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Hype: Clear Cast — A $38 ‘New Invention’ That Eliminates Cable/Satellite Bills Forever?

Phillip Dampier December 19, 2011 Consumer News, Editorial & Site News, Video 160 Comments

An ad in the Syracuse Post-Standard announces a new invention -- a variation on the bow tie antenna design originally designed in the 1950s.

Last Thursday, Syracuse newspaper readers were treated to news of an impressive breakthrough that promises to deliver salvation from high cable and satellite TV bills forever.

Clear Cast, a “razor thin” indoor digital HDTV antenna lets you watch television… for free.

The product is shown being packaged up for shipping while an impatient-looking FedEx driver tries to coordinate the apparent extraordinary demand for a downright revolutionary development in television engineering.

Local residents called the newspaper and other local news outlets to try and learn more about the curious new device.

Stop the Cap! can now report the revolution can be postponed.

In fact, the published account  about the “new invention” was actually a paid advertisement-designed-to-look-like-a-news-story.  Clear Cast is effectively a variation on the traditional indoor UHF bow tie antenna your local Radio Shack used to sell for $1.49.  The major difference is that it is designed to be attached to a window with accompanying suction cups.  That is a valid approach to improving reception, but whether it is worth the asking price of $38 is another matter.

As consumers seek alternatives to higher cable and satellite TV bills, overhyped ad copy promising freedom from high bills cannot be far behind.  Repackaging basic antennas that were part of our lives from the 1950s-on can go too far when leaving some residents with the impression they are getting more than a basic television antenna.

In fact, over-the-air viewing can be easily accomplished in strong signal areas with the cheapest antenna, as long as it is designed for both VHF and UHF reception.  Many VHF stations with channel numbers from 2-13 quietly relocated to the UHF dial, but still advertise their original channel numbers.  If your television is not equipped with a UHF antenna, reception may be difficult.

For the benefit of those under the age of 40: most televisions used to come equipped with both antenna designs — two elongated antenna rods some used to call “rabbit ears” and an accompanying round loop antenna, or often a bow tie design that clipped to one of the two longer aerials.  The long straight antennas are designed for VHF signals, the bow tie or loop design accommodated improved UHF reception.

Over the last decade, marketing has attempted to revolutionize what remains basic, sober, antenna design — with an accompanying “revolutionary” price tag.  When satellite television was first introduced, some manufacturers redesigned set top aerials to look like a satellite dish and then pitched them as “saving you the high price of satellite TV because it is not satellite!”  In today’s HD-ready era, marketers have done it again.

Will Clear Cast work?  Undoubtedly, but probably not much better than any other traditional bow tie design that costs $35 less.

If you are cutting cable’s cord and want to rely on over-the-air television, our best advice is to start with something inexpensive and upgrade only when necessary.  In urban and suburban areas, an effective indoor antenna can cost less than $5.  Try repositioning it until you find the best spot to receive the most channels with the least signal reception errors.  Directional indoor antennas can offer mild signal improvement, especially in areas where adjacent signals from nearby cities create reception problems.  Because the American digital broadcast standard is frankly less robust than the European counterpart, those in more distant suburbs or rural areas will really need to invest in a rooftop antenna to enjoy consistent reception.  A potential compromise would be to mount an outdoor antenna in the attic.

Avoid “futuristic” designs and powered indoor antennas and read consumer reviews carefully.  We’ve found most indoor antennas priced above $35 to be more hype than performance-per-dollar.  If you need an outdoor antenna, check your local Yellow Pages for antenna specialists who understand local reception conditions and can recommend high quality, long lasting antennas that will work for the stations you want to receive.

[flv width=”480″ height=”290″]http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/WSYR Syracuse Newspaper ad for free TV The Real Deal 12-15-11.mp4[/flv]

WSYR in Syracuse investigates the ‘revolutionary’ new indoor TV antenna that is so popular, only residents in certain zip codes can order it.  (2 minutes)

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Larry
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Larry

When I cut the cable cord, the retention specialist for Time Warner tried to convince me to stay by telling me that, with the digital conversion, TVs could no longer receive programming over the air. I laughed, and told him I could pick up programming with an old wire hanger. He told me I was wrong, and wouldn’t be able to get programming without cable. The first thing I did after hanging up, as a former cable subscriber, was to attach an old wire hanger to the antenna input on our HDTV. The second thing I did, was to see… Read more »

Chris
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Chris

@larry I’ve had a few good lols at Time Warner’s expense. I too cut my cable cord about 2 years ago. I decided to go with a combination of a few services to get my content and avoid the HUGE cable bill for stuff I mostly dont care for. I decided to use a $30 antenna in my attic, run it to a Media center capable PC built more like a server. I can record up to 4 shows at once in HD and stream it all to 4 Xbox 360s in my house (i’m a gamer so thats a… Read more »

SmilingAvenger
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SmilingAvenger

Great post Chris! I also cut my cable when I got married in 2007. I mounted a Channel Master antenna on the roof and plugged it into the cable jack on the side of my house. There are 2 TV towers here in Las Vegas and the antenna picked up 15 channels clearly, all in HD! The other 30 channels were not so clear due to the antenna being positioned to pick up the tower it was pointed to. EVERYONE – when it sounds too good to be true, it is. If you want to cut the cable bill, buy… Read more »

Big O
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Big O

To Smiling Avenger Just saw the ad for the clear cast box.I wasn’t born yesterday and started to look up reviews. Read your statment and found that you seem to know what your talking about.I have been intrested in dumping cablevision for free TV but my problem is that I am over ninty miles from the broadcast antennas. Have read about antennas that can receive or reach broadcasts over one hundred miles. I am so blind to think that these work as advertised either. So without any more long windedtalk, do you have any sugestions for me to free my… Read more »

jon
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jon

ur writing is confusing do you have or use clear cast yes or no and do you get good channels??

