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Unfortunately, when you live in a valley, you receive bad to poor reception at best. I've tested 8-10 antennas, some better and worse than others. But when I saw the write up for the Pro-Model I became skeptical but interested. I purchased the Pro-Model in September 2022. When I finally tuned the antenna in (rotated it until I received the best signals), I was amazed at having picked up 142 channels. Living in Temecula valley, I thought this to be impossible until I ran through the channels. Granted a large majority were either in Spanish, Korean, Vietnamese or some other language, But I actually locked into 56 English speaking stations worth watching with excellent reception. What impressed me most is when I first took the antenna out of the box, you could already tell that this was a well built antenna. I opted to get the VHF addition, and I'm very glad I did. The size of the antenna is small compared to antennas with this range and performance. But so far it is certainly the best antenna I have ever owned. Well eared 5 stars.
TV antennas are making a comeback now that more channels are available for free over-the-air and since the high-definition (HD) picture quality of OTA is better than cable and satellite. With so many options on the market, the FLATenna was designed to make the buying decision easy for those that are new to OTA or who have little to no knowledge about antennas. All you need to know is that the FLATenna receives the highest quality signal technically possible in an antenna of its size, it's inexpensive, reliable and the trusted Channel Master brand has been around since 1949. The FLATenna is a great starter antenna for anyone who is not capable of installing an outdoor antenna, apartment dwellers and virtually anyone seeking a solid indoor TV antenna but not looking to spend a lot of money. The FLATenna is a thin, durable, non-amplified indoor TV antenna, able to receive digital broadcast signals from 35 miles from towers.
Now cycle through the channels. If you notice any that are suffering break-up, you can manually switch through the different patterns to see if one improves reception. Give the small button on the bottom of the Smartenna+ a tap and you get pattern one, two taps for pattern two and so on.
In auto-scans, the Smartenna+ managed to receive nine broadcast stations carrying a total of 45 channels. Our current top-ranked amplified indoor antenna, the Winegard Flatwave Amped, managed one extra station with two additional channels. That extra was an out-of-market station, which indicates the Winegard model might be slightly more sensitive, but the Channel Master could be better for you, especially if a lot of the stations you do receive suffer from breakup.
Besides the DVR unit, the box includes a remote, batteries, component video and coaxial cables, Quick Start Guide, and User Manual. Notably absent are HDMI and Ethernet cables, though the DVR unit has ports for both. The back of the unit itself offers several connectivity options: a \"TV Set Out\" coaxial connector for hooking up an old-style CRT TV via channels 3 or 4, an HDMI port, component audio/video connections (red, blue, green), RCA-type audio/video connections (red, white, yellow), an optical digital audio connection, and finally Ethernet and USB ports.
Yoda rocks, and his words to Luke are applicable here as we discuss the DVR's included remote. Those who have ever subscribed to DISH Network will find the remote control familiar as it looks nearly identical to the remote provided with current DISH DVRs. The remote is so well-designed and user-friendly that even our seven-year old son was able to put it through its paces. Buttons are color-coded and grouped by function: live TV on the top, DVR on the bottom. A few notable features: on the live TV portion, a touch of the \"Browse\" button instantly brings up a channel-specific program description, signal strength meter and hourly program guide, from which you can pre-program recordings. The \"guide\" button gives one-touch access to a comprehensive seven-day program guide for all available channels, from which it's also possible to preset recordings. The DVR button group features four speeds of fast forwarding and rewinding, as well as differently-colored buttons for skipping 30 seconds forward and 10 seconds back -- all extremely useful when whizzing through material to get to where you left off.
As an aside, I must mention that the guide results will vary depending on where you live. In New York City, the local CBS affiliate broadcasts the guide data of TVGOS (TV Guide on Screen) which provides detailed programming data for just about all of the local channels. In other markets, or for certain local channels you may get limited guide data (12-24 hours) which comes from the digital PSIP (Program and System Information Protocol) data embedded in ATSC channels. One of the drawbacks of relying on a free guide is that it may not be as reliable or comprehensive as a paid guide service through TiVo or a paid TV provider. But during our review period, the detailed 7-day guide was pretty reliable and consistent.
