Did a friend or neighbor recently have a TV antenna installed? Have they been gushing about how incredible their new, free television programming is and about the new channels they have access to that they never knew existed? Are you scratching your head trying to decipher what your neighbor means when he says he gets multicast channels?
For those who are still TV antenna virgins the technology behind the broadcast signal capabilities of local programming can seem quite confusing. If you are a cable customer, you may be wondering why someone would opt to have less channels. But with multicasting, depending on your location, you actually do get many more channels than the traditional 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 30.
Simply put multicasting means that a single station can now provide multiple channels of free programming simultaneously. It is kind of like cloning, but with different show options. Let’s look at some examples in the St. Louis Metro area.
St. Louis residents are familiar with the local ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates; 2, 4, and 5. These channels are available to residents free of charge when a person has an antenna. They are also available to satellite and cable customers for a local fee charged by those companies. For those who receive their television from a TV antenna, these channels also offer additional channels like 2.1, 2.2, 4.1, 4.2, etc.
Why do you care about multicasting? Well, the reason you should care is that it means you can save money by ditching local channels on your cable bill while gaining more local free programming that your cable company does not have access to. Multicast channels are only available from local broadcast television providers.
For more info on multicasting you can go here. Living in The Lou and exploring the multicast channels available in your market gives you more opportunities for movies, syndicated television and diverse programming. You never know what you may find.