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Sep
21

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The Toronto Sun Shares Their 4 Reasons to Cut the Cord

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This afternoon, the Toronto Sun wrote the best article you will read today, called “Cutting the cord: 4 reasons to consider using an HD antenna.” Richard Schneider, president of Antennas Direct, laid down his broadcast television knowledge. Now, we can think of 100 reasons why it’s time for you to cut the cord, but here are the 4 The Toronto Sun narrowed down:

  • Saving Money
  • Better Picture Quality
  • Discover New Channels
  • More Time to Live Your Real Life

Thanks to Sean Fitzgerald and the Toronto Sun for taking the time to interview Richard and help spread awareness of cutting the cord. It’s exciting to see a large influx of  people ready to take that next step and end their relationship with pay TV. If you’re interested in reading more, you can find the article in its entirety HERE.

Sep
17

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Cord Cutter’s Guide to Watching 2015/16 NFL Season

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This Fall, you don’t need to watch all the TV dramas. Between #deflategate, Hollywood films about head injuries and the latest misbehaviors, the NFL season promises to be an interesting one. Each week, new dramas unfold – starting with CBS broadcast of the Thursday night matchup to Monday Night
Football. This season promises to be one of the most entertaining the league has experienced so you won’t want to miss a single matchup.

And, thankfully you don’t have to miss a moment of that weekly action if you can follow this Cord Cutter Guide to Watching the 2015/2016 NFL Season.

Broadcast Television – No Cable Required

The bulk of Sunday’s games can be found on your local FOX and CBS affiliate. You can watch the local games for free with an antenna. If you don’t have one already, check out which antenna would be right for you. In particular, check out the Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse. The discreet design makes it easy to install. You want to check your local listings to find out when your games will be on.

If you are having trouble getting your local broadcast with your current antenna, give us a call. We can help you.

Thursday Night on Broadcast Too

Unlike in past years, the Thursday Night matchup will be on CBS. That means you can watch it for free over-the-air with an antenna from anywhere in the country. So, check out this Thursday schedule to see when your favorite team will play and get it on the calendar.

Monday Night Football on ESPN

Luckily the King of Sports has acknowledged the cord cutting trend, so there are a myriad of ways to receive ESPN broadcast. The easiest way to stream it is with a $20 subscription to Sling TV. You can download the app to your over-the-top (OTT) box (Roku, Fire TV, XBOX, etc.).

There are also more options if you happen to hold onto a pay-television subscription (or if you have a generous friend with a cable subscription). You can snag the WatchESPN app for a number of mobile devices and OTT boxes.

NFL Apps for the Obsessed Fan

For some of us, there is never enough NFL coverage. If you don’t mind watching the games post-broadcast, you can get NFL GameDay Pass (an app you can download to most devices) for $100. That will get you every single game all season.

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For the BEST Picture?

Of course, the BEST way to watch football is with an antenna. We don’t say this just because we are an antenna company. But for the full-HD experience, every man-cave needs to have an antenna routed into the big screen. It is your best chance to see the full drama in uncompressed signal.

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Aug
26

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Famed Mommy Blogger, Obviously MARvelous, Experiences Obviously Superior Free TV

 

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Having a family is expensive, especially this time of year with back to school. Have you seen the cost of school supplies? Mommy blogger extraordinaire, Marcie Wahrer, knows firsthand what it feels like to be a busy working mom with a big family. She always looks for ways to save money. When looking though her piles of bills, she realized how much her family was paying for each month for something they weren’t using…satellite TV.

Marcie’s family was paying $116 each month for tons of digital television and only watching a small portion of the shows. That’s nearly $1400 a year being thrown away.

Marcie decided it was time to take the plunge and cut the cord. The best part? She detailed her cord cutting experience on her popular blog, Obviously MARvelous.

Here is a quick recap of her overall cord cutting thoughts and review of the Antennas Direct C2V antenna:

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Quick and Simple Install

It took her husband about 30 minutes to install the antenna from assembling and mounting to testing. You’ve probably sat on the phone with your cable customer service for twice that long!

