Now those rabbit ears may have been promoted to the status of collectibles and exotic artworks, but there’s still the chance they may capture some stray television broadcasts. As reported at CBS News.com:
“The antenna is alive and well,” said Michael Godar, who runs one of the nation’s few hand-made antenna companies out of a TV repair shop in Gilbert, Arizona. And he says that, even at the dawn of the digital age, there’s plenty of life in that old antenna. “There was almost a sport adjusting your antenna on your TV,” said Sieberg. “Oh yeah, battling it, you know, especially when you had a remote control,” laughed Godar. “You’d change the channel and then get up, adjust the antenna!” Antennas are as old as television itself. Their limitations were spoofed in the very first episode of Jackie Gleason’s “The Honeymooners.” The antenna is the sole survivor of our analog past. And while it just receives over-the-air channels, digital is the reason there’s more of them. “An antenna will still work,” said Godar. “Even some of these antiques here will actually pick up a digital signal.” Of course, some things never change. You still need to be in a place where it’s possible to get good reception. In fact, unlike an analog signal with its fuzzy picture, a weak digital signal can leave you seeing . . . well, nothing at all.