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RCA - Multidirectional Indoor HDTV Antenna - Gloss Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 3.9 out of 5 stars with 2963 reviews

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  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Pick up channel NBC 5

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    Sassy
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    I was looking for an affordable antenna to watch NFL games. The representative was very professional but stated that this antenna could lay flat and didn't have to be hung very high or in a window. I ask that very question because I tested an older more thin plastic type model that a family member owned.Although it picked up all regular stations The only way it didn't freeze up my stations was when it was hung very high and in the window. I decided to purchase this model as it seem to be a more advance up to date current model and based upon the rep feedback. After purchasing, I did a search for all analog & digital stations and it still doesn't pick up NBC channel 5. It has been repositioned higher and over a picture frame but it still freezes up, constantly juggling with it. It appears I will have to move my furniture where the tv sits next to the window to determine if it picks up channel 5. I still contemplating returning exchanging it. I don't like the way it has to be hung, looks horrible.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty decent antenna

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    Ross
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    I'm tired of the monthly increase in my cable bill. It's tripled in the last 3 years and all I have is expanded basic TV. No premium movie channels at all. So in an effort to cut the cord I bought this antenna to see what kind of channels I could get over the air. I just plugged it in to the TV where the cable TV cable was and hit auto program. To my amazement, I got tons of new channels that I have never even heard of. The major networks were there CBS,NBC,ABC,FOX and their off shoot channels. The only reason I took one star off was it can be effected by weather pretty severely. We got rain one day and the picture was all pixelated until the storm passed. No problem ,I just switched over to my streaming service and got the channel I wanted. Decent performance at a fair price. Now I have a condo that is in a different region and NO antenna I've tried has brought in more than 2 channels so I want to take this there and see if it can do its magic there too. My reception at home in the Quad City Area of Iowa is great and its just laying on the TV cabinet behind the TV. Your performance might vary greatly..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Combination Antenna/Trivet

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    Charles3000
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    This is a great item as it serves two purposes. BONUS! First it is a great antenna as far as antennas go. I mean, come on, if you are using an antenna these days, you are getting what you ask for. You really can't expect too much from any antennas on the market today, and this is not the antenna's fault. The new antennas are pretty much like the old antennas; you get bad reception, but different in that instead of just getting just fuzzy reception, they freeze frame, (da da da de da be be be be be da da da da da (come on, sing along, you know the tune!) and cut out completely. And like I said previously, NOT the antenna's fault as it does what it is suppose to do, it is the broadcasting system that is at fault. Since broadcasting switched to digital a few years back reception of anything over an antenna is pretty much terrible, so quit trying to get by without a monthly cable bill! Oh, but the item does also make a great trivet if you have too many hot dishes and not enough of grandma's potholders around. I recommend everyone buy this item in case of an emergency situation where your cable goes down and you need an antenna to frustrate you until your frustrating cable or (god forbid) your satellite dish is back up and... ahem... functional. Sorry, did I say it isn't the antenna's fault?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not Good

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    DynastyOak
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    As billed and reviewed this isn't as good as you'd think. You have to put this as close as possible to an external window as you can to get 60-70% of an old fashioned rabbit ear with loop type antennae. I also bought an amplified rabbit ear RCA for another room. It worked better in "ALL" positions than this one did in either location. Here is the deal breaker. Living room is 10 feet from a large kitchen window, and 5 feet from a double glass patio door. With the idiotic 4 foot antennae cable permanently attached no direction at any distance could get this to perform as good as, get that, "as good as" a 4 year old ancient non-powered rabbit ear. Now the bedroom is closed off, 1 small 18"x48' window over 12 feet away from TV and antennae on an internal wall. The signal just 'squared' the 2-3 channels it did get. Powered rabbit ear picked up 3 extra channels and 2 more that were audio only or encrypted at 70-80% strength. This is worthless.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very sensitive to movement

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    Pcordnsuch
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    I decided to ditch cable after moving to a new house. I found I missed TV, after a while, so I went and looked for an antenna. I bought this at the recommendation of a store employee. This was plug and play and very easy to add to my entertainment system. The color matches the finish of my sound bar, so it is hardly noticeable. It seems powerful enough and picks up several channels. The only problem is that it is very sensitive to movement. Literal one inch of movement will cause me to loose the channels the antenna had found. Running the scan feature on the TV will result in a whole different set. After dealing with this problem, I finally gave up on watching TV. I had gotten rid of the box/receipt and can’t return it. So, now I just have a flat plastic plate just sitting there. It blends in with the top of my subwoofer, so it isn’t noticeable, though.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This little unit does the trick!

