Most TV sets purchased within the last decade will work well for years to come. However, older TVs tend to have bad tuner sensitivity. Tuner sensitivity refers to how sensitive a TV is to picking up TV stations with an antenna. An older TV might not pick up as many channels as a new TV. Refer to this article on tuner sensitivity to learn more. If you determine your older TV doesn’t have good sensitivity, upgrading your TV might get you more reliable reception.

Another reason to upgrade your TV is if ATSC 3.0 or NextGen TV launches in your area. This new TV standard features improved reception and better picture quality. You can learn more 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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