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Can You Watch the World Series with Your Antenna?


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.


Chris Brantner is the founder of, 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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Clearstream 4V and 91XG Comparison and Review


Guest blog/review provided by Chad Bryan

As an electrical engineer, my hobby with antennas is a passion.  I enjoy testing and verifying signal strengths in real world conditions.

Here is my Antenna comparison of the ClearStream 4V and 91XG from Antennas Direct.


  1. Outstanding packaging, which reduces the footprint of the box and allows a cost-save in shipping.
  1. Assembly is straight forward. Antenna bases are keyed (poka-yoke) to allow easy orientation and “correct” placement during assembly.


  1. Securing the antenna to the mast pipe was simple with hand tightening the wingnuts. After mounted, the VHF kit is attached.
  1. I am located in the county with nearest transmitter 20 miles away. With the antenna pointed towards the Toledo area, I was able to capture both VHF and UHF. I was very surprised these channels were able to be received with a distance between 50 – 60 miles.


Testing was performed at 5’ off the ground.

Antennas Direct – ClearStream 4V
Virtual Channel Real Channel SNR (dB) AGC (%) Signal Strength
11.1 11 18 61 62
12.1 12 22 55 76
13.1 13 16 61 Unable to lock
24.1 49 20 67 67
30.1 29 20 66 70
36.1 46 21 65 73




  1. Comparing to the more directional 91XG, you will lose the capability to capture stations in the VHF band. This antenna is for deep fringe and will require more room to install. I like the small form factor of the ClearStream 4V, as it is very easy to install and perfect for an attic installation.

Antennas Direct – 91 XG

Virtual Channel Real Channel SNR (dB) AGC (%) Signal Strength
24.1 49 28 56 92
27.1 27 19 67 65
30.1 29 23 62 78
36.1 46 28 56 89



In summary, you can see with the increased directors more signal is captured and is more directional than the ClearStream 4V.  However, this is no reception of VHF, and will require another antenna.

For the price and performance of the ClearStream 4V, I was extremely impressed and highly recommend.  This antenna performed outstandingly well. The 91xg technology has been around for years and Antennas Direct has taken the large form antenna and made it much smaller and easier to set up.

The C4V is available for purchase at and at Best Buy and Walmart.

Chad Bryan

Electrical Engineer


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Cable Going Up…Up…and AWAY!


“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.




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Here’s How to Watch the Major League Baseball Playoffs without Cable


The best time of the year is here for baseball fans, the MLB Playoffs. This is the end of a long, long season and gives the best teams of the year the opportunity to enter into the history books. Every year brings new and exciting moments like comebacks, big plays, or clutch hits. The MLB Playoffs are definitely a can’t miss event for both avid and casual baseball fans.

If you cut cable, there are still several options out there for you to watch the postseason. As this guide shows, you can actually watch every single game depending on what services and tools you choose. Below is some information on all of your options that will help you figure out which setup is best for you during the playoffs.

What Options Do I Have for Watching the MLB Playoffs Without Cable?

There are a few different ways to watch the games either online or on your TV. The best setup is likely combining multiple services to make sure you can watch every game. Here are your options:


Antenna: An antenna is a huge asset for cable cutters and will also be helpful during the MLB playoffs. It picks up network broadcasts from channels like FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC and relays them right on your TV in HD. Plus, the only cost with the antenna is the initial investment, since it’s free to watch.

The antenna truly is the best tool for cable cutters on the market. Between its low cost, how easy it is to set up, and the quality of the TV you can watch with it, you just can’t go wrong. It’s a great option for the playoffs, just like it is the for the NFL season.

You should check out the reception in your area here, to confirm this would be a solid tool for you.

Sling TV: Dish Network’s streaming service, Sling TV, costs either $20 or $25 per month and lets you live stream over 30 of the top cable channels. The Sling Orange bundle costs $20 per month for channels like ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, and more. The Blue package has more than 40 channels for $25 per month. This one has FS1, FS2, TBS, NBCSN, TNT, and in certain locations FOX’s main network channel. You can test out the service with a 7-day free trial if you’re interested.

PlayStation Vue: A similar streaming service from Sony, PlayStation Vue has a starting cost of $29.99 per month. The higher cost gets more channels in the starting package including ESPN, TBS, TNT, ESPN2, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, and more. Certain areas, similar to Sling TV, get FOX live streaming as well. In these places, the cost does bump up to $39.99 per month. PlayStation Vue also offers a weeklong free trial.

Which Channels can I watch the MLB Playoffs on Without Cable?

The best answer to this question is all of them. Each of the stations broadcasting games during the playoffs is accessible with the above options. However, each of them can be accessed in different ways. Below are all of your options for watching each channel during the playoffs:


ESPN will be broadcasting one of the first games of the playoffs, the NL Wild Card Game. The Sling Orange package for $20 per month or the PlayStation Vue starting package for $29.99 per month will get you streaming access to ESPN. It is only a single game, but these services will be helpful in streaming other games as well.


TBS is a great channel to have access to, since it will broadcast every AL game during the postseason, not including the World Series. Once again, both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue’s starting package will get you TBS. The only difference is which package you choose.

PlayStation Vue has the one main starting option, for $29.99 per month. But, Sling TV has the Blue or Orange bundle. Orange costs only $20 per month and gets you access to ESPN and ESPN2 as well. Sling Blue costs $25 per month, but also provides access to FS1, FS2, NBCSN, and even a live stream of FOX’s main network in some areas.

FOX Sports 1

On the National League side, FS1 will broadcast a sizeable chunk of the games. PlayStation Vue’s basic starting package has full access to FS1 live streaming for $29.99 per month. This package also gives you access to ESPN and TBS, so all of the games mentioned above can still be watched.

