As football preseason is coming to a close, LD and I found ourselves in the same dilemma we have been in every year: how are we going to watch the Packer games? Yes, I live in Wisconsin, and yes, the Packers are huge here. The issue is, they no longer seem to stream the games online, at least not for less than you would pay for a cable subscription between the months of September and February, and cable would cost us about $40 a month for the basic. In the past, we had considered going to bars or restaurants to watch the games, but once you rack up about $20 worth of food/drinks that you didn’t really want anyway, it just isn’t worth it anymore. We had the option of going to my parents’ Packer parties, but a two hour drive each way didn’t seem worth it either (sorry mom and dad!)
Then, an idea struck us, that should have been a lot more obvious. We could get an antenna for about $30 total and use it for as long as the antenna was in good shape. Wow, did we feel like idiots! But, I guess that goes to show how well the cable companies have ingrained in the general public’s mind how necessary cable is. I guess kudos to them.
As for how the antenna works? Well, I think we are getting more channels than we did when we were on basic cable. That’s not a lot of channels, maybe about 25-30, but still almost all of them come in clear and we get the main channels we wanted for the games: ABC, NBC, and CBS. Occasionally, there will be some minor glitching, but that was true of cable as well. I can’t say how happy I am in our decision to get the antenna! We won’t be able to watch the Badger games as they will be on the Big 10 (12?) Network instead, but when we cared in the past, we could usually get those online anyway.
So what antenna did we get? Here is an affiliated link to the Winegard Flatwave HDTV Indoor Digital Flat Antenna we got on Amazon. While this is an affiliated link, there is no extra cost to you and all of the opinions in this post are mine. Heck, we bought our own antenna and the company doesn’t even know about this review.
In other words, don’t pay for cable because you want the NFL games or to watch your favorite local channel tv shows. It is NOT worth it! You can get an antenna that works well for less than a month’s cost of cable. Save the money and cut the cable.