How to Choose the Best TV Antenna & DVR

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What kind of outdoor TV antenna do I need?

If you’re entering the brave new world of life without cable, you want a TV antenna that’s going to deliver a crisp high-def picture into your home. You don’t want to lose all the prime time network channels you love, or the HD picture that you depend on.

This guide will show you the easiest and quickest way to get free Digital Television (DTV) to your household for life. There are also ways you can record any DTV channel that your antenna brings in. So you don’t need to start subscribing to apps like CBS All Access if you set up your own equipment. You can channels like CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS and others in many parts of the U.S. without any kind of cable or satellite TV subscription. 

The goal here is to limit (or eliminate) your monthly TV bills, including cable and subscription platforms. I’m not going to judge you if you’re addicted to Netflix or Amazon Prime. That’s your thing. I’m not judging, baby.

When I started living without cable, I had two antennas in my home. One I bought, the other I made myself with some cable wire and duct tape I had sitting around the house. The simple homemade TV antenna I assembled in about five minutes works just as well as the one I paid about $20 for. The reason why is largely based on geography. I live in a metropolitan area, so I’m close to many of the towers that I’m drawing from. I will show you the video that I used to create the quick-and-easy antenna. But let me give you a quick tutorial on everything else you need to know first.

Antenna channels by zip code

There are two great web sites that will help you figure out what kind of TV antenna you will need. Check out this link to AntennaWeb and just type in your zip code. You can type in a town, city, and state as well. You’ll get a nifty map and a list of channels that are potentially in your range.

Since it’s always a good idea to draw information from multiple sources, we want a second opinion on our possible TV towers in our region. Another great reference the DTV maps tool on the Federal Communications Commission web site. The DTV maps tool can give you added information about individual stations by clicking on the Gain/Loss map located within the results of each station.

What do you need to get local TV channels?

Start out by using the AntennaWeb tool. Look at the distance of each tower. Do you have broadcast towers that are 30 miles or closer? Are the broadcast towers within 90 degrees of each other? If so, you can probably use an indoor TV antenna.

If you live more than 30 miles from broadcast towers, then you will probably want to use an outdoor TV antenna. But it’s not this simple for everyone. The bend of the Earth can have an impact on your reception just like trees, hills, tall buildings and so on.

You will hear a lot about indoor and outdoor antennas. But within those two types TV antennas are three categories that you need to know about.

A directional antenna should work fine if all of your TV signals are coming from the same direction. If a couple of the towers in your region are on opposites sides of your home, say greater than that 90 degree angle that I mentioned, a multi-directional antenna is what you’ll likely need. The third option, called an omnidirectional antenna, is worth a little more explaining.

How do I get channels if I live far away from a tower?

Remember, you just need to find out two things. How far away are you from a broadcast tower? Second, how far apart are the towers from each other?

tv-antennaLet’s do couple of quick examples with the tools that I mentioned above. I’ll pick a couple of states where I know the majority of my readers come from in hopes that it will help you guys in particular.

Let’s say you live in city like Waco, Texas. You’re between a couple of big cities, Dallas and Austin. You want to get the local NBC, FOX, CBS stations and the like.

It looks like you have a pretty good shot at getting at least six DTV channels broadcasting a strong signal in your area. That’s great! But man, you’d love to get PBS. Then you could watch all the Austin City Limits you want without having to score tickets or make the two hour drive south. But geez, look at the map. The tower for the PBS station is more than 80 miles away! It’s giving you a weak signal at that distance.

But here’s your other problem. The towers for all these channels you want are all around you like a spider’s web.

If you were just trying to pull signals from a couple of directions, a multi-direction antenna would probably work just fine.

But in Waco, you’re going to need the big guns. If you want the maximum amount of channels, and you’re going to mount an outdoor antenna to your home, you will want an omnidirectional antenna.

When might you want to try a multi-directional antenna?

tv-antennaIf you’re living in a place like Santa Barbara, California, there are only a two directions to pull a signal from. You’ll probably want a TV antenna on your roof, especially if you want to draw from those towers north of Los Angeles. A multi-directional antenna will help you draw from towers slightly northwest and southeast as shown in our graphic.

How many channels can I get with an indoor antenna?

The ugly truth about getting free television is that a lot of your success depends on geography. That should be no surprise to you if you’ve tooled around with the two website tools I recommended on AntennaWeb and the FCC site.