Kool Kim
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Kool Kim

Hello to all you smart people. I was telling my father about it and sent him a copy of the add. I was wondering why there was no web site in the add. So I did some investigating and boy was I ever so happy I did. its just amazing how many people are getting ripped off expecially in this economy hard times. Thank you so much to all you people, and my father thanks you too. My father used to tell me the same thing, if it sounds too good, it is. Ive learned another thing from this, my… Read more »

Keania
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Keania

@ Kool Kim, My name is Ke-ania, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Brilliant Built Technologies. All products purchased are backed up by are 30 day money back guarantee less shipping (9.95). Depending on the area in which you live will determine the local broadcasting that you will be able to receive. Also we do have a website at http://www.clear-cast.com. Customer Service at 1-866-825-4416 (Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 9:00PM EST) is also available to assist you with any concerns or questions that you may have. Thank you

Gene
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Gene

I am an old retired Navy Electronics Technician (Master Chief/E-9) and just wanted to throw in my 2 cents worth. I live about 2 miles outside of my nearest local city and used to have very poor reception for many of our local stations. When the big switch was made to HDTV none of my powered antennas helped, in fact they actually made reception worse. When I turned the amps off, reception got better. Believe it of not I can pick up most of my local stations with a straightened out paper clip inserted into the coax connection and get… Read more »

Shawn
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Shawn

I recently ordered the Clear-Cast antenna and should be getting it within a week or two. I learned about this product from our local city newspaper. The gentleman in the video above obviously didn’t read anything about this new antenna as it is not the same technology as the old traditional “wire hanger antennas”. According to everything I have read about this product and was told by talking to a support rep this antenna allows users to pickup digital signals for tv viewing something that you can’t do with a normal tv antenna. I highly doubt this is a scam… Read more »

Loons In June!
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Loons In June!

I have a bridge for sale if you are interested.

James R Curry
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James R Curry

Hi Shawn, Unfortunately, you can indeed pick up digital TV signals with a traditional antenna – in fact, there are no longer any over-the-air analogue broadcasts left in most regions within the United States. The issue is one of whether your TV supports digital broadcasts. If not, you’ll need a set-top digital decoder, which the FCC were handing out for free a couple of years back. Digital cable stations are simply not broadcast over the air. Over-the-air broadcasting requires spectrum to be purchased from the FCC, and had a company purchased the spectrum required to broadcast 953 cable stations over-the-air,… Read more »

Loons In June!
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Loons In June!

“Digital cable stations are simply not broadcast over the air.”

Very true. That’s why they are called Cable stations.

kc
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kc

Actualy, cable providers receive a signal, from a head end, with a giant sattelite. You can do the same, purchase sattelite lol Seems over the air enough to me.
Could also argue that signal leakage is rampid in certain areas, thats also over the air.

Jody
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Jody

Actually the ad doesn’t say 953 channels. It says 953 TV shows. What exactly does that mean? 2.61 shows per day? It also say that people living in large metropolitan areas may get up to 53 channels, while people in outling areas will get less. Sounds like a lot of mumbo-jumbo. I just bought my son an antenna at Big Lots. They have a simple one for $3 & a better version for $10. He hooked up & said it works great!

jorge
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jorge

read the ad a little closer folks, doesn’t say 953 channels, it SAYS 953 tv shows. so if you can be up 24/7 watching tv and you even average 24 shows in 24 hours well you can do the math. and the ad in my paper states, UP TO 53 channels in a Metropolitan area. if it sounds to go to be true it usually is. Radio shack antenna a better buy and know results.

Jack J
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Jack J

Read the ad a little more thouroughly.
It does not say you can get 953 channels. It says you can recieve approximatly 53 channels in your local area if in a metropolitan area.
The statement for 953 is up to that amount of shows in a year.
I’m not defending Clear-Cast, just what the ad says.

nolan
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nolan

ad says you may get 53 channels ? but 12 is a long way from 53 ! since i can get at least 31 channels with a rca flat antenna for $14.95 from wal-mart and only 12 with clear cast.

WagTheDog
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WagTheDog

Read the ad more carefully, folks … it says 953 “shows,” not 953 “channels” or “stations” … and it says it NINE TIMES. Just another part of the scam.

Ingrid
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Ingrid

They are claiming 953 TV “Shows”!!! NOT channels – shows.

Maybe in large metro areas you can receive 53 channels, maybe….

Shows – not channels

avis
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avis

how do i call can i get the number

Linda
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Linda

Just curious if you received your clear cast and if it worked or not… I’m in NJ and just noticed the ad in the paper… thank you.

Scott
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Scott

The issue isn’t whether it works, it’s that it’s an overpriced scam of a product. You can buy any antenna from Walmart for $5-10 after tax and get the same reception or better than the $38-45 clearcast antenna.

They’re just preying on people easily mislead by their deceptive and overhyped marketing claims.

Rick
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Rick

I bought regular antenna. It stinks. I have this new clear cast and
I pick up 68 Digital channels that look great. I also pick up 12 High Definition channels that work great for my HD T.V. I called Cox Cable and told them to cancel. when she said ok im finished you are no longer a customer I told her where she can put the cable line. Felt good.

gman
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gman

What area do you live in that you get these claimed results?

