Variety Television Inc. - DIRECTV and HDTV Installation Services

Your source for all antenna installations - Senior Citizen and Military Discounts

Serving Long Island and the NYC Metro Area Since 1955

<6 Saltaire Place Massapequa, New York 11758

Telephone: 516-457-2500


Long Island's Most Experienced Outdoor Antenna Installer Serving Nassau & Suffolk Counties and the NYC Metro Area

Ready to "cut the cord" and save some real money? NYC metro area residents can get up to 100 free HDTV channels. You don't have to do without your favorite LIVE network TV shows if you are on a budget or don't want the expense of a monthly cable TV bill. All HDTV sets manufactured in the past several years are required by the Government to include a built-in HDTV tuner. All you need to do is hook up an antenna, scan for channels and you are done.

With all the streaming options available today (Netflix, iTunes, Vudu etc.), the consumer is more in control than ever before. But you still need network programming for your favorite shows. Sure you can watch (and pay) for network (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS) shows on Hulu or iTunes, but it's transmitted free, OTA (Over The Air) in HDTV. The technology available to the consumer has advanced to the point where a Mac or Windows PC can serve as a complete DVR (Digital Video Recorder ) system with built-in program guide. We use this DVR setup ourselves and it works perfectly.

You can save a small fortune over time by installing your own HDTV antenna on the chimney of your home. We use the "Platinum DX" antenna package described below (in Massapequa located in western Nassau County on Long Island NY) and it works extremely well with our home theater setup. Click to see HDTV stations in Massapequa.

An external antenna gives you the best reception results by far over indoor antennas. Receive FREE HDTV programming from all the major networks (i.e. ABC, FOX, NBC, WNET etc.). These stations transmit a digital HDTV signal that is 100% compatible with the HDTV tuner built into your HDTV. Prime time programming and major shows (House, Fringe etc.) also transmit audio in Dolby Digital 5.1. Click here for a list of HDTV channels receivable from your location.

Because of the massive bandwidth allocated to the OTA broadcasters, their signals are of high quality, often better than cable or satellite, which use lossy compression. HDTV data transmission rates are as high as 15 Mbps (Mega bits per second), a larger downstream bandwidth than most consumers have on their internet connections. And that is just for one HDTV channel! HDTV broadcasts are usually in 1080i or 720p format with a 16:9 aspect ratio.

We Offer A Complete "Turn Key" HDTV Antenna Solution for the Home Owner

We use only premium mounting hardware and components in your antenna installation, due to the high winds and saltwater conditions found on Long Island in particular. Every antenna installation includes the following in your installation price:

Please review our installation packages below to see what best fits your performance and budget needs. We use Channel Master or Winegard products, leaders in the HDTV antenna field.

All package prices include all incidental items (i.e. chimney mount straps, antenna mast, and an RG6 coaxial cable run to your HDTV). Complete testing of the antenna installation with your HDTV is included.

We always recommend an antenna rotor because it will just about double the number of stations you can receive, as well as greatly expand your FM radio channel selection, both analog and HD radio. HDTV transmissions are pretty much "line of sight" at the frequencies they use, as are FM signals.

If you are in Nassau County and just want to get the New York City HDTV stations, then our "Silver" package would work for you. If you are in a "fringe reception" area (mid to eastern Suffolk) than a rotor and pre-amp is required for best results. Keep in mind that that not all HDTV signals are transmitted from the Empire State Building. For example, WLIW's transmitter (Channel 21) is located in Plainview.

We also include our "Platinum DX" package for enthusiasts who want the best possible reception of local and distant signals (i.e. DX = distance) with a high signal to noise ratio. Our personal record on FM radio reception is about 100 miles down to Atlantic City and HDTV from Philadelphia. This package is also of interest for someone in far eastern Suffolk county who wants to get HDTV from NYC. This antenna system will also allow you to receive LPFM (Low-Power FM signals) such as college stations which transmit with as little as 20-100 watts. Our favorite college station on Long Island is WCWP 88.1 in Brookville. If you want to see just the local FM stations from your location click here.

"Silver" HDTV Antenna Package

The Channel Master CM 3018 is an outdoor TV antenna which will allow you to receive UHF, VHF, FM and HD signals. This antenna has a signal range of 60 miles and will pick up available local channels 2 thru 69. With an HD television you will pick up any crystal clear HD signals being broad-casted in your area.

"Gold" HDTV Antenna Package (Includes Channel Master Rotator System)

The Channel Master CM 3018 is an outdoor TV antenna which will allow you to receive UHF, VHF, FM and HD signals. This antenna has a signal range of 60 miles and will pick up available local channels 2 thru 69. With an HD television you will pick up any crystal clear HD signals being broad-casted in your area.

Channel Master Rotor

The CM-9521A complete rotator system allows you to rotate your TV antenna in any direction, bringing in digital and HDTV programming from all directions. This kit includes the rotor drive unit which physically rotates the antenna, the rotor controller unit which programs and stores the directions in which each station is located and the control unit remote control. Channel Master has developed one of the best antenna rotor's on the market. It is engineered to ensure powerful control, maximum longevity and precision tuning of your TV antenna. Optimize your antenna directionality with a Channel Master rotator kit.

Channel Master CM-9521 Rotator System (Click For YouTube Video)
Control Unit

"Platinum DX" HDTV Antenna Package (Includes Channel Master Rotator System Plus Signal Preamplifier)

The Channel Master CM 3671R is a high gain long range outdoor TV antenna which receives UHF, VHF, FM and HD signals. This antenna has a signal range of 100 miles and will pick up available local channels 2 thru 69. The CM 3671R is perfect for individuals in weak signal areas that require a high gain TV antenna. With an HD television you will pick up any crystal clear HD signals being broadcast in your area.
Channel Master CM 7777 Titan2 VHF/UHF Preamplifier with Power Supply (CM7777)

The Channel Master television antenna booster (preamplifier) will amplify digital and HD signals received by your antenna. This antenna amplifier is a high gain, low noise preamplifier used for weak signal areas to allow a weak signal that is present at the antenna to be amplified to a viewable strength. This TV antenna preamplifier works best for persons in weak signal areas. The Channel Master preamplifier is a two part unit, an outdoor amplification unit which is mounted on the mast of your antenna system and an indoor unit which powers the outdoor amplification unit. The indoor unit is stationed indoors and connects to the outdoor unit via coaxial cable.

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