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Aug
26

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Famed Mommy Blogger, Obviously MARvelous, Experiences Obviously Superior Free TV

 

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Having a family is expensive, especially this time of year with back to school. Have you seen the cost of school supplies? Mommy blogger extraordinaire, Marcie Wahrer, knows firsthand what it feels like to be a busy working mom with a big family. She always looks for ways to save money. When looking though her piles of bills, she realized how much her family was paying for each month for something they weren’t using…satellite TV.

Marcie’s family was paying $116 each month for tons of digital television and only watching a small portion of the shows. That’s nearly $1400 a year being thrown away.

Marcie decided it was time to take the plunge and cut the cord. The best part? She detailed her cord cutting experience on her popular blog, Obviously MARvelous.

Here is a quick recap of her overall cord cutting thoughts and review of the Antennas Direct C2V antenna:

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Quick and Simple Install

It took her husband about 30 minutes to install the antenna from assembling and mounting to testing. You’ve probably sat on the phone with your cable customer service for twice that long!

Great Reception

They were able to split the signal between all 5 of their TV’s with no problems at all! The image was crystal clear and they had no signal problems, just pure, high definition gloriousness. “The signal and picture produced from the ClearStream™ 2 Complete was enough to satisfy all five televisions in our home on its own, even while they were all turned on and tuned in.”

Amazing Savings

Marcie’s family went from $116 per month for satellite to just $37 per month with her streaming services! The whole family is happy and they still receive the shows they love. “It feels great to be free from contracts, price increases and skeptical promotions.”

We’ll leave you with this perfect quote from Marcie that summarizes her thoughts on cord cutting.

“For our family, cutting the cord has meant harnessing the hassle!”

Aug
20

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Dish and DirecTV: Save The Drama For Your Mama

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Drama has its time and place. And it’s usually on TV right before the evening news. But do we want to invite drama into our real lives? Absolutely not.

Unfortunately, for thousands of pay-TV subscribers around the country, life just got more dramatic. DirecTV and Dish Network providers are proving, yet again, that they have the power to wreck havoc and try to control what you’re allowed to watch.

Check out what is unfolding in the latest carriage dispute between Sinclair and Dish Network. Dish and Sinclair have agreed to a short term agreement allowing Dish to continue broadcasting Sinclair’s 153 local stations. However, they have not released any information on how long this short term contract will last. In the blink of an eye, those 153 local stations across the country could be taken away.

Dish is not the only company threatening to blackout your favorite channels. KFMB Channel 8, a CBS affiliate in San Diego, was pulled from DirecTV last Thursday. Southern California viewers turned on their TV’s to catch Big Brother, only to discover CBS was blacked out. Imagine looking forward to your nightly relaxation, watching your favorite show after a long day, and then coming home to tyranny at the hands of the people to whom you pay a monthly fee. How is that fair to those customers to have it taken away, and without warning?

Why live in constant trepidation? Why wonder if your favorite broadcast shows will be available when you turn on your TV? With a TV antenna, you never have to rely on a pay-TV provider. You have the freedom to watch broadcast TV when and where you want AND without paying a monthly fee.

Don’t be a victim! Take control of your television watching destiny. Cut the cord! And to make it even easier for you to cut the cord, use the coupon code DISHSUX for $25 off your Antennas Direct purchase. Doesn’t get much better than that!

 

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Aug
14

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Eight Straight Years on the Inc. 5000? We Are Not Surprised

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We hate to be bragadocious. It isn’t like us. But when the annual Inc. 5000 List came out a few days ago, we were not at all surprised to find our names on the list of America’s fastest growing companies. We were not surprised because this was the eighth straight year. Eight times.

At the same time we have experienced sustained growth, cable companies continue to lose subscribers. Now, we are not economists. We are not statisticians, and some of us barely passed math. But to this huddled group of antenna nerds, this looks like a trend – one that we have seen coming since we were founded 12 years ago.

Here is the simple math:

  • Antennas Direct, now a Hall of Fame Inc. 5000 member, saw a 52 percent rise in sales over the past three years. This short list of fastest growing companies includes Planet Fitness and Otter Products.
  • More than a half million Americans severed ties with their cable and satellite TV companies in the second quarter of this year, according to Variety.

