What’s the Best Indoor, Outdoor, or Attic TV Antenna?

In this video I answer the question: what is the best TV antenna? There are thousands of models out there – surely one there has to be one that’s the best, right? Maybe so, maybe not!

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50 Comments

  1. ChristiRich on September 12, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    I’m beginning to think that the cord that I need to cut is the power cord to my TV set.

  2. Lewis Wereb on September 12, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    My aluminum foil hat works great, too!

  3. Maria Farsee on September 12, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    PT 2. What can I do? In the bed room I have two windows. I did what it said to put it up high in the window. What’s next to do. No I don’t have cable. Is it the digital box or cords to the box what?🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️🤷🏾‍♀️😪😪😪😪🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄😪🙄😪🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄🙄 I’m trying to keep hope alive here.

  4. David Server on September 12, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    the best antenna is the one the consumer thinks is the best not what you consider the best

  5. Ronald Ss on September 12, 2021 at 11:43 pm

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  6. MrBOB39 on September 12, 2021 at 11:44 pm

    FYI…It goes beyond what is the Best Reception antenna
    One must also take into Account how well the antenna will hold up over the Years..Example.,I have an Excellent antenna from antenna stream.. that Actually sucks in its design.,due to it requiring countless righting or adjusting to keep it working Properly….and Antenna stream makes some Decent antennas..

    BTW… it is Not just about VHF or UHF frequencys you need to recieve…yet one often much Dig deeper..
    VHF can be low VHF or high VHF… same in UHF

    Also weather you need a more Narrow concentrated directional or a 360 degree omni directional.

    It also comes down at times to being able to reject various forms of interference.

    It also ( especially for outdoor antennas ) needs to be designed Not just the antenna..but optimising the coax-feedline you use as well as lightning protection.

    Few people understand Fully..
    Even fewer Apply-use the Best designed systems to give you the desired reception.

    BTW..
    It used to be…
    Cut the cord ( cut cable ) use an antenna ( not cable,fios or satellite) ….Yet…Now it is More about Optimising your internet speeds.. the using ones WIFI effectively.. and gaining your reception of TV shows and or watching your vids through Streaming..

    Things Keep changing..
    We need to understand and thus Apply our New Technology’s for our Desired Viewing Needs.

    I go back to the 60’s when we Only had antenna reception.
    80’s lead to cable..90’s the start of High speed internet.
    To Now near Exclusive streaming through typically wifi high speed ISP services

  7. James Jirik on September 12, 2021 at 11:45 pm

    Awesome, Thanks.

  8. Glenn Appel on September 12, 2021 at 11:46 pm

    Hi Tyler-I really enjoy your videos and have learned a lot. Have you tested the Rocketfish antenna? I currently am using the Rocketfish antenna, but thinking of switching to the Clearstream 4V to get better reception. I am in the Detroit area, about 40-50 miles from the broadcast houses.

  9. Arthur Shag nasty on September 12, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    I mainly use an antenna for FM radio signals I don’t watch a lot of TV anyway if it picks it up fine if not oh well

  10. raross6119 on September 12, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Can you help was getting 32 channels with cheap indoor antenna bought Clearview 4 antenna installed on roof now only getting 3 channels why?

  11. Dan Clark on September 12, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    I don’t understand why in hell, that my antenna picks up every damn channel I don’t like- such as shop from home, reruns, game shows, all come in clear and clear sound. Every channel I want, I get an electronic thumping noise every 3 seconds and cuts off the sound. As soon as I put on a channel I hate, to check sound, very clear sound. WHY?

  12. The Ugly Truth on September 12, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    This guy took my money and never contacted me!

  13. C Jack on September 12, 2021 at 11:49 pm

    Clear TV does offer a money back guarantee. Maybe clear tv antenna works for some depending on your location.

  14. Maria Farsee on September 12, 2021 at 11:50 pm

    Okay, I’m reading the comments and yes we agree he knows his stuff. But my questions aren’t being answered. I live in Wisconsin. I’m in the inner city. I live in an apartment. What can I do for better reception. Yes, I have indoor antenna., but for some reason lately I’m getting poor reception.

  15. r lake on September 12, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Incidentally 😉 the rca yagi you pictured is probably the best outdoor antenna of its size.

  16. Leslie Coleman on September 12, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    What makes a good antenna? Anything that works.

