It might seem like buying an antenna for your TV is taking a step backward in time, but actually, you’d be taking a big leap forward! Cable TV is becoming less appealing every day. Cut the cable bill and switch to Internet TV plus an antenna. Some of the best shows aren’t even available on cable and these days, and it’s too easy (and affordable) to stream your favorites over the internet on your TV. Using Terk’s Trinity HDTV Antenna, you don’t have to give up on live TV altogether. With this easy-to-install indoor antenna you can get access to free 1080p content from most of the basic cable stations. While availability will vary, you could easily get access to CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, CW, and PBS with no more than 10 minute of setup.
The Terk Trinity HDTV antenna is an indoor antenna. It looks like a thin WiFi router. This is actually one of its more appealing features, most antennas are rather large and an eye sore. The setup is comically simple, you won’t need to refer to any instructions. There’s three cables that connect to the amplifier. One goes to the antenna, another a power cord that goes to the wall, and the last is the auxiliary cable that plugs into the TV. There’s no special adapters required, and the auxiliary cable will plug into literally any television.
The antenna is amplified, or powered, which helps it achieve higher coverage from the comfort of your home. Basically it can turn weak signals into stronger signals. It’s supposed to be able to receive signals from sources 60 miles away.
In New York City it was able to get access to all of the mainstream standard cable channels, and most in 1080P HD too! It included CBS, NBC, FOX, ABC, CW, PBS, and over 30 additional channels. There was some trial-and-error for figuring out the optimal position for the device. The base has three antennas that fold up. Depending on where you set it and where the antennas point, results can vary drastically. The cable is about 10 feet, and you could extend it pretty affordably with a quick trip to the hardware store for a coax extension.
I found that once a channel, or channels, work, you’re basically locked on and they won’t cut out or glitch. It’s really all about finding the right spot for the antenna. As compared to other antennas on the market, the Terk Trinity is a much easier option, and it should be more reliable too. It’s easier because you don’t have to hang it or mount it. It’s small and just sits on any surface. It’s supposed to be more reliable because it has a built-in amplifier, which is not common among the other indoor TV antennas. In New York City, I found that the performance was pretty consistent with the popular Mohu Leaf antenna. The Leaf antenna actually required less effort to find the ideal spot, however it does require you to mount it to the wall. In the right spot, the Terk actually had a more reliable stream with little to no glitches or video cuts. With the newer Smart TVs, you’ll even have access to a guide with all of your channels and the names of all the shows currently playing.
Read on for the verdict…