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#233849 6-May-2018 13:50
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Have any of you received any info on SkyWire TV?

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  #2008743 6-May-2018 14:45
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Seems quite illegal and against ToS on these forums.

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  #2008746 6-May-2018 14:56
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Looks like a standard Free-to-air antenna designed for the American market where cable TV is much more popular than Free to air. Nothing illegal about it.


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  #2008808 6-May-2018 17:14
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Seems quite illegal and against ToS on these forums.



Not even vaguely illegal. It looks like an amplified indoor TV antenna. You can purchase similar products from most NZ big box TV retailers, easily and cheaply.


The references to 100+ channels and the legal requirements for channels to be broadcast etc in the advertising are clearly aimed at Americans. We don't have that many free-to-air channels here.


As to whether it's a good antenna, I wouldn't have a clue. It will (presumably) be optimised for US broadcast frequencies, and I don't know if those are the same as ours.

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  #2008810 6-May-2018 17:15
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Will it even work in NZ?  

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  #2008813 6-May-2018 17:27
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Believe it or not many Americans don't know free broadcast exists in their country. I've recently read an article where people visiting BestBuy were surprised to find out that yes, there exist a thing like free-to-air broadcast, yes they're legal and yes you just need an antenna.


I guess this "thing" just preys on the idiots who though cable was the only way to get TV.



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  #2008925 6-May-2018 21:38
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It seems to be just an ordinary indoor TV antenna. Pretty much useless unless you are within a few Km of a TV Transmitter.


Basically a scam as no way will it do all they claim.


Would work for Freeview in NZ if signal is strong enough in your location.


P.S. I got a similar one from China for NZ$12 inc postage. Works OK when pinned to the wall where it can see the Tx out the window.

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  #2008967 7-May-2018 01:14
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Just a flat panel antenna, omni directional and low gain, for indoor useage. Not much use here in NZ where all of our channel usually come from the same tower.


Unless you live a few KM away.


You can buy similar units here.






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  #2008992 7-May-2018 08:48
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The TV antenna was supposedly designed "by a NASA scientist". Yeah right.



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