Edited November 3, 2017
at 06:14 PM
Walmart has the Ematic HDTV Outdoor Antenna w/ 150-Mile Range [walmart.com]
on Clearance for $22.99. You can add a 2-year service plan for $2. This is sold and shipped by Walmart. Opt for in-store pickup to save the $5.99 shipping fee.
- 1080p Full HD quality
- UHF/VHF TV and FM radio
- 360° motorized rotation
- High-gain boost
- 39-foot coaxial cable included
Jet.com also has it [jet.com]
for $22.99 or $22.58 if you opt out of free returns.
Least expensive on Amazon is $29.99.
As with any antenna, reviews will be mixed and channels received will vary depending on location, line of sight, mounting height, age of TV/tuner, etc. So this is YMMV per person/location, and I'm sure some people will post this is "junk, didn't work, cheap Chinese" or whatever. If you're surrounded by mountains, then it probably isn't going to work for you! Also, while it says "150-mile", I'd say expect 80-mile and if you get further than that, it's icing on the cake. My review below (and map) show I get a station that is 101 miles away!
My review: Honestly, when I received this, it looked like just some junk plastic and aluminum (some assembly required) and I thought "yeah right, like this is going to work better than the others". Looks are deceiving because I have used this antenna for almost 1 year now, enjoying free HDTV and receiving around 45-60 stations (primary and sub) hooked up to 4 TV's around the house. Some stations are duplicate from multiple cities (CBS, ABC, NBC) but the news is local to the broadcast area. This antenna is better than the $75 to $150 antennas I tried that would not even pick up 1 station. I am in Central Florida (Sebring) 73 miles due South of Orlando, and a minimum of 65-miles from any broadcasting station. With this antenna I receive Tampa/St Petersburg (70 mi NW), Fort Myers (65 mi SW), Sarasota (68 mi W), Orlando (73 mi N), Ft Pierce/Port Saint Lucie (69 mi E) and even West Palm Beach (101 mi SE). I point towards Tampa and WPB is 180 deg opposite direction, so I get a 100 mile away station not even pointing in that direction! The antenna went through Hurricane Irma last month, and even after the pole bent and the antenna was laying on the roof (10-ft 1/2" metal conduit pole bent at the roof mount), I continued to pickup Tampa stations and kept tracking the storm until the power went out. I have since installed this same antenna for 3 other friends in the area, and they have not stopped thanking me for it. I also upgraded my pole to 3/4" after the hurricane. I just ordered 3 more antennas for upcoming installations.
Con: All 4 antenna rotors are still functioning, although I've seen reviews state they can die within the first year. If you're worried, add the $2 replacement service plan for 2 years. Normally, once you have your antenna set, you will never have to turn it. However, the button on the amplifier box and the two buttons on the remote are not reliable as to the direction it will turn. Any button you push activates the rotor, but you will need a camera looking at the antenna to see which way it's turning. I use facetime on my phone and my wife's phone at the same time. I put her phone outside pointing up at the antenna and watch it on my phone as I use the button or remote (range of remote is VERY limited).
Be sure to leave a loop/excess coax at the mounting point to allow for rotation. The pole mount hole is either 3/4" or 1" (I can't remember off-hand) with thumb screws to secure it to the pole. Also, the top and bottom fins have slide clips to lock them in place - use a screwdriver to slide the clips outward.
Notes and Questions I've Seen Asked:
- A mounting pole is NOT included.
- In reviews, people have stated this will work if you want to mount it in an attic or back patio if you're in an apartment.
- You can connect this to existing satellite wiring (if you're getting rid of dish/directv) so you don't have to run new coax to your tv locations.
- The base unit/amplifier/rotor control will probably be next to your closest TV to the antenna, but doesn't have to be.
- The base unit/amplifier/rotor control requires power (power adapter included), so this may affect where you put it.
- The base/amplifier/rotor control unit has (1) ANT-IN and (2) TV-out connectors. TV-out #1 is a short 3 or 4 foot cable that can be put into a splitter if it's not next to your TV. I've seen 2 types of the base unit where TV-out #1 is a coax connector instead of hardwired to the 3-4 foot cable.
- You can split the signal to multiple locations. Be sure you use a splitter that goes up to 3,000MHz to handle all UHF channels.
- As long as your TV has a digital tuner built-in (within the last 8 years), you don't need a separate Digital decoder box to decode the HDTV signal. However, some HDTV tuners aren't that great. I get 45 channels on a new 60" Vizio TV in the bedroom, and 60 channels on a 2-year old 65" Panasonic TV in the living room.
- Each TV can watch an independent antenna station. It is not limited to what another TV in the house is watching (unlike dish or cable if you split the signal from 1 box into 2 rooms, both rooms have to watch the same station).