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Dec
22

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The Cord Cutters Conundrum: Which TV Antenna Is Right For Me?

TV antenna selection is more than simply imputing a zip code on a website, that’s why we have created this guide to help ease the process. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all solution. To correctly select a TV antenna, we need some basic information about your location, then follow some important installation notes. Let’s begin.

Locate your digital television transmitters

It is important to know where your local broadcast towers are located, as there are many factors that may potentially impede your signal. TV antennas are a line of sight technology, which means getting the clearest view of your towers will bring in the strongest signal.

Learning how far away from the broadcast transmitters you are will help you decide how powerful the TV antenna will need to be. However local obstructions, installation hardware and antenna positioning are important factors in antenna selection.

This said, it is generally preferable to install your antenna as high as possible, pointed in the direction of the broadcast towers, and outdoors with as few obstructions as possible.

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Using the Antenna Point tool, enter your street address and zip code to get detailed map listing distance, and direction of your local transmitters. Here you can see if the towers are located as a cluster in 1 location – like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles – or if you will require a multi-directional antenna to receive signals from many locations.

VHF or UHF

While the majority of channels in North America are broadcast on the UHF, there may be some in your area broadcast on the VHF. This means a VHF kit may be required with your TV antenna. If the VHF channel is broadcast on a lower frequency (RF Channel 2-6) you will need a specific outdoor antenna that can receive these Lo-VHF channels. Lo-VHF is very rare but they are still out there!

Topography

The topography (or lay of the land) between your address and the transmitters may vary greatly. Obstructions such as trees, buildings or mountains may degrade or block the signal traveling to your location. Use the satellite view with the interactive map in your analysis to determine the local topography for your antenna installation. Should you encounter many obstructions, an outdoor TV antenna mounted as high as possible is usually advisable.

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TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Outdoor installation is best, but Antennas Direct antennas can also be installed indoors or in attics. (50% strength/range is lost indoors).

Simple, direct connections and installations are best. The more junctions in the installation, the higher the signal loss.

Each time the signal is split (to go to another TV) signal strength is reduced, so a low-noise amplifier may be needed to help compensate for the signal reduction.

Install the antenna where signal is “present”. Move the antenna to different locations until signals are found. Many times one end of the roof or room has better signal characteristics than the others.

Ask for help
If you are not sure which TV antenna is right for you we have a dedicated team of installation experts that will gladly assist with selection, or recommend a local installer to help you get set up.

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

 

Read More: A Cord Cutter Tells All: 6 Steps to TV Freedom

 

 

Dec
11

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Cox Communication is Trying to Screw You Over

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

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

Here is what Cox claims are their benefits.

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

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

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

 

Moral of the story:

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

 

photo credit: Cox Cable Solutions Store via photopin (license)

Dec
4

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Denver Eclipse Love from AskDaveTaylor.com

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We have to admit, we love Denver. The city, the people, the atmosphere. It’s a cool place and we always have a great time when we visit. We recently got back from our latest #ADBusTour, where we had a giveaway stop in Denver at the Pepsi Center.

Our #ADBusTour stop inspired Denver native Steve Oatney, a self proclaimed online help and customer tech support guru for AskDaveTaylor.com, to test out and review our ClearStream Eclipse antenna. Dave admits that he had this preconceived notion in his head that modern-day, over the air television was dead. We are thrilled that we managed to change his mind!

“Initial set-up was a snap. The company’s tagline “Slap it. Plug it. Scan it. Watch it” is truly appropriate.”

After installing the Eclipse, which he details the ease of the simple set up in his blog, he discovered a whole new world of television that he didn’t even realize was available, and all for free! He has over 40 high definition channels that look and sound amazing.

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“Great picture, great sound, and no recurring costs…I’m in, lock, stock and barrel.”

Ladies and gentlemen, we did not ask him to say these kind words. The high quality antenna and ease of installation speaks for itself. To see Steve’s full review, be sure to check it out HERE.

Dec
3

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The Cord Cutters Guide to Holiday TV and Movies

Now that we’ve entered December, the holiday season is well underway! A common misconception people have when they cut the cord is that they have to give up the holiday TV shows, movies and specials they have grown to love over the years. We’re here to tell you this is not the case! In fact, between the holiday specials shown on broadcast television and streaming on Netflix, you have more than enough shows to make it through the entire month! We went through and pulled a few of our favorite holiday shows for cord cutters.

Broadcast Television

WizDecember 3:
The Wiz Live!
NBC at 8:00pm
For the third year, NBC is launching a live TV musical special for the holidays. It all started with The Sound of Music in 2013, followed by Peter Pan last year, this year they will continue the musical tradition with The Wiz. Co-produced by Cirque de Soleil, this Broadway musical will take you on a journey down the yellow brick road, but with a unique spin to the original Wizard of Oz.