Great Reception

They were able to split the signal between all 5 of their TV’s with no problems at all! The image was crystal clear and they had no signal problems, just pure, high definition gloriousness. “The signal and picture produced from the ClearStream™ 2 Complete was enough to satisfy all five televisions in our home on its own, even while they were all turned on and tuned in.”

Amazing Savings

Marcie’s family went from $116 per month for satellite to just $37 per month with her streaming services! The whole family is happy and they still receive the shows they love. “It feels great to be free from contracts, price increases and skeptical promotions.”

We’ll leave you with this perfect quote from Marcie that summarizes her thoughts on cord cutting.

“For our family, cutting the cord has meant harnessing the hassle!”

Aug
14

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Eight Straight Years on the Inc. 5000? We Are Not Surprised

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We hate to be bragadocious. It isn’t like us. But when the annual Inc. 5000 List came out a few days ago, we were not at all surprised to find our names on the list of America’s fastest growing companies. We were not surprised because this was the eighth straight year. Eight times.

At the same time we have experienced sustained growth, cable companies continue to lose subscribers. Now, we are not economists. We are not statisticians, and some of us barely passed math. But to this huddled group of antenna nerds, this looks like a trend – one that we have seen coming since we were founded 12 years ago.

Here is the simple math:

  • Antennas Direct, now a Hall of Fame Inc. 5000 member, saw a 52 percent rise in sales over the past three years. This short list of fastest growing companies includes Planet Fitness and Otter Products.
  • More than a half million Americans severed ties with their cable and satellite TV companies in the second quarter of this year, according to Variety.

You get it right? Television viewers are ready for a change. They are ready to wrest control of their digital freedom. And the key is an antenna – preferably a f*cking great one that has been tested and retested in the lab of Antennas Direct. That unlocks the best entertaining shows, documentaries, local news, weather and sports in full high definition. It’s simple. (Oh, and we have a product that makes cutting the cord even easier).

If you need further proof of the growing demand for free, over-the-air broadcast television, check out the happy cord cutters on our TV Liberation Tour page. And if you want us to come to your town, let your voice be heard.

To our team, our partners and to you, the cord cutting crazies who supported us before cord cutting was a term, we are eternally grateful. We are planning on releasing a list of even awesomer antennas fit for the future of television. Stay tuned.

Jul
31

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A Cord Cutter Tells All: 6 Steps to TV Freedom

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Today, you may have opened up your mailbox only to see that dreaded monthly cable bill again. They want an additional $7.00 per month for those required cable boxes for each of your TVs. That’s another $28 per month on top of the hundreds that you are paying. Are you fed up yet?

Here’s some advice: Crumple up that bill and take a few steps toward free, high definition TV. I’ve recently cut the cord, and I’m enjoying the cord cutting life. Out of my experience, here are the 6 Steps to Achieving TV Freedom.

Step 1: Evaluate what you watch

Ask yourself what TV channels you actually watch. What are your favorite “can’t miss” weekly TV series, sports, news and weather programs. Get out a pen and paper and write it down. If you are like most TV couch potatoes like me, you might realize that you have been watching the major broadcast TV networks as much as 90% of the time. I’m talking about your local TV stations that are affiliates of the ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS networks.

A word about broadcast television

Please allow me to introduce you, or re-introduce you, to the unnoticed world of free, over-the-air broadcast TV channels. You know those five great networks I just mentioned? They were the very first TV channels and programming broadcast over 65 years ago. They were free then and they are free now.

February 2009 marked a huge change and an even bigger free bonus for folks who enjoy free, over-the-air, broadcast TV. The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) mandated the end of analog TV signals and required all TV stations to upgrade to the new digital television transmissions. Not only are today’s digital signals from your local TV stations’ stronger than ever, they are also absolutely gorgeous in sound and picture quality. Better than what you get with cable because they have to compress the signals to deliver them.

