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A free TV listing guide for the stations you can receive with an antenna may now be viewed from within AntennaWeb. The site also introduces consumers to NEXTGEN TV, the next step in the evolution of Digital television broadcasting. Click to learn more.

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Discover ways you can improve your reception if you're stuck using an indoor TV antenna. Optimal TV reception is achieved outside but many of you have no choice but to use an indoor TV antenna due to living in an apartment complex or lack of resources to setup an outdoor antenna.

See how to auto program, run a channel scan, or rescan on an Insignia Smart Fire TV. This is critical if you are a cord cutter and want free local channels by an antenna. If you are missing TV channels after the channel scan you may need to adjust your antenna. If that doesn't work you may need a larger antenna.

Learn how to turn your Android smartphone into a TV tuner. I'm not talking about live streaming TV channels through the internet - I'm talking about using an actual digital TV tuner to pick up free local over the air channels with an antenna.

An antenna is a great way to watch 100% free HD TV from networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC. Not only that, but in many areas you will also find networks like PBS, The CW, Comet, Buzzr, MeTV, and so many more. Here are a few you might want to consider this holiday season.

With cable and satellite subscriptions becoming ever more expensive, many households are considering using an antenna to receive television programming for free from their local broadcasters. AntennaWeb can help you become a more informed consumer before shopping for an antenna.

Optimum television reception relies on a clear, unobstructed line of sight between the antenna and the local towers. The quality of broadcast TV reception via an antenna is determined by a wide range of factors. They include:

AntennaWeb helps you make more informed decisions about choosing the antenna type that best matches the availability of stations from your local broadcasters and your viewing needs. It also allows you to explore your television viewing options beyond a cable or satellite subscription.

To simplify choosing the correct outdoor antenna, the CTA (Consumers Technology Association) has created a color-coded labeling standard for classifying antennas by type. Within each color code, the features, designs and prices of antennas will vary greatly between models and manufacturers, but the standard ensures that all models within a given color will have similar reception qualities.

The Yellow, Green and Light Green codes refer to non-directional or multi-directional antennas. Each successive color has a greater effective range. This type of antenna will receive signals equally well from all directions. This design feature limits their effective ranges because they are also susceptible to noise from weak, distant signals and they can interfere with the reception of local stations.

The Red, Blue and Purple codes are directional antennas. These antennas are designed to receive distant signals from the direction they are pointed. Due to their relatively focused field of view, directional antennas will have a much greater effective range in the direction they are aimed; however, they may be incapable of receiving relatively close stations from other directions around the compass.

Television antennas have always been designed to perform just one task: receive signals from within a specific range of frequencies within the electromagnetic spectrum. If you currently have an antenna that is providing satisfactory service, a new antenna is NOT needed to receive a specific type of television signal (HD, 4K, NEXTGEN TV, etc.).

While the underlying technology in the data transmitted within those frequencies has changed dramatically as television broadcasting has evolved, the role of the antenna in receiving those signals has not. The antenna receives the signal and passes it through the downlead to the TV, where the specialized tuners within the set will ingest the incoming signal, process the data within it, then present it as the picture, sound, and program/episodic info onscreen.

AntennaWeb does not make recommendations about indoor antennas. In addition to all the physical and environmental factors that can affect TV reception through an outdoor antenna, indoor antennas introduce a wide range of factors within each home that can further impact the reception.

If you must use an indoor antenna, it should be mounted in a window facing toward the transmitters. Glass does not interfere with the passage of TV signals. It may be necessary to buy a longer length of coax cable to reach the clearer view. The cables shipped with most indoor antennas are far too short to allow it to be installed anywhere but near the TV.

Our mapping tool will allow you to view the TV transmitters in your area. Using this tool, you will see the radius patterns showing the distance of coverage between your location and the broadcast towers. The towers are shown by black markers on the map, and you can click on each tower to see the affiliate, band, latitude, longitude, and heading for each transmitter. Certain variables unrelated to the antennas performance can affect reception, such as terrain, tall buildings, and trees. Call our Connection Crew or chat with us online if you need assistance with choosing the best TV antenna for your location.

