Selecting the Right TV Antenna

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The goal of this page is not just about selecting a TV antenna, but selecting the right TV antenna that will provide reliable results that enable you to cut the cord on cable TV.

Indoor HDTV Antennas
If your reception scan yielded all “Strong” (green) signals you may be able to consider an indoor antenna. Indoor antennas are very affordable (between $7 to $35) and can be a good testing ground before cutting your cable or satellite service. Place them high on a flat surface within coaxial cable range of your HDTV. Indoor antennas are also great for apartments and condos if you don’t have access to a roof or balcony for mounting a larger antenna. Some indoor antennas feature amplification to boost weaker signals.
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Outdoor HDTV Antennas
If your reception scan showed a mix of Strong to Moderate (green and yellow) broadcast signal strength, you’ll want to consider an outdoor antenna. Most outdoor antennas are “Directional” antennas which can pull in signals from farther away. If you are in a fringe reception area, it’s best to go with a bigger antenna with more elements. Also take note to select an antenna with UHF and VHF capabilities if you plan to tune channels from both ranges.
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In some locations, with ideal reception conditions, and a good sized antenna, it’s possible to tune in out-of-town broadcasts which might include sporting events that are blacked out locally.

Omnidirectional Antennas
If you are trying to tune signals from different directions, consider an Omnidirectional antenna or motor allowing you to rotate your antenna in the direction of the broadcast source. Omnidirectional antennas tend to have less range and are often paired with a preamplifier to help boost incoming signals.

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