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Feb
4

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Exclusive, Limited Time Offer for Cox Communication Customers

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As we mentioned earlier this week, Cox Communication and Nexstar are currently in a dispute, causing Nexstar to remove their channels from the Cox lineup. This blackout includes:

  • Las Vegas (CBS – Super Bowl Blackout, MeTV, Movies!)
  • Phoenix (CW)
  • Baton Rouge/Acadiana, LA (Fox, CW, NBC, Ind)
  • Pittsburg, KS/Joplin, MO (NBC, ABC, My Network)
  • Roanoke, VA (Fox, CW)
  • Ft. Smith/ Springdale, AR (NBC, Fox)
  • Florida’s Gulf Coast (ABC).

Tell Cox that local television matters! We are offering a special, limited-time offer to customers affected by this blackout.

We are offering $50 off and FREE shipping on select antennas. To see the antennas and for more info, click HERE. Use the coupon code: LocalMatters at checkout and enjoy the local television you deserve, FOR FREE.

Feb
3

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The New York Times Shares Their Cord Cutters Guide to the Super Bowl

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The New York Times, a news industry leader, has not only acknowledged the growth in cutting the cord, but researched the best alternatives to cable and satellite for the Super Bowl. They know their readers are smart and not throwing away their money to the cable companies! Brian X. Chen, the lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times, took a deeper look at options for watching the Super Bowl, including streaming and antennas. This dude is a tech genius, if you’re looking for advice on the latest tech gadget or trend, he is the guy to ask.

Brian tested out two antennas, the ClearStream Eclipse and the ClearStream 2V and had great success with both! He recommends the Eclipse for its strong signal and sleek design. He said it was easy to set up and was barely noticeable in the living room, which is ideal for a Super Bowl party. Brian received about 40 channels at his house, including CBS, so he is set for the Big Game on Sunday!

Now, for the second year, CBS will be streaming the Super Bowl on their website and through the CBS app. This is great news for cord cutters, but there can be drawbacks. If you don’t have the fastest internet, you might experience a good amount of buffering, which can be frustrating for your party guests. With an antenna, you get clear signal and the high-definition channels, like CBS, look even better than digital cable because the image you receive with an antenna is the raw video broadcast over-the-air, unlike compressed video sent over digital cable.

Our fearless leader said it best, “when you’re getting the raw video, it might be double or triple the quality of satellite or cable,” said Richard Schneider. “It’s a much more detailed picture than what you’d get through paid TV.”

Basically, what we hear Brian saying, is the best way to watch the Super Bowl is with an antenna. And we have to agree! See his full article HERE and if you need to pick up an antenna before the game Sunday, be sure to visit one of our retail partners.

Feb
2

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Will the Cable Company Allow You to Watch the Super Bowl?

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We’ve seen plenty of articles lately talking about how to watch the Super Bowl as a cord cutter. It’s interesting that TV antennas are now considered the alternative way to watch TV, when really; antennas are the ORIGINAL way to watch TV.

This year, the Super Bowl is celebrating 50 years of being on broadcast television. It has ALWAYS been free with an antenna, and it is the number one reason why people purchase an antenna. Our sales grow exponentially around the Super Bowl as people prepare for the big game. Can you blame them? We’ve heard countless horror stories of people hosting Super Bowl parties only to realize that their cable company is experiencing an outage or blackout. Can you imagine? Take a look at the unfortunate Cox Communications customers.  Nexstar has decided to remove their channels from the Cox lineup:

  • Las Vegas (CBS – Super Bowl Blackout, MeTV, Movies!)
  • Phoenix (CW)
  • Baton Rouge/Acadiana, LA (Fox, CW, NBC, Ind)
  • Pittsburg, KS/Joplin, MO (NBC, ABC, My Network)
  • Roanoke, VA (Fox, CW)
  • Ft. Smith/ Springdale, AR (NBC, Fox)
  • Florida’s Gulf Coast (ABC).

Here’s a little history lesson. There have been more advancements in antenna and broadcast television technology than there have been changes in football in the last 50 years. For example, our ClearStream Eclipse antenna is so powerful and a fraction of the size over the antennas used at the first Super Bowl. Yet, football is virtually the same.  Besides some new uniforms and team names.

There’s a whole new generation, specifically Milennials that  have discovered or rediscovering antennas. With the digital transition, they get the best picture quality, reliability AND no monthly fees.

Super Bowl 50 kicks off Sunday, February 7 at 6:30pm ET on CBS. We’ll be enjoying the game for free with our antennas, will you be joining us?

Jan
28

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According to Best Buy Expert, Cut the Cord with Antennas Direct

It’s no secret that at Antennas Direct, we’re a little bit nerdy. We are dorks at heart who love learning about the newest technology and staying on top of the trends. You should have seen Richard Schneider, Antennas Direct president, drooling over the drones at CES. For that reason, our nerdy hearts have always loved Best Buy, and we have a great relationship with the folks over there. After all, they were our first retail partner in the United States.

