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Apr
20

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Sling TV Introduces Multi-Stream Service Including Hit Shows and Local Sports

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As cord cutters, we still want to enjoy our sports. And since our hometown is St. Louis, we want to enjoy the Cardinal’s game. When games are broadcast OTA, we are happy campers, and thanks to Sling TV, we are soon to be completely set!

Just last week, Sling TV announced the launch of a new beta multi-stream service that offers even more live and on-demand television including new channels from the Fox Networks Group like FOX Sports, FX, and National Geographic.  All are available on up to three devices simultaneously for $20 per month. Between ESPN, a ClearStream antenna, and Fox Sports Midwest, we are all set in St. Louis to catch the games we want to watch. Happy, happy dance!

As if that was not enough, Sling’s “Extra” packages include content from AMC, A&E, HBO, Turner, Scripps, Epix, and Univision. With the multi-stream service, your spouse could be sitting at home watching Law and Order, and you could be sitting at work enjoying the baseball game on your laptop (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss).

Here is what you can catch with Sling TV’s Multi-Stream Service:

  • FOX Sports– included in the multi-stream package, you’ll have access to FOX broadcast, regional and national sports, whether it be baseball, football, soccer, basketball or hockey, you’ll be connected to it all.
  • FOX Regional Sports Networks– including FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports West, Fox Sports Florida, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Cincinnati, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Southeast, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Sun, SportsTime Ohio, and YES Network.
  • FOX Networks– FX and National Geographic are included; you can binge watch all your favorite shows.
  • Best of Live TV Favorites– like the single-stream service, the multi-stream includes nationwide availability of A&E, Adult Swim, AMC, Bloomberg, Cartoon Network, CNN, El Rey, Flama, Food Network, Galavision, HGTV, History, IFC, Lifetime, Local NOW, Maker, Newsy, Polaris+, TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, UniMas, Univision and VICELAND.
  • Extras– you can add “Extras” for even more content, including “Hollywood Extra”, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for $5 more per month. You can also include HBO for an additional $15 a month and Cinemax for $10 more a month. So many options!
  • Three Streams– watch Sling TV on up to three devices at the same time, in or outside of your home. It’s perfect for the whole family!

How do you get it? If you are a current subscriber to Sling TV, simply login to your account and edit your subscription type. New to Sling? No problem. Simply go HERE and sign up! It’s great to see Sling evolving and opening up more options for cord cutters. Between an antenna and streaming services like Sling, Netflix, and Hulu, you have all the content you could ever desire, and for a fraction of the cost of pay-TV. We’re big fans!

Apr
12

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Man Killed Over Cable Television

Chamia Johnson

Photo courtesy of Inside Edition, and Johnson’s glorious mugshot.

 

Well, a more accurate title would be “Woman Murders Ex-Boyfriend for Not Paying Cable Bill”. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. You read that correctly. In today’s “sounds too crazy to be true” news story, a woman murders her ex-boyfriend for not paying the cable bill. Let us explain.

Chamia Johnson, 34, pleads not guilty last Thursday to second-degree murder in the killing of her former boyfriend, 39-year-old Antoine Mallory according to Inside Edition. Mallory was found stabbed in the chest in his Niagra Falls home on February 22. Now if that wasn’t crazy enough, the reason Johnson stabbed and killed her ex was because he did not pay the cable bill.

It appears Johnson arrived home only to realize that her cable was disconnected because the bill was not paid. Mallory, who is the father of two of Johnson’s four children, was supposedly expected to pay her cable bill, and did not. This of course infuriated Johnson, so she arrived at his home, demanding that he pay the bill. It doesn’t sound like that conversation went very well, considering Mallory ended up dead. Come on guys, it’s all about communication!

What is the moral of this story? If it weren’t for cable, Mallory would most likely still be alive. Without cable, they might have been happily co-parenting and friendly towards each other as there wouldn’t have been a bill to fight over. They would have also saved a ton of cash. Now Mallory is gone, Johnson is on her way to prison, and the children are left without parents. You see the evil that cable brings upon us all? Cut the cord, save a life.

Apr
11

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Can I Watch Major League Baseball with an Antenna?

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Its springtime, which means not only are flowers blooming, but bats are cracking, and the 2016 MLB season is underway. And for many of us, that means trying to figure out how to get as much baseball coverage as possible without signing an expensive cable contract we can’t get rid of.

Luckily, it’s 2016 and cord cutting options keep getting better and better. There are plenty of streaming services that offer MLB coverage, but the real question here is…what can we get for free with our antenna? After all, free TV is the best TV! That being said, let’s take a closer look.

What Networks Have Deals with the MLB?