 

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It’s A Wonderful Life
NBC at 8:00pm (also on December 24 at 8:00pm)
One of the most popular films ever made, this Christmas classic is heartwarming and the perfect movie to put you in the holiday spirit.


December 13:
The Flight Before Christmas
CBS at 9:00pm
Based on the story of a young reindeer who suffers from vertigo, but wants to become a part of Santa’s team, he takes lessons from a Finnish family of aerialist squirrels. This goofy, animated movie is great for kids of all ages.

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December 23:
I Love Lucy Christmas
CBS at 8:00pm
CBS is ringing in the holidays with the I Love Lucy Christmas Special, which consists of a new one-hour special featuring two back-to-back colorized classic episodes of the popular show.

 


December 24:
It’s Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown
ABC at 8:00pm
2015 is the 50th anniversary of “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, and to celebrate ABC is throwing a holiday special, hosted by Kristen Bell and featuring special guests Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Morrison, Sarah McLachlan, Boyz II Men, Pentatonix, David Benoit and the All-American Boys Chorus.

 

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ABC at 9:00pm
Following the holiday special is the classic animated cartoon, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Whoopi Goldberg hosts a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the movie.


December 28:
Happy New Year, Charlie Brown
ABC at 8:00pm
The holidays continue as Charlie Brown rings in the new year in classic Charlie Brown fashion.  Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Peppermint Patty and the gang come together for a fun evening full of surprises.

 

Best Netflix Holiday Movies:
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White Christmas (1954)
This holiday classic is must this time of year. You can’t go wrong with Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney, Danny Kaye and Vera-Ellen.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
If you’re looking for the perfect family holiday movie, look no further than this animated musical. It’s a movie that you and your kids will love!

A Very Murray Christmas (2015)
Available starting on December 4, Bill Murray hosts a Netflix holiday special, putting his unique spin on a holiday variety show. With an all-star cast including Chris Rock, Rashida Jones, George Clooney and Amy Poehler, this film is sure to please, and amuse.

 

For a full list of the holiday broadcast TV shows, be sure to click HERE. With all the money you cord cutters are saving, we’re sure you will have a VERY enjoyable holiday season!

Nov
30

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Thousands of Americans Liberated from Pay-TV During the TV Liberation Bus Tour

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Last month we embarked on a multicity Broadcast TV Liberation Tour, taking our shiny Antennas Direct bus back on the road to bring American’s the free local television they deserve. More than 2,000 Americans received free TV antennas at our tour stops in Albuquerque, Denver, Rapid City, Sioux Falls and Oklahoma City. With the use of these free antennas from our latest #ADBusTour, $3.6 million will be annually injected into the local economies. That’s a lot of money!

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Even cold, bitter wind and heavy rain did not stop thousands of people from lining up, some overnight, to ensure they received a TV antenna. These people greatly value their access to local TV news including weather updates, emergency alerts and programming. We saw people from all walks of life waiting in line, and they were amazed at how much television they can receive with a TV antenna. The knowledge of how much money they would be saving with no monthly fee and the best high-definition picture drew huge crowds in each market. These hard-working people now have the opportunity to put some of their cash back into the community, instead of the wallets of pay TV CEOs.

This demand for broadcast television continues to increase as more Americans become aware of the growth in the programming. A recent study from Nielsen found that more than 650,000 US homes have switched exclusively to over-the-air TV viewing just in the last year. Those are our type of people!

In case you weren’t able to make it out to one of our #ADBusTour stops, here is a recap video showing the importance of TV antennas, and what a newly liberated life means to these cord cutters.

Nov
25

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Indoor vs. Outdoor TV Antennas

Are you looking for an easy solution to cut the cord and say good-bye to monthly cable bills? Perhaps you are interested in adding a TV to a second location and you can’t stomach feeding the cable monster more dollars. A TV antenna is the quick and easy solution to FREE TV, but which antenna is right for you? Here we explore the benefits of both indoor and outdoor TV antennas.

 

Indoor TV Antennas

An indoor TV antenna may be the best solution if you live near the TV broadcast towers. They are also an excellent solution for people living in cities or apartments where mounting an outdoor antenna is simply not an option. They are small, powerful, and can be discreetly placed in any room.

Traditional dipole indoor antennas – or rabbit ears – don’t quite cut it today as they are tuned for VHF stations, while the majority of signals are now transmitted by UHF.antennas-direct-eclipse-clearstream

When installing an indoor antenna there will be building materials – brick, wood, stucco, or metal – impeding or interfering with your digital signal. Even household appliances – fridges, computers, and phones – can affect your signal. To overcome the signal loss, we recommend repositioning the antenna in a number of locations within the room – preferably near a window facing the direction of your local broadcast towers – to find the best position for a strong clear signal.