You get it right? Television viewers are ready for a change. They are ready to wrest control of their digital freedom. And the key is an antenna – preferably a f*cking great one that has been tested and retested in the lab of Antennas Direct. That unlocks the best entertaining shows, documentaries, local news, weather and sports in full high definition. It’s simple. (Oh, and we have a product that makes cutting the cord even easier).

If you need further proof of the growing demand for free, over-the-air broadcast television, check out the happy cord cutters on our TV Liberation Tour page. And if you want us to come to your town, let your voice be heard.

To our team, our partners and to you, the cord cutting crazies who supported us before cord cutting was a term, we are eternally grateful. We are planning on releasing a list of even awesomer antennas fit for the future of television. Stay tuned.

Aug
5

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TV Liberation Tour Provides a Window into Your World

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You know what we hate? Seeing people throw away their money to the cable companies. Beyond money, people feel trapped by the cable companies, feeling like they have to pay for cable to get the shows they want. They feel like they are hostages in this abusive relationship with the cable company.

Since 2010, we have given away more than 15,000 free digital TV antennas throughout the country in an effort to liberate our friends from the evil known as pay-TV. We have partnered with TVfreedom.org, the National Association of Broadcasters and LG Electronics to provide consumers with access to their local TV station in crystal clear hi-def with a TV antenna from Antennas Direct. Not only are we giving away antennas, but we are educating thousands of people about the freedom they will experience when they cut the cord.

To give you a glimpse into the #ADBusTour, we pulled together a new video that captures the consumer excitement during the TV Liberation Tour stops. Take a look, those happy faces could soon be you and your neighbors!

Free broadcast TV provides more than 60 million Americans with access to local news, weather, emergency information and of course the broadcast TV shows we all love.

Do you want the TV Liberation Bus Tour to come to your city? Let us know! Fill out the form HERE or even better, reach out to your favorite local broadcaster and let them know you want them to liberate your town!

 

Jul
31

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A Cord Cutter Tells All: 6 Steps to TV Freedom

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Today, you may have opened up your mailbox only to see that dreaded monthly cable bill again. They want an additional $7.00 per month for those required cable boxes for each of your TVs. That’s another $28 per month on top of the hundreds that you are paying. Are you fed up yet?

Here’s some advice: Crumple up that bill and take a few steps toward free, high definition TV. I’ve recently cut the cord, and I’m enjoying the cord cutting life. Out of my experience, here are the 6 Steps to Achieving TV Freedom.

Step 1: Evaluate what you watch

Ask yourself what TV channels you actually watch. What are your favorite “can’t miss” weekly TV series, sports, news and weather programs. Get out a pen and paper and write it down. If you are like most TV couch potatoes like me, you might realize that you have been watching the major broadcast TV networks as much as 90% of the time. I’m talking about your local TV stations that are affiliates of the ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS networks.

A word about broadcast television

Please allow me to introduce you, or re-introduce you, to the unnoticed world of free, over-the-air broadcast TV channels. You know those five great networks I just mentioned? They were the very first TV channels and programming broadcast over 65 years ago. They were free then and they are free now.

February 2009 marked a huge change and an even bigger free bonus for folks who enjoy free, over-the-air, broadcast TV. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) mandated the end of analog TV signals and required all TV stations to upgrade to the new digital television transmissions. Not only are today’s digital signals from your local TV stations’ stronger than ever, they are also absolutely gorgeous in sound and picture quality. Better than what you get with cable because they have to compress the signals to deliver them.

The biggest bonus of all regarding free digital TV watching….a lot of the TV stations in your city broadcast additional programming called subchannels. For example, in my town channel 18.1 is our ABC network and local news. The subchannel of 18.2 is the CW network and 18.3 is THiS network.

Step 2. Check your television

That new flat screen HDTV you just bought? It contains a state-of-the art HD digital tuner. You paid for it, you should use it to receive free broadcast TV. Have you notice the channel up & down arrows on the remote for your new HDTV? You haven’t been able to use those buttons because your cable or satellite company has their own remote. To use the HDTV’s tuner and remote, you’ll need to buy an antenna for local TV viewing – a one-time purchase that will be your own property with no monthly bill!

