It will depend on where you live as to how many channels you will be able to pickup. People who live in large cities will no doubt be able to receive more stations than those living in a rural area.
As someone who has stopped paying for cable two years ago I can say you may be surprised how many channels you can pick up for free with a digital antenna.
I myself live in a rural area but still pick up 50 over-the-air channels since I live 30 miles from a large city and bought a long range digital antenna.
If you live in a large city that broadcast many channels you will be able to buy a cheap small digital antenna. But is you live in a rural area depending on the terrain you most likely will need a long range outdoor smart TV antenna.
There are many Smart HDTV Digital Antennas that come in a variety of shapes and designs to fit anyone.
From long distance to small cheap indoor antennas let’s take a look at our picks for antennas for watching over-the-air TV channels.
As always be sure to read reviews on Amazon, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is the right pick for you.
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Our Picks for Best Smart Antennas for Digital TV Converter Box
- Mediasonic Homeworx HW110AN
- RCA Outdoor Yagi
- Tree New Bee Amplified HD
Mediasonic Homeworx HW110AN Super Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna – 25 Miles Range
The Mediasonic Homeworx is a small indoor antenna built to give a OTA TV signal a boost.
It will work well enough for those who live close to TV broadcast towers usually located near cites.
If you live far away from the TV towers indoor units will likely not help much.
TV Antenna – RCA Outdoor Yagi Satellite HD Antenna w/ 150 Mile Range (70+ Miles from Broadcast Epicenter) Attic or Roof Mount TV Antenna, Long Range Digital OTA Antenna for Clear Reception, 4K 1080P
Outdoor antenna work the best at receiving a TV signal with the outdoor RCA Outdoor Yagi unit a popular option.
Yagi antennas need to point directly at the TV signal source and work very well once pointed at the source.
This is usually done by turning the antenna until the best reception is had and locking it into place.
The RCA antenna can be mounted outside on a pole or a wall.
Amplified HD Digital Outdoor HDTV Antenna 150 Miles Long Range with Motorized 360 Degree Rotation, UHF/VHF/FM Radio with Infrared Remote Control
This unit mount outdoors and has a motor that turns the unit to dial in on the best reception.
A good TV antenna is a free TV option fr cord cutters.
They are low-cost and once setup will last a long time ready to be used when needed.
Hooking up an antenna to a TV converter box is simple as most use a coaxial input.
Many converter boxes have multiple video outputs to a TV such as Coaxial, HDMI, or component be sure to check your boxes specification.