  17. Gavin H on September 12, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    That Danny guy in Georgia makes a real good antenna, plus hes been doing it for a much longer time so I figure he knows whats going on instead a hyper

  18. Art on September 12, 2021 at 11:53 pm

    You must get paid by the hour

  19. Sergio Sanchez on September 12, 2021 at 11:54 pm

    @Antenna man have you ever reviewed a Dan Hodge’s antenna? https://youtu.be/vIsjy-0j6rM

  20. Kim Harman on September 12, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    I’ve always been a cord cutter but have recently got a professionally-installed rooftop unit (works great). I like your videos for educating myself on the what and why. Thanks!

  21. Richard Griswold on September 12, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    what do i need for a smart TV, It has no coaxial hookup ans i cant seem to find and adapter anywhere

  22. Neil Rusling on September 12, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Im convinced digital tv was just a scam by aerial companys to sell you lots of really expensive crap that dont work. Live 40 miles from source surrounded by huge trees…then nothing will work all the time, might work some of the time…so you just give in and pay more cash for cable.

  23. D Henry on September 12, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    Like your video, heard about you on WION 1430AM.

  24. Jeff Palmeri on September 12, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I have two clearstream 4v antennas that are coupled with channel master antenna combiner, in the attic. They are pointing at two different sets of broadcast towers. Then I have a CM7777 amplifier and the signal is pumped through the entire house via the existing coax cable. I have five tvs throughout the house that all get around 50-60 channels. It’s great. I’m saving hundreds every month off the original cable tv bill and most of what we watched was on OTA tv anyways.

  25. wilsonle61 on September 13, 2021 at 12:00 am

    Are you sure you don’t moonlight as Kelsey over at 74 Crew?

  26. David Server on September 13, 2021 at 12:00 am

    in theory what antenna do you recommend for a navy soldier that lives in a nuclear submarine under the ocean an indoor or outdoor antenna

  27. Jackie Randall on September 13, 2021 at 12:00 am

    I have a 70 ft rohn tower with rotor and big antennas preamps good coax. Too bad there is not much to watch especially the big net works.

  28. Specialopsdave on September 13, 2021 at 12:02 am

    I looked at the FCC map, and my answer is none, because I don’t get any stations at all 😂

  29. micko lesmana on September 13, 2021 at 12:03 am

    I dont even watch TV anymore for the ladt 3 years, But i still enjoy your vids 🙂

  30. John Poldo on September 13, 2021 at 12:03 am

    How do you discover the location of VHF & UHF stations in your area? I don’t know whether to focus on uhf, vhf, or both and am limited to an indoor model only. Add to that, the budget of my 91 yr old friend is small.

  31. Antenna Man on September 13, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Link to my Amazon Store 👇
    https://www.amazon.com/shop/antennaman

    Link to my video on how to run a reception report 👉 https://youtu.be/RC8VmyjSE-M

    For an antenna recommendation from me visit my website 👇
    http://antennamanpa.com/antenna-recommendations.html

  32. Sam S on September 13, 2021 at 12:05 am

    Because of all the changes lately with the demise of low definition broadcasting, I have gone from 6 stations with strong signals to four stations with moderate signals. When low definition ends in a few weeks, will be down to three stations with moderate signals and a dozen with weak signals. Essentially, broadcast is coming to an end for me and will be streaming everything very soon.

  33. Mike Van Kauwenberg on September 13, 2021 at 12:08 am

    I have watched alot of your vidio but the simple question is if I am long distance and have alot of trees in your opinion which and most affordable antenna will work?

  34. C SMITH on September 13, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Why the heck do i have a strong signal during the am, then +5hrs later its totally gone to crap!? I even have the antenna up on a big clear window. So when i loose the signal sometimes i just toss it on the floor & BooM good signal! lol IDK it does not make any sense sometimes. TY Ant Man!

  35. chifan7 on September 13, 2021 at 12:11 am

    I also have the Clear Stream (the one with the 2 black circles) and have in the attic. It does a pretty decent job for what I Think I can get. Your advice was a Great help for me. Thanks.

  36. Bob Goldesberry on September 13, 2021 at 12:14 am

    I am wondering if using the same bracket that holds the old dish on the south side of my house would be okay for antenna install. Currently with a pair of rabbit ears indoors I get about 8 channels. I saw the Wineguard y7000C looks like it would attach right to the bracket.

  37. Maria Farsee on September 13, 2021 at 12:16 am

    I don’t understand the broad cast website neither. Help please anyone!

