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prplhze2000
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Millennials don't know tv is free.
Cliffnotes? There are none. Get some ritalin or coke.

From today's Wall Street Journal:
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Dan Sisco has discovered a technology that allows him to access half a dozen major TV channels, completely free. “I was just kind of surprised that this is technology that exists,” says Mr. Sisco, 28 years old. “It’s been awesome. It doesn’t log out and it doesn’t skip.”

Let’s hear a round of applause for TV antennas, often called “rabbit ears,” a technology invented roughly seven decades ago, long before there was even a cord to be cut, which had been consigned to the technology trash can along with cassette tapes and VCRs.

The antenna is mounting a quiet comeback, propelled by a generation that never knew life before cable television, and who primarily watch Netflix , Hulu and HBO via the internet. Antenna sales in the U.S. are projected to rise 7% in 2017 to nearly 8 million units, according to the Consumer Technology Association, a trade group....

Mr. Sisco, an M.B.A. student in Provo, Utah, made his discovery after inviting friends over to watch the Super Bowl in 2014. The online stream he found to watch the game didn’t have regular commercials—disappointing half of his guests who were only interested in the ads.

“An antenna was not even on my radar,” he says. He went online and discovered he could buy one for $20 and watch major networks like ABC, NBC, Fox and CBS free.

But many consumers still aren’t getting the signal.

Carlos Villalobos, 21, who was selling tube-shaped digital antennas at a swap meet in San Diego recently, says customers often ask if his $20 to $25 products are legal. “They don’t trust me when I say that these are actually free local channels,” he says.

Earlier this year, he got an earful from a woman who didn’t get it. “She was mad,” he recalls. “She says, ‘No, you can’t live in America for free, what are you talking about?’”

Almost a third of Americans (29%) are unaware local TV is available free, according to a June survey by the National Association of Broadcasters, an industry trade group....

Richard Schneider, founder of a St. Louis manufacturing company called Antennas Direct, says his occupation results in awkward small talk. “If I’m at a party and I tell people what I do for a living, they’ll say, ‘That’s still a thing?’ I’d think you’d be out of business by now.’”

Quite the opposite. He started selling antennas as a hobby more than 15 years ago and only expected to sell a few hundred each year. He says he sold 75,000 antennas in June. Even the latest high-definition flat-screen TVs need an antenna to get free broadcasts.

Michelle Herrick, 39, a photographer in Phoenix, says she was desperate to cancel her cable subscription after her bill topped $200 a month. The only reason she hadn’t was because she wanted local stations.

Then, about two years ago, her mother told her about modern antennas. Now, Ms. Herrick is the one who regularly has to explain to puzzled guests how she’s able to watch free television. “Everyone I talked to, they had no idea.” .




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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
Cable companies dont want you to know


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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
their at&t connection must be better than mine, i have to switch to rabbit ears every so often

at&t:


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Wtodd
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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.


HO
LEE
SHIT


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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
Cable companies hate this guy


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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
CBS is a pain in the arse to get in BR


prplhze2000
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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
weird how local stations don't tell you about the wabbit ears when they get cut off by satellite companies during disputes.


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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
those who grew up in the age of free information continue to show just how rigid of a bubble they exist in


TulaneUVA
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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
Another reason this millenial bracket is so stupid. Anyone born in 80's would have likely grown up with antennas or at least understands the concept.
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fr33manator
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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
Nothing is free, kids.


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upgrayedd
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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
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those who grew up in the age of free information continue to show just how rigid of a bubble they exist in


I suppose, but I wouldn't expect most of these kids to understand how a rotary phone works either.


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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
Millennials are so dumb amirite?


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TheDrunkenTigah
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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
Antennas are pretty well known to cord cutters. Wall Street Journal is being a little disingenuous here.


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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
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would have their sibling hold the rabbit ears up in the corner when the signal was slightly off, knowing all the time this did nothing


slightly fixed


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TH03
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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
Lol at judging people based on their knowledge of outdated technology


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They think only whites get free tv channels.


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Millennials don't know tv is free.



I spent my entire teen years with bunny ears after my parents divorced and my dad got rid of our cable.


When I got older and moved out on my own I swore I'd never not had have cable again which is why I've been reluctant to cut the cord. I only keep it for the spanish channels and football games in the fall.


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DayBowBow
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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
It's not just millennialist, my parents had no clue you could pick up HD channels with an antenna until recently.

Cable companies created a mistique around HD in the early days by making it seem like you need something special for it. They even offered it to you for free if you signed a contract!


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GetCocky11
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re: Millennials don't know tv is free.
This is actually a study on millennials that I find accurate. I'm shocked by the number of people in their 20s who don't know that the tv antenna is still a thing.


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upgrayedd
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Lol at judging people based on their knowledge of outdated technology

THESE PEOPLE DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT A 5 1/4 FLOPPY DISK IS! CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?


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