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    SIGSAUER
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    I've had this unit for just at two months and have been nothing but happy with my purchase choice. It just plain does what it advertises. Currently this antenna is connected to a HDTV tuner that is plugged into my computer and since the first day of use it has outperformed any other amplified antenna I have used before. Pros: It's much more compact and easy to place "out of the way" than more traditional antennas. Once in place you can just leave it be with no need for any adjustments. Fairly long cables to connect the antenna to your tuner/TV. Cons: None that I have encountered to date. I am located within 8 miles of the three main broadcast antennas for our local TV stations. In fact, you can see them from my front door. All the other broadcast antennas for other stations are located at least 25 miles away which was why I was looking for something that could pull those signals in, all the time.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works better than expected

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    glenn29
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    I've always been a little hesitant to trust over the air HDTV but just moved to a new residence and we are only about 15 miles from a pretty decent sized metro area, so I thought I'd give it a shot. I've set this up in my basement for now, there is no FIOS line running down there so I figured it would be a nice bonus to a room that otherwise would be limited to ROKU and Blue Rays. To my surprise, even underground the antenna picked up most or all of the local HDTV channels. I placed it near the window and got the clearest picture on most channels. I'm sure with some more manipulation I could do even better. The long term plan is to use it on the 2nd floor, where I'm pretty confident (based on the basement test) that it will get great reception. VERY easy to set up and use, basically just plug it in and let your television search for channels.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Needs proper placement to get all channels

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    Evll
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    The product reviews I read stated it received channels a certain distance from the residence. The multidirectional claims are not as multidirectional as they claim. I notice that twisting the unit into different positions get varied results and wish I had spent a little more for a better unit (but almost feel that even then, the claims may be misleading). I scan and rescan for channels in different positions and get different results. Even now in a better location, I get teh same results. One time I get no analog and 24 digital channels. Move the unit and I get no analog and 18 digital (and I am within 20 miles of most all of the channels). Sad to have a multidirectional unit that you still have to find a sweet spot for in order to maximize channels. In the last place the unit worked best in a very odd position that required me to use boxes and hooks to hang to maximize channels.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for small aparments

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    chhollan
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    The RCA - Multidirectional Indoor HDTV Antenna - Gloss Black is easy to connect. It works best when placed near a window and hung high. I do find myself frequently re-programming the TV to pull in more channels. The first couple of times, only 22 channels came in but after a few more repeated attempts, I was able to access 67 channels. If I could change anything about the product, it would be to (1) make it wireless so that the cable isn't running up the wall, perhaps a wireless solution; (2) make it so that I don't have to keep re-programming the TV to get the additional channels; and (3) I have to unplug the antenna in order for the Roku 3 to work properly and not lose the programmed TV channels. When the Roku 3 setup is complete, I can only get 22 channels. These three reasons are why I only gave it 5 stars.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good HD antenna for the money

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    ereif
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    After setting the antenna up, I was pleasantly surprised with receiving over twenty channels. After clearing out the religious channels, I still get 18 channels worth watching, 5 are in HD. Everything except the ABC channels come in reliably. I live with in 40 miles of three transmitters that broadcast a network signal. 2 of the 3 transmitters are with in 10 miles of my location, including the one that broadcast those ABC channels. Not sure why, but I get a better signal from a tower almost 40 miles away than the one that I can see from my back yard. Have tried moving the antenna around in the room with no real change in reception. Other than that, not a bad unit for the price. I think the picture quality on the HD channels rivals what I was paying for with cable....

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Antenna for small TV

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    WhitehairGrandma
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    I bought this antenna to go with a small TV I purchased to use as a monitor for my laptop and at times to watch TV when I am sewing or ironing, (The computer and sewing machine share space in my Hobby Room.) I like the antenna except for the fact that channel 12 comes in kind of blurry and jerky at times; one of my favorite channels. I have no problems with channel 12 on my big flat screen TV using a large antenna mounted in the attic of my garage. I bought the "stick Antenna" from As Seen on TV, 12 came in the same and some other channels do not come in the best. I bought the stick after this antenna in hopes that 12 would come in better, guess not. This antenna was purchased based on the salesman's recommendation. This antenna is better than the stick, not quite there with all channels.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for our needs

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    Sandoons
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    We use Hulu. When we moved to our new home, we could not get internet service for over a week. We needed something to watch sports games that weekend. We went to BestBuy. The store rep asked us where we were located and said this would meet are needs. It did and more. All the local channels, a kids channel, and various other channels with old re-runs, movies, etc. We also now have backup should internet go down and Hulu is unavailable. If we ever had to cut the Hulu/Netflix expense, this would meet all our TV needs at a fraction of the cost.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Get a Very Good Signal

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    ChrisL
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    We have cut the cord and this was one of our first purchases. This antenna picks 14 local streams which I didn't realize that we had. I thought I might get 5 or 6 but it really has been very nice to have free television (other than the initial cost of the antenna). There are a couple of stations that will hiccup slightly while you watch it but it isn't too bothersome but most of the channels are just fine and just as clear as the high dollar cable/satellite. I do not miss the 200 channels of which we watched maybe 5 and paid way too much for. Bought a Amazon Fire TV box that we use as well for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Together, it is all we need and more. Very good antenna!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It works.

