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Is There An Indoor TV Antenna For Rural Residents?
By Swanni

Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2013) - Editor's Note: TV's Answer Man, aka Swanni, takes your questions regarding how to best use the latest products and services in TV technology. If you have a question about TV technology, ask TV's Answer Man by sending an e-mail to swann@tvpredictions.com

Q. I would like to get a TV antenna for my local stations because I keep reading you can get a better HD picture. But here's the problem. I live about 35-40 miles away from my closest local station AND I there really isn't a good place outside my home for an outdoor antenna. Is there any indoor antenna that could receive signals from my locals? -- Robert, Deale, Maryland.

For starters, you are right, Robert.
your local channels can deliver a better HD picture via a TV antenna. Cable and satellite (and telco) TV services compress the signals of local channels, which tends to dilute the picture quality. The TV providers do this for several reasons, including creating more system room to deliver more channels. The signal your antenna receives directly from the local channel is purer (layman's term, folks) and therefore a better one.

But your situation is a difficult one -- and one shared by millions of people who live more than 30 miles from local station towers which transmit the signals. The towers are often situated near urban centers so rural residents are particularly affected by this problem. The closer you are to a local station tower, the better your signal. But if you live in a rural area, or a distant suburb, you might not be able to get any signal with an antenna.

The problem gets trickier if you can't install an outdoor antenna.

But Winegard recently launched a new indoor antenna that just might be the answer for many rural folks. It's called the Winegard
FlatWave Amped Razor Thin HDTV Indoor Antenna. You can see the Amazon page for the antenna here:

Winegard

The antenna itself is paper-thin and it comes with an embedded ultra-low noise amplifier that effectively boosts the signals from your local channels. Winegard says the antenna can receive local high-def channels from up to 50 miles.



Now, I can't guarantee the antenna will work for you, or others; every home is different and comes with a different set of obstacles. But this is the first time I've seen an indoor antenna promise to deliver signals from so far away.

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