About HD Clear Vision

HD Clear Vision is a television antenna that not only promises “pure uncompressed HD” but also says it delivers “free HD signals from all major networks” and will “eliminate” your cable bill without losing your “favorite channels.”

This antenna, much like Clear TV doesn’t necessarily promise more than it can deliver, but touts its benefits in such a way that it may confuse you into believing you will get free cable.

How HD Clear Vision Antenna Works

HD Clear Vision is a TV antenna designed to pick up the HD digital signal sent over the airwaves (commonly known as OTA) by all the major networks and local channels as required by law; this went into effect June 12, 2009.

The HD Clear Vision is black, measures (11 5/8" x 3"), and is described as “flat and thin.” It has suction cups on the front and a cable (of unknown length) that attaches to the AUX/IN on the back of your TV.

They say installation is simple: just mount the HD Clear Vision antenna on a window or wall and plug in to the appropriate jack on your TV. Then use the built-in scanner to your TV to “instantly” start receiving your channels. They tout it pulls signals from all directions and will give you a clearer picture than cable or satellite TV, which has to compress the image because it’s being delivered through a smaller bandwidth.

What HD Clear Vision Offers

When using the HD Clear Vision antenna, you will receive:

  • All major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW)
  • All local channels in your area (you can find out which ones by visiting http://www.antennaweb.org and plugging in your zip code and address

What you won’t re​ceive:

  • Any channel exclusively provided by cable or satellite, i.e. HBO, Showtime, Food Network, AMC, History Channel, ESPN, etc.

HD Clear Vision Pricing and Returns

HD Clear Vision is sold as “buy one get one,” meaning they automatically give you a second HD Clear Vision whether you want it or not and charge an additional fee. This makes the total $33.93 ($19.99 retail + $6.95 S&H + $6.99 processing for the second HD Clear Vision). You have 30 days to try HD Clear Vision and if you don’t like it, you can return for the $19.99 back, but not any of the fees (you also have to pay to ship it back yourself).

Bottom Line: Is HD Clear Vision a Scam?

No – although we expect to find a lot of reviews that say otherwise. This is because of the “clever” ways they make you think you are getting free satellite/cable TV, without actually crossing the line. Let us go through these a little more carefully so if you do decide to order HD Clear Vision you won’t be disappointed. In reality, this functions just as any other standard pair of rabbit ears.

First, you may not even need this product if you have an HD TV newer than 2007. Since that time, most TVs have a built-in antenna. See this article for more information: http://science.opposingviews.com/tell-tv-digital-tuner-13386.html

If your HDTV is newer than that, it’s unlikely you will need this device, unless you tried the built-in and signal quality is low. (Again, you can see how close you are to your nearest transmitter by using antennaweb.org.)

And it is true that the OTA signal is better than the compressed signal sent via cable or satellite. This is because they are transmitting many signals in a finite bandwidth. However, the difference is probably pretty subtle for most people – and almost certainly not as dramatic as they show on the website:

Pure HD and compressed picture comparison

(We think it’s probably similar to how many people can’t tell the difference between an mp3 vs. an uncompressed audio file, unless placed side-by-side.)

However, a good number of people buying this product are convinced they will be getting something for nothing (aka free channels like HBO or AMC without monthly fees). This is because:

  • The headline of the website says “Don’t pay hundreds of dollars for cable TV or satellite again!”
  • The infomercial says it’s a “way to eliminate your cable bill without losing your favorite channels.”
  • They tout “No contracts! No monthly fees! No price hikes!”
  • They show the logos of 2 dozen channels, some of which may confuse you into thinking they are cable channels, but they are freely available OTA (i.e. PBS, CNN, and ION TV).

Let’s face it, everybody wants something for nothing, so we can’t blame you for getting excited by the cost-cutting possibilities of HD Clear Vision. But if your “favorite channels” include anything not transmitted OTA, you will lose them if you stop paying your cable bill.

So, to recap, in the unlikely event you do indeed need an external antenna for your HDTV, make sure you understand that you’re just getting the free channels already available to every and not any premiums offered by cable/satellite services. Hopefully this clears up any misconceptions.

Read 4 HD Clear Vision Customer Reviews and Complaints

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Average Customer Rating: 2.0
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Bottom Line: 25% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Shipping Scam

    • By Magda Zakrzewski,
    • Conyers GA,
    • Jun 26, 2015

    Beware. Without placing the order on buyclearvision.com​ (but had already placed my credit card details) I have been charged $41.83 for the $19.99 antenna plus shipping. The shipping costs more than double the antenna. They would not refund the order. Rather they will refund the $19.99 for the returned antenna but not the shipping costs. Another scam.

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

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  • 10 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Very upset customer

    • By Juana Martinez,
    • Miami, FL,
    • Apr 20, 2015

    I have been trying to contact the company for over a week because I still have not received my items yet I was charged $27.80 for delivery.

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

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  • 16 out 17 people found this review helpful

    These things are junk do not buy!

    • By Tim,
    • North Wilkesboro NC,
    • Mar 15, 2015

    I bought 4 of these thinking it would be better than what I already had, but boy was I wrong. I have a 30 year old set of rabbit ears with a digital converter that gets 13 channels. I could not get the clear vision to pick up even 1 channel. I placed it all around the room, and even ran it outside, and still nothing. They claim to have a 30 day money back guarantee, but when you go to their site, and click on customer support it takes you nowhere.

    It's hard to contact someone when the website links don't even work. Also shipping is supposed to be only $6.99, but they charged me $35.00 to ship this. I tried to get my bank to stop payment, but when they tracked it they said that the transaction was untraceable. They are now investigating it, due to the seemingly fraudulent nature of it. I also reported it to the BBB. They told me that they would get back to me within a month. Bottom line if it sounds too good to be true it usually is. These as seen on TV things seem to have about a 50% rate of actually being fraudulent. I would recommend against buying one of these.

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

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  • 15 out 20 people found this review helpful

    Best one I tried

    • By Sluzo,
    • Chicagoland,
    • Feb 1, 2015

    I put this antenna in my front window facing downtown where the transmitters are. The suction cups work fine on the glass and the unit is small enough where I don't notice it in the corner of the window. I hooked it to the TV through a four-way splitter and 15 feet of extension coaxial cable. This thing rocks! It sensed 68 channels. I had previously purchased 2 other antenna units, both costing more than twice the amount of what this one did. Neither of the previous ones worked as well. One got 50 channels and the other 62. The picture is the uncompressed High-Definition broadcast signal so it is perfect. My cable picture is poor in comparison.

    Some reviews said it is a cheap piece of plastic but frankly, it looks more like a high tech carbon fiber circuit board to me.

    I am only 12 miles from the transmission source and I am sure that is a factor, so in the country I do not know how well this would work. For my application though, this product is a winner.

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

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