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Dec
9

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The Denver Channel: TV Antennas Are Making a Comeback!

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Another day, another AWESOME news story talking about the growth of cord cutting. Every time a cable cord is cut, an angel receives her wings. In reality, every time someone cuts the cord, they are putting thousands of dollars back into their pocket. Yaaassss!

Anthony Leyba, owner of Digital Concepts, an antenna installation service in Colorado, has seen the growth of cord cutting first hand. He went from installing 10 antennas a month to 10 antennas a week! We were thrilled to see that he uses our ClearStream 2V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antennas for his outdoor antenna installations!

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In Denver, they are able to receive about 50 TV channels including their local stations and broadcast networks such as ABC, FOX, CBS, NBC, PBS and many subchannels including Spanish networks, religious programming and  classic TV shows and movies. With Antenna TV, there are options for everyone, and bundled with internet and streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, you have thousands of TV shows and movies to choose from, you’ll never run out! Seriously, though, there are no contracts and no hidden fees when using an antenna.  Stations are broadcasting FREE content .

If you’re someone who is ready to cut the cord but don’t know where to begin, give us a call! We can help you determine what antenna would work best for your location and we can talk you through installation. We will even show you were your local broadcast towers are located and provide you with a list of the TV stations available in your area. Just go to antennapoint.com and type in your zip code.  If you’re worried about installation, we can recommend installers in your area who can set up your antenna for you! It doesn’t get any easier. After a onetime fee of the antenna purchase and installation, you’ll be enjoying free television every month. Sounds too good to be true, but this isn’t a sales gimmick. This is reality knocking on your door and telling you it’s time to save money and kick the cable and satellite companies to the curb. We’ll send them a nice fruit basket for their loss.

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
6

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The Gadgeteer Reviews the Newly Reengineered ClearStream Eclipse

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As many of you know, several months ago we released our ClearStream Eclipse Sure Grip HDTV Antenna with some exciting updates, including an enhanced 50 mile range, reversible black and white double-sided design and  advanced performance to receive more channels. We’ve been hearing some great feedback, and were excited to see a review this morning from the Gadgeteer!

When we first launched the ClearStream Eclipse TV Antenna over two years ago, the Gadgeteer tried one out and they were excited with their results! They liked the design of the Eclipse, the ease of installation and were able to receive many local channels they weren’t able to pull in before with a competitor’s model. However, we took our original Eclipse and turned it up a notch. We decided to send the Gadgeteer one of our reengineered Eclipses to see how well it performed in comparison to the original, over 2 years ago.

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Differences:

The original Eclipse had a 35 mile range. It worked well in their living room, but it struggled to get some of the local channels.

The reengineered ClearStream Eclipse has a 50+ mile range and a slightly new edge to its design, including a reversible white and black double-sided design. After some experimenting to find the best location, Kathleen was able to pick up all of her local stations. In the past they’ve had trouble tuning into ABC and NBC, so it was exciting to be able to receive those stations with the reengineered Eclipse.

Thanks to Kathleen Chapman and the Gadgeteer for taking the time to review our ClearStream Eclipse! We listen to feedback from our clients, fans and industry leaders to help us continue to improve performance for consumers.

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
29

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Antennas Direct 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

Last year, shoppers around the country said they were planning to spend an average of $882 for holiday gifts. For some folks, that’s just a drop in the bucket. For the majority of us, that’s a LARGE sum of money. Now let’s do a little math (don’t worry, you won’t be tested).

The average cable in 2016 is $103.10.

There are 12 months in the year.

$103.10 X 12 = $1,237.20

The average American spends $1,237.20 a year on cable. That is outrageous! Think about all of the things you could do with that money!

Here’s an idea. Cut the cord this holiday season and start saving over $1,000 a year. It’s not only a gift to yourself, but also to your family! Think about all the things your family could use that money on (and all of the holiday gifts you could buy.

Now, with all that money saved, here is our 2016 Gift Guide with our EXCELLENT gift suggestions.

Parrot Swing Drone– $139.99
Yes, drones are still in and hot (but you know, not like setting on fire). The Parrot Swing Drone is a minidrone that is more affordable and impressive than the more expensive models. We would say this is the perfect gift for the kids in your life but let’s be honest, this is the perfect gift for ANYONE.

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GoPro HERO5– $399.99
If you’re shopping for the on-the-go, adventure type, (or someone who is prone to hilariously embarrassing activities) a GoPro is the perfect holiday gift. You’ll get professional quality video with a waterproof, wind, and noise reducing camera.

