Yearly Archives: 2010

Dec
30

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Rabbit Ears are Making a Comeback for 2011

With the new year just around the corner a report from Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, Wisconsin indicates that television viewers are going back to rabbit ears. The reports says:

Nearly 23% of TV households in the Milwaukee area are broadcast only. The national average is 9.6%, Nielsen statistics show.

If the rest of American follows Milwaukee’s lead in 2011, another 13.4% of US households will make the switch from cable to over-the-air television.

MONEY QUOTE:

Over-the-air television, around since the invention of TV, is far from dead and may even be on a comeback.

It seems that there are several reasons why people are cutting their cable, but the main one continues to be the huge cost burden associated with cable. People are glad to find alternatives to cut out nearly $100 per month from tight budgets.

President of Antennas Direct, Richard Schneider was interviewed for the article and says,

“I think that’s what is really driving antenna sales. One TV station alone can have five or six multicasts,” Schneider said.

Advances in antenna design have helped, too. The newer units are smaller and less obtrusive than the sprawling metal ones mounted on rooftops.

“Your spouse and your neighbors might not be so resistant to a 12-inch antenna on the side of your house, rather than a 15-footer that’s somewhat offensive visually,” Schneider said.

Over-the-air TV viewers in smaller cities and rural areas say they get good reception from about a 50-mile radius, depending on where they live.

Read the full article from the Journal Sentinel online.


Dec
29

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Antennas Direct Bus Tour RECAP

We had a blast on the 2010 Antennas Direct bus tour antenna giveaway. We go to work with some great television stations and meet some awesome and grateful antenna recipients.

In the end it was all about giving back to the community, helping out people who may be struggling to make ends meet, and promoting high quality television antennas for over-the-air digital TV.

Check out the video recap of it all here. Thanks for a great year!

Dec
23

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Thank You to Our Followers

Vince Lombardi once said, “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.” While we are not attacking a football team’s defense, we have seen some of our most loyal customers voice their opinions against a problem in society…cable TV.

If you have visited our Facebook fan page lately, you might have noticed a lot has been going on. Our team of OTA watchers have come out like the ‘59 Packers, ready to bring back a victory for over-the-air TV. In some instances, our followers are faster at responding to questions on our wall than we are.

From Psb Satellite telling DirecTV “where to shove their dish” to Sean Kirkland talking about Antennas Direct’s MicroSite, it is a pleasure to log on every day.

We would also like to point out that Psb Satellite even noticed that Homer Simpson installed a DB4 antenna on his home, showing that our customers have a passion for our products. We sincerely enjoy that Antennas Direct customers find our Facebook page as a place to come and share ideas to help each other, not a sounding board for how much they hate our company…ahhem Charter….

We can not thank our follows enough! Antennas Direct was founded around listening to our customers and we plan to continue listening to you into the future.

Dec
23

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How to Receive UHF and VHF OTA Channels

Question 1: I’m not sure which antenna is best for my area since most channels are UHF but two of the popular ones are High VHF. Also I need a digital converter box, do you know where I can get one? Thanks. From Anton, in Alhambra, California.

Question 2: I need an antenna that will give me both VHF and UHF reception. What is the best antenna that you recommend? – The length of cable will be about 50 or 60 ft. Do I need PreAmp? From Aubre in Howell, Texas.

Hi Anton and Aubre,

Since you both had questions regarding how to receive both VHF and UHF reception, I can address both of you in one answer.

We would recommend going to www.antennapoint.com. Here you are prompted to put in your location and you can see exactly where your broadcast signals are coming from. To recommend an antenna we have to factor in how far you are away from your broadcast towers and also the geographical terrain near by. For instance, someone living in the city close to the broadcast towers might experience more interference because of the tall buildings, as opposed to someone living outside the city, but without all those tall buildings, might receive better reception.

For the most part, all of our antennas can function as UHF/VHF antennas, but their success may be limited especially if you are trying to get channels on the very low end of VHF (channels 2-6). So Anton, since you indicated that you have high VHF in your area we would recommend you consider the distance between you and your broadcast towers and any impediments you may have.

Otherwise, we would recommend using the ClearStream5 antenna as a great high powered antenna that can pick up both of these signals.

And for Aubre who is using a 50-60 foot coaxial cable, you will probably need to use an amplifier to overcome the length of your cable. Here are a few blog posts about amplifiers that we recommend.

Do I Need an Antenna Amplifier with my Antenna?
What is the Difference Between an A Distribution Amplifier and a Preamplifier?

Dec
21

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Setting Up a Television Antenna on a Truck

I am trying to set up a TV in my hot dog truck. I recently bought a clearstream2, I live approx 35 miles north of New York City. Just tonight I bought a new 19″ sylvania HDTV. I only get 3 channels. Does it matter where I am located for a good signal? From Joseph in New York.

Hi Joseph,

Unfortunately the digital transition in 2009 was not kind to people watching over-the-air television while traveling in cars, trucks and RVs. From what we have heard is that most people can receive digital signals when they are stopped, but almost none when they are in motion (which is probably a good thing).

