If you are going to cut the cord, I highly recommend that you get an indoor, digital HDTV antenna. An antenna will give you access (for free) to broadcast channels. These channels are referred to as OTA (Over The Air) channels.
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We use our antenna to watch WGN Chicago for news and Cubs games. I highly recommend an antenna if you watch local, professional sports or the local news.
This isn’t your grandmother’s antenna. The new antennas are small and mounted on the wall or window inside your house. It plugs into your TV with an HDMI port. You will need one antenna for each TV. We only have an antenna on our main TV in the living room.
An antenna is only for live TV. There is no pausing, no OnDemand options and no DVR. It’s old school TV. But it does broadcast in HD!
Use this website to figure out what channels you can get in your area and what strength antenna you need.
- 50 mile radius
Although there are many station towers in Chicago and the surrounding area, we recommend an antenna with a 50 mile radius. This is because CBS has notoriously low signal strength. In order to get a clear picture from CBS, you will need a stronger antenna.
Ok, so before I said that there was no DVRing or pausing OTA channels. That is true if you just have an antenna. However, there are several higher tech options if you’d like the ability to record off your antenna.
(If you have experience using one of these higher tech options, we’d love to hear from you! Please leave a comment below, or email email@example.com)
Otherwise, it’s time to move on to Streaming Devices.