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Review: ClearStream TV — Turning Your Antenna into a Wi-Fi Antenna


Antenna Direct recently made a big announcement of a new product called ClearStream TV. It is a stick that connects to your antenna allowing you to stream your TV through your home Wi-Fi network to any supported device including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Kindle, iOS, and Android devices.

If you want to see the full video review of the ClearStream TV in action you can find it here:

First Impressions

  • Fast and easy setup was fast and easy (Follow the onscreen instructions)
  • Simple product that does one thing and does it well
  • Small and it can easily be put anywhere

Cons

  • No DVR
  • Only one tuner so only one TV at a time can use it
  • Only works with Second Gen Fire TV and Fire Stick (Antenna Direct Says 1st Gen Fire TV & Fire Stick Support Is On The Way)

In Short

The ClearStream TV is an easy-to-use device that does what it says it will do. It’s not the fastest device out there and channels can take a second to load, but its small form and Wi-Fi support allows you to put your antenna anywhere in the house.

As always your TV is typically not in the best spot of an antenna so using a device such as the ClearStream TV will allow you to have your antenna in the best possible spot in your house without worrying about where your TV is.

You can buy the ClearStream TV stick on Antennas Direct website HERE.

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  • Angie Arickx

    Sound good but is there any signal strength loss and can it be used with signal boosters?

  • MacHead84

    Support AirPlay on iOS for use on 3rd Gen Apple TVs?

  • Michael Smith

    It’s only for indoor use because it requires electricity. If you want out door wifi it’s $300 or more.

  • Vegas Steve

    Seems like a real niche product.

    • HiroRoshi

      Well a Gen1 product anyway. Could see a Gen2 release within a year that supports PC-based DVR and multiple tuners.

  • John Ross

    What works better, in your opinion?

  • Scott Ashley

    Can this work with HDHOMERUN products?

    • Nick Costides

      I am not sure what you mean. Both kind of do the same thing so they wouldn’t work together.

    • This is an alternative to HDHomeRun network tuners. There are a few differences though. This is a single tuner and uses WiFi (instead of requiring a wired network connection) but it works with Roku and Chromecast without having to use an app on a PC.

      I prefer Tablo DVRs myself.

  • PHILIP A LETTIERI

    With a Smart TV is it possible for the signal to go directly from the router to the TV or do you still need to use the app?

    • You will need the Clearstream TV app.

  • Jason Hall

    Does the device support “adding” additional scanned channels after the first scan? I have a rotator on my rooftop antenna to get different stations and some digital tuners just overwrite all stations when you do a scan, but some support scanning for new stations only. Will this device work to add all of my available stations through several scans?

    • Nick Costides

      Not from my experience on the Apple TV.

  • Nick Costides

    I purchased one at Best Buy and am going to promptly return it. It’s very small but runs extremely hot. The Apple TV app was the deal breaker for me. It was horrendous. Astecially speaking the guide and channel menu looks horrible. Not just kind of bad, but horrible.

    My advice is to buy a HDHomerun and use the Channels app.

    The review above looks like a android based device and looks slightly better.

  • Malek

    Hi Luke can you make a video review of this device on Roku please, thanks

  • Bob Danger McMillen

    Are there any competing products that convert to wifi like this and not require a coaxial run from antenna to tv?

    • Many of us have been using the Tablo OTA DVR for this for the past few years. It’s available in 2-tuner and 4-tuner variants. Since they’re full DVRs, they do cost more than this single-tuner Clearstream TV device though. (This week happened to be the product line’s 3rd birthday.)

      While Tablo does support Wi-Fi, using Ethernet may provide better performance, especially when watching multiple streams at once (IIRC, it support up to 6 simultaneous streams).

      • Bob Danger McMillen

        Thanks. I had looked at these a while ago and, based on the ports and diagrams, had assumed the ethernet connection was required. I see now that wifi is an alternative that should allow me to put the Tablo near the antenna and send content via wifi to a phone or streaming box on my wifi network.