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Use Your TV Antenna to Watch the Academy Awards

On February 26, movie buffs will take delight in celebrating the 89th annual Academy Awards. Celebrating the best and brightest in film, in front of and behind the scenes, the Academy Awards shines a light on those who have worked hard and excelled on screen in the previous year. The best picture category is filled with some amazing films in 2016. From Fences to La La Land, you won’t want to miss seeing who wins. Make sure to tune in early to see the winners, the losers, and what they wear! The ceremony starts at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.

You don’t need cable or satellite to watch The Academy Awards, since it’s on ABC. There are multiple ways to watch the show with your antenna or some folks like to watch TV online. If you cut the cord for good and finally got rid of your cable company, one of the best decisions you can make is picking up an HDTV antenna. Not only will this allow you to watch the Academy Awards, you’ll be able to watch a variety of local channels for free!

What’s the best way to watch the 89th Academy Awards?

The Academy Awards is on ABC, so the easiest and least expensive way to watch is with your antenna on your TV. Choosing the right antenna is one of the most important parts of cord cutting. If you haven’t picked out an antenna you should do it today at Best Buy, Walmart, or RadioShack. Having the right antenna will give you access to as many channels as you can get in your area, with the best picture and sound quality

If you have your digital antenna set up, you can watch The Academy Awards with no problem. If you’re not available when the show airs and you have an over-the-air DVR, you can record the show and watch it later. A DVR is  a great companion to your antenna. With the right DVR, you can record shows while watching others. You can also sync up your DVR with your streaming devices, so you can watch the Academy Awards (or anything else you record) from anywhere.

Another option is to stream the Academy Awards with a live streaming service. Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW all offer ABC in their respective packages. Each package offers a 7-day free trial. The downside to streaming as opposed to watching with an digital antenna is that most cities won’t receive live stream access. While each service has nationwide on-demand ABC access, only select cities like Los Angeles, New York, and Houston receive live stream. You can check out information on Sling TV packages here for your cheapest option.

After the trial, you’ll be stuck with the monthly cost of whatever service you choose, too. Depending on the service that means you’ll pay anywhere from $25-$35 a month or more. If you’re signing up just for ABC, it makes much more sense to save your money and watch with your TV antenna, for free! So, if you’re just looking for a way to watch The Academy Awards, save your money for popcorn and just watch on your antenna!

Chris Brantner is the founder of, 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


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How to Watch the Daytona 500 Without Cable

On February 26th, the 59th running of the Daytona 500 will take place down in sunny Daytona Beach, Florida. For NASCAR fans, the day of the Daytona 500 is one of the best days of the year. It’s one of the most exciting races to watch and it marks the beginning of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Casual and diehard fans alike will want make sure they don’t miss the race. Thankfully, it’s not very hard to watch, even if you cut cable. You can watch the Daytona 500 live right on FOX from a few different sources that are all legal and quite affordable.

Here are your best options for the Daytona 500:

Watch with an OTA HDTV Antenna

The over-the-air HDTV antennas on the market are not like the old bunny ear TV antennas many would assume them to be. Now, they’re high-performance antennas that have incredibly impressive reception ranges and let you watch local and network stations in picture perfect high definition. One of the channels you’ll likely be able to watch live is FOX, and they will be broadcasting the Daytona 500.

Check out the strength of your reception here, to make sure you can watch FOX live. If you can, then all you have to do is hook up  a TV antenna and you can watch the entire race live in HD. The only cost will be the initial investment in the antenna, since watching live is completely free.

If you’re interested in recording the race to watch later, you can always look into an over-the-air DVR. These function like traditional DVRs, except they work with whatever you receive on your antenna. Plus, some even let you live stream over the internet whatever your antenna is receiving in a different location.

Watch FOX Live Streaming with a Streaming Service

There are a few streaming services out there that function as full cable alternatives. The below options will potentially be another way to live stream the Daytona 500.

DIRECTV NOW: This service is offered by AT&T and has a beginning package that lets you live stream more than 60 cable channels. DIRECTV NOW’s starting price is $35 per month, but it’ll potentially be an option to watch FOX and the Daytona 500 live. Depending on where you live, FOX may be included in your subscription, but it is not currently available nationwide.

Sling TV: FOX will also be included in a Sling TV subscription based on your location. It’s limited throughout the country, but is featured in the $25 per month Sling Blue package. The package features about 40 channels to live stream including FS1, NBCSN, TBS, TNT, AMC, and several more. There’s add-on packages for $5 or $10 more per month, so you can customize your channel package based on your own preferences.

