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    Television Antennas Are Making a Surprising Comeback


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      "Ron Van Over, of Ron’s Antenna Service in Marcellus, says he gets calls almost every day from people who can no longer afford cable or satellite or don’t want to pay for television service.

      'A lot of people are going back to antennas,' he says.

      The change in viewing habits comes after broadcast channels switched from analog to digital signals in June 2009."

      Television antennas are making a surprising comeback in an increasingly digital age | MLive.com

      This is the typical article that is writen from ignorance rather than actual experience. The editor gives the assignment to a random writer who does a few random interviews and then writes a confusing article that only shows the writer's ignorance.
      Last edited by dkreichen1968; 02-15-2011 at 03:13 PM.

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      Yep, a flawed article. Just all confusing.

      To rig a one-story home with an antenna for one TV can cost as little as $200, he says. It may also power an additional TV, if there is already an existing cable to it through the house.
      $200? IF there is already cable there? I would bet an HONEST installer would charge less if the cable is already there. ( I DO!) As little as $ 10 if you build a coat hanger antenna, and put it in your attic. Or $45, if you buy it and install it. "MAY power an additional TV? WILL, unless you have weak signal. I'm running well more than 6 devices using only a dist. amp ($40 at most)
      Kathy Winchell of Kalamazoo says she bought high-definition rabbit years about a year before the digital signal conversion. “Before the digital conversion, I could receive all major networks plus PBS, channel 50 out of Detroit, some religious channel at 64 and sometimes a South Bend (Ind.) station,” she says. “Boy, was I disappointed when I could only pick up one network after the switch to digital.”

      Winchell’s old TV couldn’t show high-definition broadcasts. After buying a new one, she was able to see high-definition broadcasts of PBS channels. But she still doesn’t receive any other networks. “TV was free when I grew up, and I think it should be free now,” she says. “If I have an extra $30, I’d rather spend it on something else than cable or DirectTV.”
      "high-definition rabbit years??" just so wrong in so many ways. No more than 7 feet above ground level, indoors, next to the TV spewing RF. She needs to have a real antenna, at about 25 ft AGL. And the reason PBS comes in on her "Rabbit Years"? 3 miles away on channel 5 VHF. It may cost her to put in antennas professionally (VHF Hi/Lo, and UHF) (She doesn't seem to be a tech savvy or young person) But it would be about a 1 year payback.
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      From the article: "Many places do not have the signal strength to offer many channels".

      On the other hand, many places DO have the signal strengths and offer MANY channels. There are over 30 available FREE in the Seattle area and potentially more coming after Canada makes its digital conversion.

      Jim

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      Quote Originally Posted by Jim In Seattle View Post
      From the article: "Many places do not have the signal strength to offer many channels".
      Jim
      If I go to antennaweb, or the map for DTV on the FCC site, with my address I get no stations. However if I go to TVFool, I get 4 stations, which of course is close to accurate
      (I really only get 3 stations full time). I can't help to wonder how many other people look at antennaweb, or the FCC DTV map, and get the same results I do and just give up? It is too bad that the NAB is behind antennaweb.

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      I can't help to wonder how many other people look at antennaweb, or the FCC DTV map, and get the same results I do and just give up?
      I don't know why, but everytime I read one of these "cut the cable" stories, they always point people to Antennaweb. Doesn't anyone do a proper google search even? But, to be fair, when you Google, say,
      Searches related to tv antenna pointing, you get directed to antennaweb, antennapoint, and then there's Denny's Antenna website (Denny, you should know better!), refering people to the FCC Digital TV Transition: Reception Maps - all 3 give bad results. They all miss LP and translators, and are completly wrong or out of date. The FCC site shows I get ONE channel, channel 12 - and that's been dark since the transition! Antennaweb lists 7 channels as "TBD" for live dates, even though the've been up since 1 year before the transition, and several are missing, and there are 2 channel 12's - and neither exist.

      So, why isn't THIS forum at the top of the list for these google searches?
      tv antenna direction
      tv antenna pointing
      antenna zip code
      how to point antenna

      When I search "tv antenna pointing" TVfool is one link from the bottom of the page. No DTV usa forum, and no rabbitears.

      We need to do some SEO magic for these phrases to get these people pointed in the right direction when they google these terms. We've got some good advice, links, experts, tools - but if people go to antennaweb - or, God forbid - the FCC map tool, they're just going to see nothing's available and give up.

      Jay, what can we do? We need to be on the FIRST page of results for these terms.

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      Quote Originally Posted by MrPogi View Post
      We need to do some SEO magic for these phrases to get these people pointed in the right direction when they google these terms. We've got some good advice, links, experts, tools - but if people go to antennaweb - or, God forbid - the FCC map tool, they're just going to see nothing's available and give up.

      Jay, what can we do? We need to be on the FIRST page of results for these terms.
      Agreed. We rank very well for long tail search words that have to do with TV antennas (which compromise the bulk of web searches), but to rank well for shorter, popular searches we'll need a bit more time. Our search engine results are going to improve every day as each of us provide more original and quality content... and especially as we receive more links and references by outside websites. AntennaWeb ranks well because they've received references from Government websites and online newspapers in the past. We have received references from slate.com, huffingtonpost.com, and some smaller news agencies, but not as many as AntennaWeb. In terms of search engine optimization for dtvusaforum.com, we have made changes to the forum by purchasing and installing VBSEO search engine optimization software over a year ago and update it regularly. I think we have everything in line to rank well, we just need more time, content, and a larger member audience.

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      Television Antennas Are Making a Surprising Comeback, but that's not what Orange Julius says, so who is lying here? I tend to believe the media since they are not in the game of stealing a public resource to be turned over to private enterprise. If they do this sham, to THE PEOPLE, then the industry should at least have some type of public service besides 911 placed upon them for the use of "THE PEOPLES SPECTRUM' just to make a hand full of investors rich. They should have to contribute a certain amount to deficit reduction for the use of "OUR SPECTRUM', and it is ours, and not the property of a liar like Orange Julius, or even the U.S. Government itself.
      WE ARE NOT SHEEPLE !!

     

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