Watch Football for Free, Legally

Every fall we face the same dilemma; we want to save money, but we also want to watch the Texans play. My husband and I have been playing fantasy football over 15 years combined, so it isn’t something we can easily give up. The downside is that we don’t want to shell out $150+ every month just to watch football three days a week. My main issue is that $900+ to watch football is ridiculous and that is without signing a yearlong contract. We have had the conversation countless times with friends and family that if there were a service where we could just watch football then we would pay for that no problem.

After some research, my husband suggested we try out a digital antenna. When he first mentioned it all I could think of is a giant metal blemish sticking out of the side of our house, which was not going happen. It’s not very easy for me to hide my immediate reaction (my face is faster than my brain sometimes) so he saw my disgust at the thought of having an antenna. This is when I learned that the digital antenna’s he was talking about are boxes that are in the house that don’t take up a ton of room. Nothing mounted on the house, a box inside, free cable, and most importantly football on Sunday, Monday and Thursday; I’m sold.

We ended up going with the Mohu – Leaf 50 Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna, we got it at Best Buy for $69.99 (just checked today and it’s on sale for $61.99 so keep an eye out for sales). My super basic breakdown of how this works is that your antenna is picking up your local broadcast signals that are free in your area. Instead of subscribers paying for channels, the stations make their money via advertising. You can use this website: to check your coverage and get a suggestion for the antenna that will get you the most local channels. We decided to get the 50 mile amplified antenna and have it hung as high as we can in the house. This allows us to pull in the channels within a 50-mile radius and is multi-directional. If it was omni-directional, we would have to point it in a specific direction to get signal but with the multi, we don’t have to.

To my surprise and delight, the signal is incredibly clear and high definition. We used to have ATT U-Verse and I can say with confidence that our signal with the free stations is much clearer than it was when paying over $100 a month. Save yourself some serious cash this season and pick-up a digital antenna.

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