Antennas Direct has created a cool new device that allows you to stream an over the air antenna signal throughout the home. It’s called ClearStream TV. Using this device with an HD antenna can take your viewing experience to a whole new level. ClearStream TV connects to your home network and will stream an HD antenna signal to all the connected devices in your home. ClearStream TV also allows you to pause and rewind live TV. The device is small and will fit in the palm of your hands. It works as a wireless access point and interfaces with your wireless router to broadcast the signal to your devices. It is a great solution for anyone looking to have the option to stream live over the air television to their phone, tablet, or streaming devices.
How Does ClearStream TV Work?
The ClearStream TV Over The Air Television Tuner is quite simple. It has a built-in ATSC tuner that broadcasts its signal to your wireless router. First, you will need an HD antenna to plug the device into. If you already have an antenna then you’re all set. If not, you will need to buy one. You can use this site’s antenna locator page to see what type of antenna and channels are available for your area. ClearStream TV is compatible using 802.11n wireless standards over 2.4 GHz or 5 GHz. It is a wireless access point that broadcasts it’s signal to your existing wireless router.
Install is very straightforward. It takes about 5-10 minutes to set up. Just plug your HD antenna into the antenna input and plug in the power supply. Download the ClearStream TV app to your streaming device of choice and connect to the ClearStream TV network. Then allow the device to scan for broadcast channels. Once the scan is complete you can start watching live TV. You may want to integrate a splitter inline from the antenna, sending a signal to your TV and one to the ClearStream TV device. This will allow you to watch a station on your television and an alternate station on the ClearStream TV device.
The ClearStream TV comes with a channel guide. It allows you to view the schedule of programs up to 7 days in advance. The interface is very basic. It indicates what shows are currently being broadcast and the list of available channels.
- Apple TV
- Google Chromecast
- Amazon Fire TV
- Amazon Fire Stick
- Android phones and tablets
One of the downsides of this device is that it only has one tuner, so each streaming device can only watch one station at a time. The ClearStream TV also does not have the capability to record a show. You can pause live TV for up to one hour. If you are looking for DVR functionality then you should consider the HDHomeRun, TabloTV, or the Channel Master DVR. If you just want to watch over the air TV on your devices then this unit will work fine.
Where to Buy
The ClearStream TV is available from these retailers:
ClearStream TV is a good overall device to connect your streaming devices to live over the air TV. It is a small powerful device that can be an excellent addition to your viewing options. This device adds a whole new way to experience HD television throughout the home.