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Cable horror stories and cord cutting motivation

Apr
20

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Sling TV Introduces Multi-Stream Service Including Hit Shows and Local Sports

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As cord cutters, we still want to enjoy our sports. And since our hometown is St. Louis, we want to enjoy the Cardinal’s game. When games are broadcast OTA, we are happy campers, and thanks to Sling TV, we are soon to be completely set!

Just last week, Sling TV announced the launch of a new beta multi-stream service that offers even more live and on-demand television including new channels from the Fox Networks Group like FOX Sports, FX, and National Geographic.  All are available on up to three devices simultaneously for $20 per month. Between ESPN, a ClearStream antenna, and Fox Sports Midwest, we are all set in St. Louis to catch the games we want to watch. Happy, happy dance!

As if that was not enough, Sling’s “Extra” packages include content from AMC, A&E, HBO, Turner, Scripps, Epix, and Univision. With the multi-stream service, your spouse could be sitting at home watching Law and Order, and you could be sitting at work enjoying the baseball game on your laptop (don’t worry, we won’t tell your boss).

Here is what you can catch with Sling TV’s Multi-Stream Service:

  • FOX Sports– included in the multi-stream package, you’ll have access to FOX broadcast, regional and national sports, whether it be baseball, football, soccer, basketball or hockey, you’ll be connected to it all.
  • FOX Regional Sports Networks– including FOX Sports Ohio, FOX Sports West, Fox Sports Florida, FOX Sports South, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Arizona, FOX Sports Cincinnati, FOX Sports Detroit, FOX Sports North, FOX Sports Prime Ticket, Fox Sports San Diego, FOX Sports Southeast, FOX Sports Southwest, FOX Sports Sun, SportsTime Ohio, and YES Network.
  • FOX Networks– FX and National Geographic are included; you can binge watch all your favorite shows.
  • Best of Live TV Favorites– like the single-stream service, the multi-stream includes nationwide availability of A&E, Adult Swim, AMC, Bloomberg, Cartoon Network, CNN, El Rey, Flama, Food Network, Galavision, HGTV, History, IFC, Lifetime, Local NOW, Maker, Newsy, Polaris+, TBS, TNT, Travel Channel, truTV, UniMas, Univision and VICELAND.
  • Extras– you can add “Extras” for even more content, including “Hollywood Extra”, “Lifestyle Extra” and “World News Extra” for $5 more per month. You can also include HBO for an additional $15 a month and Cinemax for $10 more a month. So many options!
  • Three Streams– watch Sling TV on up to three devices at the same time, in or outside of your home. It’s perfect for the whole family!

How do you get it? If you are a current subscriber to Sling TV, simply login to your account and edit your subscription type. New to Sling? No problem. Simply go HERE and sign up! It’s great to see Sling evolving and opening up more options for cord cutters. Between an antenna and streaming services like Sling, Netflix, and Hulu, you have all the content you could ever desire, and for a fraction of the cost of pay-TV. We’re big fans!

Apr
12

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Man Killed Over Cable Television

Chamia Johnson

Photo courtesy of Inside Edition, and Johnson’s glorious mugshot.

 

Well, a more accurate title would be “Woman Murders Ex-Boyfriend for Not Paying Cable Bill”. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. You read that correctly. In today’s “sounds too crazy to be true” news story, a woman murders her ex-boyfriend for not paying the cable bill. Let us explain.

Chamia Johnson, 34, pleads not guilty last Thursday to second-degree murder in the killing of her former boyfriend, 39-year-old Antoine Mallory according to Inside Edition. Mallory was found stabbed in the chest in his Niagra Falls home on February 22. Now if that wasn’t crazy enough, the reason Johnson stabbed and killed her ex was because he did not pay the cable bill.

It appears Johnson arrived home only to realize that her cable was disconnected because the bill was not paid. Mallory, who is the father of two of Johnson’s four children, was supposedly expected to pay her cable bill, and did not. This of course infuriated Johnson, so she arrived at his home, demanding that he pay the bill. It doesn’t sound like that conversation went very well, considering Mallory ended up dead. Come on guys, it’s all about communication!

What is the moral of this story? If it weren’t for cable, Mallory would most likely still be alive. Without cable, they might have been happily co-parenting and friendly towards each other as there wouldn’t have been a bill to fight over. They would have also saved a ton of cash. Now Mallory is gone, Johnson is on her way to prison, and the children are left without parents. You see the evil that cable brings upon us all? Cut the cord, save a life.

Apr
6

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TBS Proves that Cord Cutting Continues to Rise

March Madness

If you’re a sports fan, when you think of March, you think of basketball and March Madness. Year after year, our inboxes are flooded with invites to brackets, friends asking us over to drink, and watch the game and fights erupting between die hard college basketball fans. However, it appears that this year, the NCAA championship viewership was down a whopping 37%. Why you may ask? Let us explain.

For the first time, the NCAA championship was broadcast on TBS instead of on broadcast television. But TBS is not some obscure, unknown cable channel with little carriage. In fact, it has even slightly higher penetration than ESPN. According to an article from Sports Business Daily, “TBS tops all cable nets with 100.5 million homes, or around 87.4% of homes.”