Do you work for Clear Cast?

mark
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mark

the Clear Cast does not work any better than a very cheap antenna from radio shack.. YOU DO NOT GET DIGITAL CABLE CHANNELS… just your local over the air type channels you would pick up with any old antenna… so, if you were thinking HBO forget it… it is very misleading and do not waste your money.

Keania
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Keania

@Mark, My name is Ke-ania, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Brilliant Built Technologies. The ad states that “Clear-cast advanced design will NOT receive cable or satellite channels and is engineered to pull in channels being broadcast for free to eliminate cable and satellite bills.” So you WILL be able to receive over-the-air digital and HDTV signals that the cable and satellite companies are charging a fortune for each month. All product is backed by are 30 day money back guarantee less shipping. Hope I was able to provide some clarity. If you need further assistance feel free to… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

@Keania, calling $5-25/mo for re-transmission of local broadcast channels a “fortune” is as much an exaggeration as your misleading advertising that’s tricked many consumers into purchasing a standard TV antenna with the idea its capable of replacing $100/mo cable or satellite TV service.

If you were at all sincere about providing a quality product and customer service you wouldn’t be engaging in such shady advertising practices.

Keania
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Keania

@Scott, when a person is going through hard times saving 5 dollars here or maybe to eliminate a bill all together, this can be helpful for some, of course every ones situation is not the same. Neither I nor the ad states that customers will be provided with Cable and satellite channels. But you can receive local broadcastings. And sometimes these channels are just enough for a person. If you would like to speak further please feel free to call me at 330-966-9000 ext. 8961 EST time.

Thank you

B ill
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B ill

Read the ad CAREFULLY, It doesn’t say 953 Channels it states 953 PROGRAMS. Any digital TV or analog TV with a converter box can receive the same number of PROGRAMS when attached to an antenna. NOT a SCAM but very misleading.

Keania
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Keania

Good Afternoon, My name is Ke-ania I am the Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Brilliant Built Technologies. I want to thank you for providing some basic but truthful information regarding are product. We strive to provide Outstanding Customer Service.

Once again thank you so much

Jay R
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Jay R

The “Ad” plainly states that you cannot… CAN NOT receive cable or satellite transmissions. Only those local channels that give a strong enough signal. And I guess they have recorded stuff. Their explanation is vague to say the least. Don’t waste your money.

Keania
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Keania

@Jay R, Hello if you ever need more clarification regarding the Clear-cast ad, feel free to contact Customer Service at 1-888-825-4416 and they will be able to answer any questions or concerns that you may have regarding the product.

Audie
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Audie

The clear cast paper advertisement was meant to deceive people. By the way it was written, it was clearly a cloudy way of presentation. It is also priced different in other areas. I live in NC and was given a price of 56.95. I am sure it gets higher in different areas. The same results would be achieved with a much cheaper antenna. Also, if you don’t take the time to ask the customer service agent a lot of questions, you won’t know other details, like having a TV older than 5 years. The bottom line, for the money, you… Read more »

Keania
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Keania

@Audie, Customer service is available from Mon-Wed: 8:30am – 9:00pm, Thurs: 9:00am – 9:00pm and Fri: 8:30am – 9:00pm If you every need clarification on an advertisement. When you contact customer service they are going to be able to go over any questions or concerns that a customer may have. We do understand that every ones situations will differ. The pricing for the antenna is the same in all areas as long as you have an advertisement. Of course like with most things they will be shipping and handling charge as well as tax in most areas but this is… Read more »

Max Reid
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Max Reid

I think there is a big typo in the article. Radio Shack sells the cheapest antenna for $9.99 and not $1.49 as suggested.

While the other antenna’s sold uses co-axial cable, this 1 from clear-cast uses HDMI cable for HD telecast, so $38 should be worth. We need more inventions like this in every field, so that the cable, dish companies play fair.

James R Curry
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James R Curry

Do you have a source for this HDMI information? If it uses an HDMI connection, then the tuner/decoder must be integrated — HDMI is not a transfer medium for pure over-the-air signals that haven’t been decoded. All the information I saw regarding Clear Cast suggested you’d need a digital TV or set-top box to use the device; having an HDMI out would contradict this. Also – if you already have a TV with a digital tuner or a set-top decoder then buying an antenna with in-built HDMI output will do nothing to improve quality. Your TV decodes the same digital… Read more »

Kart
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Kart

Thank you for presenting facts…not opinions! Folks here who question any of the techies on here need to, NOT call Clear Cast or your cable provider’s tech support because I used to sell and install cable, so I know firsthand they want to try and sell against anything that dips into their potential revs. If you’re not convinced by the knowledgeable advice here and/or on the FCC’s website about digital broadcast and researching what exactly HDMI is, then go to Fry’s Electronics and talk to someone in their video dept…I didn’t say Best Buy…I said Fry’s! Best Buy has too… Read more »

jkhilgeman
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jkhilgeman

Our paper does not say 953 channels but says” 953 crystal clear over -the -air digital TV shows”… It continues in another area to say that “Residents living in large metroolitan areas may get up to 53 crystal clear channels, while people in outlying areas will get less. That means even in rural areas that pull in just NBC, ABC, CBS, FoOX and PBS broadcasts, there are up to 953 shows each year to watch for free”. Our bill is over $200.0 per month, so anything would help to drop the bill.

