Yearly Archives: 2014

Apr
15

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Save West Virginia!

 

heraldComcast has done it again!  We felt extremely compelled to write about the city of Huntington, West Virginia after reading an article in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. Comcast, the most hated company in America, has now turned to terrorizing the town of Huntington. In this article Sabrina Thomas, a librarian at Marshall University, had such a horrible experience with Comcast she cut the cable cord. She turned on her TV one day and noticed she was missing channels without any form of notification from Comcast. Do you know how many times she was transferred before she was able to speak to someone? Six times! And it’s five times too many if you ask us. Do you know what they told her when she was finally able to speak to someone? She wasn’t paying enough and had to upgrade. This is an outrage, if you’ve been paying for these channels, how can they just take them away? Comcast only thinks about how to gain another dollar, and not how their actions will affect their customers.

After receiving hundreds of angry phone calls from the community, Scott Caserta, a councilman in Huntington, called Comcast’s corporate office and was told in order for customers to keep the channels they already had, they had no choice but to upgrade to a higher package. Well that makes sense; pay more for what you already have. Whenever you use your microwave do you have to pay an additional fee to hit start? At Antennas Direct there are no hidden fees or additional charges for any of our products.

Comcast is the only cable provider in Huntington, leaving many residents feeling stuck in an unfair situation. We want to reach out to West Virginia and let them know, there is life without cable! You can watch high definition broadcast television without cable, and with an antenna there are no additional charges or hidden fees.  You no longer have to suffer at the hands of The Worst Company in America, it’s time to set yourself free!

Check back with us for our interview with Sabrina Thomas and what life has been like since cutting the cable cord.

Apr
14

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Yahoo Features Antennas Direct in “5 Ways to Kick the Cable Habit”

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Yahoo released an article today with the top five ways to kick the Cable TV habit and save some serious cash. Antennas Direct was featured as an option for indoor and outdoor antennas with our ClearStream Micron-R and ClearStream HD antenna. Check out the article to read more tips on cutting the cable cord, and thanks to Yahoo for featuring us!

https://www.yahoo.com/tech/five-ways-to-kick-the-cable-tv-habit-and-save-serious-82624533080.html

Apr
3

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Stay the Course: Time Warner Takes the Cake

When you say, “Thank you,” it’s important to really mean it.

So we mean it, when we thank the executives at Time Warner Cable. They, once again, are raising prices to rebroadcast free, over-the-air content. Thanks to their backward practices, we just keep getting more and more customers. It’s truly so generous of them.Rather than use lofty language as praise for cable’s growing irrelevance, we decided to show a tangible sign of our appreciation. We delivered a cake right to their front door in New York.

Cake shot

Our own president took it upon himself to pen some grateful, heartfelt prose.

From the Desk of Richard Schneider, President of Antennas Direct.

Dear Time Warner Cable,

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to you and your executives. You truly are an inspiration.

We at Antennas Direct are only a humble concern. So we do not have the marketing budget that you and the other big cable companies have. So on behalf of me and our employees, we want to applaud your 6.4 percent rate increase for your cable subscribers. It is decisions such as those that drive new customers to our site and flood our retail partners in search of some relief from your tyrannical rule.

So thank you. Sincerely. Just when we thought we would need to pour more into an advertising campaign, you help to convert your customers into cord cutters at a rate that is astounding.

Stay the course –

Richard Schneider, president, Antennas Direct

PS – I truly hope you enjoyed the cake. Vanilla whipped frosting? It doesn’t get any sweeter.

Stay the course, Time Warner executives. Please do not deviate from your dastardly ways. You help to show more television viewers that there is a better way.

Mar
31

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CSI: The Death of Cable

Since crime scene dramas are the most-watched television programming for over-the-air viewers, we decided to use that medium to help you understand the dire straits in which cable providers have found. Scene opens on a wealthy tycoon’s office.

We had seen carnage before that day. But never any quite as mysterious. Cable Paymoor’s bloated body slumped forward in his throne-link office chair. The millionaire tycoon’s comb-over blew gently in the breeze of the open floor-to-ceiling windows. Piles of cash stacked around him escaped through the windows bill-by-bill.

My partner and I had been called to his residence after reports that he had not been heard from for days. We knew this was not out of character for Paymoor. He had a habit of going off the grid for days at a time and missing appointments. But this time, something much more deadly had happened.

“It appears there are no signs of forced entry,” said my partner.

“Well, that’s no surprise,” I said. “No one could penetrate this palace if they tried. No. I think what caused the demise of Cable is something more mysterious.”

We moved closer to Paymoor’s body and noted the open wound on his forehead. On the screen in front of him were the latest statistics on the number of Cable subscribers. It looked like he lost over 1.7 million subscribers.

MultiChannel Cable

In front of him lay a copy of the New York Times with the headline, “Cord Cutting Movement is Costing Cable Millions.” A pattern of blood splatter on the desk spelled out all we needed to know. Paymoor had died of self-inflicted wounds. He had smashed his head on the desk in frustration over losing his market share.

“My god,” I said. “Cable died of a broken heart. It appears this over-the-air option has driven Paymoor to the brink. He obviously couldn’t take it.”

On the desk next to the headlines I notice a cake. It read “MANY THANKS. STAY THE COURSE. XOXO Antennas Direct”

I turn to my partner: “Heh. I guess being a cable CEO is not such a sweet job anymore.”

Feb
28

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8 Creative Ways Cord Cutters Can Watch Their Favorite Sports

Early_1980's_thru_mid_90's_now_defunct_Sports_Channel_logoWhen cutting the cord, one of the biggest fears is losing access to live sports broadcasts. Maybe you have made the decision it was time to cut the cord, but need some help convincing your spouse. We at Antennas Direct have heard your cries for help (through Facebook and Twitter). Fear not, sports fans. We have compiled a list of eight ways you can still watch your favorite sport without having to pay for cable.

  1. With an antenna, you can still access games broadcasted on Fox, NBC, and CBS for free.
  2. Depending on your internet provider and where you live, you may have access to Watch ESPN or ESPN3 online or through your Roku player. You can check here to see if your internet provider is on the list.
  3. If you are a college student or U.S. based military, you can access ESPN3 by using computers connected to on-campus or on-military base networks.
  4. Play On is a subscription service that gives you access to 1000s of your favorite shows for $29.99 annually, or $4.99 a month. You can use Play On through your gaming console or another supported device like a Roku. Play On includes top channels including ESPN and ESPN3.
  5. For those who can’t get enough Terry Bradshaw, you can watch NFL games for $70 per season with the NFL Game Rewind. This allows you access every game for the season.
  6. Derek Jeter is in his final season. Watch every game with MLB.tv. It’s $130 per season.
  7. You don’t have to miss a moment of the NBA Playoffs with the NBA All Access pass which allows you to watch all 30 teams for $190, or $130 for just your 5 favorite teams.
  8. If you want to watch your team fight for the Stanley Cup, you can get a full access pass to NHL games for $150 a year.

You don’t have to miss a single shoot-out, home run, or touch down by cutting the cable cord. Still have to convince your significant other? We got your back; send this list along to them and they’ll be throwing out your cable bill once and for all.

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