Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

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I'm thinking of using an indoor antenna for TV reception and ending my cable service (to save money). But first I wanted to find out if anyone else in the area has done this, and how many stations can actually be received this way? I'd appreciate my neighbors' feedback! Thank you all

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cegarbage Feb 28, 2020 08:21 PM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

Anyone between Goleta and Carp able to get KCOY or KKFX since the local transmitter went away?

a-1585844542 Feb 24, 2020 01:06 PM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

We are in the process of ditching the Cox box. A couple days ago my husband installed a flat antenna. He tried it behind the tv and it didn’t work, so he put it in the attic and ran the line down through the wall to connect to the tv, and voila!!! We live near East Beach, by the way. So tired of having Cox jump our rates every year.

jak Feb 24, 2020 11:06 AM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

Davidb has nailed it. It’s going to depend heavily on exactly where you live. Twenty years ago with the best outdoor antenna with a low noise preamp and a rotator on a tall mast on a two story house just off the 101 in Noleta we were able to pick up analog stations from as far away as Tijuana and King City. Fuzzy, but usually watchable at night. When digital tv came along we lost all but a handful of stations but over the next few years as more and more tri-county and LA stations started using their secondary streams we got back up to over fifty channels. By the way, we moved to a tiny town in the rural south where the city doesn’t trouble themselves with cable tv or internet regulation. We had access to three cable tv companies, two DSL providers, and two rural wireless internet companies. We got a 10 MB /sec plan which included a modem and required no contract for under twenty bucks a month. Amazing what a little competition does to prices. Oh, and in the end the dsl company didn’t want to hook up our rental house so they asked us reassign our service to att cable who already had a line into the house. Same price, double the speed and they threw in a month of free basic cable tv.

Luvaduck Feb 24, 2020 07:39 AM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

The problem is, you still need some kind of internet service and that's locked up here, too. Same with cell phone in some areas. Since these all require government "assignment" (permission to use the wave lengths for free), reform should start by getting the local permitters on the ball. This situation is ridiculously expensive.

Thomas John Feb 24, 2020 07:00 AM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

Thin selection https://nocable.org/availability-report/zip/93107-santa-barbara-ca

OICU812 Feb 24, 2020 05:56 AM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

Indoor cable didn't work for us when we told Dish to take a hike. We in stalled an antenna where the "Dish" was so we didn't have to re-wire anything. Some rooms had 30+ channels and one bedroom only got 3 channels. Went out a purchased a Smart TV for the guest bedroom and it gets a ton of channels. Fire Stick is a good option for non-Smart TVs.

Davidb Feb 23, 2020 05:04 PM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

I would agree with Rex of SB that you are unlikely to be satisfied with your results using an indoor antenna. However, if you can manage to put up an outdoor antenna things may be quite different. I have an outdoor antenna, and one day awhile back I counted the number of channels I could watch. The total was 61 - many from L.A. Your location matters as well. On top of a hill? you are likely to have great reception. Down in a hole? Unlikely. On the other hand there are local channels at Broadcast Peak and Gibraltar Peak that should be receivable just about anywhere around here. If you want to know what is available where you live, do a search on www.rabbitears.info

Bird Feb 23, 2020 07:52 PM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

Totally agree with this. I live on the eastside and tried different indoor antennas and they didn't do anything useful at all, barely worked at all.

a-1585844542 Feb 23, 2020 04:52 PM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

I've tried a couple of times over the years but no luck. I'd get the ABC (KEYT) station well and fussy NBC and CBS stations that couldn't really be watched (except in desperation).

REX OF SB Feb 23, 2020 04:29 PM
Indoor Antenna Recommendations?

Don't bother. You get no LA channels. Pretty much all you'll get are KEYT, KSBY, KCOY, PBS, and whatever the Fox channel is, plus a few Spanish-language channels, and a bunch of channels hawking merchandise (AKA the "mesothelioma channels.") If we were in a large metropolitan area with many stations, there would be no problem, but unfortunately, we aren't.

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