Recommended: Clearstream Eclipse Indoor TV Antenna 

 

Outdoor TV Antennas

Where installation is possible, an outdoor TV antenna will offer the best opportunity for receiving TV signals. Outdoor TV antennas are traditionally mounted on a rooftop and have a better line of site to the broadcast towers, with fewer obstructions – trees, buildings, walls, or roofing materials – and they have a distinct advantage over indoor and attic antennas.Antennas Direct Clearstream 4 Digital TV Antenna

If you live a far distance from the broadcast towers, a long
range outdoor antenna is the best option for receiving the available signals. Outdoor antennas can also be mounted onto the sides of one’s house, decks, or on a tripod from the ground if roof access is not available. Remember, test your antennas position by scanning for the available channels before drilling any holes!
If you are having difficulty with your set-up, ask your neighbors if they too experience problems receiving channels. If they have similar issues with a particular channel then reach out to us here in the office and we will raise the issue with the local broadcaster.

Recommended: Clearstream 2V Indoor/Outdoor TV Antenna 

 

Attic TV Antennas 

For best performance, we typically recommend the placement of your TV antenna at the highest point possible and with a clear line of site to the broadcast towers. Of course, many people still Clearstream 2V Attic Mountchoose to install their TV antenna in the attic for aesthetic reasons or to comply with neighborhood guidelines.

Keep in mind it’s possible to lose some signal strength from an attic installation due to building materials. With an attic installation, the effective range of most antennas is lowered by 30% to 50% (10-15 miles), so consider getting a more powerful antenna or a preamp to compensate for this loss. Additionally, it is always preferable to mount the antenna to a mast or crossbeam and avoid letting the antenna touch the floor.

Recommended: Clearstream 4 Outdoor TV Antenna 

 

 

Be sure to visit antennapoint.com to locate your local broadcast towers serving your area. This will help you determine where your towers are located and which way to aim your antenna. If you are not sure which TV antenna is right for you, we have a dedicated team of installation experts that will gladly assist with your antenna selection.

Call: 1-877-825-5572                       Chat: Live Chat                            Mail: Contact Us for More Information

 

Read More: A Cord Cutter Tells All: 6 Steps to TV Freedom

Nov
2

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#ADBusTour Liberates Over 400 at the National Weather Festival

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Surrounded by storm chasing helicopters, vehicles and the latest weather coverage technology, the Broadcast TV Liberation Tour rolled into the National Weather Festival on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. With hundreds awaiting free access to their favorite television, Antennas Direct, in partnership with TVFreedom.org and News 9 liberated over 400 festival attendees with a ClearStream 2V antenna – granting them the most reliable connection to up-to-the-moment weather coverage.

And, in a market like Central Oklahoma, that kind of connection can be the difference between life and death. That is not hyperbole. There is a reason the local broadcasting meteorologists like David Payne at News 9 are heralded as venerable rock stars. And, with a TV antenna, those local viewers don’t ever have to worry about outages due to inclement weather.

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As the hundreds received antennas during the festival, the team of the Broadcast TV Liberation Tour heard comments about the reliability of antenna technology. And, long after the last antenna was given away, we remained on hand to answer the biggest questions that TV viewers had about antennas.

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Will this work no matter what the weather does?
Yes.

What is the monthly fee for getting the signal over-the-air?
There is no monthly fee.

How many channels can we get with one of your antennas?
In this parking lot with the antenna pointed in the wrong direction, we are receiving over 50 channels.

What if I put it outside and something falls on the antenna?
The antennas come with a lifetime guarantee. Just let us know what happened, and we’ll send you a new one.

The total value of the giveaway in Norman was over $40,000 worth of antennas. However, the potential annual savings to local households was close to $600,000 if they cancel their subscription to cable or satellite television. That is money going back into their budget as opposed to lining the pockets of cable CEOs.

Like many of the stops on the latest leg of the tour, we saw the overwhelming demand for local broadcast television. We are still astounded at the emotional connection people make to their local broadcasters and the best entertainment the world has known. Broadcast television is the most reliable window into the world for a growing number of Americans.

If you would like to see the bus in your city, take a moment to check out our Bus Tour landing page and request a bus stop!

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Oct
23

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Not Rain, Nor Wind, Nor Cold Can Keep Over 500 South Dakotans from Free Broadcast TV

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Dawn arrives to the entrance of the KELOLAND-TV station at 10 PM – long before the other crowds. She huddles under the canopy in front of the foyer with a folding chair and blanket. Although Dawn knows she would be waiting for hours, she also knows the wait was worth it. The rain began to fall, the night becomes cold and the wind blows, and, still, she waits.

