You have just moved into your new house and one of the first things on the list is to call the cable installation guy/girl. Generally, the cable installer won’t tell you to get a TV antenna. Here are 4 very important things cable companies won’t tell you about TV antennas.
TV Signal vs Cable Signal
A TV antenna will give you a superior signal.
Cable and satellite companies carry so many channels, they compress the signal. A compressed signal produces more noise. More noise directly impacts the picture quality you receive on your HD screen.
However, an antenna provides a better-quality picture transmitted over the air. If you have an antenna and cable system at home, you can test this yourself.
Compare the picture quality of the networks like CBS or ABC by switching between cable and your antenna. You will see better quality with with the picture from your antenna.
Your satellite picture quality can be affected by weather. When the weather goes bad or there is extensive cloud cover, you may lose your satellite signal. However, that is unlikely with a good TV antenna.
Cable Channels vs TV Channels
The cable companies won’t tell you, in many instances, you will receive channels with an antenna that are not available via cable or satellite providers. This varies by location.
Some of the channels you pay for with your satellite or cable bill are free with an antenna. For instance, all the networks like CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS are all free channels your cable provider charges you. They won’t tell you this.
TV Advertising vs Cable Advertising
The cable companies won’t tell you there are less ads with your free TV antenna. In the beginning, one of the biggest advantages to switching to cable TV was no intrusive advertising. But as cable TV started to grow in popularity, so did advertising.
Listen to this short Marketplace interview about the increased advertising on cable, which surpasses free over-the-air TV. Advertisers are interrupting your viewing pleasure with more ads, which isn’t cool.
In conclusion, cable companies are really socking it to us.
We pay for some channels, we can receive free.
An antenna picture is better than cable.
Weather can adversely affect satellite picture quality.
We pay on average $100/month for cable/satellite. However, increased advertising is interrupting our viewing pleasure. In fact, some cable companies are proposing consumers pay an additional premium if they don’t want ads.
If you have an antenna, congratulations on your smart decision. If you don’t, consider getting one.
Do you have cable? Are you happy with it? If you have a TV antenna, are you happy with it? If you don’t have an antenna, would you get one?
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