I know many of you are like me and want to cut monthly expenses. One of the most expensive bills each month can be the cable bill. I am always hearing people complain about how much they are paying for cable. I have not paid for cable in over 6 years. Many people are under the misconception that you need to have cable to watch television. Well you don’t! I have been using a system of over the air TV and a computer running Kodi. It works great.
Most of the newer TV’s have what they call a digital tuner built right into the TV. You can plug an over the air antenna into the TV with an UHF/coaxial cable cable and start enjoying all of the major networks. ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW, PBS, just to name a few. Let’s kick cable to the curb!
What is an over the air tv antenna?
It’s basically the large antennas you used to see on houses back in the day. Today they are much smaller and more powerful. The first step is to check what size antenna you need. This is calculated on how far you are from the stations broadcast transmitters. Each major city in the US, transmits over the air signals. There are some great web sites that will tell you what type off antenna you need. One is antennaweb.org. You type in your address and it will tell you what size and type of antenna you need. It will also tell you where to point your antenna for the best reception. The other is over the air digital TV. They take you though the process of what types of antennas work best. As well as how to stream content online.
Placing your antenna
My antenna sits in the attic and I have both of my TV’s running off the antenna using a UHF splitter. Depending on where you live you may not need such a large antenna. If you are close to a major city you may just be able to place it next to a window.
Once you have your antenna setup, it is time to tune your stations. All of the TVs with tuners have a scan option to scan for over the air channels. Hit the scan option and the next thing you know you are watching free TV. You may have to tweak your antenna a bit for the best reception. Once you have it set, you should not have to touch it again. Now you too can rid yourself of cable, using over the air TV. Say good bye to the cable bill.
Check out my other post on using Kodi for free internet tv.
Get rid of cable with one of these antennas:
Short Range Antenna
The Mohu Leaf 30 is the original paper-thin HDTV antenna. This omnidirectional antenna reaches out in a 30-mile radius from your home to bring you the most popular TV shows, news and sports, on both network and local television in full 1080 HD – for FREE. No need for cable or satellite fees to watch stations like PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox, with each network having its own digital sub-channels for maximum content. The Leaf 30 is derived from advanced U. S. Military technology and is built from the highest quality components for the best possible performance.
Mid Range Antenna
Features a 360° receive pattern; perfect for receiving signal in multiple directions without a rotor; compact design; channels 2-69 ; range up to 30 miles-zone 1 (yellow/green)
Long Range antenna
The Channel Master CM 4228HD is a pre-assembled 8-Bay outdoor TV antenna which will receive UHF and HD signals. This antenna has a signal range of 60 miles and will pick up available local digital and HD signals. With an HD television you will pick up any crystal clear HD signals being broadcast in your area.
This will allow you to split the signal to two TV’s
Channel Master distribution amplifiers can be used in HDTV, CATV, off air, analog and digital RF distribution applications where high performance and reliability are required. The CM 3410 is a high quality ultra mini single output digital TV amplifier.
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Are you getting rid of cable using over the air TV and Kodi?
If you have any questions about my setup, please feel free to comment.