August 30, 2015
Put up an Antenna. Save $$$ Over Cable!
I don’t know about you, but I look at our cable bill (AT&T U-Verse) and am in disbelief how much we spend for the handful of channels we actually watch. Since we never watch sports, just scrolling through the (literally) hundreds of sports channels wastes too much of my time for what we are spending. Currently we are spending over $160 per month for Internet and cable. It just seems like a ridiculous amount of money. Add that up over a year and we’re spending just shy of TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS a year on cable. I can think of a lot of other things I could spend that money on — and actually have something tangible to show for it. Or better yet, go on a nice little vacation every year.
So my bride and i discussed it and decided we could live without all the channels we never watch as long as we get the major networks. I started researching antennas and found lots of options. There are very inexpensive digital antennas for apartment dwellers that you can just stick to the wall. We have a nice large attic and I decided something higher in quality with more signal would be a good investment.
I installed an outdoor antenna in the attic, along with an amplifier (we have 4 TVs and need the extra signal) – and after a couple of hours of getting everything configured and running an new 25′ Toslink (optical digital audio) cable for our main TV, we were all set. We get over 100 channels on the newer TVs and less, but plenty of channels on the older one. The signal quality is better than cable. It’s direct, with no long distribution issues to degrade the image. We love it. And we’re saving $$$ every month. So long U-Verse!
You do need to be basically line-of-sight to the transmitter antennas. We live in North Dallas and it’s simple to point the antenna south and pick up a lot of stations. You also never have outages…
You can do the same thing too. Follow the links below for the units I used to put this together. It’s easy!
Add this amplifier / splitter if you have more than 1 TV or need to run long distances to your sets from the antenna. It provides 8db of gain out of all 4 ports and is easy to install.