OTA TV Antenna Use Increasing


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PINECREST, Fla. - The rise of digital television has prompted a growing number of TV users to drop their expensive cable and satellite services for the free channels they can get over the air.

This trend is bringing back a once familiar site in most South Florida neighborhoods, the TV antenna.
"Of course with the economic condition now, people are interested in getting more bang for your buck," said Sandy Ross, owner of an antenna installation company, Antenna Systems.

The business he started 40 years ago has evolved. For past two decades he's been doing mostly cable and satellite installations. But he said his business has now come full circle because the demand for free TV is back.

"For one reason or another people got unhappy with selection on cable or satellite and the price every month was element," Ross said.

Standard installation for an antenna runs about $250, but considering what you might be paying for cable or satellite every month, it's a pretty good deal.

"It's a fraction of what it would be for cable because the antenna can last for ten years, so you figure the dollars per month, it's very, very little," Ross said.
Katz has about 60 channels to choose from, most of them are in high definition, but even more important he said, all of them are free.

Today's TV antennas are built on retractable poles so they can easily be brought down in the event of tropical storm or hurricane.
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Florida is a great place for OTA television reception due to the almost total lack of terrain effects meaning the signals will travel for miles. They also have lots of local DMAs. Signals will travel farther here in Colorado where the towers are mounted on moutains above the plain, but Eastern Colorado basically has three DMAs (Denver, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs). California's mountains are too close to the shore to have long distance reception (unless you're anchored off shore).

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