PlayStation Vue: Another streaming service that’ll let you live stream FOX based on where you live. In most areas, the starting price is $29.99 per month, but in locations where FOX is available it’ll likely be $39.99 per month. In return, you can live stream about 60 channels and channels like CBS, ABC, and NBC are usually available as well.

All of the above options will be great ways to watch the Daytona 500 on race day. Plus, the services all have free trials, so you could even watch the race free. The best option for you will depend on your preferences, but one thing is for sure, you’ve got no excuse now to miss the Daytona 500!

Chris Brantner is the founder of, 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


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The Home Antenna is Making a Comeback

In the latest issue of Streaming Media Magazine, Tim Siglin talks about cord cutters and how this year will be big for antennas. We might be a little biased, but we have to agree with his findings! The main reasons are convenience, catalog and cost.

Scott Karemer’s Forbes article reviews Antennas Direct antennas. Tim, and Scott, discuss the growth in over-the-air TV channels available today, thanks to the rise in digital networks available, also known as subchannels. Scott was able to get over 50 channels from his house, and new channels are popping up all the time!

Now, let’s point out the picture quality. Typical cable channels broadcasts hover around 5.5 Mbps. Over-the-air content is broadcast in 720p, meaning the signal with an HDTV antenna comes through crystal clear and looking better than you ever thought possible.

In the article, Tim also talks about our TV Liberation Bus Tour: where the bus traveled, the mission of the tour and our partnership with the NAB. The TV Liberation Bus Tour is meant to inform consumers that they can access dozens of local broadcast TV channels via an advanced digital TV antenna in high-definition, for free. Having the support of the NAB means so much to us, and we look forward to getting back on the road and spreading awareness, and free antennas, again this year.

All in all, it looks like the cord cutting trend will continue to grow in 2017, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it! The more people cutting the cord, the more money Americans are putting back into their pockets, and therefore, back into the economy. That is something we can support wholeheartedly!


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Free TV, Be My Valentine

Ahhh, Valentine’s Day. A day of romance, love, and spending too much money on chocolates, diamonds, and who knows what else. Seriously, have you looked to see how much you’re spending on that lovey-dovey Hallmark card? It’s outrageous! On the bright side, when you’re  a cord cutter, you have the money to spare. You can spend it however you like, but we have a little suggestion.

This year, spend Valentine’s Day with your one true love. The one that will never take you for granted, hurt you, make you sad or vulnerable. That’s right, we’re talking about your ClearStream TV antenna. The  purest love you  will ever find. Here are just a few reasons why your antenna is your #1 this Valentine’s Day:

  • Your antenna saves you nearly $1440 a YEAR.
  • Crystal clear, beautiful, high definition TV.
  • No monthly fee, no monthly upcharges, no crappy customer service.
  • Always there for you. Rain or shine.
  • Won’t talk back.
  • No drama.
  • You don’t have to hang out with their friends (seriously, they’re the WORST.)
  • You won’t have to ask, “what do you want for dinner? No, seriously, WHAT DO YOU WANT?!

Your freedom. The ClearStream HDTV antennas give you the freedom you desire.

That sounds like a romance for the books, right? This could be you. Cut the cord, celebrate Valentine’s Day with a pocket full of cash and your favorite network TV shows.

If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with your DTV antenna, be sure to share pictures with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Match, or whatever social media platform you fancy, using #lovemyantenna.

In closing, here is a love note you can use this year, and no, we won’t charge you (because we LOVE you.)

Roses are red,
Violets are blue.
Cut the cord this Valentine’s Day,
If you know what’s good for you.

(We’re no Shakespeare, but that’s pretty good!)


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Show Me St. Louis and SHOW ME SOME ANTENNAS!

As a St. Louis company, our community is very important to us. Antennas Direct President and Founder, Richard Schneider, was born and raised in St. Louis. He went to high school here, attended college at Mizzou, and got married and is raising a family right here. So receiving some media attention from our local NBC affiliate, KSDK News Channel 5‘s Show Me St. Louis, was an awesome feeling.

Jimmy V. from Show Me St. Louis came out to our office for the afternoon and we gave him a tour of where the magic happens. We showed him our customer service center, 3D printer where we do mock up antenna samples and our tech lab where we do testing and analytics.

