Did you know that the major networks, all of them, transmit signals for free over the air? For a lot of the content from cable or satellite, you don’t have to pay for them. Networks make their money through advertisers, not subscribers. Local channels like sports, weather, various movie channels, and news can be seen for free with an antenna.
Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Antenna
Whichever antenna you buy, there are a few things you can do to help get a better signal.
1. Install your antenna outdoor.
Although signals can go through walls, some of the strength and range (up to 50% or more) can be lost so it’s best to install outdoor where there are few obstructions.
With that said, the strength of the signal you get will depend on the quality of your antenna. Some good indoor amplified antennas will actually perform better than some outdoor ones.
2. Take time to find where the best location is.
Due to things like trees, buildings, and hills, different locations on your roof may have much greater signal so test to see where the optimal place to put you antenna is.
Also find out where the broadcast towers in your area are and point your antenna toward them. Also, the higher your antenna is, the better your signal will tend to be but it really depends on what your home’s surroundings are.
3. Read the instructions.
Most TV antennas will come with troubleshooting instructions. Before getting frustrated and breaking your antenna in half, follow their advice for getting a better signal.