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Clear-Cast HDTV Antenna Subject of Better Business Bureau Review; Ad Confuses Consumers

Phillip Dampier April 2, 2012 Consumer News, Editorial & Site News, Video 78 Comments

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

Back in December, Stop the Cap! alerted readers about the “revolutionary razor thin” HDTV antenna Clear-Cast that promised salvation from high cable and satellite TV bills forever.  No article published here has attracted as much attention as that one, drawing more than 40,000 new readers to find out whether the product is truly a scientific breakthrough, or razor thin hype.

Readers have overwhelmingly agreed with our review of the product — it did no better than a $1.49 antenna we bought years earlier from Radio Shack.  But plenty of readers also shared their disappointment with the company advertising Clear-Cast: Canton, Ohio-based Universal Media Syndicate, Inc.

The Canton Regional and Greater West Virginia Better Business Bureau reports it has received “numerous” complaints about Clear-Cast’s marketing practices, refund policies, and advertising claims.  Indeed, we’ve heard from hundreds of readers who assumed we sold the product, and a lot of choice words were included in the angergram e-mails mistakenly sent our way.  Among the claims many found deceptive — Clear-Cast’s marketing stretch that users can receive up to 953 shows (not channels).

Our story has been linked from a number of other websites, so many in fact our review of the product often appears higher in Google’s search rankings than the company selling the product itself.

Clear-Cast’s advertising, designed to look like an authentic newspaper article, has appeared in dozens of newspapers around the country.  Many readers report the price has increased as well, now selling for as much as $50, not including the high-pressure sales tactics to throw in “warranty protection” ($5 buys you two years) and shipping and handling (add another $10).  We found readers who spent $110 for two bow-tie antennas that used to be included with televisions until the 1980s for free.

Our findings: Clear-Cast is an antenna capable of receiving local broadcast channels, but no better or worse than other basic antennas we have tested that sell for $4-9.

Returning the product for a refund also proved nightmarish.  We received a working antenna from one of our readers if we’d agree to return to it the company when we were finished.  It was returned by Priority Mail in late January and was received by them in two business days.  Our reader reports a credit for the return finally posted to his credit card statement this morning — nearly four months later.

The BBB received such a substantial number of complaints, they met with the company in January to discuss their product and how it is sold:

The BBB found that the product does provide channels without cable or satellite. However BBB inquiries indicate that because the headline states that you can get rid of cable or satellite bills, consumers are under the impression that they will receive the same type of channeling as they would with their current provider.

Additionally, there seems to be some confusion as to what is actually being given away for free. In the company ad it states in the headline “Free TV” and “gets rid of cable or satellite bills.” Some inquiries indicate that consumers are under the impression that they will be receiving a free television. Also there seems to be confusion as to how many possible channels a consumer may get when using the ClearCast Digital HDTV. The company ad has indicated that consumers can receive up to 953 “Shows” and up to 53 “channels” depending on where you live.

The company has added disclosures that outline and explain what the consumers are actually getting, however the overall impression of the ad seems to imply differently.

The basic principles of the BBB code of advertisement states that an advertisement as a whole may be misleading although every sentence separately considered is literally true. Consumers are encouraged to read the ad in its entirety and despite deadlines and restrictions, to make sure the company and product is researched prior to purchase in order to make an educated buying decision.

We were not surprised to learn readers were still complaining about Clear-Cast as late as this weekend.

Universal Media Syndicate, which is responsible for its marketing, also pitches:

  • the so-called “Amish-Made” Heat Surge Fireplace (all parts from China, with only the wood frame made by “Amish” employees);
  • “three hundred ninety-eight dollars and shipping”-portable air conditioner ArcticPro;
  • coin peddler World Reserve Monetary Exchange;
  • PatentHEALTH, a Canton-based provider of something called “nutraceuticals” that include an FDA warning suggesting their products are “not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.”