If you live very close to towers, you might be able to get by with your own homemade TV antenna.

Even if you’re skeptical about the number of channels you can get, I suggest you try to make an antenna anyway. You don’t always have to spend money. Trust me, free TV is a lot sweeter when you get from scraps that you had sitting around in your basement.

In case you’re interested, here’s a video of how I made an antenna in about five minutes with some old cable wire that I had around the house.

 

Homemade vs. bought TV antenna

If you’re a little more ambitious on the DIY front, Popular Mechanics has a pretty neat design for an outdoor antenna that looks like a medieval weapon. With an indoor antenna, try to get it near a window so you can the most channels possible. For an outdoor antenna that you are mounting on a roof, I will let you do that on your own. I don’t know a thing about your house, your roof or how physically able you are to hook it up yourself. Once you get it installed and you have a wire ready to plug in, come back here and keep reading.

What kind of TV antenna should I buy?

You should already have an idea of what you might need if you’ve been using AntennaWeb and the FCC page.

But before you take the readout of your results and click over to the next tab to begin shopping, stop for a second. Take a second look at the geography around you. I only say this because there are plenty of people who see an indoor antenna advertised with a “50 mile range” and quickly buy it. They get it situated near a window or spot where it should pick up signals and they end up disappointed. What happened? They didn’t consider the geography. You don’t have to live in a box canyon to get interference. I don’t want you to freak out and buy the antenna equivalent of a Sherman tank. Just be realistic about where you live and what’s around you.

Remember, you have three kinds of TV antennas. I’ll quickly review them again so you don’t have to go back and find it.

Directional antennas: These are rudimentary in design and bring in broadcasts coming largely from one direction. Say you’re living in a big city, you can probably get by with one of these (or even make one) without needing anything else.  

Multi-directional antennas: If you want to pull in TV from nearby towers that are located in a couple of different directions, this is probably the kind of antenna you will want. If you’re living outside of a big city, this also may be way you want to go.  

Omnidirectional antennas: If you’re surrounded by TV towers and you want to draw from all of them, then an omnidirectional antennas is where it’s at for you. This is also probably the better antenna if you live in a somewhat rural area.  

The best indoor TV antennas 

ClearStream Eclipse Indoor HDTV antenna is multi-directional, and set up indoors. Sure, it’s elegant looking but the loop design is actually what gives the ClearStream Eclipse such power for an indoor antenna. This antenna comes with a lifetime warranty. Use the Sure Grip side of the antenna to attach it to any smooth surface. Near a window that faces the majority of your local towers is likely the best spot.

The basic model of this antenna gives a 35-mile range. You can use the ClearStream to get a HD 1080p signal from stations broadcasting in high definition, and receive lower grade UHF and VHF channels. This comes with 12 feet of cable so you have some decent flexibility on where to place it for best reception. The upgraded, 50-mile model of this antenna is basically the same unit except that it comes with an amplifier that’s plugged into an electrical outlet and 15 feet of cable.

A solid runner-up: Vansky makes an inexpensive, yet powerful amplified indoor antenna that’s hard to beat for the price. The Vansky comes with 16.5 feet of coaxial cable. The USB power adapter gives you the option to power the amplifier from your TV or a nearby wall outlet. The Vansky is best suited for those living in metropolitan areas, especially if you are in an apartment or condo and don’t have any plans to put an antenna on your roof. Like our top choice, this antenna gets the best reception if you can get it against a wall near a window. The Vansky was initially priced at $90, but can now be bought for about $26. It’s a great choice for the budget minded.

Best indoor antenna for VHF channels that are hard to reach

If other indoor antennas have failed you in the past, especially with getting crucial VHF channels like NBC or CBS, then Mohu Leaf Glide is decent option. The Leaf Glide is twice the size of its predecessor at 21-inches wide.

During a two-week review of the Leaf Glide, it matched the performance of a ClearStream Eclipse, but edged it out with getting hard-to-reach channels in a city environment.

Leaf Glide’s amp can be plugged into an electrical outlet or USB port on the back of a TV.

The Leaf Glide antenna comes with 16 feet of coaxial cable and rounded easy-twist connectors on each end. The connectors made setup easier on the hands. Mohu says that the Leaf has patented SignaLift technology to draw in VHF (Very High Frequency) channels better than other indoor antennas.

UPDATE: Look over my other top picks for the Best Indoor Antennas of 2018.

