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Winegard launches amped-up OTA receiver for HDTV

Winegard has launched an amplified version of its FlatWave indoor HDTV antenna for receiving broadcast signals free-to-air, appropriately called the FlatWave Amped. The multi-directional amplified antenna draws in dual-band (VHF/UHF) HDTV broadcast signals up to 50 miles away.

"This newest member of our patented FlatWave HDTV antenna family is the best one yet," said Winegard national sales manager Grant Whipple. "We have set a new standard for amplifier performance, and the Amped is the first antenna to utilise this technology. The Amped is one of very few indoor dual band antennas on the market, which means consumers don't have to miss out on a major network that other UHF-only indoor antennas may experience."

The embedded amplifier is able to amplify 100% of the signal at the antenna to "maximise channel reception and minimise pixilation and dropouts for the best viewing experience possible, something inline amplifiers can't achieve," explained Whipple.

The technology lowers the noise floor to an 1.0 dB typical, which is 200-400% lower than competing amplifiers. That translates to antenna performance that matches an antenna two to three times larger, the company said.

The FlatWave Amped measures 13" x 12" and comes with an 18.5 foot white coaxial cable and an embedded digital amplifier. It retails for $89.99 and offers broadcast TV shows for free in 1080p.

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