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CEA gets official with smart antennas

Steven Kim

We've talked about "smart antennas" before in the context of DTV converter-box coupons. We're pretty big on the idea of self-aligning OTA antennas -- when you consider reports of HDTV misunderstandings, anything that reduces the knowledge necessary to get HD signal into the home is a good thing, in our book. Enter CEA-774-A, which puts forth standardized testing for these magical antennas that self-align for optimum reception like some DTV dowsing rod. We're hoping that these smart antennas get some sort of special CEA-standardized designation to differentiate them from standard multi-directional antennas, perhaps even a special color code along the lines of those already in use by the CEA.

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