About Scoop TV
Scoop TV is a digital antenna that allows you to watch all your favorite network television shows, including local news, weather, and sports—even in high definition, without an expensive cable bill. Simply plug into the back of your TV and you’re good to go.
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According to the manufacturer, Scoop TV accomplishes this using “powerful signal-capturing technology” that sends crystal-clear, uncompressed digital signals to your television. This allows you to watch all your broadcast favorites from networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, and more.
And probably what interests you most is that Scoop TV claims to provide all of this without a cable subscription, contracts, or hidden fees.
Wow! Get all your favorite TV and save hundreds of month on your cable bill? Yes please.
Is this really what Scoop TV provides though? And is it a good investment? Let’s answer all your important questions:
What’s Up with The FCC Requirement?
During the Scoop TV commercial, your ears probably perked up when you heard about the “FCC requirement that guarantees your right to free TV.” What’s this all about?
Known as the Digital Television Transition, as of June 12, 2009, Congress mandated that all television broadcast signals must be digital, versus the old analog standard. Among other things, this transition meant that the general public could now receive high-definition digital programming direct to their TV (we’ll get to the nitty-gritty shortly).
In other words, everyone now can get HD quality content, for free, on their TV. But how does this happen?
What is Scoop TV Antenna's “Powerful Signal-Capturing Technology?”
While we’re not told exactly what kind of technology Scoop TV Antenna contains, it’s probably nothing revolutionary, although we’re impressed by the company’s marketing spin.
Instead, Scoop TV works like any other digital television antenna, including Clear TV Antenna, the Mohu Leaf GDTV Antenna, Winegard FlatWave AIR, and more, in that it captures a signal from the air and turns it into the picture on your TV.
Will Scoop TV work on every television set, though?
Will Scoop TV Work On My Television?
Yes, the Scoop TV Antenna can work on your TV, but the overall process will be different depending on the type of TV you own. There are 2 choices:
- If your television was manufactured prior to the congressional mandate, then you’ll have to plug your Scoop TV into a digital converter box, which will then plug into your set.
- Or, if your TV was manufactured after the mandate, then it will contain an ATSC tuner, which allows Scoop TV to plug directly into your set.
Now that you’ve got your Scoop TV plugged in and ready to, what kinds of programming can you watch?
Can You Watch Your Favorite Programs On Scoop TV?
By far the most common complaint related to digital antennas like Scoop TV is that customers weren’t able to watch all the shows they wanted. In our opinion, this is because these manufacturers gloss over the fact that the only stations you’ll get are broadcast.
In other words, Scoop TV may help you “watch all your favorite shows,” but only if your favorite shows are broadcast on major networks such as ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, and more. But not networks such as TBS, Lifetime, ESPN, HBO, and others.
Just think about it this way: If your favorite channel is only available with a cable subscription, it won’t be available with Scoop TV. For more, be sure to read our Guide to Cutting the Cord.
Scoop TV’s Signal Quality
Finally, let’s talk about picture quality with the Scoop TV.
The digital signals that Scoop TV picks up are uncompressed, which, without getting into the technical details, means that data wasn’t removed in order to make a smaller file. In general, this means that the free hi-def signal it receives is better quality than something you’d get through cable.
This is because all cable programming is compressed before being transmitted, meaning that the picture quality is lower.
The Company Behind Scoop TV
Scoop TV is manufactured by “As Seen on TV” giant Telebrands, who makes hundreds of popular products including Pocket Hose Ultra, TouCan Opener, and Hurricane 360 Spin Mop. With more than 150 reviews, HighYa readers have rated these products an average of 1.5 stars, with common complaints referencing less-than-stellar quality, frustrating customer service experiences, and failure to work as advertised.
Telebrands also had a D rating with the Better Business Bureau at the time of our research (up from an F several months before), based on 1,223 closed complaints. Most of these mirror complaints found here on HighYa.
In fact, the company’s BBB accreditation was revoked due to their complaint volume, and they were even investigated by the NJ Attorney General’s office for allegedly violating the Consumer Fraud Act.
Scoop TV Pricing & Refund Policy
One Scoop TV antenna is priced at $19.99 plus $7.99 S&H, although you’ll be able to purchase a second at checkout for an additional $9.99 S&H.
All Scoop TV purchases come with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. This means if you purchased the second Scoop TV, you’d probably lose more in S&H charges than you’d ultimately receive as a refund.
In order to request a refund, you’ll need to contact Telebrands customer service at 855-668-1655.
Is Scoop TV the Right Digital Antenna for You?
Saying goodbye to your expensive cable bill seems like and dream, and Scoop TV might help you accomplish this—as long as you understand exactly what you’re getting.
Want to watch major network broadcasts from the likes of NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, and more? As long as you’re close to an antenna, Scoop TV can probably make it happen, and with better picture quality than cable or satellite.
On the other hand, is all your favorite programming on cable stations like CNN, Food network, Travel, TNT, USA, etc.? Once you cancel your cable subscription, you won’t be able to watch these stations any longer, with or without Scoop TV.
With this in mind, if you’re prepared to make the sacrifice, but are drooling over saving hundreds of dollars each month on your cable subscription, Scoop TV might just deliver. Just keep in mind that you’re putting some hefty, non-refundable S&H charges on the line.