The ClearStream 2MAX is a great option for an over-the-air antenna. ($52 on Amazon.)

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Well. Now that we've established the (controversial!) pecking order of the best over-the-air streaming boxes, it's time to turn to the other side of that coin. Because a streaming box without an antenna is just a brick.

Here's the thing about antennas, though. For the most part the technology hasn't changed all that much over the years. Yes, it's gotten better. But there haven' been any real seismic shifts. An antenna is an antenna. But the best thing about today's antennas is that they don't have to be huge to get the job done. They don't have to look like something you'd hang laundry off of. (Though some great ones still do.)

No, more important is where you put it — outdoors and higher is always better than indoors and lower — and whether it's pointed in the direction of the broadcast towers. You can tweak things, for sure, but that's the really important part.

Read: The best over-the-air antennas, according to CordCutters.com!

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