About SkyLink Antenna

By HighYa Research Team
Published on: Jul 9, 2018

The SkyLink Antenna promises to help you gain access to more than 100 of your favorite channels in 1080 high-definition, including TV shows, local news and weather, and live sports (NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, NASCAR, etc.).

The website advertises that this cutting-edge technology was developed by a NASA scientist using military technology to deliver dual-band reception (VHF/UHF with 20 dB gain) from up to 50 miles away, anywhere in the United States.

You’ll just need to start by connecting the antenna to the back of your TV's coaxial receiver, and then positioning on the wall, window, behind a picture frame, on a shelf, or wherever you get the best reception using the included tape, which will "depend on the geological environment." Finally, you'll perform a channel scan with the antenna selected as your source, and enjoy your free content.

Overall, we’re told setup only takes a couple of minutes, that the antenna uses multidirectional functionality to pick up signals from all around, and its compact 8.3" x 4.7", 12 oz design is said to make it ideal for just about anywhere, including in your home, at the office, or in your RV or camper while traveling.

When it comes down to it, can you expect such spectacular results with a digital antenna like SkyLink, or should you consider other options if you’re looking for freedom from expensive cable bills? Is it really the “#1 rated indoor HDTV antenna in America,” as advertised on the website?

Stick with us over the course of the next few minutes, and we'll help you make a more empowered decision.

The Basics: How Do Antennas Like SkyLink Work?

From a high-level perspective, digital antennas like SkyLink work similar to their old-school rabbit ear counterparts. In other words, they receive signals floating around in the air, translate them into a usable picture, and then make these images viewable on your TV screen.

As you might imagine, the most significant difference is that rabbit ears were designed to pick up analog signals, while more recent models receive digital signals. This is because of the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety Act of 2005, which went into effect on March 31, 2009, which stipulated that all signals broadcast by major networks (e.g., ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, The CW, etc.) had to be transmitted in a digital format.

The advantage is that viewers can receive much higher quality digital images, compared to analog. In fact, because no compression occurs as it does with a traditional cable box, image quality could actually be even better with an antenna.

Most digital antennas are limited to a range of about 50 miles or less, though, so the specific number of channels you’ll have access to depends on your proximity to them.

Also, as briefly mentioned on the SkyLink Antenna website, the signal quality you’ll ultimately receive can depend on a wide variety of important factors, including tower distance, any features that might scramble signals (e.g., trees, hills/mountains, tall buildings, etc.), as well as the antenna’s placement in your home (e.g., in the basement vs. on the inside of an upper floor window).

How Much Does the SkyLink Antenna Cost?

How much you pay for your SkyLink Antenna largely depends on which area of the company’s site you decide to purchase from. For example, if you click on the Buy Now button on their homepage, you’ll pay:

  • 1 Unit: $31.43
  • 2 Units: $57.63 ($28.81 each)
  • 3 Units: $78.59 ($22.20 each)
  • 4 Units: $94.30 ($23.58 each)
  • 5 Units: $112.64 ($22.53 each)

On the other hand, a separate landing page lists prices as follows:

  • 1 Unit: $39.95
  • 2 Units: $69.90 ($34.95 each)
  • 3 Units: $99.99 ($33.33 each)
  • 4 Units: $130 ($32.50 each)
  • 5 Units: $149.75 ($29.95 each)

Regardless of the price you pay, in addition to the antenna, each order also includes a 10-foot high-performance coaxial cable, along with a coaxial cable Euro adapter.

The manufacturer offers a 30-day exchange policy on all SkyLink Antennas, although per their website, this only applies to product that’s defective or was damaged during shipping.

To request one, you’ll need to send an email to support@skylinktvantenna.com.

Are There Other Indoor Digital Antennas Like SkyLink?

While digital antennas weren’t always inexpensive when they became must-have items for cable-cutters way back in 2009, the reality is that in today’s market, there are perhaps hundreds of options to choose from. Many of these are competitively priced with SkyLink and promise to deliver all of the same benefits.

