Thursday, September 22, 2011

ANTENNAS ARE NOT HD!

This is a PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Antennas are not HD. Antennas are not digital. Only the broadcasts are HD.
Whenever you see an antenna that purports to be an HD radio antenna or HDTV antenna it is marketing hooey. Digital reception in every sense of the word is a synonym for analog reception.

An antenna of any kind whatsoever is just a piece of metal designed to be responsive over a range of frequencies. When they first began planning the HDTV cut over, there was the vain hope that everyone would migrate nice and orderly to the UHF band. If that had happened, you could at least have argued that an HDTV antennas was somehow different than some older TV antennas. That didn't happen. There are still VHF stations in almost every market. It's a total pain in the ass. Because of these disorganized stragglers, viewers  still need to be able to receive UHF and both VHF bands. (you know who you are)