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Cable horror stories and cord cutting motivation

Feb
4

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Exclusive, Limited Time Offer for Cox Communication Customers

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As we mentioned earlier this week, Cox Communication and Nexstar are currently in a dispute, causing Nexstar to remove their channels from the Cox lineup. This blackout includes:

  • Las Vegas (CBS – Super Bowl Blackout, MeTV, Movies!)
  • Phoenix (CW)
  • Baton Rouge/Acadiana, LA (Fox, CW, NBC, Ind)
  • Pittsburg, KS/Joplin, MO (NBC, ABC, My Network)
  • Roanoke, VA (Fox, CW)
  • Ft. Smith/ Springdale, AR (NBC, Fox)
  • Florida’s Gulf Coast (ABC).

Tell Cox that local television matters! We are offering a special, limited-time offer to customers affected by this blackout.

We are offering $50 off and FREE shipping on select antennas. To see the antennas and for more info, click HERE. Use the coupon code: LocalMatters at checkout and enjoy the local television you deserve, FOR FREE.

Feb
2

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Will the Cable Company Allow You to Watch the Super Bowl?

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We’ve seen plenty of articles lately talking about how to watch the Super Bowl as a cord cutter. It’s interesting that TV antennas are now considered the alternative way to watch TV, when really; antennas are the ORIGINAL way to watch TV.

This year, the Super Bowl is celebrating 50 years of being on broadcast television. It has ALWAYS been free with an antenna, and it is the number one reason why people purchase an antenna. Our sales grow exponentially around the Super Bowl as people prepare for the big game. Can you blame them? We’ve heard countless horror stories of people hosting Super Bowl parties only to realize that their cable company is experiencing an outage or blackout. Can you imagine? Take a look at the unfortunate Cox Communications customers.  Nexstar has decided to remove their channels from the Cox lineup:

  • Las Vegas (CBS – Super Bowl Blackout, MeTV, Movies!)
  • Phoenix (CW)
  • Baton Rouge/Acadiana, LA (Fox, CW, NBC, Ind)
  • Pittsburg, KS/Joplin, MO (NBC, ABC, My Network)
  • Roanoke, VA (Fox, CW)
  • Ft. Smith/ Springdale, AR (NBC, Fox)
  • Florida’s Gulf Coast (ABC).

Here’s a little history lesson. There have been more advancements in antenna and broadcast television technology than there have been changes in football in the last 50 years. For example, our ClearStream Eclipse antenna is so powerful and a fraction of the size over the antennas used at the first Super Bowl. Yet, football is virtually the same.  Besides some new uniforms and team names.

There’s a whole new generation, specifically Milennials that  have discovered or rediscovering antennas. With the digital transition, they get the best picture quality, reliability AND no monthly fees.

Super Bowl 50 kicks off Sunday, February 7 at 6:30pm ET on CBS. We’ll be enjoying the game for free with our antennas, will you be joining us?

Jan
22

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Don’t Become a Cable Company, Netflix

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It was just a few months ago that we wrote our blog “Netflix and Chill Just Got More Expensive”. And since that blog, it looks like Netflix has decided to raise their prices YET AGAIN. Now, we understand the occasional slight price increase, but twice within a 3 month period? You’re starting to sound a little greedy, Netflix.

According to Esquire, those Netflix customers who have been “grandfathered” in to the $7.99 a month rate, will soon be expected to pay $9.99 a month for the same plan. There is a way around it, if you really want to pinch pennies. Here’s the catch: you can keep paying $7.99 a month, but you will lose your high-definition streaming capabilities.

In total, the price bump comes out to nearly $25 a year. Not horrible, but it definitely adds up over time. With cable continuing to raise their prices, we hope that Netflix isn’t taking a note from their playbook. Fair warning, Netflix, it hasn’t worked out very well for the cable companies to gouge prices and abuse their customers. We hope you’re careful and aren’t planning anymore “announcements” anytime soon. Unless we like them of course ;).

 

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Jan
12

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2015 was the Year of the Cord Cutter

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2015 was the year of the cord cutter. We have dubbed it so. People cut the cord in record numbers, thrilled to finally break free from their unhealthy relationship with cable. There’s not just one thing or moment that we can pinpoint that drove people to this breaking point, but we have a few theories.

  1. Prices increased, yet again
    This is a never ending battle, and people are finally getting fed up. They’re not stupid, yet the cable companies continue to treat their customers like a bunch of idiots. Who’s the idiot now?
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  2. Streaming kicked ass
    Thanks to Netflix originals like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Grace and Frankie, Masters of None and Hulu special The Mindy Project, streaming programs are offering shows you WANT to watch. With the growing trend of “Netflix and Chill”, it’s become more socially acceptable to not have cable.
  3. The public is smarter
    While the cable and pay-TV companies continue to treat their customers like they’re dumber than a box of rocks, it’s obvious that they are actually smarter than ever before. Look at the growing number of people breaking free from cable, it’s obvious that they’re brilliant. They know it’s time to sever ties and start pocketing that cash. Here’s to you, cord cutters. The smartest guys and gals around!

