Have you seen the commercials for Clear TV, the HDTV digital antenna? Today we’ll give our review, and seek user input as well.
What is Clear TV?
Clear TV is a television antenna which allows you to watch HDTV over-the-air broadcast channels in your area.
Though cleartv.com has been registered since 1997, a search of the Internet Archive reveals that this domain didn’t sell this particular product until 2013. BuyClearTV.com is also sometimes advertised. This domain was registered in August 2012.
How much does Clear TV cost?
Clear TV costs $19.95 plus $7.99 processing & handling for a total of $27.94. If you attempt to navigate away from the site, you’ll be given a new offer of “free shipping” which changes the price to $19.95 + $0 P&H for a total of $19.95.
You can add a second “free” antenna to the offers above, which will add $7.99 processing and handling.
Delivery takes 3 to 4 weeks and there is a 60-day money-back guarantee, minus processing and handling.
Our Clear TV Review
We tried out a Clear TV unit alongside a standard set of rabbit ears. The Clear TV antenna does work, but there isn’t anything particularly special about it versus other (cheaper) antennas. It’s simply an antenna, and was not superior to the 20-year old set of rabbit ears we dug out to compare it against.
We tested our unit out in the Las Vegas Valley, and there are a wealth of broadcast channels in the area. The picture looked crisp – perhaps better than the local (Cox) cable signal, which is compressed – and the audio was clear. The 20-year old rabbit ears we also tested looked just as crisp as Clear TV.
It should be noted that most old antennas will still work with HD broadcast channels, and most new TV’s are already equipped to receive digital channels. If you have an old TV, however, you may need an analog to digital converter box.
If you’re within about 25 miles from a broadcaster, the quality difference between various antennas will be negligible. It’s only when you are at greater distances from the broadcast towers that the type of antenna and placement becomes more important for quality of signal.
Clear TV also offers an amplifier, which we did not test out. It is supposed to increase weak or intermittent signals.
What channels can I get with Clear TV?
Because Clear TV is just an antenna, you are limited to whatever channels are broadcasting over the air in your area. Check the AntennaWeb link above for available channels in your area.
Below is the television commercial for Clear TV.
Are you tired of paying cable and satellite companies just to watch your favorite broadcast network shows? Why spend hundreds of dollars per year for cable and satellite only channels when you can watch broadcast television for free with the Clear TV HD digital antenna. All you have to do is plug in Clear TV and let your television instantly receive top-rated network shows, local news and weather, sporting events and more all for free. That’s right, free digital TV. Thanks to a federal government mandate, all broadcasters are required to transmit a digital TV signal through the airwaves. Clear TV lets you bypass cable and satellite to bring network shows directly to your television so you can enjoy crystal-clear local and national free HDTV. Clear TV is amazing. If we’re just off the coast here in the Gulf of Mexico receiving free network broadcast HDTV, imagine all the free HDTV shows you’ll receive at home. Basic cable and satellite services can cost you up to $80 a month. That’s $960 a year and almost $10,000 over a 10-year period. Why pay that much money for extra channels you may never even watch? But with Clear TV there’s no contract, no monthly fees, and no unexpected rate increases. Just free HDTV that can look as good or better than cable and satellite. Not available in stores. Order now.
Clear TV is a standard TV antenna and we found nothing unique about it. It does work about as well as what you’d expect from an ordinary TV antenna. If you’re in a hilly area or far away from broadcast antennas, Clear TV (or any similar TV antenna) may not be for you. A trip to your local Radio Shack may yield several options that are considerably less expensive and won’t require shipping charges or a month-long wait.
Please see our article entitled The “HDTV Antenna” Myth for more info.
Have you used the Clear TV antenna? Let us hear from you in the comments below.
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