The DTVPal is equipped with two ATSC digital tuners for receiving live terrestrial digital television broadcasts. Translation: assuming halfway decent antenna reception, you can record one digital program while watching another or record two at once while watching a previously recorded program. Of course, depending on where you live, that initial assumption may be a pretty big one. Our second-floor apartment is located four miles due east of the Empire State Building. Unfortunately, any direct line of sight to that holy edifice of broadcasting is obstructed by an armada of multi-story buildings. Even so, fed by our humble yet stylish PF-7 picture frame antenna, the DTVPal pulled in 37 digital channels, the majority of them at a signal strength of 90% or better. Though some stations -- Fox in particular -- exhibited more signal fluctuation and picture breakup than others, the signal on most of the other channels remained strong with minimal dropouts. And because it's digital, the picture is crystal-clear and indistinguishable from cable. In fact, in most cases the picture quality of over the air content is actually better than cable or satellite due to lower compression rates.
The feature most readily associated with DVRs -- the ability to temporarily buffer up to an hour of the currently-tuned channel, enabling the viewer to pause, then rewind and fast forward live TV broadcasts -- worked flawlessly on the DTVPal DVR. The skip forward and back buttons came in especially handy when, say, Jack Bauer's world-saving antics were suddenly interrupted by a thicket of annoying car ads.
By comparison, a TiVo DVR would know when \"Survivor\" temporarily changes itself from Thursday for Wednesday to accommodate some silly basket ball game, but the DTV Pal DVR does not, so you will still need to be aware of any possible schedule changes. The DTVPal also doesn't know the difference between a new episode of a show and a repeat. If your show is on Thursdays from 8:00 to 9:00 on channel 2, then that's what you get, regardless of what is actually on the air. Coming from the analog VCR world, you might not even notice this, but if you have any experience with cable, satellite or TiVo DVRS, then it may take some getting used to.
For true audiophiles and surround sound lovers, the unit is capable of full 5.1-channel Dolby Digital surround sound, assuming it is present in the original broadcast. This 5.1-channel digital signal can be delivered either via the HDMI outputs or the optical digital port. Just make sure your receiver can handle the full multi-channel signal via the HDMI or optical cable (most receivers can).
Though at first it seemed destined to relegate rabbit ears to the dustbin of history, the advent of digital TV has in fact done exactly the opposite. In most areas of the country, HD broadcasts are easier to receive than their analog predecessors, there are more channels available than ever before, and the digital images are crystal clear. So why hand over your cash to the cable or satellite companies when you can get the same (or better) pictures with a $50 (or less) antenna
Channel Master's CM-7000Pal DVR makes the argument against pay TV even more compelling. Finally, technology that only cable and satellite subscribers could access in the past, or those willing to pay a monthly TiVo fee is available to the rest of us. The unit works great, is a cinch to operate, and at under $400, is priced to move. If you've got good antenna reception, and you're not interested in all those premium cable channels, adding a Channel Master CM-7000PAL DVR to your living room makes sense, especially with the World Cup fast approaching. Why pay through the nose for GOL-TV when you can record it all on Telemundo for free, in high-def Gooooooooooal!!!!!!!!!
Welcome! First, let's find out what channels you will get in your area and make sure that everything you want is available. You are mainly looking for the Big Six networks: ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and The CW. These six networks represent 80% of the English-language TV programming watched in the U.S. You can also look for Spanish-language networks such as Univision, Telemundo and UniMas.
Chances are, if you live in a metropolitan area, an indoor TV antenna will recieve several channels and allow you to evaluate antenna TV programming before purchasing a permanently installed outdoor TV antenna (Recommended). Simply purchase the Flatenna 35 by Channel Master with our no risk 30 day money back guarantee. Otherwise, continue through the following guide to find the perfect TV Antenna for your home.
How far away do you live from television broadcast towers in your area, at least for the channels you want to be able to get Be sure to look for ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, PBS and The CW at the very least. Search results will give you tower distance in miles from your home address. 59ce067264