The Consumer Electronics Association and the National Association of Broadcasters today announced a new partnership to produce AntennaWeb.org, an online antenna mapping program designed to help consumers and electronics retailers determine the proper outdoor antenna to use in order to receive free local broadcast channels. The tool is particularly valuable to consumers as the U.S. approaches the February 17, 2009, deadline for the transition from analog to digital television.
AntennaWeb.org is an online interactive database that advises consumers on the usage of an outdoor antenna to receive over-the-air television signals. AntennaWeb users simply input their home address to determine what over-the-air broadcast signals are available and which outdoor antenna to use.
The program's database accounts for obstructions such as hills, trees and buildings between the transmitter and the receiving antenna that can interfere with a broadcast signal and affect picture quality.
The CEA-NAB partnership includes infrastructure and site capacity upgrades, site design improvements, and database upgrades that will further improve the user experience.
"Cable or satellite subscriptions are not required for consumers to enjoy the benefits of digital television" following the Feb. 17, 2009, switchover to digital broadcasting, said NAB President-CEO David Rehr. "With the proper antenna, consumers can receive free, over-the-air digital broadcasts with higher picture and sound quality and access to multiple channels of free programming. Broadcast viewers can also access interactive video and data services that are not possible with traditional analog technology, including enhanced closed-captioning."
"Since its inception, AntennaWeb.org has been CEA's most popular online consumer resource," said Gary Shapiro, CEA's president and CEO. "We're thrilled to partner with NAB to deliver a new site with even more capacity and educational content as well as a new look and feel, so consumers can easily find the information they need to learn how to receive free, over-the-air television."
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