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Digital Antennas (Thumbs up!)

September 10th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

My boyfriend and I moved to Montana because we love the outdoors (especially hiking the mountains!) We have been here since June and had never subscribed to any cable companies. We just don't really watch TV... but now it's football season!

I'm a HUGE Packers fan and he's a Bengals fan, so we needed a way to watch football. I read online that antennas can pick up pretty good HD channels, but living in a town surrounded by mountains I didn't think it would work for us. After researching a few different antenna companies, I decided to buy an external antenna for $29.99. Not only did it not cost much, but the company offered free returns if it didn't work out.

I'm here to say even in a place surrounded by mountains, this little antenna picks up GREAT HD TV! I have CBS, FOX, The CW, NBC, and PBS channels that come in crystal clear! Bring on the NFL kickoff!

So, if anyone else has been hesitant on cutting cable, do it... you can still get football!

6 Responses to “Digital Antennas (Thumbs up!)”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    It's true...the HDTV channels have come a long way. We had an antenna before we moved to our new area. It worked great at the old place, but now according to the fcc site, our reception would be very mediocre. Did you check with this site before you purchased? Just curious.

  2. Ima saver Says:

    All we ever used for tv's was antennas before we moved here to Ga. I hate paying $70 a month to watch tv!!

  3. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Great news! I hate cable, refuse to get it.

  4. natasha.cornelius Says:

    creditcardfree - I used http://antennaweb.org/ which looks like a similar website. That's also the site that told me about the antenna brand I bought. The website gave me suggestions on the type of antenna I should buy based on my location. Pretty nifty!

  5. Liz Says:

    I decided a while ago not to pay for cable when I get my own place again, it was always so expensive, especially living alone with no one to split the bill with. I will still need internet access, mostly because it's 2015 (ha!), but I also work from home one day a week, so this is non-negotiable. Over the past year, I've been figuring out my plan - and the last piece of it finally fell into place this week.

    I have an Apple TV (Have had for some time) - this connects my TV via wireless connection (can also be wired if modem is nearby) to Netflix, Hulu, any movies I have saved into my iTunes, and lots of other channels/apps.

    I share a Netflix account with a friend.

    I will subscribe to Hulu Plus.

    I will use mom's cable log in for HBO Go and Showtime Anytime, for as long as she keeps cable. If she ever cuts the cord (doubtful, really), I will evaluate at that time whether it's worth paying for the stand-alone streaming subscriptions to these channels.

    And the last major piece (for me anyway) - Food Network! I keep it on in the background an awful lot, it's my white noise Smile I just learned that I can download the Watch Food Network app to my computer, and stream it via AirPlay to the Apple TV, so i can watch it live, much in the same way I do now. Picking a show to watch on-demand isn't quite the same as turning it on and seeing what my friends are cooking right now!

    Average cost of cable/internet in NYC (including DVR and 1 or 2 premium channels, which to me is the only point of cable, really) - $150 or so. If you're lucky.

    Expecting this method to cost me somewhere around $70? Works for me!!!

    Glad you found an antenna to get you all the football you need!!!!

  6. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    I tried an HD antenna back in 2008? when I lived in a large apartment complex. I think on a good day I could get NBC and ABC, and then 2 weather channels, 3 PBS type channels, and oodles of Spanish language channels. I haven't had cable since around 2008.

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