Eric
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Eric

The very top of the newspaper page clearly says, “ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT.”

If one can see that in the image on this webpage, people actually holding the newspaper should have been able to see it more clearly.

I hold companies who try to scam people by deceiving them in low regard, but it is quite obvious that wasn’t a news story, and the newspaper readers should have recognized it as such.

Eric
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Eric

Also, “Clear Cast” is “Brilliant Built Technology,” apparently a dba of “Universal Media Syndicate,” who are the same people who bring you those “Amish fireplaces.”

Amish fireplaces and high tech antennas, quite the product line.

marcos de los santos
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marcos de los santos

l wiil like to get more information about it to see if this tool work or not ,because is going to be a good idea for the family and our pocket.

John
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John

I cut my cable about 11 years ago. Its not needed with the internet. I now pay for internet and watch tv on netflix and other channels most of you know. like history, discovery, Weather, ABC, NBC, BBC, What ever there all online and you can watch shows with less than half the commercialism. Stupid cable company’s kill me

Theresa Reid
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Theresa Reid

I just got my Clear Cast today I was able to get only 4 channels. It WILL be going back.

nolan
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nolan

antenna did not work, i have a outside antenna with a digital converter box that pulled in 31 channels.and clear cast only got 12, also have 2nd tv with rca digital flat antenna from wal-mart for 14.95 its a inside antenna with digital converter box also,still works better than clear cast and they did not refund all my money plus shipping as promised, i got back $43.00 out of $62.00, got extra 2yr warranty that cost $5.00 plus cost almost $10.00 to ship it back. so i am out about $20.00. should have known better ha! ha!

Smith6612
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Smith6612

I always avoid the hype about super antennas. They don’t do much besides induce more noise which really puts you back at square one anyways with digital service. Maybe if Analog were still around, Super antennas would work a lot better. People around here who use TV service, stick an outdoor antenna in the attic. Works just as well as having it on the roof with only the weakest of the stations perhaps not coming in as strong as they could. Either way, as long as your attic is not a faraday cage you shouldn’t notice the difference 🙂 Those… Read more »

marilyn
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marilyn

Omg, I wish I would of known this. It was on the newspaper and my neighbor reccommended it. I ordered 4, they should come in this week. Had I known and done my research first instead of getting super excited, I could’ve saved money. 217.0 for 4 boxes. Stupid me. But I havnt even tested it. Yeah, I’m a ditz.. ugh. Thanks for the info, now to break it to everyone of my facebook friends I posted it too.=(

Mandy
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Mandy

Oh my Gosh! I am so glad I came across this web site! This ADVERTISEMENT just ran in our paper this morning (Charlotte NC). First of all, some how my husband and I both missed the fact that it is indeed a paid advertisement due to the fact that they cleverly placed those words in smaller print at the top. Now that its been pointed out here, I cant believe I over looked it. If you miss those words and read the full page it realy dose seem like a news story and not an ad. They were very strategic… Read more »

danny
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danny

just ran in our morning paper today (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette) February 1,.2012

Paula
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Paula

Thanks for the info. I decided to research before sitting on ‘hold’ with Brillant Technologies to buy the Clear-cast. Glad I did.

I thought about cutting the cable when I first moved to Charlotte like my brother in Chicago did. But my folks said Charlotte wouldn’t be a good market for that because they don’t have any major stations close by.

Either way, I’ll keep hoping for something cheaper!! Thanks.

Wanda
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I am so glad I decided to go online before wasting my time with this product. I hate my cable bill and so I was willing to take a chance on this thing. I am happy that I came to my senses and decided to see what others thought first. I live in Charlotte to and have decideded to wait and complain to TWC about my increasing cable first. I am not falling for this.

Thanks to everyone, especially Phillip, for your helpful comments.

JJ
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JJ

I purchased this product thinking it might be nicer because of the size and cost. Most antenna’s at the common electronic stores are almost the same price. Received it today, did what they said and it worked no better than a Radio Shack rabbit ear special. Save you time and money. Terrible product. Will return it today and see if they refund my money! This was mounted in a 4×6 foot window with no obstructions; no film or screens were on the window so don’t get sold on that excuse.

David Young
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David Young

David says: Just received the two clearcast antennas I purchased today. When placing my order, the sales rep. said a two year warranty was only $5.00. I got the extended warrenty totaling $10.00 for two antennas without questioning the necessity of it. The bottom line is that I couldn’t get any reception. I called my credit card company. They said I should get a full refund of $101.11. Also to call Brilliantbuilt Technologies and let them know I was returning their product and needed to get all my money back. I did this and was informed that when they receive… Read more »

Michelle
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Michelle

Thanks for the article… this ad just ran in Pittsburgh yesterday.

Will make sure to forward to others!

Many Thanks!

Bill Bishop
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Bill Bishop

Please note that these are the same clowns who sell the Heat Surge (you can bag all the glitz and get a thermostatically controlled 1500 watt heater at Target or Frys for $50 or less), the Cool Surge (Basically an ice pack in front of a fan for over $200), and the World Reserve Monetary Exchage (All those scammy “free safe” ads). Beware of them. If their ad masquerades as a news story and they are in Canton, OH it is the same outfit.