Step 3. Find your local TV stations

Go to antennaweb.org or antennapoint.com. This will be your guide in finding where all your local TV towers are relative to where your house is located. You will next need to put in your zip code and address. This will assist you in selecting the right antenna for your home. You can also see (before you spend a dime) how many available channels you will be able to receive.

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Tom’s antenna set up at Thomas Video Studios in Eau Claire, WI

Step 4. Call or click Antennas Direct

Antennas Direct is the best company in the business. They are an American company with a superior product and world class call center. They will assist you in selecting the correct antenna for your home – all for a total investment of less than one month of cable TV. And then you’re done. No more cable TV expenses again. All of Antennas Direct antennas come with a lifetime warranty and is much more attractive than that old cable box or satellite dishes hanging on the side of your house! Go online to www.antennasdirect.com or shop at your local Walmart, Best Buy or Lowe’s.

Step 5. Install your antenna

On a nice day with only a few hand tools and a drill, you can enjoy just an hour or two with your son or a friend installing the antenna. You can also re-purpose the existing cable wiring for your TV antenna. First, locate where your coax cables join together. That’s where you’ll find the cable splitter that splits the cable to all TVs in your house. First, unscrew the incoming cable from the splitter and replace this with the cable you ran from the antenna on your rooftop. That’s it! If you have an outdoor antenna and you would prefer to hire an installer, Antennas Direct has some contacts for you as well.

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Step 6. Channel scan your TV and adjust the antenna

Using your remote, go to your TV’s menu and look for the “auto channel” programming mode.This will allow your HDTV’s built-in tuner to scan the airwaves for all the available TV channels. You may have to rotate the antenna slightly to receive all the available channels, but that’s pretty typical with any antenna. One last thing to do before you sit down on the couch with a cold one. Pick up the phone and call the cable TV company to say “Goodbye!”

Jul
23

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King of Sports Shaken Up Over Cord Cutting

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Ten years ago, when we would talk to people about cord cutting, we would get strange looks. (We don’t want to guess what people thought we were talking about.) But today, there is no doubt. Television lovers have spoken, and the growing cacophony of voices has rattled even the hallowed, throne of the Cable King of Sports – ESPN.

While they thought they were once immune to reality, ESPN is losing subscribers left and right. Simply, more families are tired of overpaying for content they could easily replace with a TV antenna and streaming service.

According to a recent story by NPR, “ESPN has lost 7 percent of its subscription base since its peak of about 100 million homes in 2011. And the trend is accelerating: 3.2 million subscribers have left since May 2014.”

Sports fans are notoriously smart about new ways to watch their favorite programming. It’s part of what helped to make a sports channel on cable so successful in the first place. And, if you mistreat them, they will find a way to get what they want.

Check out the full story HERE.

Watch out, ESPN. There is a new king of sports. And instead of a cable channel, the king is every household that knows the glory of over-the-air, broadcast television.

 

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Jul
17

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Small, Powerful and Mobile. The ClearStream Eclipse is the Total Package.

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It’s pretty obvious that we’re passionate about cutting the cord and receiving OTA television for FREE, the way it was meant to be. But it’s refreshing to see that other people share our passion! One of those people is Robert Garrett: math teacher, coach and downright cool dude.

Robert recently shared an install and review video of the ClearStream Eclipse on his YouTube channel. You can see the review in its entirety below.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • The Eclipse is simple to install, mobile and easy to use
  • It is small and powerful at a great price
  • It’s the perfect antenna for any room in your house!

Thank you, Robert, for your kind words and informative install video. We appreciate your support and look forward to watching your next video!

Interested in learning more about the revolutionary Eclipse antenna or ordering your very own? Simply visit www.antennasdirect.com/eclipse. And be sure to share pictures of your Eclipse using the #WhereDoYouSlapIt?

Jul
15

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Antennas to Rescue DirecTV Broadcast TV Blackout Victims

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At Antennas Direct, we believe everyone has the right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and free, broadcast television. But, apparently, the executives of DirecTV have quite another vision for America.

As of this writing, there are pockets of the rural United States in which DirecTV is denying thousands of subscribers to local, broadcast TV service. While they sit on huge profits from high monthly fees, they are robbing hard-working people the right to free, high-definition, hyperlocal broadcast – the best television the world has known for sports, entertainment, news and crucial weather alerts.