XYZ Printing da Vinci Mini– $289
This is a 3D printer. How cool is that?! With this little mini 3D printer, you  can print prototypes for businesses and replace parts and pieces for items around the home. Great for the creative, or um, nerdy types.

GrillBot– $129.95
Grilling is great. BBQ is tasty. Cleaning the grill? Yeah, no one wants to do that. How about a robot that can clean your grill AND is dishwasher safe? We’re down. Invite us to your BBQ and we’ll clean the grill.

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ClearStream Eclipse Sure Grip Indoor HDTV Antenna– $39.99, $59.99 (amplified)
Well duh. Of course we’re going to include our award winning indoor TV antenna to the list. If you have any friends or family members ready to cut the cord, this is the perfect gift. The Sure Grip takes the most advanced technology and makes it even better. Grips to any smooth surface, suchs as a wall or window. Great for dorm rooms, RV’s and over-the-road vehicles. It features a black and white double-sided design and is paintable, so you can match your wall, furniture, or accent color for a custom fit. All you have to do is Grip it, Plug it, Scan it and Watch it.

Amazon Echo Dot– $49.99
If you know someone who is into smart home technology, this is the perfect gift. It’s hands-free, voice-controlled that uses Alexa to play music, control smart home devices, read the news, answer questions and be your companion.

Nintendo NES Classic Edition– $60
For the gaming nerd in your life, this classic console will help you relive the 80s gaming glory. It comes with 30 games built in!

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Roku Premiere+ – $99.99
If you’re a cord cutter, you of course know of Roku and most likely own one (we’re big fans). But they recently released the Premiere+ which gives you 4K resolution and high dynamic range video, plus a Wi-Fi remote with headphones. When your kids are asleep and  you want to watch your adult content shows (ahem, American Horror Story, Walking Dead, Orange is the New Black…you get the drift), you’ll be in love with the headphones.

Skullcandy Grind Wireless Headphones– $89.99
For the gamer or music lover, these headphones are some of the best Bluetooth headphones under $100. They won’t break the bank, but they WILL block out noise.

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3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set– $50
For any creative and artsy kids in your life, this 3D-printing pen works like a glue gun to draw plastic creations. It’s fun, interactive and doesn’t break the bank.

Fruit Keg Tapping Kit– $19.99
Because with all of that money  you’ll save cutting the cord, you can throw some kick ass parties. So who doesn’t need a fruit keg tapping kit?

Creative Cursing Generator– $9.21
Now this is a great gift for a coworker or friend who would love a little help stringing together the perfect curse phrase to accurately express their feelings. The printer is out of paper right before a big presentation? Let the creative cursing generator help you express that frustration.

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Boyfriend Pillow– DIY!
Not only is this a great gift for someone who is, well, lonely or looking to cuddle, but it can also be made on the cheap. Nothing says, “I care about you and don’t want you to be alone,” like a boyfriend pillow.

And there ya go. Just a few gift options for everyone in your life, from kids, spouses, friends and office mates. And with all that money you’ll save cutting the cord, you could treat yo’ self to a nice little gift or 2.

Nov
28

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Denver and Pittsburgh Share Their Love of Antennas Direct

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The turkey leftovers are almost gone, the pumpkin pie is a distant memory and the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are deflated and packed away. Now we are on to the holidays! When we got back to the office today after a food filled, relaxing long weekend, we were thrilled to see that two publications shared their love for Antennas Direct! The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shared their 2016 holiday gift guide and The Denver Post discussed the growth of cutting the cord and installing TV antennas.

When we saw that our ClearStream Eclipse made the front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Business section for their holiday gift guide, we may have let out a little girl giggle. We think that the Eclipse HDTV Antenna is the perfect holiday gift, so it’s exciting to see others have the same idea! We have the best plan that will save you time and money this holiday season. Throw away your Christmas shopping list and stock up on TV antennas for everyone in your life! You’ll be done shopping in no time at all, save yourself money, and help your loved ones save money. You’re welcome.

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The Denver Post wrote a great article discussing the growth of cutting the cord and people returning to TV antennas. Those people, they’re OUR favorite. Anthony Leyba owns Digital Concepts in Denver and he climbs on top of customer’s roofs about 10 times a month to install new TV antennas. He recommends our ClearStream 4 antenna, he says that it’s the best signal he’s found in an antenna and he recommends it for his clients. Denver-area residents can get up to 50 channels with an antenna! Why pay $120 for cable and only watch 20 channels when you could get 50 channels for free?

Thanks to the Denver Post and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for helping spread awareness of cutting the cord and promoting over-the-air television with a TV antenna! We love you. A lot.

