RCA - Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna - Gloss Black

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This RCA ANT1275F amplified antenna works with most ATSC digital and NTSC analog tuners to pick up HD and standard-definition broadcast signals. SmartBoost technology strengthens weak signals for reliable performance when storms block transmissions.
$29.99

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna
    • Amplifier power inserter
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    79% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (4678 out of 5970)

    Features


    Compatible with most ATSC digital and NTSC analog tuners

    To support up to 1080i transmissions for quality audio and video. Also supports standard-definition signals.

    SmartBoost amplifier

    Strengthens weak signals and filters out false signals for clear reception.

    Optimized for VHF and UHF signals

    To reduce signal noise from nonbroadcast frequencies.

    Integrated dipoles

    Extend and adjust to accommodate digital and analog channels from 2 to 13.

    Flat-panel UHF element

    Helps ensure transmission for digital and analog channels from 14 to 69.

    Tabletop design

    Enables simple placement next to your TV.

    Gloss black finish

    Offers a sleek look to complement your home theater system.


    Customer rating

    3.9
    79%
    would recommend to a friend

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Didn't work for us

      Posted
      AlanFromAustin
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I'm not going to trash this product just because it didn't work for us. I helped my daughter set up her grad school apartment in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The apartment is on the first floor of a building, and this antenna just didn't pull in enough signal to get even the local stations, and the ones it did pick up pixelated and froze whenever a train went by. There isn't enough cord on the antenna for us to get it close to a window, which might have helped. We exchanged it for a 50 mile amplified antenna, and that worked much better. This antenna might work for you, depending on your location, your position within a building, and TV placement. I'm cheap by nature, so I bought this one to see if it would work for me. It didn't, so I exchanged for a slightly more expensive one that did. If you have the patience, that's what I would recommend. Also, understand that antenna placement (and moving the little rabbit ear like things) might make a difference, so you have to be willing to fiddle with it a bit.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      It's just okay

      Posted
      Talos4
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I really wanted to like this antenna, after being so excited in hearing about all the reviews for it at the store and online, It was highly-recommended to me by the Best Buy sales guy, and it's amplified via AC current plug-in, so that made me anticipate using it after have ZERO success with the well-advertised non-AC model that is on TV infomercial that is on about 5 times a day on Cable TV. That well-known and well-advertised model is incredibly BAD at picking up TV signals, and less than HALF of the over-the-air TV stations can be picked up by that antenna, and the other half don't come in well at all. That being said, however, the reality is, this particular RCA antenna is just okay overall. While it is much better at picking up over-the-air TV signals than the well-advertised TV Infomercial model as seen on TV , it still has a hard time bringing them all in and consistently enough to justify a higher overall rating. Even when you have adjusted the Rabbit Ears to get a good enough reception of 3/4 of the available channels one minute, you lose the reception of other 1/4 of them at the same time, so you have to keep getting up to adjust the placement of the unit and the Rabbit Ears to get other channels. It's like playing Russian Roulette with the TV station reception with this model. It's not a bad Antenna, but there are other better models out there to choose from. The best models are indeed the ones that are AC-powered, but of those considered, the best ones are the models without Rabbit Ears.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Great Brand, but buy the higher quality one

      Posted
      Carol
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      First let me say that I have used this brand of digital antennas for my TV's for close to a year. The antennas have saved me a lot of money and I have grown accustomed to not having cable. When I went to buy mine I took the advise of the salesclerk and purchased the higher rated more expensive ones. Glad that I did. RARELY do I have any problems with mine (only with one channel when a bad storm moves in or heavy fog). This particular one that I am writing the review on , I bought online and had shipped to my daughters home. I was hesitant because of the price and the fact that it did not look as "updated" as mine. I bought the same brand as mine, but a less expensive antenna. She lives within 20 miles of all major television stations in her area and this does not pick up any of them. We scanned and scanned. Nothing. Believe me, we tried every wall in the room as far as moving the antenna to face windows. I live with approx. 50 miles from the local stations and can get all of them perfectly clear. My advise - the brand is fine as long as you go for a more advanced antenna. The ones in my home, I paid about $25 more per antenna than this one. Sometimes you get what you pay for and this was the case in my situation.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Worth a look if you've cut the cable

      Posted
      StephenRP
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We cut the cable about a year ago, haven't regretted it at all, we saved a lot of money just subscribing to Netflix, Hulu and HBO and streaming on demand. The only thing we wanted to watch but couldn't was the Olympics. Why NBC don't offer a streaming subscription like they do for the Tour de France is a mystery. Bought this antenna so that we could at least get the local NBC station and see some events. Easy to set up, worked reasonably well, although we had to move it around a bit to find good reception. NBC's coverage sucked, so ended up buying a VPN subscription and watching BBC coverage instead. Disconnected and in a storage drawer now, probably won't get a lot more use, but would probably work for someone who wants to watch the network channels and not have to pay any subscription. For a one time cost of $30 it is good value if you use it a lot.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Better than the more expensive ones

      Posted
      Tonamy76

      This is an AMAZING antenna that does what the more expensive multi-directional ones can't. To start, you need to know something about the channels in your local area. Depending on the broadcaster, they may use low VHF, VHF, or UHF (most common). Many of the indoor multi-directional antennas can get great UHF signals, but can't pick up either form of VHF. I had purchased the multi-directional TERK antenna (model MTVGLS $79.99) and it couldn't pick up low VHF or VHF signals. This RCA antenna picked up more channels than the TERK at less than half the price. The secret are the extending rabbit ears. They allow it to pick up low VHF and VHF, while the panel picks up UHF. I now get all 4 major broadcast networks in my area so that I can watch college football :) Also, the channels are all in HD (1080p I think) so they look amazing on my 4k TV.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Amplified isn't always better, disappointed...

      Posted
      SoCalTech33
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Doing quite a bit of research into antennas, I found that your experience will vary considerably depending on many environmental factors. Ultimately, I returned this antenna. Using this antenna in the foothills of Los Angeles with direct line of sight of transmission towers, here is my experience. Note that "amplified" antennas can actually cause interference on high signal channels. PROS: -Well built and that's about it CONS: -Constant interference from walking by it, wifi router, and even from cables/electrical cords -Didn't seem to pick up channels from all directions simultaneously, and needed constant adjusting -This $30 "amplified" antenna performed no better than a $15 non-amplified antenna. -Unplugging the amplifier didn't help. After having to adjust the antenna daily, I decided to try the Mohu Leaf 30 (non-amplified) and was amazed that such a thin antenna could pick up 15 additional channels and previously glitchy channels come in perfectly. BOTTOM LINE: I can't recommend this antenna. If you live in a 20 mile radius of towers, stick with a NON-amplified antenna. The flat antennas may seem odd, but they work but they work way better.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Finally cable free!

      Posted
      brammy
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I had no intention of going this far but after a 12 month Sling Deal I figured why not?? Asked a salesman about a "cheap" but good antenna and was pointed to this item. I have tried several antenna to get broadcast stations and none had done the job. After a learning curve of how to get my television to auto scan, I was shocked and delighted that this picked up 16 channels. That's the equivalent to old school basic cable! I do get pixelation occasionally but I got that with my HDTV cable box. The funniest part is. That this antenna made me realize my providers service was less than stellar HD. The picture is actually better, sharper, and clearer with this antenna!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Works well

      Posted
      Tatertots
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I wanted to use this for several weeks to see if the performance is consistent. I bought this particular antenna because it was the mid-range option of the available choices and had 40 mile range vs. 25-30 miles on the cheaper options. I live a little farther out from the city center. I was excited to see that I get 23 digital channels during programming when I first set this up. Some of those channels broadcast old shows or are infomercial channels. The important thing is I get all the major broadcast TV channels like ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, FOX and CW. All the channels except FOX and CW work without raising the antenna "ears". I just leave them up for convenience. Most channels come in clear. However the last couple of weeks have been very windy, sometimes stormy and there is a small interruption in signal strength on some channels. Annoying, but mostly still watchable. I usually just watch local news and awards shows live and watch other shows at a convenient time through my streaming media player. Overall works well for my purposes. I just wish it didn't take so much space and stick out so much.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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