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Sep
29

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Here’s How to Watch the Major League Baseball Playoffs without Cable

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The best time of the year is here for baseball fans, the MLB Playoffs. This is the end of a long, long season and gives the best teams of the year the opportunity to enter into the history books. Every year brings new and exciting moments like comebacks, big plays, or clutch hits. The MLB Playoffs are definitely a can’t miss event for both avid and casual baseball fans.

If you cut cable, there are still several options out there for you to watch the postseason. As this guide shows, you can actually watch every single game depending on what services and tools you choose. Below is some information on all of your options that will help you figure out which setup is best for you during the playoffs.

What Options Do I Have for Watching the MLB Playoffs Without Cable?

There are a few different ways to watch the games either online or on your TV. The best setup is likely combining multiple services to make sure you can watch every game. Here are your options:

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Antenna: An antenna is a huge asset for cable cutters and will also be helpful during the MLB playoffs. It picks up network broadcasts from channels like FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC and relays them right on your TV in HD. Plus, the only cost with the antenna is the initial investment, since it’s free to watch.

The antenna truly is the best tool for cable cutters on the market. Between its low cost, how easy it is to set up, and the quality of the TV you can watch with it, you just can’t go wrong. It’s a great option for the playoffs, just like it is the for the NFL season.

You should check out the reception in your area here, to confirm this would be a solid tool for you.

Sling TV: Dish Network’s streaming service, Sling TV, costs either $20 or $25 per month and lets you live stream over 30 of the top cable channels. The Sling Orange bundle costs $20 per month for channels like ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, and more. The Blue package has more than 40 channels for $25 per month. This one has FS1, FS2, TBS, NBCSN, TNT, and in certain locations FOX’s main network channel. You can test out the service with a 7-day free trial if you’re interested.

PlayStation Vue: A similar streaming service from Sony, PlayStation Vue has a starting cost of $29.99 per month. The higher cost gets more channels in the starting package including ESPN, TBS, TNT, ESPN2, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, and more. Certain areas, similar to Sling TV, get FOX live streaming as well. In these places, the cost does bump up to $39.99 per month. PlayStation Vue also offers a weeklong free trial.

Which Channels can I watch the MLB Playoffs on Without Cable?

The best answer to this question is all of them. Each of the stations broadcasting games during the playoffs is accessible with the above options. However, each of them can be accessed in different ways. Below are all of your options for watching each channel during the playoffs:

ESPN

ESPN will be broadcasting one of the first games of the playoffs, the NL Wild Card Game. The Sling Orange package for $20 per month or the PlayStation Vue starting package for $29.99 per month will get you streaming access to ESPN. It is only a single game, but these services will be helpful in streaming other games as well.

TBS

TBS is a great channel to have access to, since it will broadcast every AL game during the postseason, not including the World Series. Once again, both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue’s starting package will get you TBS. The only difference is which package you choose.

PlayStation Vue has the one main starting option, for $29.99 per month. But, Sling TV has the Blue or Orange bundle. Orange costs only $20 per month and gets you access to ESPN and ESPN2 as well. Sling Blue costs $25 per month, but also provides access to FS1, FS2, NBCSN, and even a live stream of FOX’s main network in some areas.

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On the National League side, FS1 will broadcast a sizeable chunk of the games. PlayStation Vue’s basic starting package has full access to FS1 live streaming for $29.99 per month. This package also gives you access to ESPN and TBS, so all of the games mentioned above can still be watched.

For FS1, you need to select the Sling Blue package for $25 per month.  The Sling Blue package does not contain ESPN, so you’d miss the NL Wild Card game. But, you’d be able to get all of the AL games on TBS. Both services have free trials, so you can always test them both out to compare which one works best for you.

FOX

The remainder of the NL games not broadcast on FS1 will be on FOX. Plus, the entire World Series will be aired on FOX. That means getting access to watch FOX is critical if you want to watch the playoffs, because you can’t watch the entire postseason and miss the World Series!

The easiest way will be picking up FOX over a digital antenna. The antenna lets you watch the World Series and other NL games completely free and in high-definition picture. Some say it’s better HD than they’ve ever gotten on cable.

