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Free HDTV for Holyoke Residents

December 4, 2008

Are you fed up with the current rise in Comcast cable rates? Well now you can do something about it!

Build your own free HDTV Antennae for less than $5.

This antennae receives the digital signal broadcasted, however you will still need a digital converter box to receive this signal if your TV does not have a Digital (ATSC) tuner. (Thanks Tom)

The switchover date is February 17, 2009

It uses 6 metal coat hangers, a 3 foot piece of wood, a balun uhf/vhf converter from Radio Shack

and a 1/2 hour of your time.

Here is the instructional video

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. December 4, 2008 12:48 pm

    This is definitely a subject of concern in Holyoke. I was going to post something about the rate increase and HD switchover myself, but if you cover it I will just link back here. Go for it Dude!

  2. Tom H permalink
    December 5, 2008 12:06 pm

    A couple of corrections to major errors:

    1) This antenna may replace your existing antenna, but it CANNOT replace a digital converter box. The box is a tuner, not an antenna. If you have an analog TV and add this or any other antenna, you still have no way to TUNE any digital channel until you add an ATSC tuner. That’s what a digital converter box does, and that’s what a digital TV includes. (Note that the TV in the demo is a digital, not an analog TV).

    2) The government mandate mentioned in the video is for a switch to Digital in Feb or 2009, NOT to HD by the end of 2008. HD is just the high end of digital TV, and in order to watch high def, you need a set that is capable of displaying HD. You can watch the programs on a HD channel on a standard def set, or on an analog set with a converter box, but what’s on the screen will not be in high definition. It’s like playing a stereo record on a monaural recrod player – you’ll hear the music, but you won’t hear stereo.

  3. holyokenow permalink*
    December 5, 2008 2:19 pm

    Thanks for the corrections Tom,

    I guess I forgot all about the digital tuner aspect, as all my TV’s have built in Digital Receivers.

    I’ll edit the original post

  4. December 15, 2008 9:45 am

    Nice info, thanks

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