Nov
16

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The Ultimate Cord Cutters Guide to Holiday Movies and TV Shows

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This is the time of year where people (ourselves included) want to bundle up in front of the fireplace with family and watch TV and movies. It’s the simple pleasures that bring us the most joy, and being a cord cutter doesn’t have to mean that you miss out. In fact, as a cord cutter, you are winning by pocketing more money each month that can be used on: Christmas candy, holiday gifts, holiday vacations and early retirement.

If you’re a holiday TV lover, here is our cord cutters guide to watching the best Fall and Winter TV shows, movies and holiday specials.

BROADCAST TV:

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade- November 24th at 9:00am on NBC
This is a must watch annual tradition, and this is the 90th year for the parade! Don’t miss a moment, the parade begins at 9AM ET on November 24th, broadcast live on NBC.

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving- November 24th at 8:00pm on ABC
A classic family favorite will air on, you guessed it, Thanksgiving evening at 8:00pm on ABC. Join Charlie, Snoopy, Linus and the entire gang on a Thanksgiving day adventure.

Santa Claus is Coming to Town- November 25th at 8:00pm on ABC
I mean, come on. This is a must for the holiday season. Thanksgiving is a past memory (other than the leftover turkey in the fridge), and now you can sit back and watch the Christmas classics.

Christmas in Rockefeller Center- November 30th at 8:00pm on NBC
You’ll feel all of the Christmas-time warm fuzzies watching the lighting of the giant Christmas tree in New York. For many folks, this is the OFFICIAL start of Christmas.

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A Charlie Brown Christmas- December 1st at 8:00pm on ABC
Yes, we included two Charlie Brown movies on our list. Because we can. And because they are so darn good. Who doesn’t enjoy a holiday Charlie Brown movie?! Will there be a heartwarming holiday message wrapped up in a cute, fun cartoon? Absolutely!

It’s a Wonderful Life- December 10 at 8:00pm on NBC
It’ll make you cry, smile, feel nostalgic and your heart will be warmed. This is a holiday classic you most certainly do not want to miss and is a movie the whole family will enjoy.

iHeart Radio Jingle Ball 2016- December 15th at 8:00pm on the CW
If you’re a music AND Christmas lover, the iHeart Radio Jingle Ball is right up your alley. Enjoy music from your favorite acts including Charlie Puth, Daya, Diplo, Fifth Harmony, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Ariana Grande, The Chainsmokers and many, many more.

NETFLIX:

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GILMORE GIRLS.
Do we need to say more? We’ve waited 9 long years. We’ve rewatched seasons 1-7 close to four dozen times. We’ve quoted Lorelai daily while drinking our morning coffee. And we may or may not own at least one article of Gilmore Girls merchandise. And now, finally, we will be able to enjoy Gilmore Girls again with “A Year in the Life”, a Netflix original coming out on November 25th. Forget Black Friday shopping, our butts will be glued to the couch, catching up with our favorite girls. We are not ashamed.

Miracle on 34th Street
The 1994 remake of the classic Christmas tale is now streaming on Netflix!

Christmas with the Kranks
If you’re looking for a fun, and different holiday movie, of course Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis make this flick a win.

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White Christmas
This is a winner for us. It’s the perfect movie to watch with the entire family: there’s singing, war, Christmas, sisters and snow. What more could you ask for?!

Love Actually
This is a wonderful movie no matter the time of year, but you’ll quickly get into the holiday spirit once you stream this movie.

HULU:

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Fireplace for Your Home
This might sound stupid, but seriously, you will enjoy these holiday lights and fireplace scenes for the perfect background entertainment while wrapping presents, decorating the house or spending time with family and friends. We dare you to not be mesmerized by the fire.

Holiday TV Show Classics
If you’re someone who remembers the holiday specials from your favorite TV shows, Hulu has the hookup! From a Very Brady Christmas, to Parks and Recreation to Mork and Mindy, you’ll find all your favorite holiday episodes streaming on Hulu.

SLING TV:

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Freeform’s 25 Days of Christmas.
If you have Sling, this is a must for the holidays. A different holiday classic every day? Yes please. A few of our favorites include Elf (12/4)The Polar Express (12/12), National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation (12/16) and Disney’s A Christmas Carol (12/23). If you need us, we will be glued to the TV with a steaming mug of cocoa quoting Elf word for word.

 

So there ya have it. Our Ultimate Cord Cutters Guide to watching the best holiday movies and shows.

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!

