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5 Reasons an Antenna Should Be a Part of Your Cord Cutting Setup

Increasingly major local affiliates are becoming available through live TV streaming services such as DIRECTV NOW, Hulu, and PlayStation Vue; however, even if you receive your major locals such as ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC you really should get an antenna.

Why is an antenna so important with your cord cutting setup? Here are my top 5 reasons why everyone should have an antenna as a part of their cord cutting setup.

#1 More Channels

Often when people think of OTA TV they think of ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC; however, there is so much more out there. PBS, ION, and The CW are probably the other networks most cord cutters know, but there are even more.

Recently the CEO behind the Tablo DVR said the average Tablo DVR user gets more than 40 locals. Many of these are great channels such as MeTV, Antenna TV, Comet TV, Excape, and Laff, which air great content from days past and current shows all 100% free.

Want to see what you can get in your area? Check out to find out how many locals you can get.

#2 No Blackouts & No Outages

Streaming is still a fairly new technology, and it often struggles with blackouts and outages. The good news is every week these are become fewer and fewer; however, just like cable TV 30 years ago contracts and technology are still catching up. (And live TV streaming is already seeing a huge step forward in stability and reliability.)

OTA TV is older than cable TV and is a great way to know you will never miss that game or worry about outages.

#3 No Delay

Did you know that even cable TV is delayed a few seconds behind over-the-air TV? Streaming can average 30 seconds behind.

There are numerous factors that go into the delay in streaming. Your Internet and device speed will affect how long it takes for you to load the stream. There is also a built-in delay for the signal to go from your local station to your provider and back down to you. Typically that is just 30 seconds, but some cord cutters on slow devices and connections can see a longer delay.

OTA TV is the best way to make sure you see the game live without delay.

#4 Picture Quality

Not all HD is the same and even with cable TV they compress HD TV. While it is still technically HD, you will be shocked at how great OTA TV looks compared to cable and streaming.

So if you want great HD images, OTA is the only way to go.

#5 OTA 3.0

This month the FCC is voting on the new OTA standard that will offer 4K video and better coverage of OTA TV. The good news is all current antennas will work with the 3.0 standard. Although we are still a few years away from most Americans having 4K OTA TV, it’s on its way and there is no time like now to get started.

So there you go… 5 reasons why an antenna is a must have. Make sure to check out to find out how many locals you can get.

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12 Responses to 5 Reasons an Antenna Should Be a Part of Your Cord Cutting Setup

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    GMan524 November 7, 2017 at 8:37 am #

    When I was young, there were 3 channels you picked up(maybe) with rabbit ears and aluminum foil.

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      Fred Koot November 7, 2017 at 9:17 am #

      And we were the remote control

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        Deon Hamner November 7, 2017 at 9:34 am #

        Sure was… With A-B tuners….

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      S. Mays November 7, 2017 at 9:55 am #

      I remember when this young upstart “Fox” started broadcasting. If I fiddled with the antenna for about 5 minutes, I could sometimes watch a very snowy Fox.

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    Fred Koot November 7, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    Better Sound, you get DD 5.1, which no live OTT service offers

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    S. Mays November 7, 2017 at 9:57 am #

    I had an old antenna in our attic, plus a powered set of rabbit ears, but could only pick up about 3 channels, and none of them were our locals (more like the local college and a few other random channels). We live in a heavily wooded area and there are mountains around, and NBC/ABC/CBS broadcast from about 50-60 miles out. I’d probably need one of those expensive 100 mile antennas on the roof to pick them up.

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      Sunflower November 7, 2017 at 11:00 am #

      The price of an antenna sure beats the monthly price of Dish and DirecTV.
      TV Fool and Antennaweb are two more websites to help you get everything up ad running OTA.

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      Richard Colom November 7, 2017 at 11:30 am #

      Remember that the cost of an antenna is a “one-time” fee. Once things are set up, programming is free!

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      Rob Price November 9, 2017 at 2:56 pm #

      I got this one for $29.99, have it in the attic, and pick up 40+ channels. Might be worth a try:

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    Phuq_Me November 8, 2017 at 1:16 am #

    Until stations start using antennas and power levels that can reach me OTA is pretty much a no go. when you’re using a directional antenna that cuts the effective power level to less than 20% or worse or choose to broadcast at 300 kW when you can legally do 1000 kW then I’m not gettign your signal with any antenna except occasionally at night maybe.

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    Mike Thaler November 8, 2017 at 8:21 am #

    I want CONVENIENCE! Don’t want one system to view/record OTA (network) channels and another to watch the 10-12 “cable” channels. [CNN, MSNBC, Fox news, Comedy Cen, TBS, TNT, AMC, TMC, HBO, local sports).
    Except for news, watch everything off DVR. Even w. news, often create a buffer so we can FF thru ads and uninteresting stories.

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    carl_steve November 13, 2017 at 11:03 am #

    After trying several different brands, I settled on the Terk TV3. It’s an amplified VHF/UHF antenna with adjustable gain. The picture quality on my HDTV is excellent. The stereo sound quality is equally good. The most distant station I can get is at least 50 miles away, and it comes in just fine.

    This model has been discontinued, but you can still get it from various sources (Amazon, eBay, etc.).