Paul
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Paul

Very interesting and sure glad I went on-line to look up this company. The ad just appeared in the Dallas area Feb 10, 2012, and glad to know it’s a scam, as are the Heat Surge and other ads from the Canton Ohio company. Thanks for the warning and heads-up. I will be on the look-out for similar ads that I’ve seen many times before, and see what I can do to get the attorney generals involved in the different states. Probably not much since these are indeed actual products, but it’s just the way they try to lure people… Read more »

J. Brown
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J. Brown

MY SUGGESTION IS, IF YOU PURCHASED THIS PRODUCT AND THINK YOU HAVE BEEN MISREPRESENTED , OF WHICH IS APPRARENT WITH SOME OF YOUR COMMENTS,
JUST FILE A COMPLAINT WITH THE U.S. FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION. THEY WILL INVETIGATE YOUR COMPLAINT AND TAKE THE APPROPRIATE ACTIONS REQUIRED.
LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO MESS WITH CHARLOTANS. SOMETIMES SOON SOMETHING WILL COME ALONG THAT IS BETTER, CHEAPER, AND CUSTOMER FRIENDLY THAT WILL COMPETE AND CLASH FULLY WITH THE OVERPRICED GREEDY CABLE AND SATELLITE COMPANIES THAT WILL BE FULLY LIGITIMATE, CHEAPER, AND MUCH BETTER.

Allen Grimes
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Allen Grimes

I purchased this product and to my surprise, i never recieved this product. and the refund process and the level of customer service has been unacceptable. I have talked with at least 11 reps, and 4 supervisors. to speak with an overseer in management has been a real journey from hell. Just based on the customer service has been enough to kill my excitement about the product that I never recieved. I will keep on this matter. It may have not happen to every customer, but it has happened. the way I have to fight and track down the product… Read more »

Loons In June!
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Loons In June!

“LIFE IS TOO SHORT TO MESS WITH CHARLOTANS. SOMETIMES SOON SOMETHING WILL COME ALONG THAT IS BETTER, CHEAPER, AND CUSTOMER FRIENDLY THAT WILL COMPETE AND CLASH FULLY WITH THE OVERPRICED GREEDY CABLE AND SATELLITE COMPANIES THAT WILL BE FULLY LIGITIMATE, CHEAPER, AND MUCH BETTER”

Maybe you could invent something that does!

Then you could buy a spell checker and a keyboard that is not stuck with Caps lock on.

Allen Grimes
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Allen Grimes

Phillip, What kind of exxperience does it take for repeated customer service.? If you are in anyway associated with this company, Investigate this claim. It didnt take 11 customer reps and 4 supervisors to swipe my cc? Just 1 in 1 day! Cmon man really? Someone owes accountable or which I received none. Yeah right!

Justin Michael
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Justin Michael

$38? In Indiana it Advertises for $47 plus S&H.

J.Brown
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J.Brown

$47 here in Southeastern PA also.

Sonia McAlister
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Sonia McAlister

Just thought I’d mention this closely resembles the Amish Heater that also got a full page ad in our Newspaper. Of course, we should blame the newspaper for printing this rubbage but of course they’re just trying to make a buck. The reason these people make money is because some people will buy the product just to see if it’s true and the rest of us, know better. It’s a shame that these people just take advantage of others for a buck. My Dad was willing to buy the product until I told him that it was a gimme, nothing… Read more »

justin
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justin

i have the amish heater and it is awesome. saves me 200 a month in heating bills. the clearcast…..sound like rubbish

Carol
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Carol

We just got the ad today in Anchorage it sounds pretty good if you don’t read it carefully – I am running off digital converter boxes and indoor bat-wing antenna. They work about as well as my outdoor antenna did before Analog went away. I patiently waited for the phone seller to several times excuse himself to get his computer to work, but the last time he left he didn’t come back and I finally just got a dial tone. I hadn’t given them any billing information yet so feel lucky I got disconnected. When all else fails do some… Read more »

Scott
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Scott

What was their pitch for Anchorage? Would seem like a hard sell to me in areas that have so few broadcast TV channels to even justify an antenna, there’s a reason cable and satellite are popular is such areas.

mary
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mary

Ad just hit Denver Post this morning, 2/20/12. I am going with a cheapie Radio Shack antenna to see if I have the access to broadcasts. I am just too old to be climbing on the roof setting up an antenna like the 1950s and too financially challenged to be paying $175 cable bills. Thanks for the sold experiences and advice. Anybody had any experience with the new wireless streaming hookups now being sold for TV?

Carl
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Carl

Ad came out in Decatur, Il for $47. Seemed too good to be true and I thank all of you on this site for saving me the grief of trying it and finding out it was no better than the antenna I already have.
Thanks Again

mary
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mary

Yup, Clear Cast was also $47 here in Colorado ad. The further west it goes the higher the price? Thanks for the Roku info. I really appreciate this site. You all saved me money, time and a lot of frustration. Many Thanks.

Dawn
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Dawn

I found it in a little weekly paper that I don’t even subscribe too on February 22, 2012 here in San Antonio. They state in the AD that if you don’t respond within that 48 hr window you will be turned away and have to wait for the next time it happens to appear in the paper. I called tonight, 2/26/2012 and gave them the code that supposedly will get you the best deal and she couldn’t locate it. So she asked when I received the paper and I told her 4 days ago. She still was going to give… Read more »

Ron Gibson
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Ron Gibson

Newspapers such as asbury park press should not accept this ad similar to heat surge or cool surge these are all boiler room type operations,though I fully understand that newspapers are desperate for revenue to survive I believe,they should be held accountable via BBB as well as local,State and Federal authorities.

