Microsoft is now selling an over-the-air TV tuner for the Xbox One console that captures TV signals via an old school antenna. The tuner, built by Hauppauge, is a simple device with a male USB connector on one side, and …
Are you missing your favorite shows on CBS because of the Time Warner Cable and DIRECTV disputes? Try using an antenna to get the local channels free over-the-air. All you need is a TV with a digital tuner (or digital …
Samsung has confirmed the acquisition of Boxee this afternoon, raising eyebrows and questions about what the South Korean-based electronics giant will do with the smaller hardware/software startup company. Both Engadget and TechCrunch broke the news this morning, citing their own reliable sources. Samsung confirmed the acquisition this afternoon with the New York Times, but did not disclose any specific amount.
Free ride over for TWC customers grabbing basic analog channels via coaxial.
Time Warner Cable customers in the New York City area will no longer be able to receive analog channels from the Basic TV package, as the provider moves to switch to an all-digital platform. Starting in Mount Vernon, Staten Island, and Bergen County, NJ, customers will need a digital-to-analog converter to see the channels once the conversion is completed. This means you’ll no longer be able to plug your coaxial cable directly into your TV or VCR, a method long embraced by many New Yorkers. The good news is Time Warner will ship an HD-compatible Cisco DTA (Digital Transport Adapter) to customers for free. And, you won’t be charged for the adapter until 2015, at which point subscribers be charged .99 per month per adapter.
Home Depot is now selling Winegard brand TV antennas that are capable of capturing free over-the-air (OTA) HD channels. The store is stocking both an indoor and outdoor model, each of which retail for $39.99. The FlatWave Indoor Antenna is a nice looking product that weighs just 0.34 lbs and comes with 15-feet of coaxial cable. The FreeVision Outdoor Antenna looks more like a traditional antenna (see pic below), weighs in at 1.12 lbs, and comes with 50-feet of coaxial cable. Both antennas are rated at capturing signals up to 35 miles away.
Want to watch local TV on your iPad for free? Elgato recently released the EyeTV Mobile TV tuner for Apple iPad and iPhone, which lets you watch live TV over-the-air for free. In case any one forgot, local TV is still free. All you need is an antenna and digital receiver to watch CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, PBS and many other channels without a service provider.
There seems to be a lot of interest these days in getting high-definition television and movies over-the-air. This article will tell you what you need to get started receiving HD programming and movies in your home or office using just an antenna — no cable or satellite service required.
Boxee has starting taking pre-orders a USB dongle that’ll allow you to watch live TV over-the-air. The USB-connecting device looks like other DTV tuners such as the Pinnacle PCTV and the Elgato Eye TV, with a male USB connector on one side and female coaxial cable connector on the other. The Boxee product even includes an HD antenna, although we’re a bit skeptical about the antenna’s ability to capture digital signals amidst any interference.
Thinking of “cutting the cord?” Or maybe you already have? With plenty of options out there between Hulu, Netflix, and other internet services it’s a lot easier to get the programming you want without having to pay a cable or satellite bill every month. But those services typically provide older content. New, fresh, and live content comes from the traditional “Big 4” networks: NBC, ABC, CBS and FOX. For years the “Big 4” have provided Americans with daytime shows like Oprah and All My Children, primetime TV shows like American Idol and LOST, local news, major sports events like the MLB playoffs, and night time programming such as Jay Leno. If you can live with just the programming the “The Big 4” provide over-the-air for free, you can “cut the cord” tomorrow.
Boxee Box’s upcoming 1.5 software update will apparently support live TV tuning via a special USB dongle. The dongle will capture over-the-air local broadcasts from networks such as NBC and FOX, allowing you to watch digital SD and HD television for free. GigaOM’s Janko Roettgers wrote about the tuner integration when he discovered the option in an unreleased Boxee 1.5 update.
While the CEA would love for over-the-air television signals to end in favor of viewers having to pay for service, the National Association of Broadcasters is still on the consumer’s side, arguing that the percentage of homes tuning into OTA signals is currently over 14-percent* and still growing. Still, many HDTV owners aren’t aware of the DTV spectrum which provides free over-the-air standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) channels from local broadcasters. So how do you get HD channels without a cable box?
At NAB this week LG is introducing a Mobile TV that integrates social networking, 3D telecasts (glasses-free), and electronic coupons. The LG prototype is a 7″ mobile TV with antenna capable of displaying auto-stereoscopic images within the ATSC Mobile DTV Standard format.
The question I still get quite often is “How do I find HD channels in my area?”
To find HD channels in your local area you can use the website AntennaWeb.org or the government’s DTV Reception map. You locate broadcast facilities …
Getting HD channels for free is not rocket science. And, it has nothing to do with an illegal cable hook-up that your neighbor can set up for fifty bucks. Television, in case anyone forgot, is actually free. Way, way, back before cable and satellite, before the HBOs and the Showtimes, people used to watch television without subscriptions. They just sat through the commercial breaks (which we still do by the way), and those commercials paid for the networks to run.
TechCrunch wrote an article today which reports 600,000 television viewers pulled-the-plug on paid subscriptions in 2009 (adding up to about 800,000 over the last two years). The article, (citing a report from Convergence Consulting Group), estimates 1.6 million people will use other methods of watching television shows and movies (including over-the-internet and over-the-air) by the end of 2011. The studies from Convergence attribute much of the decline in paid subscribers to the growth of online viewing, using websites such as Hulu and Netflix.
One of the highlights of CES 2010 was the hype about local broadcasts “going mobile” and essentially creating a new bandwidth for video delivery to smaller sized devices including cellphones, portable televisions and automotive displays. The signals are delivered alongside the same 6MHz channel your digital standard and HD signals are sent.
Did you know you don’t have to subscribe to cable, satellite, fiber-optic or IPTV services to get HD channels? A limited number of high-definition channels are available over-the-air for free, you just need an antenna and HDTV.
As we enter the first weekend in the U.S. without analog television signals, you may be having some trouble getting good DTV reception or receiving certain channels. Here are a few tips to help you get the most available channels and best quality HD over-the-air.