Was there TV before Cable?
Of course! And you can thank Marvin Middlemark for the invention of the “rabbit ears” or the “V” TV antennae. Of course, most Millennials reading this might not know what this refers to so here’s a brief description. "Back in the day", way before flat screen TVs and whole-home DVRs, viewers received television signal via antennae. The principle was similar to how a lot of radios and cars functioned with antennae (before sleeker, shark-finned designs became dominant).
“Rabbit ears” were for receiving TV picture and they could be configured in various ways to make the picture better or worse. Some people also modified them using aluminum foil.