Edward
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Edward

I agree with u on this one… I was in a Dr’s Office waiting room The paper that i saw the add in was USA today… If i was a subscriber to this paper, i would have complained that day and canceled that subscription for that rag… The media outlets that are willingly will print these kinds of adds need to be accountable… Instead of just taking anyone’s money for a full page add and screwing over there subscribers And no i did not buy the 99.99% pure Gold coins on the next page with 1 micron of gold covering… Read more »

Zipper in FL
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Zipper in FL

The ad ran in Sarasota Florida papers on Monday February 27th.

Price is $47 – how are these people posting here being charged $68+$9.95 P+H ?

It’s so obviously related to the “Amish Fireplaces” I laughed out loud!

Gary
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Gary

Ad ran in Philadelphia Friday March 2nd. $47. I called to find out the shipping charge. $10.
First, they ask what you’re paying for cable. Then how many sets.
They want to sell you digital converters too, probably with additional shipping charges.
I told them I got a box with the FCC coupon already. Say no more.
I’ll keep FIOS.

Gary
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Gary

Guess what I found for sale for $19.95 at the Converter Box Coupon website?

http://www.digital-tv-converter.net/flat-hdtv-antenna.aspx

A Flat HDTV Antenna made by Think Wireless that looks exactly like the Clear-Cast.

Gary
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Gary

Oops.. Out of stock and only Clear-Cast sells them now.

Gary
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Gary
John
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John

This ad just ran in my local paper today in Memphis Tn. I noticed along with the fedex trucks in the pic there are three security guards or cops walking around the assembly line. Lol Are they about to shut the company down? The picture is kind of odd.

K
Guest
K

This add was in The Tennessean too, but they want us to pay $47!! Caveat emptor! (Let the buyer beware!)

Jodi
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Jodi

Phillip, thank you for a very informative article. I also learned a lot by reading your responses to the comments. Thought this ad sounded too good to be true and am glad I found your site before spending any money. We have a very rural get-away place in southwest Texas and would love to be able to get TV reception there. Right now we are limited to DVDs. Sounds like a roof-top antenna is our best bet. Thanks again for sharing your knowledge!

Annie
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Annie

Let’s just start an “A La Carte Cable Channel Movement” – pay for what you want, not for what everyone in the US wants.

Roger
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Roger

You’ll probably be disappointed when they price it at $5 per channel per month.

rob baker
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rob baker

This thing is a scam, I get 20 chanels with some old 1970 rabbit ears and with the clear cast thing I get 0 not even 1, its going to sent back…

rickey
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rickey

does it work in denver area of pennsylvania

Michelle S.
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Michelle S.

Thank God I found this website! I was just about to order this clear cast for my daughter. I think I will hit up radio shack or walmart instead. Thanks, everyone, for saving me a bundle of cash!

John
Guest
John

I would buy an attic antenna for 55-60 before I would pay $47 for clearcast. I have Directv along with an attic antenna, and I get around 30 or so channels just with the attic antenna.

Now with regular non tuning rabbit ears on the kitchen TV, I only get maybe 15 channels. I live 30 miles outside Memphis,TN where the broadcast are coming from.

Abbie
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Abbie

Just saw this ad in today local paper and of course, the zip codes listed were local. What a surprise! Even though I recoginized it as the same layout and format as the fireplace ad, I still read the darn thing and thought to myself………I’d love to cut my cable. Having just received my monthly bill and noticed that everything has goine up again, I want to find a way to leave my cable company. Back a few weeks, they were offering a free DVR box to all new accounts. I called and tried to negotiate, threatening to leave but… Read more »

Ernie
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Ernie

I read this ad yesterday it had one word that said “advertisement” $47 + shipping. On the Zip code box that lists the states, this box was not availabe in California. I wondered why and decided to look it up and ran across this web site. Also I noticed that all the 953 digital shows available are the same ones I get now, with my outdoor antiquated 30 year old VHS/UHF antenna. In Los Angeles area I get a total of around 72 channels some which are music only. In order for me to get a crisp picture, I do… Read more »

Keania
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Keania

@Abbie, my name is Ke-ania, Executive Assistant to the Vice President to Brilliant Built Technologies. I wanted to provide some clarity to let you know that depending on the area in which you leave will determine the local broadcasting shows that you will be able to receive. Of course you will not be able to receive premium channels provided by your current provider. But the Clear-cast is to eliminate expense cable bills. All product is backed by our 30 day money back guarantee less shipping ($9.95) if for any reason you are not satisfied with the Clear-cast.

jt
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jt

This thing was priced at $38 just a few months ago?? Well it’s now being offered for $47 in ad in today’s Philadelphia Metro.

Forget it. I remember when DTV conversion took place in 2009. I purchased a $35 amplified antenna from Radio Shack that was crap so I returned it, and bought an el cheapo $10 from Big Lots! and that performed much better.

Julie/ CHICAGO IL
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Julie/ CHICAGO IL

CUT THE CABLE!! i used to have basic cable for $13. a month! figured if i tried to put an antenna on my roof i would probably fall!! for 10 years i actually received expanded cable by mistake. (their mistake) Jan 2012, i got notice of a rate hike to $17. a month, and most channels will be lost unless i upgrade to a $70. package!! rofl:: thats not happening, i need to eat!! lols:: so i went online and started searching and found several websites and CUT MY CABLE! got an old antenna and i have 40 stations!! clear… Read more »

Bob Dodson
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Bob Dodson

Why not California and Massachusetts are we orphans??? Sounds like a conspiracy to
me or is it California greed again. What is our hope of getting a device like this in our
state? Would appreciate an answer to this question if it is possible.
What law makes it impossible for California to enjoy another freedom??

nolan
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nolan

reply to bob d: you do not want a device like this in california. it does not work, its just a scam to get your hard earned money. beware!