Variation on the traditional bow-tie UHF antenna

Our advice for cord cutters remains the same:

Antenna design really has not changed much in 50 years. Here is a good and credible site to explore: http://www.antennaweb.org/Info/AntennaInfo.aspx

Start out with something basic. The best antennas allow you to orient them in different directions towards the signal you want. For UHF, try a set top loop-style antenna that can be rotated (Wal-Mart probably has one). You might also find playing around with some aluminum foil attached behind the antenna or even to it can make some difference. Experiment… a lot, until you find the ideal position for your antenna. If you are thinking of spending $38 on Clear Cast, remember it will probably cost you at least $5 to mail it back if you find it not worth keeping.

For the absolute best results, seriously consider a traditional outdoor or attic antenna. Channel Master and Winegard are quality manufacturers with a long history. They sell online and UPS can deliver it straight to your home already assembled in many cases.

But always hire a professional installer if you are absolutely not certain of your rooftop skills.  A frequent cause of rooftop falls and other accidents used to be attributed to do-it-yourself antenna installers who didn’t appreciate the risks.

[flv width=”360″ height=”290″]http://www.phillipdampier.com/video/WTVQ Lexington Clear-Cast HDTV Antenna 3-28-12.mp4[/flv]

WTVQ in Lexington, Kentucky investigated viewer complaints about Clear-Cast and talked with the Better Business Bureau about the company and its marketing tactics.  (3 minutes)

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Alex Perrier
Alex Perrier
8 years ago

Where do you buy a television antenna for under $10?

Also, how do you know if the antenna is designed for old heavy TVs, new thin TVs, or both?

Ryan
Ryan
8 years ago
Reply to  Alex Perrier

You can get television antennas for under $10 from most retailers, as well as online. I got my current antenna for 1.97 from Sears on clearance, but I think they had the regular priced ones starting at 9.99. It used to be that you could always assume someone had a nice flat surface near the TV to rest an antenna on, namely the top of the TV itself. But nowadays TVs don’t have any significant depth to them so you can’t rest an antenna on top, so many new antennas are designed to be mounted or hung or otherwise placed… Read more »

me
me
8 years ago
Reply to  Ryan

I have been using some zipties and hang them off the back of the tv. I dont look at the back of that much 🙂

Jeff
Jeff
8 years ago
Reply to  Alex Perrier

Alex and Ryan, The antennas are not classified by the size or age of the TV or SDTV vs. HDTV, the antennas are classified by what frequencies they are designed to best pick up. Ryan is correct that the bunny ears are best for VHF (Very High Frequency) and the bowtie antennas are designed to pick up UHF (Ultra High Frequency). These days I would guess most markets have a mix of VHF and UHF stations. Wikipedia will tell you the frequency at which your local stations broadcast (and also gives the location of the broadcast station). Very handy. I… Read more »

Phil
Phil
8 years ago

In our local paper today a big one-page ad for our area by zip code for the Clear-Cast antenna and it say you’ll get 953 SHOWS, not 953 channels for $47.00 plus S&H. Its just an amplified HDTV antenna! Plug it into your TV and on your TV run channel scan or search for channels and your TV should find them. As for me, I use rabbit-ears for an antenna and I am on the 9th floor facing south toward the TV transmitters in my area. I get all these channels anyway. Kmart and WalMart sell amplified antennas on their… Read more »

karl green
karl green
7 years ago
Reply to  Phil

Never buy anything from Walmart- 6 members of the walmart family make as much as 43% of Americia – maybe thats why everyones looking for cheap antenna?
I dont mind thay make so much but we pay billions in gov subsidy because they dont pay workers enough to live on- and like other corporations use third world countrys for cheap labor in fire traps and buildings that fall.

clintonthe traitor
clintonthe traitor
6 years ago
Reply to  karl green

Amen about boycotting Wal-Mart – the Walton children alone are mostly responsible for the problems in the US today.. They hired Hillary Clinton in 1986 to their board, funded both Bill’s campaigns with help from Chinese spies like John Huang, had Bill sign Most Favored Nation status to China in 1996, and then immediately went on the offensive – first inviting US made products, then pressuring them to close down and move to China by threatening to stock a knock-off copy instead if they didn’t go ahead and take the additional profit – short-lived process though as venerable trusted US… Read more »