And it’s not like the teams that were competing in the NCAA Championship weren’t fan favorites or enjoyable to watch. Villanova’s last-second win over North Carolina was a nail biter, possibly one of the most exciting finished in March Madness history according to the Wall Street Journal.  So what does this mean? How did the NCAA manage to lose so many viewers?

Basically, this is proof that cable cutting is even more widespread than has been previously reported! We’ve been screaming this from the rooftops for quite some time, but here it is, in cold, hard facts. It looks like the NCAA made a poor decision moving the championship away from broadcast TV. There were many debates leading up to the finale whether a cable network would be able to pull as many viewers as broadcast TV, and apparently, TBS failed in that department. There are countless articles talking about the growth in cutting the cord, so why decide now, after years of broadcasting the championship on broadcast TV, to move it to cable? Sounds like a major EFF YOU to cord cutters.

We’ll be anxious to see what they decide to do next year. Cord cutters, lets stand together and let them know that we want to watch our basketball on broadcast TV, the way it should be!

Mar
28

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Baseball Season is Here, Now Enter to Win Some Great Prizes!

opening dayWe love springtime for many reasons. Obviously, we enjoy the warmer weather and not needing to bundle up like an Eskimo just to run inside the store for a carton of milk. But the warmer weather also brings us the delicious grilling season, beautiful flowers and the wonderful sounds of the ballpark. For us, the spring season is baseball season!

If you’ve followed us for a number of years, you might already know this, but we are big baseball fans here at Antennas Direct. How could we not be when we have the best baseball team in our backyard?

To celebrate America’s favorite past time, we are having an Opening Day Giveaway!

The giveaway will run now-April 4th to celebrate MLB’s opening day.  Simply fill out the form HERE and you are entered to win! One entry per person, please. We don’t appreciate

Giveaway Prize:

  • Custom jersey of YOUR favorite team! (even though we’re Cardinal’s fans, we won’t hold your favorite team against you)
  • ClearStream Eclipse Antenna (recently named the BEST indoor TV antenna by The Wirecutter)
  • Family pack of Cracker Jacks (you can’t say baseball without thinking Cracker Jacks, right?)

Feel free to invite us over to your house to catch a game, we’re always down for some Cracker Jacks. We might even bring the beer.

Good luck, and we wish your team the best of luck this season! We’re sure we’ll see you in the World Series 😉

Mar
15

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Antenna CEO Amazed by Company Market Penetration with Virtually No Paid Advertising

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Antenna CEO amazed by company market penetration with virtually no paid advertising

March 15, 2016; ST. LOUIS – In a recent survey released by Nielsen, households who solely use an over-the-air antenna to watch broadcast television rose in the third quarter to 12.8 million from 12.2 million the year before. That’s 600,000 additional households who have cut the cable cord and are solely using a TV antenna. Now, what this study does not include are households who also use streaming sites such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime, just to name a few. These 12.8 million households are only a FRACTION of the American households who have ended their abusive relationship with the pay-TV companies.

The cable company and their public relations team lackeys (Nielsen) call all antenna companies liars, but according to Nielsen’s data, Antennas Direct is not only dominating the market, but are selling MORE antennas in the year than is being shown in their data. Antennas Direct alone has sold significantly more antennas than the number of households reported using antennas in 2015.

“We don’t like our competitors since we obviously make the best damn antennas, but we really feel bad for our competitors who according to this data, must not have sold any antennas,” said Richard Schneider, Antennas Direct president.  “I almost feel guilty being this successful when obviously my competitors are struggling so badly.”

The National Association of Broadcasters claims that the average cable bill has increased to $120 a month. If an additional 600,000 households have cut the cord and are using over-the-air antennas to watch broadcast television, then do the math. That’s a collective $864 million dollars being put back in the pockets of Americans, not into the hands of the greedy pay-TV CEOs.  Cord cutting is putting money back into the economy, and helping to save Americans thousands of dollars.

“With the constant growth of cord cutting, we’re looking forward to seeing our sales continue to rise and take over the market,” said Schneider. “Americans are proving their intelligence. First by choosing to cut the cord, and secondly, by choosing us. Cord cutters are the smartest people around.”

About Antennas Direct
Antennas Direct is the #1 LEADER in antenna technology, reinventing the antenna for the digital era and dominating the market. With a heritage in over-the-air antennas specifically tuned for core DTV frequencies, Antennas Direct has invested major resources into the discovery and implementation of new antenna designs for digital reception. Founded in 2003, the firm is a member of the Inc. 500|5000 Hall of Fame and Future of TV Coalition. Visit antennasdirect.com for more information.

