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4. High Definition > 32. Get the Right Antenna

Get the Right Antenna

An over-the-air antenna can provide you crystal-clear HD broadcasts. Learn how antennas work, where to mount them, and what commercial offerings are good buys.

Even if your cable or satellite provider offers great HD programming [Hack #28] , you’ll still probably want an OTA antenna. In some cases, the antenna can provide local channels your provider might not yet offer; more important, though, an OTA antenna is the key to HD broadcasts of local networks. Until cable and satellite providers offer you local channels in HD, an OTA antenna is an essential part of a high-end home theater.

Antenna Basics

If you’re going to get into antennas, you’re going to need some basic background. This section gives you that background, while still keeping things at a fairly mild technical level.


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