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Old 02-04-2012, 08:30 AM
 
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Default $12 Radio Shack Antenna...anyone ever tried instead of cable?

I'm a single person who doesn't watch much tv. I want to get rid of
my overpriced cable, but still would like to watch the news and some
local channels for a few sitcoms. I've researched and read many reviews
about this $12 antenna from radio shack that people say is great and they
can clearly get lots of channels.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Tetons, WY
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I'm not sure what is the "$12 antenna", but I did buy one from Radio Shack a few years ago and have ditched cable ever since. I've been happy with it. If I want to watch a movie or something specific, I just find it on my ipad or something and hook it up for fullscreen viewing on the TV.

I put the antenna in my attic and dropped the cable down to the first floor. Don't forget you get HD channels with antenna and that the quality is a bit better than Timewarner/Dish/etc because the signal is coming in uncompressed.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:10 AM
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Location: San Antonio
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Not only is this cordcutting method cheaper, but if you pay close attention to the difference between the picture quality of local stations on the $12 antenna vs. the same station on cable, the antenna version will look better. Cable companies compress the digital broadcast signals and the picture looks worse on cable than it does over the air. I've noticed that difference when I compare that OTA antenna pictureto my Time-Warner cable picture here in SA, especially on sports.

BTW, I paid $8 for my set-top antenna from WalMart.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:38 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, Tx
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I worked for Radio Shack for 8 years in the 90's. If I had a nickel for every one of their indoor antennas that were returned I could have retired after the first year.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:44 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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We have an indoor antenna (rabbit ears) and we get quite a few channels with it. I can't remember if we ended up buying it at Radio Shack or WalMart. The only channel that I can't seem to get on it that I'd like to is ABC.
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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I don't think that antenna will work without a signal converter box ($50).
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Old 02-04-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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I don't think that antenna will work without a signal converter box ($50).
You don't need the converter box if you have a newer TV with an integrated digital tuner.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: 1604 & Potranco Area
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I have a couple antenna...an outdoor or in the attic wilo always work better if you can swing it, I will be cutting the cord in June when my contract is up.

Here is a great resource, it will tell you distance to the stations, antenna type required and direction to point it...

AntennaWeb - Address
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:04 AM
 
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It depends on where you are located (distance from the stations transmitting antenna, obstacles between your antenna and theirs, etc.). No one can say for sure how well any antenna will work for you, you pretty much have to try it and see. But generally speaking an antenna that is designed to be outdoors (although you may mount it in your attic) will work better than set top (e.g. rabbit ears) antennas. But for some people (depending on their location), rabbit ears is all they need.
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Old 02-05-2012, 08:50 AM
 
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I live in Bulverde, and I'm over 40 miles from the transmitting antennas south of San Antonio. I have an antenna in my attic which receives all of the SA signals, as well as all of the Austin signals.

I can get all signals except some of the PBS signals from set top rabbit ears. I say go ahead and try the RS $12. Heck it's only 12 bucks, and you can always return them!
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