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TERK - Ultrathin Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna - Black/White-Front_Standard

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Rating 3.7 out of 5 stars with 2024 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Overall I'm pleased. More channels, less $

    Posted
    catfishmo
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    We bought two of these, one for upstairs, one for downstairs. Both antennas are on the same side of the house and mounted at windows. Ironically, the downstairs one gets more channels than the upstairs one. Determining optimal placement takes some time. Moving it one foot makes a difference what channels it picks up, so I would move it, then scan for channels, move it, scan, etc. I was using a metal stool upstairs and the package says that metal can inhibit the signal, so I need to move/retest it to see if I can get more channels. Would I recommend it? Yes--at least TRY it. But "trying" it means more than plugging it up, setting it next to the TV, and scanning channels once. You have to move it around and retest and retest. Putting it at a window made a HUGE difference at our house. We had the most basic cable (mostly networks and shopping channels only) and with the antenna, downstairs we are able to pick up all the major networks AND a lot of channels that show old reruns/movies. Upstairs we get just about everything except NBC. (If we spoke Spanish, we would be happy about the 2 or 3 Spanish channels as well.) Basic cable was costing us $20/month. This cost $80. In 4 months it will have paid for itself. We get more channels that we did before. Really it's a no-brainer. Overall, I'm pleased. It weighs no more than a piece of cardboard, and hooking it up was easy. Only two minor "complaints:" I wish the cord was a little longer to stretch it to more parts of the window, and a couple of channels are a little "spotty" and break up every now and then. But it will be saving us $20/month and that makes me happy. ~Catfishmo Charlotte NC metro area

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Side by side comparison to MOHU Leaf

    Posted
    Grover

    We have the Leaf 50 mile radius antenna in the living room with very good reception. We needed a second antenna for another room. Decided to give Terk a try. First off , it is about $20 more; it's stuck to the inside of the box with double sided tape so you have to tear the box apart making the product nonreturnable. The cable that runs from the antenna to the TV is not very long and it's not removable so you can't replace it with a longer cable if you need to place the antenna further away from the TV. Before installing to the second TV, I decided to see how it did on the TV where we had the Leaf. I tried it in the exact spot where we got the best reception with the Leaf, and in several other places. Very poor performance. Stations that came in great with the Leaf were not even picked up and others tile so bad you can't watch them. Side by side comparison, I can't recommend this product. The reception on the second TV is also very poor. I'd gladly exchange it for another Leaf but the box is torn apart.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good Idea On Paper - In Real Life? Not So Much

    Posted
    gadgetman

    I recently moved to a new inner-loop apartment complex in Houston. The walls are pretty thick and there are two small windows in my particular unit. I had used an RCA amplified antenna at my last complex but for this new apartment I needed something stronger. I saw this flat, flexible unit at a Best Buy store and thought I'd give it a try. You attach it to your window and it has a built-in amplifier. Sounds good, right? The membrane, in theory, is closest to the outside of the building being mounted to the window. The trouble is, I couldn't get all the channels I wanted reliably, all of the time. The two weakest channels were 13 (KTRK) and 57 (KUBE). Channel 11 (KHOU) came in, but was uneven. Channel 2 (KPRC) came in reasonably well, and all the channels above 20 (20, 26, 39) and their subchannels (Antenna TV, etc.) were fine. Houston, though, is a HUGE city. At over 600 square miles, there's lots of ground to cover. Nearly all the TV stations' transmitters are near Missouri City, which is southwest of the city's center. I am about 16 miles from Missouri City, and Houston/Harris County has flat terrain. If you live in a smaller city or closer to your market's transmitters, you may have better luck than me. Check the web site Antenna Web . org for helpful information. I wound up returning the Terk unit and exchanged it for a Clearstream 2V unit, which runs about $30 more at $100. The Clearstream is much larger and bulkier but it works better, especially with a separate external amplifier which I had used previously.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprising results

