TV Antenna Installation – Free TV – Cut the Cord

I cut the cord and cancelled DirecTV and their $170 monthly payment:

By Mike Challis. Here is how I did it: I put up an outdoor amplified TV antenna, now I get all the over-the-air free networks ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS in High Definition.  But then I had no program guide and I wasn’t able to watch on more than one TV without running additional coax cable. I had no DVR, meaning I could not record or pause live TV.  I missed those DVR features I had before.  But then I found a solution: I purchased and installed an HDHomeRun Connect Quatro 4-Tuner network device. I setup Emby DVR software on a used computer I had laying around. So what I have now is a replacement for DirecTV.  I have a programming guide, I can pause live TV and record shows again. I can control it all from an Emby app on a Roku. I am able to watch TV on any TV in my house. I can watch TV on all my devices even over the internet at a friends house, recorded shows and live TV.

The one other thing I missed was the cable channels like Hallmark, A&E, Discovery, The History channel, etc. But there is a solution for that too. For $16 per month I subscribe Philo TV. Now I don’t miss a thing. Well to be honest, I am missing some Sports and News channels. But I can live without that for now. I am saving $154 per month right? On the Roku I also subscribe to NetFlix and Amazon Prime so I have additional viewing options as well.

Can I hire you to come to my house and set this up. Yes, If you live in my normal service area (30 miles from Long Beach, WA). Call and ask for Mike for pricing and availability:

Call us today: (360)642-2125

Level 1: Install an amplified outdoor antenna and get free local channels in High Definition on one TV.

What you get: Watch free Over-the-Air live TV, using an outdoor antenna plugged directly into your TV. Free Local Live HD TV Channels: Portland, OR broadcast channels ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and a few extra. Some channels might not be available if the signal is weak or blocked at your location.

Cons: no program guide. Not able to watch on more than one TV without running additional coax cable. No DVR: you cannot record or pause live TV.  Some channels might not be available if the signal is weak or blocked at your location. Lookup channel availability for your address at antennaweb.org

Parts required:  Outdoor Amplified TV Antenna($46) and a TV that includes the feature of Over-the-Air HD Antenna Tuner built in.

Installation: Install the antenna outdoors and aim it at Megler Mountain on the WA side of Astoria Bridge. Connect the antenna coax cable to the TV antenna port. Configure the TV setup antenna menu to Scan for Over-The-Air channels. Free Local Live HD TV Channels: I get Portland, OR broadcast channels ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS. And a few extra channels. Some channels might not be available if the signal is weak or blocked at your location.

Can I hire you to come to my house and set this up. Yes, If you live in my normal service area (30 miles from Long Beach, WA). Call and ask for Mike for pricing and availability:

Call us today: (360)642-2125

Level 2: Install an amplified outdoor antenna and get free local channels in High Definition. Install SiliconDust HDHR5-4US HDHomeRun Connect Quatro 4-Tuner network device. Install Emby DVR software on a computer attached to your home network. Use a Roku Ultra, or Roku Streaming Stick Plus to view Live or recorded TV on any TV in the house.

What you Get: Watch free Over-the-Air live TV. Free Local Live HD TV Channels: Portland, OR broadcast channels ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, PBS and a few extra. Some channels might not be available if the signal is weak or blocked at your location. DVR Features: Programming Guide. Record movies and shows. Record TV Series. Pause Live TV. Watch TV and recorded shows on your devices even over the internet. Watch live TV on up to 4 devices simultaneously using IOS, Android, Windows 10, Xbox One, NVIDIA Shield, Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV Stick.

Cons: Some local channels might not be available if the signal is weak or blocked at your location. Roku, Apple TV, or Amazon Fire TV Stick recommended on each TV. Programming Guide $25 annual subscription. Requires Internet Connection for guide data. You might miss your cable channels, see Level 3 below.

Parts Required: Outdoor Amplified TV Antenna($46), HDHomeRun Connect Quatro($150), Used computer with at least 1TB HD and 4GB RAM. Roku Streaming Stick Plus($59) or Roku Ultra($99), Emby DVR lifetime subscription($119), Schedules Direct Guide subscription($25 annual).

Installation: Install the antenna outdoors and aim it to Megler Mountain on WA side of Astoria Bridge. Connect the antenna coax cable to the HDHomeRun Connect Quatro. Connect the HDHR to your home Internet Router. Setup DVR computer (Emby server) with a fresh Installation of Ubuntu Linux. Install Emby Server Software. Configure Emby Server for Live TV with HDHR Tuner. Subscribe to programming guide and activate Emby server lifetime license. Configure Roku and Roku Emby App.

Can I hire you to come to my house and set this up. Yes, If you live in my normal service area (30 miles from Long Beach, WA). Call and ask for Mike for pricing and availability:

Call us today: (360)642-2125

Level 3: All of Level 2 plus Subscribe to cable channels for monthly payments.

You can use a Roku, Apple TV, or Fire Stick streaming device and subscribe to a streaming service. I use the outdoor antenna for locals and for $16 per month I subscribe Philo TV. Sign up when you want. Cancel when you want. High Speed Internet connection and Streaming device is required.

Can I put up this antenna in Cannon Beach? no, sorry Cannon beach has no over the air tv channels in range. you can use a Roku, Apple TV, or Fire Stick and subscribe to a streaming service like, YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, or PlayStation View TV. Those services offer local and premium TV, and optional cloud DVR

Sounds too complicated. is there something simpler? Yes, if you go without the outdoor antenna and just use a Roku, Apple TV, or Fire Stick and subscribe to a streaming service like, YouTube TV, DirecTV Now, or PlayStation View TV. Those services offer local channels and premium TV, even optional cloud DVR. They will have a higher monthly cost compared to using the outdoor antenna, but should still save you money compared to cable and satellite.

Can I hire you to come to my house and set this up. Yes, If you live in my normal service area (30 miles from Long Beach, WA). Call and ask for Mike for pricing and availability:

Call us today: (360)642-2125

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