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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Nov. 11, 2008) – As the American viewing public prepares for the transition to digital television broadcasting in early 2009, many are beginning to revisit the use of the device that brought television to millions of viewers generations ago – the television antenna.
"Antennas NOW!" Will Visit
KMOS-TV, UCM’s public broadcasting station, will offer area residents the opportunity to learn more about modern television reception technology as they host a stop in Warrensburg by the “Antennas NOW!” The bus tour will visit from 3-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in the parking lot of Parkers Supermarket, 1047 S. Maguire.
Learn About Using Antennas with Existing Systems
A crew from Antennas Direct, a Missouri firm that is one of a handful television antenna manufacturers in the United States, will be on hand to explain the latest in digital and high definition reception using modern antenna devices. Antennas will be given away to a few individuals, and the crew will describe how homeowners can go about establishing over-the-air antenna reception, either as a stand-alone system or in conjunction with existing cable or satellite systems.
A Benefit for Satellite Customers
“The major satellite program providers serving Johnson County currently do not carry Warrensburg’s public television station,” said Mark Pearce, manager of community support for KMOS-TV. “An antenna incorporated into a reception system can pick up area stations that satellite services refuse to carry.”
Digital Broadcasting Creates Much Improved Signal
Pearce added that most people remember the snowy picture received through antennas before the advent of cable and satellite systems..
“Digital broadcasting provides a high-definition signal that results in an excellent television picture when received through an antenna,” he added. “Viewers in Johnson County also are in the unique position of begin able to pick up broadcast signals via antenna from stations in Kansas City, Springfield, Columbia and Jefferson City.”
Learn more about KMOS-TV digital programming and the February 2009 conversion to digital broadcasting at www.kmos.org.