Category: Free Broadcast TV

Tips for Better TV Reception with Your Indoor Antenna

Mohu Leaf antenna in window

Getting the ideal reception using your indoor digital TV antenna can be a challenging task. In my experience, it can be like playing “whack-a-mole”: when you have the antenna in one position, you get certain channels. Move it to another position and different channels come in and the original ones you had are now gone. Some tinkering is definitely required to get the most channels. Of course, an outdoor antenna is ideal, but many people are not allowed or able to put an antenna on their roofs. Here are my → Read More

Tablo – The Best DVR When You Have More Than One TV


Many people have asked me how to record and play back broadcast TV shows when they have multiple TVs. The Channel Master DVR+ works great with one TV, but if you want to watch your recordings on a different TV, you have to unplug it and physically hook it up to that TV. Not really feasible. So, I purchased Tablo, a “whole-home” solution to record and play back broadcast TV on multiple TVs and device. After testing it for a while, I must say, I am now a huge fan → Read More

Drastically Improve Your TV Reception with a Small Patio Antenna

Channel Master Stealth antenna

People ask me all of the time how they can improve their indoor antenna reception. The first thing I do is refer them to my Tips for Better TV Reception with Your Indoor Antenna. But, there are cases when even after following these tips, an indoor antenna just can’t pick up the weak signals in the area. The unappealing alternative is to mount a rooftop or attic antenna. This is a non-starter if you live in an apartment (unless your landlord agrees) or just don’t want the hassle and expense → Read More

How to Estimate TV Reception in Your Area

Chicago TV signal map

The most common questions readers ask me are “how many channels will I be able to receive?”, and “what kind of antenna should I get?” These are not easy questions to answer. I wanted to take a moment to explain some of the factors affecting your TV reception so you can make some better estimates of how many channels you’ll be able to get with an antenna, and how you can improve your reception. How TV Signals Propagate In an ideal flat world, TV signals would radiate in a perfect → Read More

The Channel Master DVR+: The Best Recorder for Broadcast TV with No Subscription Fees

Channel Master DVR+

Over the years, many cable-disablers have asked me to recommend a DVR (digital video recorder) that can be used to record free broadcast TV from an antenna. For a long time, the best option was TiVo, but it has a monthly fee ($14.99 at the time of this writing) which is a show-stopper for me. The whole point of getting the antenna was to dump the monthly cable fee, and now we have to start paying again? Not gonna do it. After seeing some good reviews online, I purchased the Channel → Read More

Do I Need a Separate Antenna For Each TV?

One antenna to multiple TVs

I get a lot of questions from folks who want to get free broadcast TV using an antenna, but who have multiple TVs. There are several ways I know of to get an antenna signal to all of the TVs in your home.  I cover them below. Method #1: A Separate Antenna for Each TV The easiest thing to do is to just have a separate indoor antenna (like the Mohu Leaf) for each TV. The problem with this is that some of your TVs might be on the side of the → Read More

High-Performance Flat Antennas As Good as the Mohu Leaf

HD Frequency Cable Cutter Antennas

If you are looking for an indoor antenna, or if your existing antenna is not pulling in all of the channels that you want, check out the  HD Frequency Cable Cutter antennas. I recently got a chance to test out the HD Frequency Cable Cutter and Cable Cutter Mini antennas (in full disclosure I received these evaluation samples for free). These are flat metal antennas that have performance on par with the Mohu Leaf (and in some cases, better), but can be used indoors or outdoors to get even better → Read More

A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Free Broadcast TV (Video)

How to Get Free TV

I did it! I finally put together a video for beginners explaining how to get free broadcast TV.  Check it out and forward it to your friends who don’t know about free broadcast digital TV. Let me know what you think! – Brian

I’ve Got an Old Tube TV: What Are My Options Besides Cable?

Tube TV

While most people have modern flat-screen LCD or LED TVs these days, I still get a large number of questions from people who own older tube-type TV’s like the one pictured here. If you are one of those people, I’ll describe your options for free and cheap TV in this article.  Some of these options will require some money up front, but it’s usually less than the cost of one month of cable TV. 1. Broadcast TV The most common question I get is “how can I watch broadcast TV → Read More

Are Powered Indoor TV Antennas Really Better? You Might be Surprised

Mohu Leaf and Leaf Plus

The idea of amplifying a TV signal seems to make perfect sense: if your TV stations are far away, the amplifier will increase the gain and make the weak signals stronger so your TV can receive them and give you more reliable video. A no-brainer, right? But, do indoor amplified (powered) antennas really give better results in all situations? I’ve done extensive testing on this, and surprisingly, I’ve found the answer in many cases to be “no”! My Experiments I’ve done direct A/B comparisons between the un-amplified (passive) Mohu Leaf and the powered → Read More

You Might Already Own What You Need for Free TV

Rabbit-ear antenna with TV

What if I were to say that you might already have everything you need to get free and cheap TV in your home, condo, or apartment? Why buy anything when you might have what you need? Take this inventory and find out! Your Current TV If you have a modern Hi-Def television, you can probably plug an antenna right into it and start getting free broadcast TV.  Most modern TV’s can take either cable TV or broadcast TV input.  They both plug into the same coax jack.  No external box → Read More