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    Snoop
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    I'm thinking of ditching cable and wanted to see what an antenna would do for me. This non-amplified antenna has a 30 mile range, so I knew NBC would not come in as it is quite a bit farther away. I was pleasantly surprised when I received 16 channels in high quality. After mounting the antenna in the basement rafters in the utility room and splitting the signal to 2 televisions, I lost 2 channels. The remaining 14 channels retained a very good picture quality. I think I might try an amplified antenna just to see if I can squeak in NBC. But I will keep this antenna as it very omni-directional and for the price, gave me better quality and quantity of channels then I had hoped for.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works very well doing its job

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    Jade
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    The RCA multidirectional indoor HDTV antenna was easy to assemble and hook-up to the TV . Once hooked -up and after its first scan I had several stations to choose from . The only inconvenience is if something interferes with the reception then the stations pixels become broken ; which at that point you have to do another scan to try and pick-up the station clear or lose it all toghther, that can be frustrating if you are in the middle of a good movie or program.All in all its is the only way for me to have TV with out out an antenna on the rental property or purchasing cable,so with that said it's great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Allows you to watch TV like it's 1955.

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    Anonymous
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    Had to get this HD Antenna during the period of time when I didn't have cable. So in the meantime, I used this antenna to get about 11 stations. 5 were in Spanish, and 5 were in black and white. Then there was that one station where Ozzy Osbourne's wife and 4 other women sit at a table and scream at each other. His wife looks like a zombie in HD. Did you know Ozzy got rabies from biting off that bat's head? What an odd thing to do. I used this antenna for quite a while, since Comcast took their sweet time coming out to my house. I'm all caught up on 1970's Family Feud. Anyway, the product works, in case you were wondering.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    JUNK!!!

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    Tattchic13

    Do NOT waste your money on this item....I live in Fort Lauderdale FL, with in a couple of miles from the towers...and this product didn't even pick up 1 channel...cost 29.99...so I'm stick with my original flat antenna I bought for 10 bucks ( as seen on tv product )...picks up 21 channels, HD. I figured the RCA would pickup more channels since it states the reception quality is " excellent", uuummm... NO!!!! I was shocked actually....since RCA is a well known electronics brand...and I've worked in the electronics department for 5 years...just wow! So yea...don't waste your money! Taking this right back to the store!

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cut the cord!

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    Brad
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    I ditched Time Warner after years of raising my rates and poor customer service in Favor of Playstation Vue. The only thing you don't get with that service is local networks live (primetime programming is available the next day on demand though). So I picked up this little antennae to get the local channels live for sports, etc. To my surprise not only can I pick up the four major networks, but I'm getting about 20 channels total over the air, most of which in HD.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    It's useful

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    Chelles
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    So, I got this, in conjunction with my Roku. The Roku gives cable channels, but not any basic, local channels, like for news. So I looked this up online at Best Buy and it was on sale. I get to the store a couple days later and it wasn't anymore, but I still got it. It's a little finicky, but it does give you a lot of local channels, it gave more than I thought it would. It needs to be laid flat, close to a door or window, and high up, if possible. Frankly, it can take a bit to get it to the right spot that the channels aren't going in and out, but it does work!! Don't think cable is the only option, the channels are out there with this updated bunny ears antenna!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WORKS GREAT!!

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    Lizzy
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    I PURCHASE THIS ANTENNA TO USE IT ON A ROOM WITH NO CABLE ACCESS. FIRST I TRIED ON ONE OF MY ROOMS AND DIDN'T WORK AT ALL. I WAS GETTING DISAPPOINTED, BUT DECIDED TO TRY IT IN MY ROOM. WHEN I STARTED TO SEARCH FOR CHANNELS IT PICKED MORE THEN FIFTY CHANNELS SO FOR ME THAT WAS GREAT. I DECIDED TO LEFT IT IN MY ROOM AND HAS BEEN WORKING FINE. I ONLY HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF TROUBLE WHEN ITS RAINING OR WINDY. ALSO, I TRIED ON MY SMART TV ON MY LIVING ROOM AND THAT TV PICKED MORE THEN 100 CHANNELS!!!!!!! I FOUND IT WORKS BETTER WHEN PLACE NEAR A WINDOW...

    I would recommend this to a friend