- Brand Name: Philips
- Model Number: PHDTV1
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 Year
Philips PHDTV1 Silver Sensor UHF/HDTV Digital Indoor TV Antenna (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Weighted base stabilizes antenna at any position
- Flat forward gain slope delivers balanced reception ensuring all channels are received evenly
- Highly directional design with high front to back ratio
- Receives all available local digital broadcasts in full 1080i or 780p resolution
- Ensures densely populated urban areas receive clear DVB broadcasting signals
Customers Who Viewed This Item Also Viewed
Top Customer Reviews
I live around 25 miles from Manhattan, where the towers of most TV stations are located. I am also aware of the directional information from [...], and have experimented accordingly with its effects on reception. My apartment's windows all face north, while the signals all comes from southwest. I cannot get signals from where it comes from, and thus needed to get signals from deflections perhaps off nearby buildings and trees. It's a very poor circumstance for over-the-air reception, maybe just slightly better than being underground. Signals are weak, and are affected by weather. Stormy and windy days have shown effects at disrupting signal reception.
With this said, and without going into much detail, let's talk about the antennas. Now all these antenna have been tested with the same equipment, setup, directional adjustments, location, etc. etc. and have been tested through good an foul weather, day and night, to observe differences.
1.Terk HDTVa Terk HDTVa Indoor Amplified High-Definition Antenna for Off-Air HDTV Reception- After reading some rave reviews and high ratings at [...], log periodic types (looks like a fishbone) seems to be the way to go. I got the Terk HDTVa first, thinking that the amplification and VHF antenna should nail my reception problems at the start. However, after more than two weeks of fidgeting around ad nauseam (directions, locations, amplifications, different devices, etc.Read more ›
I had previously been using a cheapo RCA rabbit eared antenna. It worked well enough. This one offered slightly better reception, 80/100 for most channels, occasionally 90 for one channel, and mid 70's for another.
The unit is somewhat directional, but doesn't require constant adjusting for me. I'm less than 10 miles from most of the local antennas. Overall I was pleased with it, until yesterday.
Yesterday, I noticed one of my recordings was somewhat pixelated. I went to adjust the antenna and couldn't get a decent signal. Some channels would register 75 or 80 but still be pixelated every 10 seconds or so, and the picture would drop for a second every few minutes. I then discovered that the antenna had become dislodged from the coaxial connector where the coaxial cable screws in. I fiddled with it on and off but was unable to get a really good reception with it anymore.
I did some research online and found that this unit was among the recommended indoor models still, but a radio shack antenna (two of them, actually, but one was discontinued) was more highly recommended. I replaced this unit with the radio shack 15-1892 unit and now get 90's in all channels, much better than the zenith ever got. It also has a remote for rotating as well as sturdy rabbit ears. I'd definitely recommend that unit over this one.
I spoke with the friend, who had been using the other zenith. His had broken in the exact same spot within a few months. As such, shoddy workmanship prevents me from recommending this. It did get decent reception, but having to replace two units in less than a year is pretty absurd.
Antenna didn't need any pointing or directing,It picked up all the HD channels available in the area.The signal remained the same wonderful quality irrespective of the position or the angle.
I guess my location being in close proximity(6 -10 miles) to broadcast stations also helped.
Ok, with-out getting too technical:
Price is not an indicator of the best indoor HDTV antenna.... This Philips PHDTV1 antenna is, arguably, one of the best, if not the best (and inexpensive) indoor antenna for the UHF/HDTV type of signal, if you are with-in 15 to 25 mile of the station's broadcasting antenna. And that's the "gotcha", you have to be reasonably close to the TV towers. Other issues like elevation and obstacles along the line of sight (broadcasting antenna to receiving antenna) can also affect this and any antenna's performance. You start getting out past 20/25/30 miles; you may want to give some consideration to a passive outdoor antenna if the signal quality is poor with this Philips PHDTV1 antenna. It's safe to say that an outdoor antenna that's up high will always outperform an indoor antenna, but the Philips HDTV1 is a great inexpensive indoor antenna choice, for most locations that are with-in the 15 to 25 mile range.
This Philips HDTV1 antenna design (YAGI) pulls in a much stronger signal then the ubiquitous rabbit ears & loop antenna. However, this increase in signal strength comes at a price, the antenna is much more directional, meaning the antenna has to be properly positioned or aimed to receive the digital TV signal. If the broadcast towers in your area are not in one general direction, you may have to adjust and point this antenna in the direction of the desired broadcast tower as you change channels. Some may want to consider another type of indoor antenna that pulls in a little weaker signal but is not as directional, that would be something like the mult-stacked Bow-Tie type of antenna. One of the best small Bow-Tie antennas (great signal strength) is the DB-2, it's a small outdoor antenna that some are using as an indoor antenna.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
its ok, but traded up for cable and where i live you get more from cable than over the air. just depends on where you livePublished 9 months ago by Amazon User Tom
Works ok if stations are close, will not pick up fringe stations.Published 20 months ago by R. Lingle
It worked ok when I used it. I moved from a bigger city and now I am in a more rural area and never use it anymore. It's in the closet. Read morePublished on April 20, 2014 by BWX
I use this with a small 13" (or is it 19") TV in my office. It picks up local HD channels, but isn't a very strong antenna. No signal boost, etc. Read morePublished on February 11, 2014 by Amazon Customer
I live in a higher altitude part of my city and I've had very good reception with this antenna. Unfortunately it is not very multi-directional and must be physically re=adjusted... Read morePublished on November 5, 2013 by Erv C.