Best Indoor TV Antennas: Review & Comparison

  • Δημοσιεύτηκε στις

    Cord Cutting ReportCord Cutting Report

    διάρκεια: 10:02

    Buy the ClearStream Eclipse at Amazon (affiliate link): amzn.to/2pOQab0 or
    Antop Paper Thin Indoor Antenna: shrsl.com/1pvdx
    ClearStream Flex: amzn.to/31QAtgt
    ClearStream VIEW: amzn.to/31QAyAN
    HD Frequency Aerowave: amzn.to/2WgwOYw
    Join the CORD CUTTING NATION Newsletter: goo.gl/oWRqMN
    See more of my antenna picks at The Cord Cutting Report: bit.ly/2Pmpvg7
    If you’re about to get rid of cable or satellite TV, buying an indoor TV antenna makes a lot sense because you get free local stations from CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, PBS and a bunch more.
    The problem is most people don't know what kind of TV antenna they need.
    So today, I'm going to show you the best indoor TV antennas to buy based on three years of testing. They are the ClearStream Eclipse, Antop Paperthin Smartpass and HD Frequency Aerowave.
    Even if you don’t agree with my picks, you’ll want to watch this video because I am going to give five battle-tested tips so you can choose your own well-made antenna that will last you for years.
    So if you’re interested in getting channels like NBC, CBS, FOX and ABC in HD quality, be sure to watch this video.
    Got a question, or a product review you would like to see? Leave a comment below.

Ron Harns
Ron Harns

Do they have to be mounted in a window? My TV is in the center of the house and not near a window

Πριν 9 ημέρες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

They don't have to be near a window. I have set up plenty of indoor antennas that were not near a window (e.g. ClearStream VIEW). BUT...you can (generally speaking) get better results if you have one placed in a window facing the same direction as the towers that you are trying to draw signals from.

Πριν 8 ημέρες
Nick Edens
Nick Edens

So would it work if I had a 2 way coax splitter and I took the cord from my tv and plugged it in the in and in the other 2 I put the antannas would that double the signal

Πριν 10 ημέρες
Gregory Boyk
Gregory Boyk

Awesome and thank you

Πριν 27 ημέρες
Firebird 7479
Firebird 7479

I bought a RCA antenna with a 55 mile range. I cannot keep the antenna in any one given place. Otherwise, I lose channels in order to pick up others. Some don't come in at all and the antenna farm is 13 miles away. One Night I will have perfect signal. The next afternoon the same station will have no signal at all. Getting the signal is half the battle. Maintaining it is another. Cars drive by in my apartment complex. Planes fly over. Tenants on my floor walk by. I cross my legs. They all disrupt the signal. I was watching a show yesterday at 4PM and I think I caught all of 10 minutes of it because of either pixelation or complete signal loss, and I have the antenna in the highest spot on the window, facing the direction of the antenna farms.

Πριν μήνα
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

@Firebird 7479 If you're that close to broadcast towers, your antenna should not be struggling like that. Here's a good benchmark test, if you have some spare cable wire, make this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bItAkPK-cqY

Πριν μήνα
Firebird 7479
Firebird 7479

@Cord Cutting Report There is an antenna farm 13 miles away. The PBS Station and the Fox Station are right next to each other. I cannot get the PBS station. I also cannot get the local MeTV affiliate. For me it isn't so much about the mileage, it's that all these antennas are in one location, well within range of the antenna on my TV and Some stations I get, some I don't.

Πριν μήνα
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

Sorry to hear about your antenna woes. That must be really frustrating. You definitely need a new antenna. Any claim that an indoor TV antenna has a 55 mile range is pretty optimistic -- to put it kindly.

Πριν μήνα
James Byron Dean
James Byron Dean

Will ATSC 3.0 stop OTA HDTV?

Πριν μήνα
Adam Vargas
Adam Vargas

No, as a matter of fact, they are trying to build the standard into mobile devices as well for emergency purposes.....kids like having a video equivalent to FM for when "it hits the fan" in your local area.

Πριν 25 ημέρες
RobetB Dickinson
RobetB Dickinson

I live in rual maine aprox 60 miles from a broadcast tower, would you be able to make a recommendation for the best antena and amplifier to buy that will work thank you in advance if your able too make a recommendation.

