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Indoor HDTV Antenna!

by hoxfan1 / January 25, 2006 6:46 AM PST

Hey coming here to hear from all of you. I always get the most spot-on advice.

Anyhow...I just bought the philips 50" flast plasma (50PF7220A/37) from Costco. The picture quality through my regular dishnetwork box is so-so, which is understandable. I called dishnetwork to upgrade to HD to I can take advantage of this aweseome TV and they suggested that I wait till march, because that's when they're releasing their new HD lineup along with a new box that includes mpeg-4 (whatever that means). In the meantime I figured I'd get an HD antenna so I can watch the superbowl at the very least in HD..but I live in a condo, I cannot hang another antenna out (along with my dish) and drag wires across the floor. So what is the deal with these indoor antennas? do they really work? anybody with any experiences? maybe you could recommend a particular brand?

As usual..I appreciate any and all help.


The HD Novice

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INDOOR ANTENNA? dish network news
by stewart norrie / January 25, 2006 8:45 AM PST
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It may work for a few bucks its worth a try. Also please wait until March for the new 211 basaic hi-def sat system It will have h.d.m.i. output also all network hi-def channels will be for FREE I have basic, hi-def package and VOOM and your going to love it I dont have h.b.o. etc because they only have 1 channel in hi-def and the movies stink. good luck to you and dont forget the snack bar

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by 3luke3 / January 25, 2006 9:10 AM PST
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go to

& type in your address & un-select the check-boxes & click on the submit button.

It will tell you how far away you are from all the transmission towers in your area, don't get an indoor antenna if they are more than 40 miles away.

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RE: indoor antenna
by hoxfan1 / January 25, 2006 10:16 AM PST
In reply to: First....

Hmm..I typed it in..and most of the stations are about 42-49 miles i have no other alternatives then to just wait for the box in march?

either way..I appreciate you saving me the hassle.


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Try a on dish antenna
by mmolnar / January 25, 2006 10:25 AM PST
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They make antennas that clip onto the dish and you can diplex the signal to use the same cable you are using now. Let me know if you need help. Mike

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by RoadRunner6 / January 25, 2006 6:24 PM PST
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As important as the distance are any obstacles in your "line of sight" to the towers. If you are in a flat valley, 40-50 miles isn't too bad. If you have lots of hills, mountains or tall buildings then you have a problem and it would not work unless you are on top of a hill.

It might be worth a try (if you have a good line of sight) attaching an antenna to your dish or even one inside. Most of the indoor units aren't that strong but worth a try. Also you could suspend a smaller outdoor antenna from a ceiling if it points out the window with a straight line of sight to the tower.

I hear that those with OTA reception get great picture quality.


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Out door antenna works great
by zoranw / January 26, 2006 1:52 AM PST
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Before Katrina blew away my home I had an outdoor antenna that cliped onto my dishnetwork dish, it worked great. I was able to receive some of the New Orleans stations that are about sixty miles away. The place I'm living now doesn't have cable, so I rely on an indoor antenna. Don't waste your money on the amplified antennas. I tried both amplified and unamplified and got better reception with the cheap unamplified $7.99 RCA antenna I bought at K-Mart. HD channels come in cristal clear.

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Indoor HDTV Antenna!
by jcrobso / January 26, 2006 12:19 AM PST
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Zenith Silver Sensor
by John B / February 9, 2006 1:42 PM PST
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Last January, I bought a Zenith Silver Sensor HDTV/UHF antenna to watch the Super Bowl on FOX in hi-def. It did, and still does, an excellent job. It pulls in all my local digital and hi-def signals as well as some UHF analog channels. My major local stations are 20-25 miles away and I live on flat terrain. It's highly directional so it takes some time to find just the right direction for each station. The antennaweb site can help you with that. It was only $20 at It might be worth a try. Good luck.

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