For more information on antennas, see the Antenna Guide. Signal strength calculations assume an outdoor antenna 30 feet above ground level. Actual reception quality may vary significantly for viewers using an indoor antenna.

If you've just bought a new TV, or are rescanning to get NewsChannel 5, please follow the instructions below. Have a different brand of TV? Head to our antenna home and select the model of TV you own.

Antennas Direct is a popular brand that offers a wide selection of indoor and outdoor antennas. The Eclipse Indoor HDTV Antenna is a simple, flat, disc-shaped model with a stick-on design. You can slap it on any smooth surface, like a window, without using tape or any other adhesive. It's a multidirectional antenna and features a 35-mile range.

The decidedly retro Antennas Direct DB8e 8-Element Bowtie Antenna is very powerful. It features two panels (each with four elements and a reflector) that you can angle toward clusters of nearby stations to get the best results. It's still a multidirectional antenna, but it has a very useful range of around 70 miles.

The Mohu Leaf + might look unassuming as a flat, indoor multidirectional antenna, but its USB-powered amplifier adds 15 dB of signal strength, giving it a range of over 60 miles. Its reversible design (one side is black and the other is white) means you match it to your decor, too.

Of course, Amazon has TV antennas, though the AmazonBasics indoor TV antenna(Opens in a new window) is no longer available new. Fortunately, there are plenty of no-name, $20 indoor TV antennas like this Amazqi model that appear to be very similar. These are simple, flat antennas with a typical range of around 35 miles. They don't offer many features and likely aren't as reliable as brand-name alternatives, but at least most of them qualify for Prime shipping.

Monoprice remains one of the best-kept secrets for home theater enthusiasts and installers; the company sells reliable and inexpensive antennas, cables, and other A/V equipment. The Monoprice Active Curved HDTV Antenna is a simple, affordable, and slightly curved indoor antenna with an amplifier that enables a 60-mile operating range.

Most indoor antennas are opaque, but the Monoprice Clear Window Antenna is clear, or at least translucent. This means you can attach it to the window and still let plenty of light through. It also features an inline amplifier, so it should have the same 60-mile range as Monoprice's curved model for just a few dollars more.

If you can mount your antenna outside and aim it, the Monoprice Digital HD7 Outdoor Antenna is the most affordable way to get broadcast TV. And even without an amp, the antenna has up to a 65-mile directional range.

Before you start shopping for an antenna, you should check what channels are available near you. AntennaWeb(Opens in a new window) has a helpful tool that lets you enter your location to see where the nearest TV stations are. It even provides a map that shows the distance from each station and the type of antenna you need to get a strong signal. Once you know what stations you can pick up, then you can figure out the best antenna to buy.

Directional antennas are, well, directional. They usually look like fins, arrows, or tubes, and require you to point them directly at a station. As such, you need to plan ahead before mounting them. They offer a much greater range than multidirectional antennas and thus let you tune into more distant stations.

The good news is that you don't need a completely different antenna to watch NextGen TV like you did with the switch from analog to digital transmissions. The bad news is that you might need a completely different TV. You need an ATSC 3.0 tuner, and they've started appearing only recently and mostly in higher-end models. ATSC 3.0-equipped TVs typically mention that standard or have the NextGen TV logo on their packaging, marketing materials, or technical specifications. Separate ATSC 3.0 tuners are emerging as well, but they generally cost a few hundred dollars.

While the broadcast networks and PBS have been available to watch for free over the air for decades, dozens of additional channels have started being carried over the air and made available for antenna users to watch for free, as well, in recent years.

Ready to start watching TV for free, even without an internet connection? Check out our top antenna recommendations, and for information on positioning your antenna to get the best coverage in your area, check out this free transmitter locator tool that shows where your local broadcast signals are being beamed from. 041b061a72


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