Πριν μήνα
Greenid Guy
Greenid Guy

These antennas are ALL junk...check the the antenna man’s channel.

Πριν μήνα
Fernando Cumbe
Fernando Cumbe

I have an old dish antena on my roof that hasnt been used in at least 5 years. Dish just left it there. Will I be able to get over the air channels using that antena ?

Πριν μήνα
Scott in NJ
Scott in NJ

Nope, sorry to disappoint you.

Πριν μήνα
Fernando Cumbe
Fernando Cumbe

Can you connect multiple tvs to the same antena?

Πριν μήνα
bobby deere
bobby deere

Do they have to be placed on a window? Where my tv is now is close to one but I want to put this behind my TV set will it work? Thanks

Πριν 2 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

You can get channels behind your TV, depending on how far you are from towers (e.g. 5 or 10 miles away, no problem...30 miles? Not likely.) BUT ... will you get the best ever reception and the max number of channels with an antenna behind your TV? Probably not. At the very least, I would try to place your antenna high up behind the TV. Or if you're worried about how it looks, consider the ClearStream View, which looks like a picture frame. Hope that helps.

Πριν 2 μήνες
tattooedchick24
tattooedchick24

How do you get the onscreen listings grid?

Πριν 2 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

@Heavy D's Autobody No. I wish. It's just on Roku TVs.

Πριν μήνα
Heavy D's Autobody
Heavy D's Autobody

So is that on all roku sticks

Πριν μήνα
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

@tattooedchick24 Nice! That's good to know. Glad you don't have to buy anything else.

Πριν 2 μήνες
tattooedchick24
tattooedchick24

Cord Cutting Report Thanks I just found out my LG has it imbedded also.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

If you're asking about the listing toward the end of the video, it's the interface from a TCL Roku TV connected to an antenna.

Πριν 2 μήνες
James M
James M

LMFAO! Indoor antennas are joke! You can tell someone is ignorant when they have a flat antenna on their window.

Πριν 2 μήνες
James M
James M

@Christopher I think you need to look up the facts and capabilities of an indoor flat window.

Πριν μήνα
Christopher
Christopher

God bless ur dumb

Πριν μήνα
Mame A
Mame A

How about make your own antenna that beats all these for under $10 in supplies and an hour of your time??!!!

Πριν 2 μήνες
Fearless One
Fearless One

I'm a truck driver that goes all mainland 48 states, what do u reccomend for antenna?

Πριν 2 μήνες
James Ward
James Ward

this has been my experience with indoor outdoor antenna, none of them will work if you don't have a signal in your area, most will do a little better outside. I watched lots of videos on youtube on making homemade antenna. The ones I made worked great. the common denominator is copper. Copper is best conductor for pulling in signals. I took, just a piece of coaxial cable, trimmed it back to the copper and got just as many channels as I do with a antenna I paid $80.00 also I took a coaxial 2 way splitter and 2 paper clips, and it pulled in just as many channels as my amplified indoor antenna. Still using one of my homemade antenna and it hasn't fell yet. Just be careful with the hype. Do your own testing with a home made antenna., you will be surprised.

Πριν 2 μήνες
James Woods
James Woods

I have a $9.99 RCA Antenna from Amazon with Rabbit Ears that works great for 2 TV's! Don't believe this guys bull, he is wrong!

Πριν 2 μήνες
Russell Borrego
Russell Borrego

Yes, definitely don't. Believe him AND everyone else who says the exact same things, and with proof. This commenter is telling everyone next to absolutely nothing except a very generalized opinion.

Πριν 2 μήνες
James Clary
James Clary

Hey man. MUCH appreciated! Just ordered my Eclipse. I’ve got two TV the upstairs antenna works great. Downstairs I have a cheap, flat one and right when a big play is coming up the signal always drops. Been looking to replace it.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

@James Clary Thank you. That's great to hear.

Πριν 2 μήνες
James Clary
James Clary

Cord Cutting Report For sure. Just know that there are people out here that appreciate the time and work you e put in!

Πριν 2 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

Glad the video helped. Spending a little more on a quality antenna definitely makes a difference.

Πριν 2 μήνες
JOSEPH BURBO
JOSEPH BURBO

Sweet another new Englander, I live in lunenburg MA and looking for a first time antenna.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Mandy Marchand
Mandy Marchand

I live in Worcester MA and use a MoHu Leaf.. You can look up online to see what one is best for your area also what way you should face antenna to get better channels. I feel though it works better at night idk why. I get channels 4, 5 & sometimes 7 as well as 38, 56 also other channels like get tv, startv, bounce and some others.

