Table Of Contents
Once known as Rabbit Ears, we now use OTA Antennas to Capture Free Broadcast TV
Our society has become so reliant on the television. It is very rare that I go through a day without someone asking me if I saw something on TV last night, so it was very difficult for me to let my cable go, despite the fact that the cable company decided to double my monthly bill. My contract was up, so I didn’t have any obligation to keep that company, but I couldn’t imagine my life at home without some noise from the TV.
After canceling my cable service, I would play music, watch shows online through the internet, and go to friends’ houses whenever I could. These were all great alternatives, and it was all much easier than trying to make the ridiculous monthly cable payment, but I couldn’t help but miss being able to relax in my living room at the end of the day. That was when I realized that there was still another option, and I felt really stupid for not thinking of it sooner.
Do you remember rabbit ears?
Our parents and grandparents used them for years, and yet we forget that we can still use rabbit ears to pick up local stations. Using an indoor antenna is as old as television itself, and recently, the switch from analog to digital TV has brought this alternative back into the limelight. However, people have become so used to their special channels that they wouldn’t even consider this to be an option.
The truth is, for most individuals, the antenna can be a very satisfactory option. It may even be better than cable for some households. Our lives usually keep us busy enough that we don’t really need hundreds of television channels to keep us entertained. When we do want to sit and relax in front of the TV, an indoor antenna can give us more than enough and without the high cost of cable or satellite.
Get the best signal
Rabbit ears are very inexpensive and easy to set up, but you need to be in a place where it will be possible to get good reception. Now that signals have switched from analog to digital, a weak signal could leave you with nothing instead of the fuzzy picture you used to get with analog.
There are certain techniques you can use to ensure you have the best signal possible with your antenna. The most important advice I can give is that you need to get your rabbit ears away from interference. Computers cause interference, and TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players, and other television equipment have computers in them. In other words, your television and other devices connected to it could interfere with your reception. When you get your antenna, make sure it is positioned far away from your entertainment center. Never put the antenna on top or near your TV or computer.
Some other sources of interference are florescent lamps, cordless phones, and fish tank heaters. If you are having trouble figuring out which appliance is affecting your signal, try turning them off one at a time. If this doesn’t work, you should try to look for a stronger signal spot. Walls also absorb signal, so your reception may be better if your antenna is on the side of your home that faces the transmitter you want to receive. It may take time to figure out where will be the best spot in your house, but a little research on your local transmitters and some patience will pay off in the end.
Switching to an Indoor Antenna may not be the best option for everyone, but it can be a very inexpensive alternative to cable TV. If you aren’t sure this will be enough for you, I urge you to try it for a few months. It will cost you very little, and after a while, you will know for sure whether or not an antenna is the option for you.
AntennaWeb provides a very accurate estimate of all the stations you will be able to access, given your location and housing structure. Answer a few questions, hit submit, and you are provided with a comprehensive list.
The Leaf is Currently #3 on Amazon’s
Televisions & Video Products Best Sellers List!
When you are ready to make the leap check out Mohu; they make the best Indoor Antennas on the market and they are very reasonably priced. It only takes 5 minutes to plugin and you’ll gain access to the top 20 shows on TV in HD. Local television shows are available too through Major Network TV Stations – such as NBC, CBS, ABC & FOX.
Leaf Indoor TV Antenna
The Leaf indoor television antenna is a paper thin antenna that connects to your TV and mounts on the wall, behind a picture, or just about anywhere to enable you to receive free over-the-air broadcasts.
Performance: In side-by-side tests comparing against other major brands of indoor antennas, the Leaf/Leaf Ultimate performed better on average than all others tested. The Leaf Antenna was designed by experienced antenna engineers who have been designing antennas for the US military for years (see their sister company GreenWave Scientific).
Leaf Ultimate Indoor TV Antenna
The Leaf Ultimate is unlike any other amplified HDTV antenna available! The Leaf Ultimate Amplified HDTV Antenna improves upon the top-selling Mohu Leaf Antenna by providing you with an additional range for remarkable reception. For channels that experience occasional dropouts or pixilation, the additional gain of the Leaf Ultimate will provide a far more reliable signal than other antennas.
How the Amplifier Works: The Leaf Ultimate gives you a USB power injector at the end of the antenna cable to provide power to the amplifier in the antenna housing. You can power the amplifier by using the supplied power cable or by plugging the USB cable into a USB port on your TV. There is not another Antenna like it on the Market!
|Click Below to Learn More:|
|Indoor Antennas||Outdoor Antennas||OTA DVRs|
|Mohu Antennas are the #1 Selling Antennas on Amazon for a Reason!|
As always, comments are welcome and encouraged. Cheers!
p.s. If you really enjoyed this post, please consider helping me out and spreading the word below! Thanks!