LiveWave Antenna Review

By HighYa Staff
Published on: Feb 8, 2019

LiveWave Antenna is an HD television antenna that plugs directly into your wall and has the ability to transmit multiple local stations in your area.

The antenna’s unique shape is what makes it quite different than competing antennas that tend to be square and feature telescoping metal receptors.

The company selling LiveWave is Swell Ecomm Enterprises, a fact that we found while skimming the terms-and-conditions fine print. The company also sells MindInsole, a series of foot care products that focus on compression therapy and dynamic shoe insoles. Both the LiveWave and MindInsole are As Seen on TV products.

If you’ve seen this antenna on TV or via online ads, you’re probably excited about the fact that you get a uniquely shaped antenna that, according to its website, can “convert your hidden house wiring into a giant superpower TV antenna thousands of feet long. Super power!”

How the LiveWave Antenna Works

We’ve researched dozens of TV antennas and nearly all of them claim exactly what this one does: to bring you HD channels for free. Basically, you put the antenna in your outlet and then connect the coaxial cable that comes with your order into your TV and the antenna.

After this, search your TV’s setting for the auto-scan feature, activate it and wait a few minutes while your TV uses the antenna to search and store local TV stations. Once the scan is complete, you can watch TV.

What makes LiveWave different from the typical HD antennas we’ve seen is that they say you can turn your home’s electrical system into a giant antenna by plugging this antenna in your home.

We called around to about a dozen TV installation businesses across the country and a Best Buy in Jacksonville, FL. Some of the people with whom we spoke said they’ve never heard of a plug-in antenna that turns your home’s wiring system into a giant antenna.

One shop owner we spoke with – an antenna installer in Central Florida – said it’s possible to use your home’s ground system as an antenna but that he’s never seen an antenna do it. He told us you run the risk of electrical complications and that he wouldn’t install it in his home.

LiveWave contradicts this claim by saying that their antenna “never interferes with your electrical power and is impossible to cause a shock hazard.”

We believe that this conflicting information indicates that the jury is still about regarding the LiveWave’s ability to turn your home’s wiring system into an antenna.

Now, that being said, we want to point out that HD antennas are only able to provide your TV with local free channels. They cannot capture premium channels like HBO, ESPN, Bravo and other channels you’d have to pay extra for in a cable package.

Also, how well your antenna works has a lot to do with where your home is located in relation to TV towers and obstacles like trees, buildings, and walls that could impede the TV signal coming into your home.

One other factor to consider is that TV antennas are tuned to very specific frequencies that allow you to get local TV stations. One expert with whom we spoke who chose to remain anonymous said that one potential drawback of the LiveWave is that the electrical wires your antenna connects to aren’t tuned for TV stations. Therefore, this method of turning your home’s wiring into a giant antenna may not work as well as you hope.

LiveWave Antenna Pricing and Return Policy

At the time of writing, you had several options for buying a LiveWave antenna. Your main options are to buy one antenna at $39.95 or to buy multiple antennas that become cheaper as you buy more at once:

  • Two antennas: $73.75
  • Three antennas: $92.19
  • Four antennas: $110.63
  • Five antennas: $132.14

In addition to buying an antenna or antennas, you can choose to purchase a lifetime warranty for $9.22. The fine print says that the warranty covers your antenna if it has defects in materials or workmanship. If the antenna just stops working one day, then, in theory, you can make a warranty claim.

However, if you spill water on the antenna or break the device through an accident or negligence, it won’t be covered.

“Damages due to improper care or accident may be repaired at a reasonable rate and a fee will be charged for return shipping,” the fine print notes.

Basically, if you want to make a claim, you have to send the antenna back and the company processing the claim will inspect your LiveWave and determine if you’re eligible for a refund or exchange.

In our opinion, purchasing the extended warranty is a bit of a gamble because you won’t know if your warranty claim is approved until the company tells you it is. If they deny your claim, you lose out on the money you paid for shipping, which will most likely cost around $5.

As for returns, you have limited options. You won’t get a refund because the product is sold as-is. However, you have 30 days to request an exchange or store credit in order to get a new antenna. To start the return, you’ll need to email support@getlivewaveantenna.com.

How LiveWave Antenna Compares to Other TV Antennas

To give you a sense of how this antenna’s pricing and features compare to popular HD antennas, we went to Amazon to find out which HD antennas got the highest ratings from consumers.