Richard was a home theater enthusiast who started making antennas in his garage as a hobby for his family and friends. Eventually it got to the point that he had orders coming in from all over the United States and he knew if he wanted to keep his wife happy, he needed to take this business out of his house. That’s when Antennas Direct really got started! Since 2003, our sales have grown, as have our team.

Check out the segment to learn more about how we got started and meet some of our Antennas Direct and get a little MTV Cribs style tour of our office. Thanks to Show Me St. Louis and KSDK for showing us some love and helping a local business to spread our message.


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Cord Cutters Guide to Watching the 2017 Big Game

We don’t care who you are or what you’re into, we know that you plan to watch the Super Bowl. Whether you’re the NFL’s biggest fan or have a pure hatred for football, you’ll be watching either for the action or for the commercials. And this year will be an epic showdown between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons! The Falcons have never won a Super Bowl, so you know they are going to fight hard for that Lombardi trophy. The Patriots have Four Super Bowl wins under their belts, are they going to add a fifth to their collection?

What many people don’t realize is that you can still watch the Super Bowl, even without cable! That’s right ladies and gentlemen. You don’t have to miss a moment of the action because you have an antenna (or at least, you should. And if you don’t yet, jump on it and purchase yours before the Big Game. See below for our Big Game Discount.)

The NFL has a contract with CBS, FOX and NBC to rotate broadcasting the Super Bowl until 2023. This is awesome news for cord cutters, meaning we will have access to the Big Game for FREE guaranteed for another 6 years at least. The game this year will be aired Sunday, February 5th on FOX, with kickoff scheduled for 6:30pm ET, coming to you live from NRP Stadium in Houston, TX.

Now, if you’re not a football fan, you might be in for the Halftime Show. It looks like we’ll be in for a treat, Lady Gaga is headlining the Pepsi Halftime Show, which means we have absolutely no clue what to expect. That’s the kind of show we like.

Now that you know the details of when and where to watch the Big Game, we can discuss the logistics of a good party. We can narrow it down to 4 words: beer, junk food and friends. That’s all you need to throw a successful party. And as a cord cutter, you have extra money in your pocket to get the best snacks (hello Velveeta, wings, pizza and the splurge beer).

In case you haven’t entered our Big Game Giveaway, don’t miss out! You can enter HERE and take 25% off your order until January 30th using the coupon code SUPER25.

And finally, don’t forget to invite us to your party. We know how to throw down and might bring our famous spinach artichoke dip.


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How Cord Cutting Can Accomplish ALL of Your New Year’s Resolutions

Year after year we do it. We all make New Year’s Resolutions. We might not have any intentions of actually upholding these resolutions, but we make them.

Here are just a few of the top New Year’s resolutions:

  • Get healthy/lose weight/get fit
  • Learn new hobbies
  • Live life to the fullest
  • Spend less, save more

Those are all great and lovely, especially if you commit to them and they happen. But you know what? As a cord cutter, you can do all of those things, meaning you are more likely to follow through and be successful. Now before you click away like “of course, here you are pushing cord cutting yet again”, let us explain.

Let’s first tackle getting healthy, losing weight and getting fit. If you have a Roku, you’ve probably seen that you can download tons of apps and streaming channels. But did you know that there is a whole category of health and fitness? You can find hundreds of workout videos ranging from cardio, stretching, AB workouts, Yoga, Pilates, and so much more. And they’re free! You don’t have to spend tons of $$ on a monthly gym membership that, let’s face it, usually sits in your wallet collecting dust and never gets used. (We’ve all been there, so we’re not judging.)

They also have great cooking videos and recipes if you’re looking to eat a little healthier (we would say better, but come on, sometimes consuming a burger just needs to happen) in the New Year. Easy and very little research, that’s what we like!

Learning new hobbies is always a popular resolution. Maybe you’d like to get more flexible and become a Yogi. Looking to be less stressed and find ways to better manage stress? There are plenty of meditation channels. Want to wow your significant other with some new massage skills? Yup, there’s a channel for that. Tai Chi? There’s a channel for that as well. There’s something for everyone to check off that new body hobby.

And finally, spending less and saving more. This is often a goal for folks, even if it’s not a New Year’s Resolution. What’s the best part? All of these above resolutions can be accomplished for free.  Therefore, you ARE living life to the fullest. You have nothing holding you back, you have the money, security, and you’ll feel good and look great. In a study conducted by us, not at all scientifically, we found that cord cutters are on average, 97% more better looking, happier and more successful than non-cord cutters. And as a cord cutter, you are saving on average $100 a month with an HDTV Antenna. 2017 is going to be the year of the cord cutters. Mark our words. TV antennas are taking over.


