How to Access Free OTA Channels with Antennas for Under $100


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ClearStream MAX-V AntennaIt’s not exactly a secret that many of us are staying indoors and looking for content to keep us entertained during the coronavirus outbreak. And while streaming services continue to offer up tons of content, including easier access to news channels, lots of households are likely considering free, over-the-air (OTA) channels, perhaps for the first time in a while. With that in mind, we thought we’d feature a few deals for both indoor and outdoor antennas that could get you watching OTA content for under $100.

First off, it’s a good idea to find out what OTA stations are available in your area so you’ll have a better idea what type of antenna is right for you. You can check out sites like Antenna Web, where you can enter your address or ZIP code to see what’s available, where they’re broadcasting from, and how strong the signal is from your location.

Armed with that info, here are a few deals that have caught our eye.

Indoor Antennas

If your location allows you to receive OTA signals with just an indoor antenna, they tend to be more discrete and cheaper than outdoor options. Plus, depending on where you live, installing an outdoor antenna could be more difficult, impractical, or unfeasible.

Mohu Leaf 30: Amazon has the popular Mohu Leaf 30 available at a minor discount versus its list price.

Mohu Arc Indoor Curved HDTV Antenna ($34.99): For a slightly more stylish look, you can check out the Mohu Arc antenna for $34.99 over at Best Buy

Terk HDTV Antenna ($59.99): Terk’s indoor antenna uses a flat, flexible design that doesn’t immediately suggest “antenna” the way old-school rabbit-ear-style options did. It also boasts a 65-mile range and its slim profile makes it easy to install on a window or wall.

Mohu Arc Pro Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna($64.99): This option includes a handy LED status indicator to help you adjust location for the best signal reception. It’s currently $10 off over at Best Buy.

Outdoor Antennas

Sometimes, an indoor antenna just won’t cut it and you’ll need to turn to outdoor options. These tend to be more robust to withstand the elements, but can also offer more reach and provide access to more OTA channels in your area. Before you purchase one, though, it’s a good idea to make a game plan for how and where you’ll install your outdoor antenna. Also, if you have, say, particularly strict homeowners association rules or other local regulations, it might be worth checking on those as well.

One more note on outdoor antennas: Don’t forget to plan out exactly how you’re going to connect the antenna to you TV, whether that’s running a coaxial cable via a window, a wall socket you install, or some other opening in your home.

Rocketfish Outdoor Amplified TV Antenna ($59.99): From an aesthetic standpoint, this Rocketfish Outdoor Amplified TV Antenna looks a bit like the mounting bracket you’d attach other gear on, but it’s an affordable outdoor option, with Best Buy currently offering $20 off its $79.99 list price.

Antennas Direct ClearStream MAX-V ($69.99): Toward the higher end, we have options like the Antennas Direct ClearStream MAX-V, which can be mounted outdoors, but could also work well in, say, an attic if that’s an option. Target currently has this model available for $10 off its regular price.

Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V: This option boasts a 60-mile range and weather-resistant mounting hardware. Amazon has it on sale at a decent discount at the moment.

Antennas Direct ClearStream 4: If you need a bit more reach, you can opt for the more substantial ClearStream 4 with its 70-plus mile rating. Like its smaller sibling, this model comers with outdoor-rated mounting hardware.

Of course, these are just a few of the deals currently on offer, and if you come across some great savings in your search for antennas, let us know!

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