• GE HD antennas make cord cutting easy
  • GE HD antennas make cord cutting easy
  • GE HD antennas make cord cutting easy
  • GE HD antennas make cord cutting easy
  • GE HD antennas make cord cutting easy

HD Antenna Guide: Cord Cutting 101


HD antennas are the ideal counterpart to streaming digital content on your HDTV
FIND THE RIGHT ANTENNA

THE #1 CABLE TV ALTERNATIVE


Ready to join the cord-cutting movement? Streaming services and digital HD antennas are great by themselves, but even better together! Make sure your TV viewing experience is everything it should be by selecting the right antenna so you can start enjoying your favorite shows, live sports and blockbuster movies all for free in full HD. This guide will help you make the right choice, before you buy.

WHAT IS "CORD-CUTTING"?

Cord cutting is the term used for anyone who cancels their cable or satellite subscription in favor of alternative options like streaming video services and antennas for free over-the-air (OTA) broadcasts. 

HOW DOES OTA TV WORK?

The broadcasting station transmits programming from their studio to the high power broadcasting towers generally located near most major urban areas. These towers then rebroadcast the signal to nearby homes where the signal can be picked up by their TV antennas.

WHY BUY AN ANTENNA?

Watch your favorite shows and prime time sports in HD for FREE. HD antennas pick up TV signals for channels like ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox and more, broadcasting 96 of the top 100 most-viewed shows in full HD. You'll also get better HD picture quality than with cable or satellite - and without any monthly bills or fees! FREEDOM!
 

Important Things to Consider

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WHAT'S AVAILABLE IN YOUR AREA

It's helpful to understand what channels are available in your area. Visit Antenna Web and type in your zip code to find out exactly what channels you should expect to receive at your location.

WHAT CHANNELS DO YOU WANT?

Antennas can pick up UHF (channels 14 - 51) or VHF channels (2 - 13), but not always both. When choosing an antenna, it's usually best to select one that provides reception for both channel types.

WHERE WILL YOU PUT IT?

HD antennas are available for indoor use near your TV, in the attic or outside. Clear reception is primarily based on your distance from broadcast towers. Positioning or mounting your antenna as high as possible or near a window usually results in best performance.

 

 

CORD CUTTING 101

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Quick Facts Cord-Cutters Should Know:


  • TV RECEPTION: It’s all about location, location location! Reception depends on factors such as the availability and strength of the original signal, the distance from the nearest broadcast tower(s), the direction(s) from which signals are coming and the presence of obstructions between towers and the antenna.

  • STORM & EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS: HD antennas often work better than satellite based systems during storms, which can disrupt access to cable and satellite services. The Internet, Wi-Fi and cell service may also be affected. A back-up antenna helps you stay informed with access to important local broadcasts.

  • ANTENNA STYLES: Antennas come in various sizes, shapes, finishes and mounting options to fit your entertainment setup. For example, flat and bar antennas are usually affixed to interior walls or windows; tabletop antennas are placed on flat surfaces indoors; attic antennas are mounted in your home's attic and outdoor antennas are installed on either the roof or a structure like a pole or tower.

  • THE BEST PICTURE POSSIBLE:  With free over-the-air TV, you'll get better HD picture quality than you can get with cable or satellite. Digital television broadcasts are uncompressed, delivering the best picture quality offered today.
  • LIVE TV EVENTS: Streaming devices and services are great, but most of them don’t cover live TV events. An HD antenna completes your cord-cutting experience by providing access to all your local news, sports, weather, sitcoms, kids programming and emergency broadcasts.

 

FIND THE RIGHT ANTENNA

GETTING THE BEST RECEPTION

What type of antenna is right for you?


ANTENNA TYPES


While an indoor antenna can do the trick for most TV viewers, there are still many who live in areas that require an outdoor HD antenna - especially areas with mountainous or hilly terrain. While some indoor and outdoor TV antennas include built-in signal amplifiers, you can add an external amplifier to almost any non-amplified antenna.

INDOOR

Rabbit ears are a thing of the past! Today's slim and stylish indoor antennas require little to no assembly and blend nicely with home décor. Indoor antennas are ideal for those living in urban areas closer to broadcast towers.

OUTDOOR

An outdoor antenna is ideal for those who live in a low signal area. It typically experiences less interference and is perfect for receiving broadcast signals for every connected TV in the house.

PASSIVE OR AMPLIFIED?

Adding an amplifier to your passive antenna or buying an amplified antenna can help bring in channels from broadcast towers that are farther away. It can also improve the  reception quality by increasing the strength of channels closer to you.

Quick Facts about HD Antennas

Did you know?


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People Everywhere are Cutting Cable

The number of cord cutters in the U.S. is expected to rise from 33 million to 55.1 million by 2022.

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Rescan Your Channels

Are you getting all available broadcasts in your area? Make sure you rescan:
• Every few months to capture any new stations.
• When your TV indicates a "weak signal."
• Whenever you relocate your TV's antenna.
• On specific dates as outlined by the FCC due to 1,000+ channels changing frequencies between 2018-2020.

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Enjoy exceptional HD digital reception for both VHF and UHF stations with the Philips Contour Passive Antenna.
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Add the Philips Flat Panel Amplified Antenna and eliminate pricey cable and satellite services for good.

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