Best antennas for cord-cutters FAQ
What is the best outdoor TV antenna?
The ViewTV Outdoor Amplified Digital HDTV Antenna is our pick for the best outdoor TV antenna. It has a 150-mile range (good for cities, suburbs, and rural areas), a low-noise/high-gain amplifier, full HD and UHD support, and a 360-degree rotating base with wireless remote. It also has dual TV outputs and a free mini indoor antenna—all for only $36.99.
What is the best TV antenna for local channels?
All antennas pick up local channels—cue inspiring music—because that’s what they’re born to do.
What is the best HD antenna?
Resolution isn’t determined by the antenna but by the broadcaster. Any antenna will allow you to watch HD—and even 4K UHD—programming as long as you have the right TV and a good signal.
How can I check TV signal strength in my area?
To check TV signal strength in your area, visit AntennaWeb.org and enter your full street address. You’ll get a list of available channels that shows distances, GPS coordinates, and color-coded antenna-type recommendations for each. There’s also a map to help you visualize station locations.
Can you still get TV over the air?
Getting TV over the air requires an over-the-air (OTA) TV antenna. Indoor OTA antennas are the most common, and they’re as cheap as $20. They’re also supremely easy to install.
In what direction should I point my over-the-air (OTA) TV antenna?
Point your over-the-air (OTA) antenna in the direction of the signal, which comes from the station. You can find specific location and signal info by entering your address at AntennaWeb.org.
Why is my TV antenna not picking up channels?
A few different factors can cause bad—or no—reception when using a TV antenna. The first thing you should check is if your antenna is properly installed. Grab your manual and go over the steps again.
The following factors can also cause poor reception or signal degradation:
- Coaxial cables longer than 100 feet
- Nearby electronic appliances, topographical obstacles (buildings, hills, mountains, etc.)
- Insufficient antenna range (brand-advertised ranges can be inaccurate)
- Bad antenna placement
- A defective unit