What is AirTV

What is AirTV, and why does it possibly have some advantages over other cord cutting options, such as Amazon Fire Stick or Roku?  AirTV is very similar to other cord-cutting options. AirTV comes with three componenets:  a box that is about two inches thick and around eight inches square, a device that plugs into the USB port of your TV and a remote control.  With this setup, you can access shows, movies, subscription services such as Sling TV, Netflix and more.

What is the single biggest advantage of AirTV?

The single biggest advantage of AirTV is that you lets you connect your OTA antenna to the AirTV device very easily.  OTA stands for Over the Air. An OTA antenna gives you access to free local HD channels, such as local news stations, live sports and shows on networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS etc.. With the addition of an OTA antenna, you can also get local channels using a Fire Stick or Roku, but AirTV is the most integrated and easiest to use.  It also was the first to come with a Bluetooth voice remote, which other cord cutting options are slowly adding, such as the recently released Amazon Firestick with Alexa Voice Remote.

Does AirTV come with an OTA antenna?

No, the AirTV does not come with an OTA antenna, this must be purchased separately.  There are many options to getting an antenna. Some of them pick up around 30 local channels, some of them may be able to access 60 or more local channels. The number of channels that an OTA antenna can detect depends on factors that include how close your home is to the signal and the signal strength

Which OTA antenna is best for you?

Trying to decide which antenna to buy can be a bit overwhelming.  Should you go with an indoor antenna or an outdoor antenna?  Amplified or not amplified? Directional or omnidirectional?  To help you decide, I strongly suggest that you first find out how many OTA channels there are available in your area, and how close they are to you. This is extremely simple to do.  Just go to a website that is designed to tell you this information, type in your home address, and you will instantly see a list of which channels are available, and also very importantly, how close the signal is to your home.  My two favorite internet sites for this type of information are:  www.nocalbe.org and www.antennaweb.org

There is a great organization called the Consumer Technology Association, or CTA, which has amassed a great deal of information about all areas of technology, including OTA antennas. They have developed a color-coding system to help you choose which antenna is right for you.  For example, after checking the website I found that I had over 50 television signals within 20 miles of my home. This information made it easy to decide to purchase an indoor, multi-directional (no need to point or aim) antenna. If I lived in a more rural area where signals were far away, I might need to go with an outdoor, amplified, I might need a directional antenna which needs to be aimed in the direction of the signal origination.

Indoor antennas

Most indoor antennas look about the same.  In general, they are about the size of a piece of copy paper, and slight curved on the edges.  Mohu has some of the best rated indoor antennas, such as the Mohu Leaf 30.  This is a non-amplified antenna, which means you don’t need a power cord. It comes with velcro fasters and pins to attach to a wall or window.  You simply hook it up to your television and see how many signals it picks up.  We found that it actually outperformed even the manufacture specifications in many instances.