Three Things to Consider Before Buying an HDTV Antenna

These easy-to-install receivers can deliver better reception than conventional cable or satellite television.

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You don’t need a satellite dish or cable to receive HD television in your home.Kadir Celep

Here’s a little secret that videophiles know: the prettiest, sharpest, most colorful TV images you’re going to see are not coming to come through a cable box or even through a satellite—they come through a TV antenna. Yep, a similar design to the one your father or grandfather stuck on their roof. These antennas are capable of capturing 4K signals at an extremely high bitrate, and it is glorious to behold on a quality television. HDTV antennas are affordable, but there are a few things you should consider before you buy one.

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Signal Distance

This unit has a built-in reflector enabling it to receive programs from up to 70 miles away.GE

The whole point of installing an antenna is to get better reception, right? This is especially important if you live far from urban centers. An antenna with a 70-mile range is considered solid. Make sure it’s ready for both 1080p and 4K signals, too.

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Power

This model features solid pickup capacity as well as a control that allows you to spin it from your living room for better reception.pingbingding

Some antennas feature an additional power cable. While this will make installation a bit more involved, the benefits can be huge. We’re talking about extending the range of signals you can receive up to 150 miles away. Some even have remote controls that allow you to adjust the antenna’s position without having to climb up a ladder.

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Versatile Placement

You can install this receiver on or inside your home.RCA

It’s important to know where you’re going to mount an antenna before you buy. Some devices will require a mast to sit on, while others include all the hardware you need. If you can’t mount them on your roof, some antennas will still work inside your attic. Know your available space limitations and requirements before you buy.

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