptions you may have had about television. Post a comment and as always, you can contact us directly any time you have a question.

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