The best outdoor TV antennas

After my latest round of testing in the Maine woods, my new pick for the best outdoor antenna is the ANTOP AT-400BV.

It’s not as inexpensive as my previous picks below, but it’s by far the most powerful outdoor antenna that I have tested this year. Also known as the “Big Boy” model, the AT-400BV has a rectangular shape that can sit on a stand or be mounted to a roof or roof peak.

The property where I tested this antenna was only getting about 12 OTA channels with another antenna mounted on the roof.

best-outdoor-tv-antennaWith the ANTOP, that number climbed to 30 and included some HD channels like CBS, and a station in a neighboring state a little over 53 miles away as the crow flies.

The AT-400BV really works best on a roof. The Big Boy model comes equipped with a metal bracket on the back of the panel for mounting and comes with all the hardware needed for installation. That includes a 39-foot cable with a thick weather resistant coating. You can read my full review of the ANTOP AT-400BV.

You can buy one on Amazon or the ANTOP online shop.

The RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV antenna has a 60-mile range when it’s attached to a roof, side of a home or attic. And it’s proven itself over the test of time. This particular model has been around since 2009. The Yagi is designed to get optimal reception from UHF and VHF bands, and delivers crisp 1080i HDTV broadcasts within at least a 60 mile range. This antenna comes with all the hardware necessary to mount to a home, along with a 75-ohm transformer. The Yagi only comes with a 12-month limited warranty, but roughly 3,825 Amazon users give this antenna 4.6 out of 5 stars.

The 1byone Amplified Outdoor/Attic HDTV antenna has an 80-mile range, but has a slightly more complicated assembly. This amplified antenna has a receiving frequency of 470-862MHz. The antenna length is about 35.5 inches. This 1byone model is optimized for pulling in 1080p digital reception. This antenna also has a 12 month warranty, and scores a 4.4 out of 5 star rating on Amazon among 303 customers. This particular model comes at a much lower price than our top recommendation.

How to hook up your TV antenna to get free over the air channels

The coaxial cord you are plugging in looks a lot like the one your cable provider used to use. (Same one.) Screw the cord into the input outlet on the back of your television. You’re not done yet. You need to go to the menu settings on your TV. I’m assuming that your TV is fairly new. And by fairly new, I’m talking seven or 8 years old.

Go to the menu and find the section of your menu that asks if you are using cable or “air” or “antenna”. Be sure to scan for channels once you select antenna. The scan can sometimes take a while – up to 30 minutes sometimes! That’s OK. Just let your TV do its thing. Once the scan is complete, your TV is now receiving channels from the antenna.

tv-antennaIf you bought or made an outdoor antenna and want to hook it up to more than one TV, you just need to pick up a two-way or three-way splitter. Connect the cable that’s attached to the antenna to the splitter. Run coaxial cables from the TVs you want to connect to the opposite end of the splitter.

Best DVRs for recording antenna TV

Honestly, if you’re going to make the conversion from cable to antenna TV, I don’t recommend that you buy a DVR right away.

I love using an antenna and my PlayStation Vue account, and as I explained in another post, I’m never going back to cable .

But such lifestyle changes aren’t for everyone. So you should make sure that you’re really happier in your new life without cable.

Eventually, you might want a DVR because you are intent on watching your favorite network shows whenever you feel like it. I record the nightly news and watch it after work.

I only recommend two models to consider. There are more popular over-the-air (OTA) DVRs out there, but I don’t care for them because they come with monthly fees. (Kind of like a cable company.) Those guys can get lost. I’m down with buying some hardware, and using said hardware without further cost.

TiVo Roamio Over The Air 1TB DVR and Streaming Media Player (2016 model)

Tivo has largely been unrivaled in the quality of their DVRs. I have been using TiVo products for years, but my biggest criticism of them was the monthly fees that were associated with their use.

That’s been eliminated with TiVo’s Roamio Over-The-Air 1TB DVR. Their latest OTA DVR is aimed specifically at the cord cutting market. You can record 4 shows at once. The 1TB hard drive stores up to 150 hours of HD programming. It has the familiar interface that you may have seen if you ever used a TiVo as a cable subscriber. Except now the TV you are watching is free and coming off your antenna.

You will need to buy your own antenna, and this TiVo will work with any of them. But unlike many other OTA DVRs, you won’t need to buy a separate hard drive.