Bob Dodson
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Bob Dodson

I was told due to CURRANT MARKETING RESTRICTIONS IN CALIFORNIA “Tax collecting practices of California on items sold in the state. California is requiring all out of state shipments be taxed entering the State of California, to be collected by those sellers” This is highly illegal, as those sellers who do not have a warehouse in California , the said state is placing a burden upon those sellers, and asking them to collect the tax and send it to California. We smart buyers will have it purchased by our friends and relatives who do not live in California, then they… Read more »

Joe Kargan
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Joe Kargan

Today, March 28, 2012, they have an ad in The Times newspaper serving North Lake County Indiana It says: “Who Gets Free TV: Listed below are the Munster area zip codes that get Free TV with Clear-Cast (1): If you live in one of these areas immediately call 1-888 – (Deleted number). Free TV Claim Code: LG332 The Free TV Hotlines at (Phone # deleted) and (Phone # deleted) are open for the next 48 hours beginning at precisely 8:30am this morning. If you miss the deadline you’ll be turned away from this offer and forced to wait for future… Read more »

Nick Markowitz Jr,
Guest

I live high up on a hill in Pittsburgh get 54 channels no problem with bow tie antenna and even more when I hook it to old VHF antenna I have in attic . This so called tuner is nothing but crap you can go on internet and see several cheap made antennas you can easily make that work better than any you can buy. The problem is people who are still using old analog sets the digital adapters available are crap as well you need a new digital TV with built in digital Tuner and will get TV signal… Read more »

tony
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tony

I just got scamed

Keania
Member
Keania

@Tony, my name is Ke-ania, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Brilliant Built Technologies. If you have placed an order you are able to cancel the order or return the order once the product is delivered to your home you have a 30 day money back guarantee less shipping ($9.95). You are able to contact Customer Service at 1-888-825-4416. If you need further assistance you can call me direct at 330-966-9000 ext. 2580 and I will be more than happy to help you.

Doyle Geiselman
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Doyle Geiselman

I can’t imagbine the time wasted on all of these comments even though they were helpful.

Greg
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Greg

Just saw this in our newspaper here in Sioux City, Ia

Thanks for the heads up. I thought it was too good to be true.

Mary
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Mary

It works well for me. I wasn’t expecting 100 channels only the locals ones in the surrounding cities. I live in a small central MA city (no TV stations to speak of) but which is about 45-60 miles from 3-4 larger cities with TV stations. Due to my laziness 1st night set it up with antenna heading north to NH, it registered 18 stations and 13 came in well. Next day moved everything around in the living room so my ‘oldish’ TV now faced toward an east window, it registered 22 stations found and 19 came in well. To pay… Read more »

Keania
Member
Keania

@Mary, my name is Ke-ania, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Brilliant Built Technologies. I would like to thank you for providing your positive experience with your Clear-cast antenna. We are aware that it will not work for everyone. But I am glad to hear that you enjoy your product. Customer Testimonials are appreciated and acknowledged and we THANK YOU.

Baxter
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Baxter

saddly here in my town their is no way to recieve more than 20 channels, we are surrounded by mountains, on top of that the broadcasters are almost 50-100 miles away, texas is very spread out… might give it a try but more than likely wont get alot of channels, we had such a prob with our old attena we where happy to get cable in 05, but that was before they decided to gouge people more and more

Keania
Member
Keania

@Baxter, With the Clear-cast antenna you are backed by the 30 day money back guarantee less shipping ($9.95). Feel free to call Customer Service at 1-888-825-4416, if you have any questions, regarding your order once placed.

Steve
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Steve

OMG really, minus the overinflated price for shipping which you make money off of anyway? Costs you maybe a dollar to ship since its in bulk and metered and you’re charging $9.95 which is probably two-three times the price of the antenna. Studies show that most people don’t take the time to send stuff back. Packaging, time in the post office, money. If the product were great, it would be a 100% money back guarantee including shipping minus return shipping where you won’t make a dime OR you’d drop the shipping cost and put it in the price of the… Read more »

Keania
Member
Keania

@Steve, you are stating studies show that most people don’t take the time to send products back. When the option of a 30 day money back guarantee less shipping ($9.95) is available and is also agreed upon by the customer at the time of purchase. And the customer doesn’t utilize this option then what more can any company do. Customer service is always available to assist with any questions that a customer may have.

Steve
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Steve

@Baxter, sorry to hear that. I’m thinking about Satellite or just going all internet to get out from under the tyranny of these mega corporations.

Bob Smith
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Bob Smith

This is such a scam, just like those dreadful plugin Amish fireplaces. It’s a crime to ask so much for a simple device produced for so little in near-slave labor conditions overseas. Utterly loaded statistics on its claimed reception, or how many shows it gets you. Bunk. Now mind you, the worst offense is that a large newspaper such as the Chicago Tribune accepted cash to promote such utterly obvious scammer landfill trash. The ad is a plain waste of ink, paper and electricity, although some folks earned a wage doing this (what politicians love to spin upon) those same… Read more »

Robyn
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Robyn

I felt like a victim after I ordered this product when what I thought was a news article in USA Today was actually an advertisement. I live in an apartment where cable and antenna are the only options. I already owned an amplified antenna that had to constantly be adjusted and often times just pissed me off. I got the Clear Cast antenna in the mail today so I decided I’d give it a whirl before sending it back because it was a piece of junk. I connected it, did a channel search an voila, I got all the channels… Read more »

Keania
Member
Keania

@Robyn, Hello I am so glad that you are enjoying your Clear-cast antenna. And I am so glad that you took out time to share your positive info with others. Thank You

mary
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mary

NO …. It didn’t work for me I return it …… and you have to pay to return the item.