Hunter
Hunter
8 years ago

An antenna is an antenna, the technology hasn’t exactly progressed by leaps and bounds. Everyone should have known that this was all hype. I can’t believe people would pay so much for a bowtie antenna! I know antennas are the cord cutters “savior” but I tried going over the air only to end frustrated and bored. I used one of those flat, indoor antennas. I was able to pick up 25 or 30 channels here in the Denver area. The problem was that I only wanted to watch a hand full of channels as the rest were religious, Spanish, or… Read more »

Loons In June!
Loons In June!
8 years ago
Reply to  Hunter

“I did a little research and found that my employer, DISH, offered the most HD channels available from any provider and their every day prices were very affordable. I covered the important bases in that I have a huge selection of HD channels, I have a crystal clear picture, and I am not paying an arm and a leg for TV service.”

Ha you never stop with your commercials do you? You don’t get free service as an employee?

Hob

Loons In June!
Loons In June!
8 years ago

Thats horrible. Boo to Dish.

Kelly Clover
Kelly Clover
8 years ago

My complaints against the company are multiple. I spent 113.90 for 2 antennas, 1 sent to my home, 1 sent to a relative 300 miles away. The advertisement misled me into believing that a FEDEX truck would come out to deliver. Not so. Just the regular mailman from the U.S.P.S. To make matters worse they don’t ask for a signature to insure it actually gets to the destination. I had to ask for a refund of 56.95 because the shipment to the other city didn’t get there, even though postal records supposedly showed delivery. It was either stolen or delivered… Read more »

Keania
Keania
8 years ago
Reply to  Kelly Clover

@ Kelly Glover, Good Afternoon, My name is Ke-ania, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Brilliant Built Technologies. The Clear cast Antenna is not to substitute for cable TV, but it is able to pick up over-the-air digital and HGTV signals that the cable and satellite companies are charging a fortune for each month and delivers them to you absolutely FREE. If you need further assistance with the status of your refund please feel free to call me directly at 330-966-9000 ext. 8961, and I will be more than happy to assist you.

Thank you
Ke-ania, Executive Assistant

Earl
Earl
8 years ago
Reply to  Keania

– if someone with your tenuous grasp of proper capitalization can make it to be the executive assistant to a VP, without knowing that the product is for a HDTV (a programming standard) not HGTV (Home and Garden TV channel) antenna, then I have serious doubt that the product is capable of delivering even the meager performance promised.
Short version: Your linguistic fail makes the company look stupid because they hired you and let you admit working there in public.

Ke-ania
Ke-ania
8 years ago
Reply to  Earl

@ Earl, this is not for personal attacks on me, this is simply called a typo. My human errors have nothing to do with the performance that the Clear-Cast can provide. If you placed an order and you are looking for further assistance, feel free to give me a call at 330-966-9000 ext. 8961 and I will be more than happy to assist you with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your order.

Oscar@SA
8 years ago
Reply to  Ke-ania

Your company sucks… If I had no heart, I would also sell a POS product and keep the $9.95 per antenna… what a business model…

elizabeth martinez
elizabeth martinez
8 years ago

well i got this product and it does not even get 1 channel so when i called to send it back and they told me that i would not get back 9.99 because that is what it cost to send which is a lie the amount of 61.95 and they charged me on 04/05/12 payed to AMC* Clear Cast 888-825-4416 this is a lot of money for me i feel like i was lied to about the full money back guarantee i feel so ripped off and mad

