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- During the 80s and earlier, television sets have old-school “rabbit ear”-like antennas sticking out the back.
- In this age of LCD and OLED TVs, buying an antenna to connect to a high-definition TV set is a far-fetched idea.
- However, if you’re a cord cutter expert and want to watch your local broadcast channels in high-definition for free, it can be a good idea.
You can still get access to many of the major channels’ biggest shows on-demand even if you cancel your subscription for Netflix (NFLX), Hulu or other similar services. These are shows on Fox, CBS, ABC, NBC and the CW.
However, it’s not for you if you want to watch something as it streams live. You can watch taped shows on Netflix or YouTube, but they are not live. If you’re a big football fan, you can forget about seeing the week’s games. Even if you have a premium streaming subscription service like Sling or Hulu Live, you might not get all of the local channels.
Giant broadcast companies may have apps for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, but those are only useful if you have a cable or satellite subscription.
Buying an antenna from Amazon is relatively easy. Not the big antenna baby boomers put on their roof but compact modern antennae. But before buying one, you need to make sure that it is able to pull in the channels you want. Go to websites like Nocable.org or FCC.gov to check which stations you’ll get based on your proximity to each tower.
If you live in New York, several towers are accessible. If you live in less populated areas of the country chances are, you only have one or two towers within 60 miles of your home.
When you already have an idea how many towers are close to your home, you can purchase an antenna online or from your favorite electronics retailer. Again, it is best to check Nocable or the FCC to see what kind of antenna you need to buy if you want to get specific channels.
You don’t have to pay much for your antenna. You can purchase an antenna from Amazon. A 75 mile-range costs $25.
Getting free HD shows is a pretty great deal. Add to that, a new standard is coming before the year ends. It promises to allow broadcasters to send out internet protocol–based content that viewers can watch on their connected devices.
Named ATSC 3.0, the new standard will also allow for 4K and HDR over-the-air broadcasts.