As of 2016, MLB rights are shared among ESPN, TBS, and FOX network families. The bad news is that two of those are cable networks. But the good news is that assuming you have the right antenna for your location, you can get FOX for free in uncompressed HD. I’d recommend you run a report and see what channels are specifically available in your area.

What MLB Coverage is Available on FOX?

FOX coverage is split between the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports 1, their premium cable sports network. Here’s a look at what you can get with your antenna on FOX:

  • FOX will air 12 games on Saturday afternoons throughout the season
  • The 2016 All Star Game will be on over-the-air
  • FOX gets an alternating Division Championship game each year
  • The World Series will be on live over-the-air

When Does FOX Saturday Afternoon Coverage Begin?

On May 21, FOX will begin airing 7:15 PM games. This will continue up to the All Star game on July 12. After that, coverage will pause until September 10th, where it will pick back up for two weeks. Currently, that’s as far as the schedule goes out on MLB.com.

Are There Other Ways to Watch the MLB without Cable?

As I mentioned before, there are different streaming services that offer different levels of MLB coverage. You could go with MLB.TV for example, although in-market blackouts will keep you from seeing your home team.

Other streaming services worth looking into for national broadcasts are Sling TV and PlayStation Vue (the only way to get Fox Sports 1 without cable). Both of these services offer ESPN and ESPN2 (very useful with the NFL Draft coming up as well), as well as TBS. So you’ll get most of the non-FOX national coverage through them.

What’s All This Blackout Talk?

The MLB blackout policy has been under quite a bit of fire as of late. But it still stands for cord cutters. So what exactly does it consist of? Well, if you look at the MLB’s FAQ, it’s nearly impossible to understand. But Nathaniel Grow over at The Hardball Times did a pretty good job explaining it when he said it “prevents subscribers of either the MLB.tv or MLB Extra Innings services from viewing, in real time, the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game of the week, the subscriber’s regional Fox Saturday broadcast, or – most importantly – any game involving the subscriber’s designated ‘home’ team.”

However, since that article, the MLB faced a lawsuit that caused them to change things up a bit, as noted in this USA Today article. In a nutshell, the changes no longer prohibit in-market streaming for MLB.TV… if you subscribe to your local regional sports network.

In other words, you still need cable to use the “cable-less” service. Big help.

Questions About Watching MLB without Cable?

The options aren’t perfect, but they’re getting better year over year. Have questions? Leave a comment below for answers!

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Chris Brantner is the founder of CutCableToday.com, a resource for people who want to cut the cord and still get the TV they crave. Follow him on Twitter @CutCableToday and find him on Facebook here

Apr
8

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Tom’s Guide Names the ClearStream Eclipse the Best Antenna Design

Tom’s Guide recently released their list of Best Indoor HDTV Antennas of 2016, and we are excited that our ClearStream Eclipse Amplified antenna was named the Best Antenna Design! It received an 8/10 rating, and was praised for the unique design. The geniuses over at Tom’s Guide know what they’re talking about!

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“One of the most powerful indoor HDTV antennas we’ve tested, the ClearStream Eclipse is very easy to install…the Eclipse’s sleek design won’t make you want to hide it when visitors enter your house,” said Tom’s Guide. “The flat, white, doughnut-shaped antenna is about the size of a Frisbee, and features a non-marking backing adhesive that can cling to a window or a painted wall.”

With our customers in mind, we engineered the ClearStream Eclipse indoor TV antenna so it was easy to install, but not an eyesore. Why would anyone want to pin, screw, or tape an antenna to wall, when you can slap it on the window, and easily move it to another location to find the best reception? The Eclipse has Sure Grip that lets you position the antenna on any smooth surface. Why hide your antenna, when you can embrace it?

The Eclipse is a great size for an indoor antenna. Designed to blend into sophisticated spaces, and is exceptionally powerful. When Tom’s Guide tested it out, they were able to receive 25 channels with a 50+ mile range.

Just last month, Tom’s Guide reviewed the Eclipse and noted its power and poise. We love the folks over at Tom’s Guide, thank you for your kind words and the honor of naming the ClearStream Eclipse the best antenna design!

Apr
6

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TBS Proves that Cord Cutting Continues to Rise

March Madness

If you’re a sports fan, when you think of March, you think of basketball and March Madness. Year after year, our inboxes are flooded with invites to brackets, friends asking us over to drink, and watch the game and fights erupting between die hard college basketball fans. However, it appears that this year, the NCAA championship viewership was down a whopping 37%. Why you may ask? Let us explain.

For the first time, the NCAA championship was broadcast on TBS instead of on broadcast television. But TBS is not some obscure, unknown cable channel with little carriage. In fact, it has even slightly higher penetration than ESPN. According to an article from Sports Business Daily, “TBS tops all cable nets with 100.5 million homes, or around 87.4% of homes.”

