SMARTenna

Channel Master Announces a New 60-Mile “Smart Antenna”


Today Channel Master, the company best known for their line of OTA DVRs, announced a new smart antenna called the SMARTenna+.

This 60-mile indoor antenna uses a new Active Steering technology from Ethertronics. With this Active Steering feature the antenna will automatically maximize TV channel reception.

The SMARTenna+ does this by scanning for over-the-air TV channels with a built-in TV tuner and analyzes the results. From there the antenna will Auto select the best configuration from seven different built-in options to deliver the greatest number of channels.

According to Channel Master, this technology will be able to eliminate over 90% of indoor reception issues that are commonly due to placement and movement.

A few months ago, Cord Cutters News had a hands-on look at the Ethertronics Active Steering technology and found it to be impressive in the demo. The question now is how will it work in an every day test.

The new SMARTenna+ 60-mile antenna seems like a great fit for Channel Master’s new Stream+ DVR and Android TV player.

Cord Cutters News plans to do a full set of tests on the Channel Master SMARTenna+ and the new Stream+ DVR/Android TV player as soon as possible.

You can preorder the SMARTenna+ on Channel Masters site for $89 right now. No date was listed for when these new antennas will ship but we expect them to hit the market soon.

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15 Responses to Channel Master Announces a New 60-Mile “Smart Antenna”

  1. jsward12 January 8, 2018 at 8:53 am #

    Is it for sale?

    • wildcatmo January 8, 2018 at 9:21 am #

      Says pre-order on CM site.

  2. Fred Koot January 8, 2018 at 9:40 am #

    Built in Tuner? It determines the best position than sets it. You would still have to scan again with your tv. So it can determine where and what angle in the room, impressive.

  3. Teddy G January 8, 2018 at 9:54 am #

    hmm, built-in tuner also means more expensive and if it’s tuner isn’t OTA 3 ready, it may have a short life before a update (Version 2.0?) becomes available sometime in the future. Also one tuner also means one tv can use it, yes? Nevertheless, I will be looking forward to Luke’s test of this device.

    • Kevin Jordan January 8, 2018 at 11:08 am #

      Any OTA 2 antenna is 3 capable. There’s no changes there, I think it’s mostly interpreting the signal (i.e. the tuner this plugs into) that changes for 3.

      • Teddy G January 8, 2018 at 12:56 pm #

        That’s what I was referring to. Its’ tuner and not the actual antenna. So there will likely be an update to this product in future years to stay competitive.

    • Vegas Steve January 8, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

      Depends on what you define as ‘short life’ span. AFTER a TV station starts broadcasting OTA 3, they have to provide their old signal for 5 more years. (this is, of course, open to our wonderful gov’t fiddling with the rules)

    • Camille M January 8, 2018 at 3:13 pm #

      There’s no tuner in this antenna, it plugs into a TV or OTA tuner like any other antenna.

      • Vegas Steve January 8, 2018 at 3:15 pm #

        That’s not what this article said, is specifically states there is a tuner IN the antenna.

        • Camille M January 8, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

          If you mean the line about ‘channel-by-channel tuning’ that’s not how I read it. I think it refers to it being able to configure itself somehow for optimal reception so a tuner can get the best possible signal. It’s confusing, though. But an antenna with a built-in tuner would have an HDMI connection or WiFi capability, not the coax which is standard for any non-tuning antenna. I guess it’s possible it would tune the signal, recode it, and feed it into the antenna connector, but it seems unlikely.

        • Keith Foster January 8, 2018 at 3:36 pm #

          I take it as the tuner uses the signal to adjust not to send out the signal. I’m interested in this, but I want to see it in use.

      • Teddy G January 8, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

        The article above states, “The SMARTenna+ does this by scanning for over-the-air TV channels with a built-in TV tuner and analyzes the results.”

        But if doesn’t have a tuner but a new kind of device that sits between the antenna and the television’s tuner, why not make it a standalone product so it can be paired with any antenna, including a customer’s pre-existing roof antenna? idk

        • Camille M January 9, 2018 at 1:42 pm #

          Yes, but I trust the ChannelMaster description on their website more than the CordCuttersNews article. My impression is that the built in processor makes some kind of adjustment to how the antenna receives the signals that wouldn’t work with another antenna.

          This Engadget article has a little more detail and says there’s an internal computer processor that chooses the best reception pattern, whatever that means.

          https://www.engadget.com/2018/01/08/smartenna-emulates-seven-tv-antennas-ota/

          • Teddy G January 9, 2018 at 1:56 pm #

            Yup. That article clears up things much better than the Cord Cutters News. It basically has 7 antennas in one and the processor switches between the 7 to the one with the highest signal. Thanks Camille

  4. mADMAN in MN January 8, 2018 at 11:35 pm #

    Every one of these ‘flexy-square’ antennae have been a bad joke:
    Minimal reception, ridiculous need to ‘re-position’ often, and as dumb a marketing gimmick as any other attempt to make fooled-buyesrsbelieve that there is such a thing as an “HDTV antenna.”

    There isn’t.
    An antenna is an antenna is an antenna.

    The physics of wavelengths, and metal elements to match them, found within ANY antenna is a FIXED factor.that ain’t gonna be changed by marketing hype.

    They keep on trying though, don’t they?

    Will this Channel Master item be any different?
    Maybe, maybe not.
    Let’s see what testing results yield….