As cable and online streaming services become more and more popular, so do the prices of subscriptions. Once you have worked out your viewing habits and paid for installation costs, cable television can become very expensive, very quickly.
Many people are realizing the benefits of turning back to analog. With an increased range of choice and a totally free service, only a basic outlay on an antenna can save you money week upon week. Below, we give our reasons as to why you should go analog think about cutting the cord.
1. Save Money
Switching to an antenna will save you money as you will no longer have to pay for a cable television package. Many major channels are all free, they just exist on cable as they can offer additional channels and pay per view services.
All you will have to do is spend an outlay on a good, quality antenna to pick up the channels local to your area. The good news is, you can get a great aerial for a relatively low price. Depending on your cable package value, you should be saving money in at least four to five months.
2. Wide Range of Programming
Local television channels have a great selection of programming. They include sports, news, general programming, and local interest. They often contain large events and many recent movie releases.
With fluidity between online streaming sites and cable providers’ content, it is often the case that many hit shows are shown on free television channels first. If not, they are often picked up by providers soon after their release on streaming services.
3. Great Signal
When using cable television, you often have the option of a standard signal or HD. Using an antenna gives uncompressed HD quality content so you do not have to pay more for a better picture.
Not relying on digital signals also means that you will not encounter pixelation often inherent with cable at busy periods. By adjusting a good antenna correctly and in the right place, you can eliminate the interference that may have afflicted analog signals in the past caused by adverse weather.
4. Choosing an Antenna
If you live in a rural area, check the availability of channels in your area and the direction they come from before you purchase an aerial. You may also be able to find out their signal strength.
The two choices of aerial are directional and omnidirectional. Directional will only pick up signals from the direction the aerial is facing. Omni will pick up signals all directions around the antenna.
If you are living in a city an omnidirectional should be a great choice. For people in less urbanized areas, you can check signals and available channels on many online services. Alternatively, contact a local antenna service provider.
Installing the Antenna
Now you have been convinced to save money with an antenna, you just need to get one installed. Always hire a professional to do this, as it can be dangerous and they will know the best placement for your local area.
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