The best TV antenna is still used these days. Free TV is the best TV. That’s what I think and if you disagree, then you had better roll up your shirt sleeves and prepare to rumble. And don’t give me that “this app lets me watch TV when I want it for a few dollars” either — time-shifting is one thing but those apps that do live TV shows shortly after they’re broadcasted toss in commercials. So free TV means an antenna to “capture” the HD broadcasts that don’t cost anything because the broadcast networks are providing the transmission towers without cost.

Free TV Still Costs — But Only Once

So that’s where the indoor $99.99 Eclipse Amplified comes in — to catch those TV signals permeating your home. Installation isn’t any different than any other indoor antenna, but check that — there IS a difference. Other antennas might be thin but if you want to place them on a wall near or far from the TV, affixing it to the wall is needed. That means tape or nails or something that’s invasive enough to not make you want to remove it once up for fear of ruining the decor.

Stick Me, Peel Me, Stick Me Again

Eclipse don’t play that game. Yes it’s thin, shaped more like one of those futuristic antennas from the Jetsons and not a take off on an 8×10″ piece of paper. But it’s how it goes up on the wall that lets you treat it in a cavalier fashion: it sticks to whatever surface it’s placed against. That includes windows too. Want to move it to somewhere else or take it to a friend’s house or the basement? Go ahead, it’s a fast peel off and later another peel on. Without leaving a mark to indicate what was there.

Turn Me On

Eclipse is amplified so there’s a small tin-shaped attachment that rides the coaxial cable going from the antenna to attach to the TV. Power comes from an AC plug connected to the amplifier — yep, an ordinary AC wall outlet supplies the power. Hooked up to the TV’s coaxial input, selecting the Antenna setting means spending a few minutes waiting as the channels that can be acquired are noted by the TV’s electronics. Stop yawning, it’s necessary to do this.

The TV As The Abyss

Eclipse picks up signals over a wide range of 35+ miles thanks to the amplification and there’s enough coaxial cable to place it closer to a window if necessary. But in general if you’re not in the desolate wastelands, you’ll get a good signal; one that brings all the HD goodness complete with 5.1 surround. Free TV is good, but an antenna that doesn’t tear off the paint or leave holes in the wall is even better. Which is why Antennas Direct’s Clearstream Eclipse Amplified Indoor TV Antenna is the one to rule them all.

Marshal Rosenthal

Marshal Rosenthal is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and journalist specializing in technology, consumer electronics and pop culture.

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  1. Can I find out what channels we could receive with an antenna? Want to cancel cable! We live in zip code 45014

    1. What channel do you get? I’m in Kansas City area. Do you get your money back if it doesn’t work.

  2. People are confused: You do not mention whether or not we can get the same channel as satellite and Comcast provide. We all know we can get local over the air free TV; but it doesn’t seem possible to free TV that is available on cable or satellite, all the shows that are not on the air.

    Please be more informative.

  3. Could you elaborate further on the antennae please? If it is set up to reach stations within a 35 mile range, how can you possibly get anything other than news stations? We currently have a TV antennae that we do not use. I suppose I do not understand how this product would be sufficient to receive quality TV. I would appreciate your assistance. Thank you.

  4. We’re sick of paying for cable and have DSL internet from our company for free. I want to ditch cable television but am a real dinosaur with technology. I came across your recommendation for Antenna’s Direct Clearstream Eclipse Amplified Indoor TV Antenna, but it’s from 8/3/2015. Do you still think it’s best? I don’t even understand how to use it. Do we have to have a wire/cord stretched from the tv to the antenna? Do we have to have an antenna for each television set?

    1. Hey Kim, completely understandable. So many of these antennas were and still are pretty decent since the tech hasn’t changed much from my understanding. To answer your question: Yes, you’ll need to have a cord running to the antenna. And yes, you’ll need an antenna for each TV.

      As for other options: you could also by a setup top box and runs apps such as Sling TV, which provides a great TV experience, albeit at a monthly cost. They’re offering a free Roku TV device if you sign up for 2 months free. Roku is like an antenna, but instead of connecting over the air waves it connects to your home’s Internet connection. So you’ll need to make sure you have a fairly decent Internet Connection at home. But alas, this means you’ll still have to have Internet.

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