But it looks like the love is mutual! Fox 6 Now news in Milwaukee decided to dig deeper into the cord cutting trend and interviewed Fox Point Best Buy team lead, Chester Jackson, on his thoughts and suggestions for those people considering cutting the cable cord.

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The first thing Chester recommended when cutting the cord, is getting a TV antenna to watch over the air television. His antenna of choice? The Antennas Direct ClearStream 4V, of course. Chester said that the C4V is a great quality antenna and the best option when cutting the cord. Oh, Chester. We like you, a lot. You’re the man!

Are you ready to cut the cord but still have questions? Stop by your local Best Buy and ask for your “Chester”, or give us a call! Our wonderfully nerdy support team is ready to answer your questions and help you save close to $1000 a year. You’ll thank us, and Chester.

Jan
26

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Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse Named the Best Indoor HDTV Antenna

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There are a lot of antennas on the market; however, we do believe that we are the best. And after hours of testing, The Wirecutter can back us on this claim. Those pros at The Wirecutter tested over 10 models of indoor antennas in two different locations (one suburban and one urban) and compiled data ranging from signal strength, assembly, aesthetics and quality of the TV signal. After all of their diligent research, the ClearStream Eclipse reigned supreme!

According to The Wirecutter, the Eclipse matched or outperformed larger models in pulling in broadcast signals, required basically no assembly, and was easy to hide. It looks like they’re big fans of the Eclipse’s SureGrip technology!

“We feel confident that the Antennas Direct Eclipse is the antenna that will satisfy most users’ broadcast TV needs.”

We can’t ask for a stronger testimonial than that!

A big thank you to The Wirecutter team, especially Grant Clauser, for naming our ClearStream Eclipse the best indoor TV antenna. Click HERE to see the full list.

Jan
22

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Don’t Become a Cable Company, Netflix

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It was just a few months ago that we wrote our blog “Netflix and Chill Just Got More Expensive”. And since that blog, it looks like Netflix has decided to raise their prices YET AGAIN. Now, we understand the occasional slight price increase, but twice within a 3 month period? You’re starting to sound a little greedy, Netflix.

According to Esquire, those Netflix customers who have been “grandfathered” in to the $7.99 a month rate, will soon be expected to pay $9.99 a month for the same plan. There is a way around it, if you really want to pinch pennies. Here’s the catch: you can keep paying $7.99 a month, but you will lose your high-definition streaming capabilities.

In total, the price bump comes out to nearly $25 a year. Not horrible, but it definitely adds up over time. With cable continuing to raise their prices, we hope that Netflix isn’t taking a note from their playbook. Fair warning, Netflix, it hasn’t worked out very well for the cable companies to gouge prices and abuse their customers. We hope you’re careful and aren’t planning anymore “announcements” anytime soon. Unless we like them of course ;).

 

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Jan
12

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2015 was the Year of the Cord Cutter

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2015 was the year of the cord cutter. We have dubbed it so. People cut the cord in record numbers, thrilled to finally break free from their unhealthy relationship with cable. There’s not just one thing or moment that we can pinpoint that drove people to this breaking point, but we have a few theories.

  1. Prices increased, yet again
    This is a never ending battle, and people are finally getting fed up. They’re not stupid, yet the cable companies continue to treat their customers like a bunch of idiots. Who’s the idiot now?
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  2. Streaming kicked ass
    Thanks to Netflix originals like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace and Frankie, Masters of None and Hulu special The Mindy Project, streaming programs are offering shows you WANT to watch. With the growing trend of “Netflix and Chill”, it’s become more socially acceptable to not have cable.
  3. The public is smarter
    While the cable and pay-TV companies continue to treat their customers like they’re dumber than a box of rocks, it’s obvious that they are actually smarter than ever before. Look at the growing number of people breaking free from cable, it’s obvious that they’re brilliant. They know it’s time to sever ties and start pocketing that cash. Here’s to you, cord cutters. The smartest guys and gals around!

Options for cord cutters continue to grow. In the past, cord cutters have struggled and had to MacGyver ways to get the content they desire. Between streaming services, a la carte options, streaming devices and growth in over the air broadcast channels, there is enough content to make any cord cutter content.

If 2015 was the year of the cord cutter, then we predict 2016 will be the demise of the cable companies. Bold prediction? Maybe. But we’ll take our chances.

Dec
30

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New Year, New Cable Price Increase (Yet Again)

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As a belated holiday gift to their customers, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Dish and AT&T (just to name a few) have announced they will all be raising their cable rates in the New Year. What a wonderful gift…Not! Happy freakin’ New Year to you.

