Guide to Cutting the Cord

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The list author says: "Tired of paying for cable/sat just to watch TV? Local OTA (Over-The-Air) TV is free, you just need an antenna to get started. You'll get a better HD picture vs cable/sat that's compressed. You won't get all the channels they offer, but with so many junk channels crammed into your package, what are you gonna miss! Save the monthly fee and buy box sets of commercial free shows that you must have, then resell them on Amazon. Enjoy the free OTA TV!"
RCA ANT751 Durable Compact Outdoor Antenna
1.  RCA ANT751 Durable Compact Outdoor Antenna by RCA
The list author says:
  "Pop this 1-meter sized antenna on your existing dish mount. It connects to the coax cable that's there. It's HOA friendly too. If over 40 miles from local TV towers you may need a larger antenna or amp. Great all-round reception. Check to find your local TV towers."
$45.74   Used & New from: $39.30
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,149 customer reviews)

Winegard HD7694P High Definition VHF/UHF Antenna
2.  Winegard HD7694P High Definition VHF/UHF Antenna by Winegard
The list author says:
  "About twice the length of the ANT751, but it has more range and is more directional."
$59.92   Used & New from: $44.58
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)

Eagle Aspen EASDTV2BUHF Directv Approved 2-Bay UHF Outdoor Antenna
3.  Eagle Aspen EASDTV2BUHF Directv Approved 2-Bay UHF Outdoor Antenna by Eagle Aspen
The list author says:
  "For UHF only, this little guy can do well for nearby stations. Check TV Fool ( for local towers and frequencies. Easy to mount in an attic or outdoors."
$18.49   Used & New from: $16.15
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (432 customer reviews)

Winegard HD8200U Platinum HD VHF/UHF Antenna
4.  Winegard HD8200U Platinum HD VHF/UHF Antenna by Winegard
The list author says:
  "If your local TV broadcast towers are 50+ miles away, then you'll want to go with a larger antenna like the HD8200."
$136.54   Used & New from: $105.97
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)

Channel Master CM-7777 Titan 2 Antenna Preamplifier
5.  Channel Master CM-7777 Titan 2 Antenna Preamplifier by Channel Master
The list author says:
  "If you need to boost your antenna signal due to many TV connections, cable splices, etc., then this is the most powerful preamp you can get.  Just avoid this if your signals are strong or else you risk overloading which will degrade your TV signal."
$60.99   Used & New from: $49.84
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (190 customer reviews)

Antennas Direct STM-715 30-Inch Antenna J-Mount
6.  Antennas Direct STM-715 30-Inch Antenna J-Mount by Antennas Direct
The list author says:
  "A nice J-Mast for wall or roof mounting.  Confirm your specifications for a good fit with your antenna.  A taller one can mount two antenna's if you have a station or two in a different direction."
$19.99   Used & New from: $18.59
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)

Roku XD 2050, 720p Streaming Player
7.  Roku XD 2050, 720p Streaming Player by Roku
The list author says:
  "With broadband, you can stream from Amazon On Demand, Hulu Plus and NetFlix.  Don't want subscriptions?  No problem.  There's tons more content.  Check Roku's site.  Also search the web for "private Roku channels".  No - they're not "those" kinda channels!  Roku is open and anyone can make their own channel; they're just not advertised by Roku.  That's the feature that makes the Roku rock!"
Used & New from: $45.00
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,180 customer reviews)

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SiliconDust HDHomeRun HDHR-US Dual Networked High Definition Digital Tuner Device (White)
8.  SiliconDust HDHomeRun HDHR-US Dual Networked High Definition Digital Tuner Device (White) by SiliconDust
The list author says:
  "Don't give up your DVR with a HDHomerun! Run dual antenna coax to it and plug it into your network router. Any two computers in the house can watch live TV at once. It integrates very well with Windows Media Center for live & recorded TV. It can be used in simple configurations or advanced, so it grows with you. Moderate geekiness req'd. Two months of dish payments should cover it."
$150.37   Used & New from: $35.00
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

NETGEAR Wireless Router - N300 (WNR2000)
9.  NETGEAR Wireless Router - N300 (WNR2000) by Netgear
The list author says:
  "If you get the HDHomerun, you'll need a router to connect to. There's a lot of value in this one. Four ports and wireless N for a very good price."
$43.99   Used & New from: $9.99
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (744 customer reviews)

Acer Aspire AH340-UA230N Home Server
10.  Acer Aspire AH340-UA230N Home Server by Acer
The list author says:
  "Want to add lots of DVR space for the HDHomerun?  This is the ticket.  Plus you get a centralized server to share music, movies as well as backup your PC's. Redundant data storage capability makes this a winner.  Just add more inexpensive hard drives as needed.  Mac and PC friendly storage."
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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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