Today, August 31st 2011, marks the end of an era in Canada. The analog NTSC television signal broadcast. Well, I must vent out on one statement I have been hearing and reading in the Canadian media: "Now that we are transitioning to digital TV, the rabbit ears antenna era is over..." I have been hearing this false statement over and over in the last year. How to confuse the viewers when it can be stated clearly. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ANTENNA! The same radio spectrum is more or less used. It is all happening in the TV set. Just buy a converter box if you have an older TV set with an analog tuner. Hook up your rabbit ears, or any TV aerial, to that converter box, and hook up the box to the TV set and you'll be in business. You readers all know this, of course, but you are not the average Joe-Blo person if show any interest in my blog.
Let me try to come up with possible reasons why they have been making this false statement over and over:
They simply don't know what they are talking about.
It sounds cool to say that. Hey, they need a punch line...
The fact that the digital TV reception, due to its digital nature, will either work, or it will not, may make the rabbit ears less than desirable compared to an outdoor antenna. But everyone knows that the rabbit ears are a compromise antenna. It won't be different in the digital world. If you live in a city with close-by TV transmitters, use your rabbit ears!
The majority of ATSC or DVB (HD) TV sets do not sell with rabbit ears anymore. So what, we are trying to educate those who do not own such a TV set.
Newer (and maybe better performing) "HD" antennas are being sold. Crap! But this is a good market to preserve. Marketing at its best...