Greg
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Greg

Hey Keania…You are a terrible person. Advertising that you can get rid of cable and dish providers by purchasing your product is false advertising and you should be ashamed of yourself for preying on people that are gullible enough to believe your false statements.
Turds like you should be locked up.

mary
Guest
mary

showed up in western KY today. Saved my parents from falling pry.. so thank you for the website.

Keania
Member
Keania

@Greg, I apologize that you feel that way towards me, but this is not for personal attacks this is about the Clear-cast antenna that will help to eliminate cable and satellite BILLS. If you are satisfied with your current carrier then the Clear-cast may not be for you, and that is understandable. We are aware that the product may not be for everyone. But we do appreciate you taking the time to show interest in our product.

Oscar@SA
Member

Do you sell toilet paper with your logo on it? I can use some…

Steve
Guest
Steve

Got one of the advertisements in the mail. No where on it does it list the price which implies that it’s free to me. I guess the thing that sticks out the most is that you have to reply by May 23 to get Free TV Channels. If that alone isn’t enough to raise an eyebrow, i’m not sure what is. Also, the ad insists on continuously using the term “pull in” which implies that this is more than just a simple receiver. Again, my eyebrow is now so contorted I believe its on my ceiling. Lastly, I am being… Read more »

Keania
Member
Keania

@Steve, If you feel you need clarification about the Clear-cast Antenna advertisement. I would be more than happy to assist you with any questions that you may have. Please feel free to call me at 330-966-9000 ext. 2580. Thank you

joseph brandolini
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joseph brandolini

this device is total piece of s*** didn’t even get a signal and i am across the river from philadelphia~you kidding not one f’ing signal~will be returning for full refund i have newspaper saying not happy full refund nothing saying less shipping~

joseph brandolini
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joseph brandolini

it sucks total waste of my money and will be returing it~

joseph brandolini
Guest
joseph brandolini

not one thing only got no signal~how great~what a scam and crap they sell~

JoeyMan
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JoeyMan

This is garbage. All marketing hype. This garbage does not work.

Brad
Guest
Brad

I just received an ad in the mail for this “revolution” promising I could get it for $47 if I was one of the first people to call in. I don’t have a digital TV, but I do have a couple digital converters that do pick up local, digital broadcasts with a cheap antenna.

Joe
Guest
Joe

Funny, today’s local paper in NJ has the same EXACT photo but, the FedEx logos have been replaced with USPS 🙂

Scott
Guest
Scott

I wouldn’t be surprised if FedEx’s lawyers have contacted them threatening to sue if they didn’t remove their trademarked logo from the Clear Cast advertising.

That’s a serious no-no to be trading off another companies brand and customer trust that’s been built up for years without any permission.

I seriously doubt they even ship via FedEx/UPS, it’s was always cheaper to do the mailing through USPS for a couple dollars per package and pocket the remainder as profit for shipments like this when I ran a high-volume e-commerce site.

sheila
Guest
sheila

As any one sent their’s back for a refund yet, or have called them about getting a refund.

LeRoy
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LeRoy

Nowdays you need to hire an attorney to make a forty dollar investment.

Vee Dubber
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Vee Dubber

Instead of all of us wasting time watching TV & surfing the web, we should be more involved in politics. I’m ticked at ALL of us!! We sat by and let Congress (who has better things to do than telling us how we should watch TV) shove digital TV (which has NEVER worked properly) down our throats. Analog TV worked FINE (for 50 YEARS!), and it was FREE! Now we either have to buy a box to connect to our TV’s, buy a new TV with a digital receiver built into it, or pay outrageous cable/satellite/FIOS fees. And how many… Read more »

Thomas in SC
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Thomas in SC

You can stay in your analog world if you prefer. Analog music sources such as the LP and phono cartridge do offer advantages such as one’s ability to correct misplaying problems, while if a CD does not play your music listening is pretty much toast. But digital offers more detail and definition than does analog, and I doubt 99%+ of people will be willing to return to non-HD TV and I also doubt that analog TV broadcasts can render HD TV. I have no problem following politics and congress…… Why do you? And your “complaints” are 10 years too late.

That Guy
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That Guy

Has anyone noticed, besides the fact that there are some papers showing USPS trucks, others showing FED EX trucks, the people working are being watched by armed guards? Really? Photo shop the trucks but you show us the armed guards out in the open watching the “workers” every move? How arrogant NWO!

Ed Kramer
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Ed Kramer

The USA Today add says “$49 – 50% off”. I got directions online to make an antenna out of coat hangers that rotates to maximize reception. Works great!

misty rummell
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misty rummell

Do not buy its junk my brother wasted 63 dollars on this sure you can return it within 30 days of purchase but they dont refund alk your money and you have to pay to send it back what a scam shame on you

davi jordan
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davi jordan
Georgia Gillean
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Georgia Gillean

I need a remote for my clear cast converter as I lost mine

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