Outdoor antennas are making a comeback according to CNN.com. I am not too surprised by this. This blog frequently talks about how local television stations broadcast their channels in HD for free, with such posts titled 6 Tips to watch HDTV over the air on a PC. Two things are need to receive high definition television broadcasts: a HDTV with a built-in tuner and an antenna. Any old antenna will do though you can buy a new indoor antenna for around $20 from Amazon.com.
From the article:
“Eighty-year-old technology is being redesigned and rejiggered to deliver the best picture quality,” said Richard Schneider, president of Antennas Direct. “It’s an interesting irony.”
With cable costs seemingly always increasing, over the air HD broadcasts provide a cheap alternative, especially for second TV sets in the house. I currently use a indoor antenna and a tv tuner for my computer to watch high definition TV on my computer monitor. It is a great way to add another TV to your household.
I am always amazed that people do not know that the major networks are broadcast for free in HD. Hopefully the message will get out with more articles like this one at CNN.com.
Check out my HDTV round-up to learn more about watching broadcast HD.