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Are there TVs with antennas built in?
Are there TVs with antennas built in?
Written by Free TV Project Staff
Updated over a week ago

Several decades ago, TVs used to come with a built-in antenna on the back. Unfortunately, this is not the case with TVs today. A separate antenna must be purchased in order to pick up local TV channels. You can find a list of recommended antennas here.

A new TV might get some channels without an antenna. These are streaming channels that come from your home’s internet, not local channels from an antenna. Find a list of free streaming apps here.

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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