ClearStream TV

Antenna Direct Officially Announces Clearstream TV – Making Every Antenna a WiFi Antenna


Today Antenna Direct officially announced a new product called Clearstream TV. We first reported on this product over a week ago but now it is an officially announced by Antenna Direct.

Clearstream TV address a big issue with an indoor antenna is that your TV is often not in the best spot for an antenna, whether it be in the basement or just on the wrong side of the house.

Antenna Direct describes the new ClearStream TV as “The ClearStream TV™ OTA Television Digital Tuner connects through a wireless network to combine live, local broadcast TV with your favorite streaming or mobile device, anywhere in your home. Pause, rewind, and watch all your favorite networks shows using the ClearStream TV™ companion app and an HDTV antenna, with no subscription or monthly fees. The app also includes a program guide to preview upcoming shows and movies, as well as pause and rewind live TV for up to 1 hour.”

In short, you will be able to plug any antenna you own into this new ClearStream TV stick. The ClearStream TV will connect to your WiFi network and allow you to stream your antenna to any compatible device including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, Kindle, iOS, and Android devices. No longer will you need to run a wire to every TV you want your antenna to connect to.

Clearstream TV costs $99.99 and will start shipping August 7th 2017.

Here is how the Amazon listing describes the product features:

Product features

  • Pause, rewind for up to 1 hour. Watch all your favorite network shows using the free ClearSTream TV companion app and an HDTV antenna with no subscription or monthly fees from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, myTV, ION, MeTV, and many more.
  • You will need a ClearStream TV Over-The-Air Digital Tuner, an HDTV antenna and a wireless router.
  • Easy to use. Follow the on-screen instructions to connect ClearStream TV to an HDTV antenna and your wireless network.
  • Connects to one device at a time.
  • Includes a program guide to preview all your upcoming shows.

Here are some images from the Amazon Listing:

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  • Kevin Johnson

    Was this at CES? Any unbiased reviews out there?

  • Ben M

    So the actual hardware you need is not available yet? The link takes me to the app which is useless without the hardware. Searched Amazon for the hardware but the only results I got were for Antennas.

  • Joseph Blow

    here is the link to their blog article: http://www.antennasdirect.com/blog/clearstream-tv-over-the-air-television-wireless/?cjid=6171866 and here is the link to their site which says it will be available starting August 7th: https://www.antennasdirect.com/store/Clearstream-TV-Over-the-Air-Television-Digital-Tuner.html

    • Brandon

      It says they will have it at Best Buy next week. I’ll might give it a try for $99.00 since it would be nice to add this to my Apple TV versus switching inputs. And if it doesn’t work Best Buy has a decent return policy.

  • mnsportsgeek

    If this ever goes on sale for $50-$60, I will buy one.

    Unless DTVN gets NBC and CBS in my area before then, then I’ll pass.

  • Keith Foster

    For one tuner at $99 count me out! You can do this same with an HDHomerun and it’s app.

    • Joseph Blow

      actually it’s not the same. to my knowledge ( i don’t have one) but homerun doesn’t do wireless to the router has to be plugged directly in and it doesn’t do the pause, rewind for one hour.

    • This is closer to an HDHomeRun Extend than a HDHomeRun Connect. The Clearstream TV transcodes the video and has Wi-Fi. The Extend can do the former (to a certain extent) but not the latter and the Connect can do neither.

      And the HDHomeRun Extend isn’t directly compatible with Roku or Chromecast. You have to use a computer to transcode to the format they require.

      • Keith Foster

        Yes I get that my comparison is not apples to apples. However, HDhomerun and PLEX have served me well.

        The HDhomerun app on Android is great, and if you use their DVR service it can pause etc. However the issue is the lack of support for players like ROKU and an iOS app.

    • Vegas Steve

      Yeah, if it’s only one tuner, that’s nuts. Most people already have coax run and there are many other solutions if you do.

  • Donnie

    Fingers crossed that this performs well. I get great reception with my attic antenna (ALL Wash DC and Baltimore channels) but this leaves me with a co-axial cable running down the steps to my family room. This could be a solution to cable management and disbursing my OTA signal thru out the house. Too good to be true.

  • Cenarl

    darn, with the size of the thing I was hoping for more chromecast likes prices, I think i would rather have some of the slightly bigger boxes that do this for the same-ish price but also have DVR capabilities and 2 tuners.

  • gchasse

    I was reading the specs on this on their website and it states the wifi range is 20 feet. That is not very far. I am going to want to see some reviews on this to see how effective it is. Here is the link:

    https://www.antennasdirect.com/store/Clearstream-TV-Over-the-Air-Television-Digital-Tuner.html

  • Sean Berends

    Is the picture as good as a connected antenna? The best part of over the air TV is the pristine video.

    • Robert Frankenfield

      Your picture from an OTA antenna will not improve by purchasing devices to connect to it. Unless it’s a pre-amp. If you get a bad signal from your antenna, you’ll get the same signal quality on any device you hook up to it. You will get the same picture quality as you get connected directly to your antenna unless the device degrades the picture quality. I would think it wouldn’t though since it would render the attached device useless.

      • Sean Berends

        Yes, that is the question. Does the device degrade the picture quality? I’m wondering if there is any compression in the signal, which would degrade the video quality.

        • Robert Frankenfield

          OTA antenna’s do not compress High Def signals so the picture quality will be better. I wouldn’t think any device would compress or decompress signals since it’s already fed into your home, uncompressed via the antenna. The reason signals are compressed via cable is due to bandwidth limitations. OTA signals don’t have to worry about compression since it’s over the air and doesn’t have the bandwidth limitations of cable providers.

        • This device has an option to reduce the video quality, but by default it should look the same as if the antenna was connected to a TV’s tuner. (Technically, this device converts the OTA signal from MPEG-2 to either HLS or MPEG-DASH for Roku and Chromecast support and to work better with Wi-Fi bandwidth limitations.)

          • Sean Berends

            Thank you!

  • John Record

    Purchased from BestBuy.com last week, it arrived USPS on Friday 8/4. Had problems setting it up, after calling tech support got it working some what. My Wi-Fi works fine for my three Rokus and Tablet. The Tablet (Amazon Fire HD-10) was used for the setup, and the video looked great, however the audio was too weak to hear even with headphones. The Roku app is not up yet so Clear stream sent me the beta copy. Most of the time it would say No Device Found, When it did connect, wanted to do a channel scan. Also had lots of buffering, even with all devices in the same room. Needless to say sent it back to BestBuy and asked for my $139.41 back. Maybe after the apps are debugged and WalMart sells it for under $100 I’ll try it again. “NOT”