The biggest bonus of all regarding free digital TV watching….a lot of the TV stations in your city broadcast additional programming called subchannels. For example, in my town channel 18.1 is our ABC network and local news. The subchannel of 18.2 is the CW network and 18.3 is THiS network.

Step 2. Check your television

That new flat screen HDTV you just bought? It contains a state-of-the art HD digital tuner. You paid for it, you should use it to receive free broadcast TV. Have you notice the channel up & down arrows on the remote for your new HDTV? You haven’t been able to use those buttons because your cable or satellite company has their own remote. To use the HDTV’s tuner and remote, you’ll need to buy an antenna for local TV viewing – a one-time purchase that will be your own property with no monthly bill!

Step 3. Find your local TV stations

Go to antennaweb.org or antennapoint.com. This will be your guide in finding where all your local TV towers are relative to where your house is located. You will next need to put in your zip code and address. This will assist you in selecting the right antenna for your home. You can also see (before you spend a dime) how many available channels you will be able to receive.

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Tom’s antenna set up at Thomas Video Studios in Eau Claire, WI

Step 4. Call or click Antennas Direct

Antennas Direct is the best company in the business. They are an American company with a superior product and world class call center. They will assist you in selecting the correct antenna for your home – all for a total investment of less than one month of cable TV. And then you’re done. No more cable TV expenses again. All of Antennas Direct antennas come with a lifetime warranty and is much more attractive than that old cable box or satellite dishes hanging on the side of your house! Go online to www.antennasdirect.com or shop at your local Walmart, Best Buy or Lowe’s.

Step 5. Install your antenna

On a nice day with only a few hand tools and a drill, you can enjoy just an hour or two with your son or a friend installing the antenna. You can also re-purpose the existing cable wiring for your TV antenna. First, locate where your coax cables join together. That’s where you’ll find the cable splitter that splits the cable to all TVs in your house. First, unscrew the incoming cable from the splitter and replace this with the cable you ran from the antenna on your rooftop. That’s it! If you have an outdoor antenna and you would prefer to hire an installer, Antennas Direct has some contacts for you as well.

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Step 6. Channel scan your TV and adjust the antenna

Using your remote, go to your TV’s menu and look for the “auto channel” programming mode.This will allow your HDTV’s built-in tuner to scan the airwaves for all the available TV channels. You may have to rotate the antenna slightly to receive all the available channels, but that’s pretty typical with any antenna. One last thing to do before you sit down on the couch with a cold one. Pick up the phone and call the cable TV company to say “Goodbye!”

 

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Jul
17

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Small, Powerful and Mobile. The ClearStream Eclipse is the Total Package.

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It’s pretty obvious that we’re passionate about cutting the cord and receiving OTA television for FREE, the way it was meant to be. But it’s refreshing to see that other people share our passion! One of those people is Robert Garrett: math teacher, coach and downright cool dude.

Robert recently shared an install and review video of the ClearStream Eclipse on his YouTube channel. You can see the review in its entirety below.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • The Eclipse is simple to install, mobile and easy to use
  • It is small and powerful at a great price
  • It’s the perfect antenna for any room in your house!

Thank you, Robert, for your kind words and informative install video. We appreciate your support and look forward to watching your next video!

Interested in learning more about the revolutionary Eclipse antenna or ordering your very own? Simply visit www.antennasdirect.com/eclipse. And be sure to share pictures of your Eclipse using the #WhereDoYouSlapIt?

Jun
15

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Sports: When It’s Win or Go Home, It’s on Broadcast Television

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LeBron James is not short on confidence. Even after the crushing defeat of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland last night, James was quoted as saying he is the “best player in the world.” While that may be debatable, one thing is not: When sports matter, they are on broadcast television.

Leading up to the championship series, the NBA Playoffs could be viewed on a number of networks including TNT and TBS – networks which could be viewed if you had Sling TV, an NBA Season Pass or a gracious friend.

