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 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
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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:
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