Rabbit Ears Make Comeback in DTV Era

By Andrew Gauthier 

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Los Angeles Times

On a recent winter night, while neighbors strung their Baldwin Park homes with Christmas lights, the Lams and their three children sat in front of a television set with rabbit ears sprouting out of the top.

Wait a second — rabbit ears? Is this 1950?

No, it’s almost 2010, and the Lams are a modern Los Angeles family that, like many in the region, are rediscovering the convenience — and economics — of the old-fashioned TV antenna.

In the wake of the transition to digital television, Southland viewers are finding they can get nearly three times as many channels as they once could with an antenna. And rather than the erratic, fuzzy reception of yesteryear, today’s rabbit ears are capable of delivering a surprisingly clear high-definition picture.

Best of all, it’s free, said Nancy Lam, the mother of the family.

“I’ve saved a lot of money by getting rid of cable,” Lam said. “We only had to purchase the antenna one time, and now we have it forever, instead of paying every single month.” More…