At the International CES 2014 in Las Vegas, Voxx was showing a range of Terk and RCA antennas of all sizes for all locations--from large outdoor VHF/UHF Yagi antennas to compact indoor antennas. When I walked by the Voxx display there always seemed to be a group of people looking at the display--one indication of the interest in off-air TV reception as a low-cost alternative to cable. The availability of movies and cable TV series over the Internet has made it easier for people to drop cable and rely on an antenna and a network connection.
Terk highlighted its “MyWayTV” technology, with a display stating: “Save money over cable or satellite systems.” (MyWayTV combines an antenna with a Roku USB thumb sized stream player. The Roku stream player and the antenna are combined in one box.)
MyWayTV requires two connections to the TV set--a conventional coax/”F” connector to connect with the tuner and an HDMI connection for the streaming video.
MyWayTV does not include a TV tuner, so reception depends on the quality of the tuner in the TV set and the signal available at the antenna. People in areas with weaker signals (rural areas or locations shadowed from TV transmitters by terrain or buildings) will likely have problems using the compact MyWayTV antenna.
More information is available at www.gomywaytv.com/.
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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. As vice president of Broadcast Technology for NBCUniversal Local, H. Douglas Lung leads NBC and Telemundo-owned stations’ RF and transmission affairs, including microwave, radars, satellite uplinks, and FCC technical filings. Beginning his career in 1976 at KSCI in Los Angeles, Lung has nearly 50 years of experience in broadcast television engineering. Beginning in 1985, he led the engineering department for what was to become the Telemundo network and station group, assisting in the design, construction and installation of the company’s broadcast and cable facilities. Other projects include work on the launch of Hawaii’s first UHF TV station, the rollout and testing of the ATSC mobile-handheld standard, and software development related to the incentive auction TV spectrum repack.
A longtime columnist for TV Technology, Doug is also a regular contributor to IEEE Broadcast Technology. He is the recipient of the 2023 NAB Television Engineering Award. He also received a Tech Leadership Award from TV Tech publisher Future plc in 2021 and is a member of the IEEE Broadcast Technology Society and the Society of Broadcast Engineers.