Keania
Keania
8 years ago

@ Elizabeth Martinez, Good Afternoon, My name is Ke-ania, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Brilliant Built Technologies. This is regarding your comment posted above. All products purchased are backed by are 30 day money back guarantee less shipping ($9.95). Once the product is returned the refund less shipping will be credited back to your method of payment. You are able to contact the Customer Service Department at 1-888-825-4416 and they will be more than happy to assist with the return if you are needing further assistances you can call me at 330-966-9000 Ext. 8961 Thank You Ke-ania, Executive… Read more »

HENRY
HENRY
7 years ago
Reply to  Keania

HI. THANK YOU , I WAS READING YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS CLEAR CHANNEL TV ANTENNA , AND MANY OTHER COMMENTS FROM OTHERS. IM SO GLAD. NOW IM NOT GOING TO PURCHASE ONE..NOTE: I CALLED THIS COMPANY AND ALL I GOT WAS A RECORDED VOICE…IT WAS SO DECEIVING IT SAID, PUCHASE ONE ANTENNA FOR $19.95 AND $7.95 FOR SHIPPING AND HANDLING,HERE IS THE DECEPTIC PART=WE ADDED AUTOMATICLY A SECOND ANTENNE FOR FREE,ALL YOU HAVE TO ADD IS AN EXTRA $7.95 FOR SHIPPING..ALL WANTED WAS ONE AND IT WOULD NOT TAKE NO FOR AN ANSWER..I COULD NOT EAVEN DISPUTED WITH A LIFE… Read more »

Dobrivoje Spasojevich
Dobrivoje Spasojevich
8 years ago

Hi to all!!, well I purchase one of the this NOT so brilliant built technologies Clear-Cast TV antenna, and it DOES NOT work at all. I check the antenna at two differnt places and it DOES NOT WORK!!! It Pure garbage made in China. I return a few day latter than 30 days and they will not refund my money. They are seling pure garbage and their adda are pure phoney!!!

Ke-ania
Ke-ania
8 years ago

@ Dobrivoje Spasojevich, all products purchased are backed by are 30 day money back guarantee less shipping ($9.95). Once the product is returned within 30 days a refund less shipping will be credited back to your method of payment. If you need some assistance or clarity regarding your order feel free to give me a call at 330-966-9000 ext. 8961 and I will be more than happy to assist you.

Thank you
Ke-ania

Dobrivoje Spasojevich
Dobrivoje Spasojevich
8 years ago
Reply to  Ke-ania

Keania, I did call you today, but your voice mail is on, so I did not have a chance to talk to you.
I left you a voice mail with my phone number, but you can just refund my money!! Thanks.

Hanes Vrtab
Hanes Vrtab
8 years ago

Does anyone know where I can buy a good antenna?

Sala
Sala
8 years ago
Reply to  Hanes Vrtab

You buy at Clear-Cast

Jack
Jack
7 years ago
Reply to  Hanes Vrtab

http://www.menards.com/main/electrical/audio-video/accessories/high-definition-indoor-tv-antenna/p-1865151-c-6295.htm
on sale now for $9.99 regular price $14.99 and works as good or better than a clear cast.

dan
dan
8 years ago

PT Barnum said there’s a sucker born every minute. Those pirates who just encased a cheap bowtie are fooling thousands. People of America, don’t be fooled. There are hundreds of antenna designs out there. There is only one antenna that works consistent whether you are 1 mile from the transmitting tower or 70+ miles. You can connect up to 8 tvs with out an amplified disrtibuter, and you’ll get 72+ channels or more. It’s the DTV Green DIsh-Tenna by DTV GREEN DISH INC in Homestead Florida. In South Florida, for example we get 70 to 80 channels all 90 to… Read more »

nina
nina
7 years ago
Reply to  dan

Hi Dan can I get hbo lifetime foodnetwork etc ? Thanks i’m glad i read your feedback

Kelly Clover
Kelly Clover
8 years ago

People who want the benefits of the Clear Cast antenna but not the high cost should consider 2 simple parts available at Radio Shack for about $10 total. One is a UHF Bow-tie Antenna (Part 15-234E). The other is a transformer or adaptor (Part 15-1253). You tape the Bow-Tie antenna up high in a window. You will also need a cable extension. The location of your TV relative to the window will determine how long your extension needs to be. Extension cables are available at WALMART, Radio Shack, Best Buy, and various other stores. You now have an antenna that… Read more »

