Comment: In regards to the antenna.

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In regards to the antenna.

In regards to the antenna. Roll your own. Stay away from the gimmicky antennas and the ones that plug in. Dipoles (rabbit ears) are not gain antennas but a gain antenna is what you need. This one is fairly simple to build;

http://kc7jsd.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/homebrew-atsc-hd-dtv-...

antennas from instructables;
http://www.instructables.com/tag/type-id/?sort=none&q=hdtv+a...

There are tons of other designs out there. My current antenna is the traditional yagi with the VHF section cut off. I don't watch much TV but it's nice to have access to the local radar, news and political debates.