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Millennials Discover Amazing New Technology: Television

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I haven’t had cable TV for years, and I don’t miss it. Sorry, cable news, but if something interesting happens on your air, it’ll be on the Internet within minutes. Between Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and all the other streaming services out there, I’ve always got something to watch. And for live TV, I’ve got a TiVo attached to a digital antenna. Because I’m old enough to know what broadcast television is, and that it still exists.

Not everybody does, apparently! Ryan Knutson, WSJ:

Dan Sisco has discovered a technology that allows him to access half a dozen major TV channels, completely free.

“I was just kind of surprised that this is technology that exists,” says Mr. Sisco, 28 years old. “It’s been awesome. It doesn’t log out and it doesn’t skip.”

Let’s hear a round of applause for TV antennas, often called “rabbit ears,” a technology invented roughly seven decades ago…

Carlos Villalobos, 21, who was selling tube-shaped digital antennas at a swap meet in San Diego recently, says customers often ask if his $20 to $25 products are legal. “They don’t trust me when I say that these are actually free local channels,” he says.

Remember when we all thought technology would make everybody smarter?

You see, broadcast TV is “free” because they sell these things called “commercials.” You know, those short films you flip past on your DVR. You’re not breaking the law by buying a digital antenna and watching any of the channels available in your area. (In America, anyway. In the UK, you need to buy a license and renew it annually. To watch TV!)

Hope that helps, millennials. Enjoy your “free” TV while you can, before President Pence ships you off to Gitmo where you belong.

(Hat tip: Dana Perino)