One way to get high quality television broadcasts without the need for cable or satellite is to use a simple TV antenna. OTA TV broadcasts are free thus there is no need to spend money on television provided one has an antennae. An indoor antenna will serve anyone that lives close to the local TV transmitters but for those people that are quite a distance from the transmitters they need to have an outdoor antenna. TV antennas have been viewed as old gadgets from the last century but these days more and more people are using high density TV antenna to cut their costs on satellite and cable TV.
People buy TV antennas for many reasons but the main reason that people use antennas is due to the fact that TV becomes free for life after buying the antennas. The other merit of HDTV antennas is that their broadcasts are everywhere and even though cities have a broad spectrum of choices at least close to all American TV households can receive a station and more than four fifths of all TV households can get at least five channels.
Of the two, that is, OTA signals and cable or satellite, OTA broadcasts have a better picture clarity than satellite or cable because they do not compress data.
The best way to determine whether you will be able to get good TV reception after buying an antenna is to look for the nearest and direct broadcasting towers near where one resides because TV signals are transmitted in a straight line. Then there is the obvious fact that getting a TV signal past a certain earth curvature is next to impossible. Objects like buildings and sky scrappers that lie between the transmission towers and one’s home can hinder the reception of TV channels. Thus the first step that one needs to take even before buying an antenna is locate where the local transmission stations are located.
In addition to knowing about the closest TV station transmitters and the direction they are in from where the antenna will be placed the person needs to assess if they are any obstacles in the path of transmission. These days there is not much travelling that one needs to do to get this information since it can be obtained by the pressing of a button by keying in one’s home address on websites that offer this information for free. These websites give the person a list of all the local stations in the vicinity of where they dwell and even tell them which antenna would be best to use based on where they are.