HDTV antenna for free local television?

jason41987

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i was wondering what it would take for me to install an HDTV antenna for local television channels?.. im within 60 miles of madison, wisconsin, however im in a small town that isnt going to let me mount a large antenna, so are there any options i could possibly mount to the top of a small roof-level shed in my backyard or on a small 4 foot pole somewhere?.. maybe something i could mount to the side of my house.. though, this is a side by side duplex and i have the side opposite of the direction of madison..

so what are my options?
 

ssddx

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you do know that some local channels like cbs, nbc, etcetera are free to stream over the internet right?

i know the roku devices have it already set up... but you can find it on the pc somewhere too
 

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well, so long as it doesnt have to be really high up i could just mount it in place of where a satellite dish used to be.. but id prefer wall mounted outdoors.. problem is i need 60 miles of range and the only ones i seem to find that can do that are massive antennas on 30 foot poles
 

ssddx

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we have one of these



mounted on a 20ft pole on the corner of our property.

we can pick up perhaps half of the channels from a source 50 miles away.

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the higher and bigger you go the better.

i would suggest a large anenna (like the photo) mounted up on a pole connected to your chimney or on the side of the house on a short pole.

those anennas are about 3-4ft wide and perhaps 5ft long (or perhaps a bit bigger its been a bit since i put it up).
 

jason41987

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thats way too big for here.. ill probably be better off just paying for basic cable.. currently i pay about $120 for satellite TV, coming to the realization that about the only thing i watch on TV are live sports games broadcasted locally, for everything else i have netflix, hulu, etc.. i can get the local channels for about $16 a month which will give me everything the antenna would.. so i might as well quit being cheap and do that
 

ssddx

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you do know that some local channels like cbs, nbc, etcetera are free to stream over the internet right?

i know the roku devices have it already set up... but you can find it on the pc somewhere too
 
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