Over-the-Air HDTV

Guides & Resources

An antenna should be part of any cord-cutting setup
Step 1:  Check for local channels in your area.
Step 2:  Borrow/buy a low-cost indoor antenna.

Reception maps
TV Fool
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Check your location for free TV with our interactive mapping tool. See the local TV transmitters on a map and check their signal strengths.

FCC Maps
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FCC DTV Reception Maps

Check for the DTV signals that are available at your location – FREE!

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Check address by zipcode

Begin by entering your address. It is used to calculate the strength of each station that may be received at your location and determine which station each antenna type will receive.

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use the Transmitter Locator

Mapping tool will allow you to view the TV transmitters in your area. Using this tool, you will see the radius patterns showing you the distance coverage between your location and the broadcast towers. The towers are shown by black markers on the map, and you can click on each tower to see the affiliate, band, latitude, longitude, and heading for each transmitter.

OTA Resources
r/Cordcutters Guide
Antenna Guide
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r/Cordcutters Antenna Guide

Excellent guide on Reddit.  FREE!
/r/Cordcutters Antenna Guide

DVR Guide
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r/Cordcutters DVR Guide

Guide that covers various solutions available for recording OTA content

HDTV Antennas
Cheap HDTV Antenna
$24.74 + FS
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Slickdeals Popular Deal

Vansky Amplified HD Digital Outdoor Antenna with 150 Mile Range with Remote Controlled Motorized Rotation

Use coupon code KXXBWYKG for a checkout price of $24.74+FS w/Prime
(Mount not included. Compatible mount found below.)

RCA Yagi
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More info on Amazon

Compact Indoor/Outdoor Yagi TV Antenna

This RCA Compact Indoor /Outdoor Antenna provides both network and local television in full 1080 HD quality, for free. Its pre-assembled design and included mast and mounting hardware provide a variety of placement options, while its enhanced signal reception outperforms antennas available from other manufacturers. Don’t settle for a lesser picture or fewer channels when you know your TV is capable of delivering much more!

ClearStream 4V
Popular Choice
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The ClearStream 4V antenna uses patented technology to receive TV signals 70 miles away from broadcast towers. Rated 4.5 stars, this antenna is ideal for suburban and rural areas where heavy foliage or roofing materials reduce the incoming signal. Dedicated UHF and VHF multi-directional elements deliver range and reception in less than ideal locations.

ClearStream 4
Antennas Direct
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ClearStream 4 Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna – 70 Mile Range

Winegard FlatWave
TOP Pick
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Winegard FlatWave Amped FL5500A  Indoor Amplified TV Antenna

Winegard FlatWave Amped FL5500A Digital HD Indoor Amplified TV Antenna (4K Ready / ATSC 3.0 Ready / High-VHF / UHF / Ultra-Thin / Black and White – Reversible / USB Power Supply) – 50 Mile Long Range OTA Antenna.


DVR & Tuners
Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorx
Basic Budget
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Mediasonic HW-150PVR HomeWorx

Basic budget recording functionality.

  • Real-Time Recording & Programmed Time Recording, Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen. Recording function require users to use their own USB external hard drive or USB flash drive.



Channel Master DVR+
two tuners
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Channel Master DVR+ Bundle

DVR+ includes two digital tuners.  16GB of internal Flash memory. Integrated Program Guide.

TiVo Roamio OTA
TiVo Roamio OTA
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TiVo Roamio OTA

TiVo Roamio OTA 1 TB DVR – With No Monthly Service Fees – Digital Video Recorder and Streaming Media Player – Compatible only with HDTV Antennas (does not work with cable)

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Tablo 4-Tuner Digital Video Recorder

Tablo 4-Tuner Digital Video Recorder [DVR] for Over-The-Air [OTA] HDTV with Wi-Fi for LIVE TV Streaming.

Dual DVR
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Tablo DUAL OTA DVR for Cord Cutters – 64 GB with WiFi – For use with HDTV Antennas


Whole-home networked DVR: Browse, record, and stream free live over-the-air (OTA) HDTV to any device, any time, anywhere – without the expense or commitment of cable or satellite contracts.

Channel Master LTE Filter
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Channel Master LTE Filter Improves TV Antenna Signals

Does it work? Some say yes.  Others no.  Just make sure there is a return policy.

  • Improves over the air signals by filtering out mobile LTE signal interference (3G and 4G) which can cause intermittent TV signal disruption including weak signals
  • Pixilation or channel loss

Articles:  Do you need one? (techive)

Winegard LNA-200 Boost
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Winegard LNA-200 Boost XT HDTV Preamplifier

  • HDTV Antenna Preamplifier – The Winegard Boost XT TV signal booster enhances any non-amplified antenna, delivering more range and available channels. Delivers a crystal clear signal, watch more channels than with an antenna alone.
  • 10x Power Handling Capability – TwinAmp Technology separately amplifies VHF and UHF signals for maximum performance on any non-amplified outdoor antenna. Signal selectivity is greatly enhanced and noise and interference is reduced to the lowest levels.
Matching Transformer
DIY Parts
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RCA Matching Transformer -VH54R

May need one of these if building a DIY (do-it-yourself) HDTV antenna.