How do I watch my local channels? Don’t count on the major networks (ABC,CBS,NBC, FOX, etc) to offer free or low-cost streaming options.
One Solution – HDTV Antenna
Buy or build?
After adding the time spent, materials, and gas to hardware store building one, did I really save building one? Probably not. However, building one does give the impression of saving money and has an associated fun factor with it.
If an “aesthetically pleasing” antenna is required, buying may be in your best interest.
Your local ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS channels
Since June 12, 2009, all over-the-air TV broadcasts are broadcasting in digital. HDTV broadcast quality is often superior to the quality of the same HD programs received through cable. Not only is the quality better than cable, over the air HDTV is free.
Find available local channels in your area. If there are channels available in your area, hook up an antenna to your TV. Antennas today can be small and can be hidden from view.
Check the reception maps for available local channels in your area by zipcode.
- GoMohu (recommended – simple to use)
- TV Antenna Helper – FREE (Android phone app)
HDTV antennas can be found ~$30-100+ price range. Below are three “low-cost” small multidirectional antennas listed on Amazon w/good user reviews.
NEW! Build your own HDTV antenna plans.
- Coat Hanger HDTV - TOP PICK of the 3
- NEW – DIY $5 antenna (recommended)
- NEW – DIY Fractal HDTV antenna
- Instructions & templates for HDTV antennas in our forums