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RCA HDTV/TV Antenna (CANT1650)

  • Model Number: CANT1650
  • WebID: 10126065
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The RCA CANT1650 digital flat UHF/VHF HDTV/TV antenna makes the "rabbit ear" antenna a thing of the past. The patented omnidirectional reception design eliminates the need for constant adjustments. It's lightweight and compact footprint can be laid flat, set upright, or wall mounted.

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Just find a location with a strong signal to place it after connecting to your TV and you're ready to enjoy free local programming. The included amplifier can improve weak signals using extremely low noise circuitry, or it can be removed if not needed. Local over-air digital and HDTV broadcasts will be uncompressed so you can receive a better quality signal than provided by satellite or cable companies. In some cases, you'll receive channels not available through those service providers as well. FEATURES
  • Built-In 6ft RG6 Coaxial Cable
  • Terrestrial (over-air) HDTV Ready
  • Signal Reception Types: UHF and VHF for HDTV, DTV, and TV
  • Operational VHF bandwidth: 54 - 88 and 174 - 216MHz
  • Operational UHF bandwidth: 470 - 806MHz
  • 6ft RG6 coaxial cable built-in
  • Output impedance: 75 Ohms
  • Paintable housing
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 Year Limited
  • Dimensions: 25.65(W) x 27.56(H) x 1.65(D) cm
  • Weight: 0.68 kg
  • Amplifier Gain: 10 to 12 dB average (optimal for Digital/HD signal reception)
  • Mounting accessories supplied: 2 screws for wall-mounting and removable stand for setting upright
  • Power requirement: DC 12V/100mA for removable amplified (AC adapter included)
  • Included In Box: Removable Foot Stand, Wall Mounting Brackets And Screws

Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

For more information about the Manufacturer’s Warranty, please contact the manufacturer or visit their website.

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Customer Reviews

2.8 / 5
Based on 50 ratings,31 Reviews
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Positive vs. Critical Reviews

Positive 48%

16 Reviews

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5.0
  • from Toronto, ON
  • Sep 23, 2014

Excellent

Impressed with the number of channels, and almost all in HD!!

1.0
  • from Newmarket, ON
  • Jul 15, 2014

Make sure you can return it.

I live in Newmarket, ON. I tried the antenna, with and without the amplifier. Either way, it only found five channels. 2 didn't work, 2 came in very pixalated, totally unwatchable and the only one that did come in clearly was a French channel. Didn't get CITYTV or CBC. Tomorrow it goes back to [the store]. Thanks for having a 30 day return policy.

2.0
  • from Niagara Falls, ON
  • Jul 14, 2014

Not great

Disappointed in the number of channels I could recieve

4.0
  • from Longueuil, QC
  • Jun 17, 2014

Great Alternative to HD Cable

purchased this product with the intention of "cutting the cord", obviously you need to try the antenna in different locations and positions to maximize the amount of channels recieved (if signal is not 100%, channel will not register) which provides incredible quality HDTV! on 2 tv's I get the following channels to give you an idea: SRC(French CBC), CBS, WCAX, CBC, TVA, CTV, GLOBAL HD, GLOBAL SD, Tele-Quebec, PBS, PBS+, Create (Vermont), World (Vermont), V, ICI, CITYtv. obviously, some channels, such as vermont stations will not pickup very well on a clear sky day, but i don't watch those anyway.

1.0
  • from Vancouver, BC
  • May 26, 2014

barely one channel

I bought it and tried every position and different locations. It barely gets CBC when its outside flat. garbabge

4.0
  • from Mississauga, ON
  • May 10, 2014

In Mississauga, access to 15 channels

I was so impressed by the quality of the HD picture I get from this antenna. I noticed right away that it was more clear than with my satellite I had previously. I am in Mississauga on a second floor and I get some US channels also. This is a good alternative to paying for satellite or cable. I get the news and few tv shows I like. It is nice to be able to have an indoor antenna.

5.0
  • from Niagara Falls, ON
  • Apr 24, 2014

cant 1659 antenna

This antenna is fantastic you must move it around a few times reload channels be patient you will receive lots I get 33 one facing Grand Island the other CNN tower across the lake from Niagara Falls only 40 Kms 20 Kms to Grand Island. on real windy days you will get some breakup if you are facing CN Tower.Totally Satisfied

1.0
  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Mar 11, 2014

Very Disappointed - A poor investment

I live in Ottawa and I thought the reception would be much better, but it wasn't. I have difficulty with local channels, very fuzzy and inconsistent. My plan is to eliminate expensive cable and stream video off the internet and watch local stations OTA but I can not do it with this antenna, I will try a Channel Master. I plan to return it.

4.0
  • from Saint Catharines, ON
  • Mar 09, 2014

Very Good product

Im in St. catharines and I get 14 channels FREE......and Im surrounded with trees and higher buildings....Cheers!

