TUFF TV is available as a free digital over-the-air (OTA) broadcast in many markets across the United States. Check our list of affiliates to see if TUFF TV is already in your area. If it’s not, call your local broadcasters and tell them to Get TUFF!
OTA offers advantages aside from the obvious benefit of not having to pay a monthly subscription fee. Whether in standard or high-definition, the quality of picture received by OTA is actually superior to that of cable and satellite due the lack of need for signal compression. OTA broadcasts also have the ability to be received when other communication methods have failed because of emergencies or bad weather.
Gaining access is simple. All you need is a UHF or VHF/UHF antenna with proper placement. Antennas may be purchased at most electronics retailers and home improvement stores. If you live within 15 miles of a broadcast tower an indoor antenna should suffice. Those living over 15 miles from a tower will see best results with an outdoor antenna.
With so many antenna options available it’s good to have some recommendations.
- If you’re on a budget, the indoor RCA ANT111 is a basic solution for an affordable price.
- For viewers with aesthetics in mind, the Moho ANT-1000 is low-profile indoor antenna designed to get you signal while using minimal space.
- A great all-around antenna is the Winegard FV-HD30 with indoor and outdoor capabilities.
- Live far from a tower? Then you’ll want to pick up the outdoor RCA ANT751R for reception up to 40 miles.
Once you have the appropriate antenna you’ll need to work on suitable placement. All situations are different, but there are some best practices that should be followed:
- With indoor antennas, make sure they are placed in an uncluttered area. This means not behind a TV or buried within an entertainment center.
- For outdoor antennas, locate the direction from which your desired signal is broadcasting and install the antenna facing that direction. Also, ensure that the antenna is clear of immediate obstructions including trees and power lines. Always use caution when installing antennas off the ground.
TUFF TV is also available available in select locations through cable providers. Not in your area? Call your local cable or satellite provider and demand they Get TUFF!