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According to research, the average American household now pays $103 per month for cable TV. And for what? What do you get on cable that you can’t get through apps like Netflix and Hulu?
I can hear you from here: “CBS,” “NBC,” “the Super Bowl,” “the news,” “PBS,” “the UEFA Champions League”! Wrong, wrong, and wrong again.
Did you know 97 percent of American households can watch NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and The CW for free by using an over-the-air (OTA) antenna? And did you know 96 percent can watch PBS? And that more than 70 percent can watch PBS Kids, Create, MyNetworkTV, MeTV, Antenna TV, Escape, Grit, Laff, This TV, Bounce TV, Ion Television, and Ion Life?
In fact, if you’re thinking about cutting the cord, a high-quality OTA antenna is one of the first things you should invest in.
What’s Available in Your Area?
However, before you give your cable company a call, do some due diligence. Make sure you fall inside the 97 percent, and verify that the signal is strong enough if you use an interior antenna. If it’s not, you might need to affix one to your roof.
Use these three sites to check:
- Federal Communications Commission: The FCC provides a free tool on its website. Just enter your ZIP code, and it will show you which channels are available and at what strength.
- Antenna Web: This site uses a color-coding system. Again, enter your ZIP code, and it’ll show you which channels are strongest and in which direction you need to point your antenna.
- TV Fool: TV Fool offers a broadly similar service, but also lets you enter the height of your antenna (if known). The height can significantly affect the quality of signal you can enjoy.
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