Maurice Meinert
Maurice Meinert
8 years ago

Today (4/22/2012), Clear-Cast advertised a price of $47 in an insert, USA WEEKEND
(E-mail: [email protected]), in the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Disconnected Long Ago
Disconnected Long Ago
8 years ago

I have been using an antenna for several years now and don’t have a monthly bill. One thing that has not been mentioned is the difference between the older TVs and newer ones. Most of your newer TVs have built in digital tuners where as your older ones do not. That was why the government promoted the $40 DTV converter boxes so much. The converter boxes are still available for those with older TVs. It’s so much cheaper to pick up an older used TV than buy one of the new flatscreens that will only last a few years. I… Read more »

James R Curry
James R Curry
8 years ago

Flat screen TVs only last a few years?

I’ve never had one go out on me.

Drew
Drew
8 years ago

http://farm1.static.flickr.com/226/470225128_2f7052c80a.jpg?v=0
https://www.highdefforum.com/

The best antenna I’ve ever used was made from a refrigerator condenser coil. Extremely powerful and cheap to build.

I don’t have a tv these days since I use my internet for everything. I’m sure my isp loves netflix 😛

Wil H.
Wil H.
8 years ago

I was disappointed with the Clear-Clast X1 Digital Antenna, but mostly due to their advertisement claims that I could get up to 953 crystal clear digital TV station reception. Now when I received the antenna I connected it to my digital flat screen TV & followed all the included instructions I was only able to pickup SIX stations and one of them the quality was terrible, so I tried several areas in my room and connected to the outside of my apartment with the same SIX stations, but there’s a positive note I was able to pickup 2 of my… Read more »

David
David
8 years ago

My mother-in-law ordered one and asked me to install it. It works great and the installation was easy. I don’t know if she paid too much or not, but she lives out in the country and picks up 15 channels in HD for free. Maybe if she had asked before ordering, I could have figured out a cheaper way to go, but this has saved her lots of money, because she did cancel her dish service. She has not had a single day’s outage, and with the dish it was out about a day a week, every time it rained.

Keania
Keania
8 years ago
Reply to  David

@ David, Hello My name is Ke-ania, Executive Assistant to the Vice President of Brilliant Built Technologies. I wanted to take out the time to thank you for sharing your positive experience about the Clear-cast antenna. I am so glad that your mother-in-law is enjoying the product .

Thank you again,
Ke-ania

Joemo
Joemo
8 years ago

Shame on USA Today for printing this in today’s paper, goes to show you the disregard for value and integrity they hold for journalism, I assume they banked on selling the ad space, but that’s no different then when you trust your doctor to tell you EVERYTHING! How can you trust the headlines, when every word is for sale.

Lloyd
Lloyd
8 years ago

WHAT A PIECE OF CRAP!!! I thougfht I’d give it a try because I live in an area where we don’t get many channels. My 25-30 year old rooftop works better. I lost channels with this piece of crap. To everyone thinking of buying one… DON”T! Says it should pull from about 50 miles depending on location…BULL! I have a clear direct shot to most of the tranfer stations and they are roughly 30 miles out still didn’t work. It will be nice for a small apartment thats 5 miles from the transfer stations. Other then that it isn’t anything… Read more »

Tom Pace
8 years ago
Reply to  Lloyd

THE ANTENNA GREENDISH IS THE BEST , NEWEST MOST REVOULUTIONARY ANTENNA ON THE MARKET. IT IS JUST BEING LAUNCHED. IT WILL GIVE YOU 60 T0 80 CHANNELS AND WILL SUFFICE ALL YOUR FAMILY TV NEEDS IN HD. LOOK AT THE SITE CALL DAN TELL HIM TOM TOLD YOU TO TALK TO HIM. DAN IS THE INVENTOR. YOU GET NOTHING BUT HONESTY.THIS ANTENNA WILL REACH 80 TO 100 MILES . IT IS THE BEST THAT IS ON THE MARKET.

