How do you like the Over the Air Digital TV?

You know, the kind that you get with an antenna and I’m not talking satellite either. I mean rabbit ears or the old rooftop or tower antenna.

Have you had any problems or complaints about it? Trouble hooking things up? Well overall it really isn’t to bad. The pictures are better, and many stations now have more channels which offer more programing options than before.

The main problem that I’m hearing is that some people have channels that they can’t get anymore. There could be several reasons for the trouble. Here they are.

1.   Your station simply decided not to go digital. Find their number and give them a call, or ask a neighbor who uses an antenna also, they might know.

2.   Your antenna might not be pointed in the correct direction. Try moving it a little at a time and rescan your box every time you do. You may get lucky and find it again.

3.   You may need a bigger or higher antenna for that station now. You could live on the edge of their broadcast area and have a weak signal. A bigger or higher antenna may help. Check The Shack or a TV store for more antenna help.

4.   Try a little trick. Simply move the antenna to different locations in the room if possible. You could be in a dead spot and when you move it you could get it to come in. Remember to rescan you box every time you move the antenna or TV.

5.   Try this, set your antenna on top of something that won’t burn to simply raise it up. Get it up as close to the ceiling as possible. Then try moving the direction. Remember to rescan each time. My neighbors son couldn’t get the new cartoon channel on his TV, it was only coming in in their living room. So I told him to put a milk crate on top of his TV and set the antenna up on that. After he did and rescanned he now gets more channels on his set than they do in their living room.

Two tips.  1.   If you get a pass through converter box, you could possibly receive more channels, depending on where you live. Canada and other countries still broadcast analog signals and you may pick up a channel or two.   2.   You can get antenna amplifiers that you can connect to your antenna, from Radio shack and TV stores. They may help pull in that elusive station.

Visit Antenna and follow their instructions. Just by entering your zip code and centering your location on their map, it will suggest the proper antenna and the stations you can expect to receive for your location! Try it, it works pretty well. Remember that some of the stations shown will have others that you may receive also!

I hope this helped to make your viewing better, so for now, pass me the popcorn because channel 4.2 is a new 24-7 retro movie channel in my area and “White Lightning” is coming on again.


If you need help with anything digital just click on Q/A’s up top and ask.

Remember, If you are buying a new TV, Recycle the old one to help save the planet from more pollution.

Or you can collect them like this guy in Germany did.

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