    Posted
    NoneShallPass
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    As a recent cord-cutter, I've spent *way* too much time researching how to "fill in the gaps". The last mile for me has been watching the occasional football game (usually on the local channels). Thus the need for this antenna. I chose this model over a (much) more expensive one at BestBuy - honestly because the more expensive one required too much assembly than I have time for. :-) This antenna took exactly 2 minutes to unpack and plug in. And boom. I had a few channels. I live in an area with plenty of hills, and some of our local channels are "on the other side of that hill". So it's been a trial-and-error experiment to find the best location for it. My experiments have yielded the following result:: "Higher is better". Get it as high as you can inside your house (don't forget you have a power cable to consider, since it's powered). Basically I purchased a 50" coax extension, and figured out a creative way to get it up to my attic (power and all). And I went from 6 channels when it was beside my TV to 23. Wow. And flawless HD quality. It's such a flashback to when I was a kit with rabbit ears and tin-foil, but honestly, it's the same. Put it up, spin it around, run your TV's auto-tuner, sping it around some more, and you're set. I'm very pleased with it. Bonus points for having it be "reversible" (white/black) for when I had it visible in my living room. (not an issue any more). Nice product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Probably OK for Large Urban Areas

    Posted
    familytechsupport
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    My main reason for purchasing this antenna was to get some of the local subchannels my local cable system doesn't offer. That, plus the ability to receive local channels without having to deal with signal compression and reduction in the quality of picture and sound cable systems have. While the antenna picks up some of the local channels around here, it curiously can't pick up the local ABC and NBC affiliates, even though their transmitters are all in the same general area as the CBS and Fox stations. Of course, the best antenna is outdoor, but this wasn't an option. The channels it does pick up come in well. The picture from these is better than what the local cable company offers. This antenna is probably best suited to a large metropolitan area where television station transmitters are close by. That isn't the case in this area, unfortunately. One thing to mention is that under certain weather conditions, you may be able to pick up channels that are far from your normal viewing area. This happened one warm morning a few weeks back when I was able to pick up several channels from near Gary, Indiana, well outside the normal broadcast area of the station. One can't count on this sort of thing happening on a regular basis, but it is interesting to occasionally scan for channels and see if you can get anything out of the ordinary.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wowza!

    Posted
    Amyj716
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    So, I bought this for my son in college. Lives in a very old building, and isn't home a lot, due to a lot of studio classes. Didn't want to pay for cable, and just uses the lowest price internet. You know, college life. :) Kid needed some noise for when he WAS home. (Heaven forbid the 20-year-old would start watching news and weather!!! LOL) This was recommended by a friend. Bought it online, picked it up, took it down to him, and within 5 minutes, he had 30-35 channels. Almost crystal clear! Sweet! About 2 weeks later, the tape adhesive gave way and it fell off the wall, but this thing is flimsy...it's paper thin. It's not breakable, so no worries. There's 100+ coats of paint on the walls of some of these buildings, and it's hot! Just going to replace the adhesive with something else, and maybe clean the walls with a little alcohol first (MY recommendation to do first, which we didn't) and see how it holds up. BUT -- it works fine just leaning up against the wall, too. Needs to be near a window, if at all possible, for best results. Great choice for his 46" Samsung HDTV. Now, if I could only give up my DVR....I'd TOTALLY do this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not worth the $$

    Posted
    ERWA

    I was on the antenna hunt and the BB sales associate suggested the $29.99 RCA. I took it home and was very impressed (picked up 11 channels). I'm semi-rural at my place and on the fringe of its range. I only rcv'd 2 out of the 4 major network carriers. I returned it and picked up this Terk ultrathin antenna thinking its increased range might get me the other network channels. It was also recommended by a sales associate. I was sorely dissapointed! It only picked up 5 PBS channels. I had that thing all over the place. Channel pickup never got any better, and frequently the picture was all pixelated. That RCA was $50 cheaper and it picked up 2x the channels sitting on the cabinet right next to the TV. No spiderweb of cables climbing the wall or over to the window like with this Terk ultrathin. Save your money and buy the RCA right next to it instead.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work as advertised!

