04-18-2013 02:45 PM
Hi All - I'm really confused and hope some of you might know the answer. We were planning on getting rid of our DISH service and simply getting an antenna for local channels and using Netflix or something similar for other shows/movies. However, someone told me the other day that in the coming weeks or months antennas will no longer be able to pick up local channels. Really!? Now I know a few years back there was a switch where you had to get a converter box to still receive local channels, but I haven't heard anything about another/new change. Does anyone possibly know about an upcoming change that would make it so local channels aren't available even with an antenna?
Any help or info would be greatly appreciated!! We don't want to purchase a quality antenna just to find out it won't work soon.
04-18-2013 05:10 PM
Whoever gave you this information should be put on your ignore list. There is no truth to this.
Many people are ditching cable and satellite providers for online services. Myself included.
04-18-2013 06:02 PM
04-18-2013 06:11 PM
Actually SlimJim there is a little truth to that. But it is not certain and definently wont happen that soon.
Fox and one of the other major 4 networks has threatened to pull all of its OTA channels over the Aereo dispute.
Good call out, Neihn, although I don't believe this is the same situation the OP is describing.
04-18-2013 06:34 PM
04-18-2013 07:07 PM
Based on this article. I think there is 0% chance of a complete shut down of ATSC broadcast.
04-18-2013 07:22 PM
Thanks all, I really appreciate your input. And to clarify (sorry, I should have been more clear), yes, I'm refering to channels such as ABC, NBC, etc.
Thanks again, your information has been helpful!
04-18-2013 09:23 PM
I would continue with OTA and enjoy the savings while they sort this mess out.
BTW.... who is your internet provider? Some cable providers offer bundles with their internet service for additional savings.