There are ways to enable parental controls with broadcast TV from an antenna in order to limit what young and sensitive viewers can watch. Parental controls can usually be accessed under the settings on your TV. If you cannot find them there, search your TV brand and then “parental controls” on Google. You can also refer to your user manual.

If your TV does not have parental controls, another option is to hide or remove the channels you're seeking to restrict. You can typically hide or remove channels under the channel settings menu on your TV. Refer to your user manual for additional instructions.

Getting started

Watching free, over-the-air TV with an antenna is simpler than you may think. In many cases, you can take an antenna out of the box, connect the cable to your TV, run a channel scan and voila! You have dozens of local channels to surf.

The number of channels you can access and how clearly they come in is based on a number of factors, including your distance from the point of broadcast towers, the type of antenna you have and where it’s located in your home.

Not sure what kind of antenna you need? Take our simple quiz to help narrow down the options. You can also find a general list of recommended antennas here.

Pair your antenna with an OTA DVR device to record your favorite shows

Did you know you can use an antenna similarly to how you watch cable? Ditch the costly subscription fees, but keep the cable capabilities (record, pause, rewind and fast forward) with an OTA DVR device. Here are the products we recommend:

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