Before cable, there was the TV antenna. But once a viewer got a taste of dozens of channels, the advent of cable television became the norm and paying for TV shows, even though it came with commercials, also became the norm. For an HD antenna example, take a look at our Flatwave Mini Indoor HD Antenna review. But for the\u00a0 cable companies, the biggest \u201cnorm\u201d is to keep raising the cost. Maybe that\u2019s why OTA (over-the-air) TV viewing has been making a comeback, courtesy of indoor digital antennas. But for this to succeed, the antenna must not just be simple to install, it has to actually work. Good thing that Winegard\u2019s Flatwave Amped Indoor HDTV Antenna does both. If you want to compare this with a similar product, give our Mohus the Leaf Ultimate amplified indoor HDTV antenna review a read too. Or, you can compare it with the best TV antennas to see how it stacks up.\n\nI unboxed the antenna and found it to be paper-thin, with a pure black on one side and white on the other. That should take care of using it on most walls, although keeping it unobtrusive always requires a careful placement. Since I don\u2019t have cable television set up in my temporary housing (due to be relocated from a fire), it\u2019s a good chance to see what the broadcast networks have been up to. The Flatwave Amped Indoor HDTV Antenna has a 1db digital amplifier built in to amplify the signal. This should enable it to pull in more signals than a passive model, which could prove helpful since the TV is dead center in the living room area and surrounded by apartments on both sides as well as above and below.\n\nRelated: If you like this antenna, you might be interested in our Winegard Flatwave Antenna review.\n\nSo I placed the antenna against the wall, next to the side of the TV where the USB sockets were (I used painter\u2019s tape so as to avoid pulling off paint when removing the antenna later, although thumb tacks or stick pins could as easily have worked). I plugged the included USB cable into the USB mini-socket on the amplifier module and put the cable\u2019s other end into the USB socket. The only advantage of using the included AC USB adapter would have been that the amplifier would always be \u201con\u201d as opposed to turning on when the TV did. I then screwed in the coaxial cable from the antenna into the socket on the TV.\n\nRelated: Also check out our Wideskall Bunny Ear Antenna review.\n\nTurning on the TV, I went to the \u201cChannel selection\u201d menu and started the process of it \u201cfinding\u201d television broadcast signals \u2014 both digital and analogue.\u00a0 It took about 12 minutes, with a total of 64 digital channels found. I then began \u201cflipping\u201d through the channels to find a lot of standard-def stations and a few HD ones. But while the sound was good throughout, only the local affiliations of ABC, CBS and NBC came through clearly; the other channels would start to break up or \u201cfreeze\u201d within a minute of so of watching. This wasn\u2019t the fault of the antenna, it\u2019s the fault of where it\u2019s placed. So I moved the antenna closer to the window (there was15 feet of coaxial cabling to work with). I then had to rerun the channel selection, which took about the same time and showed me the same number of channels. Only now I found that most of the channels came through as fine as the local networks had before.\u00a0 Standard-def looked good (no herringbone patterns) and the affiliates which were in HD looked as good, if not better than what you\u2019d get from cable. At no cost, I\u2019d add.\n\nBottom line: Broadcast television used to be free and still is, providing you\u2019ve a digital antenna that is worth its salt. Winegard\u2019s Flatwave Amped Indoor HDTV Antenna does the job of bringing in TV signals efficiently. Whether to continue to pay for broadcast\u00a0 TV or not is up to you.