HD Antenna – Free Channels

HD Antenna

Do you want to save money? I did… Whats a easy way to save yourself over 60$ a month? There’s lots of stuff you can do to save a buck. Cutting cable is one of the easiest things you can do. I hated getting my internet and cable bill every month because it was just so dam expensive!

So we cut cable. Now that 60 bucks go’s to other passive income sources. We have netflix anyways and that generally gives us enough shows to watch. We also have a android box which covers us for even more things to watch. For me personally though, I missed my sports and the odd judge Judy =) My wife missed watching the grammys and other award shows. 60 bucks is 60 bucks, and I didn’t want to go back to the big bills again. So what is one to do?

There’s the option to stream cable from your android box and pay someone to set you up for that. This generally costs about 20 bucks a month. Since we live in the country our internet isn’t the fastest and we would most likely lag with a high quality live stream. Basically eliminating this option.




Friends

A couple of my friend’s have been telling me about their hd antenna’s. They generally get 20 channels for free. Ranging from global tv, cbc, chch, tvo and a bunch of random U.S stations. The best part, the channels are actually really high quality! I was a skeptic but a couple weeks ago, I went to a friends house for some beers and to watch the leafs on a Saturday – Hockey Night In Canada. I was blown away here we were watching the leafs in 1080i and it wasn’t costing my buddy a cent. The leaf’s obviously won that night, and a good time was had by all!

My buddy told me which antenna he had – TV Antenna, SENQIAO Indoor Amplifier Digital HDTV Antenna – 50 Mile Range with Detachable Amplifier Signal Booster , External Amplifier USB Power Supply and 13 ft Coax Cable He bought it off amazon for like 35 bucks. I bought it that week and it came pretty fast. I don’t buy much from amazon, I was impressed.

Let The Fun Begin

Setup is super easy. Plug in the booster, screw one side of the cable into the antenna and the other into your tv. This antenna comes with its own sticky film to stick it to the walls.I just moved it around the walls using painters tape, pointing it in different directions to figure out where it got the best service. Then scan the channels on your tv. Rinse and repeat a couple times until you find out the best spot! Try it with the booster or without.

Now I thought I would get about 20 channels but was a little disappointed to find out we only got 13. My buddy lives in the city in a apartment, so he is higher up and I’m sure the city life helps. The is my tv on the main floor, maybe upstairs would be better. Also our house is somewhat in a valley. Still we were getting 13 channels and all the ones I really wanted. Cbc, global, tvo (off and on) and others…

HD Antenna

Channels

That’s 13 channels that are now free. I’m now watching the olympic’s. (go Canada go) I couldn’t do that before and now will be able to watch my leafs every Saturday night. My channels range from 580 to 1080i as well. So all good quality.

The only downside I see is that I cant watch every hockey game I want, but I couldn’t before. Sometimes the reception moves and you might need to move the antenna a bit. CBC generally is the same spot all the time for me so far. My buddy’s don’t need to move theirs. You also don’t get as many channels as basic cable. We choose to cut the cable to save myself 60 bucks a month, all these channels are bonus now.

I tried a basic antenna from walmart first but it didn’t cut it. Of course I wanted that range and the hd channels! Walmart’s awesome though, so I simply returned it no problems. I ended up buying the one my buddy had. No regrets. If your interested feel free to click the link for my amazon referral right here —>. TV Antenna, SENQIAO Indoor Amplifier Digital HDTV Antenna – 50 Mile Range with Detachable Amplifier Signal Booster , External Amplifier USB Power Supply and 13 ft Coax Cable

Conclusion

One of the coolest thing about this is your not tied to your cable line. I plan on having a poker night with the boys in the garage. Now I can just move a tv in there and this. Boom we can watch the game, play poker and good times keep rolling!

I know a lot of us have been cutting cable to save more money. This is a one time charge, and will hopefully give you your tv fix. Do any of you already use one of these? Or is netflix enough for you?

Cheers!

Hey I’m Rob, creator of Passive Canadian Income.

In 2011 me and my wife had almost $60,000 in debt and a negative $7,000 Net Worth. Through hard work and financial education we paid all that off. Now we are focusing on increasing our Passive Income Streams to make the money work for us. Feel Free to Follow along the Journey!

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6 Responses

  1. Leo T. Ly says:

    You’re cutting cable? I am going to sell all my Telecom stocks. Just joking. I cut my cables ages ago. If I wanted to watch any shows live, I have my HD antenna, but I can also stream it from the channel’s website. It’s even better as I get to watch at my own time and more episodes. $700 bucks a year is nothing to laugh at. Great move Rob.
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    • Rob says:

      Hey Leo thanks!

      I actually cut it a couple months ago. But always missed watching the leafs. I wish i got this thing sooner. Do you get tsn being so close to the big city?

  2. PCI –

    I use an amplified antenna and receive the main channels needed: ABC, NBC, FOX and CBS. It’s awesome and comes in beautiful HD.

    -Lanny

  3. dividendgeek says:

    I never had cable. Used to get free channels via my antenna (no HD though). I don’t think my TV is HD compatible … Yes it is old 🙂 I keep getting free trial from Netflix. Every alternate month I end up with Netflix.
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