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Free Local Channels

An option available to television viewers wanting to "cut the cord" is to install an antenna to receive programming from their local broadcasters.

More channels than ever are now available because digital broadcasting gives television stations the ability to insert multiple channels into their transmission streams. In addition to the channel for its primary network, a station's stream may contain several sub-channels with programming from other networks, music videos, dedicated news and weather broadcasts and more.

To discover how many local channels you could receive with an antenna, enter your location above and click go.

Types of Antennas

An option available to television viewers wanting to "cut the cord" is to install an antenna to receive programming from their local broadcasters.

AntennaWeb has been designed to take the guesswork out of choosing the correct outdoor antenna. To simplify choosing an outdoor antenna, the Consumer Technology Association has created a color-coded labeling standard which classifies antennas by type. Within each type, the features, designs and prices of antennas may vary greatly between models and manufacturers but the labeling standard ensures all models within a given type will have similar reception qualities.

Below is a summary of outdoor antenna types. It provides a general description of each antenna type's size and appearance.


Antenna Type Color Codes
Yellow - Small multi-directional
Attractive designs including novel shaped disk and patch antennas, and antennas that attach to satellite systems
Green - Medium multi-directional
Styles include novel stick, wing shaped or disk antennas with long elements.
Lt Green - Large multi-directional
Styles are primarily element antennas. These antennas can be used to reject simple ghost situations. Also includes some multi-element rooftop antennas.
Red - Medium directional
Multi-element rooftop antennas.
Blue - Medium directional w/pre amp
Multi-element rooftop antennas.
Violet - large directimnal w/pre amp
Multi-element rooftop antennas.

Guide to Antenna Box Labeling

When purchasing an antenna, look for the CTA-registered antenna mark for outdoor antennas (which corresponds to the colors on your stations list). There is also a CTA-registered indoor antenna mark, which does not apply to this mapping system, but certifies that your indoor antenna will work in geographic areas that are appropriate for indoor antennas.

CTA-registered Antenna Mark for Outdoor Antennas

Antenna color codes are broken into six different zones. These zones identify the different types of antennas that are required for a consumer to receive optimal reception. Typically, the closer consumers live to the signal tower, the better reception they will receive. They may also be able to use an indoor antenna versus an outdoor. The farther away a consumer lives, the opposite is true. However, there are many variables that impact exactly which antenna a consumer will need.

Indoor Antennas

Due to multiple variables in determining good reception in a specific location with indoor antennas, these antennas are not included in this mapping system. This mark, however, assures that an indoor antenna meets or exceeds CTA performance specifications for indoor antennas in households that can use indoor antennas.

Oudoor Antennas

Look for the CTA-registered antenna mark on outdoor antennas, based on the colors of the stations you want to receive.

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