Over The Air Television

One of the best ways to get content is also the oldest: put up an antenna and watch TV that way. Most people in the U.S. are in range of multiple broadcast channels. You can search for the channels you are able to receive on the FCC’s Website. You can also get information from other sources, such as AntennaWeb.org. The results will vary across search services, so it may be hard to predict exactly what you’ll be able to receive. It’s always a good idea to go with the results that are consistent across the services.

If you live near local stations, you may be able to use an indoor antenna. However, if you are dozens of miles from a station, you may need an outdoor antenna, which cost more. You could spend anywhere from under $20 for a small antenna to over $200 for a large outdoor aerial.

Once you have an antenna, you have two choices: watch the shows live (the network’s schedule) or record them for watching later (your schedule). To record shows and watch them later, you need a digital video recorder (DVR). TiVo is generally considered the top of the line DVR, but the device and service can be expensive over time. Building your DVR can be a fun project, but it can also be complicated. While it’s a feasible solution for many people, we’re focusing on simple, easy to use solutions here, such as TiVo.

But... what if you don't live near any TV stations, or external factors such as terrain, buildings, locations, or other issues prevent you from being able to install or use an antenna? You may want to look at a cable "lite" solution.

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