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Choosing the Right Antenna

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When many of us think antenna, we think back to the old set of rabbit ears, but digital antennas have come a long way and might just be the perfect TV viewing solution for you. You might be thinking that an antenna simply sounds too antiquated, but TV antennas have a few surprising benefits.

Reasons to Buy an Antenna

Many Billings residents are passing on cable subscription services. Instead, more and more people are opting for alternative viewing services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. However, the biggest thing you miss out on with these services is events television events as they happen. That’s where your antenna comes in. With a digital antenna, you get access to local channels like PBS, ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox. Instead of paying for cable, you can access these channels using your antenna to watch local news and sporting events.

Although the initial antenna investment will cost you money, it will save you money long term. When you purchase an antenna, you can stop paying unnecessary fees to your cable company.

You’ll also enjoy better visual quality with your antenna. With most antennas, you’ll get an uncompressed HD signal.

With an antenna, you can also rest assured that local channels will still be viewable even if a local storm knocks out the cable for most viewers. By relying on an antenna instead of cable, you help keep your family up-to-date and safe in an emergency.

If you’re sold on purchasing an antenna, there are just a few items to consider before you buy.

Antenna Considerations

  1. Directional vs. Omnidirectional: As the name infers, omnidirectional are antennas designed to receive signals from many directions and directional antennas are designed to receive signals from one direction.
  2. Indoor vs. Outdoor: Indoor TV antennas are preferred for people who live close to TV broadcast towers. For those further away, an outdoor antenna is better.
  3. Geography: If there are hills, mountains, tall buildings and even trees nearby, these could affect your antenna signal.
  4. Learn the Colors: Many antennas use a coding system from the Consumer Electronics Association. Learn more about the color coding system here.
  5. Size: The size antenna you purchase depends on the distance of the signal. As a general guideline, the larger the antenna, the further away it can pick up a signal.
  6. Price: To purchase a good antenna, you don’t have to spend too much money. You can find a good option with a minimal investment. Most antennas range between $25-$200.

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If you have questions or would like to talk about what’s best for your home, call (406) 252-5241 or stop by 1903 Grand Avenue to learn more!