A cord-cutter’s guide to digital TV antennas 

Back in the day, people had “rabbit-ear” antennas on their TV sets and spindly metal antennas on their roofs. Cable and satellite TV practically led those devices to extinction, but now that millions of people are “cutting the cord,” or slimming down their cable bundles, antennas are making a comeback.Download the May digital magazineCover story: How analytics transforms IoT data into business intelligenceREAD NOWFor a relatively modest sum — often less than $50 — you can connect an antenna to a modern HDTV and watch much of the same local programming you’d pay for on cable.Do digital antennas have drawbacks? Of course. If you’re not relatively close to a broadcast tower — line of sight is ideal — or if you live in a building made of steel or concrete, you might get poor reception. And in some cases, you might have to place an antenna on the roof and run a cable to your TV. Although many TV news stations still publish programming lists, you’ll also miss out one the convenience of the channel grids built into the majority of pay TV services.A surprising amount of local programming is available via digital antenna. AntennaWeb, a site run by The Consumer Technology Association and the National Association of Broadcasters, is a valuable source of information on the channels you can get in your neighborhood.By entering your zip code or address into the site’s search box, you get a list of over-the-air stations available in your neighborhood. For example, AntennaWeb says I can access up to 78 channels from 26 stations at my home in San Francisco. (Some stations broadcast on multiple channels.)

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