Ultra HD Antenna Review – Legit or Hype?

By HighYa Staff
Published on: Mar 11, 2019

The Ultra HD Antenna is designed for televisions whose website claims that its technology is so powerful that “government intervention is likely to limit the release of the product due to its potent effects on big cable companies.”

A lengthy article linking the antenna to a Nobel-winning Japanese scientist named Asaka Takegi makes it seem like a pretty amazing antenna and certainly one that is more intriguing than the average antenna you could buy at Walmart or Target.

In this review, we’ll analyze the claims that the antenna’s websites make, talk about how HD antennas work and then discuss the antenna’s pricing and return policy.

We’ll also provide you with a section through which you can compare the antenna to the highest-rated HD antennas at Walmart and Amazon.

The Ultra HD’s Technology and How the Ultra HD Works

According to the article we found discussing the antenna’s link to the Nobel-winning Japanese scientist, the antenna can “get up to 800 premium international channels, record DVR and more.”

It does this via “military grade technology that surpasses all limits of known science,” a fact that we quote directly from the website with the disclaimer that the page you visit to buy the antenna does not explain this technology nor makes any references to it.

The site goes on to say this technology will allow you to capture an incredible number of channels once something called the “2019 Cable Rule” kicks in and cable companies will be required to unscramble all their channels and make them public property.

Our research revealed no such rule. So, while we can’t say with full certainty that such a rule will never exist, we can say with a certain measure of confidence that, at the time of publishing, we could find no evidence of federal action in the U.S. requiring cable companies to unscramble their free and premium channels.

Nor could we find any evidence of a Nobel laureate named Asaka Takegi, which leads us to believe that the antenna’s article may be misleading.

Now, the page where you actually buy the antenna is different than the article touting the antenna’s technology. The sales page mentions the following features:

  • Save an average of $1,200 per year
  • Watch all your favorite live TV shows and movies for free
  • 50-mile range
  • Dual-band reception
  • Up to 100 HD channels

Accessing all these features is as easy as plugging into your TV the coaxial cable that comes with the antenna. Then, go to the autoscan feature on your TV and scan channels. This will take a couple of minutes as the antenna finds available stations in your area. Once the scan is done, the channels are loaded and you can flip through all available stations.

This process is exactly the same for pretty much any plug-and-play antenna you’ll buy, a fact we’ve found in our personal experience and via research of dozens of TV antennas.

What makes this antenna slightly different is the 50-mile range, which indicates it’s potential to find stations transmitted from TV towers in a 50-mile radius. Many antennas we’ve researched either don’t list their range or have ranges of up to 25 to 30 miles.

The Ultra HD’s “dual-band” reception refers to its ability to get UHF and VHF channels, something that most antennas offer, too. According to the Federal Trade Commission, the difference between these two types of stations is that VHF includes channels 2 to 13 and UHF includes channels 4 to 51.

Depending on the location of your home in relation to TV towers, as well as the location of your antenna within your home, you may be able to get TV channels beyond 51. Based on our research, you can maximize your antenna’s ability to get channels by placing it near a window and reducing the number of walls between the antenna and the outdoors.

Based on our research of this product, we believe the feature that sets it apart from similar antennas is its 50-mile range. The other features we mentioned are common among HD antennas.

Pro tip: The antenna is a flat square as opposed to the rabbit-ears style of device with two antennas.

Can an HD Antenna Give Your Premium Channels?

One of the claims we read in the article and on the antenna’s website is that you can watch all your favorite shows and movies.

Now, as we mentioned earlier, we found no evidence of a federal mandate requiring cable companies to unscramble all their channels so people can access them freely with an HD antenna.

Because of that, we feel that the promise of getting your favorite shows and movies needs some clarification. HD antennas can only receive free local and network stations in your area. This would include stations like CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX.

What this does not include is premium stations like ESPN, FOX News, HBO and other channels you’d have to pay for via a cable subscription.

