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Mr. Bicep, the Muscleman of Technology, Presents Innovative Products for Your Home


Bruce Pechman, most lovingly known as Mr. Bicep, the Muscleman of Technology, is KUSI‘s go-to tech guru with the latest and greatest in tech gadgets. Not only is he a buff dude, but he is also a technology genius; he’s one nerd you most certainly do not want to mess with.

In his latest guest appearance on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego, Bruce showcases a few innovative products for the home, including our ClearStream Eclipse Sure Grip indoor TV antenna.

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In the segment, Bruce raves about the dual-sided feature of this antenna, and how it’s the perfect little indoor TV antenna to match any home decor. If you’re looking to cut the cord and save hundreds of dollars, he recommends you pick up the Eclipse. Bruce also mentions how great the Antennas Direct 90-day return policy is, he said it’s a risk free purchase, so pick one up and try it out, if you don’t love it (which we don’t know if that is even possible), then return it, no questions asked! There is nothing to lose, especially once you see how many broadcast channels you will receive in crystal clear high definition.

If you’re looking to pick up the Eclipse TV antenna, now is the perfect time! Use the coupon RIO10 at checkout to receive $10 off your purchase. You have no excuses, pick up an Eclipse and cut the cord today!


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Why the Antenna Is More Relevant Than Ever

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So you’re sick and tired of paying the cable companies a ridiculous amount of money for hundreds of channels, of which there are maybe twenty that you actually watch. You’ve heard about cutting the cord and how millions of people all over the country are serving ties with the cable companies and embracing their newfound freedom with various alternatives. But you just don’t get it. You have a Netflix account, but you can fathom kicking your cable subscription to the curb and relying solely on the Internet for entertainment. How will you get the local news? What about the big game on the weekend? The answer lies in an HD TV antenna.

Now before you roll your eyes in disgust at the mention of an archaic technology, give me the benefit of the doubt. First off, modern TV antennas are no longer giant eyesores that sit on top of your roof like some sort of metal creepy crawler. Second, today’s HD TV antennas are powerful, and are able to pull in a variety of channels all in uncompressed high definition quality. Best of all, you only need to shell out your hard earned cash once when you purchase your antenna and that’s it, no monthly bills, no hidden fees. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Read on to find out more.

Why Use a TV Antenna?

  • Streaming video over the Internet is becoming more and more commonplace. Services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are offering some of the best content available, but unfortunately these services are lacking in a major area…live local TV. While streaming services like Playstation Vue and SlingTV do offer some local live television options, the ability to stream these broadcasts is only available in limited areas.
  • Your ability to stream video online is dependent on your Internet speed. For an in-depth look at what kind of speeds are necessary for streaming video, head here. Generally speaking, most Internet streaming services require a speed of 5 Megabits per second to watch high definition video smoothly. For some people, this simply isn’t a reality, meaning that they have to put up with sub-par video quality, or a complete inability to stream altogether.
  • Digital television broadcasts that can be received by an HD TV antenna is in an uncompressed high definition format, meaning that the image quality is crisper and sharper to that of cable. While cable companies do indeed broadcast in high definition, the signal is often compressed, which results in a loss of quality.
  • HD TV Antennas, are able to pick up broadcasts from your local network affiliates, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy high definition programming from networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, the CW and many more.
  • Cable and satellite television providers often only carry a fraction of the channels that are available in your local area. With an HD antenna you will be able to pick up these “hidden” channels, as most broadcast stations offer additional regional programming that cable and satellite exclude.
  • Antennas can weather the storm. Cable and satellite providers can be finicky, if storm clouds roll in and tumultuous weather compromises your cable or satellite reception, you’re totally cut off. So even if you can get news stations like CNN, you might not have them during inclement weather. With an antenna, you stand a better chance of staying informed.
  • A HD TV antenna is a one-time purchase. There are no monthly fees and absolutely no hidden costs. Over-the-air broadcast television is absolutely free and always will be.

Now that you’ve seen the light and have decided to get yourself an antenna to reap the benefits of free high definition broadcasts, you’ll need to determine which antenna is right for you. Now that you’ve got an antenna, you’ll need to know how to get the best possible reception to ensure that you’re pulling in the maximum amount of available channels in your area, all in glorious high definition.


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 Antennas Direct ClearStream 4 Is Named the Best TV Antenna

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We know that our antennas are superior and truly top of the line, we are our own biggest fans, but it’s always a great feeling when we see our name on the top of lists and pulling in amazing reviews. recently posted a video of the Top 10 Best TV Antennas of 2016, and of course, our ClearStream 4 (C4) came in at number 1!


