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Indoor TV antenna? Make sure you know what you’re getting

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Any TV set made since 2007 has a digital tuner that lets you watch over-the-air (OTA) channels for free, if you get an inexpensive indoor antenna. These channels usually include local broadcast channels, including high-definition or “HDTV” signals. But an OTA antenna won’t get you free “premium” channels, which you can only get from cable, satellite, or online content services. Don’t believe an OTA antenna ad that says it can.
 
Today the FTC announced that it sued a company for allegedly lying about the performance of its indoor antennas and signal amplifiers. The company sold products under the TV Scout, SkyWire, SkyLink, and Tilt TV brand names. Its antenna ads claimed that people could stop paying for cable or satellite TV and still get all of their favorite TV channels, including premium channels. That was simply not true, the FTC says. The company’s ads for amplifiers—in English and Spanish—claimed that people could use those with its antennas to get even more stations, including premium or subscription channels, like HBO and AMC, for free. The FTC says that these ads were also false. The FTC also said that some of the ads were made to look like “news reports,” and some of the consumer endorsements were made up.
 
Before you cut the cord and buy an OTA antenna and related products, remember:
  • Read the FCC’s tips about TV antennas and getting good reception.
  • Only trust news reports about a product when they come from a credible news source, and on its own website or news feed.
  • When you look at an online endorsement or review, think about where it’s posted and what you know about who wrote it. Some endorsements and reviews are fake or misleading. It can be hard to tell them apart from the real ones, so it’s better to check several sources. And expert reviews from trusted websites are a good way to go.
If you spot a problem, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.
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Comments

I've tried two and they are garbage.

Please report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

Thank you for help us and sharing this information.

I bought the 2 for a lower price also because I have 2 tv's. Neither worked at all. Could not get anything!! Wasted my money!!

Please report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

The FCC site was helpful. none of the indoor antennas worked. Had an antenna in attic. Learnt it would be 3 times better outside on highest part of roof. Got the best one possible think for about 80 miles. Helps if you live on a hill. Mine is pointed toward NYC which is about 60 miles away. Get about 76 stations (include substations). [ Don't know of any indoor antennas that work. They do not have the range. Tried them on a spare TV. ]

Thank you for your service. I would like to see it having a much higher coverage. It looks that our society is very rich with scammers and falsehoods.

Thank you for this "need to know" information. We need to apply this information when buying anything. Keep your receipts and when you find that what you bought is junk, you have at least 30 days to refund ever penny spent on it. Even without a receipt you should get an even exchange or a giftcard for the amount the item cost the day of the return. Stop the company's from thievery.

I tried 4 different indoor antennas that did not work. The last one I ordered 4 at $20...silly me!

At the time, these antennas were supposed to be the greatest. Well they turned our to be ineffective. No HBO, no free cable. Rip off!

I use a cheap RCA indoor rabbit ear antenna with a built-in amplifier. It works fairly well, but the transmitter towers are relatively close to me. I have some trouble with pixelation of several channels, especially at night when power is reduced to those channels. However, this setup, though far from perfect and very limited in the number of channels I can watch, is not as cumbersome as a large rooftop antenna. Best of all, I am not getting ripped off by the satellite or cable companies.

i bought 2 and they WORKED

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