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TV Antenna Sales Jump Amid CBS Blackout

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The blackout on Time Warner Cable systems, which is affecting 3.2 million customers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas, has created a double-digit spike in antennas in those markets at RadioShack, a spokeswoman for the electronics retailer said Monday.

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RustbeltAlumnus2 Nickname posted over 3 years ago
I can't wait for someone to comment that OTA is making a comeback. Not.
Snap Nickname posted over 3 years ago
Well, let's see how many people get an antenna to get CBS programming, discover the picture quality (over TWC for crying out loud) and the programming choices, and simply decide that TWC isn't worth it anymore. TWC has already been having serious problems retaining video customers. But Rustbelt, even if OTA penetration jumped to 50% you would still be going; "OTA viewership is going down, it must be, because Gary Shapiro said it was." What enjoyment do you get out of trolling anyway?
AlwaysEvolving Nickname posted over 3 years ago
Yes ! ! ! OTA never left for some, and it is coming back for many more for an specific need. That is news, football, and football. In San Diego comes handy for out of market NFL football, and FIFA football. I get Baja, Orange County, the Los Angeles basin, and Santa Barbara tv stations.
Insider Nickname posted over 3 years ago
Unfortunately, people have proven that picture quality is very low on importance on the scale as long as it fills up the screen. And regardless, content is king. That is proven by streaming low quality images(low bandwidth = loss of detail, regardless of resolution), not to mention the ratings that 4:3 SD programming continues to get if the content is wanted. Furthermore with DVRs and TimeShifting that OTA does not work easily with, its just not something that most people will go to the trouble and deal with.
Roger Thornhill Nickname posted over 3 years ago
And here's the thing: retrans consent agreement disputes like this one will never stop. As soon as the contracts come up for renewal the fireworks and blackouts will begin. Today its TWC/CBS. Tomorrow it will be another MVPD and network. Haters like this guy may gleefully be waiting for the day broadcast television ends but for those of us who want uninterrupted viewing of our favorite shows or events we're glad that free over-the-air television is available, if for no other reason, as an alternative content delivery service that is always there.
Snap Nickname posted over 3 years ago
Let's see here, OTA DVR's cost $45.95 plus the cost of a hard drive on Amazon.com vs. paying $17.99 a month for a Verizon FiOS DVR plus the cost of the programming package. That is a big price difference for a small convience cost. Meanwhile average incomes have stagnated or are going down while basic expenses are inflating. You only get to take bankruptcy once every 8 years, and creditors aren't all that willing to give people credit as they use to be.
Insider Nickname posted over 3 years ago
Sorry but users have a bad enough time trying to use a DVR GUI instead of trying to assemble a DIY OTA DVR and then connect it up to HDTV successfully.
Insider Nickname posted over 3 years ago
BTW, search CNET for the blog a year ago where David Katzmaier, the head of all their HDTV testing and a very smart guy, tried to cut the cord a year ago in the NYC Metro and the headaches that went along with it, finally forced to resubscribe after 30 days were up. He he could not do it, lots of luck for the average joe.
Insider Nickname posted over 3 years ago
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20025986-1.html
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PlasmaMan Nickname posted over 3 years ago
tvpredictor - PLEASE stop
PhillyPhlash Nickname posted over 3 years ago
You mean network TV is WIRELESS? And FREE? The American people have been dumbed down my misleading ads (Comcast, for one) that left the impression that viewers need pay TV to receive high-definition TV. Perhaps there's a business here? I think they used to call it BROADCAST TELEVISION.
PhillyPhlash Nickname posted over 3 years ago
typed "by misleading ads" but it came out "my misleading ads." Funny how those things happen. Explanation: viclivingston.blogspot.com/2013/06/us-cyber-commandlockheed-martin.html
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Overnights, adults 18-49 for September 28, 2016
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Reviews

  • Rob Owen

    Easily fall’s best broadcast network comedy pilot, NBC’s The Good Place offers a clever high-concept premise that’s complemented with intelligent, sometimes absurdist humor. Created by Michael Schur, co-creator of NBC’s Parks and Recreation, The Good Place is a highly serialized series that’s essentially set in heaven and stars Kristen Bell and Ted Danson. NBC made five episodes of The Good Place available for review, and the show not only holds up, but also it improves, deepening characters that initially feel one-note and frequently leaving viewers guessing with cliffhanger endings to many of the episodes. The combination of snappy dialogue and winning but flawed characters makes The Good Place a great bet for fans of smart TV comedy.

  • Maureen Ryan

    Pitch has swagger, for good reason. It gets the big things right; the Fox drama about the first female baseball player in the Major Leagues is one of the year’s most assured and exciting debuts. But part of what impresses about the pilot is also the way it confidently strings together so many small but telling details. Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) is the first woman to be called up from the minors to the big leagues, and no show since Friday Night Lights has done a better job of portraying the internal and external pressures that weigh heavily on young athletes asked to do much more than merely succeed on the field. Pitch will likely do a good job of getting viewers to root for it. The hope is that the show won’t be an impressive, short-lived curiosity, but rather a long-term phenomenon.

  • Kevin Fallon

    In a fall TV season that’s already making a splash for championing diverse, distinctive voices in an array of projects that they created, wrote, and starred in, Better Things on FX stands out. The show is created by, written by, and starsPamela Adlon. She plays Sam Fox, the single mother of three daughters modeled after her own reality-show-ready experience raising three girls in Los Angeles following a divorce. Sam is also, like Adlon, a working actress — on shows both raunchy, a la Californication, and animated for children, like her role on Recess. It’s a refreshingly blunt take on single motherhood without sacrificing the warmth of parental love, portraying the dance between selfishness and selflessness that’s at the heart of being a parent — especially one weathering the hormonal fireworks of a household of four women at different ages.

  • David Wiegand

    The fall TV season doesn’t count as much as it used to — we already know that. But no matter how many retreads the broadcast networks throw at viewers in the next few months, this fall will be memorable because of the premiere of Atlanta on Tuesday, Sept. 6, on FX. The half-hour comedy created by and starring Donald Glover (Community), simply and brilliantly recalibrates our expectations of what a TV comedy is and how black lives are portrayed on the medium.

  • Louisa Ada Seltzer

    The second reboot of the 1980s John Candy movie Uncle Buck, bumped by ABC from midseason, has the same tired jokes you'll find on any second-rate sitcom. Too bad, because Mike Epps is appealing and ABC would be wise to keep him around for future shows, but there’s just not enough to this show to suggest it will last past summer. It also airs against NBC’s America’s Got Talent, summer’s No. 1 program on broadcast, which may make it even harder to find an audience.

  • Neil Genzlinger

    Bryan Cranston brings his Tony Award-winning interpretation of President Lyndon B. Johnson to television in an adaptation of the Robert Schenkkan play All the Way, and it’s still quite a sight to behold, just as it was on Broadway in 2014. Nothing beats witnessing this kind of larger-than-life portrayal onstage, of course. But the television version, presented by HBO, offers plenty of rewards, allowing Cranston to work the close-ups and liberating him from the confines of a theater set. Cranston’s performance is a gem — in his hands, this accidental president comes across as an amazing bundle of contradictions, someone who seems at once too vulgar for the job and just right for it.

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