Πριν μήνα
Pete
Pete

Great vid...thanks.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

Thanks for watching!

Πριν 2 μήνες
Mark Lindsay
Mark Lindsay

what indoor antenna works best in a basement with limited windows

Πριν 2 μήνες
James Nava
James Nava

I purchased one of those indoor attennas and all i got was foreign channels not one american station. And im in san diego ca.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Woodnoober
Woodnoober

What range of VHF channels were you able to get? Were they in the lower VHF range or only in the upper range? Here in San Antonio, TX, the ABC and PBS stations are on VHF and the $20 antenna I got off of Amazon doesn't pick those up. I know I need to upgrade, but I'd like to know what my viable options are. I could spend $90 on the ClearStream 2Max, but will it work on a second story window sill (I'm not interested in going into my attic or on my roof) or can I get away with something like the Eclipse in a window? The Eclipse doesn't have the horizontal "bars" on it, so I'm curious about it's VHF performance. Edit: I just read some Q&A's on Amazon and the Eclipse is iffy on VHF. Given it's shape and lack of dipoles (as they have been referred to), the Eclipse appears to be a UHF-only antenna. That may be a technical factor that goes over the head of most folks, but it is an extremely important issue to mention in a review, in my opinion.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

@Woodnoober Noted on the VHF front. I'll keep it in mind for future videos. The Eclipse should work fine. There is also a sequel to the Eclipse called the Eclipse 2. Haven't tried it yet, but it's supposed to be pretty good -- kind of an indoor version of the 2-Max. Good luck.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Woodnoober
Woodnoober

@Cord Cutting Report according to all the transmitter-finder sites, I'm between 20-25 miles from the majority of the towers in our area. The bulk of them transmit from the Tower of the Americas, in downdown San Antonio. Basically, the highest point around. I have my current antenna, a cheap flat one, in a second story window facing towards downtown, away from the trees in my yard. From your description, the Eclipse would probably work. I still think a mention of some level of expectation of VHF reception is warranted. I know it's over the head of most people, but folks like you understand more and should know that a simple flat antenna is not going to do well with VHF unless you're really close and unobstructed. The typical consumer isn't going to fit that description. A simple mention that this or that antenna is more geared towards UHF as opposed to this or that antenna would help.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

The Eclipse is UHF/VHF rated, and I can pull in VHF channels in low and high ranges. I don't know how far away you are from the towers, but if you are 20 to 30 miles away from them, I think you will be fine. No matter what you use, try to place your antenna in a window. (High up in a window is better.) In 2009, most digital channels transitioned from VHF to UHF, but there are some smaller stragglers out there -- depending on where you live. I try to keep things on the generally helpful side for non-tech people so folks don't get overwhelmed and give up before they start. I can't speak to what you're reading on Amazon because I don't know anything about how someone set up the antenna, how far they were from towers, their surrounding terrain, etc. My videos are based on my own testing and experience.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Steve G
Steve G

Thank for this, due to my location was beginning to believe that would have to use antenna mounted in attic.

Πριν 2 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

Glad it helped!

Πριν 2 μήνες
belleandchic1
belleandchic1

Thank you so much for this video!

Πριν 2 μήνες
Al Campbell
Al Campbell

Bah Hambug (LOL). I discovered the best antenna. I made the best homemade antenna with the wired top of a champagne bottle. Its the cap made of wire that holds down the cork. I took that wire cap and cut one side and shoved one end of the wire into the RF input on the tv or over the air box.

Πριν 2 μήνες
THABUTZ13
THABUTZ13

How do you, people In general, know what antenna is the best? What makes them so different?

Πριν 3 μήνες
Fact Checker
Fact Checker

In general, made in USA antennas are built stronger and work much better. And you need to use TV fool to find out what size and type is best

Πριν 3 μήνες
Donna Lee Tetsell
Donna Lee Tetsell

The tv tower is to the south, living room is in the north part of the house and the large window in the living room is shaded by a covered porch. What are my best options?

Πριν 3 μήνες
Fact Checker
Fact Checker

An antenna outside will always be at least twice as good as one indoors.

