Why pay $70/mo for cable tv?
Over the last few years, many of our clients have started streaming primary content from the internet directly to their computers and televisions. This includes tv shows, movies and sporting events. People are starting to question if they really need cable tv, which on average costs $70-$100/mo (upwards of $1,000.00/yr). much of the content available on cable tv can also be acquired via the streaming-web model. Some of this content is free, and some you subscribe to (ie: netflix or hbo @ $10/mo). Newer tv’s support web-streaming directly, otherwise simply install a streaming device (apple-tv, kindle-fire tv, roku). Another way to get tv without the monthly cable-tv bill is to purchase a broadcast tv antenna. The current generation of these outdoor tv antennas can receive HD-quality content from broadcast stations up to 70 miles away. For example, the town of Concord MA is 15-20 miles away from Boston and Cambridge. An antenna installed in an attic (or on the roof or exterior wall) can receive over 25 local HD channels (plus another 25 standard-def). Most local news and sports are broadcast in HD. We have been installing the ClearStream 4 antenna for clients, and results are excellent. The ClearStream 4 kit (with mount) costs about $130.00 on Amazon (see link at end of article) To see what HD channels are available in your area, google ‘fcc dtv reception maps’ and type in your zip code. Installation of the antenna is quite easy. You can look at a map to see the direction of your local metro broadcast area, then use a compass app on your smartphone to position the antenna. Next run a coax cable from the antenna to the tv (or to a splitter box, if needed). Get good quality RG6 cable (quad-shielded low-loss coax). If you have multiple tv’s, you can get a 4-way powered splitter box (another $20). Connect the splitter box to each tv via coax cable runs (usually already installed in your house, running from the basement or primary wiring area). For a mere $200.00 and a few hours of your time, you can save over a grand per year on recurring household expenses. If you decide to get one, remember you have 30 days to return product to amazon if you are unhappy with the results (save the boxes). The only drawback is that weather and atmospheric conditions can sometimes affect the reception quality, the same as with satellite radio. If you get one, let us know how it works. PAUL