Last updated on July 9th, 2021 at 11:41 pm
Cable TV is a pretty attractive choice for those who value picture quality first and foremost. However, a monthly cable bill isn’t affordable for everyone. If you’re looking for something more budget-friendly, consider purchasing an outdoor or attic TV antenna. This is a great way to get quality broadcast channels when you’re trying to live frugally. There are so many reasons why using a TV antenna makes sense versus paying a high monthly cable bill. Keep reading to learn more.
5 Benefits of Using a TV Antenna
1. One-Time Purchase
There are different types of antennas, which differ by where they are placed, frequency ranges, the required distance from a signal source, the presence of an amplifier, etc., so their cost can vary. Depending on their features, the price range for TV antennas varies from $10 to about $150 (for attic or outdoor options). In any case, it is a one-time purchase, unlike a monthly cable or satellite bill (which comes with frequent increases too).
2. Free TV Channels
No matter where you live and which kind of antenna you buy, there are several channels you can watch for free. In some areas, the number of free channels might exceed 100. Cable TV services will charge a fee to watch them, but you don’t need to pay for these programs with a TV antenna. Cutting the cable cord and using an antenna is a terrific way to keep your entertainment budget in check and can be a big part of your saving strategy.
3. Large Selection of Paid Streaming Packages
Nowadays, there is a huge selection of streaming services to choose from. Many of them, like hulu, are even free (with the option to upgrade for a fee). They not only have “basic” programs; there are movies, documentaries, kids’ shows, and more. With so many choices in streaming services, it’s not hard to find one (or more) that’s right for your family. More and more people are using an antenna along with a favorite streaming platform(s) to get all of the programming they want at a huge savings.
4. Independence from Bad Weather
After purchasing an antenna, you will no longer be dependent on weather conditions. Those with cable might be left without a TV signal when there is severe weather. Using a TV antenna means you will be better protected from the effects of a hurricane, heavy rain, or dense fog. Of course, some channels’ broadcasting might be stopped at the TV station if the weather is particularly severe, but you will be able to follow the breaking news of your area in almost any situation.
5. Better Picture Quality
The quality of a signal and, accordingly, the picture displayed on your TV screen can be affected by obstacles like tall trees, skyscrapers, mountains, and so on. In the absence of all these objects near your home, you can actually get an even better picture with an antenna than using cable TV–without spending money on a monthly bill.
Enjoy Your Favorite Channels with a TV Antenna
Using your own TV antenna will help you save significantly on entertainment spending. That means you have more money to save for vacations or other big purchases you have your heart set on.
As you decide on the best antenna for your situation, keep in mind the terrain surrounding your home and the distance of the TV signals you want to pull in. There are various free services that can help you pick just the right antenna to maximize the number of channels you can receive. They will analyze your location and recommend the best product for you.
There are so many benefits to using a TV antenna. Do you use an antenna, or an antenna paired with streaming services? Leave a comment below.