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Cable TV is an interconnected network that has exclusive rights to specialty channels such as ESPN, HBO, Showcase and other “premium” type channels such as these. It also has redistribution rights of any digital broadcast being sent over-the-air.
This doesn’t mean you won’t be able to pickup these same “cable-like” over-the-air television broadcast channels such as, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and many others. With a fairly inexpensive HDTV Antenna mounted either inside or outside, you too can have a TV antenna that picks up cable channels…awesome right!
How to cut the cable cord today!
Now is a perfect time to join the millions of people who have cut the cable cord from monthly cable and satellite subscriptions.
The industry lost 1.2 million paid cable and satellite subscribers in the 1st quarter of 2019 after loosing a whopping 3.2 million subscribers in 2018.
We have many articles here on the site that will provide you with all the information necessary to cut the cable cord.
In fact, we’ve recently developed a TV Station Locator Tool page that will give you all the over-the-air digital TV channels available in your area.
Simply enter your zip code (don’t worry it’s completely safe) and you will get a list of all the channels available completely free over-the-air.
Below is a short YouTube video below that walks you through how to use the TV Station Locator Tool and interpret the results.
You’re now one step closer to installing a TV antenna that picks up cable channels. Let’s take a look at what hardware you’ll need to get started.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Antenna
When to opt for an indoor antenna?
Like I said above, installing an outdoor antenna is always my recommended method, however, I realize that it may not always be an option depending on your particular situation.
This may be for several reasons, some of which could include the following:
- You live in a building or condo that doesn’t permit outdoor antennas.
- You live very close to a broadcast tower (50 miles or less) and an indoor antenna will do the trick.
- Cosmetically you don’t want an outdoor antenna mounted to your roof or house.
- Installing an outdoor antenna would be too difficult or costly.
If any, or all of these apply to you, then an indoor antennas may be a good option. The truth is, indoor antenna technology has come a long way from the “rabbit-ears” of old.
Today’s indoor antennas have impressive ranges and are extremely stylish in design. Making them a great choice when the conditions are right for them. We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best indoor antennas.
If you’re in the market for an indoor antenna, we recommend you check out the article.
When to opt for an outdoor antenna?
It is recommended that when at all possible you opt for an outdoor antenna. An outdoor antenna mounted at sufficient height will in almost all cases yield the best result.
While indoor antenna technology has certainly improved, there are still the barriers of walls, wood, bricks, metal and all kinds of other obstructions that will tend to diminish your incoming antenna signal when mounting an antenna indoors.
All of the obstructions mentioned above (with the exception of naturally occurring obstructions such as trees, hills, valleys and surrounding buildings) will be eliminated when you go with an outdoor antenna. I’m often asked “How high should you mount an antenna”?
Well to answer this and other common questions we’ve written several articles that address them. Below is a short list of some of these extremely informative articles:
- How High Should You Mount A TV Antenna
- How To Properly Ground A TV Antenna
- Pre-amplifier vs Distribution Amplifier: When are they needed?
- Best Coaxial Cable For HDTV
- Best RG6 Connectors
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of the best outdoor antennas here on the site. If you’re in the market for an outdoor antenna, we recommend you check out the article.