Cord Cutters: You Need to Re-Scan For New Channels!

Cord CuttersFor at least the next two years, you need to scan every so often to pick up and locate new channels!

Antenna Users: Rescan to Keep Getting Free TV

Consumer Reports – By: James K. Willcox – “With more of us looking to find ways to save money on our monthly TV bills, it’s no surprise that TV antennas have made a comeback.

Once you get an antenna, you can tune in to local broadcasts channels, such as ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC, as well as PBS and Telemundo. It’s free TV.

If you use an antenna, it’s important to regularly rescan for channels. That’s always been a good idea, but it’s more important now, with many TV stations moving to new broadcast frequencies over the next 18 to 24 months.

Rescanning simply means having your TV’s tuner do an automated update to look for new channels. This will allow your TV to find your favorite channels at their new frequencies. Though the frequency may be new, the channel numbers you use won’t change—channel 5 will still be channel 5, and so on.

Why are stations moving? Several years ago, Congress authorized the Federal Communications Commission to hold a spectrum auction, freeing up some over-the-air broadcast TV frequencies to make room for expanded wireless services.

Now that the auction is complete, about 1,000 TV stations have to change their frequencies, a move that will happen over the next two years. In addition, about a dozen stations will go off the air entirely.

To help consumers get up to speed on the transition, the National Association of Broadcasters has created a helpful website, TVAnswers.org. You can get more general information about the station reassignments and find out when your local TV stations are moving. Just enter your ZIP code in the box at the top of the website to find out when your stations are slated to move. You can also sign up to get alerts when a local station is moving.
But the spectrum reassignment isn’t the only reason to rescan every month or so. First, if you did your original channel scan during a cloudy or rainy day, you might not be receiving all the channels available to you.

Secondly, most stations have been adding subchannels, in addition to the main program you’re tuned to. A rescan will help you capture any of those new subchannels, with programming that often includes a mix of vintage TV shows, nature programs, weather, and foreign-language programming.

Here’s How to Rescan

Fortunately, rescanning for channels is a fairly simple, straightforward thing to do. It varies a bit depending on what brand of TV you own, but ultimately you’re looking for a control that says Channel Scan or Channel Tuning.
Start by using your TV remote control (or a digital converter box remote if you still have an older analog TV) to press the Menu button. You may see the Channel Scan control right away, or it could be one layer down, under Antenna, Channels, or Channel List. It might be called “Live TV” (for LG TVs) or “Broadcast” (for Samsungs).

If you don’t see any of those options as soon as you press the Menu button—and that’s not unusual—you’ll have to go one layer deeper by first choosing Settings or Setup.
Once you find Channel Scan or Channel Tuning, you may have a choice to tune automatically (Autotune or Autoscan) or manually. You want the automatic option, which will make the TV search through all the channels.

If you don’t see any of these options, you can usually perform a channel scan by selecting the Input button on the TV remote or in the TV’s main menu, then choosing Antenna.

Depending on the number of channels you can receive, it could take a few minutes to complete the rescan. If it doesn’t work the first time, try again. And actually, we recommend doing a second channel scan anyway just to see whether you get any stations you missed on the first rescan.

Don’t Have an Antenna Yet?

If you’re just getting started with free, over-the-air TV, you’re in good company. Even many consumers who have switched to streaming video services, such as DirecTV Now or Sling TV, use an antenna for local stations not included with their package. In fact, 1 in 5 U.S. households with broadband internet now use one, according to market research firm Parks Associates.

Having the right antenna can help you get more of your local channels. We recently tested 10 popular models, ranging in price from $10 to $80. Your reception will also depend heavily on your distance from broadcast towers, and topography—such as mountains or tall buildings—that could interfere with signals. Amplified models can often help pull in more distant stations.

One other thing if you’re shopping: Make sure your antenna can receive both VHF (channels 2-13) and UHF (channels 14-51) frequencies. Some antennas only provide good reception of VHF or UHF channels, but not both. Because some channels may be moving from UHF to VHF frequency bands, you’ll need an antenna that can receive both.”

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Dr. Bill.TV #433 – Video – “The Area 51 Demo Edition!”

A new version of DirCaster! Amazon is buying Ring, Apple may release a new MacBook Air, Amazon to stop sales of Nest products, Alexa did lose its voice, Dropbox adds G Suite integration, GSotW: Linux Edition: Q4OS, more Cord Cutters, a demo of Area 51! (Starting at 24:51)

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Dr. Bill.TV #433 – Audio – “The Area 51 Demo Edition!”

A new version of DirCaster! Amazon is buying Ring, Apple may release a new MacBook Air, Amazon to stop sales of Nest products, Alexa did lose its voice, Dropbox adds G Suite integration, GSotW: Linux Edition: Q4OS, more Cord Cutters, a demo of Area 51! (Starting at 24:51)

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People Continue to ‘Cut the Cord’!