4.0
  • from Toronto, ON
  • Feb 24, 2014

Better for Highrise ?

Bought this for my house in central etobicoke, ON, managed to get 9 channels(only canadian) Took it down 2 kms to a friends apartment on the 5th FL and managed to get 21 channels(including main Buffalo stations).

2.0
  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Feb 09, 2014

Reception Inconsistent

Living in Nepean, thought the reception would be much better, but it wasn't. It originally scanned and picked up 12 channels, but in reality it only picked up 6 channels of which 4 were in french. Thought for sure I would get CTV News (a local channel) but it only comes in intermittently. Would seriuosly consider purchasing another product.

2.0
  • from Concord, ON
  • Feb 01, 2014

Depends where you live

Didn't work at all at my place. Probably because of the way my building is setup. But worked great when I took it to a friends house.

4.0
  • from Montreal, QC
  • Jan 31, 2014

Excellent product

Purchased for a second TV, and we were amazed at the high quality HD reception, although positioning of the antenna is critical. In some spots, we only received 2 or 3 stations, but facing it eastward at a window (in central Montreal), we are now getting 9 stations: CBC (French and English), CTV (Fr. and Eng.), Global, PBS Plattsburgh (1 station in HD, 2 in standard reception,) and a French educational channel that sometimes also broadcasts in English. And it's all FREE! If my wife didn't insist on having the movie channels, I would tell our cable company to take a hike.

4.0
  • from Toronto, ON
  • Jan 20, 2014

Very Good!!!!

I'm getting 20 channels; most in HD. The picture is much better than cable. Definitely recommended if you're in a condo on a higher floor.

1.0
  • from Pointe-claire, QC
  • Dec 23, 2013

Thumbs down

Unfortunately, this unit didn't work in our area. Absolutely zero reception. Seemed like good quality though. I guess we're just too far to get a signal without a more "pro" model.

3.0
  • from Peterborough
  • Sep 22, 2013

Impressed.

Just bought this the other day and it's not exactly a 'set down and forget it' antenna. Coming from the Peterborough I was doubtful it would pick anything up. It does require rotating to get CHEX and Global and CTV. So it does work to pick up the local channels. However if the weather is right and there is a warm air system coming up from the upper New York State it greatly helps. I have received up up 25 channels, as far away as Syracuse, NY.

5.0
  • from Stoney Creek, Ontario
  • Jul 20, 2013

Does what an indoor antenna should do!

Bought this for my second floor condo bedroom. When I laid this antenna flat on my dresser beside my Sharp HDTV TV. I pulled in 12 channels. 5 CBLT-DT(720p), 9 CFTO(1080i), 11 CHCH-DT(1080i), 19 TVO(1080i), 25 CBLFTDT(720p), 35( Audio Only), 36 CITS-HD(1080i), 40 CJMT(1080i), 41 Global(1080i), 41-Global 2SD(480i), 47 CFMT(1080i), 57 CITYTV(1080i). Mind you, you have to play around to find the best spot. I can't complain. Roughly 11 HD channels for free? The best you'll do and more for an indoor antenna in my area. Worth the purchase!

5.0
  • from Toronto, ON
  • Mar 06, 2013

Good Indoor Product

I used tvfool before purchasing the product, and it works slightly better than tvfool's report. I live about 8km from the CN Tower, with a slight view of it. I get about 16 channels, the bulk of which in clear HD. Make sure you check out tvfool.com and do your research and you will not be disappointed. Couldn't imagine an indoor antenna outperforming this thing.

4.0
  • from Anjou, MTL, QC
  • Nov 18, 2012

Good midrange product

I am very satisfied! I used to have rabbit ears type of antenna and was receiving a low signal for 9 channels. With this antenna I have a real stable 9 channels which is exactly what I was looking for.

1.0
  • from Guelph, ON
  • Aug 21, 2012

No signal

I tried both the amplified and non amplified versions. I actually worked for Best Buy (which is also Future Shop) in their Home & Entertainment Deptartment, so I am farmiliar with settings etc. I had no signal on either and no channels what so ever. I don't doubt that it might work for you, but it did not for me in my area. I have tried on two newer tv sets both with built in digital tuners. One main floor and the other top floor. No difference. For those in Guelph south end...ish (probably many students) it is worth a try if you can get to and from Futures Shop without too much hassel, but if not I would try another product, rogers/bell, or maybe just get netflix and stream the news online. Good Luck

5.0
  • from Edmonton, AB
  • Nov 30, 2011

Awesome!

I picked up this antenna and am getting an excellent amount of channels. Took about one hour to figure out the best place for the antenna, I live in a steel & concrete condo building facing SW so I'm pointing the wrong direction form the transmission towers and have plenty of steel & concrete blocking the signals. I now pick up 6 channels vs 2 with my old antenna. In Edmonton, Terwillegar, I pick up Global, City, C-TV, CBC, Omni, and CTS - all in full 1080i except CBC in 720p. Only channel I get intermittently is CBC French but I'm not keen on it anyways. No interference or anything the like. Awesome antenna for Condo buildings! Try it out!