What we found is that there were several different antennas that were cheaper than LiveWave. However, none of them claimed to turn your home’s electrical system into an antenna:

  • U MUST Have Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna: $27.95, 4.7 stars from 6,053 reviews
  • LotusBe Amplified HD Digital TV Antenna: $24.99, 4.4 stars from 270 reviews

Both of these antennas received excellent reviews from customers and both are significantly cheaper than the LiveWave. Also, we noticed that both of these antennas are amplified, which means you can plug them in and boost their range to more than 35 miles.

If you live in a rural area where the closest TV towers are more than 35 miles away, this can be a big benefit.

In general, we’d say that the two antennas on Amazon present better value because they’re more than $10 cheaper and, unlike the LiveWave, their technology is traditional and widely understood to work well if you cut down on the obstacles between your antenna and the HD signals you’re trying to capture.

There’s a chance that the LiveWave could work better because of its claim to use your whole house as an antenna but we don’t feel comfortable backing that claim based on what various experts told us during our research of this antenna.

The Final Word: Is the LiveWave Antenna a Good Choice?

This device is intriguing because of the antenna power it claims to harness simply by plugging it into a wall outlet and then connecting it to your TV.

What’s missing from the product's website, though, is details about the antenna’s range and further explanation as to how it harnesses your home’s electrical wires to create a massive antenna.

Because vital information about how the antenna works and because its price tag is higher than competing antennas, we think that there’s a certain amount of risk involved in buying the antenna. If you’re comfortable with that risk, this may be a good fit.

However, if you’re looking for an antenna based on widespread technology that costs less than $25, we believe there are plenty of viable options on Amazon and at Target and Walmart.

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5 Consumer Reviews for LiveWave Antenna

Average Consumer Rating: 1.0
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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    No channels and NO support

    • Bloomington, IL,
    • Feb 19, 2019
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    LiveWave Antenna is total CRAP! I got ZERO channels with it! After four attempts to contact them to return it for a refund, I have gotten ZERO response. All I can do now is to spread the word all over the web to warn folks to STAY AWAY.

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

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    NO RESPONSE!

    • Center, TX,
    • Feb 18, 2019
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    I placed an order on February 3, 2019 for my son. I ordered just the basics. After talking with my son I decided to order the additional antenna or whatever it is called. I have tried and tried to reach them by phone. Every time I have called I have been placed on "waiting" forever! I mean the same song played over and over, and no one, not even a recording comes on to tell one "sorry for the wait, we will be with you shortly!" I have just turned the volume up, and gone about my business, and waited and waited, and waited. Forty minutes to an hour! I just wanted to see how long it will take! No one ever answered my call! I am going to do my best to cancel my order today, February 12, 2019. I will try on their website! Please wish me luck. They said it would take about 30 days for my son to receive it!

    My advice is to stay away from this LiveWave company! I truly believe it is a SHAM! They are NOT a business at all!

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

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  • 17 out 17 people found this review helpful

    Junk!

    • Reno, NV,
    • Feb 18, 2019
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    I purchased three of these. I installed only one to see if they work. After a channel search, I got one analog channel and no digital channels.

    The return policy is a joke. This company is in Hong Kong and return shipping $80.00 and up depending on the shipper. The three antennas cost $92. So much for return.

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

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  • 43 out 46 people found this review helpful

    LiveWave Antenna is a scam

    • Nebraska,
    • Feb 16, 2019
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    I’m a retired communications engineer, and I’ve been seeing this same scam for some 50 years now. It never has worked and does not now. House wiring does not come anywhere even close to being able to pick up TV signals unless the transmitter is just down the street. You might get one or two local stations, but never in a million years…hundreds of stations…and absolutely zero premium channels. The dish shape is just the shape of the plastic and is not an antenna element. Don’t waste your money folks. It does not work at all.

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

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  • 46 out 47 people found this review helpful

    SCAM alert

    • Firestone, CO,
    • Feb 15, 2019
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    I have not received my LiveWave Antenna yet. But what I have received is an e-mail very similar to the e-mail I received from whoever sells the VHS to Digital device for copying videotapes to CD or your computer. The e-mail for both items stated that due to overwhelming orders there is a delay in shipment. I have never received my VHS to Digital device, and every attempt to find out where it is has just gotten me another e-mail stating they were working on it. SCAM alert.

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

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