But the sports that really count – when it is win or go home – those competitions are on broadcast, over-the-air television. The Super Bowl, March Madness Final Four, The America’s Cup – all are on the major networks. Here’s why:

  1. The network television broadcasters send their signals over the air, and you can watch them for free with a TV antenna. It essentially guarantees every fanatic the chance to catch the game.
  2. Full HD. The picture quality of an over-the-air signal is the best high definition you can experience. With pay-television providers, signals are compressed for delivery.
  3. Biggest reach. According to Nielsen, this year is the most watched NBA Finals in a decade. With more families cutting the cord, broadcast television has a bigger reach than ever.

This week in free sports entertainment:

NHL: The Blackhawks and Lightning square off in what may be the last match to determine the winner of the Stanley Cup. More info HERE.

NBA: Stephen Curry and LeBron James go toe-to-toe once more in what may be the last game of the NBA finals. More info HERE.

Broadcast television is the best window into the world for any household. And we can say that with more confidence than King LeBron James.

For more information on how to watch other sports programs with an antenna, click HERE.

 

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Jun
2

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Cutting the Cord: What are you waiting for? Do it!

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Screenshot from Michael McNeff’s YouTube video

We know some of you out there have some reservations about saying goodbye to pay television. You write us and call us explaining how much happier you would be. Although we know more of you out there are receiving TV for free just based on our sales numbers, there are still a lot of Americans who hold out each year.

In case you lack the motivation, take a couple minutes and check out Shia LeBeouf’s advice. It may be the fuel you need to make the decision that leads to happiness and free TV.

For the real backstory on how this gloriousness came about, check out this Relevant article.

May
22

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Toronto Star Covers the Dollars and Sense of Cord Cutting

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Personal Finance Editor Adam Mayers helps his readers on their journey toward financial freedom, and, just a few days ago, that freedom included cutting the constraining pay television cord. Mayers has been a cord cutter for a few years now, and when he wanted to strengthen his over-the-air hardware, he found our good friend Karim Sunderani at saveandreplay. Sunderani urged Mayers to make a deeper investment in the quality of his antenna. And when he thought of quality, he thought of Antennas Direct.

Mayers quotes Sunderami:

“Spend a little more, but spend it once, not twice, or three times,” he [Sunderani] advised when we met at saveandreplay.com the Mississauga store he runs with his wife Grace. “How many times do you want to climb onto your roof?”

Mayers agreed to try out a DB8e Ultra Long Range Outdoor TV Antenna and report back the results he gets from the upgrade. We can’t wait to hear his review!

Read Mayers’ full article which includes four things to consider when you cut the cord HERE.

May
19

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HDTV Expert Gets Juiced

Putman,PetePete Putman is a renowned television technology expert. The articles he pens on HDTVexpert.com find their way into the TV industry’s leading publications, and, if you frequent technology conferences, chances are you’ve seen him at the front of the room. So when a guy like Pete has great things to say about one of your products, you listen.

Recently, our ClearStream Juice™ Amplifier System was featured in a Pepsi-challenge-like lineup with antennas that Pete assembled and tested:

“I also found a new inline signal preamplifier from Antennas Direct. The Juice UHF/VHF Amplifier ($79.99 from www.antennasdirect.com) can be used inside or outside and provides about 18 dB of signal boost with a low noise figure, which is real handy in areas where TV reception can be problematic. (Successful digital TV reception is all about signal-to-noise ratio!)”

And, with every spectrum analysis, Pete found our Juice™ Amplifier made for the juiciest reception.

“Finally, the Antennas Direct’s Juice amplifier is a solid performer and delivers the goods. A noise figure approaching 2 dB in the UHF TV band is excellent in performance for the price.”

Boosting the signal is the easy part. You can get boosted signal from any amplifier, but what is difficult, and we have managed to conquer, is low noise. Our Juice amplifier is a commercial grade amplifier available to consumers!

Read all of Pete’s words (complete with spectrum analysis) HERE.

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