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Cable horror stories and cord cutting motivation

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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Mar
19

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Make Today’s Eclipse Last the Rest of Your Life

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Today is an important day in the universe. One reason is the total eclipse of the sun. Those of us in the northern hemisphere will have a chance to witness the moon blacking out the sun’s rays. Pretty cool. But there’s something even cooler happening today: Households across the United States and Canada are blacking out cable with a ClearStream Eclipse™ TV antenna!

Here is why the second reason is cooler: The Eclipse TV antenna gives you TV for free. No weird installation. No monthly bills. It is the quickest way to black out cable…for life!

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With the Eclipse we have harnessed the strongest over-the-air technology in the universe and placed it in a sleek, simple-to-install indoor TV antenna. Read more about all the nerdy details and how we did it here.

So make this year’s solar eclipse last for the rest of your life. Make the universe a better place to live. And in the meantime, check out this playlist from Mashable of 20 songs to listen to while you enjoy the eclipse. You won’t be sorry you did.

 

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Dec
5

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Thank you, Dish Network #StaytheCourse

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Dear Mr. Dish:

We know it’s Christmas and all, but you really didn’t need to do this. We were already experiencing record-breaking sales growth before you threatened to black out CBS nationwide. Now, we get to figure out how to get one of our antennas into the stockings of your 14 million former subscribers.

In particular, we love the timing of your decision so near the holidays. It communicates your true intentions when it comes to the happiness of your customers. You’re like the Grinch who stole their Big Bang Theory.

And the longer you negotiate to squeeze a few more dimes out of broadcasters, the more American families will get fed up with your shenanigans, drop you and pick up a digital TV antenna.

We can see them now. In living rooms, sweater-clad with hot cups of cocoa. They will plug in their antenna and be kept warm in the glow of all those broadcast shows and NFL football. That same stuff you stole from them, they will be basking in full, uncompressed high definition goodness…FOR FREE.

Please keep this up. Our speed of antenna production is only outmatched by your ability to find ways to abuse your customers.

 

Stay the Course –

Antennas Direct

 

PS – We had found other ways to thank your other pay-television abusers like you in the past. Don’t feel left out, we can find other ways of thanking you besides a cake.

 

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Jun
23

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Wil Wheaton, the (Potential) Official Spokesperson for Cord Cutting

Wil Wheaton Intro Graphic Before our very eyes, Wil Wheaton has grown from an adorable young Wesley Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation to a still adorable cord-cutting bad ass. The science fiction star, who has also been appearing on the broadcast comedy, The Big Bang Theory, recently launched his own bold voyage against the cable companies. His mission? To show how irrelevant pay-TV really is.

In a recent blog post, he took the Scy-Fy Network to task for not making episodes of his show, The Wil Wheaton Project, available for streaming. Wil knows the intelligence level of his viewers is higher than most. They will not pay hundreds for something that is free over-the-air. That’s illogical.

Aside from his blog post, Wil has also used his influential Twitter account to blast cable (on more than one occassion: capture syfycapture kershaw

Since we are so impressed with the insightful man young Wesley Crusher has become, we want to make our adoration known publicly.

Wil, will you be the Official Spokesperson for Cord Cutting? We would be willing to pay you in a lifetime supply of antennas and perhaps even let you drive our cable liberating tour bus. While we await your reply, check out the greatest hits from our last tour:

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Jun
9

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Our Not-So-Secret Love for Abusive Cable Companies

Secretly (or not-so-secretly), we love the fact that cable companies abuse their customers. It means more people make the decision to enjoy the unadulterated high-definition, over-the-air content we provide for free. But we especially love it when we have data to illustrate frustration. A recent survey discovered what we have known for years: most people (73 percent) think that cable companies are a bunch of jerks.

73percent The saddest part is the way that cable companies prey on the ignorance of most people. Over half of the respondents to the survey say that they would drop cable if they really had a choice.

53percent Dammit, you have a choice! You can do something with the rage. Here’s what you do:

  1. Call your cable company and tell them you will not suffer their abuses any longer.
  2. Purchase an antenna.
  3. Install the antenna.
  4. Watch your favorite content for free.

Be enlightened. Be liberated. Cut the cord. Read the full article here.Front page

Jun
3

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John Oliver Settles the Cable Company Monopoly Debate

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On a recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight, host John Oliver articulates the truth about the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, “You can’t reduce competition when nobody is competing. You could not be describing a monopoly more clearly if you were wearing a metal top hat while driving a metal car after winning second prize in a beauty contest.”

Skip ahead to 7:13 for the especially insightful part:

Thanks John. We wish we would have thought of the term “Preventing Cable Company F**ckery” ourselves.

We have however showered Time Warner and Comcast for their poor business ethics by sending them congratulatory cakes. It’s their reviling business practices that have led to an increase in our sales.

Check out them out:
Stay the Course Part 1 – Thanks Time Warner.
Stay the Course Part 2 – Comcast is Number One.

May
19

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West Virginia Woman Liberated from Cable’s Evil Grasp

In our last blog, we introduced you to Sabrina Thomas, a librarian at Marshall University in West Virginia, who cut the cord after her harrowing experiences with Comcast. We checked in with her to see what her cable liberated life was like. Here’s what she had to say:

Sabrina AntennaCutting the cable cord was a great lifestyle choice for our family. We are a young family and my husband and I have read the research demonstrating a correlation with lower academic success and higher hours of watching television. We eliminated television watching during the school week and eventually on the weekends as well.

Finally, it was Comcast that had us cut the cable addiction completely. Their incompetent customer service was the final straw. 

We then went to streaming television via the internet. There was some pain in this. First, we miss our favorite shows that are not streamed online. Further, you don’t get to see the television show that you love as soon as it comes out. This is problematic for more than self-control reasons; it means that you have to warn people not to tell you anything about what happened on ‘The Walking Dead.’  But it is also a ‘first world problem’ and can be eventually overcome.

We had tossed around the idea of getting an antenna. Watching television for free seemed too good to be true. 

Here is why an antenna is the perfect choice for our family. We really need to have television for emergencies. If our internet goes out, it is nice to turn on the television to see the latest local news reporting. From my perspective, the antenna is an emergency safety line to local news that streaming just doesn’t provide.

For us, paying for cable when you only really need local news channels is just painfully financially irresponsible.

Thanks to Sabrina for sharing her cord cutting experience with us. Share your cord cutting experience in the comments. We would love to hear from you!

May
15

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We Asked Philadelphians What They Thought of Their Cable Company. Here is What They Had to Say.

A few weeks back, we delivered a congratulatory cake to Comcast CEO Brian Roberts. Thanks to their record-breaking poor customer service, Comcast was voted the Worst Company in America on Consumerist.com. While we were in town, we decided to ask the good people in the City of Brotherly Love how they felt about their cable company. Here is what they had to say.

We want to thank the citizens of Philadelphia for your honesty. When you decide to sever this abusive relationship, we will be waiting to help you cut the cord.

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