While the streaming giants have been gradually taking over your TV, the broadcast cable staples have slowly but surely been making a serious comeback. Not only are there more A-list shows on ABC, CBS and NBC than ever before, they’re 100% free to watch—assuming you have the right antenna.
Sure, most of us cut the cable cord a long time ago (in with the Hulu, out with the Comcast), but if you’re not saving room in your binge-watching routine for the big broadcast networks (namely ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, The CW and yes, even PBS), you’re definitely missing out. These networks are where you’ll find not only your favorite comedies, dramas and reality V shows, but also live sporting events, award shows, talk shows, nightly news, late night shows and more.
That’s why we’ve rounded up our favorite outdoor antennas. From high-range options to budget brands and more, these antennas work with flat-screen TVs, older brands and even those crazy new 3D TVs.
1. CA Outdoor Yagi Satellite HD Antenna w/ 150 Mile Range
Sleek, efficient and easy to install, this CA Outdoor Yagi model boasts an impressive 150-mile range to help provide better picture quality, support and stabilization. The antenna’s unique cross-phase design helps provide enhanced cable reception—so you can enjoy even more channels with picture-perfect video quality. Speaking of video, this antenna supports beautiful 1080i HDTV broadcasts and can even be used indoors. But if you decide to leave it on the roof, you can rest assured that the durable construction and numerous locking clasps are able to brave the elements.
2. FiveStar Outdoor HD TV Antenna
Able to cover up to 200 miles, the latest 2019 FiveStar model features better image quality, a built-in low noise amplifier so you don’t have to worry about dealing with any ‘hissing’ or static sounds and it fully supports 4K HD TV. The updated Auto Gain Control technology is designed to boost your high-quality signal reception and the smart shielded cable design helps reduce the risk of signal loss. Windproof and weatherproof, this is easily one of the best outdoor antennas on the market.
3. pingbingding HDTV Antenna Amplified Digital Outdoor Antenna
EASIEST TO INSTALL
At under $50, it’s hard to find a reason not to praise this antenna. With an impressive signal range up to 150 feet, the pingbingding (nice name) includes full HD support of 720p, 1080i and 1080p. It also features one of the easiest installations of all. With a range of snap-on parts (zero tools are required), you’re able to mount this bad boy on your roof in no time. The weather-resistant design also sports an impressive 360-degree motor rotor and comes with built-in super high gain and low noise amplifier for better video quality.
4. Channel Master Long Range HDTV Antenna
This antenna’s smart criss-cross design actually helps take up less surface area, and therefore may not look as…well, obvious as some of the other outdoor antennas. With an impressive 100-mile reception range, this antenna is able to pick up UHF, VHF, FM and HD formats. Measuring less than 22 inches long, it’s a sleek and simple choice for readers who don’t have that much roof space to allocate, or for those who prefer their antenna to be more discreet. Best of all, it comes pre-assembled, so you don’t have to worry about configuring the various points and ends.
5. 150 Mile-Amplified Outdoor TV Antenna
BEST BUDGET OPTION
This antenna may not sport the same powerful range or built-in features as the other models, but for under $30 it’s easily the best deal. Equipped with a respectable 150-mile signal range, this antenna comes with a built-in 360-degree strong motor rotor and its own handy remote control. The snap-on elements make it effortlessly easy to set up, and because it’s weatherproof, you don’t have to worry about it getting wet.