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What Is the List of TV Channels You Can Get with an HDTV Antenna?

The average American family spends more than $100 a month, or over $1,200 a year on satellite TV.

And that's just the average; many households spend much more.

That's hundreds of dollars a year that could be spent on vacations, investments, and other expenses. 

But with most American household spending nearly 9 hours a day in front of the tube, many of us aren't quite ready to give it up just yet.

Luckily, there's a solution that lets you still watch TV without shelling out hundreds of dollars, or even spending any money at all. 

An HDTV antenna gets you access to dozens of local and other channels, without any monthly fees. All you have to do is buy an antenna, set it up, and start enjoying your favorite shows and programs!

Wondering how many shows you can expect to be able to watch with an antenna? Keep reading for a list of TV channels that an HDTV antenna can get you!

A List of TV Channels You Can Get with an HDTV Antenna

The precise channels you can get with an HDTV antenna will vary depending on your location.

To start, you will need to have a DTV antenna within range to pick up channels. Don't fret though; around 90 percent of the population of the United States is within range of one of these antennas. The 10 percent that isn't in range live far off the grid where you'd struggle to get any type of internet or television service anyways!

With that antenna in range, you'll get a variety of local channels right to your TV. In fact, many users report receiving upwards of 100 or more channels using only their antenna.

If you live near a big city or expansive metropolis, you'll likely pick up tons of your favorite channels. Regardless of where you are located, here are a few channels that you can definitely expect to get on your tube.

ABC

One of the most popular channels that you'll get with your HDTV antenna is ABC. This channel is a favorite among TV lovers of all ages. 

You'll get local morning and evening news to help you plan your morning commute, pick out your outfit, and prepare your weekend plans based on the upcoming weather.

But when the news ends, you'll also get plenty of great shows to help pass the time.

Shows like "The Middle" and "Modern Family" will not only have you rolling on the floor laughing but are also family friendly. This makes this channel perfect for your whole family to enjoy together, bringing kids, parents, and siblings together with a fun weekly viewing.

Football, soccer, golf, and hockey fans will appreciate having access to ABC Sports, where you can catch games and highlights. 

If you're worried that giving up cable means missing out on the shows that everyone is talking about at work the day after they air, don't worry; ABC is also the channel that brings you "Dancing with the Stars."

And finally, if you've been following "Grey's Anatomy" for all 15 seasons and counting, you won't have to stop just yet!

CBS

Rivaling ABC in its list of shows and popularity, CBS is another local channel you'll be able to get with an antenna. 

To start, you'll get the laugh-out-loud, family-friendly comedy "The Big Bang Theory." The show has even spurred a fun spin-off, "Young Sheldon," which follows, you guessed it, Sheldon Cooper as a child!

Fans of cop and detective shows will enjoy watching newer classics on CBS like "Blue Bloods" and "Bull."

Besides daily news, CBS is also home to the popular nonfiction crime and mystery show "60 Minutes." For an hour every week, you can step into the shoes of a detective as you examine the details of a new unsolved mystery.

Don't think that means you'll miss hearing the latest scores from your favorite teams though! Just be sure to tune into CBS Sports!

FOX

Speaking of sports coverage, if you enjoy getting behind the scenes looks at players, drafts, and team drama and listening to expert commentary on the season after season, you're in luck. Your HDTV antenna will likely give you access to FOX, which is home to "The OT."

FOX isn't just for sports though. The channel is also known for its many popular drama shows.

Most recently they released "9-1-1," a fast-paced, emotion-packed series that depicts the lives of 9-1-1 dispatchers, police, and EMTs.

Other dramas like "Empire" and "The Resident" have been around the block a while longer but still, pull in tons of viewers to the channel every week.

NBC

Another big name in local TV is NBC. Besides local coverage, the channel is also known for several dramatic series, talk shows, awards shows, and more.

Particularly popular on the channel today are "This is Us" and "Chicago Fire." The latter follows the lives of Chicago firefighters, characters who fight fires in their personal lives that rival the flames they extinguish on the job.

"This is Us" has become one of the most popular shows on TV today, with millions of viewers tuning in to see what will happen next in the three generations of the Pearson family that appear on-screen.

Football fans will love catching up on their favorite teams with NFL Sunday Night Football, aired on NBC all season long.

Also on the channel are "The Tonight Show," "The Voice," and the television broadcast of "The Golden Globes."

PBS

An old classic, PBS is known for its family-friendly children's programs. And you'll find those there, including shows like "Wild Kratts" and "Arthur."

But that's not all that you'll find on the channel.

