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RCA - Indoor Dipole/Plate HDTV Antenna - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 7001 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's just okay

    Posted
    Talos4
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    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
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    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: 2 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work for us

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    AlanFromAustin
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    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

    Fair Antenna

    Posted
    DaveB
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    Really hard to evaluate indoor antennas without buying several and testing them on different TVs throughout the house. This RCA ANT1275F Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna did a fair job of pulling in over-the-air stations, but we sometimes had trouble getting both our local CBS and NBC stations which were in opposite directions and only 5-15 miles away. It doesn't do much better than a cheaper, non-amplified RCA antenna. Sounded like an omni-directional might work better for us. We finally replaced it with a TERK OMNITWR Amplified Multi-Directional HDTV Antenna for $50. The Terk works much better, but still not perfect. When I moved this RCA antenna to the kitchen TV, where we didn't need as many stations. Had it working great until I tried to coil the antenna power cable, then the signal degraded on several stations. I spent 20 minutes trying to find a location / method of dealing with long antenna power cable and only ended up with a fair result. (FYI: Had a similar problem with Terk's coax cable ... at final setup, I had to move it all around the TV cabinet to find the best location.)

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Amplified isn't always better, disappointed...

    Posted
    SoCalTech33
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    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: 3 out of 5 stars

    Worth a look if you've cut the cable

    Posted
    StephenRP
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    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: 1 out of 5 stars

    PIECE OF JUNK

    Posted
    Ripp
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    I purchased the RCA INDOOR HDTV ANTENNA ant1275Z in March 2017. Reception poor. Rabbit ear broke. Antenna went totally dark after four months. Best Buy said I would have to ship this Unit back to RCA at my expense ($15.00) so they could determine if Unit was defective. If found defective, they would send me a new Antenna. I can purchase this same Antenna online for $15.00, the same price as shipping this Item back to RCA. If RCA finds this product not be defective, they will not send me a new Antenna. My total loss would then be $32.00 + $15 = $47.00. Small wonder the Big Box Stores are closing in record numbers. They do not understand you buy service, not a product. I purchased a Lap Top from Best Buy last month. If I knew this was their company policy, I would have certainly looked online first. Don't buy this Product. It is junk

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Indoor Antenna Solution

    Posted
    Tech25
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    I live in a very challenging digital signal area deep in a valley. Early attempts at receiving over the air digital signal was dismal. Decided to try this antenna in order to cut the cable cord. When pointed directly at the strongest tower (Facing into a hill) this antenna surprised me by picking up a large number of channels (28). Kind of blew me away. My neighbor has the same problem I do being in a deep valley. He went with an outdoor antenna and all the hassle of installing it on his roof. He gets 32 channels. We both get all the local national network channels so that was "Mission accomplished" for me. That sure made me pretty happy with my purchase and a hassle free indoor install. The one downside is ascetics because of how I had to face the antenna towards the nearest tower, I just see mostly the back of the unit and connecting wires. I'd recommend this antenna as an inexpensive indoor solution.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally cable free!

    Posted
    brammy
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    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
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    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

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm

    Posted
    Swice
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    After getting my increased cable bill, I decided to run a "test." I purchased this to see how well I would pick up TV channels if the cable company did not lower my bill and I decided to drop Time Warner. My test worked! The cable company did lower my bill... but I still kept this antenna on a bedroom TV because it works so well. You can bet your bottom dollar that I will buy more of these if/when the cable company tries to start charging me for those silly digital boxes that are now required on every TV in the house. I have a couple of TV's (in a guest room and office) that we really don't "watch" often, so there is no way I will pay the cable company for boxes for those TV sets after my "promotion" ends (again ;-) ). This antenna is the best insurance policy you could ever have against those silly cable tv fees.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Smart Choice

    Posted
    Sean
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    I was looking for an antenna; so I went to Best Buy, and spoke to a representative there who told me about the added benefits of "amplified" antennas and "multidirectional" antennas. After hearing this, I settled on a TERK antenna that was both multidirectional and amplified. After getting home, and setting up the $80+ TERK antenna, I was disappointed to find that it only picked up 17 channels--mostly Oldies. So I did some research, brought back the TERK, and bought this RCA Amplified antenna, which has exceeded the TERK in terms of performance, while saving me $50+. Go with the RCA if you wanna pick up more channels for less money.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for cord-cutting

