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Tips and tricks on how to optimize your broadcast TV antenna reception to get the most channels.

Review: The Antop HD Smart Bar – The Best Indoor Amplified TV Antenna?

Review: The Antop HD Smart Bar – The Best Indoor Amplified TV Antenna?

The Antop HD Smart Bar AT-500SBS has some innovations which could make it the best indoor TV antenna for you. I've tested a lot of indoor antennas over the years, and I've found the unamplified Mohu Leaf to perform the best time and time again. However, I was...

Six Surprising Things Modern TVs Can Do

Six Surprising Things Modern TVs Can Do

Manufacturers are always looking for new features to add to their TVs. I recently got a new 2021 Samsung 55" Q60T QLED TV to replace my thirteen-year-old Sony LCD TV (which is still going strong, by the way). I was blown away at some of the features Samsung packed...

Should You Upgrade Your TV?

Should You Upgrade Your TV?

It seems like TVs are getting new features, better picture quality, and better specs every other week. There's 4K and now 8K resolution.  And 60Hz up to 120Hz refresh rates.  Not to mention QLED and OLED screens. And, they integrate with streaming apps and...

Why a TV Antenna Might Be Your Best Friend During the Next Disaster

Why a TV Antenna Might Be Your Best Friend During the Next Disaster

The easiest way to get live local news in real-time during disasters is often from broadcast TV news coverage. A TV antenna might seem like an anachronism; something no longer needed, especially with the plethora of streaming services available today. But, in the past...

What To Do If You Lost TV Channels After Re-Scanning

What To Do If You Lost TV Channels After Re-Scanning

I've gotten lots of comments and emails from readers who've lost channels after re-scanning for channels on their TVs. And it's happened to me too! Here are some things you can try to help recover the channels you lost. 1. Manually Add Missing Channels Back The first...

Thirty Things You Could Accomplish If You Gave Up TV for Lent

Thirty Things You Could Accomplish If You Gave Up TV for Lent

While discovering free and cheap ways to watch TV is a good thing, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. In 2017, the average American spent almost four hours a day watching television! That's a HUGE amount of time to spend staring at a TV screen! What...

What’s Inside a Mohu Leaf Antenna?

What’s Inside a Mohu Leaf Antenna?

If you follow  my site, you know that I'm a big fan of the Mohu Leaf flat indoor antenna. It gives me over one hundred channels here in Los Angeles. One day, reader Philip asked me what was inside the Mohu Leaf antenna. Hmmm, good question! From all of my antenna...

How to Fix Your Sony Bravia TV When It’s Stuck on a Channel or Frozen

How to Fix Your Sony Bravia TV When It’s Stuck on a Channel or Frozen

Last night I was surfing through channels on my TV and encountered a bizarre problem. My trusty 26-inch Sony flat-screen Bravia KDL-46V4100 TV froze and would not respond to any controls. The picture and sound still worked, but the controls were frozen. I tried both...

Video: Ten Tips to Get More Channels with Your TV Antenna

One of the most frequent questions I get on this site is, "how can I get more channels with my TV antenna?" I have a blog post with my most effective tips, and now I have a video with my top ten tips to get more channels:...

Proof That Broadcast TV Picture Quality is Better Than Satellite

Proof That Broadcast TV Picture Quality is Better Than Satellite

I was at my parents' home with the TV on in the background when I noticed something interesting: their "HD" picture quality was terrible compared to my own TV with a broadcast TV antenna. They had satellite TV from DISH Network. I have always said on my site that...

Why Did My Broadcast TV Channels Disappear?

Why Did My Broadcast TV Channels Disappear?

A very common question I get on DisableMyCable.com is "why did some of my broadcast TV channels disappear?" Usually, people think something is wrong with their antenna, but TV antennas are pretty simple devices, just a piece of metal basically (unless it is...