Both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue could also be options for watching FOX live. They both offer the channel live streaming, but it comes in a limited amount of locations. Sling TV would have it on the Blue bundle for $25 per month. PlayStation Vue on the other hand has a starting price of $39.99 per month in the locations that get live streaming access to FOX. You can check the respective sites of the services to find out if FOX is available streaming where you live.

Since you are ready to watch baseball for the rest of the season, you might be looking to figure out how to watch other sports without cable. This NHL guide gives you all the details to watch the upcoming season without cable. Hockey fans should check it out to make sure you don’t miss a single hit or goal the entire year!

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Chris Brantner is the founder of CutCableToday.com, 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

Sep
26

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Antennas Direct Tackles WBIG-Chicago Radio

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In case you missed it, last week our very own Richard Schneider was interviewed by WBIG- Chicago on the Fox Sports Big Radio Shopping Show. So naturally, we talked a bit about sports (we didn’t bring up the Rams since that is a sore subject for us St. Louisan’s), and a lot about our kick-a** antennas.

When asked what is so unique about our antennas,  our first response was, where do we begin? For years, engineers have been  redesigning antennas to make them smaller, from TV antennas to cell phone and car antennas; today they are all smaller, more powerful and reliable than they used to be. Our TV antennas are a tenth of the size as they were in your grandparent’s day.

Antennas ARE your grandparent’s technology, which might sound like we’re taking a step back, but in reality, we are taking a huge step FORWARD, giving you the greatest and most advanced way to watch the television you love, for free.

Here are some hard, cold facts:

  • The picture quality is better over-the-air- not compressed like with cable or satellite.
  • More channels than you think, and for free- in Chicago, you can get around 70 channels with one of our antennas!
  • ClearStream antennas are designed to reject interference, are very consistent and reliable. No more “oh no, there’s a cloud in the sky, we lost our satellite signal!”
  • Simple to use and install- “plug and play, baby!”
  • By canceling your cable or satellite, you are saving at least $1,000 a year.

You can listen to the full interview below:

The highlighted product discussed in this interview was our ClearStream Eclipse indoor TV antenna. Richard described it best by saying, “it’s really hard to screw this up!” All you have to do is plug the Eclipse into your TV, scan for channels and you can sit back, relax and watch your favorite shows. For our Chicago friends, they are looking forward to watching the Bears this season. Whoever you cheer for, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the game more when you’re watching it for free, in HD, with a TV antenna. That’s a proven fact.

Sep
13

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Cable and Satellite: Customers or Victims?

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Tom Koziol – A “free broadcast TV” viewer and Antennas Direct Ambassador

 

Being a huge fan of free over-the-air broadcast TV viewing, I’m remember the days of Tom Brokaw as the NBC Nightly News Anchor not so long ago. Any house within range of a local NBC affiliate TV station can enjoy broadcast television for free of course. Tom Brokaw produced a regular segment of his newscast called “The Fleecing of America” . These special segments to his nightly newscasts were in-depth exposes of specific areas of big industries and how they take advantage of Americans by ripping them off every day. What valuable “whistle blowing” reports that was and a great help to hard working American families.

Had Tom not retired, he may have written a “Fleecing of America” segment on the “Pay TV monopoly”; the cable and satellite companies’ stranglehold and over-profiteering through over-charging it’s “pay TV” customers. Pay TV services have become expensive and are a genuine rip-off to consumers, most especially because broadcast TV has always been free!

Cable and Satellite customers, or “victims” as I see them, have no say, no vote, on what channels they want and don’t want to pay for. It’s mostly an “all or nothing” deal with these TV monopolies. No “al a cart” way to pick and choose just the channels you want! God forbid that TV viewers could actually put a shopping channel network or a junk entertainment channel out of business because they lack the demand in this scenario!

But wait just a minute folks….. YOU DO have a say! You do have a vote about your TV viewing. We can vote with our wallets. We simply “fire” the cable and satellite companies from our lives and our homes. We instead take full advantage of our city’s TV broadcasters who have been broadcasting their TV signals to our entire community and our homes every day for over 60+ years FOR FREE. Local TV stations have spent millions of dollars on new high definition equipment and their transmitting towers to make sure that viewing is FREE OF CHARGE as a public service since day one of television viewing.