TOM

Keania
Keania
8 years ago
Reply to  Lloyd

@Lloyd, you do have a 30 money back guarantee less shipping if you are not satisfied with the Clear-cast antenna. And we do understand that the Clear-cast doesn’t work for everyone depending on your location and many things may affect you reception. If you have not contacted customer service you can call me at 330-966-9000 ext. 8961 and I will be more than happy to assist you with the return.

Thank you
Ke-ania

Ron
Ron
8 years ago

What a bunch of dumb ass idiots you all are. If you fools fall for a marketing ploy like this piece of crap then you deserve to get screwed. Doesn’t anbody have any intelligence in this new modern world we live in? Or do you all just want your neighbors to do your thinking?

Dora Bowles
Dora Bowles
8 years ago
Reply to  Ron

I have some kind of sense…. if it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. that is why you check things like this before you buy.I came to this website to see how many reviews i could read because it said that the deadline for the cheaper price of purchasing this product was past…. So my alarm bells went off and i ended up here. i like some of the ideas that you all are giving though. maybe i will shop some of the stores and see who has a high powered antenna that i can purchase.

joseph brandolini
joseph brandolini
8 years ago

the know it all~in these times people look for cheaper ways to cut costs~to have a company totally scamming people and our federal goverment knows and lets it happen is the crime~your post shows just how stupid of an idiot you are~i for 1 looked into to it~but not everyone has computers!~~~so stop judging everyone like your gods gift to the world~your not~!news flash news alert ron isnt all knowing~peeps~talk about a dumbassssssss~!

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

Clear Cast did exactly what they set out to do. Market a bowtie antenna design that has been around for the last 60 years, hype it, and sell it to the public for an absurd amount of money. They deliberately used false and confusing advertizing to make everyone think they were getting new technology that would eliminate their current cable TV bills. They engineered a SCAM, as so many others have done to dupe their customers. WHY.. you may ask? Because, This country has gone from an entrepreneurial free enterprise business society to one of total uncontrollable GREED. End of… Read more »

Dan
Dan
8 years ago

Bill you r so right. Its companies like that which taints the market. Check out dtvgreendish.com we tell you exactly what to expect. We install it for you so there is no second guessing. Our clients range from 1 mile to 70 miles from towers. That company saw what we were doing in south florida and tried to copy. That would be easy in the 1970s but with the internet, the frauders get exposed real fast

Lokard Desmock
Lokard Desmock
8 years ago

This website is really a walk-through for the entire information you needed about this and didn’t know who to ask. Glimpse right here, and also you’ll positively discover it.

DTV GreenDish
8 years ago

To all of you who got burned by that company. If you provide proof of purchase from clearcast, We will discount the amount you lost off the price of the Dtv Green Dish for the month of .Its the only Dishtenna you will ever need. http://Www.dtvgreendish..com

Brooklyn Girl
Brooklyn Girl
8 years ago
Reply to  DTV GreenDish

SCAM!!!! – Do NOT, NOT, NOT purchase this – whatever it is!!! I did, for $61.95 (yup, fell for the false advertisement), and it was worse than my $10 antenna (I cancelled cable some time ago), returned it, wasted $15 (their shipping cost – $10 + $5 to ship it back)… I am sure I am not the only deceived with this hoax, and it’s upsetting there’s nothing done about it… No one (including myself) is going to bother for $15, but they sure made some money… well, lesson learned…

Dobrivoje Spasojevich
Dobrivoje Spasojevich
8 years ago
Reply to  Brooklyn Girl

…!!you are lucky if you did get any money back at all?? They took all of my money for the antenna that did NOT NOT WORK at all!!!!!!!!

chas
chas
8 years ago

cool

Robin
Robin
8 years ago

HTguys tested the DTV GreenDish in Orange County California. They got 125 channels. They tried other antennas and got zip

Dobrivoje Spasojevich
Dobrivoje Spasojevich
8 years ago

?????Well today is July 23rd and I received a few phone calls from Ms Ke-Ania, but no result of any kind, I also received letter from Jessica H. client Resolution Specialist, which I faxed to you on July 5th and now is just no reponse of any kind. The letter indicates that I was within time frame to get my money back, which I have not received as yet!!

