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Over-The-Air (OTA) Toronto


Today, another antenna was erected. An ‘antenna’ you ask? The very same antenna that entertained us before cable television (tv). Why is there a shift BACK to over the air transmissions? Because it’s free, it’s the same crap you PAY FOR when subscribing to BASIC cable, the signal is now DIGITAL which allows the transmission of high definition (HD) surround sound broadcasts, and it’s FREE!!

I read an article recently, and in the United States, 1 in 8 cable subscribers are erecting an antenna and canceling their cable service. I don’t know what the stats are for Toronto, but myself, my dad, my brother-in-law and 4 of my friends have re-discovered high quality television for FREE!

Now let me remind you that you will not get specialty channels (FoodTV, TSN) just local programming from Toronto and Buffalo (Grand Island, New York). But there’s absolutely NOTHING wrong with local programming! ALL THE PRIME TIME entertainment you’re used to on cable is available over-the-air!! Let me repeat that; “ALL THE PRIME TIME entertainment you’re used to on cable is available over-the-air!!”. If’s it’s prime time, such as LOST, 24, The Office, 30 Rock, American Idol…you’ll see it and that’s JUST TO NAME A FEW!!

World Cup broadcasts have been amazing. CBC-HD (Ch. 5-1) is the Canadian carrier of the World Cup this year the entire broadcast is in HD….all crisp and clear! And did I mention FREE?

A few important things to know about erecting an antenna, location & height. The further away you are from the city core (CN Tower) the more height you’ll need to receive the tv signal. I’ve been pretty lucky, I’ve set up my antenna in my attic and added an amplified splitter which helps me receive 20 channels:

Stop paying for cable, it’s too much and I bet you hardly use it.





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