Enjoy a variety of free-to-air programs with this RCA amplified indoor antenna. Smartboost technology amplifies weak signals so that you can pick up television stations up to 40 miles away from the broadcast tower. Enjoy both UHF and VHF stations without paid television subscriptions with this RCA amplified indoor antenna.
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Great - just remember the variables
Posted by: LowdownLee from: Richmond, CA on
So odd to have a set of rabbit ears atop the TV. But ridiculous cable prices and way too much lousy cable broadcasts will do that! The antenna sets up easy - I plugged it into the outlet, plugged it into my HDTV. Voila! 15 or so channels, about half of them local HDTV boradcasts that came in beautiful!
But remember the variables will make you happy, not the antenna. Do you have an HDTV with a converter built-in or a separate converter? Do you live in an area where you'd get decent aireal reception anyway? Does your TV/converter process an HD signal well? Is your TV 1080 or 720? Do you have a 120mhtz TV to make your action clearer? All of these things have EVERYTHING to do with your HD experience. Your antenna is just landing a signal. If you don't get many channels, or the picture is not the greatest, it may not be the fault of the antenna.
29 out of 30 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Eric714 from: OC, CA on
I went to Best Buy and purchased 4 antennas since I knew each will produce different results... tried them one after another. they all had poor quality and didn't pick up channels I usually get w/ analog.
I then tried the RCA amplified indoor antenna and boy was I IMPRESSED!! I received CBS, NBC, KTLA, ABC, KCAL, FOX and KCOP, all of which are pretty darn clear. on top of these channels, there were about 20 more channels.
I paid $40 for this product and after seeing the results and comparing it to other antennas, I would have paid double!
18 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Worked Right Out of the Box!
Posted by: TK3425 from: Los Angeles on
I honestly believe that the picture quality is going to depend where you live, and where you place this antenna.
I love in Los Angeles, on the 2nd story of a 2 story apartment building near downtown. I hooked this to my 52" Samsung TV, plugged it in and put it on the window sill. Extended the rabbit ear antennas, turned on the amp and then did an auto scan with my TV.
It found 149 HD channels! And they all work! Local stations like CBS, NBC, KTLA, ABC, KCAL, FOX, KCOP are all clear and crisp! Heck, overall quality for me was better than DirecTV!!! I'm VERY satisfied with this antenna. But again, for me, Its placed at the window sill 20 feet off the ground. So, I'm sure your quality or what you pick up is really going to depend on where the antenna is placed. If you live in the basement, I don't know what you'll get.
My only complaint is that the coax cord is a little short. It's probably 6 foot, but my TV is about 10 feet away from the window sill. So I'll need a coax extension.
Other than that, this is a great antenna. I was hesitant at first but figured I'd give it a shot. Super happy, 149 channels later, goodbye forever DirecTV! Between this, Hulu and my AppleTV, I'm set.
Definitely recommend, if you have a good place to put it. I'm including a picture from ABC that I took with my iPhone of the picture quality.
18 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Better than basic cable
Posted by: tbowersox from: Rochester, NY on
I was on the fence about getting an antenna, but couldn't justify paying for the same channels with basic cable. After giving this antenna a try, I know I made the right decision. It was ready to hook up out of the box and I immediately got crystal clear reception from all of our digital stations (including a few channels that we're available from our basic cable).
Best of all, the picture quality and aspect ratio blows basic cable's HD channels out of the water. My Toshiba HDTV finally gets to take advantage of the program lineups and descriptions that cable never provided.
Granted, I live in the city limits so I can pick up all of the broadcasts easily; so I can't attest to how well this works if you live far away from the nearest stations. But all-in-all, if you're looking for an inexpensive alternative to basic cable, I would highly recommend this product.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Boost feature makes a difference
Posted by: B92MOR from: Madison, WI on
I originally had a simple RCA antenna before returning it for its amplified cousin. You still have to take some effort to position the antenna, but after that it works just fine and picks up all the over-the-air HD channels.
As a side note: it still gets skippy when it's raining or snowing outside, but if you're going to cut your Cable you have to accept there will be a few side effects.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Antenna's still cannot bring in reception
Posted by: MurphyBrown from: Palos Hills, IL on
Started out trying this less expensive antenna and was able to get a couple of local channels but that was it. Tried another antenna that was twice the price of this one and got nothing so you be the judge. Very disappointing in the year 2011 that no one can make an antenna that can bring in reception. Just wanted it for the major networks. Just wanted to get away from the choke hold of Comcast!
11 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Seems to work very well
Posted by: from: Matthews, NC on
I only used it once, when satellite was down. Am keeping it as a backup. Placed it in the window beside the TV. Reception was excellent for me. I picked up quite a few channels with very good definition. Very simple to install. Just attach the cable to back of TV.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Great, with one exception
Posted by: JonFtW from: Fort Worth, TX on
This antenna allowed me to receive all channels in the DFW area with almost 100% signal... except 8-1 (ABC) which didn't show up at all at first. I know ABC is broadcast in VHF unlike all of the other major networks around here which are UHF, so I am assuming that is the difference. I moved the antenna around a little and was able to get ABC to come in at about 40% at best. Since I really don't want to install a better antenna on the roof, I am going to stick with this one for now, but I might end up taking it back if I have anymore problems receiving VHF channels. I live in Southwest Fort Worth, TX if that helps anyone.
10 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: booboo13alright from: Denver, CO on
This antenna works great for me. I receive all the major networks in HD and even some unusual channels I didn't expect to see. I'm sure many consumers did not bother to read the instructions that come packaged with the product that recommend visiting AntennaWeb.org to assist you in directing the antenna in the appropriate direction. After visiting that website I plugged the antenna into my 42" HDTV and received all the channels I would expect to see. Great product for me, so I'd definitely recommend to anyone else.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
not a very good antenna at all
Posted by: Harold3 from: Virginia Beach on
really disappointing antenna. reception of my strong local stations was marginal at best. i tried numerous locations and orientations, nothing seemed to help. returned the item to Best Buy.