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Do new TVs with DTV tuners NEED external antennas?

by jspaziante / August 3, 2011 12:29 PM PDT

I'm looking to mount a small TV in my kitchen (either a normal TV or an "under-the-counter" model). We just want basic stations, so I'm just going to use the DTV tuner and not hook it up to a cable box.

1) Do newer TVs with internal DTV tuners tend to have adequate antennas, or will I most likely need an external antenna?

2) Are there particular makes/models that have better antennas? (or is there a website with antenna ratings)

3) Would an under-the-counter model have a better antenna in anticipation of this use case?

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 3, 2011 12:42 PM PDT
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If you can't position an antenna outside...
by Pepe7 / August 4, 2011 12:08 AM PDT

...for long run viewing, and lessening the amount of tylenol you require (after dealing with reception headaches), subscribing to a cable or satellite service may be a more ideal solution. I've yet to encounter an HDTV with adequate built-in antenna for OTA reception.

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by Dan Filice / August 4, 2011 3:06 AM PDT

I have had two under-cabinet TVs (still using one), and neither had a built-in antenna for TV. They did come with wire antennas for AM/FM, but to get TV reception they required either a cable input or an external antenna connected to the coax input. I've only seen under-cabinet TVs made by odd-ball companies, and the quality of these units is less than stellar, so don't expect anything "better" because of what they are made for (under-cabinet kitchen use).

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