On January 1, 2011 a new television network that shows classic television programs began airing here in Hartford, Connecticut and in many other cities across the United States. This free, over – the – air network from Tribune Broadcasting is named Antenna TV. For the millions of Americans, like myself, who do not have cable TV, the national switchover to converter box – digital programming just got a whole lot better.
When a person watches free broadcast, over – the – air television now, many channels feature what are known as ‘sub – channels’. Our local PBS affiliate, for example used to be Channel 24. Now, there are Channels 24.1, 24.2, 24.3 and 24.4 and each one shows different programming.
With sub – channels such as Antenna TV, the Create Network and THIS TV, free over – the – air television programming is offering options that easily rival specialized programming on cable TV.
Antenna TV is free and broadcast over – the – air. It is a great new feature for the many Americans who use television converter boxes and the network is also available through some cable TV companies in major markets.
I know at least two people who have said they are considering dropping their cable TV service, so they can go back to watching broadcast television for free, if they can find converter boxes.
This new television network describes itself as a digital multicast network which airs vintage and classic TV shows and movies. I think it’s a great addition to the lineup of programming already available with over – the – air television service.
Antenna TV launched in many American cities on January 1, 2011, but the network is slated to launch in St Louis, Kansas City, Oklahoma City, Richmond, Des Moines and Davenport – Rock Island later in 2011.
Antenna TV is now on the air in Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Sacramento, Hartford and New Haven, New Orleans, Wilkes Barre – Scranton, Springfield, MO, New York, Los Angeles, Dallas, Washington DC, Denver, Grand Rapids and many other cities.
Audio and Video Quality
As I write this, Antenna TV is playing on the television set situated a few feet away from where I am sitting. Sanford and Son is playing and the picture and sound are remarkably clear.
I must say, however, that a couple of times this week, I was watching episodes of Three’s Company wherein the actors voices and mouths were not working in sync.
It cracked me up, hearing Mr Roper’s voice speaking, while the screen showed Mrs Roper speaking, and vice – versa.
Here in Hartford, Connecticut, the Antenna TV Network airs vintage movies during the morning hours. Starting at 1:00 pm on weekdays, this free network begins airing an interesting lineup of classic television programs. These include Father Knows Best, Dennis The Menace, Good Times, The Nanny, The Partridge Family, Married With Children, Sanford And Son, Maude, All In The Family, Three’s Company and Hazel.
On Saturdays, the Antenna TV Network airs classic cartoons in the morning and shows such as Gidget, Too Close For Comfort, The Three Stooges, The Flying Nun, The Monkees and The Benny Hill Show. On Sundays, Here Come The Brides is also aired.
Interestingly, most of the classic television shows aired on Antenna TV are shown two at a time. For example : Two episodes of Dennis The Menace will air consectutively, then two episodes of Hazel, followed by two episodes of The Partridge Family.
Antenna TV is a network whose time has come. Kudos to Tribune Broadcasting for launching such a fun and nostalgic format. With generations of Amricans who have never seen many of these programs, I’m guessing that this network will appeal to viewers of all ages. Antenna TV is a great addition to over – the – air, broadcast television programming.
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