How Boomers can get Local High-Definition TV for Free!

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As mentioned previously in Boomers can Save Money by Cutting the Cable TV Cord, one way to significantly reduce TV viewing expenses is to buy a high-definitive digital antenna. This is a one-time, inexpensive purchase that provides free access to local channel broadcasts, such as ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox.

How Much Does a Digital Antenna Cost?

Not much. One of the best models (see Best TV Antennas), the Mohu Leaf 50, sells for just $59 on Amazon:

  • Free TV For Life: Access High Definition Over-the-Air TV channels without a cable or satellite subscription, including ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, Univision and more. 50-mile range.
  • NOTE: Enables access to free channels only – does not enable access to paid channels such as ESPN/Fox News. Channel reception varies based on what is broadcast in your area, distance from broadcast towers, and geographical obstructions between you and the towers.
  • Crystal-Clear TV for Free: CleanPeak Filter technology filters out cellular and FM signals resulting in low noise, a clearer picture and access to more free HDTV channels in 1080 HD.
  • Multi-directional and Reversible HDTV Antenna: Paintable to match any decor, derived from advanced US military technology, no “pointing” needed and comes with included 16 ft. high performance cable.
  • TV Antenna Designed and Manufactured in the USA with a 1-year Warranty.

And there are a wealth of additional inexpensive choices, with new advanced models coming to the market frequently. Some start as low as $18. Just goes to show that more and more people are abandoning expensive cable and satellite TV packages!

Are Digital Antennas Difficult to Install?

Not really. Basically all you need to do is hook up a provided coaxial cable to the antenna connector on your TV. Most of the digital antennas are small panels that hang on an internal wall or window of your home, although some models are designed for attic or roof installation.

The Bottom Line for Boomers

Adding a digital antenna to your HDTV television is not difficult, but it is important to remember that results vary by location and terrain. We suggest reading “These are the best indoor HDTV antennas” to quickly gain an understanding of the pluses and minuses of digital antennas.

We also suggest that it is best to pay a few dollars more (literally $10-$20) to purchase high-end models that get the best results. Moreover, if you buy from an outfit like Amazon, for example, the product can always be returned if it doesn’t work to your satisfaction.

The inexpensive nature of ever-powerful digital antennas suggests that all Boomers should at least give these devices a look. If you have a questionable cable provider (like many of us do), digital antennas are a great backup when your service goes on the blink. And if the economy takes a nose-dive, a digital antenna can play a major role (along with streaming TV) in cutting the cable cord to dramatically lower your bills without sacrificing viewing variety.

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