    Posted
    Gilgunderson
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    I purchased this antenna to pick up what I assumed would be a limited amount of channels after I decided to terminate my cable account. I expected to get, at most, like 20 channels. Instead, this deceptively powerful antenna gets a whopping 60 channels. Admittedly most of these channels are those that I'll consciously watch, but for the ones I do, this antenna brings the images in perfectly. Finding the proper place for the antenna is key, so make sure you have space that is preferably off any metallic surface and with an unobstructed LOS to the sky. Once you do, connect this to your TV, run your scan, and enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Average

    Posted
    Diamond321x
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    I have an older Digital antenna with both rabbit ears for converting analog signals to digital, as well as a digital antenna. I bought this model because i wanted to get rid of the old "rabbit ears" look in my bedroom. It turns out that my old antenna is better suited for where I live. This antenna performs very well if you live on an upper level in an apartment, or in an area where the land is mostly flat. But you live in the Valley in southern California like myself, where there are steep hills and mountains, or on the ground floor in a apartment complex with an enclosed courtyard , the antenna may have more difficulty pulling in a signal. My advice would be to buy it, and try it for your I live in an apartment with and enclosed courtyard setting. So I had to sit this antenna in the window sill in order to pull all in the channels. Like all antennas, you will have to move and adjust the direction for this antenna once in a while, but less often than the older models.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good performance

    Posted
    Jimbo
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    I bought this unit for a third set in our townhome and did not want to pay for an additional cable connection. The combination of this powered indoor antenna and an Apple TV fulfills 90% of our needs for an additional set. Setup using this antenna is straightforward. An early model HDTV Sony scanned the channels quickly, and the reception is excellent. The only caution on this or any non-fixed indoor antenna is that moving its position can produce digital blocking or loss of the signal entirely. That’s not a criticism of this product. It’s true of any indoor antenna set up to receive digital channels. Set it up and forget it. If you have to move it, you may have to rescan. This is a great unit at a very reasonable price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Good for UHF - No VHF Reception

    Posted
    Asherdan
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    On the box this model claims to receive on the bands populated by both UHF and VHF transmitters. However, after set up, I've found that it will not receive VHF band stations, even though the signal strength is equal or greater than the UHF signal that are receiving fine. When I check the online specs for the unit, mystery answered, it is for UHF only. It performs fine for UHF HD reception. so if that's all you need this antenna will work for you. For my area (SoCal) two network and two major independent stations on on VHF, so this unit does not meet my needs. Extremely disappointed that this major feature is not included in the box or product packaging.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    HD antennas require a bit more research

    Posted
    toniob
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    This antenna worked just fine for what it is. Make sure to go online and do the research on where your tower is. A lot of people just buy the strongest antenna available but this one works great for my location. Setup was quick and easy and it works like a charm. I live in Dayton, Ohio and my channel access is occasionally limited but I didn't expect to get every channel under the sun. If picture quality seems spotty keep in mind that you likely have multiple versions of the channel and may need to switch to the other one. Also listen to your radio for updates about your local television stations, eg. my local station will require televisions with antennas to reprogram their channels after July 15. So you may have do a bit more work than you would with cable, but for a cord cutter who mainly relies on Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Playstation for entertainment this more than met my needs.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bunny Ear HOP-timist

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    MeanGreenJeans
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    This product was recommended by a friend so we bought it to save money on cable, and to get basic news channels. It works great, however some channels do get interrupted with loss of signal at times, even if just a second. Keep in mind that it may not work in certain spots and since the cord is incredibly short, that makes it a little more difficult to get it into the right place for just the right connection. You may have to consider an extension cord if it needs to be higher up on a shelf or book case. Right now ours sits right next to the TV and it sticks out like a sore thumb., but the unit itself is not too large and can be hidden easily or with some creativity if you need to.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The Best Antenna I've Ever Used.

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    BBuyCustomer
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    I prefer streaming, so I don't have cable. Even before streaming came along, I'd cut the cable cord more than 15 years ago. That being the case I need an antenna to get available local channels. This antenna has been the best I've ever used. It easily captured all the channels I wanted on the first scan. Reception doesn't drop out on some channels the way it would with other antennas. The trickiest channels only give me a little trouble sometimes if there's a storm, but otherwise I don't have any problems with this antenna. I purchased this one after getting poor result from an expensive flat antenna that turned out to be a useless piece of junk. If you need an antenna, get this one!

    I would recommend this to a friend