In 2019 many cord cutters tell me a streaming service is all they need for cord cutting. Yet if you hang around the site you know I talk about the importance of an antenna in a cord cutting setup.
Now if you have followed this site for sometime you will know I often push this idea. But with millions of new readers, I thought it was important to go over this one more time as increasingly many cord cutters overlook this great free way to watch your favorite shows.
The good news is for most major local affiliates are now 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 should really still get an antenna if you can.
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. Just this year several new OTA TV stations launched including stations from CBS.
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, Escape, and Laff, which air quality content from the past and current shows all 100% free.
#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 cable TV compresses HD TV. While it is still technically HD, you will be shocked at how good OTA TV looks compared to cable and streaming.
So, if you want high quality 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.
There you go. Five reasons why an antenna is a must have for cord cutters. Make sure to check out AntennaWeb.org to find out how many locals you can get.
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