About Clear TV

Clear TV is an “As Seen on TV” digital antenna that claims to provide you with HD broadcast channels at no charge, other than the cost of the antenna itself. However, “broadcast” means that Clear TV only works with local network channels such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and other local stations, but not with cable channels (see more about this in the following section).

Clear TV has been heavily advertised lately, and appears to be quickly gaining popularity. As a result, you probably just watched a commercial for Clear TV, visited the product’s website, and are excited about all the possibilities this antenna may offer. Before placing your order though, you want to know more, and to read some legitimate online customer reviews. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place. In fact, HighYa has accumulated more than 430 Clear TV reviews since early September 2013.

With this in mind, Clear TV is currently priced at $19.95 plus $7.99 shipping and handling. As with most “As Seen on TV” products, you can purchase a second Clear TV antenna for “free,” just pay an additional and $7.99 S&H.

Our Clear TV Review: Does it Actually Work, or Is it a Scam?

Anyway, you’re probably all hyped up, and are eager to learn more about Clear TV—and who could blame you? Who on earth would say no to free HD channels? But here’s the bad news: Unfortunately, most of Clear TV’s customer reviews appear to be negative.

So what’s going on? Does Clear TV really live up to its claims? Allow us to dissect everything for you.

Problem #1: How Clear TV Really Works

In general, Clear TV doesn’t work the way you probably think it does, and here’s why: Tristar, the manufacturer of Clear TV, makes it seem like you could replace many of the services (e.g. programs) you already enjoy with traditional cable, but for free. As an example, here are some quotes taken directly from the promotional video on the product’s website:

“Receive hundreds of crystal clear digital and HD shows for free.”

“Why spend hundreds of dollars a year for cable and satellite, when you can watch broadcast television for free?”

“That’s right! Free digital TV!”

“Bypass cable and satellite…”

…and many more. Unfortunately, the average consumer likely won’t pick up on the important distinction between cable television and broadcast television, which is the main problem. So remember this:

Clear TV is only able to receive free HD broadcast network channels such as ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, etc. In other words, much like any other antenna, Clear TV will basically just give you access to the signals already floating around in the air. It will not, however, give you access to premium cable channels (e.g. HBO, The Discovery Channel, HGTV, Lifetime, TBS, etc.).

Problem #2: Signal Strength Means Everything

Even if you already understand the difference between broadcast and cable stations, you may not understand that—as with any other type of antenna—the device will only pick up signals from towers located within a specified distance of your home. In the instance of Clear TV, you’re looking at a maximum range of 25-30 miles, which could be a problem if you live in a more rural or remote location.

On top of this, figuring out local antenna locations may not be as straightforward as you would think, either. While the Clear TV website does display a couple links that claim to help with this, the AntennaWeb site is clunky and filled with technical jargon, so we’d recommend avoiding it. However, the FCC link here is much more straightforward, since each station is rated based on strong, moderate, and weak signal strengths. In fact, these ratings are even color-coded to make identification as simple as possible.

Here’s a heads up though: We’ve received some reviews from customers claiming that they checked a channel on one of the above websites prior to ordering. After receiving their Clear TV and installing it, however, they ended up not being able to tune in to that channel after all. So buyer beware.

Problem #3: Why You May Not Need Clear TV

Finally, if you own a television built in 2008 or later, you probably don’t even need a Clear TV antenna in the first place. This is because all TV sets manufactured after this date are required by the government to include a built-in HD antenna (also called an ATSC tuner), which performs the exact same function as Clear TV.

Hint: If you’re unsure whether or not your TV contains an ATSC tuner, this quick article can get you moving in the right direction.

The Bottom Line About Clear TV

The number one reason why customers call Clear TV a scam is that it doesn’t do what it claims to do, which is to “receive hundreds of crystal clear digital and HD shows for free" as consumers set their minds up to think so at least. In other words, it’s all a gimmick, and they’re venting their frustration.