And it’s not like the teams that were competing in the NCAA Championship weren’t fan favorites or enjoyable to watch. Villanova’s last-second win over North Carolina was a nail biter, possibly one of the most exciting finished in March Madness history according to the Wall Street Journal.  So what does this mean? How did the NCAA manage to lose so many viewers?

Basically, this is proof that cable cutting is even more widespread than has been previously reported! We’ve been screaming this from the rooftops for quite some time, but here it is, in cold, hard facts. It looks like the NCAA made a poor decision moving the championship away from broadcast TV. There were many debates leading up to the finale whether a cable network would be able to pull as many viewers as broadcast TV, and apparently, TBS failed in that department. There are countless articles talking about the growth in cutting the cord, so why decide now, after years of broadcasting the championship on broadcast TV, to move it to cable? Sounds like a major EFF YOU to cord cutters.

We’ll be anxious to see what they decide to do next year. Cord cutters, lets stand together and let them know that we want to watch our basketball on broadcast TV, the way it should be!

Apr
1

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Ding dong the Witch is dead, but since you have an antenna, you’re not!

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Spring is a truly wonderful season. Daylight savings is finally here, the temperatures begin to rise, and beautiful flowers are blooming all around us. But along with all that beauty and positivity come spring storms (and allergies). Depending on your location, these storms can be pretty vicious.

Picture this: a massive storm is headed your way. Your family is sitting around the TV tracking the weather, and all of a sudden the cable cuts out. Gone! With no warning at all, your contact to the outside world and to your safety is gone. Don’t let this happen to you.

By now you may be asking yourself, what’s the solution? Well, it’s simple. Drop cable or satellite and get a TV antenna. An antenna can weather the storm and keep you informed. Local programming offers information on incremental weather, current events, and other emergency notifications. Even more, television is where you turn to for local news and regional programming that connects everyone to their communities, regions, and the world. It is a pillar of our democracy that keeps us informed and challenges the way we think about the world (yes, we just got really deep and serious. It does happen on occasion).

Mark Twain once said, “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” Don’t take a chance when it comes to your family and safety, or you might be saying, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…”

Let’s get down to it. You need a TV antenna. We have TV antennas.  Nothing would bring us more joy than to help keep your pockets full of cash from canceling your pay TV provider. Visit antennasdirect.com or give our customer service team a call toll-free in the U.S. at 1-877-825-5572. We’re available 7 days a week just for you!

Mar
28

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Baseball Season is Here, Now Enter to Win Some Great Prizes!

opening dayWe love springtime for many reasons. Obviously, we enjoy the warmer weather and not needing to bundle up like an Eskimo just to run inside the store for a carton of milk. But the warmer weather also brings us the delicious grilling season, beautiful flowers and the wonderful sounds of the ballpark. For us, the spring season is baseball season!

If you’ve followed us for a number of years, you might already know this, but we are big baseball fans here at Antennas Direct. How could we not be when we have the best baseball team in our backyard?

To celebrate America’s favorite past time, we are having an Opening Day Giveaway!

The giveaway will run now-April 4th to celebrate MLB’s opening day.  Simply fill out the form HERE and you are entered to win! One entry per person, please. We don’t appreciate

Giveaway Prize:

  • Custom jersey of YOUR favorite team! (even though we’re Cardinal’s fans, we won’t hold your favorite team against you)
  • ClearStream Eclipse Antenna (recently named the BEST indoor TV antenna by The Wirecutter)
  • Family pack of Cracker Jacks (you can’t say baseball without thinking Cracker Jacks, right?)

Feel free to invite us over to your house to catch a game, we’re always down for some Cracker Jacks. We might even bring the beer.

Good luck, and we wish your team the best of luck this season! We’re sure we’ll see you in the World Series 😉

Mar
20

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Power and Poise: Tom’s Guide Review of the ClearStream Eclipse Indoor Antenna

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If you’re looking for a techie review of a new gadget or app, Tom’s Guide is the best place to visit. They call themselves “the geeky friend who’s always on call…we’re here to provide you with buying advice, in-depth reviews and expert recommendations in a wide variety of tech product categories.” No need to search the internet, they’re a one stop shop for reviews and advice. We’re excited that they tested out our ClearStream Eclipse and shared a review with their readers! Here’s a quick look at some of their thoughts:

  • Easy to install
  • Very good reception
  • Unobtrusive design
  • Made for urban cord cutters who need a powerful antenna that offers more placement options for best reception

According to John Quain, reviewer at Tom’s Guide, the design of the Eclipse is attractive to the eye, and extremely convenient for repositioning with the Sure Grip backing. You don’t have to peel off stickers or adhesive when repositioning the antenna and fear damaging the paint or plaster. Who wants to use tape or stickers to hang their antenna anyways? We’ve seen pictures of antennas literally DUCT TAPED to the windows or walls. Trust us, your spouse will thank you for using the Eclipse. Put that tape away.

