FTC Closes Lawsuit In opposition to NY Firm Claiming A whole lot of Channels with Antennas

The Federal Trade Commission and New York-based Wellco have agreed to a settlement on a case in which the FTC said the company has deceived customers with claims about antennas that offer hundreds of channels, including premium channels, for free.

The FTC complaint states that Wellco began selling the antennas under the brand names TV Scout, SkyWire, SkyLink and Tilt TV in 2017. Over 800,000 antennas were sold. The FTC claims Wellco sold the products on the basis of false claims and used reviews from their competitors to market their own products.

“The defendants used every trick in the book to sell their antennas and amplifiers to people, including older adults, who wanted to save money on cable and satellite television channels,” said Daniel Kaufman, acting director of the FTC’s consumer protection bureau to an FTC -Press release. “People should be able to trust companies’ claims and not discover they’ve been told lies after they buy.”

The FTC filed the complaint and proposed a settlement in the US District Court for the southern borough of New York. The deal prohibits Wellco from disclosing whether it is the top-rated antenna company, how many channels customers receive, and what product performance claims cannot be proven.

Product lists such as the one shown below for the Super Thin Digital HD Skylink 4K Antena Digital Indoor HDTV 1080p 300 Mile Aerial TV product sold through a third party on the Walmart website Some bold claims like the one Wellco made according to the FTC.

This specific product description states that the antenna has a reception range of 300 miles. Antennas Direct states that 300 miles is against the laws of physics. While the description only includes lists of “ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, Fox, Univision, and more” as channels available with the antenna, the graphic in the description includes logos for channels that would absolutely not be recorded with an antenna, including premium channels like HBO and Showtime.

Antennas are a great way for many cable cutters to watch local live channels. When buying an antenna, pay attention to high demands such as a range of over 70 miles or the ability to receive over 100 channels. Buy from trusted brands like Antennas Direct and Channel Master. And remember, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Jess Barnes

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