One of the most under-appreciated parts of a cord cutting setup is an antenna. With an antenna, you can get a wide range of free content from live sports to award shows and your favorite primetime TV programs. No longer does an antenna just give you three or four stations. Since the move to digital over-the-air TV, new channels have started to pop up alongside the mainstays.
A recent informal survey on the Cord Cutters News Facebook page showed that on average, respondents pulled in an impressive 48 free, over the air channels. An antenna can get you everything from movie channels and classics to new local stations offering 24/7 weather and news coverage, on top of your normal network channels like CBS, FOX, and ABC.
Everyone will have a different experience with over-the-air TV based on where they live. Some people live close to towers and can pick up a whack of over the air channels with just a basic antenna sitting on the TV. Others will mount a powerful antenna on the roof and still only get 10 channels.
It’s important to do your research before you buy an antenna and generally speaking, you should buy the best one you can afford.