About TV Fox Antenna
Using cutting-edge military technology developed by a NASA scientist, the TV Fox Antenna promises to allow you to watch up to 100 of your favorite TV shows in 1080 HD, without handing over your hard-earned money to cable companies.
After using the included adhesive tape to place the 13" x 12" antenna anywhere indoors (on the wall, in front of a window, in an RV or camper, at the office, etc.), the website advertises setup takes only a couple of minutes.
From there, its dual band (VHF/UHF) reception with 20 dB gain will pick up over-the-air broadcast channels like NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, and so forth. This way, you’ll be able to watch programming like live sports, local news, and weather.
More than ever, consumers are looking to find freedom from expensive cable subscriptions. But, what kind of value will a device like the TV Fox Antenna provide, and is it necessarily your best option?
Let’s kick things off by taking a look at how these devices operate.
How Does TV Fox Antenna Work?
The detailed version: In our 3 Easy Steps for Cutting the Cord and Saving Money article, we explain there are three main components involved when getting rid of cable bills, while maintaining access to some of your favorite programming:
- An Internet connection
Of these, an antenna represents the hardware part of the equation—although we didn’t encounter any support for the claim that TV Fox was developed “by a NASA scientist,” as claimed on the antenna’s website. Specifically, these devices convert over-the-air (OTC) digital signals broadcast by major networks (such as CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS, etc.), into a picture that can be viewed on your TV screen.
This is in contrast to set-top boxes like Apple TV, Roku, etc., which convert digital signals broadcast from your home’s Wi-Fi network, thereby allowing you to stream non-major network content like movies and TV shows from services like Netflix, HULU, Sling TV, YouTube TV, and so forth.
TL;DR: By accessing over-the-air broadcasts, digital antennas allow you to watch free programming from major broadcast networks, but they will not provide access to premium content from cable-only networks like HBO, ESPN, TNT, Nickelodeon, etc.
Now, let’s find out what you’ll pay for this technology.
How Much Does the TV Fox Antenna Cost?
TV Fox is priced as follows:
- 1 Antenna: $35.74
- 2 Antennas: $65.99 ($32.99 each)
- 3 Antennas: $82.49 ($27.49 each)
- 4 Antennas: $98.98 ($24.75 each)
- 5 Antennas: $118.23 ($23.65 each)
No refund or warranty information was listed on the TV Fox website at the time of our research, so we sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org looking for additional details, but hadn’t received a response as of publishing.
What Do We Know About the Company Behind the TV Fox Antenna?
TV Fox is manufactured by London-based Strong Current Enterprises, who also makes other popular electronic devices like TV Frog, Astoria VR Headset, and ClearView HDTV Antenna, along with a variety of smartphone lens kits.
In fact, TV Fox and the ClearView model appear identical, except for their branding. Considering this, we think it’s relevant to point out that more than 100 Amazon customers had given ClearView an average rating of about 3.7 stars at the time of our research.
Common compliments referenced ease of use, reception quality (and subsequent channel selection), and competitive price. Complaints, on the other hand, often related to poor reception and limited-to-no channel selection.
SCE’s Buffalo, NY-based U.S. office held five negative customer reviews and a total of 26 closed customer complaints with the Better Business Bureau, as of 2/27/18, giving them an overall F rating. Most of these appeared to revolve around less-than-stellar support, and a representative appeared to have responded to only one.
What’s Important When Buying an Antenna Like TV Fox?
If you type the phrase “digital TV antenna” into any search engine, you’ll soon learn there are hundreds of different models from dozens of different manufacturers, most of which promise to provide the same benefits as TV Fox. Price-wise, these run the gamut; everything from less than $15 to well over $100.
Considering all these models, designs, options, and price points, what should you focus on when purchasing a digital TV antenna? Let’s take it step-by-step:
Step 1: Maintain Realistic Expectations
Returning to our Cutting the Cord Guide, it’s important to reemphasize that these devices can only pick up digital signals from major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, The CW, etc. So, if you’re planning to cancel your cable subscription and purchase a digital TV antenna, while still expecting to watch “Game of Thrones” (or, any other premium cable content), you’re bound to end up disappointed.
Step 2: Make Sure You’re Close Enough to Towers
From there, you’ll need to verify your location in relation to local towers, as well as which channels they broadcast. After all, if you’re not within at least 30 miles of a tower, the likelihood of picking up the signals they transmit (at least with quality reception) decreases drastically.
Pro tip: Like any other antenna, keep in mind that physical objects like hills, trees, and buildings (not to mention intermittent weather) can impact signal strength, even if you’re within range of a tower and have the antenna facing directly toward it.
Step 3: Mind Where the Antenna Will be Installed
Although TV Fox’s design might allow you to install it just about anywhere, keep in mind that the height of your antenna is one of the most critical factors impacting reception performance. As such, this performance could drop significantly if you’re planning to install the antenna in a low-lying part of your home (such as the basement).
Step 4: Choose Your Options
Next, you’ll need to decide which options are important. For example, ‘dual band’ antennas like TV Fox can pick up low and high VHF channels (2 through 13), along with UHF channels (14 through 50), depending on which ones you want to watch, as well as which towers you're near.
What about the decibels (dB) of gain mentioned on the device’s website? This is a measurement of an antenna’s reception capacity—and at 20 dB, AntennasDirect reports that TV Fox’s gain would certainly be considered high.
However, they also point out “while high values of gain - in the 7 to 12 decibel range - are usually better than low gain values, you would be better off not focusing on the gain, but instead purchasing an antenna that provides good overall performance, as long as it meets your reception and installation requirements.”
Step 5: Learn What Other Consumers Are Saying
Pulling everything together, it’s likely that multiple digital TV antennas will meet your most important criteria. So once you reach this point, it’s important to log onto consumer advocacy websites to get the real scoop regarding any models on your list, and help you narrow them down. Why?
Bad news travels fast, so if you encounter frequent complaints, this might be an indication of what you’ll experience after becoming a customer.
Also, make sure that any products you choose come with at least 30-day satisfaction guarantees, as well as warranties that cover defects in materials and workmanship. This way, you know you’ll have plenty of time to try the antenna before deciding to keep it, and also feel confident that the company will stand behind their products into the near future.
Our Bottom Line About the TV Fox Antenna
Although we didn’t have the opportunity to test TV Fox ourselves for firsthand feedback, it comes with a competitive price, and from a company with years in business.
However, we hadn’t received a response about the device’s refund policy and warranty at the time of publishing, which we’d consider must-have details before making any commitment as a consumer.
Bottom Line – It's important to understand that any HD TV antenna such as this TV Fox Antenna, will not actually provide you with any additional premium content, such as the channels provided by a cable or satellite provider including The Food Network, CNN, AMC, FX, HBO, etc.
Instead, you will only be able to watch your local broadcast channels including NBC, CBS, FOX, PBS, and others. This isn't a bad product, but it's crucial to keep your expectations realistic.
The implication that getting more channels means tapping into pay TV is false. You will only get free to air, and in my case, the reception and number of stations were better with my standard antenna. If you want free to air TV in other rooms, it may be of use, but at this price, I would not recommend this to anyone.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend
4 out 4 people found this review helpful
Crap, crap, crap. No signal at all. Don't buy this. I am a trained TV tech and I even used it with a wideband amp, and it's rubbish. I get 57 channels in Australia on my normal antenna and it picks up nothing at all. Not a sign of any signal.
Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend