5 Best Indoor Tv Antenna Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

This increase, the firm says, coincides with a steady decline in pay-TV subscriptions and an increase in over-the-top (OTT) online video subscriptions.

“Increasingly, consumers are cobbling together their own bundles of content sources,” says Brett Sappington, Parks’ senior director of research. “Digital antennas are experiencing a resurgence as consumers consider over-the-air TV and OTT video services as alternatives to pay TV.”

Should you take the plunge and buy an antenna? There a few factors to consider, starting with how much entertainment you like to watch online. And if you’re in the market for a new antenna, check out the top picks from Consumer Reports’ latest antenna tests

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Joining the Streaming Nation

Antennas are more appealing than ever because of the rise of online video subscription streaming services, especially cable-TV replacement packages that can serve as an alternative to traditional pay-TV plans. Basically, pairing streaming video and free over-the-air TV gives you lots of viewing options at a lower price.

“The number of homes relying exclusively on an antenna for TV has hardly changed at all” since early 2015, says Colin Dixon, founder, and chief analyst at nScreenMedia. The real growth has been in the number of antenna-equipped homes with broadband access. These increased by 2.4 million to a total of 9 million, a 36 percent rise, Dixon says.

Of course, you can get rid of your pay-TV package without buying an antenna, and lots of people do. The number of homes that rely purely on broadband—without a pay-TV package or an antenna—rose 80 percent from 2015 to early 2017, hitting 5.4 million.

Is an Antenna Right for You?

Two common questions about TV antennas are about reception quality and installation. (Do you have to climb up on the roof to install them?)

Picture Quality
The quality of the picture you get might actually be better than what cable provides. “The signals may be less compressed,” says Claudio Ciacci, lead television tester for Consumer Reports. “And many stations now offer subchannels with programs such as older TV shows or public channels that may not be available on cable.”

Several things can affect the quality of your reception, but the main factors are your distance from a broadcast tower and whether there are any obstructions, such as trees or mountains, that can get in the way. Websites including AntennaWeb.org and TV Fool can help you make an informed guess as to the type of antenna you’ll need and how many stations you can expect to pull in. Plus you won’t have to lay out a lot of money to find out whether an antenna works well at your home. Indoor models sell for as little as $20, and even relatively pricey models typically cost $80 or less.

Installation
Though it can be useful to have an antenna on your roof, indoor antennas work well in many situations. What’s more, they look better than the old-fashioned rabbit-ear models with the tinfoil flags that people used to add to them. Companies such as Antennas Direct and Mohu offer new, more attractive designs, including flat models that can be painted to match a wall.

Tips for Better Reception

TV antennas can require some fiddling. Follow these quick tips to get the best reception:

• Try the antenna in different spots around the room, preferably near a window. Or see whether placing it in a higher location, such as an attic, helps.

• Try an amplified TV antenna if you live far from a broadcast tower or your reception is marginal.

How we test HDTV antennas

All of the antennas we review are tested in a New York City apartment, replicating a standard home installation using a Samsung KS9000 4K TV. With more than 100 over-the-air channels available in Manhattan, it provides a fine testing location for antenna reception, letting us measure not only how many channels an antenna can receive, but how many are clearly watchable.

Your experience may differ from our test results. Depending upon how many stations broadcast in your area, and unique geographical impediments to over the air signal – such as mountains – your own channel selection will vary considerably. We encourage antenna shoppers to be aware of what channels are available to them by using an online look-up tool like AntennaWeb.org. We also offer a handy guide to better antenna reception to help you cut the cord more easily.

What do HDTV antennas cost?

Non-amplified indoor antennas generally sell for between $20 to $40, but there are plenty of cheap HDTV antennas that sell for less than $20 that offer acceptable performance. An amplified antenna offers better performance and will cost between $30 and $100. For the best performance, consider an outdoor antenna, which costs $100 or more.

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