Just about had it with those annoying monthly contract fees when all you ever wanted was to watch a few local channels? Worse, do you own a TV set with an inbuilt DTV tuner and are wondering why you invested in it only to be required to buy cable boxes just so that you can watch some free over-the-air channels? Well, today we advise you on how you can opt out of these scenarios. You can experience even better picture quality after cutting the cable cord and ushering in the TV antenna to enjoy local channels. Read on to see how.
1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna – 50 Mile Range
Pro: Lightweight, soft design
Con: Short cables
This HDTV antenna may be super slim, but its high performance all but speaks for itself. Its design makes it easy to place it behind your TV, stick it on a window where it comfortably stands moisture and exposure to sunshine or even lay it flat on a table all while providing you with crystal clear digital and HD shows. While you can safely paint the antenna to match your décor, you might want to get longer cables if your TV is a considerable distance from windows. And the suction mount for the antenna may not live to your expectations.
RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV Antenna
Pro: Pre-assembled design with included mast and mounting hardware
Con: No coaxial cable provided
This lightweight RCA antenna is not only lightweight and durable, but it will also not corrode thanks to its aluminum construction. It will draw in both UHF and VHF channels within 40 miles without breaking a sweat while supporting up to 1080i HDTV broadcasts. You will, however, have to buy your own coaxial cable as well as bolts and screws to fasten its mount to your roof or wall. Thankfully, the included mast is sturdy and flexible, allowing for mounting on both horizontal and vertical surfaces.
Mohu Curve 30 Designer HDTV Antenna
Pro: Elegant design with tremendous aesthetic appeal
Con: Lower reception radius
This amazingly designed multi-directional antenna delivers crisp, clear, high-quality pictures in full 1080p HDTV. The thankfully free over-the-air (OTA) TV broadcast frequencies it shows, however, are limited to a 30-mile radius. It is reversible – you can paint it to match your décor – a bonus point considering that this is an indoor antenna. The Curve 30 comes with a mounting stand as well as a 10-feet coaxial cable that allows for improved maneuverability when seeking the best reception location.
Winegard FlatWave Amped FL5500A Amplified Digital Indoor HD TV Antenna
Pro: Amplified Dual-band HDTV reception within a 50-mile radius
Con: Coaxial cable is fixed to the product, making it hard to replace if it develops an issue
For an indoor antenna, the Winegard has a superb 50-mile over-the-air high-VHF and UHF channel pulling range. It also comes with an 18.5 feet long, high-quality coaxial cable as well as an innovative USB power supply that ensures power is only consumed when the TV is powered on, thus providing energy savings. This ultra-thin antenna that comes in white or black is also reversible – ensuring the artist in you can safely paint over it to match your fancy.
ClearStream Micron-XG Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna with Reflector
Pro: UHD 4K Ready
Con: Short coaxial cable
Sporting both an inline amplifier and a reflector for amplifying and focusing antenna power, it is no wonder that the ClearStream antenna is able to comfortably draw in channels within a 50-mile radius and in Full HD where available. This paintable antenna is multi-directional, and even better, shielded to reduce Radio Frequency Interference. Its 9 feet coaxial cable, however, may limit the range of viable locations within which you can place the antenna.
AmazonBasics Amplified Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna
Pro: Weather and lightning resistant
Con: Amplifier sometimes overrides antenna signal, reducing quality
With a 60-mile operating radius, this is perhaps one of the most powerful antennas around. It supports 1080p HD and efficiently offers low noise amplification using CleanPeak filter technology. In the box is the antenna itself, a 30-foot precision low-loss coaxial cable as well as mounting brackets, all ensuring easy installation. With multi-directional reception, this antenna will also receive broadcasts from several towers in one position, whether it is situated in the attic or mounted outside, without the need for rotation.
ClearStream 4V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Mount
Pro: Dedicated UHF and VHF elements
Con: Coaxial cable sold separately
The ClearStream 4V antenna can draw in OTA frequency channels up to a range of 70 miles. Its dedicated UHF and VHF multi-directional elements will deliver reception in less than ideal weather and locations, rubber-stamping this antenna’s suitability for suburban and rural areas. The need for rotating the antenna is eliminated thanks to wide beam angle engineering while the reflector adds to the range while protecting against multi-path interference.