Indoor OTA TV Antenna that actually works well.

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A couple years ago I had purchased a Tablo OTA DVR so my wife could watch live TV anywhere and we could save some money. At first I had purchased a cheap flat antenna to use with it but it was ugly and really didn’t give me a lot of channels. I upgraded with a cheap antenna by JoyGeek that I could set on a shelf by the window in the living room. It looked a lot nicer and was easy to move around. That antenna was getting around 16 channels, about 8 more than the flat one.

Shopping around

While I was looking around Amazon recently for COAX cables I thought maybe the indoor antennas are better now and decided to look. It had been a few years since I bought the others. If you’re like me you don’t want some big ugly thing on the roof or the pain of pulling wire, I prefer something I can set on the shelf and move if need be. After I researched for a bit and decided most are still junk, unfortunately. I was just about to give up when I found the Magic Stick TV MS-50A.


I wasn’t expecting much but this thing is really well built, small, and best of all it gave me 38 channels. We live in Columbus, Ohio in a old house with heavy walls surrounded by similar homes. I placed it on a shelf by the mantle on the west side. It is working great. I’ll bet if I placed this thing upstairs it would grab more channels as the JoyGeek did. I am getting 4, 6, 10, 28, PBS plus a bunch of those old school movie and TV show channels. Here’s a line up for my area.

channel line up

The Magic Stick is water proof, has a great magnet so it can be attached to metal, and is amplified if you need it. I highly recommend. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to