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Cord cutting? RCA brings you free HD television

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With the wide variety of entertainment options, consumers have more reason to cut cable television programming and save money. It’s bad enough that non-promotional prices are so high, let alone having to pay for the channels that are rarely (if ever) watched. With our current level of technology, sometimes it’s easy to forget that households can still tap into locally-broadcasted shows and channels.

RCA ultra-thin HDTV indoor antenna roomWhile younger viewers may puzzle at the meaning of “rabbit-ear antenna”, this relic of technology was an everyday exercise of patience and suffering for the rest of us. Yes, back when not paying for television programming was the norm. Even though current viewing trends may be coming full circle, the hardware has taken futuristic steps.

RCA has just introduced their latest antenna for receiving free HD programming. The multi-directional, ultra-thin HDTV indoor antenna looks nothing like the age-old rabbit-ear kind. This antenna can receive both UHF and VHF frequencies, so users don’t have to worry about the type of signals being broadcast around their neighborhood. The local networks commonly available are: FOX, PBS, NBC, ABC, CBS, Telemundo, Univision, and more. You’ll be able to enjoy the highest quality HD viewing without having to pay any cable or satellite subscription.

The RCA ultra-thin HDTV indoor antenna can receive signals up to 30 miles from any direction. Once you find the sweet spot, there’s no need for any tweaking or further adjustment. Even if you’re on the edge of reception from the nearest tower, this RCA antenna has SmartBoost technology to amplify weak signals. This kind of power is totally affordable too – less than the monthly charge for a basic cable subscription.

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  1. These antennas are not a good fit for those of us in the boonies, unfortunately. I love their form factor, but as you point out, the range of reception is relatively limited. Given digital HDTV signals are basically a “line-of-sight” thing, your mileage, as we say at Car Tech, may vary.

    There are many places where antenna reception just isn’t reliable. That’s the pitfall of our government’s choice to switch to digital TV signal encoding several years ago. Where stations used to come in somewhat fuzzy, they may not come in at all now. That’s because digital TV reception is an all-or-nothing affair much like satellite TV or satellite radio reception. If you’re above the reception “cutoff” in terms of signal strength, you’ll likely get a crystal-clear picture and stereo sound. But if you, like me, live in the back-country in the hills and hollows far from TV transmitter towers in the big cities, your reception will likely be spotty. Some days you’ll get 20 channels, some days you’ll get two.

    It doesn’t stop me from wanting to buy a big, directional antenna and a signal booster and mount it all on a big, 40- or 50-foot mast next to my house. But it’d sure be a bummer to spend all that time and money getting the setup right only to learn I still couldn’t pull in more than a couple of stations. (And if it tells you anything, a local business that used to make a lot of money installing antennas in my area has dropped that business line entirely because they say nobody is satisfied with antenna installations around here because they don’t get the stations they used to before the digital switch. That business now sells DirecTV and Dish Network installations instead.)

    Lyndon Johnson