This is where Antennas Direct comes in. This American company makes compact, affordable, very powerful, lifetime warranted digital TV antennas for indoor and outdoor installations. With help and guidance from the good folks at Antennas Direct, right here in America, your one-time purchase of an antenna will give you FREE TV viewing with HD picture quality far surpassing what the cable and satellite companies offer, which is And unlike the infamous satellite service issues, you will not have to worry about rain fade with broadcast TV signals. Do yourself a favor. Do your monthly expenses a favor. Cut the cable, drop the dish and get your own fabulous HD antenna from Antennas Direct and stop getting “fleeced” each month from the cable and satellite companies Check out Antennas Direct today!

 

Guest blog written by Tom Koziol – A “free broadcast TV” viewer and Antennas Direct Ambassador. 

Sep
1

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NFL Fans Need an HDTV Antenna

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The NFL Season is back, and with it comes all the excitement of football Sundays. If you are a football fan, there is nothing better than watching game after game, even if it’s not your favorite team playing. There will be plenty of big storylines at the start of the season, as there have been tons of offseason moves that will ultimately provide completely new looks for some teams. And with so many new coaches, new quarterbacks, and other big changes throughout the league, it’s nearly impossible to predict how this season will turn out.

If you want to watch the games on Sunday without cable, one of the biggest assets you can have is an HDTV antenna. Check out this NFL guide for cable cutters.  The antenna gets you tons of access to live NFL games for free.

Watch Preseason Games with an HDTV Antenna

You will even be able to watch NFL games during the preseason.  With a TV antenna, you will be able to watch live coverage on NBC, CBS, and FOX.  And your local team’s should be easy to watch as well, since all of their games (even the ones broadcast on ESPN) will be available over-the-air. So, if you are interested in the preseason games, you should buy an antenna as soon as possible.

Use an HDTV Antenna to Watch All Day on Sunday

The antenna receives free broadcast signals from over-the-air network stations like CBS, ABC, FOX, and NBC. These are some of the best channels to have free access to for a football fan! .Each Sunday, every game will be available that is broadcast in your area since the afternoon games are spread across CBS and FOX. Then, later on at night, NBC takes over Sunday Night Football, which can be watched right on your TV for free.

During the week,Monday Night Football games on ESPN will be simulcast if one of the teams playing is in your local market. Thursday night games are either available if they are aired on CBS or as a simulcast for your local team if the game is on the NFL Network.

The best part about a TV antenna is how easy it is to install on your TV. You just set it up in the place where it receives the best reception from the broadcast towers ; connect it into your TV, and start watching. Plus, all of the broadcasts are received in perfect high-definition picture and sound quality.

Fill Out Your NFL Watching Setup with Sling TV

Monday Night Football games on ESPN won’t be accessible with an antenna, unless your local team is playing. This means the only way to watch them would be to bring in another service. Our top recommended option is Sling TV. It costs $20 per month, but you get access to more than 30 cable channels live streaming including ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, AMC, and ESPN3 by logging into WatchESPN.

Combine both the antenna and Sling TV will get you the ultimate cable cutter setup for watching the NFL. Plus, with all the extra channels on Sling TV, you can keep up with plenty of other sporting events or your favorite TV shows.

As an NFL fan, you have no excuse to miss a game, even if you don’t have cable. Check out the NFL schedule to see just how many games you can watch. The TV antenna really is a must have device and if you have any questions on the setup, leave a comment below or chat with us online at antennasdirect.com!

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Chris Brantner is the founder of CutCableToday.com, 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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Aug
31

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#ADBusTour Giveaway #5: Baltimore, MD

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We ended this awesome leg of the #ADBusTour in Baltimore, MD on Monday! It was a bittersweet morning, sad to see the tour come to an end, but excited to hand out hundreds of antennas and get back home to plan our next tour!

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We had a crowd of people join us at Grace Bible Baptist church, we weren’t able to fit everyone in the parking lot! We started a drive through giveaway, handing people their ClearStream 2V antenna through their car window, and we were met with hundreds of thank you’s and stories of appreciation for giving them access to their local television.

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We gave away 400 C2V’s in an hour! Thank you to WBFF’s Amber Miller who was on hand broadcasting live, it was wonderful to meet her and the WBFF team who helped to hand out antennas and talk to the crowd.