Options for cord cutters continue to grow. In the past, cord cutters have struggled and had to MacGyver ways to get the content they desire. Between streaming services, a la carte options, streaming devices and growth in over the air broadcast channels, there is enough content to make any cord cutter content.

If 2015 was the year of the cord cutter, then we predict 2016 will be the demise of the cable companies. Bold prediction? Maybe. But we’ll take our chances.

Dec
30

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New Year, New Cable Price Increase (Yet Again)

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As a belated holiday gift to their customers, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Dish and AT&T (just to name a few) have announced they will all be raising their cable rates in the New Year. What a wonderful gift…Not! Happy freakin’ New Year to you.

The continued cable hikes have averaged 5.9 percent a year since 1995. And it doesn’t look like there will be an end in sight. Is that how these companies reward their few remaining customers, by raising their rates yet again? We welcome you, new cord cutters, and we are here to help make the transition as seamless, and a downright enjoyable experience. Saying “adios, mother f*****!” has never felt this good.

According to a Pew Research Center survey released last week, about 71 percent of cord cutters say the reason they kicked Pay-TV to the curb was because of the cost. And another 64 percent say they canceled because they can get the content they desire with a TV antenna or through a streaming service.

For that, we are extremely grateful. Thank you Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and the like, for your continued poor service and greedy ways. With this latest price increase, you have sparked an even larger interest in cutting the cord. We don’t need to spend any money on advertising or promoting cord-cutting when the pay-TV companies continue to insult the intelligence of their customers.

Ready to dump the abusive, money hungry cable companies and join the world of FREE TV? Contact us if you have any questions, we look forward to you joining our cord cutting community!

Call: 1-877-825-5572                         Chat: Live Chat Mail: info@antennasdirect.com

 

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Dec
11

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Cox Communication is Trying to Screw You Over

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Cox Communication is currently in the process of transitioning to an all-digital cable system.  This requires what they are calling a Cox Mini Box. They even have a video on their website explaining what it means to go all-digital with a big fat “caution” to their customers stating “if you don’t make the change to those wall connected TV’s, you’ll lose TV service…completely.”  Furthermore, customers will now have to pay an additional $2.99 a month per Cox mini box for something you can already get for FREE over the air.

Here’s a little history lesson. Over the air television has been digital since 2009. Why has it taken 6 years for Cox to catch up? And why are they charging you for something you’ve been able to get for free all these years?

Here is what Cox claims are their benefits.

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Cox: You will receive local channels in HD
Reality: You can get that, for FREE, with a TV antenna

Cox: Better picture quality
Reality: You get that, for FREE, with a TV antenna

Cox goes a step further trying to scare their customers into believing that paying for television is the only way to live, by publishing an article titled “What Cutting the Cord Could Cost You“. They must really think their customers are stupid. We know better. We know you’re smart and not willing to put up with their abuse any longer.

 

Moral of the story:

You’re already paying too much for cable. Don’t give these money hungry monsters another dime of your hard earned cash. Cut the cord and save thousands of dollars. It’s a holiday gift to yourself!

 

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Aug
20

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Dish and DirecTV: Save The Drama For Your Mama

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Drama has its time and place. And it’s usually on TV right before the evening news. But do we want to invite drama into our real lives? Absolutely not.

Unfortunately, for thousands of pay-TV subscribers around the country, life just got more dramatic. DirecTV and Dish Network providers are proving, yet again, that they have the power to wreck havoc and try to control what you’re allowed to watch.

Check out what is unfolding in the latest carriage dispute between Sinclair and Dish Network. Dish and Sinclair have agreed to a short term agreement allowing Dish to continue broadcasting Sinclair’s 153 local stations. However, they have not released any information on how long this short term contract will last. In the blink of an eye, those 153 local stations across the country could be taken away.

Dish is not the only company threatening to blackout your favorite channels. KFMB Channel 8, a CBS affiliate in San Diego, was pulled from DirecTV last Thursday. Southern California viewers turned on their TV’s to catch Big Brother, only to discover CBS was blacked out. Imagine looking forward to your nightly relaxation, watching your favorite show after a long day, and then coming home to tyranny at the hands of the people to whom you pay a monthly fee. How is that fair to those customers to have it taken away, and without warning?

Why live in constant trepidation? Why wonder if your favorite broadcast shows will be available when you turn on your TV? With a TV antenna, you never have to rely on a pay-TV provider. You have the freedom to watch broadcast TV when and where you want AND without paying a monthly fee.

Don’t be a victim! Take control of your television watching destiny. Cut the cord! And to make it even easier for you to cut the cord, use the coupon code DISHSUX for $25 off your Antennas Direct purchase. Doesn’t get much better than that!

 

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Jul
15

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Antennas to Rescue DirecTV Broadcast TV Blackout Victims

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At Antennas Direct, we believe everyone has the right to life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness and free, broadcast television. But, apparently, the executives of DirecTV have quite another vision for America.