"King Charles III" is a sci-fi historical drama that older viewers will love. PBS also features their own news hour, and a program called "Masterpiece." This popular program features series shows produced by PBS that are remakes and retellings of classic novels like "Les Mis" and "Victoria."

The CW

If you love all things superhero and supernatural, The CW is your channel. And if you have an HDTV antenna, you'll have access!

The CW is home to superhero shows like "Arrow," "Supergirl," and "The Flash." Other popular shows you can enjoy week after week include "Riverdale," "Supernatural," and "Valor."

What Factors Affect the Channels Your HDTV Antenna Can Get?

The above channels are just a small sample of the dozens of channels that most people can get when they add an HDTV antenna to their home. These channels are among the most common, meaning that even though every antenna won't get owners access to the same channels, these are often on everyone's lists.

But why is that every antenna won't generate the same channels?

The answer is that it isn't the antenna that determines which channels you'll get. Instead, there are several other factors that can affect which channels you have access to and which aren't available.

Your Home's Distance from a Broadcast Tower

One big factor that affects which channels you can and can't get is how far your home is located from a broadcast tower.

The broadcast tower is what transmits signals to your antenna so that you can watch your free TV.  If the nearest tower to you is too far for your antenna to pick up a signal, you won't get any channels or will get very few.

There is no one answer to how far from a tower you can be before you can't pick up many channels or any at all. That's because signal disruptions can also affect your antenna's range (more on that in a moment).

In some cases, you may be able to use an amplifier to strengthen your signal and pick up more channels.

With so many broadcast towers scattered across the United States though, most homeowners won't have to worry about this. If you live in a city, suburb, or even in a rural area on the fringe of a city or town, you'll likely get a signal from the broadcast tower without any trouble.

Only those homes located far away from a populated area will have trouble picking up a signal.

Disruptions to the Signal

As mentioned, another factor that will affect how many channels your HDTV antenna can pick up are disruptions to your signal.

This usually includes things that get in the way of your antenna picking up a broadcast. These are things that are literally located in between your antenna and the broadcast tower, interrupting the signals that are being sent and received.

A few common disruptions include:

  • Mountains and hills
  • Tall Buildings
  • Heavy tree cover
  • Other towers, including cell phone towers and radio signal towers

Some people make the mistake of thinking that because we can't see the signals being broadcast from the towers, that they can travel through anything. But this isn't the case. If any of the objects listed above are located in between the broadcast tower and your antenna, your reception will suffer.

Where Your HDTV Antenna Is Located

Mountains and cities aren't the only things that can get in the way of your antenna receiving a signal. Other common disruptions are located in and around your home.

Where your HDTV antenna is located can have a big impact on its ability to pick up channels. For instance, placing your antenna on the ground, under the cover of a backyard tree, or in the middle of your home can cause a disruption to your signal.

Don't worry; this doesn't mean that you are going to need to climb up on your roof and try to attach the antenna there. An indoor HDTV antenna is designed to be placed in your house and still pick up those broadcast TV signals.

Instead, you'll want to place your antenna as high up in your home as possible. That way there is as little disruption between the signal tower and your antenna as possible.

If your TV is located in your basement or a bottom level of your home, you can still place your antenna in a higher location. All you'll need to do is run a cable from your antenna to your TV.

How Much Does It Cost to Get a TV with an HDTV Antenna?

Perhaps the best part of getting TV via an HDTV antenna is the cost; it's free.

The channels picked up by your HDTV antenna are broadcast for free across the country. These are the exact same channels that you pay for when you pay for cable service.

All you have to do is pay for the antenna. These are available in a wide range of prices. Before you rush out and buy the most expensive one, assuming that it'll be the highest quality, do your research. Many units are under $50 and deliver the same great channels and quality picture.

One big thing to look for is the refund policy. The last thing you want to do is get stuck with a unit that you aren't satisfied with!

Once you've paid for your unit and set it up, it will provide you with free access to over 100 channels month after month, year after year, for the lifetime of your antenna. No need to ever pay a monthly cable bill again!

Getting Started with an HDTV Antenna

Now that you've got a list of TV channels that you can expect to get with an HDTV antenna, it's time to start shopping for the perfect one!

While many antennas claim to deliver more channels than the next, it's important to make sure that you choose a dependable, high-quality unit.

Cheaply made units might get you channels, but they are also likely to deliver poor picture quality. You won't get much enjoyment out of your favorite shows and programs if the picture is grainy and hard to see.

If you're ready to watch over 100 channels of free TV with better-than-cable picture quality, check out the TennaZ Ultra-Thin HDTV Antenna today!