Aereo without Comcast?

Eli Polonsky
Sat Jun 1 04:10:20 EDT 2013

With an indoor non-amplified HDTV antenna less
than half-way up the southwest facing side of 
Spring Hill in Somerville, I get the following 
channels free over the air with fine reception:

2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 5.1, 5.2, 7.1, 7.2, 24.1, 24.2, 
24.3, 24.4, 25.1, 25.2, 27.1, 27.2, 27.3, 28.1,
28.2, 38.1, 44.1, (44.2 is off the air), 44.3, 
44.4, 48.1, 56.1, 56.2, 58.1, 58.2, 58.3, 58.4, 
58.5, 58.6, 62.1, 62.2, 62.3, 66.1, 66.2, 68.1,
68.2, 68.3, 68.4

Though some of these are mostly infomercial drek,
and some are ethnic programming in languages that
I can't understand, it's still 40 channels over 
the air for free. I still encounter many people 
who think that, since the HDTV switch in 2009, 
that there's no more free over-the-air TV at all, 
and that they must subscribe to cable, satellite, 
or a paid service like Aereo to watch anything
at all, even just the nearby local channels! 

If the masses who believe that knew better, the
cable companies would take a hit (there are many
people who subscribe just to watch local channels
and don't subscribe to the premium channels), and 
Aereo would be a dead in the water venture. In most 
urban areas, Aereo doesn't provide anything that 
can't be received for free with an antenna, and it 
provides even less in some areas.


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