Free Digital Television vs. Pay Television

Clarence Schreiber By Clarence Schreiber, 29th Oct 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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This is comparison between having free over the air digital television and to having to pay for having more channels to cable, satellite companies.

Free Over The Air Digital Television

Most analogue translators were shut down on or by June 12, 2009, with the exception of "nightlight" analog stations (which broadcasted a video on how to set up a digital TV), in which these were shut down on June 26, 2009, and low-power analog stations, in which these translators will be forced to shut down by September 1, 2015.

With the switching over to digital most of the local stations are adding more channels (sub channels) to their stations which has different types of programs. For example one channel can have eight sub channels with different programming while a different channel may have two sub channels. A television station doesn't have to have sub channels but have that option to do so if they want to.

With having sub channels a television station has options to change programming if something they is going to run over the time length for a good length of time they may broadcast a program that was schedule to start at one time to move that program to one of their sub channel so they don't cut into original programming and have a note scroll at the bottom of screen to let them know about the changes.

With over time depends on the area you live whether in a big city where there be an excellent chance that you might receive more digital channels or in a smaller city or town where not as many channels.

Cable and Satellite

While pay television systems existed as early as the late 1940s, until the early 1970s cable television only brought distant over-the-air TV to rural areas without local stations.


Cable companies charge for giving you your local stations and all the different cable channels. The cable do offer different kinds of channel packages that have different channels to choose from with different prices


Most satellite companies will give lots of channels and also have different packages to give you choices with different price but many of them might not offer the local channels in your area.

Over The Air Free Television Or Pay Television

While the decision to have over the air free television or pay for cable or satellite is up to you. In the Milwaukee, WI market there is a lot of stations with multiple sub channels (click on Milwaukee, WI for my area's channels the we receive). In my area we receive lots of stations, despite that we don't have any sport stations and personally I prefer to enjoy the free over the air stations. But for others who prefer and are able to afford to pay for more stations that is up to you. If you go the route of paying for cable or satellite services make sure you select the right package to fit your budget and that the channel packages that you select are right for you.


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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
30th Oct 2011 (#)

informative share..

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author avatar Randy Duckworth
30th Oct 2011 (#)

Great information! Thanks for sharing

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author avatar Buzz
30th Oct 2011 (#)

Thanks for this info, Clarence.

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author avatar stephen1
1st Nov 2011 (#)

nice post

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
3rd Nov 2011 (#)

I missed this post but thanks for sharing, Clarence. AT&T came in and "bundled up" my TV, phones and computer. I am confused at the moment.

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