Nov
10

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Announcing our BIGGEST Giveaway Yet and 25% off Your Purchase for November!

ad_blackfridayfbadYou might not know this about us, but we really like holidays. REALLY like holidays. We aren’t even holiday specific. We are fans of celebrating all holidays. And we want to share our holiday cheer with you, our favorite humans. We wanted to create the Ultimate Holiday Stocking, perfect for cord cutters, to give away. But wait, it gets even better (cue our infomercial voice and corny graphics).

Starting November 8th, we are offering 25% off your purchase at antennasdirect.com. If you’re looking to upgrade your antenna or purchase one as a gift, now is the time! Get ahead of the Black Friday craziness, and shop from home. It doesn’t get much better. Oh wait, it does. When you purchase an antenna using the coupon code PREBF25, you are automatically entered to win the cord cutting stocking. It doesn’t get any easier! Not ready to purchase? No problem. You can still enter the giveaway by filling out the form HERE.

Now, let’s get down to business. We’re sure you’re thinking to yourself, “but what are they giving away?”

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  • An Xbox One S Gears of War 4 Bundle (1 TB)
  • The Crew for Xbox One
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for Xbox One
  • Hauppauge Digital TV Tuner for Xbox One
  • $30 Netflix Gift Card
  • $25 Sling TV Gift Card
  • $25 Hulu Gift Card
  • ClearStream Eclipse antenna

Total retail value:  Over a $600!

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That’s right. We are stuffing this GIANT stocking full of games and cord cutting essentials just for you. Because we love you. And love giving away awesome gifts.

And with our 25% off promo code we feel like Oprah. “And YOU get an antenna! And YOUUUU get an antenna!”

We will be announcing the winner of our giveaway the first week in December. Be sure to enter, take advantage of the coupon code and share with your friends!

Nov
7

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How Cord Cutters Can Watch Live Election Night Coverage

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After a seemingly never-ending election cycle, the time has finally come and election night is upon us! I don’t know what you normally watch on Tuesday nights, but this Tuesday will be filled with coverage about the polls and how people have voted. The process will last all day until a new President elect has been named. Whether you’re voting for Clinton, Trump, or a third party, this is one night you won’t want to miss.

If you have already cut the cord, you should have an HDTV antenna. If you don’t, you definitely need a good antenna as that will make watching TV a much easier and affordable experience. On November 8, every news channel will be airing non-stop network coverage. If you can’t wait to find out the results of the evening, there are plenty of TV shows you can watch for the entire day.

Here are your best options for watching Election Night coverage without cable:

Local Channels: If you have an HDTV antenna it’s as simple as turning on ABC, CBS, FOX, or NBC. They will all be offering live network coverage for much of the day. The best part of watching TV with an HD antenna is that it’s free, over-the-air. Once you buy an  antenna there  isn’t any additional charges. If you want to watch coverage later, you can even purchase a DVR to tape content and watch it when you have the time.

CBS All Access: CBS All Access allows you to watch CBS coverage online. If you want to watch online and prefer CBS to other networks, this is a good option. You’ll want to make sure that you’re able to access live coverage before signing up. Currently, about 80% of the country has live stream access, so most people will be covered. The service is less than $10 a month, and you get a free trial, which is perfect for Election Night coverage.

Sling TV: If you’re looking for a cable experience that you can take with you when you leave the house, Sling TV is a pretty good option. Coverage starts at $20 a month with 25 channels. In this package you have access to CNN. If you bump up to the $25 package you’ll have MSNBC, as well. Sling TV also allows you to add channels, so if there is a news channel you prefer you may be able to add it.. Sling TV also offers a 7-day free trial.

PlayStation Vue: If you want a cable-like experience that works primarily in your home, Vue might be what you’re looking for. It costs more than Sling TV, but you also get more channels. Depending on your location, you could possibly get local live stream channels along with CNN, MSNBC, FOX News, and other channels. The benefit here is that you really can take your pick of the news networks you’d prefer to watch. Like the other options, you can watch Election Night with the Vue free trial.

Social Media: For many recent big events, you can find many live streams on social media. Twitter will stream BuzzFeed’s election coverage, while Facebook will stream coverage from many different outlets like ABC News and PBS. Despite users expressing they want less news coverage in their feeds, these social media live streams continue to be successful.

These are the best options for watching election night coverage without cable. As you can see, while there are plenty of streaming options, with a good HDTV antenna you can easily watch a number of local and network stations at home, for free. If you go with a streaming option, make sure you have fast internet to handle the load.

In the end, it will all depend on what channel you prefer to watch when a new President is named. Just make sure if you’re not utilizing your antenna to take advantage of free trials so you don’t have to pay unless you plan to keep the streaming service you use!

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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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