The continued cable hikes have averaged 5.9 percent a year since 1995. And it doesn’t look like there will be an end in sight. Is that how these companies reward their few remaining customers, by raising their rates yet again? We welcome you, new cord cutters, and we are here to help make the transition as seamless, and a downright enjoyable experience. Saying “adios, mother f*****!” has never felt this good.

According to a Pew Research Center survey released last week, about 71 percent of cord cutters say the reason they kicked Pay-TV to the curb was because of the cost. And another 64 percent say they canceled because they can get the content they desire with a TV antenna or through a streaming service.

For that, we are extremely grateful. Thank you Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and the like, for your continued poor service and greedy ways. With this latest price increase, you have sparked an even larger interest in cutting the cord. We don’t need to spend any money on advertising or promoting cord-cutting when the pay-TV companies continue to insult the intelligence of their customers.

Ready to dump the abusive, money hungry cable companies and join the world of FREE TV? Contact us if you have any questions, we look forward to you joining our cord cutting community!

Call: 1-877-825-5572                         Chat: Live Chat Mail: info@antennasdirect.com

 

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Dec
22

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The Cord Cutters Conundrum: Which TV Antenna Is Right For Me?

TV antenna selection is more than simply imputing a zip code on a website, that’s why we have created this guide to help ease the process. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all solution. To correctly select a TV antenna, we need some basic information about your location, then follow some important installation notes. Let’s begin.

Locate your digital television transmitters

It is important to know where your local broadcast towers are located, as there are many factors that may potentially impede your signal. TV antennas are a line of sight technology, which means getting the clearest view of your towers will bring in the strongest signal.

Learning how far away from the broadcast transmitters you are will help you decide how powerful the TV antenna will need to be. However local obstructions, installation hardware and antenna positioning are important factors in antenna selection.

This said, it is generally preferable to install your antenna as high as possible, pointed in the direction of the broadcast towers, and outdoors with as few obstructions as possible.

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Using the Antenna Point tool, enter your street address and zip code to get detailed map listing distance, and direction of your local transmitters. Here you can see if the towers are located as a cluster in 1 location – like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles – or if you will require a multi-directional antenna to receive signals from many locations.

VHF or UHF

While the majority of channels in North America are broadcast on the UHF, there may be some in your area broadcast on the VHF. This means a VHF kit may be required with your TV antenna. If the VHF channel is broadcast on a lower frequency (RF Channel 2-6) you will need a specific outdoor antenna that can receive these Lo-VHF channels. Lo-VHF is very rare but they are still out there!

Topography

The topography (or lay of the land) between your address and the transmitters may vary greatly. Obstructions such as trees, buildings or mountains may degrade or block the signal traveling to your location. Use the satellite view with the interactive map in your analysis to determine the local topography for your antenna installation. Should you encounter many obstructions, an outdoor TV antenna mounted as high as possible is usually advisable.

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TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Outdoor installation is best, but Antennas Direct antennas can also be installed indoors or in attics. (50% strength/range is lost indoors).

Simple, direct connections and installations are best. The more junctions in the installation, the higher the signal loss.

Each time the signal is split (to go to another TV) signal strength is reduced, so a low-noise amplifier may be needed to help compensate for the signal reduction.

Install the antenna where signal is “present”. Move the antenna to different locations until signals are found. Many times one end of the roof or room has better signal characteristics than the others.

Ask for help
If you are not sure which TV antenna is right for you we have a dedicated team of installation experts that will gladly assist with selection, or recommend a local installer to help you get set up.

Call: 1-877-825-5572                         Chat: Live Chat                              Mail: info@antennasdirect.com

 

Read More: A Cord Cutter Tells All: 6 Steps to TV Freedom

 

 

Dec
11

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Cox Communication is Trying to Screw You Over

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Cox Communication is currently in the process of transitioning to an all-digital cable system.  This requires what they are calling a Cox Mini Box. They even have a video on their website explaining what it means to go all-digital with a big fat “caution” to their customers stating “if you don’t make the change to those wall connected TV’s, you’ll lose TV service…completely.”  Furthermore, customers will now have to pay an additional $2.99 a month per Cox mini box for something you can already get for FREE over the air.

Here’s a little history lesson. Over the air television has been digital since 2009. Why has it taken 6 years for Cox to catch up? And why are they charging you for something you’ve been able to get for free all these years?

Here is what Cox claims are their benefits.

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Cox: You will receive local channels in HD
Reality: You can get that, for FREE, with a TV antenna

Cox: Better picture quality
Reality: You get that, for FREE, with a TV antenna

Cox goes a step further trying to scare their customers into believing that paying for television is the only way to live, by publishing an article titled “What Cutting the Cord Could Cost You“. They must really think their customers are stupid. We know better. We know you’re smart and not willing to put up with their abuse any longer.

 

Moral of the story:

You’re already paying too much for cable. Don’t give these money hungry monsters another dime of your hard earned cash. Cut the cord and save thousands of dollars. It’s a holiday gift to yourself!

 

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