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The Best OTA TV Channel of 2017 Is… (2017 Cordie Award Winners)

Sports awardsSince OTA TV (over-the-air TV) switched to digital we have seen a flood of new digital sub channels launch. Over the last few years, the quality of the content you will find on these sub channels has skyrocketed.

This year, for the first time, we added a new category to our Cordie Awards for Best OTA Sub Channel of 2017. Thanks to our readers, we now know what your favorite digital subs channels are.

So here are the Best OTA Sub Channels of 2017…

In third place with 12.1% of the vote is Comet TV. If you are a sci-fi fan, Comet TV is a must-have channel that airs some of the best sci-fi on TV including “Stargate SG1,” “Andromeda,” “The Outer Limits,” and “Mystery Science Theater 3000.” Thanks you, our readers, Comet TV is the third most popular OTA sub channel of 2017.

In second place with 23.3% of the vote is Antenna TV. If you love classic shows, Antenna TV is one of the best options out there, with a wide range of shows including “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Growing Pains,” “Murphy Brown,” “Three’s a Crowd,” “Webster,” and even classic episodes of “Johnny Carson” to name a few. The station has been so popular there has even been talk of launching a second Antenna TV network. Thanks to you, Antenna TV is the second most popular OTA sub channel of 2017.

The Best OTA Sub Channel of 2017 Is…


MeTV just beat out Antenna TV with 25.4% of the vote. If you love classic shows, MeTV has a huge lineup including “Batman,” “The Andy Griffith Show,” “Battlestar Galactica,” “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “Cheers,” “Columbo,” “Carol Burnett and Friends,” “Diagnosis Murder,” and “Hogan’s Heroes.”

There are so many classic shows on MeTV that we could fill an entire post just trying to list what you will find. Thanks to you, Me TV is the Best OTA Sub Channel of 2017.

Some Other Notable Networks

There are so many OTA sub channels that the list of channels that received votes ended up being very long. Let’s take a quick look at a few others that received votes.

Stadium was in fourth place with 8.8% of the votes. If you love sports, you really should check out Stadium. They are both streamed online for free and aired free over the air in a growing number of markets.

Other networks to get noticeable votes are Bounce, Retro TV, TBD, and GET.

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8 Responses to The Best OTA TV Channel of 2017 Is… (2017 Cordie Award Winners)

  1. Fred Koot December 31, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    Please don’t follow antenna recommendations! Putting in my address should get 0 channels with an indoor antenna. 1 with an outdoor. Guess what I get 56 crystal clear with a $20 indoor antenna.

  2. Darren Bratton December 31, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    the nearest AntennaTV affiliate near me is about 6 hours away…..

    • park mclean December 31, 2017 at 4:35 pm #

      Lucky fella.

  3. Teddy G December 31, 2017 at 12:22 pm #

    I didn’t know about Stadium TV. I found it locally (Hartford, CT 20-4) with strong signal strength, Yay! It’s only 480i but something is something.

  4. Larry December 31, 2017 at 2:48 pm #

    Wish RetroTV would get there act together. Have a station in North Dakota, but it is not on the air, just local cable.

  5. scarpad January 1, 2018 at 1:58 pm #

    ME-TV refuses to come to western Mass, or locals offer the same digipet even thou they are only a state apart. My only hope is that ME will offer a streaming app like Comet does. Even thou i get Comet it looks worlds better streaming than it does with the compressed mess the local makes of it.

  6. Mr. Wrestling IV January 1, 2018 at 3:02 pm #

    Laff is very good, too. Drew Carey Show, Night Court, Grace Under Fire, Empty Nest, That 70s Show… It’s awesome.

  7. Chuck Roast January 2, 2018 at 12:06 pm #

    And I don’t get Channel 11 (WPIX) or any of its subs at my address and crappy YouTube TV doesn’t carry it.