My Free Broadcast TV Channels in Santa Monica, CA

My Free Broadcast TV Channels in Santa Monica, CA

These are the free broadcast channels that I receive and watch in Santa Monica, CA using my indoor antenna.  I'm not including foreign language channels, duplicate channels, home shopping channels, and other stations I'm not interested in. ChannelCall...

My Personal TV Antenna Setup

My Personal TV Antenna Setup

I wanted to share with you the details of my personal living room antenna setup. Over the years, I've tried many different indoor antennas, amplifiers, splitters, and configurations to squeeze out as many free TV channels as possible. I've finally gotten it to where...

The Best Indoor TV Antenna – The Great Antenna Shootout

The Best Indoor TV Antenna – The Great Antenna Shootout

I started using indoor TV antennas in 2010 when I first canceled my cable service in Providence, RI. Since then, I've moved to Los Angeles and have amassed a collection of different types of indoor antennas. I figured it was time to re-test my TV antennas to make sure...

The Number One Mistake to Avoid When Buying a New TV

The Number One Mistake to Avoid When Buying a New TV

Since 2006, the Federal government has mandated that all TVs include a digital tuner to allow you to receive free broadcast TV using a cheap antenna. This is one of the main ways that I promote on DisableMyCable.com to save money! But recently, I've been getting...

How To Get More Channels with Your Indoor Antenna

How To Get More Channels with Your Indoor Antenna

Getting the ideal reception using your indoor digital TV antenna can be a challenging task. It can be like playing "whack-a-mole": when you have the antenna in one position, you get certain channels; move it to another position and different channels come in and the...

Drastically Improve Your TV Reception with a Small Patio Antenna

Drastically Improve Your TV Reception with a Small Patio Antenna

People ask me all of the time how they can improve their indoor antenna reception. The first thing I do is refer them to my Tips for Better TV Reception with Your Indoor Antenna. But, there are cases when even after following these tips, an indoor antenna just can't...

How to Estimate TV Reception in Your Area

How to Estimate TV Reception in Your Area

Readers often ask me are “how many channels will I be able to receive?”, and “what kind of antenna should I get?” I wanted to take a moment to explain some of the factors affecting your TV reception so you can make some better estimates of how many channels you’ll be...

Do I Need a Separate Antenna For Each TV?

Do I Need a Separate Antenna For Each TV?

I get a lot of questions from folks who want to get free broadcast TV using an antenna, but who have multiple TVs. There are several ways I know of to get an antenna signal to all of the TVs in your home.  I cover them below. Method #1: A Separate...

30 Amazing Things to Do Instead of Watching TV

30 Amazing Things to Do Instead of Watching TV

At DisableMyCable.com, I try to provide lots of alternative sources of free and cheap TV, so that you are not forced to pay the high cost of cable and satellite TV. But in this article, I'm going to talk about some free and cheap activities to do instead of...

A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Free Broadcast TV (Video)

A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Free Broadcast TV (Video)

Some years ago, I put together a video for beginners explaining how to get free broadcast TV.  Despite the primitive production, it quickly went viral and got over 5 million views! The crazy part is, the concepts that I talk about in the video haven't changed!...

I’ve Got an Old Tube TV: What Are My Options Besides Cable?

I’ve Got an Old Tube TV: What Are My Options Besides Cable?

While most people have modern flat-screen LCD or LED TVs these days, I still get a large number of questions from people who own older tube-type TV’s like the one pictured here. If you are one of those people, I’ll describe your options for free and cheap TV in this...

Should You Use an Amplified Indoor TV Antenna?

Should You Use an Amplified Indoor TV Antenna?

The idea of amplifying a TV signal seems to make perfect sense: if your TV signals are weak, the amplifier will increase the signal levels so you can get more channels more reliably. A no-brainer, right? I've been testing both passive and amplifiers and...

You Might Already Own What You Need for Free TV

You Might Already Own What You Need for Free TV

What if I were to say that you might already have everything you need to get free and cheap TV in your home, condo, or apartment? Why buy anything when you might have what you need? Take this inventory and find out! Your Current TV If you have a modern Hi-Def...

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