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What drives Dawn to the steps of KELOLAND-TV was the chance to receive broadcast television in full high definition without the pain of a monthly fee. The crew from the Broadcast TV Liberation Tour (a partnership with Antennas Direct and TVFreedom.org) was set to giveaway ClearStream 2V antennas to the first 300 families at 6:45 AM – many hours later.

“I’m just fed up with my cable company,” says Dawn still huddled in a fleece blanket. She had been refusing coffee for hours just to avoid going to the bathroom and losing her place in line. “The wait for one of these antennas is worth never having to deal with cable again.”

Dawn is joined at 11 PM by several more people. By 5 AM, the line of for a free antenna stretched to to the end of the block and around the corner. The diverse crowd included TV viewers from neighboring Iowa, Nebraska and Minnesota. Periodically Paul Farmer from KELO-TV takes cups of coffee and umbrellas to the cold and wet masses – trying his best to keep them comfortable.

These hundreds of hard working people from our country’s Upper Midwest would rather endure the physical discomfort of hours in the rain, wind and cold than to have to face the monthly anguish of cable subscriptions.

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By 6:45 AM, at the start of the giveaway, when the downpour increases, the line numbers more than 1,000. Each of them excited and sunny. Seeing the extraordinary demand, we release our backup stock of antennas thus liberating more than 500 households from the clutches of pay television – 200 more antennas than we had originally budgeted for the giveaway.

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In true South Dakota fashion, each antenna is received with gratitude – hand shakes, hugs and thank-you’s abound.

Aside from relief from cable bills, many in the crowd were excited to receive consistent connection to their favorite news and weather updates in high definition. Over-the-air signals never go away – even in the most inclement weather. And broadcasters like KELO-TV have invested millions in their technology to make sure viewers get the real-time weather with expert reporting. All of this without a monthly fee.

The Broadcast TV Liberation Tour is thankful to Brittany Larson for live reports and awesome support from KELO-TV. We are looking forward to our stop in Oklahoma City!

Oct
22

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#ADBusTour Delivers Bigger Smiles to 400 Rapid City Residents

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Right at the entrance to the Black Hills of South Dakota is Rapid City, a small municipality that authentically cares deeply about what holds its community together. The local businesses thrive to create a unique downtown. Local high school sports are headline grabbers. And the local TV reporters who deliver news into the living rooms become familiar names across dinner tables.

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And, from the view of the Broadcast TV Liberation Tour, what holds this community together is a sunny attitude and unapologetic brand of kindness. When we rolled into the Main Street Square in downtown Rapid City, several hundred already gathered. The morning air was chilly enough that breath was visible. But even more visible were the smiles on the faces of residents.

They smiled because they knew something that more and more Americans are realizing – broadcast television is the best, most reliable window into your community.video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

In partnership with KOTA Territory News and TVFreedom.org, we increased the already broad smiles of over 400 Rapid City residents. We know that, today, they are feeling more connected to what matters to them most – their local community news and weather with the best programming in the world without a monthly fee.

We are grateful to Priscilla Borrego and the whole team at KOTA Territory News. You, the local broadcaster, have built a trust relationship with the families in Rapid City.

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Oct
21

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The Takeaway Interviews Richard Schneider on Exponential Growth of Antennas

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Yesterday, our new Broadcast TV Liberation Tour road-tripping president, Richard Schneider, was interviewed on PRI’s The Takeaway about the booming growth of digital TV antennas. He was able to frame the importance of over-the-air television and its role in the lives of all TV lovers – across ages and demographics.

“Over-the-air broadcast is the new basic cable,” says Schneider during the interview with John Hockenberry. “We’re giving the people the opportunity to liberate themselves from their unhealthy relationships with their cable providers.”

The beginning of the segment posted in-full below focuses on the FCC and their bid to auction off portions of the broadcast spectrum now used by your local TV affiliate. The spectrum would be then auctioned off to cellular network providers. To justify this sale, Stuart Benjamin cites fabricated statistics in an effort to make broadcast TV sound irrelevant.

However, his perception, and that of the FCC, of the US market for broadcast TV is not based on any form of reality. We know this for two reasons:

1. The market for digital TV antennas is exploding.
2. Reality is where we live.

We think that if just one of the FCC’s executives would come with us on our Broadcast TV Liberation Bus Tour, they would change their tune about the demand for broadcast TV.

Let them see with their own eyes the huddled thousands. Let them shake the hands of grateful, teary-eyed, hard-working people from the Midwest. Let them see the Asian Americans in San Francisco who now have a free window to their local community with in-language news and programming.

We offer an open invitation to any FCC executive to join us as we cross the country and liberate TV viewers. We have plenty of room on this bandwagon.

 

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