TV Antenna Recommendations?

Moving from manhattan to brooklyn. We cancelled cable a long time ago due to not watching much cable tv so we just got that antenna to get the free basic channels.
I had bought this one years ago for 10 dollars b/c reviews at the time were good and because many say a 10 dollar one works just as well as the ones that are 40-50 etc.

This is the one im considering


The cheap antenna is fine when first installed but after that, there is lot of lost signal such as it would have that message then you wait a bit then signal would be back. Didn’t make that big issue of it b/c we rarely watched television.
I had brought that antenna to the brooklyn location and the antenna seems to be somewhat better in brooklyn than manhattan, however it doesnt seem to pick up NBC.
Does anyone have any recommendation for a tv antenna? Is it true some tv antennas don’t work as well in one state as oppose to the other? Because i see some reviews that say the mohu leaf is not very good in nyc at all.
These are the other ones i see on amazon

Seems like the amazon one is like a bad version of the mohu?
Would like someones opinion if they are in brooklyn or nyc as i think that might have a difference in this.

When I was looking for an antenna, I went to Radio Shack for information. They knew the area and what worked best.

Can you have an outdoor antenna where you are? If so, the cheapest one of those will be better than the best indoor antenna.

How do i know if i can or cannot? Its a house but wouldn’t putting it outside window not be good idea when it rains or snows?

I didn’t want the ugly thing on the roof. I put it in the attic. Worked great.

im confused. But doesn’t the antenna need to be connected to the tv?

I have the Leaf Plus. It’s pretty good, a little finicky sometimes, but pulls in a good bit.

However, I got Clearstream 1 Convertible for my neighbor, and it’s been a godsend for her - she’s thrilled with it. Their whole line of antennae is worth browsing.

One of the links in your first post is an outdoor antenna (this one):

Here is a similar one from Walmart:

http://www.walmart.com/ip/OUTDOOR-HDTV-VHF-UHF-ANTENNA/32746038

They are weather-resistant and designed to be mounted on a roof, an outside wall, a pole or whatever you can come up with (or, like harmonicamoon, you can install them in the attic). You will get better reception with one of these than with an indoor antenna.

Yes, they do have to be connected, usually with coaxial wire. If you’re lucky the house will already be wired for cable TV and you can connect your antenna to that wire where it comes into your house. Otherwise you will have to get the wire inside somehow, which may involve drilling a hole through the wall or a window frame.

I live in a Boston apartment. Bought a rooftop antenna of the sort that looks like a vertical pole with a bunch of horizontal crossbars. You have to run a cable from the roof to your TV. Of course, if you don’t have roof access, forget it.

How you orient the antenna is critical to receiving the best signal from the most stations. Here’s a useful resource:
http://www.antennaweb.org/
You put in your address and it shows a map of what directions the major stations in your area are coming from. Then you use a compass and rotate your antenna so the crossbars are perpendicular to the signal path. It’s always a compromise, but with some trial and error you will be surprised at the number of stations you can get that an indoor antenna could not.

Since the OP is looking for advice, let’s move this to IMHO.

Colibri
General Questions Moderator

I think it’s a General Question. Sure, the poster may be asking about brand recommendations, but the real issue is “what do you do to get the best TV reception?”. I’d suggest that’s less dependent on what make and model you buy than on the type of rig you can use/afford and how you set it up.

Check Aereo to see if you live in one of their markets or soon to be markets. I can’t praise these guys enough.

go to

http://www.tvfool.com/

click on

Check Your Address for Free TV

it will tell you the channels expected for the quality of antenna and the direction you need to aim it. you want to buy an antenna based on the real channel numbers (VHF or UHF or both).

antennas need careful placement for blocking (buildings, walls) and reflections (also buildings, walls, people). digital adjusts slower than analog, it might take 30 to 60 seconds to see the results of a movement.

I have another question. I kept a very old super nintendo system and i tried to plug it into this lcd tv samsung. I unplugged the tv antenna the rca one, then plugged the one connecting my SNES to the back of the TV.
What i found strange was when i had the wire plugged into the tv… i picked up all the same channels as the antenna i use. Does anyone find this strange? Of course once i unplug the wire, theres no channels available but does that wire from my SNES connecting to the tv… is it basically an antenna as well?
I know i had to get it to channel 3 to get it work and it did. But when i turned off the SNES, then browsed the other channels when the snes is connected to the tv by that wire… i get all the channels. Can someone explain this? So basically i dont need to get another tv antenna if i just plug the SNES to it?

I expect that if you unplug the SNES end of the wire, the wire itself acts as an antenna…
What is an antenna anyway ? Its a wire … Rabbit ears, two wires. Yagi… a bunch of wires.

The lengths of the rods/wires are related to the wavelength that its intended to pick up…

There’s also a balun to convert the 300 ohm AC impedance wires into 75 ohm coax… but when using 75 ohm coax as an antenna, then no balun is needed.

If a length of wire acts as an antenna, you are in a strong signal area.

Those cities need lots of repeaters, due to the blocking effect of the metal towers.
Who knows if you are near a repeater.
If you are buying an antenna, there can be questions such as do you need
VHF, UHF, or combined ? … because the local repeater may be different to the general transmitter.