Off Air Antenna

Written by Gregg Ruais
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Off-air antennae give people the ability to view local channels completely free. There are several types of antennae available to the public, and not all of them are appropriate for all households. People base their antenna buying decisions on which channels they want, where they are located, the various building structures nearby, and what size antennae they are willing to purchase.

As a general rule, if a station is located within ten miles of your house, you probably only need the smallest available antenna to receive that channel. Likewise, in order to receive a clear signal from a broadcaster located 60 miles away, you will need one of the largest antennae on the market. Distance is not the only determining factor. Some channels have weaker signals than others, necessitating stronger antennae.

Satellite Providers Help Choose Antennae

Satellite television providers are very sensitive to their customers' desires to watch local channels. After all, local coverage is one of the few weaknesses of any satellite TV system. Some satellite vendors help people find appropriate antennae through their Websites. People just have to type their addresses, state whether or not they live near any four-story buildings, and answer a few other questions in order to receive complete reports on which antennae will bring them the channels they need.

This helps all parties involved. It helps the satellite provider gain new business; some people would never sign up for Direct TV or Dish Network if they could not receive the local news. It also helps consumers, who discover how to receive free television programming. The best antennae can bring digital and HDTV into people's homes.

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