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Top Digital TV Antennas for 2018

Posted on 23 February 2018 by sam

With streaming services on the rise, many Australians are rejecting pricey cable plans in favor of options that are less expensive and more versatile. While it may sound fine in theory to eschew all network television and only watch shows digitally, there are some shows and networks that cannot be streamed online.

But not to worry– a solution does exist, and it comes in the form of the humble TV antenna. Despite what many young people are led to believe, antennas are not obsolete. They are actually quite useful as a way to watch television for free (that’s right, absolutely free!), and it doesn’t even require rabbit ears. There are now many indoor and outdoor ‘antennas’ available that do not look like the antennas of years past. Instead, they come in a variety of styles and colour schemes to match the design of your home.

So How Does It Work?

In Australia, the following stations send out their broadcasting signals via antenna: CBS, ABC, PBS, NBC & FOX. It may sound too good to be true, but we promise you that this option is infallible. All you have to do is buy the antenna and get it installed,  and then you will be well on your way to cost-free broadcasting.

If you would rather not deal with the hassle of installing your TV antenna yourself, rely on the help of a digital TV antenna installation specialist. There are many available in your area who can help you properly install and maintain your antenna. Some companies will even help you decide on the best antenna for your home along with the best place to put it.

Who Can Benefit From Digital TV Antennas?

If you enjoy watching sports, local news, weather programmes or community broadcasting, you cannot pass up the opportunity that a digital TV antenna can provide. It will allow you to watch all of these programs and more without paying a cent (except for the price of your antenna).

For those who do not watch much television as it is, a simple antenna may suffice. Otherwise, you may benefit from combining your antenna with a movie and television streaming service for a wide array of shows and programmes.

Weighing Up Your Options

Now before you go buy out any buy any old television antenna, it pays to know what options are available to you, plus the pros and cons of each. There are a range of TV antennas and accessories available, but this does not mean all are equally effective. Below, we have compiled the top TV antennas of the year, each of which offer a variety of unique benefits.

Here are our top seven antenna picks for 2018:

  1. RCA Basic Indoor Antenna– This may not be the fanciest antenna on the market, but it’s a good place to get you started. It sits at just over $10 and provides access to your favourite television networks as well as FM stations.
  1. Insignia Multidirectional HDTV Antenna– If you are looking for an antenna with strong signal transmission and high compatibility, this is the product for you. It can also be mounted to the wall for easy installation.
  1. Mohu Leaf– This is a small and simple antenna that is multi-directional and reversible. It’s easy to install and even easier to hide out of sight.
  1. 1byone Amplified HDTV Antenna– We love this company for its moderate price and ease of use. It has a smaller reception range than other options, but it’s well worth it for the price.
  1. Winegard FlatWave– All Winegard products are HD, multi-directional, and equipped with a 1-year warranty. Furthermore, some come with options for amplified sound and outdoor use.
  1. Channel Master FLATenna– This flexible indoor antenna is highly regarded for its strong signal, high definition and very low price.
  1. Clear Stream Eclipse– This antenna is round and grips to any smooth surface for ultimate convenience. It allows for a wide range of frequencies and can be painted to blend in with the surrounding environment.

With all this information in front of you, it can be easy to get overwhelmed. We urge you to do some independent research on your reception quality before you buy, as well as seeking the assistance of an antenna installation expert. They will help you decide upon the right digital antenna and install the antenna for you if needed.

Most companies will also help you fix or replace your antenna if it is damaged, and restore your television signal if it becomes obstructed. For more information on your antenna options and the installation process they require, contact your local antenna installer today.

Tech Savvy Furniture for Your Home

Tech Savvy Furniture for Your Home

Posted on 20 May 2017 by sam

In the age of home automation, convenience and comfort are high priorities to many homeowners. If you’re looking to trade your squeaky desk chair or beat-up work desk for something a little more sophisticated, look no further. Modernize has a few ideas for updating your space with the latest and greatest high tech furniture pieces.

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Best Home Theater Projectors

Best Home Theater Projectors

Posted on 19 March 2013 by sam

The San Francisco Chronicle gets a little help from CNet as they show of 4 of the best projectors of the moment. The BenQ W1070 stands out as being pretty good at an affordable price

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BYOPVR reviews the Scythe Shuriken Rev. B

BYOPVR reviews the Scythe Shuriken Rev. B

Posted on 20 July 2012 by sam

Does the Shuriken Rev. B deliver quiet performance in any case?

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MS-Tech MC-380 HTPC Case Review

MS-Tech MC-380 HTPC Case Review

Posted on 26 June 2012 by sam takes a look at this low budget ATX case.

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Maximum PC Gives Glowing Review Of BeyondTV

Posted on 08 September 2006 by

Looks like Maximum PC has a big media PC center ladened issue coming up that speaks very highly of BeyondTV in a PVR software review

“The bottom line is that Beyond TV is, hands down, the best PVR software we’ve tested for the PC”

“SnapStream’s Beyond TV is the closest thing to a Tivo we’ve tested”

“…unlike MythTV, Beyond TV is easy to install and configure on any Windows machine.”

So I think it’s safe to say that Maximum PC ♥s Beyond TV.

(and apart from the glowing review of Beyond TV, it has some great tips on building your own HTPC so if you aren’t already a subscriber, pick up a copy at your local news stand)

I can’t wait to get my mitts on a copy of the magazine… hopefully byopvr gets at least a passing mention in the resources section of the article!

Silverstone LC20M HTPC Case Reviewed

Posted on 08 June 2006 by

Silverstone LC20M HTPC Case Revewed over at Short Media.

“A media centre must be “at home” in the living room. To accomplish this, it needs a case which is small, elegant, and quiet; it should blend in with other audio / video equipment and be as silent as possible whilst still offering adequate cooling to the beefy PC components housed within. The item we’re looking at today is part of Silverstone’s attempt to meet all those demands in a fairly standard form factor PC.”

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Nvidia DualTV MCE Dual Tuner Card Review

Posted on 30 May 2006 by

Finally there’s a comprehensive and reputable review of Nvidia’s DualTV MCE dual tuner card penned by SpHeRe31459 over at the newly redesigned HTPCnews!

There’s a lot of information to soak in as Sphere’s review of the DualTV is very thorough as usual. There’s also lots of yummy pictures for those of you with shorter attention spans 🙂

Join the discussion about the Nvidia DualTV tuner card review(s) in the forum!

A Non-Techie’s Adventures with Computer-Based PVRs

Posted on 08 May 2006 by

A Non-Techie’s Adventures with Computer-Based PVRs is a followup review/overview of BeyondTV and to a lesser extent SageTV from Diane Kristine’s previous DIY PVR article

“Want TiVo-like technology without the subscription fees … even without the TV? A few months ago, I described my attempts to set up my computer as a Personal Video Recorder (PVR), but I hadn’t yet decided on the software I would use with my brand-new TV tuner card. Since then, I’ve tested the rudimentary PVR software that came with the card, then tried Sage TV and Beyond TV before deciding to purchase the latter.”

Tom’s Hardware Reviews SageTV 4.1

Posted on 04 May 2006 by

Tom’s Hardware reviews SageTV 4.1

Some interesting discussion in the byopvr forum regarding the review Not everyone agrees with the reviewer’s findings.