Defined: 5 Greatest OTA Antennas for Free HDTV
When you’re absolutely fed up with those outrageous cable TV bills, it may be time to cut the wire with millions of others. However, before you make this big decision, make sure you already know which TV antenna is right for you.
In some cases, you can get more channels with a top-of-the-line TV antenna than with a basic cable, with no monthly cost to the budget. Even with a relatively inexpensive antenna, you can get access to completely free HD TV from networks we all know well – like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC.
All the die-hard sports fans out there needn’t worry as FOX and CBS have lots of Sunday NFL games and ABC is likely to solve your NBA problems.
To save you the hassle of finding the best antenna options, here are five things to keep in mind.
The FLATenna 35 is a flexible, ultra-thin indoor television antenna that can receive wireless broadcast signals from a distance of 35 miles. And at $ 10 you really can’t beat the price. You can upgrade to the 50-mile version for $ 39, but the better value still seems to be with the $ 10 option. The reversible black and white finish offers additional versatility for moving the antenna to different locations around the house while remaining aesthetically pleasing.
Antop HD Smart Bar
This Antop HD Smart Bar made of hard plastic has a diameter of a few meters and can be mounted on the wall like a soundbar. The Smart Boost system with built-in dial allows for easier connections and provides the right balance from zero to eighty miles. It also comes with a 4G signal filter, an FM tuner, and the ability to hook up a second TV.
Amazon Basics TV antenna
This visually appealing Amazon Basics offering has it all – but it only costs you around $ 50. The antenna is suitable for both indoor and outdoor use. It can receive signals from transmission masts within a radius of 100 km and delivers a digital full HD 1080p picture. It can also be easily connected to your TV using the supplied ten-foot coaxial cable.
The ClearStream Eclipse is one of the top performing flat panel TV antennas in the 35 mile category while retailing for a reasonable $ 40. It comes with sticky tabs to attach to your window, which can be useful for those looking for easy installation methods. And if you need that extra boost, an antenna booster is also available for $ 20.
I can ReLeaf
At around $ 40, the Mohu ReLeaf is reasonably priced and has enough punch for most of the people out there. It has a great design and fits perfectly in any living room. At the same time, you have access to dozens of channels with a range of 30 miles. Note that this version is a remake of the original sheet and is made from recycled materials to minimize environmental impact.
Ethen Kim Lieser is a Minneapolis-based science and technology editor who has contributed to Google, The Korea Herald, Lincoln Journal Star, AsianWeek, and Arirang TV. Follow him or contact him on LinkedIn.