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July 19, 2010, 3:00 pm

An Unobtrusive HDTV Antenna


Anyone who wants to save money by cutting off their cable TV service quickly learns that they may not be able to pull in many over-the-air broadcasts without an antenna. To get the digital channels, they need to make a trip up to the roof or stick what can be an unattractive antenna next to the TV.

ClearStream Micron from Antennas Direct The Clearstream Micron is slightly larger than a piece of copy paper.

Antennas Direct ClearStream Micron - NYT Blog ReprintThe new ClearStream Micron from Antennas Direct solves some of those problems. It is a sleek black panel only slightly bigger than a piece of copy paper that can be mounted on a wall or sit on a window sill.

And at $49, the panel is economical.

When it was pointed in the direction of area TV towers from among the office towers of downtown San Francisco, the antenna pulled in about 30 channels of the 70 channels said to be available. A good many of those pulled in are foreign-language stations.

Walking between the antenna panel and the TV towers will disrupt the signal. The only other drawback is that the back of the panel, the side facing people in the room when it is tabletop mounted, isn't as attractive as the side facing the towers.

The device is available at Antennas Direct, online stores and Best Buy.