Before I take you to my research that I compiled about the best indoor TV antenna for this year, I think it’s only fair to share with you as to how I come to doing all of this researching in the first place.
Back in 2008, after the American big bank bailout, when I began feeling suspicious about losing my j-o-b, I started to realize the immediate need for reducing as many monthly payments as possible. One of the first and easiest monthly bills that I focused on was reducing my monthly telephone bill.
Once it was established that there was absolutely no way I was ever going to be able to reduce my telephone bill if I stayed with Bell Telephone and after over 30 years of being a loyal customer to then, I took my business elsewhere along with my internet access, and I have never looked back.
Then September 2009 happened, and along with many others, I was forced out the door from the employer I had worked for, for many years. This made it even more imperative that I literally illuminate as many monthly bills as possible.
Entertainment was an easy answer to illuminate in order to help me reduce my monthly payments. Though a painful sacrifice given my habit of watching TV at night, I don’t need TV to survive, thus this service was the first monthly payment to be done away with.
For a few years I focused only on operating my local business. I was able to distract my lack of my regular nightly, leisure time where TV filled the void, by working and learning instead. My business grew …and, what I have learned more about website designing too has improved. Staying up to date with the many new changes that are happening all of the time is vital to being a successful webmaster.
Later on, friends suggested that I install a TV tower to the side of my house and have a high definition (HD) TV antenna put on top so that at least I would have access to a few local channels… PLUS some of those just across Lake Ontario… like those in Buffalo, Boston and even Pennsylvania.
Wow, first time I counted the stations that I could get and I had over 30, though many are not accessible after nightfall, while others temporarily disappear during winters. But, at least I have some TV station so that I can still watch some of my favourite TV shows again.
Having my TV antenna put on the side of my house really has proven to have paid for itself now, as it has been a few years since it was installed… and, for every year that I no longer have to pay for cable access to TV, the cheaper that tower and antenna become.
But… there’s a catch to this.
A TV antenna like the one I had installed really can only “feed” one TV at a time if you want quality reception. Yet, now I have two TVs, of which one is in a basement bedroom.
I could have the TV antenna fella come back and split the access between the two TVs, buuuut… I really do not want to sacrifice the quality of the picture received by doing that because for me, it really would not be worth it.
For now, the bedroom TV is used to play DVDs only. So… now I am toying with the idea of installing an indoor TV antenna to see if that might work.
Back in the 70s, a bow-tie antenna would easily bring in channel 79 that was aired out of Toronto, Ontario. And though TVs themselves have really changed since the 70s, I figure the principle of an antenna should be the same… right?
Now there is another issue… which indoor TV antenna works best in a basement level room?
The following are the summary results of my researching for the best indoor TV antenna.
|Antenna Brand Name and Type||Warranty||Cable Length||Range for Picking Up Channels||For Use in Basements||Price|
|Lesoom Indoor Basic HDTV Digital Antenna for 4K VHF UHF with Detachable Amplifier Signal Booster Strongest Reception More…||1 year||13ft Coax Cable||60-80 miles||NO||
|Synology Long Range High-Definition with HDTV Amplifier Signal Booster Indoor – Support All TV’s – 1080p 4K Ready – model RSA-450 More…||Lifetime||Amplified 18ft Coax Cable||60-80 miles||YES||
|1byone HDTV Antenna, HD Digital Indoor TV Antenna UPGRADED 2018 VERSION with Amplifier Signal Booster for 1080P 4K More…||1 year||Amplified 10ft Coax Cable||80 miles||YES||
|Vansky HDTV Antenna – Digital Amplified HD TV Antenna 50-80 Mile Range 4K HD VHF UHF w/Detachable Signal Amplifier More…||Lifetime||16.5ft Coax Cable||50-80 miles||YES||
|MUJAY Indoor Digital HDTV Antennas Amplified 4K HD VHF UHF for All Type of Home Smart Television – model MUJAY-003 More…||Lifetime||13.2FT coaxial cable||50-80 miles||YES||
|Vansky HD TV Antenna – Upgraded Amplified Digital HDTV 4K HD VHF UHF Signal with Detachable Amplifier More…||1 year||16.5ft Coax Cable||50-80 miles||YES||
*If your TV has no built-in tuner, you can add an ATSC digital converter box to received HD signals.
* You can visit http://otadtv.com/tvtower/index.html, fill in the latitude and longitude of your location, select the range you want, and learn how many broadcast towers are around you.
If you find this website does not work for your location, then you could try Google searching “find out how many broadcast towers around my location” (without the quotation marks, of course) to find a range-finder website that works for you.
* The indoor TV antenna is made to receive digital over the air (OTA) TV broadcasts from all of your local TV stations.
Now, for more details… see below.
|Though priced really reasonably, this model comes with a warning of keeping the antenna far way from major power users like A/C, fridge, freezer, microwave oven, etc.
It’s not compatible for use in basement. So this model won’t suit my needs but I’ve included it here due to the price and the fact that it just might fulfill your need as it comes highly rated.
This antenna is made for the newer 4K TV models, and comes with a 3 month replacement, 1 year warranty should you have received a defective model.
Comes in black only, and claims that you can hide it behind the TV, stand on a table below your TV, stick it on a widow or simply hang it on the wall.
|This model too is made for the latest TV models as it is touted as being 4K ready.
Comes with two-sided 3M tape for easy mounting pretty much anywhere, though highly recommended for window placement.
Comes with the same warning as the antenna above in regards to not placing this antenna to close to large power users like A/C, freezers, fridge, microwave oven, etc.
Could not find a colour choice mentioned anywhere so would assume only comes in black.
|This antenna claims to be compatible with converter boxes and digital TVs…and yes, even the 4K UHD TVs.
The amplifier is fully detachable, which you can remove if you are located close to a broadcast tower.
This brand offers buyers a 30-day full refund and 1 year warranty on their antenna; along with full technical support service should you need it.
A lithium ion battery is required for this model.
|Okay, it is starting to look more like this one may be the best for my basement location, given what I learned from the gentleman who installed and tested his model… sharing his review in the video below.
This brand offers a 45-day money guarantee if you’re not happy with this antenna. They also claim to offer 24/7, easy to reach, friendly tech support.
|This antenna offers buyers a full 60 day guarantee for a full refund if you are not happy with this antenna.
Fully detachable amplifier so that if you do not receive a signal, simply remove the amplifier and rescan for TV stations again.
Comes with Velcro and 2 suction cups for mounting.
Compatible with HD an 4K VHF UHF TVs as well as DAB/FM radios.
This very low priced indoor TV antenna also comes with the warning about not placing it near big power users like freezers, fridges, microwave ovens, A/C, etc.
|Another Vansky indoor TV antenna and this one comes with a 45-day money back guarantee, along with their 1 year warranty.
They claim the 1080p HDTV reception ensures that you will always receive the best quality picture. Obviously made for the latest wide screen 4K TVs too… thus their label.
This antenna only comes in white, and also advises NOT to use near high power usage devices like fridge, freezers, A/C, microwave ovens, etc.
Get this… it is certified as being frustration-free!
I hope you have found this to be as helpful to you as the researching has been for me.
Given my passion for genealogy, is it any wonder that I eventually wanted to publish my work? Learning to use a personal computer was a natural step once I was introduced it in the 1990s. Then the internet offered a second means to "publish" and now, here I am with a personal blog.
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