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Innovative TV antenna featured in Albany

By Jay Polk - bio | email

January 14, 2009

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Antennas Direct, based Missouri, has a new antenna designed to help you pick up new digital television signals.

  The antenna, which was demonstrated at Circuit City in Albany, is the brainchild of Richard Schneider, who told us that he never anticipated how fast they would be flying off of the shelves.

 "I made a batch of about 50 antennas and sold out in about 72 hours. I made another batch and that sold out. So I found a manufacturing partner that would help scale up. So we made 500 and that sold out. And last month we sold about 25,000 antennas," said Richard Schneider of Antennas Direct.

According to Schneider, one of the possible problems with the new digital signal is that it might not be able to get over hills and through some types of building materials. He also told us that not everyone will need a new antenna to pick up the new digital signal.

The planned date for broadcasters to switch to exclusively digital signal is February 17th, though Congress is talking about pushing that back.

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