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May as well get it for the set top box. Thanks to the friendly folks at FCC all "Insert service provider here" will now be able to encrypt all the channels on the cable wire. This means no local OTA channels and the need for a cable box or antenna.
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-57533637-38/fcc-allows-cable-operators-to-encrypt-basic-cable-tv-signals/

Its all part of the service that they offer and you pay for.
http://youtu.be/0ilMx7k7mso

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Picked up one of these finally; my local providers have pulled the encrypted-basic-signal dance, and want $25/mo just for that. Not expecting TOO much at this price, but at least it may be better than the old rabbit ears. Theoretically. Grounded steel-frame construction kind of stinks when you try to get a signal through it. FARADAYYYYYY!

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Although I'm sure this is a great deal, I just want to point out to those who may not be aware, you don't need any special antenna to receive HD signals. I have a bent coat hanger on my workshop TV (older 47" LG). I've bought various antennas for it, keep going back to the hanger. Just sayin...

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I just bought one without the amazon prime shipping with free shipping. I added to cart, selected free super saver shipping, then entered the coupon code. 15.99. Worth a try to see how this works. I too and thinking of getting rid of those nasty cable costs and going internet only.

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@darksoul13: I am a little confused.... you were able to get basic channels from the cable company without paying for cable??

We never had this option where I live, if you plug into the wall without service you got nothing on Every channel.... Unless something has changed in the past 4 years

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Just the other day - actually, the day of the Boston Marathon bombing - I wished I had one of these as I dropped Dish a couple of months ago. I'm normally satisfied with the offerings of my Roku box because I don't turn the set on very often, but that day I missed having a live news source. I'm interested to play with this and see what's on the air.

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@djpimpstick: That really depends on where you live. For some people, it's true that just about anything will pick up signals. But that's not true for everyone. I live about half way between two major broadcast markets. I require a professionally designed antenna. Recommend looking at http://antennapoint.com to determine how far away you live from the broadcasters you'd like to receive.

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@cltmhorn: Totally agree with dipimpstick - these antennas are not likely to do well at all if you aare more than 15 miles from the OTA transmitter(s).... In MANY cities, & espec. suburbs, that can turn out to be the case. Sadly lotsa folks buy these things with no realization of the limitations, and end up unhappy because expectations were not properly set. Folks - check the receiving range, and if Amazon does not publish it, shame on them!!!

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@raindogg:Had service previously. But in other dwellings that never had service have it. Its nothing special but local OTA channels without the antenna. They made it seem that basic cable TV was available from the article. Far from it, though every once in a while it would have been nice to have. Gave up cable TV thanks the anti-customer practices and unreliable service. Box (at about $12 rental with remote and taxes alone) would fault every few weeks. And of course they eat electricity while off and on. In order to be green would regularly shut the media kit off so to save on electricity. For this they banned the box and had to re-register. After realizing that the premium channels where utilized a few hours a week and the built in DVR was a piece of junk that broke often causing live TV to stutter a waste of money.

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In for one-- I'll test it against the ungainly (heh) $10 RCA rabbit ears currently connected to my set top. This is my backup system for cable outages, which can last much longer than power problems in our Florida weather. Used to use a handheld TV, but of course those no longer pick up signal in the US. Nice to have more than radio in an emergency.

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I have a similar antenna to one of these, although mine is about half the size. I live in the 'burbs and... occasionally I have to fiddle with its orientation on top of my TV cabinet but other than that, the picture comes in fine.

I dropped cable years ago when I realized how much I was paying to just watch two or three shows regularly.

With OTA I get cooking shows, travel shows, sports... etc.. all in HD.. and I'd have to say OTA HD is clearer than the compressed HD you get over cable.

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we moved to area at end of street. had bought the last 2 lots, cleared trees for the house, called comcast and since we were the last house on the street, they would not run a line from neighbors pole to ours for "it wasn't worth it for them". Disputed, and they offered to pay half of the cost to run a cable line=$800 for us. We went with Direct TV as our previous location. Tried Dish once but signal lost easily with wind/rain/storms. Direct seems to be our best but I miss local channels for we have to pick up the state local channels and we live on the line of Ohio in which Youngstown are actually local channels here along with Pittsburgh. Oh well, we are still happy with Direct. Had not trouble with other companies like phone, electric.

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@willnott: I have no opinions on this antenna. Just that a coat hanger is not going to cut it for everyone.

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I'm in for 1, coupon code worked... AMWOOTGA

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@raindogg: I was able to get tv but it did require that I had internet through the cable provider (time warner) otherwise the cable was just not connected at the junction box and nothing came through

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@djpimpstick: Curious how you connect the coat hanger to the TV.

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@editorkid: You just stick the end of the hanger wire into the coax plug. Paper clips will also work, although less metal generally means less signal.

But I'll just add, any antenna is capable of receiving an HD signal, including a $2 set of rabbit ears, or even a wire coat-hanger or paper clip. However, one of these newer flat panel antennas will generally do a better job of picking of a clean HD signal, especially if you are far enough away from the broadcast tower that you have a weaker signal.

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@fishcandy: You can stream CNN, and some other live news, at times, If you add Justin.TV to your ROKU lineup. Plus, many, many other good choices on that channel, some pretty awful amateur ones, but a good share of 24/7 offerings, even an endless loop of Seinfeld episodes.

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I have one of these. Not this brand but the same style. It works pretty well though the signal gets a bit garbled every time a helicopter flies overhead (at least once a day here in Los Angeles), and we had to move it around a few times until we found a spot that worked for most channels. Fiddling with the way the cord hangs/lies actually works better than moving the actual square part.

I live in an area that gets pretty strong signals. Have been able to get clear pictures with just a wire coat hanger, guitar string or paper clip in the past, but only on a handful of channels. I get about 60+ OTA channels now, though lots of them are not in English.

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Also in for one..
Dumped Comcast a decade ago after they screwed me over one to many times..
They were voted worst customer service year after year...

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Coupon code giving "expired" message as of 12:55pm PT.

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BUMMER!!
It's Dead!

"There was a problem
The promotional code you entered has expired.
AMWOOTGA"

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@editorkid: Put a generic splitter on the end of the coax, stick the bare wire in one of the the center-holes. It ain't pretty, but it works!

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