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How To Receive Free-To-Air HDTV Broadcasts: The Digital Egg (My Invention)

Updated on August 28, 2014

What is Free-To-Air Broadcast TV?

Do you remember "rabbit ear antennas?" They were simple antennas that received free-to-air broadcast TV signals (analog signals). Today those same broadcast signals still exist only now they are digital signals instead. The configuration of the antenna dipoles are slightly different, however the concept is still the same. Yes, they are completely legal. The Digital Egg is merely an antenna.

Me and my Eggs.
Me and my Eggs. | Source

Ways To Save Money:

  • Netflix
  • Hulu
  • Digital Egg
  • HDTV aireal antenna
  • VGA Cable from iDevices

Streaming TV sites are great because they give the viewer many choices of shows on demand. In most cases commercial ads are virtually eliminated. Hulu has a free trial currently and Netflix is $8.00 per month, a small price to pay for a large selection of movies and shows.

We have an HDTV in each room. We connect our iPhone via VGA cable to the HDTV we are watching at the time. We stream our shows and movies with netflix. When we want to watch our local news or the game we simply switch input on the HDTV to antenna, run a channel scan, and select our favorite channel.

Without sounding like a Netflix commercial, we have all the channels we need without commercials for only about 8 bucks a month.



Background Of My Invention

A couple of years ago I simply became tired of paying almost $100.00 a month for satellite TV. Cable TV wasn't much cheaper either. What's worse, more than half of the time I spent watching TV was commercial advertisements. I was paying all of that money per month to watch commercials, ridiculous and insulting commercials.

I thought to myself, If I have to watch these ridiculous commercials, why should I have to pay? I don't pay to listen to my car FM radio. So why shouldn't TV be free for everyone, just like it used to be? Well the answer is...........IT IS!

The problem is, most people don't know about it. Why would you? If no one makes money why would they let you know about it? They wouldn't and they don't.

Another problem is people think it is illegal to receive broadcast HDTV without paying for it. That's the same thing as thinking it is against the law to listen to the radio when you get in your car. This is exactly what cable and satellite providers want you to think.

The Invention: The Digital Egg

Most local television stations broadcast free-to-air high definition signals receivable by a simple HDTV antenna. You just simply screw The Digital Egg antenna into your cable-in connection on the back of your HDTV. Select antenna input and run a channel scan. Within minutes your receiver will start to pick-up channels.

You will find several types of HDTV antennas on the market available almost anywhere, however I have personally tested many of the affordable antennas and find The Digital Egg is the least expensive to manufacture, package, and sell. And The Digital Egg performs better than those tested. Of course you would expect me to say that since it is my invention and all. However, I didn't invent the antenna. I invented The Digital Egg, and it just simply works better. My Digital Egg usually will receive 11-14 different channels of perfectly clear HDTV.

Why is my invention better?

The Digital Egg can be made from 100% recycled material and is therefore 100% recyclable. The Digital Egg is very cheap to make and can be made by virtually any one almost anywhere there is broadcast HDTV. The Digital Egg is a great way to enhance your TV choices by providing you with local channels which broadcast national news, weather, and sporting events all for free. The Digital Egg is a great item to have while camping or tailgating.

Limitations:

O.K., granted, The Digital Egg doesn't give you hundreds of channels to choose from. In some areas it may only pick-up a few channels, sometimes none at all, in the desert for example or far out in the country. However even with hundreds of channels to choose from there never seems to be anything on. Antennaweb.org is an excellent resource to find out if there are any broadcast HDTV stations in your area before you purchase The Digital Egg or any antenna for that matter.

Antennaweb.org

You can check to see if there are broadcasters in your area whose signal you can receive with an ordinary antenna like The Digital Egg. Simply type in your zip-code to the antennaweb website and it will tell you what, if any, channels you should receive with an HDTV antenna.

Antennaweb.org is an excellent resource for everything HDTV.

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Antennaweb Home page | Source

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      Steve West 4 years ago from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

      Thank you for the "brilliant" comment. I have had this project on the back-burner for a while. I thought a Hub might spark my desire to work on it again. It really does work well. Thank you again Faith Reaper.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      Brilliant. I must share this with my husband. Well done. Voted up, etc. God bless. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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