Amplified Outdoor TV Antennas
Amplified outdoor antennas give you free-for-life access to local over-the-air channels such as NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, PBS, and CW (subject to availability) that are within a 30-60 mile range from your home. These types of antennas are amplified and can typically power all TVs within your home at once.
What to look for
There are a ton of amplified outdoor antennas available on the market today. Sizes, quality and features differ between them all. There are a few key things to look for when buying an outdoor antenna. Remember... quality matters, so don't purchase the cheapest antenna out there and expect it to work as well as respected brands like NoCable, Antop or Clearstream.
What does amplified mean?
Amplified is a term meaning that the typically "passive" antenna has an electricity powered component to it. This added power helps boost the signal strength of channels and stations that are slightly farther away from your home. Antennas will always work without the added power, but when homes are on average 30+ miles away from the broadcasting stations, the extra amplification can mean the difference between getting a channel and not.
However, that added power comes with a downside. When your home is within close range of a station - approximately 10 miles or less away - the extra power may end up distorting the signal, making the channel unwatchable. If you find yourself in this situation, it may be best to purchase an amplifier with adjustable power, or to simply remove the amplifier from the setup completely.
Outdoor vs Indoor Antennas
While technically the two perform the same exact function, outdoor antennas are typically more powerful. This extra power allows outdoor antennas to power multiple TVs at once (while indoor ones can only power one at a time) and that they are better at pulling in more difficult stations that are farther away.
Are antennas guaranteed to work?
Unfortunately, they are not. While our reports may show that certain channels appear to be within range of your home, there are many factors that can lead to poor reception such as terrain, obstacles and home construction materials. You can learn more with this handy infographic from NoCable.