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Over The Air TV Reception is Growing

24 Jun

A recent survey finds that over 19% of TV viewing households in the US get their TV Over-The-Air (OTA) for free. Three years ago, it was only 14%.



When the US went to Digital/ HD broadcasting in 1998, broadcast over the air programming remained. Analog transmission went silent in 2009, when all new TVs were required to have a digital tuner. The broadcast signals went Digital, so what you can get OTA is HD content and more. Broadcast on the basic frequency as PBS, for example, are the standard programs and 2 additional programming channels.

Selection of programming has expanded to fill a minority demand.

The majority of Latino households that primarily speak Spanish now use an antenna to get their TV programming, with only 49 percent of those households subscribing to a pay TV service. Also notable: 28 percent of all households with a head of household under the age of 35 use an antenna instead of a pay TV subscription.

The economy is said to be in recovery, but the growing household use of OTA programming would suggest otherwise. Likewise the push by Verizon and AT&T to increase their fees due to reduced subscribers suggests otherwise.

Within this Blog is an article on stripping commercials out of OTA television programming.

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Commercial Free TV

21 May

Some people don’t realize that OTA (Over The Air) broadcast TV that originated in 1927 is still around. As most everyone uses cable today, why is there any interest in OTA TV?

Well, for one, OTA TV is still free. In most parts of the country, and especially in the urban areas, stations like NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, and ABC still broadcast.

For a second reason, these stations can be viewed commercial free using some special hardware, software, and a PC or MAC.

Hardware like an HDHomeRun, combined with a PC runnning BeyondTV. or similar software, can provide a wealth of entertainment value at a fraction of the cost of cable.

Lately there has been some stir about an upstart company called Aereo who is trying to get between OTA viewers and the cable companies. Aereo is basically monetizing that HDHomeRun/ BeyondTV solution, and as such has upset the network broadcasters. They do not plan on sharing their revenue with the service providers, and therefore, the advertising budgets used to produce commercial TV is at risk.

You are now starting to see more and more broadcasters going direct to the internet with programming. There is even an app for watching ESPN live on your smartphone, provided you currently are a customer of any one of several cable companies.

Let’s hope this is not the beginning of the end for OTA broadcast television.