These include popular online search results like the Mohu Blade ($40), Rocketfish HDTV Antenna ($30), and the RCA ANT lineup ($15-$30), as well as other options the HighYa team has written about in the past, such as SkyWire Antenna, Clear TV, and TV Fox Antenna.

Pro tip: In fact, while we didn’t test any devices ourselves, SkyWire and SkyLink appear to be identical products, with the same weight, dimensions, pricing differences, and overall advertising claims.

And this is to say nothing of the potentially hundreds of generic options widely available on online marketplaces like Google Shopping, Amazon, and Walmart, some of which can be found for $15 or less. How to choose?

Trial & Error: Choosing Between SkyLink Antenna and the Competition

After testing dozens of models, Digital Trends concluded that there are no set-in-stone rules when it comes to finding the right digital indoor antenna for you. It’s almost certainly going to take some trial and error, so they recommend purchasing a least a couple of options to test out before making a final decision.

With this in mind, they pointed out several general guidelines you can use to help point you in the right direction:

  • From a quality perspective, you get what you pay for. The farther away you are from transmission towers, the more you’ll likely want to spend.
  • You don’t always need a built-in amplifier, which only boosts a weak signal, but won’t improve picture quality if you already have a strong signal. In fact, they point out that attempting to do so could actually damage your TV.
  • Just like there are no given rules when it comes to the ‘perfect’ antenna (SkyLink or otherwise), it’s much the same with room placement; it will take some trial and error.

However, start by going to sites like AntennaWeb.org and entering your address, which will display the closest broadcast towers relative to your location. From there, you’ll want to place the antenna in a window (without a screen, ideally) that faces those towers.

Just keep in mind that according to Digital Trends, their testers found that camera (and even people) placement could affect signal strength by up to 20 percent, as could other objects like plants, lamps, and so forth. Even the TV make and model can impede your antenna’s signal.

Taking everything we’ve discussed together, where are you left when it comes to the SkyLink Antenna?

Where to Go Next With the SkyLink Antenna

When it comes down to it, SkyLink appears to be a bare-bones indoor digital antenna that’s priced mostly in line with competing models from third-party brands. As we outlined earlier, though, based on all the different variables that can meaningfully impact signal strength, there’s no way to know if it—or any other indoor digital antenna, for that matter—will be the optimal choice for your specific situation without giving it a try.

However, based on what’s listed on their website, your only option with SkyLink is to obtain an exchange if the device is damaged or defective. So, if the antenna simply doesn’t meet your needs, you’re out of luck as far as getting your money back.

This is in stark contrast to much of the competition (many of which are available locally at big box retailers like Target, Walmart, and Best Buy, to name just a few), which is often supported by at least 30-day money back guarantees, regardless of the circumstances. Based on this alone, as consumers ourselves, we might recommend exploring all your options before committing to SkyLink.

Finally, as detailed in our Step-by-Step Guide to Cutting the Cord & Getting Rid of Cable, it's important to emphasize that these antennas only provide access to over-the-air signals transmitted by major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, The CW, and so forth.

So, if you’re looking to get rid of your cable subscription but still want access to your favorite programming on premium channels like HBO, Showtime, TNT, HGTV, Discovery, and Nickelodeon (as just a handful of examples), you’ll need to focus on options other than indoor antennas like SkyLink.

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  • They fooled me too!

    • Lynchburg, VA,
    • Jul 12, 2019
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    This has taught me never to buy on the spur of the moment! I clicked on a pop up on Facebook when I saw this - was right before Christmas - what a great addition to the TV I was giving my daughter...WRONG! It does not work AT ALL. I have read all these reviews about people unable to return the antennas. Is there anything we can do? These people are crooks.

