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Basic broadcast channel plan vs. indoor digital antenna

I just bought a 52'' Sony Bravia 1080p LCD tv. Don't care for cable, but want local channels in HD so I purchased a $10/month basic broadcast plan through Time Warner here in Los Angeles. Channels are crystal clear and can't complain. I just found that RCA is selling a flat indoor digital tv antenna which is supposed to be way better than bunny ears, which receives local HD, all digital TV broadcasts and FM radio signals for free also receives high-definition broadcasts up to 1080i. Do you know anything about this? Will I be getting the same quality with this you think? Thanks.

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Hi masaki h,
I am happy to help.
It is almost impossible to tell how well an antenna will work . It depends on atmospheric conditions, distance to the broadcast tower and a number of other factors.
The new flat antennas look nice and should work fine but your best course of action is to buy from a store with a liberal return policy. Places like Walmart will take the antenna back for any reason as long as you have an reciept.
Somtimes a cheap set of rabbit ears work as well as a expensive amplfied antenna.
I say give it a try and if not acceptable return it and try another one. I have provided a link to a site that will explain more about DTV and antennas. http://www.antennaweb.org/aw/welcome.aspx

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HD tv is picky about the signal. You either get a signal or you don't get a signal (no static or snow). It really depends on your location as to where you live. There are ways that you can find out how close you are to a transmitter by checking on Wikipedia for each channel in your market. It will give you precise position as to where it is. It will also tell you if they will broadcast in 1080i or 720i. Check the antenna specs to see what the range is on the rca.com website.

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