As of this writing, there are pockets of the rural United States in which DirecTV is denying thousands of subscribers to local, broadcast TV service. While they sit on huge profits from high monthly fees, they are robbing hard-working people the right to free, high-definition, hyperlocal broadcast – the best television the world has known for sports, entertainment, news and crucial weather alerts.

If you are a DirecTV customer in the following markets, you know what we are talking about:

Grand Junction and Montrose, CO

Ottumwa, IA

Bowling Green, KY

Presque Isle, ME

Alpena, MI

Kirksville, MO

Glendive and Helena, MT

North Platte and Scottsbluff; NE

Casper and Riverton, WY

Victoria, TX.

Cheyenne, WY

Here is the good news: You can still receive all of the best programming from local broadcasters with a TV antenna from Antennas Direct – in full HD and without a monthly fee.

So what can you do about this?

  1. Share this article and let DirecTV know you love your local broadcast. <share>
  2. Get a TV antenna from Antennas Direct. SHOP HERE
  3. Bask in the glory of the best news and entertainment without the monthly fee.

Also, if you are a DirecTV subscriber in one of the above areas, we want you to get the best TV! After you make a selection from our store, use the code DIRECTVSUX and get 25% off your purchase and free shipping through August 15.

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Apr
24

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Comcast Dumps Time Warner…And They Made Such a Cute Couple

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On Friday, it became official. Comcast rolled out the old “it’s not you it’s me” with Time Warner. The cable giant announced that it was no longer going to go through with the merger deal and left Time Warner standing at the monopoly alter.

It’s sad to see something like this happen to such a perfect pair. They both were among the top of the Worst Companies in America list. Both had the same philosophy of customer service including little pet names. And both companies received a pre-wedding cake present from none other than Antennas Direct (check out the delivery here and here).

But, in the end, it didn’t work out. We hope they will remain friends and still agree to at least swap customers.

Honestly, we know that this is better for the American consumer. The joining of these two companies would have created a Cable Voltron, customer service would get even worse and broadcasters’ abilities to negotiate for fair retransmission of their content would have been compromised. So this break up is a good thing.

Still, there was this small part of us that would have loved to see just how astoundingly dismal they could make the customer experience. The worse they become, the more people feel compelled to cut the cord and receive free, over-the-air television with a digital TV antenna.

We wish them both the best. And, just for the record, we are not choosing sides. This too shall pass. Luckily, we wont have any trouble returning your antenna wedding present.

Mar
31

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Breaking Up: Not So Hard to Do

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Oh, a breakup. The end. It is tragedy upon tragedy. From Shakespeare to Taylor Swift, it is the inspiration for artful expression. The misery can sometimes be too much to bear.

But this letter is not one of those breakups. This breakup is quite the opposite. Our friend Saif experienced what so many people are these days, breaking up with his cable company. It is a wonderful, liberating feeling that will leave you thinking, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

Saif was tired of the abuse. He had enough. Why was he being held a hostage from the cable company when he could simply cut the cord and free himself? That is exactly what he did! Here is his breakup letter with the cable company he shared on his blog.

Dear cable, it’s over..

We are never, ever, ever, getting back together. I have been held hostage by your love for decades. Paying for elaborate monthly bills to the tune of around 110 dollars a month. Sometimes more, when all I watch is sports and Game of Thrones.  You have duped me long enough. You don’t think anyone is going to figure out your games, but I have.

Those HD fees are a joke: ALL SIGNALS ARE IN HD NOW! We shouldn’t have to pay a subscription to be advertised to. We should have the right to leave if we are unhappy with the service and not be charged a penalty.

It is 2015 now. Roku is here with Hulu. Netflix is in the kitchen making cookies. Amazon Prime just dropped off a package with a movie, and Dish just pulled up with SlingTV to change the whole game.  They have ESPN in the car. I can have all of these guys in the house for less than HALF of what I was paying for cable. HBOGO is flying in late, but she will be here soon.

Some remedial math…

  • Cable is $110 a month x 12 months = $1320 (enough to fly to Australia)
  • Tech is: $8+8+8+20 x 12 months   = $ 528 (enough to not feel dirty)

That there is a savings of $792 to buy a new iPhone for yourself. Every year.

I get it though. Cable companies and many large corporations think consumers are stupid. That we will buy anything. That we won’t figure out what is really going on. They are wrong.

I want to show people what’s really going on. Like Neo freeing people from The Matrix, or Dorothy showing her buddies the man behind the Wizard of Oz.

Last year, Comcast and Direct TV alone hauled in over $70 Billion dollars of our money. It is truly is an obscene amount of money for TV. I am not paying mine anymore. Technology caught up, and they got too fat while all the little people like us got robbed. Not anymore. GOODBYE CABLE!…Never getting back together.

 

We’ve heard from countless customers their horror stories with the cable companies that led them to cut the cord. Now we want to hear from you! Send us your breakup stories and you might see yours featured on our next break up blog post.

 

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