Our friends at Televes are here at the 2019 CES show and they’ve been busy. A lot of people don’t know this but Televes is a massive corporation with many subsidiaries. They’re mostly here at the show with new products from their healthcare division. However, they had a bit more to show… some new antennas which Solid Signal will be carrying in the future.
This is Ellipse. It represents a completely new line for Televes worldwide. Eventually there will be several versions, but this is the first: a UHF-only model designed for worldwide broadcasting. Future versions will include a VHF model and models that are more appropriate for the TV frequencies used in the US.
Ellipse looks like other Televes antennas but the front is much, much shorter. The reflectors on the back are also curved which makes them more effective. The better reflectors compensate for the shorter director assembly on the front to provide performance that equals Televes’ DATBOSS models.
Ellipse is easier to ship which means a lower-priced antenna for the end user. More importantly it is easier to assemble. Televes’ reps claim the antenna assembles completely in 30 seconds. I believe them. A lot of this easy assembly comes from the fact that the antenna is small enough to be partially pre-assembled at the factory.
Ellipse is a great antenna for those looking for long-range, high-power performance. It should perform comparably to much larger antennas in every case. I look forward to getting one for testing.
Bexia is a complete rethinking of the indoor antenna. The company started with a clean sheet of paper. It looks like Televes has designed the perfect indoor antenna here, and I expect it to completely outperform the competion. This is the first truly premium indoor antenna.
Bexia has dual amplification to allow the best possible performance from UHF and VHF. It’s the first indoor antenna in its class to offer strong reception of VHF-Low signals (channels 2-6.) This is increasingly important as the FCC repack moves channels lower in the spectrum.
Unlike other antennas you can also wall-mount Bexia with its molded-in keyhole slots or use the Surface-Pro-style kickstand to put it on any flat surface. The design of the antenna also allows for fairly good performance if the antenna is laying down, something you don’t see as often from indoor antennas.
Dinova Boss MIX
The Dinova Boss MIX was also on display but the angle of the photos don’t show it off very well. This is the successor to the very popular DigiNova antenna. The antenna looks similar to the DigiNova. There are two extendable monopoles for improved VHF performance. Remember that more and more TV markets will have at least one VHF channel soon.
I’m a big fan of the DigiNova and I expect to be a big fan of this antenna as well. It’s the perfect size and shape for outdoor installations where you don’t want a very large antenna, yet the performance is much better than similar antennas of the same size due to the design of the antenna. It’s light-years away from the traditional loop dipole, and the BOSS amplification system is the cleanest on the market.
As soon as these antennas are available in the US, I’ll offer my comprehensive testing and review. Right now as I write this it’s hard to know how long it will take for Customs and FCC approval of these antennas. Hopefully it won’t be an issue for much longer.