Making way for over-the-air broadcast channels through TV antenna and ditching the cable is a great way of saving money and also watching all of your local channels for free. Also the internet provides a lot of content to its audience. Having local channels is a must even when you get a lot of content through internet or the online streaming services and devices. Local channels provide emergency news or notifications when there is any bad weather and the other sources black out. Having said that, you may wonder that there is an old antenna lying somewhere in your attic or basement and you wondering whether it would work well with the new age digital TV.
The shift from analog to digital has seen a lot of change but it does not mean that you would need to get your antenna changed. The antennas are basically made for the analog TV signals to work just as perfectly as the digital and the high-definition signals. You may have heard a lot about digital TV antennas or high-definition TV antennas. Even though the new age antennas are designed to look sleeker and compact and at the same time to pick up better reception, there is actually no such thing that is called as digital TV antenna. The TV antennas whether old or new do not differentiate between the signals they pick up whether analog or digital. The antenna is all about collection of metal rod which can easily pick up VHF as well as UHF transmission frequencies.
The antenna hardly cares of what it picks up, all it does is pass the signal along to the tuner which can be either built-in tuner or a converter external box attached to the TV. This tuner would be decoding those signals into the format which can then get displayed on the TV. You should make a note that the issue isn’t about analog versus digital but instead it is more about the channel frequency. But in case the analog signal was at a certain frequency range for example, the VHF band and the digital one which had replaced it is in the UHF frequency band then probably you would need to get your antenna replaced.
For receiving the signals, the antennas basically detect the radio waves vibration which are at a certain frequency in the air. This leads to the electrons in the antenna to start going back and forth thereby generating signals which get transferred across the terminals to the electrical circuit and voltage change. Though we can say that the new age antennas are much better designed but this would not deny the fact that the older antennas would also work just fine provided they be large enough to pick up those signals and also positioned appropriately.
It’s time now to get back the antenna days back and make use of the free local channels. Cut the cord and goodbye to cable and satellite TV. This would not only help in saving lot of money but at the same time TV antennas open door for other entertainment opportunities which are cheaper as well.