Πριν 3 μήνες
Brianna Matthews
Brianna Matthews

Question, would living amongst many condo buildings interfere with receiving signal?

Πριν 3 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

@Brianna Matthews You bet. Good luck!

Πριν 3 μήνες
Brianna Matthews
Brianna Matthews

@Cord Cutting Report Thanks for the reply! I'm going to probably try out the eclipse antenna and see how that goes. I looked into where the towers are near me and apparently they are south of me and the window in the living room faces south. Thanks for your help.

Πριν 3 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

I would return that antenna. That's hard to answer without more info, but let me take a shot. I'm currently in a condo, and it's not an issue. Generally speaking, obstacles of great height -- buildings, trees, mountains and even high power lines can cause interference. Digital signals travel by line of sight, so if you can only use an indoor antenna, try to get it high up in a window and facing in the same direction as the towers you are trying to get signals from. Hope that helps.

Πριν 3 μήνες
Brianna Matthews
Brianna Matthews

Thanks for the video. I just bought an antenna that was made in China and it didn't work at all.....(I live in Canada)

Πριν 3 μήνες
james price
james price

Wat antenna is good 4 a plasma?

Πριν 4 μήνες
Fact Checker
Fact Checker

Actually, OTA tv is being transmitted in 480i in most areas and at BEST in 1080i. It has nothing to do with what type of tv you have. It has to do with what the tv station can afford to use.

Πριν 4 μήνες
Cord Cutting Report
Cord Cutting Report

If you're within 30 miles of towers, then my top pick in this video -- ClearStream Eclipse. Remember, a plasma TV or 4K TV is only going to get 1080p at best when it comes to over-the-air channels.

Πριν 4 μήνες

Επόμενο

Indoor TV Antennas Compared: Cheap vs Expensive

20:25

Indoor TV Antennas Compared: Cheap vs Expensive

Freakin' Reviews

προβολές 726 000

Best HDTV Antennas 2020 💯👌 TOP 5

08:20

Best HDTV Antennas 2020 💯👌 TOP 5

Hero Reviewer

προβολές 18 000

We Made HUMAN SIZED Candy Buttons... How Do They Taste?

14:00

We Made HUMAN SIZED Candy Buttons... How Do They Taste?

The King of Random

προβολές 649 663

Charli D’Amelio Teaches Me TikTok Dances! | Noah Schnapp

7:29

How to make a simple and FREE TV antenna

06:32

How to make a simple and FREE TV antenna

Cord Cutting Report

προβολές 888 000

Best OTA DVRs for Cord Cutters and Antenna Users

22:01

Best OTA DVRs for Cord Cutters and Antenna Users

Cord Cutting Report

προβολές 18 000

5 Best TV Antenna in 2019

10:43

5 Best TV Antenna in 2019

The 5 Best

προβολές 89 000

Get FREE TV - Replace DirecTV with an Over-the-Air Antenna

10:59

Get FREE TV - Replace DirecTV with an Over-the-Air Antenna

Tool Dude Tony

προβολές 2 500 000

TOP 5: Best TV Antenna 2020

06:16

TOP 5: Best TV Antenna 2020

Too Much Tech

προβολές 8 700

FREE TV! Get Over-The-Air HDTV FREE, Cut The Cord, Antenna TV

47:36

Ten Ways to Improve OTA TV Reception from an Installer

08:03

Καραντίνα ραπ / Εισβολέας

1:47

Καραντίνα ραπ / Εισβολέας

Εισβολέας

προβολές 64 957

BLOODY HAWK - TORONTO

3:02

BLOODY HAWK - TORONTO

DOF TWOGEE

προβολές 353 386

Ο μαγικός κρύσταλλος - What the Fact?! #57

6:41

Ο μαγικός κρύσταλλος - What the Fact?! #57

Mikeius Official

προβολές 167 648

iLLEOo - TANA | Official Video Clip

2:03

iLLEOo - TANA | Official Video Clip

iLLEOo

προβολές 249 572

The Weeknd - In Your Eyes (Official Video)

5:42

The Weeknd - In Your Eyes (Official Video)

TheWeekndVEVO

προβολές 6 855 780

Disneοκαταστάσεις #7 (Disney Memes)

9:38

Disneοκαταστάσεις #7 (Disney Memes)

DisneyFanGR

προβολές 67 404