  38. Axis Of Evil on September 13, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Had to get my rotor replaced and called the closest antenna guy from about 30 miles away.
    He was a crusty miserable SOB but the first thing he said when he saw my old antenna from the 70’s was, "They don’t make them like that anymore!"
    It could pull in some distant channels on the regular…and on some nights the skip signals were quite impressive.
    Worked wonderfully until the neighbor’s maple tree knocked the crap out of it in a wind storm.
    😕

  39. Texas1FlyBoy on September 13, 2021 at 12:19 am

    I built my own bowtie antenna for less than $5 of parts (copper wire, piece of wood, screws). I gave that one to my parents who live about 30 miles out of town. I then made a bowtie antenna using copper foil and laminating sheets. It’s the same dimensions as the antenna with copper wire and wood support, but hides nicely behind the TV. Fortunately, I’m in a strong market area and it works great! Best antenna? The cheapest one that gets you the channels you want. 😉

  40. ambientx on September 13, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Why do they need to write on the box with big letters FREE HDTV !!!!! Isn’t it supposed to be free? Who said it’ wasn’t free? It’s like buying a new radio and it says FREE AM/FM Stations!!!! How stupid.

  41. Sandi Erb on September 13, 2021 at 12:19 am

    The majority of our channels are UHF with a Strong signal however we have one channel that is moderate strength that is hi-v. We live in a rural area with lots of trees. Suggestions on an antenna? TIA

  42. John Cameron on September 13, 2021 at 12:19 am

    When I saw the title for this video I thought that you had done sold out. I was wrong. You are honest. I believe what you say and I have used your recommendations today to buy my antenae and equipment. God bless.

  43. Earl Truman on September 13, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Can you put more than one antenna on a pole, both pointed in the same direction, and would it pick up better, if you can?

  44. Martin Wilt on September 13, 2021 at 12:21 am

    I took your advice and got the Mohu 50 antenna. It works great- except…I am 16.5 miles from the Baltimore/Towson towers where all three network affiliates are- Channels 2, 11, and 13. For some reason I cannot get channel 11. Is there a frequency reason for this?

  45. marcelo eugenio on September 13, 2021 at 12:22 am

    Show

  46. mike s on September 13, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Why does my neighbor across the street get lots of channels. I tried their TV antenna in many different TVs and converter boxes. Along with all different type of coax cables nothing works for me. I get no channels I just get weak signal or no signal available.

  47. Daniel Parrish on September 13, 2021 at 12:24 am

    You have tested hundreds of TV antennas so I was wondering if you had to design a universal antenna what would it look like ? How about taking a shot of drawing up what you think the "best" antenna should look like ?

  48. Victorseafog on September 13, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I got one of these cheap square 18$ antenna from the home depot. It hangs in my bedroom window facing east. I get 70 vhf/uhf channels on it and they are flawless in quality at 720hd. True its flat on the gulf coast of Florida

    I bought this when I worked in the field in bum f*** Alabama. I got a good amount of channels there near coast between Mobile and Pensacola Florida. It was in the window facing north. Sometimes I would even get New Orleans TV stations. That is several hundred miles away.
    There is nothing better than not paying for cable TV and pawn stars is on for free just like pay for crap cable. Sure a lot of junk stations like shopping and authoritarian religious bs where dopes drop their money watching freak shows of goons but its all free compared to paying for cable.

  49. itsruffoutchea on September 13, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I use a old 3 foot cable cord. Cut the end off one side strip and expose 3 inches of core wire. Attach it to the wall, screw in uncut side to the tv like normal. My mom lives 2 miles from me with one of those outside styles you recommend. We live about 40-45 miles from towers. I know 2 people with outside not sure their exact style. They live 12 miles from towers in city. Guess who gets the most channels 🙋‍♂️. Told them they were missing 6-7 channels I get while over their house. Next visit I brought my cord they laughed at me. Hooked it up over both the houses 12 miles from tower, one picked up the extra 6-7 I get. The other down the road got those plus 2 I don’t get. They couldn’t believe I and were mad about the money they spent. So my free scrap cable cord worked better than their $150-$200 antennas. So the best antenna in my area is NO ANTENNA!

  50. John Doe on September 13, 2021 at 12:30 am

    Thank you for your knowledge. Recently my outdoor Aluminum antenna was losing signal strength. I noticed were the coax connects there is a bow like and two swivel wings ( looks like sink faucet handles) i played with them and it seemes to have improved. Any suggestions on the proper adjustments and gaps?

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