Here is what they had to say about the ClearStream 4:

“The premium Antennas Direct C4 offers incredible power and is highly efficient for its size, thanks to the patented tapered loop design. It is ideal for people living in rural areas with heavy foliage. It resists interference and offers ultra long range performance and includes all-weather mounting hardware.”

Not only that, but all of our antennas come with a lifetime warranty. Did a tornado rip your C4 off the roof? We’ll replace it. Did a raccoon decide to karate chop your ClearStream 2V? We’ll get you a new one. Whatever the case, we’ve got your back. That’s part of the reason that year after year we top lists as the top antenna manufacturer with the best customer service.

To see the full list and check out their thoughts on other TV antennas, be sure to watch the video below. Thanks to the genius folks over at ezvid for naming our C4 the best TV antenna, we appreciate you sharing your list and reviews with fellow cord cutters. People like you help to spread the news of just how awesome we really are! 🙂


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You All Go Home a Winner With Our Olympics Giveaway!


In case you’ve been living in a hole, the 2016 Summer Olympics kick off next month in Rio, and it’s a BIG deal for broadcast television, and for cord cutters!

At the first Olympic games in 1896, there were nine sporting competitions. Since that time, countless sports have been added and removed from the list. This year, there will be 28 sport challenges, and unlike the Olympic games in 1896, over 260 hours of the Rio Olympics will be broadcast on NBC. This includes the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, track and field, and gymnastics, just to name a few. There is no better time to be a cord cutter. With Rio one hour ahead of the U.S. Eastern Time zone, NBC has the opportunity to do more live coverage; therefore, we are REAPING in the benefits!

We are going to sweeten this glorious deal even more. That’s right… time for another Antennas Direct giveaway! Just in time for the Olympics, enter for your chance to win a 50″ LED Smart Roku TV and ClearStream Eclipse antenna! The perfect Olympics Cord Cutting package. And not to sound like a corny television commercial, but there’s more! Use Coupon Code RIO10 at checkout for $10 off your purchase!

Be sure to enter our sweepstakes HERE, but hurry, the sweepstakes end on 8/5/16. Share with your family and friends!

Watch all the events LIVE on NBC in HD, starting on August 5th with the Opening Ceremony on NBC and ending on August 21st with the Closing Ceremonies.  What events are you most looking forward to?


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Walmart is here to help you cut the cord!

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There is a new advocate for ditching your cable and cutting the cord: Walmart. The Walmart website now features a section that walks you through the steps of cord cutting. The site lists four steps to cord cutting; starting with cancelling your cable and switching to streaming and ending with making a one-time purchase of an TV antenna. Walmart has even included a savings calculator to show you just how much money you could be saving every month by cutting the cord.

Walmart’s page talks about how cable companies rope you in so easily by promising you access to all these channels when you only actually watch a dozen or so of them. The average savings from cutting the cord is around $80 every month and you still have total access to your favorite network channels.

Most importantly, you need a good TV antenna! An antenna is the only way to have access to local TV, and we’re not talking about those old rabbit ears you might be picturing. Nowadays antennas are sleek, modern..  A one-time purchase of a quality TV antenna gives you free access to local channels and all of your favorite shows.

Cutting the cord is becoming increasingly more popular and Walmart is here to help you along the way! Check out Walmart’s page on how to save money by cutting cable here. And thanks to Walmart for helping to save customers money, and sanity, from the cable company.


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Celebrate Independence Day with Freedom from Your Cable Bill

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The big day is finally here… The NEW ClearStream Eclipse is available for purchase!
*pause for tiny celebration from everyone reading this*

We have taken our award winning antenna and made it even better. That’s right; we have made improvements on the best antenna in the market to make it, a super antenna? Yes. A SUPER ANTENNA.

We reached out to customers, ambassadors and media, and asked them to review the Eclipse and let us know their thoughts on any improvements they would want to see. Unlike most companies, we took these reviews, good and bad, to heart, and made improvements to the Eclipse. We have reengineered the Eclipse with new technology to respond to a greater range of frequencies, so you get more programming. It also features a black and white side that can also be painted, offering you even more options when it comes to matching your decor. Think about it, you could even paint the Eclipse for every holiday. Dual-purpose: an antenna to receive over-the-air, broadcast TV, and decorative home decor for the holidays! Brilliant! If you paint your Eclipse, be sure to send us pics, we want to see your artistic abilities.