    Posted
    coach444
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    This product was a miserable failure. I have several televisions in my home but, in my workout room, there is no cable outlet. I bought the product to improve TV reception over the 20-year old "rabbit ears" antenna. I could only pick up 2 of the 10 or so channels available in the area. Not only did the product fail to meet the advertised coverage area criteria, it does not perform as well as the antique inside antenna I have used for years. The performance is so poor that I would have returned it but the box it came in was trashed by out housekeeper before I could properly test the product. Very disappointing since most products I have purchased from Best Buy over the years have performed as expected hoped.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Worked in one location but not the other

    Posted
    Redwing
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    I tested this first at my primary residence, where it picked up about as many stations as was predicted by one of those cord-cutting websites. So, we were off to a seemingly good start. We have a second house tucked away in a remote area, where the same website predicted the reception of two or three over-the-air stations. Unfortunately, we did not receive any stations despite trying different angles and locations in this house. This is actually the third antenna we've tried for our vacation house (we really just want to pick up one or two local channels so we can watch news in the evening when we're staying up there for a few days) that has not picked up any signal -admittedly, this place is pretty far out there in the sticks in a small valley, about 30 miles away from the nearest transmitter- so I did return it. But I did give four stars because it pretty much receives all the stations it could in our primary residence, which is near two decent-sized metropolitan areas.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok, I guess

    Posted
    LiaM

    I bought this on recommendation of customer service in Electronics Dept. I originally tacked it behind the wall of my big screen, but couldn't get Fox, which I wanted, but I did get other stations. He had told me Fox would come in. However, the instructions did say to stretch out the long cable, so I did, putting it across my fireplace and on a shelf just inside my front door, facing 90 degrees from where it was on the wall. Fox 5 now comes in, but not a couple of the other stations I was getting behind the TV. I put my TV through another "search for broadcasting" and have many more stations now, so facing south east (in my case) worked best. However, I now have a cord swung across the wall in front of my fireplace (not so attractive), so will play with other locations more discreet in hiding the cable. Most stations I do get are VERY clear, more so then when it was on wall behind the TV. So, location, location, location. Rabbit ears didn't nothing so this is MUCH better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Pretty much useless gadget

    Posted
    Tank
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    Worked like garbage. Picked up a few channels, all terrible looking reception. Took it back to best buy and swapped for the Leaf by mohu. We've got a relative nearby with an antenna that looked similar and it works great, so I bought this, thinking it was like theirs. I'll try the leaf, maybe that's what they've got, (and the channels and reception are great at their house). The Terk was junk. Although to be fair, it did do something, just not what I needed. The Terk is rated at 60 mile range, which should be fine for where I'm at, but it might be better off with a much shorter advertised range and might actually work if in downtown Chicago closer to the TV broadcast towers.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Did not work consistently at my location

    Posted
    KSpive
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    At first I thought this was going to be great! I put it in a north facing window, just for convenience sake, and was excited when channel scan on our TV picked up 3 or 4 stations clearly, and showed 3 or 4 more good potential stations. The picture would occasionally pause and pixelate, but I felt this would improve when I moved the antenna to a west facing direction, which is the direction from which our signals originate. To my surprise, when I moved it to the westward window, my channel reception decreased! "Well, at least it works on the north window," I thought. However, when I moved the antenna back to a northward window, I only had 2 channels, instead of the original 3 or 4. I don't feel the antenna is a bad product; but is simply not adequate if you are on the fringe of coverage, where the signals are not very strong. I would think this product would be very good in a more metropolitan area, and you certainly can't beat the convenience and size of this antenna.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Antennae for lake house

    Posted
    BrendaLee
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    Works great although I do have to move it sometimes... could be the rural lake area I am in ... but I am way more pleased as I expected ugly rabbit ears and this looks ok in the window hanging... hope someday for a blue tooth antennae but for now, I will take it.. I just wanted a local channel at a lake home... so occasional use- weekends, etc. it connected immediately to my Roku tv as the associate said it would. This purchase was based on the suggestion of the associate. I think one needs to be able to tell the associate their situation... the Geeks know just what you need! Being in my mid- fifties... well I never used to go to Best Buys but this fall.., well I find them truly helpful to me and all my electronics are coming from Best But! Good-bye Box stores! When I need advice, it seems they confidently help me chose without being pushy.. and they are sure to explain - if I don't need it, I can bring it back.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good quaility picture

