Cable and satellite TV became the norm in American households from 2009 but, almost a decade on, the US population is beginning to cut subscriptions, in favour of the traditional TV antenna. So, is it the cost that is luring customers back, or are people simply fed up of technology ruling their lives?
What does a TV antenna offer?
Antennas can be for either external or internal use, and provide customers with a number of free channels (up to 50 in some areas of the US). Like mobile phones, antennas rely on signals from a transmitter tower and therefore the quality of the images projected can, at times, be affected by distance or obstacles. However, the Consumer Technology Association has helped to develop information that makes it easier for consumers to work out how effective an antenna might be in their location, and thus discover what channels they could watch. To find out more, visit http://www.antennaweb.org.
Why has antenna TV grown in popularity?
Antenna sales have been on the rise since the US government demanded that broadcasters move to a digital signal. Though the growth in the sector is steady, what the figures show is that bill payers may be beginning to tire of expensive bills for Sky, Netflix and other digital or cable options and feel it’s time to reduce their outgoings.
However, it seems that it’s not only money that’s an issue. Many people are opting for old mobile phone devices to take them back to a time when the devices were simply portable telephones. Along these lines, many people are beginning to question whether they really need cable or digital TV in their lives. As it happens, when you have no other option, waiting for your favourite programme to come around each week actually makes the TV experience much more exciting.
Tips for those seeking an antenna installation
For those in the south west of England who require an antenna repair or installation, their first port of call should be to contact a professional. Steve Unett Aerials (http://steveunettaerials.co.uk/services/tv-aerials-repair-and-installation-gloucester/) is a Gloucester TV aerial repair company with an excellent reputation in the county and beyond.
Finally, if, like the Americans, you’re curious to see how an antenna TV could work for you, try talking to neighbours with a similar TV setup.