If you are a DirecTV customer in the following markets, you know what we are talking about:

Grand Junction and Montrose, CO

Ottumwa, IA

Bowling Green, KY

Presque Isle, ME

Alpena, MI

Kirksville, MO

Glendive and Helena, MT

North Platte and Scottsbluff; NE

Casper and Riverton, WY

Victoria, TX.

Cheyenne, WY

Here is the good news: You can still receive all of the best programming from local broadcasters with a TV antenna from Antennas Direct – in full HD and without a monthly fee.

So what can you do about this?

  1. Share this article and let DirecTV know you love your local broadcast. <share>
  2. Get a TV antenna from Antennas Direct. SHOP HERE
  3. Bask in the glory of the best news and entertainment without the monthly fee.

Also, if you are a DirecTV subscriber in one of the above areas, we want you to get the best TV! After you make a selection from our store, use the code DIRECTVSUX and get 25% off your purchase and free shipping through August 15.

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Jul
10

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Latest Featured Tech Includes ClearStream Eclipse

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Mario Armstrong is a tech guru. His predictions are always on point. He has a knack for knowing what will soon be the most popular apps and electronics in households across the country.

Mario is a TV host, motivator, creator of the #neversettleclub and is an overall social media darling. Be sure to follow him on Twitter to see his latest inspirational video and tech predictions.

So we were thrilled that Mario placed our ClearStream Eclipse in his latest mashup of summer technology. Our newest innovation was right there with brands like HP, Apple and Yahoo Flickr – where it should be.

Check out these first two videos from KABB in San Antonio and KMPH in Fresno.

To see more of these videos, check out our news coverage videos here.

Jul
6

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300 Americans Liberated in San Francisco #ADBusTour Giveaway

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Today, we are proud to report that Antennas Direct and TVFreedom.org liberated 300 of our fellow Americans on the Eve of Independence Day in Chinatown, San Francisco. Even though the giveaway was scheduled to start at 9 AM, local residents began to line up as early as 5 AM for their chance to get access to the best, high definition programming the world has known – over-the-air broadcast television.

What made this particular TV Liberation Bus Tour stop especially significant was our partnership with the 2015 OCA National Convention. This diverse group of community leaders gathered in San Francisco to unify advocacy efforts for Asian Pacific Americans.

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And when it comes to unity, there is nothing more powerful than broadcast TV. We took the opportunity to make a statement about the diversity of local television – previously marginalized or underserved communities now have an amplified voice with digital broadcast.

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And that statement came through loud and clear. More than 1,000 people were on-hand to receive one of our ClearStream Eclipse TV antennas – the latest innovation in over-the-air technology.

Some highlights of this giveaway include:

KRON 4 is a powerful voice for local San Francisco news. So we were thrilled that they covered our trip to town with such journalistic excellence!

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The star of the show was our latest innovation, the ClearStream Eclipse. It is the perfect antenna for an urban environment like San Francisco. The small, but mighty indoor TV antenna can grip and regrip to any flat surface and has a range of up to 50 miles from the broadcast towers.

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The Clayton Hotel, which serves as a Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), was kind enough to host our bus. This was the perfect location because we were able to get antennas into the hands of Asian Pacific Americans who need reliable access to in-language, relevant community programming.

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Ken Lee, CEO of OCA-Advocates even pitched in to help  hand out antennas to constituents. Since he is a big champion of broadcast television and Antennas Direct, he even explained how our Eclipse works.

KTSF 26 provides a multicast of in-language content for Asian Pacific Americans and their dedication to over-the-air was the biggest source of energy around bringing us into town.

KPOP, a 24-hour Korean pop music network, also supported the event with comprehensive coverage. They received great feedback on just how excited people are to receive broadcast television.

Special thanks go out to Dennis Wharton, Executive Vice President of Communications for NAB and a class act; Michael Moon, an active member of OCA-Advocates and the man who had the vision to make this happen; Cindy Wu, Deputy Director for CCDC and an important advocate for Asian Pacific Americans; Philo Farnsworth, the Father of Television; Robert Kenny, the driving force behind TVFreedom.org.

Learn more about our TV Liberation Bus Tour, go to our #ADBusTour landing page.

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