What Could Over Air TV & Dinosaurs Have in Common?

Over the air TV is free to anyone who has an antenna and digital TV. If some people have their way, free TV will go the way of the Dinosaurs and become extinct. I don’t know much about the movement but I have been hearing commercials on TV that state there is a movement afoot to get rid of over the air TV. Could that be people like the Cable companies, Satellite companies and anyone else who charges for watching TV? Probably so! This is something that should not be allowed to happen!

There are a lot of people in this country who can’t afford to pay for the priveledge of watching TV. They should not be forced into a position of having to pay to watch TV or just give up TV. I grew up in the era where for many decades there was no such thing as satellite TV or cable TV and I did just fine. I could still do just fine if there was only over the air TV. If you can afford to pay for 500 channels of stuff you never watch, then it is your right to do so. If you can’t afford to pay, then there should continue to be the option for free over the air TV. The new digital broadcasts are as good as you’ll get on cable if you are close enough to the antenna.

Over air antenna for RVs

Over air antenna for RVs

“What would the absence of over the air TV mean to the RVing community”, you ask? It would mean that when you go to a campground that still doesn’t have cable installed, you wouldn’t be able to watch TV. That could be a real bummer on a cold rainy day when you and the wife aren’t speaking and you need something to do. Oh sure, some of you have your own satellite receivers so that wouldn’t be a problem. What about those of us who don’t have satellite? We still need over the air TV! The Farm Country RV Park in Medina where we stay doesn’t have cable so we have to rely on the San Antonio local broadcasts. We are close enough to get a pretty good digital signal that is as good as satellite, most of the time.

Whether or not you have cable, satellite or the new AT&T Uverse there should always be a free TV option for those who need it. This is just another case of big money and probably big government taking away from those who can least afford it. If any of you hear about legislation to do away with broadcast TV, do your part to prevent its passage.



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