Have you been seeing advertisements for SkyBridge on Facebook? You’re not alone. But if you’re like me – and so many other people – you’re probably wondering if this antenna is worth buying.
Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of messages about bogus TV antennas that don’t actually work. Is SkyBridge one of those antennas?
I’m going to share my review of this product and why I think there are better options out there.
SkyBridge is made with military-grade technology. It’s easy to set up and use, too.
Like most other TV antennas, SkyBridge is very easy to set up.
SkyBridge is an actual antenna. Don’t worry – this one looks nothing like the classic rabbit ear antennas that sit on top of the TV. The antenna sits behind the TV, so you won’t be able to see it (unless you have a really small television).
I like the discreet design of this antenna and that you don’t have to run around your house trying to find a good position for a signal. But this benefit is also a drawback. If your TV is situated in a bad spot, you may not get a good signal. To try and get a better signal, you may have to move your entire TV.
Theoretically, you shouldn’t have to do this, but there’s a chance that your television is just in the absolute worst spot in the house for a connection. In this case, SkyBridge may be inconvenient because you’ll have to change your TV setup.
The antenna gives you access to over-the-air channels picked up by your local broadcast tower.
Depending on your proximity to the tower, you should be able to pick up more than a dozen channels, including:
The channels you receive will depend entirely on your location. The closer you are to a broadcast tower, the more channels you should be able to pick up.
Keep in mind that you’ll only get over-the-air channels. You won’t be able to get premium (HBO, Showtime, Starzz, etc.) or cable channels, but you should be able to pick up most local channels, some live sports and news.
Here’s what SkyBridge claims to offer:
The company also claims that SkyBridge will work anywhere in the United States. This is mostly true, but I’m sure there are place the antenna won’t work. If you’re more than 50 miles away from a broadcast tower, you may not get a signal. Even if you do manage to get a signal, it will probably be weak.
There are two things on this list that throw me off: the 50-mile range, and the 100+ channel claim.
I’ve reviewed a few other antennas that claim to have a 50-mile range, but in most cases, they really don’t have that big of a radius. Most antennas have a 30-mile range. With a signal booster, you may be able to increase that range to 50 miles. I doubt that SkyBridge’s range, without a booster, is really 50 miles.
I also doubt the claim that this antenna can give you 100+ HDTV channels. Realistically, you’re looking at picking up 20-50 channels, depending on your location.
I’m not saying that SkyBridge doesn’t work, but marketing ploys like these make it hard to trust the company and the product. Also, I’ve only found three SkyBridge antenna reviews, and they were all on the company’s website.
Overall, I give SkyBridge an 81% rating. I’m skeptical of the claims that this antenna has a 50-mile range and can give you 100+ channels.
But the design and technology used to create this antenna is just like other antennas on the market. You should be able to pick up at least a dozen channels within a 30-mile range.
Another issue I have with SkyBridge is the lack of customer support. I couldn’t find a way to contact the company. There is a “Contact Us” button at the bottom of the page, but the link doesn’t work.
There’s no guarantee either, so you’re taking a risk when buying this product.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to take unnecessary risks when buying products. There’s no need to risk wasting your money when you have so many other options available to you.
The lack of customer support and contact information is concerning. I can write off the 50-mile range and 100+ channels claims as marketing ploys, but I can’t overlook the fact that you can’t contact this company if you have a problem or a question about their product.
What if your antenna stops working after just a few months of use? What if you receive a broken or defective product? If there’s no way to contact the company, you can’t get your money back or your problem resolved.
I can’t recommend SkyBridge when there are better products out there.
Even if I set aside my concerns about SkyBridge, I’d probably still recommend Livewave instead. Why? Because Livewave uses newer technology, and overall, is just easier to use.
All you do is plug it into an electrical outlet and hook the other end up to your television’s cable input. That’s it! There’s no traditional antenna, so you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect position.
I like that Livewave also offers a discount and has a 100% money back guarantee. Those are two things that SkyBridge doesn’t offer.
I’m not saying that SkyBridge doesn’t work; I’m just saying that there are better options available. Livewave is one of those options.
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