This is a completely legitimate complaint, however, because Clear TV only picks up local broadcast (e.g. major) stations, does not add any channels, and has nothing to do with cable. With this in mind, the reality is that you’ll probably only be able to receive 8-10 channels—and even then, numerous reviews claim that the picture quality remains poor.

So here’s the bottom Line: If you’re interested in obtaining free broadcast HD channels and are ready to say good bye to your premium network channels like AMC, Food Network, Travel Channel, HBO, and many more, check to see if your TV already has a built-in ATSC tuner. If not, we’d recommend exploring additional antenna options from another manufacturer, such as the Mohu Leaf or Winegard Flatwave in order to avoid shipping charges.

On top of this, if you’re looking to free yourself from your cable bill, check out our recent Cutting the Cord article. In it, you’ll read about other, less expensive ways of watching premium content, such as Netflix, Hulu Plus, and more.

SEE ALSO: Secrets that the “As Seen On TV” Industry Doesn’t Want You to Know About

514 Customer Reviews for Clear TV

Average Customer Rating: 2.0
Rating Snapshot:
5 stars: 74 4 stars: 31 3 stars: 21 2 stars: 18 1 stars: 370
Bottom Line: 24% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Poor

    • Indiana,
    • Jun 29, 2015

    I only received two channels from Clear TV and spent 20 dollars. It's junk and their customer service stinks.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Horrible

    • Amherst, MA,
    • Jun 26, 2015

    Paid to get the box. Got the box and wasn't so clear like your ad says. Then I had to pay for shipping it back. I want my full refund or there will be problems, this is crap. You guys need to figure your stuff out.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 5 out 5 people found this review helpful

    Clear TV is junk

    Whatever you do, don't waste your money on the Clear TV Antenna. Enough said.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 14 out 16 people found this review helpful

    Bad

    • Nebraska,
    • Jun 23, 2015

    Did not receive. Ordered a month and a half ago and it never arrived. Sent an email to the company. They said it shipped but never received it. I do believe it is a scam. They also said they sent a refund but never received that either. Although it is not a lot of money, it is not fun to be scammed, even if it's only 30 dollars.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 9 people found this review helpful

    Works out here

    • Buffalo NY,
    • Jun 21, 2015

    I borrowed this from a friend, she says she got around 30 channels, sometimes a few more moving around the house. She had an extra one. I just hooked mine up and got 23 channels right away, crystal clear for all channels. Buffalo, NY - works great over here.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 11 out 14 people found this review helpful

    Biggest joke ever

    • Springfield,
    • Jun 19, 2015

    I bought one some months back and it honestly is nothing but trash. I get a total of I think 20 channels, half of which don't even come in. The other's just come in and out. It makes it harder to actually enjoy television. This product is definitely a scam for sure.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 13 people found this review helpful

    It sucks

    • Milwaukee, WI,
    • Jun 18, 2015

    Clear TV is a rip off. It's not an alternative to cable or dish TV in our opinion. We have it and it's a waste of money.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 15 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Can't get any channels

    • Enterprise, Alabama,
    • Jun 17, 2015

    We paid $34.00, went through all the steps and not one channel came through. We are out of $34.00 and only have two square sheets of plastic. WHAT A RIP OFF. I would never recommend this product to anyone. 0 rating.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Jun 22, 2015

      Amy Goodgirl

      Rip off.

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Very disappointed

    • Sandston, VA,
    • Jun 17, 2015

    Saw this in store at the As Seen on TV. Was so happy, because I can't afford cable. Got home and we set it up. First night got some channels I've never seen before. Then the next morning I got nothing. I've moved it all over the 4 walls and it won't work. I'm upset with it. Sorry we got it for nothing.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 8 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Clear TV

    • Southaven, Mississippi,
    • Jun 15, 2015

    I love it. I bought it for my husband. I didn't want it at first. But now I'm glad I did. I get 22 stations.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Jun 28, 2015

      Shenna

      What happened to the hundreds of channels?

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  • 10 out 11 people found this review helpful

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    • Garland TX,
    • Jun 14, 2015

    Only a few channels are clear. None of the channels 8 work. Some channels come in distorted. Half of them are in a language I do not understand.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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