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This New RCA Antenna Is Built In to Your Window Shades

At CES 2018 RCA was showing off a new set of antennas. One of these antennas takes a new spin on an indoor antenna.

RCA is showcasing an antenna built into a roller shade. Now not only can your roller shade keep the sun out, but it can also pick up free over-the-air TV.

This new antenna is not yet available for sale, but RCA won a CES 2018 Innovation Award for new products. You should see these antennas hitting stores sometime later this year.

Roller shade antennas from RCA are one more step in a rush to sell antennas that will seamlessly blend into your home surroundings. No longer is the TV antenna something that stands out, it is now something that can vanish into the backdrop of your decor.

For many an outdoor antenna or attic antenna is perfect, but others do not have the option. So antennas like this help people who want to hide an indoor antenna.

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12 Responses to This New RCA Antenna Is Built In to Your Window Shades

  1. SanityChecker January 15, 2018 at 1:53 pm #

    So you have to put shade down to watch TV?

    • Kevin Jordan January 15, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      I’m sure having it down would increase reception, assuming it’s all the blinds that add to it and not just the top or bottom mounting portions of the shade that have the antenna, but I’m sure it’s not necessary to always have it all the way down.

      • Me January 15, 2018 at 4:37 pm #

        antenna don’st work that way. I can see an antenna work with it both rolled up and down. An Antenna has to match the wavelength of the signal coming in. rolling it up dramatically change that. Too many people think if you connect some coax to metal any metal that makes an antenna. Not quite

        • Kevin Jordan January 15, 2018 at 4:39 pm #

          That’s why I think it’s more than likely just in the hand portion or the base. Having it the whole length of the window might be overkill anyways. I guess we’ll see when they put out the product into the market. I’m still curious how you hook the coax up to this thing anyways without that showing somehow.

  2. Rocksleeper January 15, 2018 at 2:42 pm #

    They say the window is the best place to put your indoor atenna. So…making it shades seems like an alright thing to do….AS LONG as rolling up the shade doesn’t affect reception. I don’t want the shade down all the time.

    • Me January 15, 2018 at 4:34 pm #

      Not if the window is not facing the towers.

    • Fred Koot January 15, 2018 at 8:11 pm #

      Not for me, lost a lot of channels sticking it on the window. You can’t angle it.

  3. Me January 15, 2018 at 4:33 pm #

    “For many an outdoor antenna or attic antenna is perfect, but others do not have the option. So antennas like this help people who want to hide an indoor antenna.”

    Sorry but if you need an outdoor antenna or even attic one this antenna will most likely not be sufficient.

  4. Old Friend January 15, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

    I’m down with that…

  5. Karl Childers January 15, 2018 at 6:42 pm #

    Neat idea but the market for this product is incredibly limited.

  6. Steve Hansen January 15, 2018 at 8:21 pm #

    love the innovative ways businesses adapt to the current climate. This antenna will be great where the window faces the direction of the broadcast signal and will probably receive most signals otherwise.

  7. goonierag January 16, 2018 at 1:55 am #

    you guys not thing ahead. like they are. With atsc 3.0 that you can pick up signal with a smartphone. This is way ahead of the rest. Soon able to pick up signal 65 miles away.