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Q&A > Are Broadcasters Messing With OTA Signals On Purpose?

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This week's question comes from Rick who says, "My NBC affiliate has come in fine for years with my antenna, but out of nowhere yesterday it became unwatchable just as I was about to watch the Thanksgiving Day parade. Am I crazy to think that broadcasters are purposefully messing up OTA signals to get us to pay for their apps?"

Rick probably should have saved the tin foil for the Thanksgiving leftovers instead of making a hat. While ill-timed reception issues are obviously frustrating and could understandably lead to these kinds of conspiracy theories, there's just no truth to this one.

There are no business, financial, or tactical advantages for a broadcaster to do such a thing. They make a LOT of money from their local stations and their FCC licenses depend on them keeping antenna channels on the air.

If there was an issue on the broadcaster's side, it was likely a temporary technical glitch. These are usually noted on their websites and social media properties. If the issue doesn't resolve itself, even after running a fresh channel scan, the problem may be a new source of interference or a breakdown in your antenna setup.      

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As always, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
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  • Tune in to FIFA World Cup 2022 soccer games all week long - on FOX/CTV
  • Catch back-to-back family fun with Mickey Saves Christmas followed by The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration - November 27th starting @ 7:00 p.m. ET on ABC
  • The Great Christmas Light Fight returns for its 10th season - November 28th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
  • Don't miss Love Actually: 20 Years Later — A Diane Sawyer/ABC News Special - November 29th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC
  • Enjoy the new animated special Reindeer in Here - November 29th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CBS/Global
  • Check out the 90th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special - November 30th @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC
  • Don't miss Dolly Parton's Mountain Magic Christmas special - December 1st @ 8:00 p.m. ET on NBC/CityTV
  • Enjoy the CMA Country Christmas special - December 1st @ 9:00 p.m. ET on ABC
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