Cut home entertainment costs without loss of shows
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(BPT) - Families are always looking for ways to cut household costs. One area that provides a bit of budget-cutting flexibility is home entertainment costs.

Americans are watching more TV than ever before, especially with the development of flat screen sets and high-definition TV (HDTV). Americans spend 34 hours a week watching TV, according to Nielsen.

How can you save money on your TV viewing? Ask yourself these questions:

1. Do I pay more than $100 a month to watch TV?

2. Does every TV in the house need cable or satellite?

3. What programs do I typically watch?

4. Do I want HD quality without extra fees?

5. Would I like to lower or eliminate my monthly fees and still watch up to 90 percent of the most-watched TV shows?

You can get rid of cable or satellite altogether, or reduce the number of boxes you need. One money-saving solution is to embrace new, inexpensive high-tech antenna technology like the FlatWave Amped, which receives signals up to 50 miles away. Hang it on the wall or better yet, in the window. This thin, flexible HD antenna is designed to be placed wherever the signal is the strongest.

"One advantage of this antenna is a patent-pending design that maximizes UHF and VHF signal reception without the need for cumbersome rabbit ears protruding out from a great-looking flatscreen TV," says Grant Whipple of antenna manufacturer Winegard Co." And you can easily move it to get a better picture."

Now, for about $90, anyone can buy one of these advanced antennas that delivers anywhere from a few channels to dozens of free over-the-air channels, depending on where they live.

"The FlatWave Amped is slim and compact, which allows for easy installation in places that would challenge traditional antennas," says Brett Thebeau, who works in the construction industry. "I don't have cable, but I receive about 20 unique channels and know for a fact that some people with traditional antennas don't even know about some channels that are available. My HD reception is near flawless with this antenna."

This technology means free TV from all the major local broadcast networks, such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX and PBS, plus additional networks like Qubo, ION, The CW, Universal Sports and many more. It also includes some 24-hour news networks and sports channels, as well as 24-hour music, children's, classic movie, travel and dining networks.

The FlatWave Amped is a great complement to an existing TV system, since it can receive programs satellite or cable packages may not offer, like local TV channels. The FlatWave Amped is made in the U.S.A. and is available online from or through Amazon and Winegard Company, and is available at Costco stores nationwide.

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