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Old 30-Mar-2011, 1:58 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by John Candle View Post
To answer your question. At least 90 % of the US population can receive broadcast television with a Tv antenna. We are 2 generations removed from a time when broadcast Tv was the only way to receive Tv. With the advent of Digital Broadcast Television there are more channels to watch and some of them you will not receive with pay cable or pay satellite. Digital broadcast television can put up to 6 Tv sub channels in the space of 1 of the old analog Tv channels. The typical number of Tv sub channels is 4. Digital broadcast television can broadcast music channels or can transmit different types of data streams.
Thanks for the info. That article has the info I need. Although, it would be nice to be able to see which percentage of the US population can get clear reception of ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and the CW, all 5,...since those are the minimum channels people would likely need if they wanted to turnoff their satellite, cable, or telco pay-tv and just get OTA broadcasts.

Based on that article previously posted, it's ambiguous. About 90% of the US population gets at least 5 digital channels. But some of those channels would not be of the 5 mentioned. I presume the 55% of the US population that gets 13 digital channels would get at least the top 5 networks. So, it appears to be btw 55 and 90% of the US get the top 5 networks. Although, we know that at least ~14% of the US population doesn't subscribe to Pay-TV. If we assume that they get the top 5, then this narrows the range to 55% to 86%, or 71% on average.
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