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Indoor or Outdoor Antenna?

2 Steps to Buying the Right Type of Antenna for your Household
OTA TV Broadcast Tower

If you’re just getting started as a cord cutter, or you’re thinking about becoming one, you are probably wondering about the type of equipment you need. For the most part, picking out a streaming box is a relatively simple task; but deciding which antenna to buy is a bit more difficult. The one question I hear most from my readers is: “Should I buy an indoor or outdoor antenna?”

It’s a difficult question for some, and for many more it stops them dead in their tracks. But with a little foreknowledge, picking out the right OTA antenna can be a lot easier than you may think; and today I’ll show you how.

Let’s get started!


First we’re going to briefly examine the differences between indoor and outdoor antennas.

INDOOR ANTENNAS

Indoor antennas are typically smaller and less powerful than their outdoor cousins; with a range of about 30-50 miles. Companies like Mohu and Channel Master have been able to transform the design of the old rabbit ears of yesteryear, into sleek and inexpensive devices that resemble paper thin pieces of plastic more than a traditional antenna.

Typically an indoor antenna costs somewhere between $30 and $60. To see a list of some of the more popular indoor antennas, read “ANTENNAS, SPLITTERS, AMPLIFIERS & DVRs“. As for placement, many people hang these antennas on their walls or put them in a windowsill. 

OUTDOOR ANTENNAS

On the flip side, Outdoor Antennas are usually placed on top of roofs or garages, and are much larger and more powerful than the indoor antennas. They also cost more; usually priced somewhere north of $100. Outdoor antennas typically have a range between 60 and 100 miles; depending on the surrounding area. 

At this point, you’re probably wondering why anyone would not just go with an outdoor antenna, since it’s the most powerful right(?) Well, the problem is that for many, their home is not best suited for an outdoor antenna or it is simply not needed due to close proximity to a local TV tower. 

Deciding on an Indoor or Outdoor Antenna

  1. The first thing you need to do is evaluate your living situation. If you’re in an apartment building or have a Home Owners Association with strict rules, then odds are an indoor antenna is your only option. 
  2. The next thing you need to do is figure out how close you live to a broadcast tower.  TVFool.com and AntennaWeb both offer a free TV Signal Analysis where you can enter your address and see what direction your OTA signals are coming from, and how far away they are. If you’re less than 30 miles away from a broadcast tower, then an indoor antenna could be all you need.
    • Now if you live out in rural area, or you’re just too far from an OTA broadcast tower (30+ miles), then an outdoor antenna is your best bet.When looking up your address you may notice that that you’re getting signals from multiple directions; and if this is the case you should consider buying an omni-directional antenna

*** Like with Indoor Antennas, we have a page dedicated to the more popular Outdoor Antenna models with brief descriptions of each. Click here to learn more. 

Buying an OTA Antenna

Deciding on an OTA Antenna is easy, as long as you know what to look for. Just make sure you are aware of your living restrictions, and your proximity to a broadcast station. If you keep those two things in mind, picking the right antenna will be a breeze.

Are you having trouble picking out an OTA antenna? Sound off in the comments below, send me a tweet or e-mail and I’ll be able to help you out!

How to Watch College Basketball Online and OTA

Cordcutters now have a way to watch College Basketball Online and OTA without a Costly Cable TV Subscription

Watch College Basketball Online

College Basketball is just around the bend, which means cord cutting enthusiasts looking for a cable TV alternative will soon be looking for a way to watch college basketball without cable. In recent years it has been hard for college basketball fans to watch without a cable TV subscription, but new opportunities in the streaming service world has opened back up the sport to cord cutting fans.

If you’re looking to watch college basketball without cable, here’s how you do it: Continue reading How to Watch College Basketball Online and OTA

Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue – A Television Streaming Battle Royal

Is Sling TV or PlayStation Vue a Better Option for Cord Cutters?