OTA AntennaThis is a big trend all right!

More and more people cut the cord as cable TV companies struggle

Digital Trends – By: Mark Austin – “Cord-cutting: if you haven’t done it yourself (yet), you probably know someone who has. The number of people who’ve said goodbye to their cable or satellite TV package — and their monthly bill — just hit another new record, and telecom companies are floundering as they try to cope with the new reality.

Fortune’s analysis of a recent report from MoffetNathanson Research concluded that more than half a million customers cut the cord in the fourth quarter alone. The 3.4 percent decline in the number of pay TV subscribers is the highest since 2010.

‘For all distributors, this is mostly just varying degrees of … bad,’ Craig Moffett noted in the report.

2018 will likely be a breakout year for streaming services, as BGR summarized. Sling TV leads the pack, with 2.2 million subscribers. Hulu’s live streaming has about 450,000 subscribers, and YouTube TV boasts more than 300,000, according to CNBC.

Customers of the five top internet TV providers has more than doubled, from 2 million in 2016 to nearly 4.6 million at the end of 2017.

The research doesn’t include people who never signed up for cable in the first place, younger viewers known as ‘cord-nevers’ rather than ‘cord-cutters.’ From a high of 88 percent in 2010, the number of households who pay for cable or satellite TV service has declined to 79 percent in 2017.

The cable TV exodus is being reflected in stock prices as well. Comcast and Verizon are both down 9 percent in 2018, and AT&T shares have lost 6 percent.

Streaming services may not be generating much profit, however. An average streaming bundle is around $30-$40, while a standard cable package is about $100. Because they have a regional monopoly, cable companies can negotiate lower prices with content providers. Streaming services, on the other hand, have transparent pricing models and must compete with each other for a nationwide audience.

Cable companies also have another weapon on their side — their notoriously bad customer service. Because cancelling is so easy, streaming services may face an uphill battle when trying to grow their customer base in the long term, according to industry analyst Rich Greenfield. ‘You can cancel these livestreaming services with four clicks of a button,’ he said. ‘Have you tried canceling your cable?'”

Sling TV Grows by 47%

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Dish separates out Sling TV subscribers for first time, reports 47% growth

9to5Mac – By: Ben Lovejoy – “Dish Network has for the first time separated out its Dish TV and Sling TV subscriber numbers. The company revealed the figures in its year-end financials for 2017…

Dish says that Sling TV accounts for 2.212M of its 13.242M Pay-TV subscribers, and told us that this represents 47% growth year-on-year. This contrasts with its legacy satellite TV service, which lost more than a million subscribers in the course of the year.

The company says that Sling TV remains the #1 live and on-demand Internet streaming service. Average revenue per user across its entire subscriber base fell slightly to $86.43.

Sling TV brought its cloud DVR feature to Apple TV back in April of last year, with support added to iOS devices a couple of months later.

Sling TV, which is available on Apple TV, starts at $20/month.”

Dr. Bill.TV #431 – Video – “The Very Special Cord Cutter’s Edition!”

YouTubeTV, multiple Amazon Dots, Combining multiple OTA antennas, GSotW: TeaTV, Philo, NoCable.org, Microsoft Edge can be pwned! SlingTV and, be sure to tune in at approximately 29 minutes in for the ‘Marvel Movie after the credits’ scene on Leonflix!’

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Dr. Bill.TV #431 – Audio – “The Very Special Cord Cutter’s Edition!”

YouTubeTV, multiple Amazon Dots, Combining multiple OTA antennas, GSotW: TeaTV, Philo, NoCable.org, Microsoft Edge can be pwned! SlingTV and, be sure to tune in at approximately 29 minutes in for the ‘Marvel Movie after the credits’ scene on Leonflix!’

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SlingTV – HBO & Cinemax Are FREE This Weekend Only!

SlingTVThis may be the Weekend to try SlingTV!

HBO & Cinemax Are FREE This Weekend on Sling TV

Cord Cutters News – Luke Bouma – “Been thinking about giving HBO a try? Today may be your lucky day because all Sling TV subscribers have free access to HBO and all of the HBO On-Demand content! This deal is running through Monday, February 19th 2018…

Not a Sling TV subscriber? Sling TV is still offering a 7-day free trial that will give you access to the FREE HBO deal. You can head over to their site and sign up for any of their plans starting at just $20 a month.”

Test to See Which HDTV “Over the Air” Stations You Can Receive

HDTV AntennaTV without Cable – Over 90% of households can get free over-the-air TV. Can you?

The average US household’s cable bill is $123 (a month.) This means you can save over $1,400 a year by simply dropping Cable TV.

Cable companies are allowed to downgrade their service by 30% to save on transmission costs. OTA (“Over the Air”) doesn’t have this problem.

Test to see what you can receive over the air, using our Geek Web Site of the Week: https://nocable.org/home (Enter your Zip Code on this page.)

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