    Posted
    Gaythel
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    It's good quaility picture. You do have to find the area in your house with the best reception. Where I live it doesn't pick up many channels. Way better than the old anteannas. May one day upgrade to one for the attic or for outside for more channels. The only thing that I didn't like was when you use the microwave certain channels will go out until the microwave goes off. And certain vehicles passing by will make the same channels go out. But they come right back on. And if you don't think you are getting all the channels I recommend that you try a some other time and day at certain times I would get only one channels programed in then I would get all of them. So keep trying. And I do not live in a hilly area. And I researched on line to learn all I could before my purchase. There is a video about it. And that is worth looking into.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Quality/Use as Expected

    Posted
    AandF
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    We purchased this antenna as the final step in cutting the cord from the satellite company. We were pleasantly surprised with the variety of channels available within the 60 mile range. If reception is spotty, connecting to power will definitely help. The only thing we found inconvenient was that the length of the power cord was too short. It splits between the connection to the TV and the connection to the power source. If the proximity of the TV to the power source is not close enough you will need to bring the power source to the cord. If your TV has a USB port available for use, then this will definitely will not affect you. We only have one USB port on our 32 inch TV in our bedroom and we have to manually switch between the antenna and our streaming device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    TERK - Ultrathin Indoor saves $600 a year on cable

    Posted
    HPREPokc
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    Previously I used a rabbit ears setup with the antenna stretching across about six feet. I bought this hoping for better looks and better quality, and it delivered on both issues. The TERK Ultrathin Indoor Amplified HDTV Antenna was very simple to install. It is the thickness of a laminated sheet of paper, and has a black or white side, and either side can face out. I mounted it white side out against a white wall, and it looks much better than the old antenna. But the greatest thing was the improved performance. I did a "before" and "after" experiment, surveying the channels I received and the picture quality of the old antenna and new one. Even better than expected: gained ten channels, going from 11 to 21, and clearer pictures. If you're looking to cut your cable, you can't go wrong with this.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Did not work well for me

    Posted
    Bill
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    Bought 2 of these but they did not work well for me. My home is CBS construction with my TVS in the southern and western part of my home. The local channel signals come from the North, North East so the reception was not very good. Got very few channels and even then they would fade in and out. Not saying this is a bad product but rather it just did not work well for me because the antenna signal just could not get through all the concrete it had to pass through to get a good reception. I suggest that you find out what direction these antenna or any antenna for that matter must face in order for them to work at top efficiency. Did not want to do this but I am going to have to install a roof mount to get the reception I need

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good reception considering zone where I live

    Posted
    Cablecutter
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    I am satisfied with product considering that area were I live is hard to get air TV reception due to terrain condition. For San Diego residents living in North Area (Rancho Bernardo 4SRanch) I can get NBC, FOX, KPBS channnels and sub-channe's only with this antenna installed on window pointing to broadcast antennas (South), I tried many places inside home and I could not get any single channel, It's funny that I was expecting to receive CBS and ABC (VHF) because these BC antennas are closer to my home but instead I received others channels crystal clear reception(UHF) .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great alternative to Basic Cable

    Posted
    Razzy73
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    I purchased this as I am considering cutting off my high cable bill. This is for a HD type but my TV is maybe 7 years old at least so it is not HDTV. Needless to say I get a perfectly clear picture! Just imagine if you hook it up to one of the newer TV's. I get all of the local channels for my area. Plus some extras. For example Channel 7 (ABC) has a few different versions with different programming. The antennae even searches out the HD version so if your TV is able it will probably switch to that version. I am really impressed & to me it is worth the money. I have not hooked it up to my newer television yet. If you just want basic channels I think you could save your money & not even order basic cable as this product will be more than adequate.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    Posted
    Kamren
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    I purchased both a Clrearstream with a range of 35 miles and the Terk with a range of 50 and not only does Terk give me more channels but it gives me reception that I have a hard time getting from the Clearstream, which might be due to its shorter range. I haven't even stretched ithe cord out for better reception nor did I hang the Terk antenna on a window and it still gets great reception. I tucked the unit behind a picture in order to keep it up and tucked its cord behind the TV which sits on my kitchen counter as I did not have space for both the antenna unit nor the cord and it was never an issue with reception. I will now be getting another one to replace the Clearstream antenna,

    I would recommend this to a friend