Is any Attorney out there to set up a action for the class action to go to the court?? Please!
Thank you. Dobbe Spasojevich.

Dorothy
Dorothy
8 years ago

I did my research and bought DTV GreenDish,I’m getting channels 90 miles away. We were only receiving 2 channels. Now we get news from all over the world, cartoons for my son, and science channels,very happy. Dan Rivera is a genius. Make the right choice. Not only is the product excellent hte man has integrity. In this day and age thats rare.

tom
tom
7 years ago
Reply to  Dorothy

the Green Dishtenna http://www.dtvgreendish.com/ is $200 for nothing more than a metal parabolic dish with 2 pairs of UHF bow tie like elements inside the dish. you do NOT get channels from all over the world; someone told you a bunch of LIE-ARRHEA when they said “you get channels from all over the world” E-mail me at [email protected]

hdtvpete
8 years ago

The Clear Cast X1 at $70 is overpriced and underperforms.

Read this review –

http://www.hdtvexpert.com/?p=2279

Thumbs down!

Mike
Mike
8 years ago

The antenna portrayed in this article is not worth the money. I fell for it because I live in one of the zip codes they advertised and of the dozens of channels possible, I get five regularly, even on clear atmospheric days. From time to time, when I re-program, I get several other channels, but they are religious or foreign language, so useless to me.

Consumers beware. Like some of the other responders stated, there are cheaper alternatives available.

marsha
marsha
8 years ago

Sorry to say guy’s but I LIVE IN Louisville an I bout the cast after reading it in the USA today and sorry to say but my girlfriend lost her cable an I connected my Cast to her TV and she has almost 70 channels & I purchased it cause Im tired of paying high DTV bills..Im HAPPY with my results….Maybe Yr area plays a big part in yr signal strength.

Louea Verrette
Louea Verrette
7 years ago
Reply to  marsha

im just wanting to no before i spen my money if this Clare cast does work or not..im 63 years old and im living on a small income..so i ca’t afford to loose my money..plase tell meabout this..does it work or not..thanks

Henry
Henry
7 years ago

Doesn’t help local channels at all let alone anything beyond that JUNK

anthony frye
7 years ago

im so glad i got to read all of this,like the old saying is NOTHING IS FREE.everyone trys a way to make money,and this is one of the companys..oh well keep paying to get what i pay for..good luck im so glad i did not get one of them..lol,,im disable so i can not aford this in my life.i get like about a 1.000.00 a month.its hard to just make it a month.by my self.some people just dont care long as they make money off anyone like me.thks again i saw this..

anthony frye
7 years ago

well what the heck u send me as much money u can u will be so blessed and u will make me really happy 2.im just trying this up front so u know where its going.at lease im not lieing u know where u money will be going.to help someone.thank you if u can..

anthony frye
7 years ago

[email protected] send me email i tell u where to send money to help me thks again

Annette Marie
Annette Marie
7 years ago

The whole point of the Clear antenna, I thought, was that it changes DIGITAL signal to ANALOG signal, which regular antennas will not do. And most converters I’ve seen are selling upwards of $40 each. Clear is now advertising $20 for two (plus shipping). I guess most of you have newer tvs with the converter built in. But a lot of people still have the fat old ones, they never break! And you can pick one up off the street for free!

Annette Marie
Annette Marie
7 years ago
Reply to  Annette Marie

PS You all call it Clear-cast. The one I saw was called Clear TV. Perhaps they are different?