The Roamio also doubles as a streaming media player that includes apps for Netflix, Amazon Prime, Spotify, Hulu, YouTube and iHeartRadio.

You won’t find those streaming options with any competitor. The only thing that could possibly make this better is addition of a Sling TV or PlayStation Vue app.

The “Skip Mode” option allows users to skip entire commercials with one button. About 1,738 Amazon customers give Tivo Roamio 4.4 out of 5 stars. You can read more about the TiVo Roamio OTA DVR if you’re considering buying one.

HDHomeRun vs Hauppauge vs Tablo DVR for OTA recording: lower cost options

There’s a growing number of choices when it comes to buying an OTA tuner/DVR. Using either a HDHomeRun tuner or Tablo DVR will allow you to watch recorded or live TV on your television or devices like a smartphone or tablet. You can read my detailed review of HDHomeRun Extend to learn how that tuner works. 

If you’re looking for a TV tuner that works with a PC or NVIDIA Shield TV, the Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD works exceptionally well if you pair it with one of the indoor or outdoor antennas mentioned above. The WinTV-dualHD comes with a small antenna, but I found while testing for my review that an amplified antenna works best.

The Hauppauge is a little different from the HDHomeRun and the Tablo. You don’t need a subscription to utilitze DVR features. Instead, you save content to the hard drive on your computer.  

With the HDHomeRun or Tablo, you will need to buy an external hard drive or NAS to store your content. You will also need to subscribe to either a DVR or guide service depending on what you buy.

No matter what you choose, your annual cost will still be much lower compared to the thousands of dollarsa typical cable or satellite TV subscription costs.

HDHomeRun specs

HDHomeRun Connect and the upgraded HDHomeRun Extend model broadcasts high definition OTA channels on your TV, computer, tablet or smartphone.

HDHomeRun tuners have official apps for Android devices like an Amazon Fire TVor NVIDIA Shield TV. Through the HDHomeRun app or Kodi, Windows 10 devices and computers can also stream live TV and recorded content.

Apple TV users can use the Channels app for streaming HDHomeRun content. The Channels app has timeshift support that lets users briefly pause or rewind a little bit of footage.

In my review of HDHomeRun Extend, I concluded it was a better tuner than HDHomeRun Connect because of built in transcoding to h.264 format. That made for smaller file sizes with recordings while giving a more widely supported format for playback.

HDHomeRun DVR service costs $35 per year. It allows you to schedule recordings, pause and rewind live TV.

HDHomeRun users can also stream recorded programming while outside of their home if they subscribe to Plex Pass. Plex DVR costs $4.99 per month, or yearly for $39.99.

Tablo specs, OTA recording

A Tablo-4 DVR operates on the same premise as HDHomeRun tuners. It connects with your HDTV antenna and your WiFi router to broadcast OTA channels across your home network.

One difference: HDHomeRun tuners require a subscription to a DVR service to record content. Tablo can record shows no matter what, but subscribing to Tablo Guide Data gives you far more features for your DVR.

I’ll explain more about that in a moment. 

A Tablo-4 DVR allows you to record or watch four shows simultaneously. You will be able to watch those programs on up to six different devices.

The Tablo Guide Data subscription gives you a 14-day channel guide, a grid-style for live TV and recorded content and out-of-home streaming. You can see upcoming programs by categories like sports or movies. If you pull up a category like sports, you can see all of your baseball games broadcasting on Fox within the 14-day window.  

You can subscribe to Tablo’s guide data for $4.99 per month, or yearly at $49.99. A lifetime subscription costs $149.99. You don’t have to subscribe to the guide service, but if you don’t, you will only get a one day window to set up recordings. 

Tablo-4 can be streamed through apps on a Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV devices, Xbox, Chromecast and Windows 10.









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37 Comments on How to Choose the Best TV Antenna & DVR

  1. You have helped me tremendously! I am on a fixed income and can no longer afford my cable company. Thank you soooo much!

  2. I have been working on this project for a couple of weeks. I am saving quite a bit of money(150/mo DIRECTV bill). I am using the channel master dvr+ and really like it. But, I want it all. If CM could play Amazon and Netflix and could be networked with multiple units for a whole home system, I would have it all. Anything out there for that. Ps. I don’t want to loose Sling TV, Pandora, etc

    • Hey Mark, Congrats on saving all that cash! You have a pretty difficult case with Channel Master, which has been promising Netflix support for a while now. Your best bet for Netflix/Amazon streaming for now is not a networked solution. You probably just need to a Roku Streaming Stick for Netflix or Prime. I don’t know all the details of your setup, but if you had any kind of network-wide web access to your TVs, then you might be able to stream Netflix and Amazon via a browser. Hope that helps. Drop me your email sometime via the contact page and I will let you know if I come across a better solution.

