Finally, you 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 antenna?
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.
On an 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.
There are 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.
You can expect to receive:
- Major broadcasting channels as mentioned above
- More than dozens of channels
- 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.