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We also had Mark Aitken, the Vice President of Advanced Technology for Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc. at the Baltimore giveaway, and it was great to hear from him the importance of over the air television. Thanks for hanging out with us and talking to the lines of people!

If you weren’t able to make it out to any of our #ADBusTour stops this year, never fear, you can use the coupon code ADBUSTOUR35 for 35% off your purchase on our website. Feel free to give our friendly customer service folks a call and they can help you determine what antenna would work best for your location!

What’s next? We’ll take a few days to recuperate, then we will begin planning our next big adventure! You know us, we’re never satisfied sitting still.


Aug
26

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#ADBusTour Giveaway #4: Asheville, NC

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We might have jumped the gun by saying the Charleston crowd was the friendliest group we’ve ever met on an #ADBusTour giveaway because the Asheville line was some tight competition! The line started at 3AM at the Bryan Easler Toyota in Hendersonville and at 6am the line had grown to over 800 people.

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WLOS’ Lauren Brigman was broadcasting live from the giveaway and was the sweetest lady to meet and spend some time with. She was shocked to see the line and walked around speaking to people who had been waiting hours for their antennas.

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Once the giveaway started at 6AM we FLEW through antennas, giving out 350 antennas in less than 30 minutes! Everyone in line who was not able to walk away with an antenna received a coupon for 35% off the purchase of an antenna. It was the most grateful and courteous crowd, every single person came up us and said thank you and how much it meant to them to have access to a TV antenna. It’s moments like that when we realize how lucky we are to be able to provide that for people.

The #ADBusTour is nearing the end. Our final giveaway is Monday at Grace Bible Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. Mark your calendars, set your alarms, do whatever it takes to make it out for the final stop!


Aug
5

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Back to School and Back to Savings: Tax Free and Free Shipping!

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For some folks, hearing that it’s time to go back to school can be downright depressing. It means that their freedom is over, and the long days of sitting in class, studying and doing homework is upon them. Cue tiny violin music. For others, namely parents, they are celebrating sending their kids back to school and getting them out of the house, and out of their hair!

No matter who you are, we are going to sweeten the Back to School deal for you. We are offering a Tax Free and Free Ground Shipping weekend from August 5-7th. If that doesn’t make the school year sound at least a little more appealing, we don’t know what will.

Headed back to college? Get a ClearStream Eclipse Sure Grip TV Antenna for your dorm room or apartment. Looking to cut some costs since school supplies will cost you an arm and a leg? Cut the cord and pick up an antenna. Don’t want to stand in the horrible lines at the big box stores? Our antennas are available for purchase online at antennasdirect.com. An antenna should be on everyone’s back to school shopping list.

Use the coupon code BTS2016 at checkout to receive free shipping and zero sales tax, a nice little back to school bonus. Enjoy your last few days or weeks of summer freedom!

Aug
3

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Don’t Miss a Moment of the Rio Olympics, Grab Your Antenna!

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The Olympics are almost here and you don’t even need cable OR internet to watch it; all you need is a TV antenna!  And lucky for you, that’s where we come in to help.

This year’s Summer Olympics are being held in Rio, which is only one hour ahead of the US Eastern time zone.  This allows for much more live coverage for US audiences than in previous years.  NBC will be broadcasting over 260 hours of coverage, including the Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 5th, and the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, August 21st. During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the last time the Games were in a U.S. friendly time zone, NBC broadcasted 171 hours of coverage as the lone broadcasting network.

NBC will be covering some of the most popular events of the Olympics, which will include swimming, gymnastics, track and field, diving, volleyball, beach volleyball, men’s basketball finals, and women’s basketball finals.   You’ll also be able to see segments on the host city and country, as well as athlete features and interviews with newsmakers and medal-winning athletes.

NBC daytime programming will run from 10 am to 5 pm, primetime programming from 8 pm to midnight, late night programming from 12:35 am to 1:35 am, and replays from 1:35 am to 4:30 am ET/PT.

Don’t miss out; catch all of the Rio coverage with an antenna! Check out which antenna will be best for you to watch the Olympics on with our antenna selector here.

 

Aug
1

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

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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!

Jul
20

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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.

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Chris Brantner is the founder of CutCableToday.com, 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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