The lowly, unsightly TV antenna, consigned to garages or forgotten altogether when people switched to cable and satellite services for TV, is rising again. Once known as "rabbit ears" because of their shape, antennas pull in actual broadcast signals to TVs, something that was once everyday knowledge but got lost as people for more than a generation came to rely on cable and satellite providers. In the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota, antenna users can receive 10 to 60 TV channels, often in high-definition quality, over the air at no expense. Local antenna installers say business has been rising about 20 percent to 25 percent annually for several years. Tom McGlynn, owner of St. Paul-based Mr. HDTV Man, noticed the change about three years ago. "It wasn't just the traditional cost-cutter upset over the latest cable bill who was calling," McGlynn said. "I started getting calls from affluent clientele in the western suburbs, seniors who have long resisted change, and millennials who … [Read more...] about Antenna sales are rising, in another sign of churn in TV watching
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Movies will often use live bugs on camera instead of CGI to make their story feel more real and to get your skin crawling. But getting these insects to do what you want requires lots an understanding of how they function. That’s where Steven Kutcher comes in. He’s an entomologist who has worked with insects on over 100 major projects including “Spider-Man, “Arachnophobia,” and “Jurassic Park.” We spoke with Kutcher about how he gets these tiny actors to do what the directors want and how no one gets hurt during the production. Following is a transcript of the video. Narrator: Some of the biggest stars in Hollywood are some of the smallest creatures on the planet. Real live insects like spiders, locusts, and butterflies play crucial roles in many memorable blockbuster films. But getting them to perform on camera is no easy task. Steven Kutcher: Rosie, lift up your leg. This leg. Come on. Oh see, she did this one. Oh, there she goes. And … [Read more...] about How insects are trained for TV and movies
I went through a bit of a hassle to set up an over-the-air antenna that feeds into a local Plex server so I can receive and record my local shows. It works well, but navigating the Plex Live TV interface is tedious (there is no grid guide).As I decided to try out different live TV streaming services, I noticed that they all carry some of the local channels. Note I say "some" of the local channels, because my antenna brings in more than 100 broadcast channels. Most are not what I'd call necessary, but I'm sure someone watches all that stuff.Finding streaming localsI started with SlingTV, which carries my local Dallas Fox and NBC channels. That's good, but I like shows on ABC and CBS as well.Next, I tried YouTube TV, which carries all four major local channels (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox). PlayStation Vue and DirecTV Now and Hulu Live also carry all four major D-FW networks. I'll work my way through trials of those services soon. PBS local stations aren't included in any streaming service, … [Read more...] about Cord-cutters: Do you really need an antenna to watch local channels?
Dish Network’s Sling TV has always been one of the best streaming channel bundles for antenna users. While rivals like DirecTV Now and YouTube TV make customers pay for the same broadcast networks they can get over the air for free, Sling omits them from its basic $20-per-month package, and only includes NBC and Fox in its $25-per-month package. This has helped Sling keep costs down, even as competitors charge upwards of $35 per month for streaming cable channels. Now Sling is doubling down on the antenna with AirTV, a $120 box that relays free broadcast channels from an antenna to Sling TV’s apps on Roku players, Amazon Fire TV devices, iPhones, iPads, and Android devices. This gives Sling subscribers a single app and unified TV guide for watching both cable and broadcast channels. It also allows them to watch broadcast TV from outside the house. Mitch Weinraub, AirTV’s director of product development, says a majority of Sling TV’s 2.2 million subscribers … [Read more...] about Sling TV has a secret weapon to win over cord-cutters–the humble TV antenna
If there’s anyone who should know about the future of paying for TV, it’s Hunter Sappington, 25, who tracks about 215 internet video services for his job as a research analyst. He knows what’s coming (ESPN+ debuted in April, and Disney’s streaming service will launch in the fall of 2019) and going (Seeso, RIP last November). He knows how popular they are — he says nearly half of the 215 have well under 10,000 subscribers each. He has access to just about anything he wants to watch. But he only regularly uses four at home: Netflix, Amazon, anime-site Funimation and Playstation Vue. “I did grow up in a cable household. Moving out in college, I never picked it back up again,” said Sappington, a researcher for Parks Associates who was in Denver this week for a TV industry event about the online video industry. “A lot of us ‘cord-nevers’ probably experienced cable at some point in their lives and ultimately … [Read more...] about What’s next for online TV services may be ironically familiar as companies aim to simplify the viewer experience