Therefore, we believe that there’s a high likelihood that you will not get premium channels with your HD antenna if you don’t have a paid cable subscription that includes premium channels. IF you do have a paid subscription with channels like ESPN and HBO, you’ll only be able to access those through your cable box and not your HD antenna.

Ultra HD Antenna Pricing and Return Policy

At the time of publishing, you could buy one UltraHD antenna for $39.95. The more antennas you buy, the cheaper your per-antenna rate is:

  • Two antennas: $34.95 each
  • Three antennas: $33.33 each
  • Four antennas: $32.50 each
  • Five antennas: $29.95 each

Upon checkout, the site automatically signs you up for an $8.95 protection plan that provides free replacement and access to something called “TV Pro” services that aren’t mentioned anywhere on the site except this one section. You can uncheck the box before purchase.

The site says that the antennas ship within one business day and should arrive in two to five days via the United States Postal Service. The products ship from Savannah, GA, the fine print says, so those who live closer to Georgia will most likely receive the antenna(s) quicker.

The fine print goes on to say that you have 30 days to return the antenna if you aren’t satisfied with it. To process your return, you’ll need to call (855)977-0765. The customer service rep will give you a return merchandise authorization number by email. You’ll have 14 days from the date you receive the number to send your return.

Keep in mind you’ll have to pay the shipping costs to return it and the antenna needs to be in like-new condition. You cannot return a damaged item.

Returns will be sent to: FDC RETURNS; P.O. Box 61553; Savannah, GA; 31420.

How the Ultra HD Compares to Other HD Antennas

We did some research about top-rated antennas at Walmart and Amazon and found two that provide the same range as the Ultra HD:

  • 1byone TV Antenna (Walmart): $20.99, 4.1 stars from 144 reviews
  • AmazonBasics Ultra Thin (Amazon): $27.99, 3.5 stars from 481 reviews

Both of these antennas provide 50-mile range and both are cheaper. The AmazonBasics antenna is most like the Ultra HD in that it’s a flat square. The advantage to the Amazon antenna is that it has a white side and black side, so you can use the color that best fits with your home’s color scheme.
Furthermore, the Amazon antenna has free one-day shipping and also has a simpler return process than the Ultra HD.

Based on what we saw from antennas on Walmart and Amazon, we believe they offer better value than the Ultra HD.

The Final Word: Pros and Cons of the Ultra HD Antenna

Our research indicates the antenna’s strength is that it has a 50-mile range, which exceeds most of the antenna’s you’ll find at places like Walmart and Amazon. Also, the flat-panel design means it will look more inconspicuous than an antenna that uses two silver antennas.

The downside of the antenna is that its price is higher than comparable devices from Walmart and Amazon. Also, the return policy seems to be more complex than what you’d experience at Amazon.

We believe that there’s a chance you’ll be happy with the antenna simply because it has a longer range than many antennas. However, that longer range isn’t unique, as our examples from Walmart and Amazon show.

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2 Consumer Reviews for Ultra HD Antenna

Average Consumer Rating: 1.5
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Bottom Line: 0% would recommend it to a friend
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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    HD Antenna does not pick up any TV channels for me

    • California,
    • Mar 19, 2019
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    It simply sucks. I emailed customer support to return it and they do not pay for return shipping. And they don't want me to return it. They tried troubleshooting it and it still doesn't work. It plain out sucks.

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

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    False performance

    • Youngstown, OH,
    • Mar 19, 2019
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    The claim that you can pick up 50+ channels and basically watch what your watching with satellite or cable is false unless you only watch the main local channels - ABC, CBS, NBC, and your PBS channel. And it has nothing to do with not being close to broadcasting, you will still only get these few channels. Same thing that rabbit ears antenna did in its time, except that now signal is digital and it receives a digital signal.

    I am usually smarter than this, but due to this company's false advertising, I thought well maybe it will receive other channels, but it does not, so if you need an antenna to get your local channels only, this should work for you, but you can find cheaper elsewhere. I think the ads for this product should be removed due to false claims of what it can do. Buyer beware!

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

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