When purchasing the FireTV Recast (a fantastic product by the way) I also purchased the bundled 30 mile placemat-style antenna and it worked ... just not as well as I knew it could. Then I purchased the upgraded 50 mile "powered" version of the same antenna (same make) and it basically looked like the same antenna, simply with the in-line powered signal booster. That worked better BUT I was still having intermittent reception issues (some channels could be perfect at some times of day and then unwatchable at other times). Note: I work in the IT field so I had fine-tuned by wireless network already (setting my routers to use the least busy channels and adjust my firewall not to interfere with the Recast, etc.). I decided to shelve the 2 antennas as committed to this one. After reading other reviews I didn't even attempt the assembly instructions, I went straight to YouTube and let someone else walk me through it (highly recommended) so it was pretty simple. After using online resources to locate the direction of the TV towers I was targeting (easy to find online and using your exact address), I mounted this in my attic and used the compass app on my phone (make sure your app settings are set to use true north) and aligned it exactly. It solved 95% of my issues. The next day I invested another $27 and ordered the "Winegard LNA-100 Boost TV Antenna Amplifier" and added it to the mix and it has solve 100% of my issues. Cord cut and not looking back ... I have crystal clear, stable pictures (most look even better than cable), more channels than I know what to do with, and all seamlessly "beamed" to three TVs in the house (2 of which are over 52"). I highly recommend bypassing the placemats altogether and just purchase this one (along with the Winegard booster).