I really dislike the super-hyped antenna scams I see on broadcast TV. I really love watching Court TV which is broadcast OTA in my area. They have an ad on heavy rotation for a product called ClearTV Premium HD that claims you can get rid of cable and satellite and watch “crystal clear 4k UHD TV for free.”
This “review” also fails to mention that you cannot buy a TV today that has ATSC 3.0 receivers, let alone that all older TV sets never will have them. If the standard and broadcasts are ever implemented these folks will need a new TV or converter box.
It really is a shame that some folks not educated on OTA will see these ads and waste their money on garbage like this.
Clear TV has been at the forefront of the “HD Antenna” and “Free TV” arena for a long time. I’ve seen their live Demos and Giveaways at the Fashion Show Mall in Vegas several times (always presented by very attractive girls). The form factor changes from time to time. They started out with a flat style, went to the Plug-in Stick design, the current modified rabbit ears, etc.
Aside from Clear, there is a full cottage industry of inexpensive “HD-ready” antennas and people continue to scoop them up. I feel sorry for those who don’t know any better, although many of them have turned out to be happy owners.
Their latest ad hypes FREE 4K which no one can get. The ad is total fraud. Maybe the dinky antenna works for some people getting HD broadcasts, but there is no way to get 4K OTA today with current equipment even if you live in a test area for ATSC 3.0.
The one I ordered a couple of months ago arrived a few days ago. I replaced my current antenna with it mid morning and much to my surprise it made me a BLT sandwich at lunch time. (And yes, Tablo support guy - Canadian bacon.)
I wonder why they don’t include that in their ad…
btw, I scanned for 4k, but then realized the Tablo can’t receive 4k anyway.