Watch Super Bowl XLI in High-Definition - For Free

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Cable and satellite television services are so pervasive that most Americans seldom think about over-the-air broadcasts anymore. But high-definition service is available free to anyone with an antenna and a TV that processes high-def signals - and sometimes the picture quality is even better.

Club level seat for Super Bowl XLI as listed on StubHub - $7,500 (minimum); room rate at Days Inn Miami International Airport, Feb. 3 and 4 - $1,500; high-definition picture at home on your HDTV (without cable or satellite) - priceless.

Not everyone can get a seat in Dolphins Stadium for the big game, and the price of lodging in sunny Miami that weekend is enough to send a chill up the spine. But a home entertainment systems expert says most fans in the United States can get a full 1080i, high-def signal delivered for free in a way not often considered anymore - over the air.

"Cable and satellite services offer a variety of high-definition packages to subscribers, but the service still isn't offered universally," Keith Prather, president of Doctor Sound Home Theater Systems, Inc., said. "In some areas the service just isn't available yet; in others local channels aren't part of the high-def package. And, some people just may not have signed up yet with their provider."

Regardless, Prather says anyone with a television antenna and a TV set that processes the signals can get high-def reception over the air by just making certain their coaxial antenna cable is connected to the proper port on the back of the set.

"Most commercial television stations broadcast now in the 1080i high-definition standard, currently the highest quality available," Prather said. "The Super Bowl this year will be broadcast on the CBS network, so local CBS affiliates will offer it over the air."

Some televisions, known as high-definition monitors (often sold as "HD-ready") can display high-def signals but not process them because they lack a high-definition tuner. To see full high-definition images on these sets requires only the addition of a high-definition tuner, available at better consumer electronics stores and from online merchants for about $250-to-$300. In these cases, the antenna cable is connected to the HD tuner, which connects to the back of the set.

People with high-def satellite or cable service still may want check out an antenna because reception sometimes is even better on a home antenna. Prather said people in cities and suburban areas are likely to have good reception, depending on terrain, distance from the transmitter and the type of antenna they have.

In some areas a small indoor antenna works well. For those who need something bigger, but who live in areas that don't permit roof-mounted outdoor antennas, models are available that mount out of sight under the eves of a house.

About Doctor Sound

Doctor Sound is a leader in the design, sale and installation of custom home theater and sound systems. A North Texas standout for more than 10 years, Doctor Sound has earned its reputation for excellence through elegant design and skilled installation by CEDIA-certified installers. For more information, Call Doctor Sound at 972-317-6525 or visit our Website at


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