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do your research first!
on February 6, 2014
Before you purchase this, you need to look at where the transmitters are for the TV stations you want to see. NOT WHERE THE TV STATION'S STUDIOS ARE, BUT WHERE THE TRANSMITTER TOWERS ARE! They could actually be very far from the TV station's studios. For example I live hear Washington, DC so I should be able to get TV stations there, but you can't have big towers in DC, so all the TV stations there have their transmitters located well out of the city, some in Virginia, much farther from me than the studios themselves. A lot of stations have their towers up on hills out on cheaper rural land, it all depends on where you live. If you are out in the boonies, this kind of antenna will probably not work. You can only get local broadcast TV stations, so call them and see where their transmitters are as you may be out of range for this type of antenna, which they claim is 25 miles, so count on less than that. They do not tell you it won't work with older non-digital TVs w/o a converter box either. You can buy a very similar antenna to better one at most any store that sells TV's, for a lot less too, so go buy one of those if you think you are in range and see if it works and you can take it back and get ALL your money back if it does not. If you have to return this you are out $8.00 shipping (each) plus your cost to ship it back and then wait who knows how long for a refund! This type of antenna would not work for me at all, I had to purchase a more expensive one that is mounted outdoors and even with that I do not get a lot of stations living 32 miles from the White House. There may not be all that many broadcast channels within range in your area- that is ALL you can get with an antenna, you will not get stuff like ESPN, Weather Channel, A&E, shopping channels and all that. All you can get will probably be ABC, CBS, NBC Fox, local PBS if you have it nearby and a couple more in your area. What you are "able to get for free" is what is free to anyone with an antenna, this antenna does not enable you to get anythign else. They do say it in small print on the ad, but to be clear you get NONE of the cable TV channels and you will only get the few broadcast channels in your area. It is digital, you will either receive a channel or not, it is not like old rabbit ear TV where they came in fuzzy or there was snow. You will get a good picture or no picture with digital TV. Almost everything they sell on informercials does not work like it says, customer service is awful and you are paying jacked up shipping charges, so pass on this as you can get the same for less at your local electronics store and get a FULL refund if it does not work for you.