Changing technology can sometimes leave consumers in a race to catch up with newest innovations. While we reminisce about our cassette players, VCRs and CD players, we never let sentimentality stop us from rushing out and buying the biggest, shiniest new thing that technology has created.

I would bet that the majority of you reading this article receive your television programming through a cable or digital provider such as Dish or DIRECTV. There is no argument that these providers have an enormous amount of programming. The channels offered are endless. But, let's be honest, all those channels come at a price.

Rising costs of programming and limited channels available on budget-friendly packages somehow make the idea of relying solely on cable or satellite programming a bit archaic, not as technologically advanced as we sometimes believe. In addition to the rising costs associated with cable and satellite providers, many local networks find themselves disputing over the terms that allow networks like CBS and NBC to deliver local programming on their affiliate networks. Just recently, I experienced the pain of missing two weeks of my CW programming because of such a dispute. Please don't hold my love affair with the CW against me. Sometimes we need a mind-numbing television experience.

How does one compensate for the holes in cable and digital technology? It is as simple as going back in time and reconsidering the benefits of the trusty old television antenna.

Don't misunderstand me. I am not suggesting you deflower you 50- inch plasma television with unsightly rabbit years. Forgoing cable or satellite service doesn't mean you have to lose your cool factor. Actually, installing a HDTV antenna will provide you with free access to a plethora of programming. You're friends and family will be jealous that they didn't think of it first.

Is your interest piqued? To learn more about TV antennas you must first contact an installer. It is important that you contact a professional. This is not a DIY project for your weekend. Plopping an antenna on your roof might seem easy, but to get the installation right you need to have knowledge of the techniques and requirements that are nonnegotiable in order to install an antenna that will provide you with the correct digital signal. And, let's be honest, nobody wants to spend their weekend fumbling with an awkward installation, sliding off a roof, landing in the hospital and forced to watch hospital television. Can you say counter-productive?

Leave it to the professionals! Locating a TV antenna contractor is as easy as logging on to the computer. There are many reputable contractors that can complete your installation quickly and accurately. Considering an HDTV antenna for your home does not make you any less technologically advanced. It makes you smarter and allows you to save money to spend on the next bright, shiny, new gadget that you just have to have!

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