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Clear-Cast X1 Digital Television Antenna

Updated on June 13, 2013
The Clear-Cast Antenna logo.
The Clear-Cast Antenna logo. | Source

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.

The patent-pending Clear-Cast X1 Digital Antenna is a high-tech money saver.
The patent-pending Clear-Cast X1 Digital Antenna is a high-tech money saver. | Source

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.

The author and her husband at the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Antonio, Texas.
The author and her husband at the Japanese Tea Gardens in San Antonio, Texas. | Source

Personal Recommendation

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 Fundamentals.
Digital Television Fundamentals. | Source

Digital Television Guidebook

Digital Television Fundamentals
Digital Television Fundamentals

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

Copyright © 2012. Annette R. Smith. All rights reserved.

Published: May 21, 2012 / Modified: June 13, 2013.

Plug into free digital broadcasts with the Clear-Cast X1 Digital Television Antenna.
Plug into free digital broadcasts with the Clear-Cast X1 Digital Television Antenna. | Source

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    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      4 weeks ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Chris. We never used the antenna for sound or music, so I can’t say. And we now live in a home where cable is provided through our HOA, so I can’t test the antenna. If you - or anyone reading this article - find an answer to this question, please come back and let us know. Thanks for reading!

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      Chris 

      5 weeks ago

      I have a question: can sound come thru it when plugged in without the television on?

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      Annette R. Smith 

      6 months ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, zimou131. Thank you for the tips.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hi, Karen. Thank you for your question. We bought our digital antenna through a telephone number that our local newspaper published last year. A special claim code for our zip code gave us a considerable discount. You can purchase the antenna without a claim code by visiting the Clear-Cast website at https://www.clear-cast.com. They list it for $98.

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      Karen 

      5 years ago

      Where can I buy this Clear-Cast X1 Digital Television Antenna???

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      5 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, jodavwel. Thank you for reading my article and sharing your solution with us. Sounds like a winner! Clear-Cast was great when we didn't have a yard, patio or balcony to stand a pole or tripod, and we weren't allowed to attach anything to the outside of our apartment building. Our current apartment includes free cable TV, but the Clear-Cast antenna worked for us when we needed it.

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      jodavwel 

      5 years ago

      Went to Lowes, bought a 30 in. aluminum rod, cut in in half, mounted on a pvc pipe, attached coax to antenna halves, (simple dipole), placed on outside of house, receive over 50 channels from northern Va, Annapolis, Washington and Baltimore. The Va station rebroadcasts 6 foreign stations received from satellite.

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      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, Steve. Thank you for your thoughtful words of encouragement. Your comment made my day! Happy hubbing!

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      Steve Mitchell 

      6 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      I love this hub and the way you have gone about it. I think it is one of the best structured I have seen. Hope you sell loads and get lots of commission. If you don't get any then I will be surprised for such a glowing review.

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      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      You're welcome, tirelesstraveler. So glad you found this information useful!

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      Judy Specht 

      6 years ago from California

      This was enough to get my husband to leave the newspaper. We haven't had TV since Digital became the standard. We mostly watch TV on the computer, but we toy with a getting an antenna periodically. Thanks for the tip.

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, Pamela. I'm glad to be of help! In the past, we signed on with AT&T U-Verse and the DISH network. Our current apartment rent includes Time Warner Cable service. All have their perks. But we had no complaints with the Clear Cast digital antenna. We got plenty of channels, and enjoyed plenty of savings too!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I have been wondering about this company as I received an email. We have been using AT&T, which gives us a lot of channels and we can copy up to 4 programs at once. However, it is expensive, so Clear Channel would be a more affordable choice. Thanks for the information.

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      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Hello, Ke-ania. Thank you for reading my article and introducing yourself. It's a pleasure to meet you! The Clear-Cast antenna is a great way to watch digital television and save money, too. I'm happy to recommend your product to others.

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      Ke-ania 

      6 years ago

      @ Annette R. Smith, my name is Ke-ania I am the Executive Assistant, to the Vice President of Brilliant Built Technologies. I want to take out the time to let you know that we appreciate your testimonial. It is always a pleasure to read positive reviews about the Clear-cast Antenna. Once again thank you and I am so glad that you and your husband have enjoyed the product.

      Ke-ania

    • Annette R. Smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Annette R. Smith 

      6 years ago from Grand Island, Florida

      Our last apartment home was built into a hill, and our television (and cell phone) reception was poor. We went from getting just 4 channels to more than 50, with an HDTV and the Clear-Cast antenna. It's great to hear from you, Hyphenbird. I hope my article was helpful!

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      Brenda Barnes 

      6 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      This is a great idea. Thanks for the recommendation. We do not have cable or satellite but receive about 10 channels just because we have a newer HD television. I will consider buying one of these antennas.

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