Photo Video
HD 101: HD Antennas
Hide Caption

Great, cheap antennas to watch free TV

Don't Waste Your Money

a a a a
Share this story


Guy Harnett installs TV antennas for the growing number of people who are tired of paying for dozens of cable channels they never watch.

"People want antennas to reduce on their cable bills, reduce on their satellite bills," Harnett said.

Indoor Antennas Better Than Ever

The type of antenna Harnett installs goes on your roof and offers the best reception.

But our partners at Consumer Reports Magazine say indoor antennas are cheaper and easier to install.

You'll get WCPO 9 on Your Side plus our Weather Tracker channel, and about 15 other local channels and subchannels, assuming your house is not behind a big hill that blocks Cincinnati.

Claudio Ciacci of Consumer Reports said "what you can get from these antennas are the local broadcast channels like CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC. But what you won't get from this are the major cable channels, like ESPN, TLC, etc."
 
Some antennas have a classic rabbit ears look, while others are super-sleek, with flat designs so you can attach it to a window or hide it behind your TV.

Consumer Reports just tested them, and found a high price does not mean better reception.

The Best For Less

Two of the best were among the least expensive.

    RadioShack 15-254 for $35.  Best of all, it has a 30-day return policy, in case  you find it doesn't work in your house.

    RCA 1650, at just $32 Just make sure the store will let you return it if you have no reception.

For Consumer Reports complete listings of HDTV antennas, click here or go to www.consumerreports.org.


As always, don't waste your money.

_____________________

Don't Waste Your Money is a registered trademark of the EW Scripps Co.

"Like" John Matarese on Facebook

Follow John on Twitter (@DWYM)

Copyright 2013 Scripps Media, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Print this article

Comments

Hmm... It looks like you’re not a WCPO Insider. or Subscribe now to contribute!

More DWYM
Cobalt, Saturn owners anxious for repair
Cobalt, Saturn owners anxious for repair

John Matarese reports on the wait for ignition switch repairs

Scammers using Netflix to steal from millions
Scammers using Netflix to steal from millions

A dangerous new phishing scam is targeting the sensitive information of millions of Netflix users.

Prom or bridal dress shopping online? Beware
Prom or bridal dress shopping online? Beware

John Matarese has a caution for anyone trying to save money by dress shopping onlin.e

App of the Week
App of the Week

Check out John Matarese's latest money saving smartphone apps.

IRS phone scam targeting thousands
IRS phone scam targeting thousands

John Matarese has a warning about a major tax scam this spring.

How much water is in the chicken you buy?
How much water is in the chicken you buy?

When it comes to chicken, big packs of boneless breasts look like a good deal. But look closer.

Gasoline, beef prices soaring
Gasoline, beef prices soaring

John Matarese looks into higher prices hitting just as spring arrives

"One Ring" phone scam getting worse

John Matarese warns about the "One-Ring" scam

Easy tax mistakes that could get you audited
Easy tax mistakes that could get you audited

As millions of Americans race to meet Tuesday's tax deadline, they will make mistakes that could increase their chances of being put…

How to avoid worthless home warranties
How to avoid worthless home warranties

Every spring, thousands of Tri-State homeowners buy or renew home warranties to protect themselves against costly repairs. But are all…