Tv Free-way Plus
TV Free Way is a new antenna which connects to the back of the television, to give users VHF and UHV broadcasts for free. Rather than having a regular cable bill, you can enjoy free cable this way. It plugs into your television set in the back, where all digital antennas are affixed, and then picks up signals that are being sent through the air. The antenna converts these signals into images directly into your television for free.
Total Cost BreakdownThe cost of Tv Free-way Plus is $24.98 plus $7.99 shipping, for a total price of $32.97.
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- Vhf and Uhv
This antenna does give you both VHF and UHV broadcasts for free. Understanding this is important because not all antennas do this. These acronyms refer to frequency types. The first stands for “very high frequency” and this one is able to move farther. However, it cannot move through things very well like the walls in your home, which gives you poorer quality. The latter refers to “ultra high frequency”. You will find that this does not travel the same distance as the other, but it is better equipped to move through things like concrete, wood, steel, or other materials in your home. What this means for you is better quality images. Most digital antennas like this come with both, but not always. If the antenna does not specifically state that it has both, you might not learn which one it has until it is too late.
Use of this antenna is an inexpensive alternative to cable in places like RV’s or smaller vacation cottages, to be sure. You don’t have to leave it in one location, which means you can just unplug it before you head out on vacation somewhere. Users can bring it along for a weekend trip to a hotel, and then plug it in and see what other channels you can access. This might pay for itself if it fails to work well at home, as it can still be used in some way or another when you and your family travel.
- Which Direction
The company does not clarify whether TV Free Way is an omnidirectional antenna or a directional antenna. This is problematic since the first gets signals coming from any side while the second gets signals from one side. Those who live in crowded cities versus suburban areas need to know which one it is, so that they can choose wisely for their situation. City dwellers benefit more from omnidirectional given that signals are coming in from all over. Suburban dwellers benefit more from directional given that signals are often coming from one broadcast tower in a city nearby.
- Bad Reception?
The company states that while the antenna hooks to the back of your TV, they also say that putting it closer to a window or nearer to better signal will give you the best reception.
- Don't Cancel Cable
Lots of people have become frustrated with the higher costs of cable, especially people who enjoy—like almost all viewers—around four to five popular channels. Unfortunately, these four to five are all on different networks and therefore require different cable monthly packages and fees. Navigating the waters of these bundles has often proved difficult and in some cases, people just cut their cable entirely and watch DVD’s or live steaming. For these people alone, if they already have other ways of accessing their favorite shows, the TV Free Way might be a good investment. However, the biggest downside is that you possibly tell how effectively it will work in your home without buying. There is no way to learn where it should be installed in your home, whether you get reception to your favorite shows, or anything in between. If you buy it in stores or on Amazon, that is a risk worth taking because of the comprehensive 30 day return policy.
- Returns Are a Hassle
TV Free Way is fifteen dollars but then an additional eight dollars for shipping. If you get it from the as seen on tv website then the money back guarantee does not cover shipping. Should you order it from a store or on Amazon, you might be able to find a way around this.
- Backward in Time
What many complaints highlight is that the world of television worked so hard to move away from antennas. They worked to get rid of the quintessential metal hanger sticking out of the back and replace it with digital. In fact, the entire move toward digital was required at a national level and yet now people are heading right back to the store for antennas. People are struggling once more to pick up a better signal or get more channels, by moving an eyesore of an antenna around their home. What’s more, people have reviewed this product unhappily pointing out that it does not work as effectively as advertised. In the long run, it is better not to be a cheap skate looking to cut corners by alleviating a cable bill. Rather, it is just better to be responsible and pay for a regular cable bill or stream movies on an internet connected device. The signal and reliability will be better, not to mention the lack of antenna.
- Digital Antennas
You will find many alternatives out there which are more popular and better reviewed. Clear TV Key Antenna is another as seen on tv option which has moderate reviews, and a better marketing campaign. Other options for digital antennas include Google Chromecast, Winegard Flatwave AIR and the Mohu Leaf antennas. The antennas you purchase in stores ( including, perhaps, this one ) are better than purchases made directly through the as seen on tv websites for two key reasons. First, the shipping is guaranteed faster. For whatever reason, while the entire world including third world countries have reached a level of decent package shipping, the as seen on tv companies still fall victim to the 1990’s theme of “4-6 weeks”. In a day and age where things can reach you overnight or in two days for nothing more than a Prime membership, a wait this long is absurd. More to the point, it is so long, it might be reason alone not to purchase these products. Eyebrows raise when one considers that as a staple, these as seen on tv products have 30 day money back guarantees from the time of your purchase. However, they often take longer than that to even each your home, thereby easily guaranteeing you cannot return them. Some of the alternatives, however, and this antenna, can be found in stores or online in places like Amazon. With better return policies and faster shipping, this is a much better option.
How it's Different from Competitors
The TV Free Way attaches directly to the cable output which is on the back part of your television. This means no more cords running your home. The antenna itself is a sleek, long black antenna which means it should, theoretically, run vertically the length of your television. No longer will it stick out over the top. Naturally, those with smaller televisions might find this to still be the case.
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