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75 reviews | 3.2 out of 5
I recently purchased this antenna for my television. Since the digital conversion, I couldn't get all the new channels with my converter box and rabbit ears alone. This antenna did not get all the new channels at first by laying it on top of the tv or by putting it up on the wall. We had to put it up on the wall RIGHT NEAR THE WINDOW....THEN it got all of the new channels - well.
Works for me!
My family & I live in a rural area. Once we switched to a digital TV we could only get 1 channel with our old rabbit ears; but now, with our new antenna, we receive all channels that are available! (takes a few minutes to find the best location for it, but once you do itt's perfect!)
Since I read reviews on several of the antenna's offered by Wal-Mart, I told my husband and son to just keep trying with the placement of this amplified antenna. We tried what the directions suggested -flat and high, but pix kept breaking up.
We rescanned as it stated after every adjustment. Just as we were about to give up, my 14 yr-old son placed it on the tile floor upright against our concrete wall , but with the FRONT FACING TOWARD THE WALL. All our other placements had the "right side" facing the inside of our house. That was the perfect placement. We now get NBC, FOX, CBS, ABC plus 19 other digital channels. (NO breaking up of the digital pix) The picture is sharper than our basic cable since we didn't pay the 8.00 extra for the high-def box. So now we save 23.00 plus taxes a month on basic cable. We tried a year ago an antenna sold at Best Buy and just couldn't get all the major channels to come in. Glad we gave it a second try with this one. But, don't give up without trying a couple of different models if this doesn't work for you. Best thing about Wal-Mart is how easy it is to make a return! Now the extra 276.00 yrly will help pay for the Internet service we have to have since son's school only communicates to parents via e-mail.
I'm ~ 40 miles from the stations (Chicago) and have been using my Panasonic VCR as a pre-amp for reception with indoor antennas. Mostly good reception, but weak on UHF.
Got a Magnavox converter (Walmart) for the change and had some fall-off on reception but great pictures, so bought the RCA amplified antenna (still standard tv- they haven't all gone over to DVT yet).
The RCA definetly helps with most channels, I have it on the window frame and you may have to flip it from horizontal to vertical - small issue (standard TV testing only).
Where it really helps is on the UHF channels, I get reception better then anything before.
I don't watch a lot of TV and then not a lot of channels. So my useage is pretty low, but I appreciate quality on the channels I do watch.
I feel the product is well worth the price for what I use it for; for better reception, I would go a roof top or cable. Amplification will only get you so far, then you need a stronger base signal.
I would not purchase this unit. I learned the hard way. I purchase 4 different units and all of them were designed for receiving signals within 20 miles of the Station. Not a singal unit has worked for me. I get no signal strenth.
I have to purchase cable and I live a major Dallas Metroplex.
I just switched out my antenna with this one and got twice the number of channels and much clearer,
We have the $2.99 rabbit ear special. We decided to spend the $40 to upgrade and we returned this product the same day! We went from about 25 channels to four. ZERO reception no matter where we placed the stupid thing. We even placed it outside and had no change in reception! Save your money! Can we remove stars???
Bought for my parents so they could stop paying $165 per month for cable. Hooked it up, ran the setup according to the TV owner's manual and presto, at least 50 channels that come in crystal clear! Exceeded my expectations big time! This is being used in an area about 20 miles outside of Nashville, Tennessee.
This antenna performs well above expectations. I'm now receiving 24 crystal clear channels with the antenna laying flat beside my television. I pick up every channel listed for my area on the www.rabbitears.info site.
I have Time Warner cable that only gives me 8 channels. I bought this antenna, and now have 37 channels. My TV now has all digital channels with great viewing. It was very easy to hook up. I can now cancel my cable service and get TV for free! It was a great investment, plus not very expensive. I love it and highly recommend it!!
Before I got this antenna at my local Walmart store, I was using rabbit ears. They never worked with the new digital signal. This antenna, however, works like a charm because it was MADE for digital broadcasts! And the best things are, I don't have to move it around, and it's not an eyesore -- you can barely even see it!
With rabbit ears, I got 8 channels, mediocre reception.
With this antenna, I get 22 channels, great reception!
Anyone frustrated with digital NEEDS to get this!
I'm about 45 miles (as the crow flies) from Charlotte where most of the digital signals emanate from where I live. I had previously tried a cheaper antenna but couldn't get all the major networks and a few smaller ones. This antenna was definitely an upgrade. All channels come in clearly. I would advise placing near a window or at least an exterior wall.
You cannot beat 16 HD channels for a $30 one time fee.
I have this mounted on my wall no where near a window or sliding glass door. I pick up over 20 digital channels. And the 4 majors (ABC, CBS, NBC & FOX) come in just as clear as my HD cable and satellite did. I even tried it near the window and sliding glass door (which are on opposite sides of the room) and did not get anymore channels so I mounted it where it was more convenient. Luckily all my entertainment electronics are all black so it doesn't even look ugly on the wall. Know your distance from youR towers which I believe is what will make this item successful or not.
I hooked this antenna up to my Dish Network HD receiver and after playing with the placement I was able to pick up all my local channels including several CW's crystal clear and when offered in HD. Most channels strength comes in around 70 percent which is okay. I set this on top on my entertainment system and you can't even tell it's there. I did not use the stand as I found it worked better flat.
I was getting my local channels through Dish Network but I will be dropping that as Dish Network's local channels looked real pixelated and I couldn't get them in Hi Def. Now
Purchased this for a 19" HDTV in the bedroom. Increased "over the air" TV reception by well over 20%. Very satisfied.
The RCA digital attenna is great I hooked it up to the converter box the channels are very clear better than a regular antenna. I live in ohio picking up stations from as far as michigan.
I bought this at the local Walmart for $29.96 today May 28th 2009 and went home and plugged it in and boy was I surprised how well it picked up all of the local channels. The analog picture was not good at all. However with the digital channels getting recognized when I programmed my HDTV Set with tuner I received all local channels except CBS Channel 2 (Analog). Every other station came in perfectly, so all in all for the purchase price of $29.96 plus tax it was money well spent. I do have the amplified plugged into the antenna and it seems to really help. I would recommend this to all as a purchase.
Saw this elsewhere for more. Tried a few other types and this one performed best in our location. TV not HD and picture and color are better than expected.
I live in a condo and this antenna actually picks up neighbors direct tv! So I get a ton of channels without the cost of cable tv! Well worth it!