The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 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 Feb. 17, 2009, deadline for the transition from analog to digital television.
"Cable or satellite subscriptions are not required for consumers to enjoy the benefits of digital television," said NAB President and 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."
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 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.