May 26, 2009
Karim Sunderani flicks through channels on a 40-inch high-definition flat panel television at his Mississauga electronics store, Save and Replay. The picture is crystal clear, the sound powerful.
But the stunning HD images don't come via cable or satellite. They come over the air. For free.
"All you need is an antenna, just like in the old days, and an HD television with a digital tuner," says Sunderani, adding that he has sold more than 1,000 antennas a month since March.
While there aren't any official government or industry figures, electronics stores across the GTA are reporting surges in demand for antennas, metal grids about one metre by half a metre with several protruding spokes. No technical savvy needed – just plug into the back of your HD TV and enjoy as many as 18 high-def channels.
And not a cent goes to the cable companies.
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