      • Hello CC, I wonder if you can help me? I’ve been thinking about cutting the cord. I live in Far Rockaway,NY 11691. Just to get a idea of how it might work,I bought a cheap indoor antenna with a plug for power. When I try it I get about 6 channels 2,4,5 and 9. They all get around 20% signal. I don’t think hanging an outdoor antenna out my window is good because no height. I’d like indoor but I can ask my super about a rooftop model. If I can what would you recommend? Thanks in advance!

        • Hi John, Here’s something to try with an indoor antenna. Most of the towers that you will be pulling in signals from will be northwest of you in the Manhattan area. I think if you got yourself a ClearStream Eclipse (with an amp) and put that NEAR the top of your window, you could get a lot more channels. (I have one hanging from the top of a window frame.) Also, be sure to put the antenna near a window facing northwest if you can. That will help with your reception.

          Not knowing what your setup looks like, you might need to buy some extra coax cable to get your antenna near a window. Hope that helps.

          — CC

          • Just a quick update. I live on the 3rd story of a 4 story building surrounded many other 4 story buildings. I can see the beach and the ocean out the window that my TV is about 6 feet from. Where can I find the Clear Stream Eclipse to buy it from? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi i live out the country in Honduras . I live like 20 mile out side city on the beach , we have cable here also do they have a international tower web cite that i can find my tower and to, i just order the 1byone Antcloud Outdoor TV Antenna with Omni-Directional 360 Degree Reception, Amplified 75 Miles Attic/Outdoor/Indoor/RV Digital TV Antenna for FM/VHF/UHF, Anti-UV Coating, 26ft Coaxial Cable-White from amazon would this and antenna work her, my roof is a 16 feet with a pole of 20 feet more what more would you do or add to this ?

      • Hi Richard, This one is difficult to answer because I don’t have any experience with trying out antennas in Honduras. But generally, I would try out the antenna on the pole and just see how it does.

  3. I am wondering why you do not have a Windows 7 computer using Windows Media Center as a DVR option. This seems to be the most cost effective option above Tivo & DVR+ while not compromising on guide or other interface features. If anything, having an HTPC with all media (TV shows & MOVIES) on one system seems preferable due to it’s simplicity. Why the exclusion?

    • Sadly you shouldn’t suggest it. The primary reason is that recommendations should be a one a “now and go-forward” basis that an average consumer can have a chance of managing. You can’t buy Windows with Media Center unless you find something on ebay that is actually legit. You lose or have a problem with your media center key and you have about zero chance of resolving it through msft support (check the support forums) and even though you can hack win 10 to install the bits for ota it isn’t supported. Plenty of other issues with it from a consumer standpoint (like it needing a pc, not being able to have 5.1 audio for anything else from the PC outside of media center, resolution issues and frequent guide update failures that can even last past the guide buffer, etc etc etc etc)
      I’ve been using media center since the start and still am but I wouldn’t recommend anyone spend any time considering it today over an option listed here.

  4. Hi, question for you. I’m thinking of moving to the Hendersonville-Brevard area of NC. There are about 18 channels that will probably be pretty easily available. My question is, will a powerful outdoor omnidirectional antenna be pretty likely to get me some additional channels from Greenville, SC (Laff), and Anderson, SC (Comet, Bounce, Grit), or do you advise something different? Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Claudia, You’re right that an outdoor omni directional antenna is the way to go in that area. You’ll be drawing from stations in all directions. If you’re closer to Hendersonville than Brevard, you’ll have a decent shot at getting more stations. Your biggest obstacle for reception will be Nantahala National Forest and Wolf Mountain to the west. Good luck!

  5. Hi in my area, the channels I care about come from 2 locations. They are about 15 miles away, and are only 3 degrees apart. Is that close enough for a single directional antena?

  6. We recently decided to cut the cord from Directv. We installed an omni-directional outdoor HDTV antenna (Lava HD8008 OmniPro) and are using Roku devices and Sling on two smart tvs. Everything was working great, but when we disconnected the Directv Genie, we couldn’t get any channels from the antenna. We ran a channel scan and no channels were recognized. We need to send the Genie back, but wanted to know what type of equipment we can buy to replace whatever the Genie does to make the antenna work. Thank you in advance!

