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Philips PHDTV1 Silver Sensor UHF/HDTV Digital Indoor TV Antenna (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

3.7 out of 5 stars 219 customer reviews

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  • 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
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Philips
  • Model Number: PHDTV1
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 Year

Product Description

Product Description

The PHILIPS PHDTV1 Silver Sensor indoor HDTV antenna is a HDTV/UHF antenna for use with high definition compatible TVs. It receives free high definition programming in its primary reception areas. The highly directional antenna, with high front-to-back ration, rejects signal corruption. The flat front gain slope balances the UHF reception for a consistent picture. This easy-to-install antenna receives all available local digital broadcasts in full 1080i or 780p resolution. It ensures densely populated urban areas receive clear DVB broadcasting signals and its weighted base stabilizes the antenna at any position.


Enjoy sparkling high-definition programming without forking over monthly digital cable or satellite fees with this Philips indoor HDTV/UHF antenna. The device is specially designed to receive HD broadcast signals from the major free networks in all primary reception areas. If the affiliate broadcasts in HD, the PHDTV1 will receive it, provided the user also owns an HD-compatible television. The highly directional antenna features a high front-to-back ratio that helps reject unwanted signal corruption, ensuring that your picture comes in clear and true. This feature is especially valuable in dense urban areas with crowded broadcast airwaves, where reflected signals can interfere with HDTV transmission. The antenna also offers a flat front gain slope that balances the reception throughout the UHF frequencies. The result is a consistently high-resolution picture regardless of which channel you choose. The PHDTV1--which also connects to PCs anywhere datacasting is available--has been endorsed by several HDTV-testing committees.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 2 x 13.2 x 13 inches
Item Weight 1.9 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.5 pounds
Manufacturer Philips
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Item model number PHDTV1
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3.7 out of 5 stars 219 customer reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #936 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Antennas > TV Antennas
#17,854 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories
#27,498 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com July 7, 2004

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I'm a first timer at getting OTA HDTV. This has been an experiment in progress for the past 5 weeks. I have gone through four antennas (they are all here as I write this) before finding something that's satisfactory (rather than tolerable).

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.
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I ordered two of these less than a year ago, one for me, one for my friend. My friend was unable to get much reception with it, but that's perhaps not surprising given the distance he is from antennas.

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.
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I bought the antenna at Circuit City, just to give it a shot.The antenna was so good that I cancelled my basic cable service and returned the HDTV descrambler or whatever they call it,the same day.I couldn't believe all this time I paid $35 a month for something that is available free.

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.

Great antenna.
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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.
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