PlayStation Vue

For years cable consumers have been clamoring for an ala carte style cable subscription package; and for years the cable companies have been ignoring them. The reason why is that it’s much more profitable to rope people into lengthy contracts and expensive subscriptions that it is to give the people what they want; but that’s slowly changing.


*** New Sling vs Vue Review Article published Oct. 2016. For the latest pricing details see our latest content. 


The cord cutting revolution has left people looking for a proper cable TV alternative, and consequently many services have sprouted up to meet that demand. Aside from Netflix, the one of the most notable contenders in the cord cutting market these days is the Dish Network-owned Sling TV; which offers live streaming of over 20 television channels for $20 a month.

SlingTVNot familiar with Sling TV? Read “WHAT IS SLING TV? Flexibility, Premium Content, Live TV at a Price we Can Afford. 

Introducing PlayStation Vue

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How to Watch Football Online & Over-the-Air

nfl-4 (1)Cord Cutting Guide to Watching the 2016 NFL Season

At long last football season is finally here. For the next few months; every Sunday, Monday, and Thursday will be its own special holiday filled with tackles, touchdowns, and glorious 1080p HD entertainment. If this is your first football season without cable or you’re thinking about cutting the cord, you’re probably wondering what you’ll have to give up for your cable TV alternative; and in this instance, the answer is nothing.

Here are the 5 ways you can watch NFL Football without cable:


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Watch UFC Online and Over-the-Air

Cut the Cord and Bring the Fight to the Cable Companies

Watch UFC Online
Before baseball, basketball, and football; there was the original sport of fighting. For as long as man has been battling one another, there have been people sitting on the sidelines and making bets. In the bygone times of yesteryear, boxing was the number one fighting sport in the United States; but in the new millennium, the mixed-martial arts league Ultimate Fighting Championship reigns supreme.

Watch UFC OnlineWith millions of Americans watching UFC, many of these fans have become torn between the sport they love and the cable bill they hate. Through bloated cable packages and little competition, companies like Comcast and Time Warner have soured America’s love affair with cable television; and now most people keep cable simply because they think they have no other option. Continue reading Watch UFC Online and Over-the-Air

Watching Television in Spanish without Cable

Cut the Cord & Get More Content

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Cord Cutting Guide for Spanish TV

Hola cortadores de cable de compañeros, cómo estás? 

Whether you’re just looking for entertainment in your native tongue or if your someone learning the language looking to practice the art; it can be hard to find Spanish language television or film. Despite their premium pricing, cable companies are sorely lacking in Spanish langue content; and whatever they do have to offer can usually be found somewhere else.

Cable’s dearth of entertainment in español may have you thinking that your options would be even worse if you cut the cord; but thankfully that’s not the case. Not only do you have a wider variety of choice outside cable, but it also come at a cheaper price.

Have you heard about the new Sling Latino Offering? If not make sure you also read: WATCHING SPANISH TELEVISION ONLINE WITH SLING LATINO

Today I would like to share with how you can cut the cord and still get all the Spanish language television and film that you crave. Let’s get started!

Over-the-Air Channels

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Recording Over the Air Channels

DVR Free Live TV with No Subscription Fee

Channel Master is the OTA DVR you need to know about

Channel Master DVR+ ReviewsOne of the things cord cutters miss the most about cable is the awesome DVR (Digital Video Recorder) feature that many cable subscription packages come with. With a DVR, you never have to worry about missing your favorite show because you got home from work a little later than usual.

And, maybe more importantly, with a DVR you can skip all those annoying commercials!

There are a number of DVRs out there that will integrate with your OTA  / Antenna signal, but with most you are still subject to an expensive monthly subscriptions. You already paid for an antenna, a DVR, and now you have to pay $20 a month to record FREE television? That almost completely contradicts the point about killing the cable bill. This just wont work. Luckily for us, we have another option.

Channel Master DVR+ Reviews

Channel Master DVR+ Reviews

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