Cut the cord and quit paying a subscription for live TV. A simple indoor antenna can bring you all the major network channels in full HD and 4K.
|Mohu Leaf 30 Indoor TV Antenna||40 Mile-Range, UHF/VHF Multi-directional, Original Paper-Thin, 10 ft. Detachable Coaxial Cable, Reversible, Paintable, 4K-Ready HDTV, MH-110583|
|Winegard FL5500A FlatWave||Digital HD Indoor Amplified TV Antenna (4K Ready / ATSC 3.0 Ready / High-VHF / UHF), 60 Mile Long Range|
|GE Ultra Edge Indoor TV Antenna||Slim Home Decor Reversible Black White, 4K 1080P VHF UHF, Long Range Antenna, Digital, HDTV Antenna, Smart TV Compatible, 6Ft Coaxial Cable, 11264|
|ClearStream 2V||60+ Mile Range, UHF/VHF, Multi-directional, Indoor, Attic, Outdoor, Mast w/Pivoting Base/Hardware/ Adjustable Clamp, Sealing Pads, 4K Ready, Black – C2-V-CJM|
Are all indoor antennas junk?
NO. An outdoor professional installer will say indoor antennas are junk. An indoor antenna from a reputable company such as Mohu or Wineguard will work fine for local broadcast towers up to 40 miles away (best if <20miles). My indoor antenna receives 26 channels and all major networks. Took all of 5 minutes to install.
There is nothing special about a store bought indoor flat antenna. No alien/area-51 technology. Just a simple DIY antenna design in pretty wrapper and packaging. Everything is in ONE box ready to go. For most, worth the extra cost for a “plug-n-go” tv attachment.
Will an outdoor antenna work better?
Probably. Expect to pay more for outdoor mounting, extra cable, amplifier, etc. Also, proper grounding is needed for your new outdoor lightning rod. In my situation where all my local broadcast towers are <20miles, there was no difference in reception or number of channels scanned between an indoor and outdoor antenna. I already had good/excellent signal strength with an indoor so the extra bar of signal strength from an outdoor was not needed.
Any difference in performance between a store bought indoor and a DIY indoor antenna?
No. Other than cost and looks. For local broadcast towers <20miles, a DIY antenna will work fine, but is ugly. I see no difference between a properly positioned indoor flat antenna and my DIY Gray-Hoverman.
Any difference between a brand name and a no-name indoor flat antenna?
Yes. The knock-off cheap flat antennas on Amazon for ~$5-10 are junk. Compared to the Mohu indoor flat, the $5 indoor antenna scanned half the channels. Those that did scan were poor signal strength. You get what you pay for. Do your research.