I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I hate paying for cable. Seriously. It’s a waste of money. Once I discovered that I could hook up a TV antenna and watch regular channels for free, I canceled by cable.
I’ve noticed that in the last few years, a lot of new companies are popping up that offer antennas. Some are great, like TV Buddy (my favorite). Others are mediocre, like the antenna I’m about to discuss.
Bluewire TV does what it’s supposed to do – most of the time – but I’ve found that customer service is lacking. There are better options out there, folks.
Still, I think it’s important to review this antenna because so many people are talking about it. And many of you have a lot of questions about it. Let’s take a closer look at the Bluewire TV antenna and which antenna I think is the better option.
Let me start by saying that it’s pretty difficult to find information on this product. I actually had to search for Bluewire TV antenna reviews and read through posts to get the information I needed.
The company’s website is short and sweet – too short and sweet.
Here’s what I managed to find out about this antenna:
The Bluewire TV antenna was designed after U.S. military communication technology, so it’s reliable and durable.
I like that this antenna has a discreet, slim design. You can easily mount it onto the wall behind the TV and no one would even know you have an antenna.
I like the multi-directional feature, which is a pretty standard, because you don’t have to worry as much about the placement of the antenna. With some other antennas, you wind up running from one end of the house to the other just to find that “sweet spot” that picks up all OTA channels in your area.
One thing I did notice was that Bluewire TV does not come with an amplifier. I was disappointed by this because the default 30-mile range may not work well for some people.
If you live far away from the closest tower, you may only pick up a handful of channels – or none at all. I always recommend buying amplifiers, and many antennas actually come with them. But Bluewire TV is lacking in this department, and that can be a real problem for some people.
People always ask how many channels an antenna will pick up, and my answer is always the same: that depends.
It all depends on your location. Some locations may have one channel and not another, but you should be able to watch all of the major networks.
Most people will get at least a dozen channels. You won’t get premium channels, so don’t expect to watch HBO or Showtime. But here’s what you will get:
The number of channels and type of programming you receive will depend on your location. Use this map to find out which channels are available in your area.
Most people will have no problem picking up:
These are the biggest network channels, and they air some of the most popular TV shows. You’ll even be able to watch some sports games and events. The majority of TV programming is aired on over-the-air channels, which are totally free.
Like other indoor TV antennas, Bluewire is easy to install. You don’t need to connect to the Internet to use it, and all of the proper connections are included with your purchase.
Here’s how it works:
That’s it! You’ll be watching TV in no time. The channel scan may take a few minutes, but once it’s done, you can start watching your favorite shows and channels.
We know Bluewire TV is a legitimate product, but the lack of information is frustrating. The company’s website doesn’t tell you much about its product. They provide information on how to use the antenna, but that’s about it.
To me, that’s the biggest issue I have with this antenna. It’s hard to recommend a product when you can’t find much information about it – even from the company that makes it.
You get all of this for $39.95 (that’s with 50% off) and $4.95 in shipping. That’s a pretty good deal. But there are some things I don’t like:
Yes, Bluewire TV does work and the product is real, but there are better options out there. Customer service is virtually non-existent. The only thing you’ll find on their website is an email address. You won’t find much information about their product either.
I also didn’t like that this antenna doesn’t have an amplifier, which means you’re stuck with the default 30-mile range.
Because of this, I am giving this product an 85% rating.
While Bluewire TV is a real, legitimate indoor TV antenna, I would recommend Skylink TV instead.
The Skylink antenna comes with a booster that increases the signal range to 60 miles. The company actually provides information about the antenna, including its size, weight and capabilities.
I will admit that customer service is also a little lacking with Skylink, but they at least provide a physical address in addition to an email address.
Skylink gives you a greater signal range – which may mean more channels. More channels mean you’ll get to watch more of your favorite programming.
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