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Cable Companies Rule the Most Hated Companies List

Normally when a company wins an award or earns a ranking on a list, it’s a good thing. Well, this is a list we look forward to each year, and not because we will ever see our name on the list, but because we get to see what we preach in writing.


We’ve said this for years; and 24/7 Wall Street conducted a survey and released their list this week, and not one, not two, but THREE cable/satellite companies made the list.

Congratulations to Comcast (1st place), Dish (8th place) and Charter (12th place) for this major award!

It won’t be a surprise to most Americans to see that these three companies made the list. We’ve all, at some point, experienced their abuse, the poor customer service, the lies, and the price hikes.

24/7 Wall Street reviewed a variety of metrics on customer service, employee satisfaction and financial performance to determine the rankings of these companies. If you took a poll of the calls we receive in our Antennas Direct call center from customers ready to cut the cord, we guarantee that 98.3% (very specific number) would say that the reason they are cutting the cord is because they can no longer take the cruelty of the cable company. Saving hundreds of dollars is just a super sweet bonus.

We wish Comcast, Dish and Charter best of luck this year and hope to see them on the list again for 2017!


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How Cord Cutters Can Watch the NFL Playoffs

As the NFL Playoffs come around once more, the biggest question for some is how they can watch the games without cable. Luckily, due to the broadcast partners of the NFL, it’s really not that hard. You don’t need to use any expensive or elaborate services, all you need is an antenna.

Heading into the playoffs, the Cowboys and Patriots are both big favorites to pull off a Super Bowl victory. The Patriots will likely have an easier road in the AFC that has several injury plagued playoff teams. On the NFC side, the Cowboys will have an incredibly difficult path to a Super Bowl appearance. Teams like the Packers, Seahawks, Falcons, and even the Lions have all proved they can play and beat top-caliber teams.

How to Watch TV with an Antenna

The antenna will be your critical tool to watch the NFL playoffs live without cable. This is because it can pick up a majority of the channels broadcast postseason games, just like it did during the regular season. Channels like CBS and FOX are some of the main providers of NFL games all year long and in the playoffs NBC and ABC have broadcast rights as well.

All of the channels the antenna receives can be watched in high-definition sound and picture quality. It has been proven it’s even better than anything you’ll see   on cable.   Another thing to note is the reception you’ll receive with and HDTV  antenna. Check out the reception in your area here, but you should also know that you’ll receive better reception with a high-performance TV antenna. You can learn more about choosing the best antenna for your area here.

While the antenna will get you most of the games, it won’t deliver games on ESPN. For that, you’ll need a service like Sling TV or DIRECTV NOW. These would fill out your setup and help you watch every single game.

Stream the Games with an Antenna

Even though you have an antenna hooked up to your TV, there is still a way to stream it on your phone, computer, or tablet. This is possible through an over-the-air DVR like the Tablo within the US and Canada. .

Tablo works connecting it to your home network or anywhere you you have internet  and the TV antenna. This, in turn, allows it send whatever the TV antenna is receiving to the device of your choosing. It’s perfect for someone who wants to watch the game live, but can’t make it to their TV in time.

Another option for someone who can’t make it home in time for the game is using the DVR features. It’s possible to record any of the games received by your TV antenna to watch later at your convenience. This is really helpful during the playoffs when you have games on both Saturdays and Sundays.

Clearly you won’t have to jump through any hoops to watch these games without cable. So, get your high-performance HDTV antenna ready and enjoy watching all these great games!

Chris Brantner is the founder of, 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


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Big Game, Big Giveaway, and Big Sale!

The Big Game is here again! We wait for it all year, we anticipate the best commercials, purchase boat loads of beer, and invite friends over to watch the game. We want to help make your Big Game the best one yet. Therefore, we are having one of our most exciting giveaways yet.

We are giving away a 50 inch LED Smart Roku TV AND your choice of antenna! All you’ll need to make it the perfect game day experience is beer and snacks. With the money saved by cutting the cord, you can splurge on allllll the snacks and can put back the discount beer.

Be sure to enter our giveaway before January 30th! You can enter the giveaway HERE. And to sweeten the deal, you can use the coupon code SUPER25 for 25 percent off your purchase and you’ll receive an extra entry for the giveaway! Sounds pretty good, right?

Enjoy the Big Game with a BIG TV and even bigger savings. It’s the dream prize of cord cutters.

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