Clear-Cast X1 Digital Television Antenna
Free Digital Television
Brilliant Built Technologies introduced the Clear-Cast X1 Digital Television Antenna in early 2012. This razor thin device is one of the most compact indoor models on the market.
The sleek design is years beyond the "rabbit ear" generation. The developers used electromagnetic simulation software, high-tech network analyzers and the same cutting-edge equipment used by United States military and space programs.
Dr. Argy Petros, a scientist with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), invented the Clear-Cast antenna. Petros (formerly Argyrios Chatzipetros) holds 22 United States patents. A consultant for Think Wireless, he has developed antenna systems for NASA, Motorola, XM Satellite Radio and other companies around the world. Petros was inducted into the NASA Space Technology Hall of Fame in 2002.
"My patent-pending design allows for easy mounting on any window, which maximizes reception while still being inside the home," Petros was quoted in Brilliant Built Technologies press material. "There is no better indoor HDTV antenna that even comes close to beating Clear-Cast, and I've tested a lot of them," he said.
Clear-Cast is not a digital service like cable or satellite television. It is an indoor antenna that accesses digital signals whenever there are local broadcasts in the antenna's range.
No Monthly Bills or Fees
Did you know that you can receive free high definition broadcasts with just a simple antenna connected to your television?
Satellite and cable companies may have convinced you that their service is the best or only way to watch television. Throw streaming Internet services into the mix, and you may not realize that free broadcasts still exist with an indoor antenna.
In fact, over-the-air digital broadcasts are 100 percent free for American television viewers. The Clear-Cast X1 Digital Antenna captures the free signals so you can enjoy national and local programs without paying high monthly bills and upfront installation fees.
My husband and I purchased the Clear-Cast X1 Digital Television Antenna at the introductory price, for about $50 plus shipping. We think it's a great product, and I'm happy to recommend it to my readers.
Prior to our Clear-Cast purchase, we used another indoor antenna in our San Antonio, Texas, apartment home. Only four television channels had good reception, and only one of the five full-powered local stations came through.
With Clear-Cast, we enjoyed digital broadcasts on 53 channels, including our four local network affiliates. We also discovered a few channels we were not aware of. As a Christian couple, we were pleased to receive five religion channels. The picture was always clear and bright, and we enjoyed the monthly savings too.
When our apartment lease expired, we moved closer to my husband's work. Since the monthly rent for our new home includes cable television service, we boxed up the Clear-Cast antenna and put it into storage. I have no doubt we will use it again in the future, and I can highly recommend it to people who live in the city.
If you live in the country, you may get fewer digital channels than your city-dwelling neighbors. View the Federal Communications Commission DTV Reception Map (below) to check the digital reception in your area. Follow the link for an interactive, terrain-sensitive map model.
DTV Reception Map / Federal Communications Commission
Digital Television Guidebook
This plain-talk guidebook by Michael Robin and Michael Poulin is a good introduction to digital television / Format: hardcover edition.
Digital Television Signals
To receive digital television (DTV) signals, your antenna must receive both VHF and UHF channels. VHF channels are those numbered 2 through 13; UHF channels are 14 through 51.
Some indoor antennas provide good reception for VHF channels, while others receive signals for UHF channels. For example, "rabbit ear" antennas can receive VHF channels, but they must be amplified with "bow-tie" or "wire loop" antennas to pick up UHF channels.
Since 2009, all full-power television stations in the United States broadcast exclusively in digital format. Analog televisions require a digital-to-analog converter box. Even with the box, however, your TV cannot receive digital or DTV signals without an antenna.
Stores market HDTV antennas as indoor antennas for digital television signals. However, most of them perform best for UHF channels.
Talk to retail consultants and do your research before buying a new television antenna. Make sure it will provide good reception for both VHF and UHF channels.
Quick Start Guide: Clear-Cast X1 Digital Television Antenna
Reference Sources / Further Reading
- Brilliant Built Technologies. (April 9, 2012) "Brilliant Built Technologies, USA Introduces the Clear-Cast X1 Digital Antenna." Brilliant Built Technologies / Universal Media Syndicate, Inc. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
- Federal Communications Commission. (n.d.) "Antennas and Digital Television." Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
- Federal Communications Commission. (n.d.) "Fix Reception Problems." Digital Television. Retrieved May 20, 2012.
- Think Wireless. (n.d.) "About the Founder: Argy Petros." Think Wireless, Inc. Retrieved May 21, 2012.
Copyright © 2012. Annette R. Smith. All rights reserved.
Published: May 21, 2012 / Modified: June 13, 2013.
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