Antennas Make A Comeback

Four decades ago almost every rooftop had a television antenna.

Televisions even came with indoor rabbit ears to make sure the signal was there -- piping entertainment, news and sports directly to your home.

Then came cable, and after that satellite, and the antennas all but disappeared from our world.

That is, until recently.

Ron Season, of Calabasas, California says he's tried cable and satellite, and was paying thousands of dollars a year for the services.

With internet services streaming what he wants to watch, Season decided to scale his satellite subscription way back and went back to the old, reliable rooftop antenna.

Except these days, it's digital and high definition.

And cheap.

"Now I'm down to about $87 a month," Season said.

The hardware is cheap, too, with some dealers selling the antennas for $60 to $100.

Those dealers say their phones ring off the hook whenever the big entertainment companies like Comcast, Disney and NBC announce new services online.

Before you say goodbye to cable and satellite, keep in mind the FCC said 90 percent of consumers still get television from those sources. However the FCC also has rules that say homeowners associations and municipalities may not enforce rules that attempt to prevent homeowners from installing outdoor antennas.

You can research antennas at the Antennas Direct website, www.antennasdirect.com. In their Learning Center you will be able to chat with an expert or connect to www.antennapoint.com a website that allows you to enter your address and list the digital signals in your area and the direction from you home to the television station's transmitter site.

In addition Mohu has gotten a lot of attention regarding their state-of-the-art indoor antenna. Mohu is a company founded by several engineers from RTP. Check it out at www.gomohu.com.


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