I am an electronics specialist who likes experimenting with electrical technology. It has become a full time hobby of mine.
One such hobby I experiment with is obtaining free over the air television reception, by use of my own personal television antenna. Now, I receive all of my television signals directly from the local broadcast stations using a common television antenna, no subscription required.
When people see the array of antennas on my roof, they ask in amazement, 'What the heck are those things?' They find it hard to believe that television stations still broadcast an over the air television signal. Some of us old timers, can remember the days before cable and satellite TV were available and had to use an out door television antenna for TV reception.
Since cable and satellite became the new way to watch television, most of the television set owners took down their televisions antennas and have been convinced since that television can only be received that way, by cable or satellite services only! I have had installers from such services try to convince me that over the air television is dead, that that ability is no longer possible....you can only get television on cable!
I have had local people tell me time and time again, that over the air television, is no longer available or even possible, specially since America's television stations went digital. That is so far from the truth and it kills me when cable TV and satellite companies falsely pump that information to discourage people from trying something that will for one allow a television owner to watch what they want without black outs.
Cable companies, for example, have stripped most of their coverage of local television stations, the ones you can freely receive if you still had your own television antenna and have replaced most with higher costing premium channels! This is very true for U.S. citizens.
Examples may include a cable company removing your favorite local FOX station to replace it with a premium satellite channel containing mostly infomercials for products we could care less about. They then raise your cable bill claiming they offered you more channels to watch! Who are they kidding?!?
Let me tell you all who read this, getting television with your own television antenna is very much possible! In fact, unlike the old days, each television station is capable of carrying several sub channels beside their main channel, any digital ready television set can receive these channels.
Most television stations use those sub channels to carry up to 6 additional television stations on their transmitted signal, each sub channel uses the main channels number with a decimal point and the sub-carrier channel number. An example is lets say your station is on channel 2, the sub-channels are marked as 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, etcetera.
Many of the sub-channels carry special networks that may or may not be available on your local cable TV or satellite TV services. I am not here to promote any particular network service, but to inform all of you that you can cut the cable and receive free television with the use of your own personal television antenna. You can receive your local channels with an indoor antenna or for stations in other cities more then 60 miles away you can use an out door antenna or one hidden in your attic.
The laws for apartment renters is you have the right to receive television signals and your landlord can not stop you from possessing an indoor antenna or placing one in a non-common area, such as on a balcony. The FCC has issued a law that states you have a right to obtain television reception and no one can say you can't.
There are links on that FCC web site I just posted that will help you further research your decision to cut the cable. It also shows various television antennas that may work best for you.
I'll add a link to a renter's rights to television reception as soon as I can locate it again, but I just felt this information should be put out there for all to know.
Also, just a note about my topic title. The word companies was deliberately spelled compies do to title space limitations.
Edited by MrBruce1959, 03 March 2014 - 12:57 PM.