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alternative for better T.V. channels

3,466 358 July 18, 2018 at 04:41 PM
I have seen special antennas to get better channels. Can anyone recommend me some that are good and gives good reception (like HD channels etc). No one really watches cable other than my parents and I am pretty much up with my contract this year I don't think I can get a good deal anymore and I think its a waste (my little brother use to watch cable, but now hes a youtube guy all he does is watch videos). I see it as a waste of money so I thought maybe I would buy a strong antenna or some great alternative instead of paying a monthly bill that doesn't seem to get good use overall.

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I have seen special antennas to get better channels. Can anyone recommend me some that are good and gives good reception (like HD channels etc). No one really watches cable other than my parents and I am pretty much up with my contract this year I don't think I can get a good deal anymore and I think its a waste (my little brother use to watch cable, but now hes a youtube guy all he does is watch videos). I see it as a waste of money so I thought maybe I would buy a strong antenna or some great alternative instead of paying a monthly bill that doesn't seem to get good use overall.

Over the air antennas that are decent are not that expensive. There may be some that get you better range, but depending on where you live, that may or may not be worth it. Plus, over the air channels are pretty basic in most areas. Getting better range likely means just getting more local versions of Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, some local secondary language channels, etc. Hardly worth it usually imo.


Cord cutters usually go with some form of internet TV channels, Netflix, Hulu, etc. You can get DirectV Now or the like as well and sign up for any sports packages like mlb.tv if into sports (note that local teams will be blacked out, which is a major issue for cord cutters into sports). Depending on what you watch though, the prices of each of the individual components start to add up, so you should really do a cost comparison to see if it is worth it in your area for your particular viewing interests.
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Roku, Pluto app, free live tv. Roku has lots of free tv.
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Also of note...don't fall for the Digital TV Antenna "Hype" there is no such thing.

It's an Analog Radio Wave that contains a Digital Signal.

The Original Fred Flintstone TV Roof Antenna is just fine.

It all depends on where you live and how close you are to the TV towers.

Those small mount behind the TV antenna's are fine if you live near the Towers.

Else you'll need the traditional Antenna that Fred and Barney had.

Also READ THIS [cordcutting.com] for more info.
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We live where OTA signals are impossible but because I have AT&T cell service, I'm able to get DirecTVNOW for $10 per month with HBO included. Basic DTN package runs $35 and has most of the "basic" channels I watch.
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I have dollar store $1 rabbits ears and get 50 channels but live about 7 miles from transmission towers,then you could add 1 tv Netflix plan for $8
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Thanks for all those wonderful advice. I for myself don't really watch T.V. its just rare and my little brother is hooked now on youtube videos or video games, its my parents that I need something for. I have seen those leaf antennas or HD antennas I just want to invest on a good tv reception that just provides the most live channels possible. I would give it a go with roku, but my parents wouldn't understand that stuff.

I would stay with Dish, but it just doesnt seem worth it seems like a waste and I thought I go back to an antenna and use the money for something else. I remember back in the days I was getting like 10 channels (some were great mexican channels since I live in the border) I just want the most out of it.

Any special antennas you guys recommend to buy at a good price?
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Thanks for all those wonderful advice. I for myself don't really watch T.V. its just rare and my little brother is hooked now on youtube videos or video games, its my parents that I need something for. I have seen those leaf antennas or HD antennas I just want to invest on a good tv reception that just provides the most live channels possible. I would give it a go with roku, but my parents wouldn't understand that stuff.

I would stay with Dish, but it just doesnt seem worth it seems like a waste and I thought I go back to an antenna and use the money for something else. I remember back in the days I was getting like 10 channels (some were great mexican channels since I live in the border) I just want the most out of it.

Any special antennas you guys recommend to buy at a good price?

Over the air (OTA) channels are very limited. Just the 4 major networks, PBS and some secondary language channels and shopping channels. Maybe ESPN Your parents may find that too limiting. I do not know of anyone who uses just OTA channels. Cord cutters use those plus they get some internet stuff via Hulu, DTV Now, Netflix, etc. If you are looking to save money, then that is the way to go if you can get most of what your parents have an interest in via that path. Most people watch something like 2 dozen channels 95+% of the time (the rest of the channels are just junk they have no interest in). If not, then all you are doing is being over frugal imo.
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Thanks for all those wonderful advice. I for myself don't really watch T.V. its just rare and my little brother is hooked now on youtube videos or video games, its my parents that I need something for. I have seen those leaf antennas or HD antennas I just want to invest on a good tv reception that just provides the most live channels possible. I would give it a go with roku, but my parents wouldn't understand that stuff.

I would stay with Dish, but it just doesnt seem worth it seems like a waste and I thought I go back to an antenna and use the money for something else. I remember back in the days I was getting like 10 channels (some were great mexican channels since I live in the border) I just want the most out of it.

Any special antennas you guys recommend to buy at a good price?
We can give you a 1000 different opinions on what to get.

What YOU need to do is see what OTA stations are around you and how far away are they?

The FCC has a web page to do just that. LINKY [fcc.gov]

Or Try this one LINKY [antennasdirect.com]

Once you tell us how far away the transmitters are we can help suggest an antenna for you.
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youtube has a lot of tv too, Judge Judy is on Youtube.
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get kodi box from china then add apps,you need internet

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The thing of having an actual 3rd party device (like kodi, roku, youtube) is just not easy for them. As simple as OTA or cable is just turn on the box and tv and all the channels show. I just want to get the best I can with an HD antenna because overall they don't watch much T.V. either. Before when we had no cable they would just see the regular antenna channels (being so limited) and they had good stuff to watch.

I remember an HD atenna called leaf that was pretty good. Just want to know what is the best alternative to try and decide.
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The thing of having an actual 3rd party device (like kodi, roku, youtube) is just not easy for them. As simple as OTA or cable is just turn on the box and tv and all the channels show. I just want to get the best I can with an HD antenna because overall they don't watch much T.V. either. Before when we had no cable they would just see the regular antenna channels (being so limited) and they had good stuff to watch.

I remember an HD atenna called leaf that was pretty good. Just want to know what is the best alternative to try and decide.
​Pluto does that, 'As simple as OTA or cable is just turn on the box and tv and all the channels show.'
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I cut the cord about 4 years ago and use a flat antenna similar to the Mohu Leaf 50 that pulls pretty good. I think I picked it up on Amazon for less then 10 bucks. I've been cool with just Netflix, Youtube and HBO Now. It's really surprising how much there is to watch on Youtube. I have a Smart TV, Roku and Chromecast.
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​Pluto does that, 'As simple as OTA or cable is just turn on the box and tv and all the channels show.'
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I cut the cord about 4 years ago and use a flat antenna similar to the Mohu Leaf 50 that pulls pretty good. I think I picked it up on Amazon for less then 10 bucks. I've been cool with just Netflix, Youtube and HBO Now. It's really surprising how much there is to watch on Youtube. I have a Smart TV, Roku and Chromecast.
I will check Pluto I just want something as simple as possible since my folks are old school. I been wanting to cut the cord and I think this is it unless they give me a deal I cant reject (which I doubt) I will look into the Mohu Leaf and call it a day I rather use that money for something else instead of cable since it just doesn't seem like its worth the hassle since honestly now adays just my folks watch T.V.
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