Over the Air Television – Anticipating a Better Picture

Christmas Reindeer inspect the new flat antenna before it is positioned for best reception.

One of the things on our Christmas wish list this year was a gift for our TV set.

Television – in my lifetime, I’ve ‘seen’ it all! Our first TV had rabbit ears which were enhanced with wire and tinfoil. In later years we had roof top antennas, then big satellite dishes, little satellite dishes, and cables. Our first TV gave us one station. In later years we had dozens of stations, then hundreds of stations. Our TV screens were sometimes as small as a laptop computer, sometimes big boxes that took two men to lift, and finally flat screen lightweights that hung on the wall.

We wanted to see if we could ‘cut the cord’ on our Satellite TV service. To do that, we needed a digital antenna that would pick up free Over the Air (OTA) television. The Car Guy chose a TERK omni-digital antenna for 1080 HDTV broadcasts.

Like children who peek at their presents before Christmas morning,  we opened this  gift a few weeks ago. The installation was very easy once The Car Guy had finished exploring all the possible ways not to connect the cable.  We were pleasantly (okay ecstatically) pleased with the crystal clear High Definition picture we now receive thanks to an uncompressed signal.

The antenna cost just a little more than the price of one month’s satellite TV and gives us free TV from 6 local stations: GLOBAL, CTV, CITY, CBC, YES and OMNI.  Three of these stations broadcast the seven shows we like to watch each week. What a great Christmas present!

Have you ‘cut the cord’ on your TV service? Discontinued the phone land line and gone cellular? Turned off the internet for more than a day? Moved out of your parents basement? Finished your Christmas shopping? Do you anticipate doing any of these things?

This week’s WordPress.com photo challenge is Anticipation.

12 thoughts on “Over the Air Television – Anticipating a Better Picture

    1. Wow, I envy you. Fiber-optic internet, TV and phone all in one bundle. (We have a similar service at the South House through Cox in AZ, but it is a good ‘old fashioned’ cable.) I think I’d sell my soul to Verizon too, Al…

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  1. We cut the cable a little over a year ago (when the cable company stopped carrying SPEED channel – the only reason we were paying outrageous monthly fees for packaged specialty channels). We don’t miss it at all (well, maybe PBS, but Netflix offers a number of amazing nature documentaries, so we’re coping). We bought a Chrome ‘box’ w/keyboard that connects wirelessly through our internet satellite provider (the only service available in our new neck of the woods) to our TV. In addition to our (necessary-in-this-day-and-age) internet service fees (which are just slightly higher than cable), we pay a yearly ‘subscription fee’ for live grand prix motorcycle racing (with archives that go back to the early 80s so we could watch nothing else and STILL not see it all) and world rally racing (again – live, with archives of races from several years) and a whopping $8 a month for Netflix (which has more offerings than we could ever view). It still comes in WAY cheaper than the cable TV package we had (about half the cost) and we have access to a lot more programs (and at much better quality). I’m surprised so many people still rely on cable for their ‘entertainment’ (because, let’s be honest, most of the shows produced these days are pretty mind-numbing).


    1. Thanks for the advice, Margo. I’ll miss PBS too, but we’ll probably do a test month with Netflix or something similar to see if our internet service will handle it!


      1. We were ‘warned’ when we signed up for satellite (out here in the country) that Netflix (and other HD programming) might be a problem but we’ve only had the odd hiccup (usually when its raining hard), and occasionally the video pixelates. But overall we’ve been pretty pleased with the service and I certainly don’t miss paying $60 a month for television shows / channels we never watched (and most of the stuff we used to watch on CBC – like ‘Nature of Thing’ and ‘Marketplace’ – and TVO are available on their websites for free, so we’re not missing out there either.)

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  2. Seriously thinking of cutting the cable. We’re all sitting there with half an ear, half an eye with the cable on while browsing though our laptops, iPads whatever. Certainly not making any cents at all. As for Xmas shopping, still in denial on that one!


    1. I know what you mean, Patti. My office desk is in the living room so it is almost a given that I’ll be multi-tasking. Browsing on the internet makes the TV commercials almost disappear!
      We haven’t finished Christmas shopping either, but the places that sell wine or gas gift cards are many and close!
      One year, a death in the family left me doing all my shopping on December 24. Surprisingly, the mall was half empty because only men leave shopping that late, and everything was on sale!


  3. That’s awesome! I grew up in a family who liked to watch a lot of tv… satellite tv and the whole shabang. But my husband and I don’t even own one…. we still watch movies occasionally using Netflix and my laptop, but I find our living room is much more social without a tv being the center of attention 🙂 no regrets here for not having a tv… and it’s a lot cheaper!


    1. It would sure make furniture arrangement easier without a TV – though our living room has a fireplace on one wall and picture windows on the opposite wall. I would almost need to create two seating clusters to optimize both!

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  4. Several years ago I also fired our satellite TV provider and went to OTA and I’ve been very happy that I did. I watch very little TV anyway, so why pay so much for it!


    1. We are fortunate that OTA is available in our area. The Canadian agency that oversees Telecommunications is the CRTC and they have the mandate to require conventional television licensees to maintain an over-the-air presence in order to retain certain regulatory privileges. Is there a similar agency in the USA that forces broadcasters to offer OTA?

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      1. Yes, I believe the regulations are similar. We get the major networks and several smaller stations.As far as I m concerned I find just as much of interest as I found in the 250 channels I had from the satellite company.


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