Are there still analog channels broadcasting in the US?

There might be one or two, but basically no.

For most of us, old-school TV broadcasting is, well, old-school. Since 2009, almost every single TV broadcast in the US has been digital, and the vast majority have been in high definition. (Many people think that digital broadcasting means HD, but it doesn’t.) Since then, the number of channels with an analog transmission has declined in steps. Most stations were required to turn off their analog transmitters in 2009, but low power stations were exempt. Most of them went off the air in 2011, with even more going off in 2015. Today there might be a handful of analog stations left. They’re a rapidly dying breed.

Most digital televisions do have an analog tuner, even though they’re not required to. It’s just simply that it’s not expensive to build in, so it’s there. But most of us simply won’t use them. There’s no need.

Analog broadcasting offers almost no advantages compared to digital. While it’s true that some people between 70 and 100 miles from the broadcast towers will actually get a stronger signal with analog than digital, in every other circumstance, digital broadcasting is a much better way to go. It allows for high-definition signals in the same space as standard definition ones, and even allows for more than one signal in the same channel. These “subchannels” are usually only available when using an over-the-air antenna and aren’t usually carried by cable or satellite providers.

Honestly, analog channels just aren’t an issue. It’s rare when you find one, and even when you do it’s probably not a major network.

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