Yes it one-hundred percent matters where you are located. This will determine how good of a signal you receive. It not only matters where exactly your truck is parked but also what direction your antenna is pointing and what structures might be in the way of the signal path such as buildings and trees.

Sorry Joseph, you have many things working against you here. We would recommend putting your ClearStream2 digital antenna in your house and looking into RV antennas that can be elevated above your truck roof.

Dec
16

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Using Existing Cable Units for Your OTA Television Antenna

I have the same situation as with Helena. Mom of four boys and just tried to make ends meet got rid of cable expense. Interested in the DB2 with the J post to be located in the attic. My house was pre-wired so cable company just came in and connected service. Now that my service is gone…can I use that same box on the side of my house where they hooked up their cable and connect it to the DB2 up in the attic? There are 8 cable outlets in the house…would it still work and what kind of amplifier should I use? From Mariel in Richmond, VA

Hi Mariel,

Since it sounds like you already have coaxial cable running through the house it might be worth it to see if there is or is not a single network of coax inside the house. If it is not a single network, you may not receive reception on all of your TVs.

Also, when using the leftover cables you must ensure all of the distribution items installed by the Dish company are removed such as splitters and diplexers because they could interfere with your reception.

Amplifiers are sometimes necessary to overcome signal loss related to splitters and junctions. Remember that an amplifier does not create a signal. It will only enhance a signal that is already there, but may be weak when split to different televisions. Here are some previous blog posts that might help.

Do I Need an Antenna Amplifier with my Antenna?

What is the Difference Between an A Distribution Amplifier and a Preamplifier?

How to Cut, Strip and Terminate Coaxial Cable

Dec
14

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Difference Between a Distribution Amplifiers and a Preamplifier

What is the difference between your PA18 and CPA19 preamplifiers and what is the difference between a distribution amplifier and a preamplifier? Thanks! From Paul in Union, MO

Hi Paul,

A distribution amplifier is helpful if you have a good signal at the splitter, but not after splitting. Distribution amplifiers are usually one piece and are meant to be used indoors. They are used to overcome splitter loss and meant to “distribute” TV signals to multiple locations.

A digital antenna preamplifier can be used outside with your outside antenna. It usually comes as a 2 part unit with the amplifier mounted at the antenna and the power supply mounted in the house. A preamp is meant to overcome signal loss due to long cable lengths between the antenna and your TV or splitter.

The CPA19 has a slightly lower noise figure than the PA18 and was designed specifically to compliment the Clearstream line of antennas.

View some of our most popular television amplifiers and click on images below for more information.

Pre-Amplifier Kit

CPA19 ClearStream Pre-Amplifier Kit

Pre-Amp KitPA18 UHF / VHF

PA18 UHF / VHF Antenna Pre-Amp Kit

Dec
9

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Cellular Antenna Help and Products

I have a very weak AT&T cell signal even with a booster w/ outside antenna. I do also have DSL but would prefer to cancel that in favor of cellular. What products do you have that may help? From Jim in Innsbrook, MO

Hi Jim,

We have been working on products to boost cell phone signals. Our Wi-Fi antennas will replace a router’s existing antenna and distribute the Wi-Fi signal through four to eight ports plugged into cable outlets. The Clearstream Microsite is a cell phone booster that features built-in safe guards against interference. However, it is still in public testing phase and will not be on the market until 2011.

This new product was actually featured in the New York Times recently. Stay tuned for the release date. In the mean time, check out the NYT article.

Sean Kirkland, an executive vice president for sales and marketing for a company that plans corporate meetings and events was featured in this article and is one of the few that is using the Clearstream Microsite while it is in its testing phase. Check out what he said about it on Facebook.



Dec
7

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‘Nice Job Again Comcast’

A  funny (to us) article from CE Pro magazine. Seems Comcast has changed their name, but not the quality of their service.

Irate Comcast subscribers were stranded over Thanksgiving holidays without streaming Xfinity.tv shows, and the glitches continue

You almost want feel sorry for them.  Neh,  me either.

Dec
6

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Antennas Direct Helps Rabbit Ears Perk Up

 Working together with the Antennas Direct propaganda ministry, The New York Times has published a fascinating story about a plucky antenna company that is liberating millions from unhappy relationships, improving the lives of  countless masses & bringing order, harmony & unity to the universe.     

Summary:

 More than a half million cut the cord on pay TV services this year alone. While that number is staggering, cable insiders have been in denial on even the existence of the phenomenon.

In a recent article from the New York Times, writers Matt Richtel and Jenna Wortham bring to light that people are not just simply cancelling their cable, they are doing so in favor of an over-the-air TV antenna. The story includes a quote from Antennas Direct President Richard Schneider, as well as the company’s outlook to sell more than 500,000 antennas in 2010.

Many pay TV customers are making the same decision. From April to September, cable and satellite companies had a net loss of about 330,000 customers. Craig Moffett, a longtime cable analyst with Sanford C. Bernstein, said the consensus of the industry executives he had talked to was that most of these so-called cord-cutters were turning to over-the-air TV. “It looks like they’re leaving for the antenna,” he said.

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