Frequently Asked Questions
What is OTA and how does it work?
OTA stands for Over-The-Air TV. Local TV companies (think your local news and weather) must by law broadcast their signals to their community. This means that you are able to receive all their great content for free. This includes all the live sports, TV shows, big events from leading channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, CW, Ion and more.
What channels can I receive and what shows can I watch?
Every market is different and it is all based upon your location. Typically, if you are within 30-40 miles of the major broadcasting towers you will receive 30-50 channels. This includes all the major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and the CW along with many more channels that have amazing shows to watch.
Is this legal?
Absolutely! Broadcasts are required by law to make all their content available for free to their communities. If you want to learn more about the Communications Act of 1934, click here.
What's the monthly cost?
That’s the best part. There are NO monthly changes to watch over-the-air TV. Most people can pay back the one-time cost installation within 3-4 months as you are no longer paying $100+ a month for a cable subscription. After that, its all about saving lots of money!
How does the picture quality compare to Cable or Satelite?
The antenna has come a long way from the one your grandparents used on their TV. Today, antennas are high definition and very sleek. The picture quality. you will receive on the major networks is even better than what you see on cable or satellite. That’s because cable companies compress the signal as it gets sent on the cable to your house.
Can I just use an indoor antenna? What are the benefits of professional installation?
While indoor antennas can work for some locations, typically you need the antenna to be in the exact right location in the house and need to be within 10 miles of all the towers. Even with a perfect indoor setup, you may experience drops in signal due to the weather or other things blocking the signal. A professionally installed outdoor antenna prevents most all of these problems and ensures you have the best possible reception, get the most channels and have the best quality.
How long does a standard installation take?
A standard Antenna Hero installation can take between 2-4 hours. Our professional installers will be not leave until you are fully satisfied with the results!
Does weather impact the reception and ability to watch my channels?
With new state-of-the-art digital antennas, weather does not impact the signal quality like it did decades ago with older analog antennas.
Weather can still play a role but it is minimal and we do not see many situations where it impacts the viewer. This is especially true when the right antenna is professionally installed.