For FS1, you need to select the Sling Blue package for $25 per month.  The Sling Blue package does not contain ESPN, so you’d miss the NL Wild Card game. But, you’d be able to get all of the AL games on TBS. Both services have free trials, so you can always test them both out to compare which one works best for you.


The remainder of the NL games not broadcast on FS1 will be on FOX. Plus, the entire World Series will be aired on FOX. That means getting access to watch FOX is critical if you want to watch the playoffs, because you can’t watch the entire postseason and miss the World Series!

The easiest way will be picking up FOX over a digital antenna. The antenna lets you watch the World Series and other NL games completely free and in high-definition picture. Some say it’s better HD than they’ve ever gotten on cable.

Both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue could also be options for watching FOX live. They both offer the channel live streaming, but it comes in a limited amount of locations. Sling TV would have it on the Blue bundle for $25 per month. PlayStation Vue on the other hand has a starting price of $39.99 per month in the locations that get live streaming access to FOX. You can check the respective sites of the services to find out if FOX is available streaming where you live.

Since you are ready to watch baseball for the rest of the season, you might be looking to figure out how to watch other sports without cable. This NHL guide gives you all the details to watch the upcoming season without cable. Hockey fans should check it out to make sure you don’t miss a single hit or goal the entire year!


Chris Brantner is the founder of, 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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Antennas Direct Tackles WBIG-Chicago Radio


In case you missed it, last week our very own Richard Schneider was interviewed by WBIG- Chicago on the Fox Sports Big Radio Shopping Show. So naturally, we talked a bit about sports (we didn’t bring up the Rams since that is a sore subject for us St. Louisan’s), and a lot about our kick-a** antennas.

When asked what is so unique about our antennas,  our first response was, where do we begin? For years, engineers have been  redesigning antennas to make them smaller, from TV antennas to cell phone and car antennas; today they are all smaller, more powerful and reliable than they used to be. Our TV antennas are a tenth of the size as they were in your grandparent’s day.

Antennas ARE your grandparent’s technology, which might sound like we’re taking a step back, but in reality, we are taking a huge step FORWARD, giving you the greatest and most advanced way to watch the television you love, for free.

Here are some hard, cold facts:

  • The picture quality is better over-the-air- not compressed like with cable or satellite.
  • More channels than you think, and for free- in Chicago, you can get around 70 channels with one of our antennas!
  • ClearStream antennas are designed to reject interference, are very consistent and reliable. No more “oh no, there’s a cloud in the sky, we lost our satellite signal!”
  • Simple to use and install- “plug and play, baby!”
  • By canceling your cable or satellite, you are saving at least $1,000 a year.

You can listen to the full interview below:

The highlighted product discussed in this interview was our ClearStream Eclipse indoor TV antenna. Richard described it best by saying, “it’s really hard to screw this up!” All you have to do is plug the Eclipse into your TV, scan for channels and you can sit back, relax and watch your favorite shows. For our Chicago friends, they are looking forward to watching the Bears this season. Whoever you cheer for, you’re guaranteed to enjoy the game more when you’re watching it for free, in HD, with a TV antenna. That’s a proven fact.


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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. 


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Ask Men: The Eclipse is the Way to Go


When we saw the website… 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, 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!


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!


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NFL Fans Need an HDTV Antenna


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!


Chris Brantner is the founder of, 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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#ADBusTour Giveaway #5: Baltimore, MD


We ended this awesome leg of the #ADBusTour in Baltimore, MD on Monday! It was a bittersweet morning, sad to see the tour come to an end, but excited to hand out hundreds of antennas and get back home to plan our next tour!


We had a crowd of people join us at Grace Bible Baptist church, we weren’t able to fit everyone in the parking lot! We started a drive through giveaway, handing people their ClearStream 2V antenna through their car window, and we were met with hundreds of thank you’s and stories of appreciation for giving them access to their local television.


We gave away 400 C2V’s in an hour! Thank you to WBFF’s Amber Miller who was on hand broadcasting live, it was wonderful to meet her and the WBFF team who helped to hand out antennas and talk to the crowd.


We also had Mark Aitken, the Vice President of Advanced Technology for Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc. at the Baltimore giveaway, and it was great to hear from him the importance of over the air television. Thanks for hanging out with us and talking to the lines of people!

If you weren’t able to make it out to any of our #ADBusTour stops this year, never fear, you can use the coupon code ADBUSTOUR35 for 35% off your purchase on our website. Feel free to give our friendly customer service folks a call and they can help you determine what antenna would work best for your location!

What’s next? We’ll take a few days to recuperate, then we will begin planning our next big adventure! You know us, we’re never satisfied sitting still.


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#ADBusTour Giveaway #4: Asheville, NC


We might have jumped the gun by saying the Charleston crowd was the friendliest group we’ve ever met on an #ADBusTour giveaway because the Asheville line was some tight competition! The line started at 3AM at the Bryan Easler Toyota in Hendersonville and at 6am the line had grown to over 800 people.


WLOS’ Lauren Brigman was broadcasting live from the giveaway and was the sweetest lady to meet and spend some time with. She was shocked to see the line and walked around speaking to people who had been waiting hours for their antennas.


Once the giveaway started at 6AM we FLEW through antennas, giving out 350 antennas in less than 30 minutes! Everyone in line who was not able to walk away with an antenna received a coupon for 35% off the purchase of an antenna. It was the most grateful and courteous crowd, every single person came up us and said thank you and how much it meant to them to have access to a TV antenna. It’s moments like that when we realize how lucky we are to be able to provide that for people.

The #ADBusTour is nearing the end. Our final giveaway is Monday at Grace Bible Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. Mark your calendars, set your alarms, do whatever it takes to make it out for the final stop!

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