Best TV Antenna for Cord-Cutters

Choosing the Best TV Antenna

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To cut the cord, you’ll need a TV antenna.  At Solid Signal, we help you get the right TV antenna for the best cord-cutting experience.

Ever wonder why so many people are cutting the cord these days?  Quality and affordability are the two biggest reasons.  Antennas maintain the pristine quality level of TV broadcast signals in a way that cable never can.  This makes antennas the best option for TV viewing.  These units are also the most affordable way to watch TV.  You pay for your antenna one time and that’s it.  There are no monthly bills, applications, credit checks, or multi-year contracts.  This means you watch 10 of the top 10 TV shows – and all the rest of your local programming – absolutely free!  This is why cord-cutting is so popular.

 

“What's the Best TV Antenna?”

If you’re new to cord-cutting, the subject of TV antennas might seem intimidating.  While several factors go into choosing an antenna, it basically comes down to whether you need an indoor or outdoor antenna.  The one you need depends upon how far you live from the nearest TV station transmitters.  If you’re really close, an indoor antenna might work for you.  The farther you get from the transmitters, the more likely you’ll need an outdoor antenna.  This serves as a good starting point for narrowing down the specific type of TV antenna you’ll need.

A working knowledge of your local TV stations will help you choose the right TV antenna.  TV antennas come in three frequencies – UHF, VHF, and a combination of both.  TV stations on channels 2-13 broadcast on the VHF range, while UHF channels are on stations 14-51.  Which channels play the majority of your favorite shows?  In most American families, everyone has a handful of favorites spread out across the frequency spectrum.  Generally speaking, this makes a combination antenna your best bet, but not all cord-cutting experiences are the same.

To help you better understand a cord-cutter’s most important tool, we’ve shared some details of four of our most popular models of each TV antenna type:

 

Indoor TV Antennas

Indoor antennas are used by apartment dwellers and anyone else living within 10 miles of the broadcast towers. Generally, indoor antennas are good for urban dwellers who don’t have any roof space to mount an outdoor antenna. Indoor antennas are less capable than the larger outdoor models, and placing them indoors causes about half the TV signal to be lost.  Even so, most cord-cutters who live in the big city find that their indoor antenna provides clear digital signal and a wide range of TV programming.

 

Solid Signal HD BLADE 100

Solid Signal HD BLADE 100-A

Winegard Flatwave FL-5000

RCA ANT1400

Size

13” x 12”

13” x 12”

13” x 12”

1.5 x 8.7 x 11.8 inches; 2 pounds

Picks Up VHF

Picks Up UHF

Amplified

 

 

 

Stand Included

 

 

 

Wall Mount

 

 

Assembly Video

 

 

 

 

Small Outdoor TV Antennas

Small outdoor antennas are used by people who live in condos and apartments about 10-25 miles from the city with the TV transmitters.  Being small in size, you can put these antennas in a flower pot or similar container, then place the antenna on your terrace, porch, or balcony.  Although small, these TV antennas offer great reception and channel selection for nearly anyone living just outside the city.

 

Xtreme Signal HDB2x

Televes DigiNova Boss 144180

Winegard MS2002

Ant. Direct C2-J30V

Size

W=32" x L=3.5" x H=16.5"

15” x 14” x 6”

W=21.5” x H=2.1875”

L=20" x W=35.5" x H=6.5"

Picks Up VHF

 

Picks Up UHF

Amplified

 

 

 

Mast Size

Up to 2” in diameter

1.25”

Standard mast or J-mount

 

Maximum Reception Distance

UHF-35+ miles

60+ miles

VHF/UHF-35+ miles

VHF/UHF-50+ miles

Warranty

6-month limited

 

90-day limited

Lifetime warranty on parts

Beam Width

60 degrees

30 degrees

360 degrees

70 degrees

Assembly Video

 

 

Also Can Use Indoors

 

 

 

 

 

Medium Outdoor TV Antennas

A medium-sized outdoor antenna is used by those you live up to 45 miles away from the TV transmitters.  Antennas this size are typically mounted atop the roof of your home, though there are other mounting options that work just as well.  Once properly placed and the TV channels programmed, you’re good to get free local TV in crystal-clear digital reception.  And the relatively low cost of these antennas when compared to cable makes them an excellent investment.

 

Xtreme Signal HDB4X

Televes DAT-790 Mix

Winegard HD7698P

Channel Master CM3016

Size

W=20" x L=3.5" x H=32"

34” x 29” x 49”

W=533” x L=168” x H-33”

W=83.6” x L=66” x H-22”

Picks Up UHF

Picks Up VHF

Amplified

 

 

 

Mast Size

Up to 2” outer diameter

Mounts to most standard masts

 

 

Maximum Reception Distance

UHF-50+ miles; VHF-15 miles

VHF/UHF-60+ miles

UHF-60 miles; VHF-70 miles

UHF-30 miles; VHF-45 miles

Warranty

6-month limited

 

90-day limited

 

Beam Width

60 degrees

 

 

30 degrees

Assembly Video

 

 

Also Can Use Indoors

 

 

 

 

 

Large Outdoor TV Antennas

Large outdoor antennas are strictly for those who need to go big.  This usually means anyone who lives more than 45 miles away from the TV transmitters.  The longer the distance, the more TV signal tends to diminish.  Add in trees, buildings, and other obstructions, and the signal get even more interference.  In these situations, smaller TV antennas just won’t do.  People out in the sticks who want free HDTV love their large outdoor TV antennas. 

 

Xtreme Signal HDB8X

Xtreme Signal 8200XL

Televes DAT790 LR Mix

Xtreme Signal HDB91X

Size

W=47" x L=3.5" x H=32"

W=110” x L=150”

 

W=20" x L=87.5" x H=20.5"

Picks Up VHF

Picks Up UHF

Amplified

 

 

 

Mast Size

Up to 2” in diameter

1.25”

 

1.25”

Maximum Reception Distance

UHF-70+ miles; VHF-25 miles

Up to 70 miles

Up to 75 Miles

UHF-70+ miles; VHF-25 Miles

Warranty

6-month limited

6-month limited

 

6-month limited

Beam Width

60 degrees

30 degrees

 

60 degrees

Assembly Video

 

 

 

 

Your Ultimate OTA TV Guide

Want to know what’s on TV after you cut the cord?  Check out our cord-cutting guideIt features TV listings for every major American media market, as well as area-specific cord-cutting information.  It’s also a huge help if you’re moving to a new area and want to cut the cord.  To use the guide, just select the area where you live or are moving to, then enjoy all the detailed information about the cord-cutting experience.

Call Solid Signal Today!

When you’re ready to cut the cord, give us a call.  We’ll ask you for your zip code so we can chart the distance between your home and the transmitters in your TV market.  Our antenna experts also calculate for obstructions and other factors that can affect your TV reception.  We also ask you about your favorite TV programs.  We use this information to determine whether you need an indoor or outdoor antenna, and whether VHF, UHF, or both is best for you.  Just call us at 877.312.4547, or fill out our antenna request form, when you’re ready to the cut the cord.


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