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Indoor Antenna Luck? And other HD questions...

by fatal_foto / December 23, 2006 12:23 PM PST

I actually have a few questions...

I just picked up my 37" Vizio LCD today, and I picked up an RCA indoor antenna. The antenna found 1 HD channel, and it looked great. I'm planning on returning it tomorrow. I talked to a guy at Radio Shack who said most people return indoor antennas. Maybe it's just my area (Central NJ)? Is there something I can do to find more channels? Any tips?

I plugged in regular cable and the SD channels look like absolute crap, but the HD channels it found look good. Is this true HD since I'm just using regular cable?

I plan on getting an HD box from Comcast soon, so that should solve my problems, but it would be nice to get free OTA content from an indoor antenna. An outdoor antenna isn't practical because I live in a townhouse community.

Also, does anyone have tips (numbers) that they want to share to fine-tune their Vizio colors, contrast, etc.?

Thanks for any & all help!

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Indoor Antenna
by hyghwayman / December 23, 2006 1:13 PM PST
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Indoor antenna luck...
by grc24 / December 23, 2006 1:19 PM PST

Yea. it's kind of a hit or miss thing. you might get lucky and get all your locals in HD but more than likely you won't. It also depends on what's in between the antenna and the broadcasting stations. Do you have a lot of buildings or trees in the path of the antenna? If your TV is in a basement, try running your cable to the antenna on a main or higher floor. This will help dramitically. Also, try going to antennaweb.org. This is a great website that will tell you what kind of antenna you'll actually need to get the best reception. It will also let you know what direction to point your antenna in reference to your street address. There are also very small outdoor antennas that just mount to your window sill. I'm not sure how well these work though as I don't know of anyone who has one, but I seen them at a Home Depot in their electrical dept. I recently bought a RCA indoor at was able to get 3 out 5 stations but the signal was pretty week. I returned it bought a TERK indoor amplified antenna. Much better signal but still not able to pick up CBS. Oh well. Like I said...It's hit or miss. Good luck.

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