Mar
8

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Spring TV Guide for Cord Cutters

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Eight of the biggest television moments of the first half of the year are on the horizon and the good news is that cable or not, no one will have to miss any of them. A lot of people worry about cutting the cord. The good news is that as more people take the leap of faith, streaming services become more willing to provide their service, so you don’t miss all the action!  Check them out in this quick Spring TV Guide for Cord Cutters

March Madness

Starting March 15, March Madness is the event of the year for College Basketball fans. 64 teams will battle it out through the weeks until April 4, and the championship in Houston, TX. If you want to watch the games online, I’ve created a complete March Madness Guide to help you out. But the short of it is, Sling TV will allow you to watch all the TBS, TNT, and TruTV games. You can then use an antenna to watch the games on CBS for free.

The Americans

The Season 4 premiere of The Americans will be here on March 16 on FX Network. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell star in the critically-acclaimed drama about two KGB operatives posing as an American couple in Washington D.C. during the Reagan presidency. If you need to catch up on this before the season 4 premiere, Amazon Prime has the first three seasons included in their Prime membership. From then on, the easiest way to get the show would be to purchase the new season with a season pass on Amazon.

Daredevil

The second season of Marvel’s Daredevil will hit Netflix in its entirety on March 18. This is significant for Netflix, as this was their first of many Marvel shows, and after a huge first season that was applauded by critics, there are high expectations for this sophomore season. As with all Netflix originals, they are released together and remain on Netflix, so if you haven’t watched this superhero drama about a blind crime fighter in Hell’s Kitchen, you have plenty of time to binge-watch the first season before season two premieres.

The Walking Dead

Season 6 of The Walking Dead has already been filled with moments that have shocked, and sometimes delighted viewers. On April 3, the finale happens and if it’s anything like past finales, you can expect to be wowed, if not absolutely shocked and devastated. The easiest way to watch The Walking Dead would be Sling TV.

NBA Playoffs

The Playoffs are always a big event for basketball fans. This year, the playoffs start on April 16. It’s unclear at this point what games will air on what network, but we do know the games will air on ESPN, ABC, and TNT. This makes Sling TV your best bet for the majority of games, though you will be able to catch the ABC games free with an antenna.

Fear the Walking Dead

The second season prequel of the smash hit The Walking Dead begins April 10. Telling the story of a new group and what happens at the very beginning of the zombie-outbreak, Fear the Walking Dead offers a new group of characters and a fresh setting in which to sink our teeth into. While not quite as highly rated as The Walking Dead, it’s still a great watch. There are a variety of ways you can watch this show, but the easiest would be Hulu, which also has all of the first season currently available, as well.

Game of Thrones

For TV fans, Game of Thrones and its April premiere (this year on April 24) is always a major event. Last year, HBO NOW was just unveiled right before the premiere and there was a worry that Game of Thrones fans would break the Internet as they rushed to watch it. This fantasy show is filled with danger, death, dragons, and plenty of adult themes. If you haven’t seen some of the episodes, you won’t need to worry because the entire series is available on demand on a variety of services.

NFL Draft

On April 28, the most hardcore sports fans will be parked on their couch watching the results unfold in the NFL Draft. This is when the best NCAA players and a few unknown wildcards receive their entrance into the NFL. As the Draft generally occurs on cable, the best way to catch it would be Sling TV.

 

Get the TV You Want without the Expensive Cable Contract

Chances are there are easy, legal ways, to watch anything you want no matter what channel it’s on. As cutting the cord continues to move further into the mainstream, it will only get easier to watch everything you want online.

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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

Feb
18

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Broadcast TV Maintains Their Crown as King of Viewership

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Now, we’re big fans of streaming. As cord cutters, we love all the available streaming options to supplement our television watching experience. Between Netflix, Hulu and broadcast television, we are in heaven! Recently, Netflix and Amazon have been gaining a lot of attention with their huge audience for original shows and movies, but according to a recent study by Symphony Advanced Media, a new round of viewership stats show that the biggest shows in streaming still do not compare to those of broadcast TV’s top series. As broadcast TV addicts, this is extremely exciting news!

For example, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, which is a Netflix original, was the highest watched streaming show with 4.81 million viewers. CBS’s The Big Bang Theory towered over Jessica Jones with over 10.6 million viewers, followed by Fox’s Empire with 8.54 million and ABC’s Modern Family with 7.82 million viewers.

Streaming has made great strides this last year and we’re expecting to see even more growth, but it looks like broadcast TV is still the king.

One thing we can all agree on is our mutual hatred for pay-TV. There are many reasons for people to be unhappy with their cable and satellite providers, but the theme we see is this: they suck! And more people are realizing this, and leaving those unhealthy relationships quickly.

TVfreedom_TopConcernsGraphic1No matter how you slice it, Pay-TV comes up short. According to a new Harris Poll and an infographic shared by TVFreedom.org, pay-TV subscribers say their biggest concerns with their cable or satellite TV service are excessive equipment rental fees, poor service/connection quality, and poor customer service. Now, we could have told you this just from what we hear when people call us ready to cut the cord, but it’s great to see the numbers!

Moral of the story, broadcast TV reigns supreme, and is here to stay. Cord cutters have more options than ever to obtain all the shows they could ever want (or handle), and they’re pocketing buckets of cash. Looks like cord cutters are the winners here.

 

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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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