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RCA - Indoor Dipole Plate HDTV Antenna - Black/Silver-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 1937 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Happy with over-the-air reception

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    Patrick99
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    I never bother to get cable because I dont want to sit in front of TV, day & night, to watch cable to get my money's worth. Happy with over-the-air reception using this antenna. Pick up Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC & independent stations. Bought it in April & felt price was high. Noticed it is on sale now at almost half the cost. My previous RCA antenna, sku 8280834, had problem picking up ABC & NBC sometime. With this antenna, sku 8280843 - no problem! So buy this (sku 8280843), instead of the cheaper RCA antenna (8280834).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Easy setup, amplified reception does help

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    BillyBaroo1127
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    I purchased an amplified antenna this time around, having gone the non-amplified route with another TV. It does make a difference under similar circumstances: non-amplified got me 20 OTA stations (mainly directional from the antenna location), amplified gets me 36 (from all over the metro area and beyond). As I'm living in an apartment, the set-top antenna was my best option for OTA signals. If and when I move to a house, I'll probably splurge for the amplified outdoor antenna if only to gain more stations (and maybe better reception) and get rid of the ever-present rabbit ears.

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      RCA Audio Video

      For further information, please contact Audiovox at 1800-894-0956.RCAAV

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    it works

    Posted
    SapphireSky
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    I got this because the flat wall ones you can get wasn't really getting the job done.... the long atenae pieces make a big difference and thought the flat part in front might hide it or make it look more current like the flat wall ones.... it kinda does but I find that the older style still seems to pick up a better picture...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Got the job done

    Posted
    tvantennas
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    We decided to get rid of cable and access over the air HD channels, so we purchased two of these after having to return the non-amplified antennas we originally bought, due to poor reception. This amplified antenna works great, occasionally we have to adjust the antennas due to lost reception, but we rarely touch them. Only down side is that we had to fully extend the antennas to receive full reception in our area, which of course causes them to stand out while sitting on our entertainment centers. However, after a few weeks, we barely notice them. Those living closer to a broadcast tower may not have to fully extend the antennas. No need to purchase the more expensive amplified antenna options if you live in an urban setting within moderate distance from most broadcast towers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good antenna

    Posted
    peaceoz
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    This antenna picked up stations very well but only if it sat in the middle of my living room. Not very convenient. I liked the ease of use and the quality of the picture. I wish I could have placed it elsewhere and still have it work for me. It was so easy to set up and connect. Plus I liked the look of it. I have too many trees and other hinderances to having an antenna indoors so I had to opt for mounting one outside the house. But if I could've used this one indoors I would have preferred that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great indoor antenna solution

    Posted
    mwaoxo
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    Is a good indoor antenna. Works well since the location is away from a window, in a house that is surrounded by trees on the outside. I could not get 2 channels with two different antennas... Bought this antenna, and now I get all the channels I want, all the channels I need, and one's I don't need or understand because they are in languages other than Spanish or English.... In other words isa. Good antenna... You can price match it with best buy, so that always works great.... I paid the internet price...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does the job well

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    economicallyminded
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    I am, like many, tired of paying huge lumps of cash for cable, dish, etc. Bills getting higher and paycheck getting smaller. I turned my cable off years ago, and when I bought may last tv I got a fairly good selection of shows. For whatever reason, in the last 3 months, i started having fewer and fewer channels, until I reached 3 (and I'm not talking the 3 main networks). I had a very helpful salesman assisst me in choosing the product was the best fit for me and gave me the most bang for my buck. Yes I had to go back to rabbit ears...not the prettiest thing, but I now have a nice selection of tv programming again without the monthly bill!

    I would recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      RCA Audio Video

      For further information, please contact Audiovox at 1800-894-0956.RCAAV

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great start to cutting the cord!

    Posted
    Topturtle
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    I purchased a number of antennas to test and found this to work best in getting the most channels with ease. I recommend this one over the non amplified version and the flat plastic RCA models. Brings in all main channels and lots more. Couple this with hulu or netflix and save yourself the cost of cable.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Antenna Depending on Location

    Posted
    Khagel
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    So I have two of these and depending where you put them they're great. The one is placed on the south side of the house in the basement. Even though it's in the basement, it's on a shelf by a window and it picks up EVERYTHING. However, on the 3rd floor I bought another one for the bedroom. No ability to wall mount so I had to place it on the window sill. Now, this one is facing North, but it really doesn't pick up anything my regular non-powered antenna picks up. Overall? Location matters. If you have a good place to put it give it a try. Otherwise you may be fine with the non-powered, flat variant.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Decent antenna

    Posted
    kdub53
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    Works pretty well. It does take up space with the base and also the actual antenna 'ears'. I have it behind my flat screen and it actually blocks the signal. Being that my tv stand is on an inside wall and not against an outside wall, I need to extend the antenna out from behind tv to receive better signal. The amplified action does help but I would like to like to have a smaller style antenna or move my stand. If your set up is correct, this antenna works very well. I would recommend it with proper stand orientation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works!

