It’s time for March Madness, the annual feast of college basketball. Tailgaters who don’t have tickets to the game(s) — that is, most of us — gather around TVs everywhere, urging our teams to glory. And that’s okay, we’re not here to judge your fandom. We’re here to help you be the best fan you can be.
Let’s just assume you’ll be blowing off work later this week to watch an obscene amount of college basketball. So will your friends, and they’ll be showing up at your place, food and beer in hand. Having enough TVs isn’t the problem, it’s getting HD pictures on all of them with only one cable box. Time to go back to the future… retro in the 21st century sense of the word.
The Flatwave Amped Indoor HD Antenna is a supercharged version of the tried-and-true rabbit ears, pulling in an HD picture from long distances wherever you need one. The Flatwave Amped is omnidirectional with a built-in amplifier, so there’s no need to position or aim it. And it’s paper thin, weighing practically nothing. So just tape it to the wall somewhere out of the way.
The Flatwave Amped is also digital, which eliminates any picture ghosting or “noise” to work around. The picture comes in crystal clear (or not at all, if the signal is too far away) with surround sound, if the broadcast has it. Plug the antenna’s long coaxial cable into a TV’s ‘Antenna’ input; then plug the USB power cord into the TV’s USB port or an AC outlet through the included 110v adapter. The TV will need a few minutes to read the broadcast channels coming in. But otherwise, that’s it.
Let the college basketball begin.
Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.