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No Cable? No Problem With the AmazonBasics Extreme Performance Ultra Thin Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna

Updated on June 10, 2014

I kicked cable TV to the curb about 6 months ago. I just got so fed up with paying upwards to $180 per month (!) to have 500 channels which still had nothing whatsoever to watch. It shouldn't be possible to have that much variety and, to be honest, that much junk on TV! 

So, I bought a few TV add-ons such as an Apple TV, an Amazon Fire, and a Roku - one for each of the rooms where I wanted to watch TV. But, I really really missed morning news as I had no local channels at all. Until.....

I was minding my own business while buying yet something else on Amazon.com, and I stumbled upon the AmazonBasics HDVT Indoor HDTV Antenna you see there to the right. I bought it on Saturday, and, it arrived at my house on Monday (free shipping through Amazon Prime).

As I unpacked the shipping box and pulled the antenna from the packaging, I couldn't believe how flimsy the thing appeared. I mean, I'm a child of the 70s and, back in the day, the antennas we used were sturdy beasts, reminiscent of something that might be placed on a space station (they sort of looked like that too). Not this AmazonBasics indoor antenna though. It waves to and fro in a small breeze! I immediately thought, 'How can this thing work????'

Well, let me tell you, it works beautifully. A fast hook up to the back of the TV and, a new scan of channels and, voila! Instant news! At first scan, the indoor HDTV antenna picked up 50 channels. After looking through the channels and determining that there were about 20 I'd like, I moved the antenna to a less conspicuous area (behind the TV) and scanned again. Thirty channels popped up this time, and they were all channels I liked. Huge SUCCESS.

Note: There's 3 flavors of this particular indoor antennae - the Regular, High, or Extreme Performance. I selected the Extreme Performance as it would give me the most channels. You can check to see what channels you might get with this antenna by checking here: Digital TV Reception Maps

And, here's another article about how I ditched cable: Ditching Cable - How I Exist After Cutting Off Cable TV

When I dumped cable TV, I knew that I needed to have some sort of device to pick up Netflix and other subscription services I had. So, I selected one of each variety - an Apple TV, a Roku, and, most recently, the Amazon Fire TV. All of these devices are small boxes that hook to the TV and, as long as you have internet, you're in business. I can always find something to watch on one of the apps on these boxes.

For what it's worth, the Amazon Fire TV is my favorite TV viewing device. I love that it has both Amazon Prime and YouTube as I watch both quite a bit. Also, all of these devices have NetFlix which is the other service which I watch quite a bit.

Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (2014 model)
Roku 3 Streaming Media Player (2014 model)

The Roku has Amazon Prime but no YouTube.

 
Amazon Fire TV - 1st Generation
Amazon Fire TV - 1st Generation

My FAVORITE! Amazon prime has both Amazon and YouTube and a bunch of other apps.

 

Would you, could you ditch cable TV?

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      Country Sunshine 3 years ago from Texas

      I have wanted to ditch my satellite service for quite some time, as it is expensive, and there are only a handful of channels that I watch. I am unsure if any of the products will work for me, as I live in a rural area. The Digital TV maps show I am "moderate" for local channels with a 30 ft outdoor antennae. It might be worth trying some of these out before I unplug the dish.

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      James Jordan 3 years ago from Burbank, CA

      We have a samsung smart tv, apple tv and a blue ray dvd. The only thing we missed was live local news. So we got the exact antenna you are reviewing. We love it! You actually get more channels than I thought. My favorite is the old tv shows channel!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      My husband's a news junkie, so he needs his news each day. This sounds intriguing.

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      It's such a good idea. What do you do for internet then? I rarely watch TV, so it's time to change. Good idea to get the different ones. They are all reasonable compared to what you save. Great lens.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      very educational - I'm fed up to the max of the cost of cable tv here (I'm in Canada) our bill is about 120/mth and we don't get a ton of channels for that money, I have to change this, I'm so tired of this kind of money for tv - really appreciated this page - I'm going to take time this summer to educate myself on other options