    Posted
    mikeyvintage
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    I got this to replace one of the flat antennas that are popular. It was getting tiresome to have to move it - this one however can just stay in one place (you do have to position it just right). The big antennae may be a bit obtrusive but so what - it goes with the wood paneling and spaghetti lamps in my den! It works fine with a newer/digital TV and was a breeze to set up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Performs well with limitations

    Posted
    Kate
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    I've been using this antenna for two months and it has worked well. Set up was very easy although I have to have it in front of a window to receive all of the 22 available channels in my area. I also bought one for a basement TV and that one will need a longer coax to reach an upstairs window. It currently receives 3 channels.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It's a HD Antenna! Yay!

    Posted
    Jaberwok
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    Since cutting the cable cord in our house we've been fairly happy; however, there are a few shows that my wife regularly misses out on (*cough*Scandal*cough*). I'd hoped that this antenna would solve that issue. Unfortunately, even a great antenna can't catch what isn't there. We can clearly receive quite a few other channels, however, and they come in crystal clear. Fair warning -- the signals can be blocked by heavy rain, but that seems to be a more general problem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Dropped Cable, good antenna for OTA channels

    Posted
    Frodo
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    We cut the cord from cable but still wanted some basic over the air channels. We live in a bigger city and our house does not have big buildings around it so this antenna works great. We're able to get all the major networks and several smaller over the air channels. However, if you need an antenna like this one, do some research as to where you live and from how far the signal is coming. Depending on that, you may need a more powerful antenna. This one is powered so does well for me and brings in a crystal clear signal. For some channels I need to adjust the antenna a bit but I can't complain as I'm getting network broadcasts in 1080p signal (for those networks that broadcast that high).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Better than basic cable

    Posted
    tbowersox

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Helped get reception for weak signals

    Posted
    BuddyNWI
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    I live in NW Indiana and had trouble getting a couple over the air stations to come in. I do not have an antenna on my roof and was using a simple rabbit ears for over the air stations. The regular antenna had trouble but this amplified antenna helped get reception on the lower signal strength broadcast stations. Easy set up. A little pricey but I waited for it to go on sale.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good value

    Posted
    Nightmare94
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    This is the second of these units I've purchased. Both work fairly well in Durham. We get ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, PBS, MeTV, Fox and a country music channel at least. It can take some re-angling of the antennas sometimes to get channels to come in strong enough. I want to try to purchase a $50 antenna next time to see if the extra cost eliminates the need to re-angle to save a little hassle. I think that would be worth $25, but not the $75-150 it would cost to get to the next tier of antenna. Make sure you check the web to see what signals are in your area and which direction they are so you can point your antenna the right direction for the signal you want.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product for the money

    Posted
    advocator
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    I did get my money worth when I purchased this product. Although the product performance was good, I had trouble stretching the short cords to my wall outlet. I had to relocate tv closer to another outlet to accommodate the short cords.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bye bye satellite

    Posted
    sandybeaches15
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    Overall, I love my purchase. I bought this item, ANT 1251 and also bought the ANT 1400 since I had 2 TVs. I took the ANT 1400 back and bought a second ANT 1251. Much, much better. There are times I can't get CBS, but take the good with the bad since I'm saving $100 a month on satellite. The antenna wasn't any problem to hook up, selected the auto-program on my TV menu and it picked up the digital channels available to me. That's it. Picture quality is more than I ever hoped for. Very happy with this item!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good product if you only need basic tv

    Posted
    strobot
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    This product is perfect for people who want to kick the cable but still want to watch free basic network tv stations. For $50 you get a plug and play antenna that picks up the major network stations (fox, cbs, nbc, abc, etc.) and displays them in HD. Sunday football looks exactly the same using this antenna as it did when I had cable. In the Washington, DC area you you can also view about 20 other channels including PBS, BBC, and Ion. Not all channels are viewable in HD and the weather and proximity of the antenna to a window makes a huge difference in the tv reception. Still, for a $50 buy in you can save hundreds a year not paying for cable and still get basic television (including national sporting events in HD).

    I would recommend this to a friend