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

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  • It is a scam

    • Wisconsin,
    • Mar 19, 2019
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    I called and emailed many times for a return slip, they never even replied. I waited and then I put a complaint into my credit card, and by the time SkyLink replied my 30 days to return was up. SCAM, SCAM SCAM. It doesn't even work in our home. So here we sit with a piece of junk.

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

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  • Amplifier is a waste of money

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Mar 14, 2019
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    I ordered the antenna and we got 10 channels in with a great picture. So I thought the amplifier would make it even better. Wrong...with the amplifier hooked up we only get 6 channels. Save your money.

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

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  • 1 out 2 people found this review helpful

    If you live in a rural area this antenna probably will not pull in many channels

    • North Carolina,
    • Mar 7, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I purchased this item believing I would be able to pull in more than 2 or 3 channels. The unit does in fact pull in two or three channels, however, the quality of the broadcast is about as good as a satellite dish in a severe rainstorm. I attempted to return the product because I was not "100% satisfied with my purchase." I was told they do not accept returns except for items that are damaged in transit or have defects which came from the factory.

    Needless to say, I will be more careful to look at reviews of any product. All the reviews I looked at after this purchase were very low. I would not recommend this product to a friend or foe. This is a marginal product. Try using a bent coat hanger, which might work better.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    SCAM!

    • Louisiana,
    • Mar 5, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    This product is junk. We fought with this cheap contraption trying it in multiple areas with no luck. I contacted customer service, tried all of their instructions and we still caught more channels WITHOUT the antenna! The company refused to accept the return of the product and wouldn't refund money. Definitely a SCAM!

    This product/company doesn't even deserve 1 star.

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

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Unbelievable

    • Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada,
    • Mar 2, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I cannot imagine how low one goes to rip off someone else.

    Unbelievable - one channel and that is distorted! I tried all options on the Bravia TV, it is simply manufactured for a few pennies and then searches to scam people like me. Usually I’m not that silly and expect a refund but previous reviews indicate this a waste of time. Their time will come, that is a guarantee, not negotiable.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Horrible product, no customer service at all!

    • San Diego, CA,
    • Mar 1, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I received my antenna in the mail a couple of days back. I tried connecting it to two TVs. One of them, I am able to hook it to the TV, but nada. The other one, I cannot even get the cable to get into the slot(?). It is totally useless.

    When I purchased it online, I did not even receive any kind of email after my purchase to confirm the transaction. I even called and left a message to that effect. Did not even know if my purchase had gone through. Looks like it is a scam!

    If I don't hear back from them in three business days, I am going to take action! I have no order number but a reference number.

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

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Poor

    • Phoenix, AZ,
    • Mar 1, 2019
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    I purchased in January, found the reception very poor, nowhere near the 100 channels. Maybe 5 with poor reception. Attempted to return the item for a refund, found that it is impossible to get a refund. Expect it is a scam...be careful!

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

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  • 3 out 4 people found this review helpful

    No good for my area, only received one channel

    • Salisbury, New Brunswick, Canada,
    • Feb 26, 2019
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    I have purchased three thinking I need them for my three TVs. I tried and only got one station to come in, and I tried with three amplifiers purchased with them, so don't purchase and expect results. I am hoping that I can get a refund. The seller should advise that these won't work in all areas.

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

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  • 5 out 6 people found this review helpful

    Waste of money

    • Pineville, MO,
    • Feb 21, 2019
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    It's all hype. Fails to perform. Even tried to put the antenna in the window. Only received 7 channels. Support was not helpful. Don't try returning the product, they don't accept any returns. Worst product ever. They do not stand behind their product. Bet this review is not even posted!

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

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  • 8 out 10 people found this review helpful

    SkyLink Antenna

    • Pennsylvania,
    • Feb 16, 2019
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    What a discouraging experience. Advertisement says 100% guarantee. The Amplifier fell apart when attaching to my television. So I taped it together and then wires broke off. No response when requested return address. Waste of money and time!

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

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