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When most of us cut the cable cord, we rely on Internet streams to replace our favorite channels. The most popular device to currently do that is the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick, loaded with Kodi Media Center and some awesome addons. Be sure to get your free guide on how to Supercharge your Fire TV by using the form above or the orange buttons within this post.
Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to find quality Internet streams for local channels so it is important to invest in a quality over the air (OTA) indoor or outdoor antenna. I have tested out many OTA indoor and outdoor antennas and this article will help you make an educated decision when making a purchase.
When I cancelled my DirecTV service a few years ago, I didn’t necessarily want to remove the dish from the top of the house in case I ever wanted to use the service again. So, I decided to purchase an OTA outdoor antenna that I could mount onto the dish itself.
Best OTA Outdoor Antenna
After a few hours of research, I came across an outdoor antenna that was very inexpensive and had great reviews. That antenna is the RCA Compact Outdoor Yagi HDTV Antenna. This is a sturdy OTA outdoor antenna that can be easily mounted with its included hardware. I simply removed the mount and pole and attached the antenna to the arm of our DirecTV dish.
One of the nice things about using an Outdoor antenna is that you can hook it into your splitter within your home so that all TV connections within the home can use the connection. Since my tv line was feeding off the DirecTV dish, I simply plugged the same cord into the OTA outdoor antenna and now every room in my home has the capability of receiving these channels.
Prior to going up onto the roof to attach the OTA outdoor antenna to the DirecTV dish, I had to determine where I needed to point the antenna. I used the TV Fool Web site to figure out where the transmitters were located by simply typing in my address. After locating the transmitters within my area, it was obvious that I had to point the antenna in the northwest direction since that was where the majority of the popular channels were located. You will see the chart below that shows the OTA transmitters grouped within the northwest corner.
The TV Fool Web site is an awesome resource that you need to use and it will provide you with some important information on where the closest transmitters are and how strong of a signal they are emitting. Click the Web site link below and use the TV Signal Analysis tool to see where you need to point your OTA antenna and whether or not an indoor OTA antenna will work in your location.
After you type in your address into the tool, it will load a chart that displays all of the transmitters and will also provide color coding on how strong or weak the signal is.
Green = OTA Indoor Antenna
Yellow = OTA Attic-mounted Antenna or Outdoor Antenna
Red = OTA Roof-mounted Antenna
Gray = These channels are weak and most antennas won’t pull in the signal
If you live in a location that provides numerous green signals, you will get by with an OTA indoor antenna.
Best OTA Indoor Antenna
Unfortunately, the OTA indoor antenna companies make some pretty large claims that usually aren’t true. I have tested a ton of these and finally found one that is fairly inexpensive and pulls in some transmitters that were registering Red on the TV Fool Signal Locator. There are still some Red signals that it doesn’t bring in and that is the reason why I favor an OTA outdoor antenna if possible. I know that for some of you this is not possible due to the fact that you may live in an apartment.
In my opinion, the best OTA indoor antenna is the 1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna. This antenna includes a detachable amplifier power supply which you can use if you would like. In my testing, using the amplifier definitely makes a difference and helps with reception.
The 1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna comes with 3M sticker tape so you can easily adhere it to a window. I placed mine in my office basement window and the quality is excellent for the channels that it receives.See also: