Category: Cable be evil

Cable horror stories and cord cutting motivation

Dec
7

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The Gadget Zone Shares Their Holiday Gift Guide, Featuring Antennas Direct

We have a special soft spot in our hearts for our Canadian friends. Some of our most passionate ambassadors and feedback we’ve received on social media  are from Canadians. Cord cutting is alive and well in Canada, and we’re excited to see the interest continue to grow. Our friends over at The Bulletin.CA- Journal of Downtown Toronto, recently shared their 2016 gift guide for techies, and we made the list!

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If you’re looking to save your loved ones money this holiday season, an antenna is the perfect gift. They’ll be able to watch their local and broadcast television for FREE and in crystal clear high definition. That sounds like a pretty nice gift to us! The bulletin included our ClearStream Micron-XG Amplified Indoor HDTV antenna (CSM1-XG-CN) in their gift guide.

“The CSM1-XG-CN combines an elegant-looking indoor unit with high-performance HDTV signal reception,” said the Bulletin. You’ll be able to receive the major Canadian TV networks off-air in stunning HD, in fact, it’ll look even better than what you can get on cable because the signal has not been compressed.

It gets even better. You can purchase one of our ClearStream HDTV antennas at Best Buy Canada! Be sure to add Antennas Direct to your holiday shopping list. You’ll make some loved ones very, very happy.

Thank you to the Bulletin for including using your Holiday Gift Guide! We feel the love.

Dec
2

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Good4Utah is Good for Antennas Direct

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We were thrilled to see some exciting cord cutting stats to get our weekend started. The CTA projects about 7.6 million antennas will be sold in 2016 and that the industry will grow by 9.3% this year. We can vouch for this growth as we watch our sales increase each month. We’ve had record sales and phone calls to our customer service as the idea of cutting the cord continues to grow. It’s articles and news segments like this one from Good4Utah that helps spread awareness of cutting the cord.

The TV antenna might be decades old, but they are better than ever. With new technology and interest in the community and industry, TV antennas are more powerful, easier to install and becoming the new norm.

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James Duncan of South Jordan, Utah recently cut the cord from DISH and had one of our DB2 antennas installed on his roof. By installing the antenna, he is saving $100 a month and is able to get 53 channels!

“And the quality of the antenna is much better than DISH was,” said Duncan. That’s because the signal is not compressed like it is with cable or DISH, you get the clearest picture quality possible.

Thanks to Good4Utah for sharing Mr. Duncan’s story and helping to spread awareness of cord cutting. YOU have other options, don’t be tied down by your cable or satellite company!

Nov
11

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According to Forbes, Antennas Are Making a Comeback with Antennas Direct Leading the Pack

Forbes is known for being a leading business magazine. They feature articles on finance, industry, investing and marketing. Therefore it only makes sense that they put the spotlight on saving money by cutting the cord with an over-the-air television antenna.

Forbes Contributing reporter Scott Kramer reviewed our ClearStream Eclipse antenna as well as the Mohu Leaf 50. We feel confident that our antennas are the best and will outperform the competition and were extremely pleased with Scott’s results!

Scott lives in a hilly area of Southern California, so his location was an interesting, and slightly challenging, one for an indoor antenna. But we accepted the challenge, because we knew the Eclipse was powerful enough to handle it. Scott was able to easily install the Eclipse (slap it, plug it, scan it, watch it) and was able to pick up a few dozen channels. With the Mohu Leaf 50, he wasn’t able to pick up as many channels and they were not as reliable.

“I turned on a football game and couldn’t believe how much clearer it was through the antenna than through my own cable system,” said Scott Kramer. That’s right, with an over-the-air antenna, you receive signal that is not compressed like cable, therefore, SO much better.

With the cable and satellite companies continuing to raise the price of cable, there truly is no better time to cut the cord. It’s easy to do, there are thousands of options of what to watch between an antenna and streaming and you’ll be saving tons of $$. With the holidays right around the corner, who doesn’t want that?

Thanks to Scott for taking the time to test out our award winning Eclipse antenna. We’re thrilled it worked out so well for you and appreciate you helping to spread the word of cutting the cord with an antenna!

Oct
26

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Can You Watch the World Series with Your Antenna?

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The World Series is one of the best playoff series in any professional sport. This year, with the Indians and Cubs making it, it carries so much more than normal. Two franchises desperately seeking a title are facing off to try and make history for their team and city.

Even if you don’t have cable, you can still watch the World Series live as it happens. There are a couple different options, which are highlighted in this guide here. As the cost of cable goes up and up it is becoming even more necessary to find great streaming options for all your most popular events. Below are some details on all the specific options.

 

Don’t Miss a Game of the World Series with your Antenna

One of the best parts about watching TV on an antenna is that is costs absolutely nothing. All you need to do is make the investment in an antenna, which can range from very little or a reasonable cost depending on your preference. Once you own the antenna, you can watch all the live broadcasts possible right on your TV.

The main channels the antenna gets are network channels with over-the-air broadcasts like FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC. Thankfully, FOX is broadcasting the entire World Series from start to finish. The antenna is an awesome solution not only to watch the games, but watch in perfectly crisp high-definition picture. Some people even say the HD they get from their antenna is better than anything they’ve ever watched with cable. Check out this site, to find out how solid the reception will be in your area.

 

Try out Other Services to Watch the World Series

There are a couple other services out there for cable cutters that might be good solutions for you. They might not be as easy as the antenna, but still be solid options. Just remember, you need a solid internet connection for streaming, like Verizon Fios. They are all slightly different, so here are some of the highlights:

Sling TV: A streaming service offered by Dish Network, Sling TV is an option for watching the World Series. It only costs $25 per month to start on the Sling Blue package and you can watch more than 40 popular cable channels live streaming. The package includes channels like FS1, FS2, NBCSN, TNT, TBS, AMC, CNN, and you can even get a live stream of FOX in certain locations. The validity of this solution is lower based on if FOX is offered in your local area on the service.

PlayStation Vue: Sling TV and PlayStation Vue are similar services in that you pay a monthly fee to live stream channels. They are not exactly the same, considering PlayStation Vue starts at $39.99 per month and has over 60 channels to stream, but both offer FOX in the same way. The availability of watching FOX and the World Series is totally dependent on your location.

MLB.TV: One more option is MLB.TV. The streaming service from Major League Baseball gives you the opportunity to watch the World Series, but only in replay-form about 90 minutes after it finishes. Obviously, this is not ideal, but you could always get a friend’s cable login and use it to sign into MLB.TV. This will actually get you the World Series games live streaming

All of these options are great in their own ways, but you need to find out the best one for you. If you don’t you run the risk of missing the World Series, which we all know is a huge mistake. You might miss history. Or, even one of those plays that seem to happen every so often that every baseball player has seen the replay a thousand times. That is what baseball in October can deliver.

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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

Oct
10

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Cable Going Up…Up…and AWAY!

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“Here we grow again!”

Usually when you see a sign like this, it has to do with the third pharmacy in a half-mile stretch or a second Starbucks on the same corner. Like, literally across the street from each other. This actually exists. We’ve seen it.

But this is not another attempt at caffeine domination… this is far more insidious. In the past five years, the average cable bill has grown by 40%.

40… %.

People are now paying, on average $103.10 each month. And no, this is not cable + internet + the land line that no one uses anymore; this is just for cable. Math was never our strongest suit, but even we can see that it equals roughly $1237.20 per year.

Consumers are taking notice. A new study by cg42 suggests that pay-tv providers will lose 800,000 subscribers in the next twelve months, taking approximately $1 billion in revenue with them. There are a host of reasons for this growing migratory pattern, but the overwhelming reason is that the price is just too high.

Instead, people are taking a portion of their savings and putting it into streaming services… Netflix being the big winner with 73% of cord cutters, followed by Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, respectively.

But streaming services are not the only avenue for wallet-weary consumers. Since the 2009 digital switch, there has been a massive resurgence in broadcast television. There are now more channels available to consumers than ever before, with new channels coming online each month. And the only thing you need to receive all of this content is an antenna from Antennas Direct.

In some markets, our antennas have been able to access well over fifty channels… broadcast in uncompressed high definition… and absolutely free. One we tested in California brought in well over one hundred channels.

Take THAT, cable!

But numbers alone don’t quite tell the story. Further studies suggest that even though pay-tv households get an average of almost 190 channels, no one is watching them. According a 2014 Nielsen report, consumers report watching around 17 channels.* So in theory, if customers are watching 17 channels and paying $103.10 per month, that’s a per-channel cost of over $6 per month.

And if you think those channels are cable-exclusive channels, think again. Studies have shown that the majority of shows Americans watch are from local broadcasts, including prime time shows, local news, and live sports. At the end of 2015, the lowest rated broadcast network still had two and a half times the audience of the highest rated cable network.**
And cable charges you for your locals. That’s borderline ridiculous.

82% of Americans still subscribe to a service like cable or satellite or fiber, down from a high of 87%… and the number is still going down. The prospect of losing $1 billion in the next 12 months is causing pay-tv providers a fair amount grief if not full bore IBS, as it should. Consumers are becoming more educated in their likes and patterns, and they’re realizing that this is the start of the greatest time in history to cut the cable, dump the dish, or F%*& the fiber.

Pay-tv companies are finally paying attention. At this point, for them, it might be too late.

* http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2014/changing-channels-americans-view-just-17-channels-despite-record-number-to-choose-from.html

** http://www.tvinsider.com/article/62572/most-watched-tv-networks-2015/

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
9

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Ask Men: The Eclipse is the Way to Go

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When we saw the website AskMen.com… Become a Better Man, included our Clearstream Eclipse antenna in their “How to Cut the Cord on Cable TV“, we knew that we were in good company!

If you don’t know AskMen.com, it is a great site for advice, tips, inspirational articles and of course, men’s lifestyle. An AskMen reader is aspirational, he is an influencer and is the coveted “affluencer”. We think this is very fitting and similar to the characteristic of our customers!

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Alex Bracetti wrote a great how to guide on cutting the cord and pocketing hundreds of dollars each month. He runs through the steps to cutting the cord, what items you might need, streaming devices he suggests, and of course, he suggested using an over the air antenna, listing our ClearStream Eclipse as a top pick.

If you’re ready to cut the cord or looking for a great how to guide, be sure to check out the Ask Men’s guide HERE.

Thanks to Alex and the Ask Men team for including Antennas Direct in your cord cutting guide!

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
17

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Lucky #9! For the Ninth Year, Antennas Direct Makes the Inc. 5000 List

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For the ninth year in a row, Antennas Direct has made the Inc. 5000 list, and I guess you could say that we are on cloud nine! (You see what we did there?) The Inc. 5000 list just came out and we were thrilled to not only see our name on the list but to see that we moved up more than 600 spots to 4106.

We experienced 69% 3-year growth and our revenue in 2015 was $17.3 M. With our gained sales, that means that more American’s are ending their relationship with cable and satellite companies. Our growth in sales=more money in our customers pockets. Not many people can say that, most certainly not pay-TV companies.

Just in July alone, we experienced over 53% increase in sales leading up to the Olympics. Americans wanted access to broadcast TV to watch the Olympics and we held the magic key; an antenna. It’s not rocket science, take an antenna and install it and never pay another cable bill. That sounds truly magical, right?

If that isn’t proof enough, take a look at our TV Liberation Bus Tour. Thousands of people are looking for free, over-the-air broadcast television, and we are happy to provide that for them. Speaking of the Bus Tour, we’re headed out on the road to help liberate even more Americans! Check out our #ADBusTour page to see where the bus will be headed, and if we’re not coming to your hometown, don’t worry, simply fill out the form and let us know you want a visit from the Antennas Direct bus!

“We plan to celebrate our ninth year on the INC 5000 list by giving away antennas on our TV Liberation Bus Tour,” said Richard Schneider, president of Antennas Direct. “Our idea of celebrating is liberating more American’s from their abusive relationship with the cable companies.”

Thank you to our amazing customers who have supported us over the years and truly are the reason we land on the Inc. 5000 list year after year. You all are outstanding, and not to mention extremely good looking.

Aug
8

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Comcast Continues to Prove Just How Evil Cable Really Is

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The state of Washington is suing Comcast for over $100 million, claiming that they deceived customers with a number of customer service guarantees.  The state is alleging that the cable giant deceived the good people of Washington into paying more than $73 million over the span of five years for a ‘near worthless “protection plan’” without disclosing areas that were not covered.

But don’t worry, folks, because State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is standing up for you. “This case is a classic example of a big corporation deceiving its customers for financial gain,” Ferguson says in a statement. “I won’t allow Comcast to continue to put profits above customers — and the law.”

Ferguson’s office is accusing Comcast of 1.8 MILLION violations of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.  Comcast denies the accusations, saying, “We stand behind our products and services and will vigorously defend ourselves. “

The state of Washington is alleging that Comcast surprised customers with charges for service calls that they weren’t supposed to be charged for.  The state is also saying that Comcast has hurt the credit score of over 6,000 people through improper credit checks.  The cable giant has been dragging its feet to correct the issues, so the Attorney General’s office is taking legal action.

Don’t allow yourself to become a victim of the evil cable companies! Protect yourself with the power of the antenna and show those cable companies that you aren’t afraid of them!  Check out which antenna is best to arm yourself with by using our cable selector here.

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