Originally Posted by DrewWoods
I wonder about the evolution of digital antenna reception. Surely it couldn't be over. Digital reception is so temperamental. Any thoughts?
Dunno Drew, but I feel like the companies that develop and market TV antennas sense that their return on investing in newer and better technology has bottomed out.
I've not seen any accurate numbers on how many homes rely on OTA signals now compared to 20 years ago, but I suspect the percentage is very low.
With satellite, cable and internet delivered TV options now available to almost everyone, the demand for OTA antennas must be at an all time low...no demand means less R&D dollars are invested to improve the technology..
I, for one, believe it would be a good investment for a company to develop and market a "Smart" antenna system, where GPS coordinates are stored in the antenna pointing system for the various transmit towers, allowing the antenna to be much smaller in size, and automatically, and quickly, point itself to the tower you just selected with your TV remote. Even this technology would have naysayers because only one TV location would become the "Master" for channel selection and using a distribution system for signal delivery to all the TV's in the house would be less effective.
Another technology used in military and space applications is antennas designed around a "phased array", which allows weak signals from any direction to be processed without physically moving the antenna to any particular direction...phased array technology was expensive back when I was still working on defense contracts and space programs, but maybe in today's world they could be mass produced at a reasonable price.
The key to developing any new antenna technology is still the old supply and demand principle...and profit margin...sad to say, but OTA TV may be nearing the end of a long and useful era.