TV Bandit antenna is everywhere. Our inbox started to explode with questions about the TV Bandit antenna in early May 2017, and a lot of readers had questions. Is this legitimate? Does TVBandit work? Is this the best hd antenna?
We wanted to know: could this antenna replace cable or satellite television for just $89.99?
One-time costs. No contracts.
We even saw ads for the TVBandit antenna on our Facebook feed with promises of "all your favorite channels for FREE!" I'm sure you've seen the ads, too. They're everywhere. And readers kept asking: "Have you seen the new TV Bandit antenna ads?"
We didn't know anything about the company or the TVBandit antenna.
But TV antenna reviews are kind of our thing, so we decided to see if this antenna was the real deal, or just another fly-by-night company trying to steal your money and disappear. We're happy to say we did receive a product, and it's not a scam.
It's not perfect, but it does the job for an indoor TV antenna.
TVBandit is a lot like (TVBuddy), but there's a big difference which we'll mention shortly.
Let's get down to the facts: Does this digital TV antenna actually work?
We were able to get it up and running in minutes, and it's discreet, so it fits right on the wall without sticking out.
You can easily hide the antenna so that no one can see it.
And the company meets their discreet, versatile claims 100%. The range of this antenna is supposed to be 30 miles. Is it really thirty miles? No idea. The nearest television tower is 25 miles away, and we didn't have any problems picking up the channels.
We lived nestled in the mountains, so we have to assume that the antenna will work better with fewer obstructions, too.
Razor thin, a 10-foot cable is provided and the antenna weighs a mere 12 ounces. It sticks right to the wall or behind a picture frame. The specs on this antenna are:
The antenna is razor thin, so we were able to place it right behind the television to get a great signal and receive more channels.
You'll need to play with the placement of your TVBandit antenna to find a placement that works best for you. The instructions don't mention much about the adjustment and placement of the antenna, but we have a lot of experience in this area.
And no TVBandit antenna reviews we've read really mention much about placement.
Start as high as you can with the placement and then move the antenna around if you're trying to find more channels. The ideal scenario is to find out where the nearest television tower is located and angle the antenna towards the direction of the tower.
Play with the placement of your TVBandit antenna – it works best that way.
The multi-directional reception helps somewhat in this area, so you shouldn't have to play with placement too much.
If the range is lacking or you think you should receive more channels, add the amplifier to boost the range to 50+ miles. This is a neat trick we use with the TVBandit antenna to get channels from a broadcast tower that's right over the state line.
Will you be watching Game of Thrones and kicking back looking through the entire HBO catalog with the TVBandit antenna? Nope. Realistic expectations are needed with this antenna – or any antenna in the world.
Cable companies and television channels need to make their money.
Premium channels will never be free. There's too much greed and expenses to ever expect premium channels to be free.
But you'll still get to watch the:
Don't fall for the claims of free UFC, HBO, Showtime or any of the other premium channels. A good rule of thumb is that if you have to pay for a channel separately for it to be added to your normal cable subscription, it will never be free.
You can sign up for the streaming service for many of these channels if you want.
We're trying to save money, and that's exactly what TVBandit antenna has enabled us to do: save money on our cable and satellite subscriptions. Really. We cut the cord a while back, but this antenna helps us access a lot of the channels we miss and love.
It's a good trade-off for the price.
The TVBandit antenna and TVFox antenna are almost exactly the same, but there's a difference – and it's the customer service.
We don't know what's going on with TVBandit's customer service. When you contact customer service, they act like you're interrupting their day, and the agents aren't the friendliest bunch we've come across.
TVFox's customer service, on the other end of the spectrum, is very friendly and really does want to help.
Customer service is the biggest difference between these two companies.
And it's a concern for anyone buying the TVBandit antenna. The antenna works. Customer service is available. But, you'll get the vibe that you're just another number for customer service representatives and they'll rush you off the phone.
Revisiting the TVBandit antenna questions above, we can confidently say that this antenna is not a scam. You can hook the antenna up, play with the placement, and be ready to watch a lot of your favorite shows before the night is over.
We're watching the NHL playoffs right now as we're typing this.
TVBandit antenna will help you cut the cord. It offers a long range, and there are supposedly 90 of the top 100 channels available (we didn't get quite this many channels). Add on the 1080p signal, and it's a good deal – if you don't have to contact customer support.
TVBandit antenna isn't a scam (the Facebook ads are a bit pushy), but overall, I would go for Skywire TV.
Jack here. I’m the admin behind Best HD Antenna – a site for hardcore cord cutters. I’ve been struggling to find a way to help friends and family cut the cord. My solution was to start Best HD Antennas to bridge the gap between just going straight to a streaming service and choosing a top rated TV antenna. I also wanted my phone to stop ringing, or to stop having people ask me: “don’t you miss cable?” No, no I don’t miss paying $80 a month for television I don’t want.
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