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“Those who want to hide their antennas and who don’t want to mess with stickers or screws will find the Eclipse worth it.” That’s right, the ease and convenience of the Eclipse makes it the perfect indoor antenna for those people who don’t want to climb on their roof or attic, but still want to cut the cord and watch the broadcast television they know and love.

To see the full review, check it on Tom’s Guide website HERE.

 

Mar
17

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Mr. Muscleman Sings His Praise for Antennas Direct, and You Don’t Want to Mess with Him…

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Bruce Pechman, the Muscleman of Technology, shares his tips with KUSI San Diego on how to save money by cutting the cord. If you don’t know Mr. Muscle Man, check out his website, he’s not only hilarious and an excellent resource when it comes to not only technology, but he’s also a fitness guru. I mean, take a look at him. He’s ripped.

KUSI News – San Diego, CA

According to Bruce, the first step to get rid of cable is by installing a TV antenna. His top pick? Antennas Direct, of course. Bruce suggests the ClearStream 2V antenna if you’re looking for an indoor/outdoor model or the ClearStream Eclipse if you’re looking for the ease and convenience of a powerful indoor antenna.

“Get all the local channels with a darn good indoor/outdoor HDTV antenna,” says Bruce. “Antennas Direct, I say direct because you can call them and they will ask where you live, they will triangulate your location, tell you how far you are from the tower and tell you how many channels you can get.”

That’s right, if you’re looking to cut the cord, but not sure where to start or what antenna would work best for your location, give us a call! Our customer support team is ready to answer your most burning cord cutting questions.

One of Bruce’s favorite parts of using an antenna is the fact that you can get all the local channels without a monthly fee. With the onetime cost of an Antennas Direct antenna and you are set. Bye bye cable bill. Hello pocket full of cash.

Bruce also discusses other alternatives to cable, including Sling TV, Roku, Samsung Galaxy View, and much more. Be sure to watch the full segment for Mr. Muscleman’s list of top cord cutting products.

Thanks to Bruce for featuring our ClearStream 2V and our ClearStream Eclipse.  Bruce, you are one heck of a guy. We’re big fans. Whether we’re looking to get buff or learn about the latest in technology, we know we can turn to you.

 

Mar
15

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Antenna CEO Amazed by Company Market Penetration with Virtually No Paid Advertising

Richard White House

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Antenna CEO amazed by company market penetration with virtually no paid advertising

March 15, 2016; ST. LOUIS – In a recent survey released by Nielsen, households who solely use an over-the-air antenna to watch broadcast television rose in the third quarter to 12.8 million from 12.2 million the year before. That’s 600,000 additional households who have cut the cable cord and are solely using a TV antenna. Now, what this study does not include are households who also use streaming sites such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime, just to name a few. These 12.8 million households are only a FRACTION of the American households who have ended their abusive relationship with the pay-TV companies.

The cable company and their public relations team lackeys (Nielsen) call all antenna companies liars, but according to Nielsen’s data, Antennas Direct is not only dominating the market, but are selling MORE antennas in the year than is being shown in their data. Antennas Direct alone has sold significantly more antennas than the number of households reported using antennas in 2015.

“We don’t like our competitors since we obviously make the best damn antennas, but we really feel bad for our competitors who according to this data, must not have sold any antennas,” said Richard Schneider, Antennas Direct president.  “I almost feel guilty being this successful when obviously my competitors are struggling so badly.”

The National Association of Broadcasters claims that the average cable bill has increased to $120 a month. If an additional 600,000 households have cut the cord and are using over-the-air antennas to watch broadcast television, then do the math. That’s a collective $864 million dollars being put back in the pockets of Americans, not into the hands of the greedy pay-TV CEOs.  Cord cutting is putting money back into the economy, and helping to save Americans thousands of dollars.

“With the constant growth of cord cutting, we’re looking forward to seeing our sales continue to rise and take over the market,” said Schneider. “Americans are proving their intelligence. First by choosing to cut the cord, and secondly, by choosing us. Cord cutters are the smartest people around.”

About Antennas Direct
Antennas Direct is the #1 LEADER in antenna technology, reinventing the antenna for the digital era and dominating the market. With a heritage in over-the-air antennas specifically tuned for core DTV frequencies, Antennas Direct has invested major resources into the discovery and implementation of new antenna designs for digital reception. Founded in 2003, the firm is a member of the Inc. 500|5000 Hall of Fame and Future of TV Coalition. Visit antennasdirect.com for more information.

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