Annette Marie
Annette Marie
7 years ago

On another site, someone said If there’s no dial with numbers printed around it, it’s digital. Is that true?

Shans
Shans
7 years ago

Thought I try one, drop more $ playing Power ball, ordered it Feb 5, I think all I did was pay for someone’s drink on the beach. called the # to check status and was told it was on back order and it would be another 5-6 weeks and they needed my authorization to order it again, told my bank to block any attempts to charge me again (SCAM) I gave them 5 days to refund my original $27+ change. We need a law that if even a relativity new Company can’t produce what they promise their accounts refund automatically… Read more »

JohnB
JohnB
7 years ago

DO NOT BUY THIS PIECE OF CRAP!!! I fell for the full page USA Today ad and ordered two of them and was whacked $126.00 on my credit card. Fortunately it was bought on a credit card and I am now disputing the entire charge. This antenna is something you would think twice about buying at a dollar store – for a dollar. It beyond a shadow of a doubt an over sold under performer! To say that their advertising is misleading is an understatement.

edward beck
edward beck
7 years ago
Reply to  JohnB

Thank you for the info.re the scam

JohnB
JohnB
7 years ago
Reply to  edward beck

I disputed the entire charge and mailed the antennas back. I included printed complaints about this company with the returned antennas. I did not even bother contacting this outfit since the product that was delivered was so outrageously bad and excessively overpriced. To their credit, my credit card company got a full refund. The following is a BBB link that contains a wealth of information about this product and the company – READ THIS FIRST BEFORE EVEN CONSIDERING PLACING AN ORDER!!!!!: http://www.bbb.org/canton/business-reviews/product-sales-general/brilliant-built-technologies-in-canton-oh-92004669 The Canton Ohio BBB gives this company a solid “F” on an “A” to “F” scale. My advice… Read more »

james
james
7 years ago

I BOUGHT THAT DAMMM CLEARCAST ANTENNA. IT WORKED LIKE 9 CHANNELS AT THE START AND SLOWLY STARTED TO DECREASE CHANNELS. NOW I RECEIVED NO CHANNELS AT ALL. I BOUGHT AND SHIPPING AT $72. WHAT A WASTED $72 DOWN THE DRAIN. FUCCKIN RIPPOFF. THE COMPANY MADE A ONE TIME DEAL AND MOVED ON TO A NEW PRODUCT THAT WILL RIPPOFF ANOTHER WAVE OF CONSUMERS. FUCCKIN BAD AND GREED OF MONEY HUNGY BITCHES COMPANY!

Maura
Maura
7 years ago

If you notice the ad states you can free tv if you are in the zipcodes listed— it lists EVERY zip in the country (xcept Calif, Wyom,Neb).

Nay
Nay
7 years ago

It is depressing reading everyone’s comments after just ordering two Clear Cast Antennas for $112.00. Did I really get scammed? Ohhhh

KEITH B. NELMS
KEITH B. NELMS
7 years ago

Well I guess I’ll call and cancel this product. You would think a paper like USAToday would let a company like CompTek have a full printed page of false advertising and using the Government as a part of their scam. it’s saddens me…I’m going to call that Executive Assistant VP cancel my order and ask for my refund and if they drag their proverbial feet i’ll seek Legal help to expedite this transaction.
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Dorothy Spears
6 years ago

clear tv is nothing but a scam and they don’t put a person on phone at night to take the oredr and when this message comes on the phone it does not tell you what all the charges are and they add other stuff to it that are not advertised and they tell you to send it back and not tell you that you have to pay the postage

Tress
Tress
6 years ago
Reply to  Dorothy Spears

A customer (a hunter) at our rummage sale last week said he lives in a trailer way out in the woods (in WI) where they don’t run cable and he uses “Clear TV” and gets 25 channels from one window on one old box tv and bought an old box tv from us for $5 bucks so he could use his second antenna on the other end of his trailer to connect to 42 other different channels. He said he had been disconnecting the antenna each time he wanted to switch the antenna to watch the other channels and now… Read more »

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