Can You Still Receive A TV Signal Via An Antenna?
I found an interesting survey by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) concerning the use of television antenna’s to receive free TV.
I really had no idea that you could still receive a television signal using the old fashion antenna’s most of us grew up with. According to a website called electronics.howstuffworks.com, you can still watch television with an old fashion antenna. They do state that to get the best reception you would have to have a digital TV converter box that allows your analog TV to receive the digital signals that all U.S. full-power broadcast television stations now use.
A news publication called Fast Company wrote an article informed us that many young TV viewers are actually using the old fashion antenna to receive free TV. Apparently 31% of households hooked up an antenna to at least one of their televisions last year. That is up from 28% in 2015 and the increase is being attributed to people between the ages of 25 to 34, their average was 45%. Those numbers are compared to just 19% of homes with people in the age range of 65 to 74 years old who used an antenna last year.
According to the article:
Antenna use is now the highest it’s been since 2005, and cable and satellite TV are in steady decline. Cable adoption was at 44% last year, versus 61% in 2008, while satellite TV has fallen from 31% in 2008 to 24% last year. Those downward trends will continue in 2019, with Charter and Comcast losing 145,000 and 107,000 TV subscribers, respectively, last quarter, and AT&T shedding 544,000 DirecTV satellite and U-Verse customers.
According to the Leichtman Research Group reporting the average monthly cost of cable TV was $107 last year
I can only assume that you can receive only local stations as well as some of the nationally broadcast programs signals and not the actual cable stations.
Are any of you using the old fashion television antenna’s and how is that working for you?