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Monday, February 16, 2009


Over the Air Programming:Has it Improved?

I remember using an antenna to watch TV as a kid in the 1980s. At that time there were only ten channels on the VHF/UHF bands. NBC, CBS, ABC and a few spanish language stations were available. With the introduction of digital/HD programming a few years ago, over the air viewers have a few more channels to view. Depending on the city and state that you live in, you may receive up to 30 channels with a simple antenna and a tv with a digital tuner. In my area, you can receive 18 channels over the air. So has over the air programming improved in my area? Yes it has. As far as HD channels are concerned, I receive six true HD stations and their sub channels. Here is a list of channels that I currently receive.

4.1 CBS HD
4.2 My Network
7.1 ABC HD
7.2 CW Network
7.3 ABC Weather Track
7.4 LATV
9.1 NBC HD
11.1 Spanish language HD station
13.1 PBS HD
13.2 PBS 2
13.3 Sprout?
14.1 FOX HD
14.2 Retro Television Network
20.1 Spanish language HD station
26.1 Univision HD, not really broadcasting in HD
29.1 Estrella HD
51.1 Telefutura

NBC HD had a weather channel. From what I have read, NBC decided to cancel the weather plus channel. They are thinking about replacing it with a sports channel. So should you cancel your cable service and buy an antenna. I like the current channel line up that I receive over the air. That is me though. Not everyone is a fan of over the air programming. Just keep your cable account open for the next few years. Over the air programming is a little more entertaining than it was in the 80s. Within the next few years more channels should be added to local OTA programming. If you want a particular channel added, then you should send a letter to your local station. Peace!


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