#1 Digital antennas: Cheap, free TV with easy access to ION
What we like: No monthly fees
Drawbacks: No playback features or DVR
Who it’s perfect for: Cord-cutters who want their local ION feed
Do you love free stuff? We definitely love free stuff.
Okay, before you get too excited, digital antennas aren’t free to buy—they’re just free to use. But they are still pretty cheap on Amazon.
Translation: No monthly fees (woot woot).
If you’re thinking that’s just too good to be true, well . . . you’re not completely wrong. There are some drawbacks.
Digital antennas let you watch content as it’s broadcast over the air (OTA), so you have to watch everything live. And since all antennas do is translate digital OTA signals into a picture you can watch, you don’t get a lot of features.
So if you’re looking for a service that offers fast-forwarding, pausing, and rewinding on live TV, you’re barking up the wrong tree. You can also kiss recording shows goodbye too—unless, of course, you cave and pay for a monthly DVR service like TiVo.