5.0
  • from Toronto
  • Oct 14, 2011

Does what it promises

I live about 8 km from the CN Tower (with a view of it) and I get 16 channels in HD. Most of the negative reviews her could have been avoided if a little research was done. The product is sound.

1.0
  • from Montreal
  • Aug 02, 2011

As bad as rabbit ears

I tried this product and quickly came to the conclusion that it was a scam. The proof is very simple : With the amplifier plugged in, it is only a tiny bit better than old rabbit ears that cost 20$. Without the amplifier, it is much worse than aforementioned rabbit ears.

1.0
  • from Vancouver
  • Jun 08, 2011

Do not buy

This is the worst piece of equipment I have ever purchased. Hooked it up and could only get one channel very fuzzy. Wasted my night trying to get it to work, I think rabbit ears would work better than this. Save your money and time do not buy, I am returning it today.

1.0
  • from Kingston
  • Mar 31, 2011

Don't Waste Your Money

... or your time. This thing does NOT work. I plugged it in, tried moving it around the room and even the local CBC station would barely come in. Terrible picture. I even hooked up an old set of rabbit ears, years old, just to compare and they brought CBC in just fine. I bought this antenna tonight and I will return it tomorrow. To think that Future Shop would charge that kind of money for absolute garbage.

4.0
  • from Toronto
  • Jan 19, 2011

Worth the price

I also live in Toronto and recently brought the RCA Antenna. i don't have a clear veiw of the CN tower but only live 4 km from it in a low rise apartment buliding (close to Yonge and Bloor). So far the Antenna has worked great. I have it plugged into my new Toshiba 40" HD tv. I am able to get the major Canadian networks in amazing HD - CTV, Global, CBC, CITY TV, OMNI 1 & 2. I also get CW from the US. The one station missing that I watch is Fox. But this is a great option for the price if you live in Toronto. Very happy with it.

5.0
  • from Toronto
  • Jan 10, 2011

Does the job

This works really well. I like the stylish and sleek design - its paintable and doesn't take up much sense. People are trashing it because they get bad reception - that usually has more to do with your location. Run a free report for your address at tvfool.com and find out what kind of equipment you need. I'm downtown Toronto with a clear view of the CN tower and the lake - so I have strong reception and this works great. If you are in a place with bad reception you will need a more powerful unit and probably a tower. If you are going to go OTA HD you have to do your homework

1.0
  • from Montreal
  • Aug 11, 2010

Horrible Antenna

Bought this antenna to see if it would work better than the traditional rabbit ears.......Don't even think about getting this piece of crap. The rabbit ears provided 10 times better clarity (with or without the amplifier connected) and picked up more channels than this antenna.

1.0
  • from Orleans
  • Jul 13, 2010

Better off with a piece of scrap wire!

I tested 3 RCA indoor units (including this one) against 2 homemade antenna, and the results were very disappointing. My tv is in the basement, and the antennas were placed in front of the window for the best possible signal. I connected the antennas to my Bell satellite receiver "Antenna in" jack (as it supports scanning for local over-the-air signals). Overall the best performer was the homemade antenna I made using the instructions from the internet (search "Youtube coat hanger antenna"). I was able to pull in 3 digital channels with decent to very good signal strength. The two flat RCA antennas were able to pull in all 3 channels as well, but required fine adjustments for each channel (as opposed to leaving them flat as advertised). As a control I made a loop out of a 2 foot piece of scrap wire and attached the ends of this directly to the old fashioned coax converter (called a "Balun"; the thing you used in the old days to connect cable tv to the screws on the back of the tv). I hung this loop on the wall, and ALL 3 CHANNELS CAME IN JUST FINE!! The signal strength wasn't quite as good, but with digital stations it either works or it doesn't.. and it DID WORK! The moral of the story is, don't be fooled into thinking that these fancy devices will give you a better signal for local over-the-air digital channels. All you really need is a $4 converter ("balun", you can buy these everywhere) a small loop of wire and coax cable to run to the back of your tv or receiver. If you're farther away from the broadcasting stations you may need to look into an outdoor antenna (I haven't tested those yet!). (note: you may require an OTA [over-the-air] HD receiver if your tv tuner doesn't support HD channels)

2.0
  • from Calgary
  • Jun 27, 2010

Not worth the price.

I got this the other day and tried it out. It works fine but my non-amplified rabbit ears worked much better, though I do have to adjust them frequently. If you live high enough in a condo or apartment this may work better as I am in a valley and don't get a very good signal. Global digital comes in good but rabbit ears had a much stronger signal.

2.0
  • from Brampton
  • Mar 23, 2010

RCA TV Antenna cant1650

Didn't live up to expectations. Recieved 5 stations, none crystal clear. Cbc barely watchable.