All over the air antennas have a particular range that they can receive broadcast channels. Generally, the larger and higher you mount the antenna the more likely it can obtain broadcast signals from a greater distance. Lately, I have noticed some antenna manufacturers are claiming they can obtain signals from 100 – 150 miles away with OTA antennas the size of a standard indoor flat window or wall-mounted antenna. These claims are false and misleading to consumers.
OTA Antenna Scams
Many of these antennas are also claiming they will broadcast your images in 4K and improve your image quality. Over the air broadcasters have not made the switch to 4K and there is still no date on when it will be implemented. Television manufacturers have not even started installing (ATSC 3.0) 4K tuners in any televisions in the US, Canada, or the UK. You may have a television that can display 4K, but its OTA tuner can only display signals as high as 1080p. You can see the false imagery below.
These antenna manufacturers are claiming that their antennas can receive a broadcast signal from 100 – 150 miles away using a special signal boosting technology. The images below suggest all you have to do is mount this small antenna on a wall or window to receive OTA signals from that distance. This is completely false and misleading consumers. See the images below.
Some of these antenna makers are also claiming you can receive cable channels like ESPN, TBS, A&E, Fox News, Discovery Channel, and History Channel. These channels are not part of any OTA broadcast lineup and are false advertising. Examples of these images and claims are pictured below.
All images provided by the manufacturer.
Here are examples of some of these OTA antennas for sale. Many of these antennas are popping up on Amazon and eBay.
These antennas will still work as a standard OTA antenna and are capable of pulling in broadcast signals, just not at the mile range and stations, they are claiming. Generally, indoor antennas of this size are limited to about a 50-mile range. If you want to obtain broadcast signals further than this, you will need a larger antenna mounted in the attic or on the roof.
Most reputable antenna companies don’t have these types of claims. So if you are buying an over the air antenna, do some research. Make sure it is the right size and type for the distance you are from the broadcast towers. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is. You can find antennas from credible companies on this website using our antenna locator tool. Unfortunately, some of the ads generated on this website are not under our control and may display antennas that we do not recommend. Please share this post so we can prevent scammers from misleading consumers. Thank you.