s are alive and well. In fact, they can pull in an HD
signal that will make some cable HD
channels look like a VHS tape. The vast majority of flat screen TVs have an ATSC
tuner and many late-model tube TVs even have the right goods. Simply plug-in an antenna, tell the TV to search for OTA
stations, and youíve got crystal clear HD
...Cable and satellite can be expensive. Here in mid-Michigan Comcast has the exclusive rights to serve me cable and this lack of competition creates crazy prices. My cable bill for just the expanded basic package and HD
stations (along with 2 CableCards) runs $80 a month with my total bill including Internet services hitting nearly $120 a month. $80 a month is nearly $1,000 a year just on cable. Netflix on the other hand is just under $100 a year for a net savings of $900.
Of course cable provides infinity more options along with live news and sporting events. However, an OTA
antenna paired with an ATSC
tuner supplements downloads and streaming nicely. Itís important to cut the cord only after realizing that nothing will totally replicate the sheer amount of content or even cableís user experience. Life is different without cable. But different is good.