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Q&A on Why Bad TV Antennas Have Good Reviews

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Happy Friday Cord Cutters!

This week we have a Q&A on why bad TV antennas can have great reviews, deals, short cuts, must-see TV, and more!

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Q&A > If This TV Antenna Is So Bad, Why Does It Have Great Reviews?
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This week's question comes from Kristy who says, "I'm considering buying this antenna that has great reviews online but when I mentioned this in a cord cutting Facebook group they said it was a bad product. Why would it get good reviews if it didn't work?"

While it might be tempting to use online product reviews as your only method of judging the quality of a product, it's always best to do a bit more research before you hit 'add to cart'. That's especially true for Over-the-Air TV antennas

Why? If you live close enough to your local broadcast towers, just about any hunk of metal including a paper clip could help you pick up a few local stations in full HD. In that case, even the junkiest antenna could net a 5-star review from those lucky folks, even if a better quality antenna could pull in more stations with a more stable signal.

Plus, there's always the potential for 'fake reviews' paid for by questionable manufacturers and few consumers follow up on their initial reviews to note how the product performs over time. The specific antenna Kristy mentioned is an outdoor model with a built-in rotator and amplifier. Its poor construction leads to rust/water damage which can cause the entire unit to fail in months.

Needless to say, you should check with experts like Antenna Man before you buy.   

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DEALS > Sale on Refurbished Tablo DVRs & More
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This week's deals on cord cutting gear and services include: 

SHORT CUTS > Expect Changes to Netflix in 2023, & More

'Short Cuts' delivers all the cord-cutting news you need to know about, including: 


As always, there's lots of great TV coming to you FREE with an antenna this week including:
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  • Tune in to the IRONMAN World Championship - July 23rd @ 3:00 p.m. ET on NBC
  • Catch the season 4 premiere of Wellington Paranormal - July 27th @ 9:00 p.m. ET on CW
Don't forget to regularly check the TV SHOWS > PREMIERING tab on your Tablo app to find and set new and old favorites to record.  


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