    • Hi Renee, The DirecTV Genie is simply a DVR and should have no impact on your antenna. You should make sure that your amp to the antenna is plugged in and working. Such a setup for the Lava HD8008 is shown here: https://goo.gl/i2NjJN

  7. It is nice to hear people talking about cutting the cord. The cable company are money hungry and they are all very over priced. I am involved in cutting the cord,there are alot of indoor- outdoor antennas for sale. How do you know witch is the best? Please help us on picking the right one.

  8. Hi, I’m a little lost in the homemade antenna . Your finished product looked to 5-6 feet long so I take it that it’s an indoor antenna . Also your homemade antenna was all black but the cable you attached to the back of the tv was white . Thanks for your reply .

    • Hi James,

      Yes, it is an indoor antenna. I made a second antenna (black cable) just for the purposes of creating the video. The white cable you see is the actual antenna that I had already made and use on that TV. Hope that helps.

  9. I wasn’t aware that any OTA stations broadcast in 1080p. My stations are either 1080i or 720p and of course 480i.

  10. I have plenty of extra cable around my home and mirrored what you did to make my own antenna. I live on the edge of Boston with most signals being to my west. Last night my old 2009 HDTV from Samsung pulled in 50 channels, and all have a cable-like reception. Thanks very much for the advice, as it was simple and saved me some cash.

  11. We have finally cut the cable cord. I have an antenna hooked and running great. We have a gaming PC (Win 10) connected to the TV and I’m hoping to get a tv tuner card and turn that into a DVR and channel guide. Any recommendations for where to start looking for hardware and software?

  12. Thank you so much for the information! I live on the east coast between Savannah,GA and Jacksonville, FL. I’m thinking that I will definitely need the an outdoor antenna, probably Omnidirectional. Because we experience thunderstorms here almost every afternoon in the summer, I am concerned about lightning. Will having an outdoor antenna act as a lightning rod? Also, can I connect to my existing cable splitter?

  13. i installed an outdoor db8e from antennas direct about a month ago. no problems with my 22 channels, all very clear. NOW COME THE PROBLEM, have tried 3 different dvrs, all gave me interference on 2 channels at times. tried, tivo(only gave me 18 channels), channel master 22 channels, and , tablo(9 channels) have called all the tech supports, they all want me to move my antenna, but for the life of me, if i get channels crystal clear without a dvr, why blame antenna direction?? i would love to have a dvr for obvious purposes, so i am wondering, could a pre-amplifier set up outdoors on my antenna, boost the signal enough, so the dvr would function without causing me problems?? any thoughts on this would be very much appreciated. i do love the idea of being free of cable tv, their high local, state, and federal taxes, and invoices i cannot understand to read, and they do not care to explain when i call them. my local comcast(xfinity)group office are very arrogant people, not customer friendly, so i finally gave up, SO GLAD. will stay free forever.

    • I wouldn’t move your antenna. Take a look at online tools like TV Fool and AntennaWeb, and locate your antenna based on those results. I was going to say that you should have an amp on your antenna before I got to your question. So yes, give it a shot.

  14. In your video making a homemade antenna with cable wire, how long should the entire cable be? I understand the 6 inches of exposed copper cable. Thank you.

    • I generally use scrap wire around the house, so I don’t have a hard and fast rule. But ideally, I think if you had six to 8 feet of wire, you would be in good shape. I put mine near the top of a window frame for best reception.

  15. My cable company just went digital this week and is requiring all my TVs have these massive converter boxes. The issue is most of my TVs are flush mounted to walls with no place to put these hideous things. Is there a way to put an antenna in the attic, run a cable to the basement, and then split the signal to all the TVs through the house. I’ve got the infrastructure to do this…just not the technological experience. Currently I have cable coax going through all the walls and attaching to each TV. I hate to buy a bunch of individual antennas and would like to have one that can power them all if possible. Thoughts? Thanks for you help! I’m excited to cut the cord!

    • Hi Jared,

      Sounds like you are already set up pretty well to get your antenna working. Yes, you can split you signal just as you described and use the coax already running through your walls to connect your TVs. Once your TVs are connected, you will need to go under settings, select antenna or “air TV” and run a channel scan for each TV.

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