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The new Eclipse is available for purchase just in time for the 4th of July weekend! Don’t want to risk storms or venture out into the heat to watch the fireworks? No problem! The Macy’s 40th Anniversary 4th of July Fireworks will be aired on NBC at 8pm EST. Salute the American spirit with performances by Kenny Chesney, Meghan Trainor, 5 Seconds of Summer and Pitbull. And even better, you can watch all of this FOR FREE, over-the-air with your Eclipse antenna! Nothing screams FREEDOM like FREE TV!

Pick up your ClearStream Eclipse antenna today at The Eclipse will also be available in Best Buy stores on July 17th, just in time for the summer Olympics. Have a happy and safe holiday weekend!


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The Great Race 2016 Recap, Part 4

Cedar Rapids

After a few wrong turns and some gorgeous scenery, Richard and Noel made it to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the second to last stop on the Great Race! Check out how our NEW ClearStream Eclipse indoor TV antenna tested out on the side of the road in Cedar Rapids.

Richard says it best, “we are testing antennas across the country so you don’t have to.” And along the way, we are proving that regardless of your location, with Antennas Direct, it IS possible to cut the cord!

Final Stop: Moline, Illinois. Stay tuned!

To see all of Richard’s crazy antics (and getting lost) during the Great Race, check out, InstagramTwitter and Facebook and live streaming on UStream.


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The Great Race 2016 Recap, Part 3

Noel and Richard

After several long days of driving along the Lincoln Highway, Richard and Noel made it to their destinations and were able to enjoy some food, drinks and rest. But not before testing out the ClearStream Eclipse in each location!

In these two videos, they test out the reception in Elko, NV and Cheyenne, WY. Both locations aren’t exactly right on top of the towers, just more proof that you CAN cut the cord all across the United States. You can even watch TV by slapping the Eclipse to a cowboy boot in Cheyenne, WY! (We can’t make this stuff up, Richard ACTUALLY tested it out, as seen in the second video.)

Follow the Great Race and Richard’s crazy antics (and getting lost) at, InstagramTwitter and Facebook and live streaming on UStream.



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Relief is Here for Antenna Users in the Bay Area

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We’re excited to share that there is potential relief for some antenna users in the Bay area! And really, there is no better time.

KNTV, the NBC affiliate in  SF, has added their primary programming as a sub-channel on their UHF 49 Telemundo station (KSTS) from Mt Allison giving Bay area antenna users a second shot at their programming which, coincidentally, includes the Olympics that are scheduled to begin soon.

KNTV has often been a PITA for antenna users as one of the two VHF (channel 12) stations in the market.  One of their more pronounced problems was that they were located on Mt San Bruno which was several miles south of Sutro Tower and their signal was blocked by Mt Sutro for much of the immediate San Francisco proper making signal reception tough, especially for indoor users.

Early on after the digital transition, KGO recognized the problem with VHF and installed a 15 kW UHF 35 translator on Mt Allison that has done a decent job of covering the southern Bay area on over into the Redwood City/Palo Alto area, even back up towards the city of SF.  Now that NBC, owner of both KNTV and the Telemundo affiliate KSTS, has added the flagship NBC programming to KSTS, antenna users may be able to get adequate reception from all UHF transmissions without having to gamble on VHF.  UHF antenna owners in the city of San Francisco who couldn’t get a reliable VHF signal not have a second chance although will likely need to readjust the aim of their antenna, at a minimum.


TVs tuned into KSTS will now get virtual channel 11.3 (KNTV) in 720p in addition to the two Telemundo feeds on virtual channels 48.1 & 48.2.

TVs tuned to KNTV’s channel 12 signal will also receive Telemundo’s primary channel as virtual channel 48.3 in addition to 11.1 & 11.2 (NBC & Cozi TV).

TVs that pick up BOTH signals successfully will get all 6 virtual channels with NBS and TEL each being duplicated.

Calculated coverage map of KSTS:

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The Great Race 2016 Recap, Part 2

Richard Reno

Our fearless leader has made his way from San Francisco to Reno, Nevada. Not only is he not in last place, but the car is doing great, and the antennas are doing even better!

See how the ClearStream Eclipse tested in Sacramento and Reno in our latest recap. Even standing in the parking lot of a casino, we had EXCELLENT reception! Up next… Elko, NV and Evanston, WY. Be sure to stay tuned to see how the Eclipse does in each location, and for an update on the Schneider’s progress on the Great Race.

Follow the Great Race and Richard’s crazy antics at, InstagramTwitter and Facebook and live streaming on UStream.

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