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Will A TV Antenna Work Where I Live?

InfoGrapgic- Can I use my antenna here - FINAL

Cord cutting as a trend is exploding. According to the National Association of Broadcasters, there are over 59.7 million viewers broadcast TV-reliant as of last year. Here at Antennas Direct, we have seen an increase of 60% in unit sales. That’s record growth for us – a company on the Inc. 5000 for many years.

But maybe you are afraid to take the leap. All the cool kids seem to be doing it, but you’re not sure you can live the liberated life. You’re not alone. Our customer feedback suggests that ‘poor signal strength in an area’ and ‘lack of understanding antennas’ are the main reasons people are  still paying for cable and satellite. But, in over 70% of the cases brought to our attention, these reasons prove to be untrue.

Selecting the right antenna may be a daunting task, with so many products and variations to choose from. That is why we put together this handy infographic to highlight the most important factors to consider when determining which antenna is right for you.

Remember, your neighbors’ antenna may not receive all the available channels in your area; however it does not mean you won’t! We have an extensive database from over 10 years of direct one-to-one discussions with you the customer. If there is a signal, we will get it for you.

To be certain you select the best possible antenna for your home, call your antenna expert now. We have been liberating TV since 2003, with over 5 million antennas in happy homes across America, you can rely on us.

All of our antennas come with a 90-day money-back guarantee and a lifetime warranty!

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How to Watch Free HDTV Channels in Your Area with a Digital TV Antenna

With all the options out there for watching TV, people still are confused at times on what exactly is “Free HDTV”?

This article by Jason Steele of Money Crashers explains how using his Antennas Direct DB2 Multi Directional HDTV Antenna he was able to Cut The Cord.  He answers questions such as “How To Choose a Digital TV Antenna” to “How Many Channels Will I Get”.

Read more of this great informative article here:


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Is A Mast Needed When Your Roof Line Is 25 Feet In The Air?

Question: I have received advice to mount the antenna 4 feet above the roof.  My roof is already 25 feet off the ground.  The ClearStream 2 mount is not 4 feet.  Is it really necessary to have it that high?  How would I do that? Thanks, Jackie

Hi Jackie,

As long as your roof is not made of metal, you will not need to use a mast to elevate your antenna. One of our J-Mounts would be perfect for the installation of your ClearStream 2 to your roof.

Great question! Thanks!


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What Is The Difference Between New And Refurbished Antennas ?

Question: What is the difference between new and refurbished?  What makes a unit refurbished? Does being refurbished impact the signal quality whatsoever? Thanks, Jake

Hello Jake,

The refurbished antennas we sell, for the most part, are returns from previous customer purchases. Perhaps the antenna was not the right strength for the area that they live in or it was not the correct antenna needed for the band reception in their region.  An example being VHF or UHF needed.

The refurbished antennas go through a vigorous inspection by our technicians. Every part is tested and inspected to be in perfect, as new, working order.

The only major difference between “new” Vs. “refurbished” is cosmetic. It is common for antennas to be installed by the consumer afterward realizing it didn’t work in his or her area. Because of the assembly of the antenna, some minor scratches could have accidently been placed on the antenna on disassembling and construction.

The refurbished antennas will have a lifetime warranty, just like our new ones. There may be a few blemishes but it will not affect the performance of the antenna.


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Is It Necessary To Have An HD Antenna To Receive HD Channels Over The Air

Is it necessary to have a HD antenna to receive HD channels over the air? I have two fairly old/new TV’s that can’t receive WOI, CBS or NBC at all. My atenna is 5 plus years old. Do I need a HD antenna.

Hi Jeremy,

The first thing you need to figure out is if your TV is indeed a “HD” TV.

Check the front of the TV or the owner’s manual for a small sign reading “HD Ready.” That’s the quickest and easiest way to settle the issue.

A digital TV is simply one set up to receive digital programming–which all U.S. television stations will broadcast by summer 2009. Thus making your old antennas obsolete. If your TV’s are not digital your  still not out of luck for watching digital broadcasts. All you need to purchase a analog to digital converter box. That along with the buying an new HD antenna you should be able to start watching digital TV.

Our Clear Stream5 would be a great choice for the area you live in. Click on the picture for more detailed information. Great question Jeremy and congratulations on cutting the chord!

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Antennas Direct To Attend SXSW This Year

SXSW is one of the most attended, preeminent interactive conferences in the world and it happens in Austin, TX every March.
Richard Schneider, President of Antennas Direct, announced today that his company would be attending the original music, independent films, and emerging technologies event.
We will keep you informed on our dates of involvement.


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First Person: How We Cut The Cord And Now Enjoy (Almost) Free TV!

Again, more and more people have had it with the rising rates of cable providers. This Yahoo! contributor explains how to cut the cable cord and what they did to enjoy (almost) Free TV.

Read the full article here:  First Person: How We Cut The Cord And Now Enjoy (Almost) Free TV


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Painting Your ClearStream 2 Antenna

Question: I’m getting ready to install my ClearStream 2 antenna. My Housing Authority doesn’t allow antennas that are not in the same color theme as housing development. Can I paint the antenna? Is so, will it degrade the performance of the antenna? Thanks, Chris

Hi Chris,

Your question is one that actually comes up quite often. The answer is quit simple. As long as you paint the antenna with any non-metallic paint, you will not cause any damage or loss of performance to your antenna. Great question and good luck Chris!


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HDTV or Converter Box?

This is a question that comes up often. What do I need to start receiving HDTV, especially the local channels, in my area on my TV? Digital Converter Box has published a great article regarding this question.

“With the growing popularity of HDTV, viewers are increasingly the evolution of HDTV. To cope with this, broadcasters are at a faster pace than ever for high definition programming.

Since there is a period of 17 February 2009 for all broadcasters to switch to HD, the popularity of this mode of travel has increased. Families coping with their old TVs that are not compatible with this new technology have to buy a digital-analog or high definition antenna gain!

If you decide on getting an HDTV, it is advisable that you do considerable research to find out what exactly is acquired on the market and you need to discover more about hd. Once you’ve purchased your device, you’ll need to decide on a cable provider that offers digital cable service and Hi def is part of their package.”

“Be aware that if you select a cable / provider Dish for HD may charge you more for your local stations. The average fee for receiving your local HD stations via your provider is about per month in addition to your regular statement.”

“The easiest and cheapest (free) to receive the high definition home delivery is via an antenna. True, only the initial cost of an HDTV antenna is all that is spent to acquire the HD signal! The choice you have an HDTV are unimaginable. You have plasma, LCD (liquid crystal display), DLP (digital light processing) or LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon), which are all types of monitors.”

“Remember the type of display also … rear projection, front projection and flat screen will be choices you’ll see when shopping for a TV. Many consumers HDTV as the monitor display wall, either plasma or LCD.”

“But be prepared, you will pay a price for these games in high definition, especially the larger screens of 55 “. If you are looking for something less pricy and not willing to compromise on the size, then look at the LCD displays that are 42 inches or less in size.”

“In the end, everyone across the country will eventually make the transition to HDTV! Either by choosing to get high definition signals via their cable / dish company or more likely the 30 + million consumers to the old-fashion analog antenna type will choose to stand on their roofs and exchange fees on HDTV designed antenna.”

Make sure to browse our website and find the antenna that is right for you. Join the 30 + million that have cut the cord and started watching HDTV for free!


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Installing a Clearstream2 Antenna in San Jose, CA

Question: I have a 1996 Magnavox Analog TV, and I connected the Clearstream2 antenna to it. However, I’m not getting any reception or channels after rescanning the TV. Do I need a special tuner or any other equipment to get the channels?  Thanks, Mel

Hi Mel,

The reason why you are not receiving any reception when you hook up your Clearstream2 to your 1996 television is because your television does not have a digital tuner built in, so it can not read the over-the-air signals that are now broadcasting digitally. Your older television was made to pick up analogue signals. Since the digital switch in 2009, you need a converter box to convert these signals on your specific television.

So you have two options. The cheaper option is to go find/buy a digital to analog TV converter box that hooks to your television and your antenna. Converter boxes can range in price from around $40 – $70. Now you can even find some used on

The other more expensive option is to buy a new television that has a digital tuner already built in. All new televisions in stores should be ready to pick up digital signals. Most television made after 2007 also have digital tuners. However, even with a new television you will need to hook up an antenna to it to receive free over-the-air TV.

Hope that helps! Thanks!

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