The television viewing industry has changed remarkably in the past few decades. Initially we had the rabbit ear antenna which gradually made way for cable and satellite services. Initially people would love watching cable TV but due to the soaring prices, it led to a lot of financial strain on the consumers. Now, subscribers are shifting from cable or satellite services to other better options.
Let us walk
through the guide on how to cut the cord and stream happily.
Identify what you love to watch:
Before you take the decision of cutting the cord and moving for other options, it is important to identify what you love to watch on TV. Cable television provides access to more than 200 channels. How many of these do you really watch? If you are that type of a person who wants it all then you better stick to cable television. But if you are among those who really have some interests in mind then cutting the cord is the best decision.
Basics of Cord cutting:
There are various options that you can look out for before or after cutting the cord. These options are determined by your interests or what you love to watch.
- Internet services: This is a must in most of the homes today. One cannot do away without an internet service. Especially when you are planning to cut the cord, getting a good internet service becomes even mandatory. Internet service would ensure that you get access to any of the streaming service. The home internet speed should be at least 15Mbps. This would be for every device that you would be planning to run at the same time. A speed of 45Mbps would be required if you plan to play 3 TV’s simultaneously. With latest technology such as HD or 4K, you would need high speed internet.
- Streaming services: One of the ideal method to replace cable services is the streaming services. There are various competitors in the market such as Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu, and many more. These services provide on-demand videos. Some of them also provide access to bundle of live TV services. You can get access to free trials for a week or month. Once the free trial is completed, you can subscribe to the packages that fulfill your needs.
- Streaming Devices: There are various streaming devices such as Apple, Roku, Amazon Fire Stick, Chromecast and many more. You can get access to the streaming services by downloading them on a streaming device. These devices would just need to be plugged in to the HDMI port of the TV and with the internet connection you would be able to watch most of the live programs. If not a device, then a smart TV also has a lot of apps or you can download apps to watching on-demand series.
- TV antennas: Who says you cannot get access to free channels? With the OTA TV antennas, you can get access to most of the local channels absolutely free of cost. There are various models of TV antennas available in the market. There are indoor and outdoor antennas based on your needs. It is as simple as plug and play. If needed you can also purchase a DVR device for recording your favourite programs to be watched later.
are done with ditching the cable TV. But the cable TV companies would not let
you go so easily. They tend to try out various tricks for luring you back in
their contracts or commitments. But do not fall for them again. It is just a
way for these cable companies to make more money.
TV antennas are currently one of the best way of watching Free TV without paying any monthly rental. You also do not compromise on the picture quality. TV antennas are very much legal and provide more than dozens of channels without charging any additional dime. Irrespective of the type of antenna you purchase, there are various factors that can affect the number of channels that you ultimately receive.
Let us first
understand the various factors that can have an effect on the number of
channels that we ultimately receive.
- Distance of the broadcasting tower: First and foremost, the distance of the broadcasting tower from the antenna can have a major impact on the channels being displayed. There are certain towers which are located far away and if you purchase a TV antenna that cannot reach out that far then it would have an impact on the channels that you receive. In such cases, you would need to go in for an amplifier that can further extend the range of the antenna and pick up signals from far off tower.
- Interference or disruption: The signal can also get disrupted due to certain obstructions that fall in the path of the antenna and the tower. Obstructions can be in the form of buildings, trees, building materials, terrain, valley and mountains. At times the signal can also get disrupted due to the signal coming in from the cell tower or radio towers.
How many channels can you receive through a TV
The answer to
this question would vary from one individual to another. Each of the broadcasting tower is known for
providing different programming. Thus it becomes hard to give one particular
figure when it comes to channel number. Some antennas can provide access to 25
channels whereas some 50 channels. Those who stay far from a broadcasting tower
may receive just 20 to 30 channels whereas those who reside in-midst of
multiple towers can receive more than 50 channels.
average, even a low-antenna can provide around more than dozens of channels or
so. Few of them being the major broadcasting channels such as, ABC, CW, Fox, PBS,
CBS and many more. You may receive certain channels in HD format whereas some
in standard format. It is completely dependent on the signals that are being
received from the broadcasting tower.
certain TV antenna companies which claim to provide 90 out of the top 100
channels. The only issue with such claims is that the programming would differ
from one area to another. Hence do not set such high expectations and fall for
the claims of these companies.
expect to receive:
- Major broadcasting channels
as mentioned above
- More than dozens of
- Local channels
- HD and SD channels.
Overall, with the various testing’s that we have carried out on TV antenna models one can expect to receive around 20 to 50 channels for free.