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How to watch sports without cable or satellite TV
How to watch sports without cable or satellite TV
Written by Free TV Project Staff
Updated over a week ago

Many people aren’t aware they can watch live sports for free with an antenna. A lot of basketball, football, and baseball games air on local TV channels like ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox. These can be accessed in HD for free with an antenna. You can find a list of recommended antennas here.

Contrary to popular belief, the picture quality from an antenna is actually better than from cable or satellite. With an antenna, you get the signal directly from the TV station. On cable and satellite, the signal is compressed in order to fit hundreds of channels and the internet through one cable.

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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