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August 3, 2017

Millennials Unearth an Amazing Hack to Get Free TV: the Antenna

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voldothegr8 15 hours ago#1
No, this is not an Onion piece

http://www.cetusnews.com/life/Millennials-Unearth-an-Amazing-Hack-to-Get-Free-TV--the-Antenna--.r1IR4Qu1DZ.html

“I was just kind of surprised that this is technology that exists,” says Mr. Sisco, 28 years old. “It’s been awesome. It doesn’t log out and it doesn’t skip.”

Let’s hear a round of applause for TV antennas, often called “rabbit ears,” a technology invented roughly seven decades ago, long before there was even a cord to be cut, which had been consigned to the technology trash can along with cassette tapes and VCRs.

The antenna is mounting a quiet comeback, propelled by a generation that never knew life before cable television, and who primarily watch Netflix , Hulu and HBO via the internet. Antenna sales in the U.S. are projected to rise 7% in 2017 to nearly 8 million units, according to the Consumer Technology Association, a trade group.

Mr. Sisco, an M.B.A. student in Provo, Utah, made his discovery after inviting friends over to watch the Super Bowl in 2014. The online stream he found to watch the game didn’t have regular commercials—disappointing half of his guests who were only interested in the ads.

“An antenna was not even on my radar,” he says. He went online and discovered he could buy one for $20 and watch major networks like ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS free.

There is typically no need to climb on a rooftop. While some indoor antennas still look like old-fashioned rabbit ears, many modern antennas are thin sheets that can be hidden behind a flat TV or hung like a picture frame.

But many consumers still aren’t getting the signal.

Carlos Villalobos, 21, who was selling tube-shaped digital antennas at a swap meet in San Diego recently, says customers often ask if his $20 to $25 products are legal. “They don’t trust me when I say that these are actually free local channels,” he says.
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Vicious_Dios 15 hours ago#2
Oh, for f***'s sake.
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TheVipaGTS 15 hours ago#3
This is no different than older people not knowing how to use a cell phone. Many younger people never grew up in a time where antennas like that were common. They had cable or plugged directly into the wall before the digital switch over. Even now a typical antenna won't work. It has to be one of the new digital antennas which aren't very common or advertised much anymore.
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Yaridovich 15 hours ago#4
This has to be a f***ing joke. 

If you're 2f***8 and don't know what a TV antenna is you're an idiot
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Damn_Underscore 15 hours ago#5
What happens when rich sheltered millennials go into the real world
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iamintents 15 hours ago#6
AlternativeFAQS 15 hours ago#7
satire
YellowSUV 15 hours ago#8
Those damn millennials are killing another industry by saving money. Also, does anyone else think millianeals spend too much money on junk like avocado toast?
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TrollSlayer11 15 hours ago#9
AlternativeFAQS posted...
satire
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Cookie Bag 15 hours ago#10
Yaridovich posted...
This has to be a f***ing joke. 

If you're 2f***8 and don't know what a TV antenna is you're an idiot
Tezlok 15 hours ago#11
This is pretty damn pathetic. They obviously don't read about history. People who know nothing about the world before they were born piss me off
Fill_Kessel 15 hours ago#12
How do I even use antennas on my dope ass plasma led flat screen with 4k Dolby surround sound?

Like can I even?
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iron jojo 15 hours ago#13
Can't be real
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frogman_295 15 hours ago#14
i need to upgrade mine to get CBS and ABC for football season...

free T.V. is nice.
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TheVipaGTS 14 hours ago#15
frogman_295 posted...
i need to upgrade mine to get CBS and ABC for football season...

free T.V. is nice.

CBS is garb...they broadcast in SD unless you watch on a digital box....so the standard antennas or converter boxes make CBS' NFL coverage terrible.....it cuts off so much on the sides...
kirbymuncher 14 hours ago#16
I have one of these

It doesn't get that many channels but it gets the bigger ones at least. Watched some of the last olympics with it. If you hold it at a weird angle or it tips over the signal gets really bad lol
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Gamer99z 14 hours ago#17
Millennials
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Monday 14 hours ago#18
Slaya4 14 hours ago#19
I'm pretty sure they got rid of antennas for digital awhile ago.
Am I going too hard?
StupidGenius 14 hours ago#20
Wouldn't an antennae pick up analog signals? Didn't they stop broadcasting analog TV like half a decade ago?
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NYmasajista 14 hours ago#21
Slaya4 posted...
I'm pretty sure they got rid of antennas for digital awhile ago.

Yeah it was about 8-9 years ago that the broadcast waves were switched over to digital so the older frequencies could be used for other purposes (cell phones or wifi iirc.)
kirbymuncher 14 hours ago#22
Monday posted...
is this real life

are there people this f***ing stupid


I'm pretty sure most people are aware of those sorts of giant on-roof antennas rqFOL7b

probably fewer people realize that this sort of thing exists too cMfz7BU

our antenna is just some random pieces of metal (well not literally random but they don't look out of the ordinary at all) screwed onto a wooden board from the basement
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ChromaticAngel 14 hours ago#23
Slaya4 posted...
I'm pretty sure they got rid of antennas for digital awhile ago.

It's the opposite. They got rid of analog broadcasts. now you can only get digital broadcasts.
ChromaticAngel 14 hours ago#24
kirbymuncher posted...
probably fewer people realize that this sort of thing exists too


Every single one of those small indoor antenna things I've tried has never worked. Last one got me exactly one channel with a clear picture and it was choppier than streaming netflix on dial up. I could watch a bunch of blurry spanish channels, though.

Antennas work best when they have a direct line of sight to the tower.
Sexypwnstar 14 hours ago#25
I just use an antenna to watch TV on my computer through Windows Media Center
KrustyTheClown 14 hours ago#26
Digital antennas f***ing blow if you don't live in the right place. Before they did away with analog broadcasting, I could get all my channels in a fuzzy but consistently watchable quality. With the digital antennas, if the signal dips low enough, the signal cuts out altogether or even worse, does this godawful stutter that's 100x worse than a CD skipping. Even high quality antennas mounted on the roof didn't do jack s***. Had a basic cable package for years because it was just easier for my dad to watch his shows than f***ing with one of those dumbass antennas.
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voldothegr8 6 hours ago#27
Monday posted...
is this real life

are there people this f***ing stupid

Of course.
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k darkfire 1 hour ago#29
I fear the next gen will be even more dumber then these loons. We're doomed.
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muchdran 1 hour ago#31
Lol f***ing millennials
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