Yes, TV Antennas Still Exist — And They're Making a Comeback

Yes, TV Antennas Still Exist — And They're Making a Comeback

Melissa Massello
Aug 16, 2017
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A whole new generation of TV addicts is just finding out that antennas exist, and that they get you basic channels for free. It's actually leading to a revival in sales for "rabbit ears." Yes, really — in 2017.

Driven by a desire to cut the cord, the generation used to streaming TV is genuinely shocked that the technology exists to pluck a signal and a show out of thin air — and for a one-time $20 purchase — according to recent reports by the Wall Street Journal and Mashable showing that the TV antenna is millennials' new favorite "hack." And it's adorable.

One 28-year-old man told WSJ that it blew his mind that he could access half a dozen major TV channels, completely free.

"I was just kind of surprised that this is technology that exists," said Dan Sisco. "It's been awesome. It doesn't log out and it doesn't skip."

And Mashable apps reporter Karissa Bell, herself a millennial, urged her fellow TV-addicted youngins to school themselves on the genius of this super vintage entertainment technology — "yes, TV antennas are a thing" — educating about how the tuners work and how to position them to get the best reception and the biggest number of channels, a type of Vogue-ing that anyone born before IDK 1985 will surely remember. The only big downfall, at least from the perspective of these digital natives? Ads.

"Also, you'll have no choice but to suffer through commercials, which is a huge drag in 2017, but again, it's free so it's hard to complain," Bell writes.

That's right, you can watch all the networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, the CW, PBS and more — completely free by tuning into their airwaves if you're willing to add some cheap "rabbit ears" as we used to call them, back onto your television.

That is, if your flat screen even has a built-in tuner.

How many of you still have a TV with an antenna? Or remember TV antennas — maybe even fondly? If you don't, would you try one?

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