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Aug
16

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We’re Hitting the Road Again: The 2016 TV Liberation Bus Tour

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Antennas Direct is hitting the road again for our 2016 TV Liberation Bus Tour! If you know anything about us, we can’t stay still for too long. We get extreme wanderlust, a desire to take our bus and get out of town, visit the hidden gems of the United States. So we took that itch to get back on the road and liberate more Americans from pay-TV. And as an added bonus we are giving away a Sharp 50″ LED 1080p Smart HDTV Roku TV. We will be kicking off our bus tour with a visit to one of our favorite cities, Little Rock, AR. We will also stop in Macon, GA; Charleston, SC; Asheville, NC; and Baltimore, MD. See the list below for full details.

This year’s bus tour is in partnership with the NAB, TVfreedom.org and Sinclair Broadcast Group and we are excited to work with this powerhouse group.

Stay tuned for more info on the bus tour and to see updates from each city! We will be posting daily videos recapping each giveaway, and knowing our crazy bunch, you will want to stay tuned to see these updates. And if you want us to come to YOUR city next time, be sure to let us know by filling out the “Bring the Bus to my Hometown” form HERE.

Will we see YOU on the TV Liberation Bus Tour?

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    1. Little Rock, AR
      Friday, August 19th at 6AM
      KATV, ABC 7
      Event Location: Promenade at Chenal, 17711 Chenal Pkwy, Little Rock, AR 72223

 

    1. Macon, GA
      Monday, August 22nd at 6PM
      WGXA, FOX 24 and ABC 16
      Event Location: Papa John’s (265 Tom Hill Sr Blvd, Macon, GA 31210)

 

    1. Charleston, SC
      Wednesday, August 24th at 6AM
      WCIV-TV, ABC 4
      Event Location: WCIV-TV, 888 Allbritton Blvd, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

 

    1. Asheville, NC
      Friday, August 26th at 6AM
      WLOS-TV, ABC 13
      Event Location: Bryan Easler Toyota, 1409 Spartanburg Hwy, Hendersonville, NC 28792

 

  1. Baltimore, MD
    Monday, August 29th at 6AM
    WBFF-TV, FOX 45
    Event Location: Grace Bible Baptist, 1518 N. Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228
Aug
8

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Comcast Continues to Prove Just How Evil Cable Really Is

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The state of Washington is suing Comcast for over $100 million, claiming that they deceived customers with a number of customer service guarantees.  The state is alleging that the cable giant deceived the good people of Washington into paying more than $73 million over the span of five years for a ‘near worthless “protection plan’” without disclosing areas that were not covered.

But don’t worry, folks, because State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is standing up for you. “This case is a classic example of a big corporation deceiving its customers for financial gain,” Ferguson says in a statement. “I won’t allow Comcast to continue to put profits above customers — and the law.”

Ferguson’s office is accusing Comcast of 1.8 MILLION violations of Washington’s Consumer Protection Act.  Comcast denies the accusations, saying, “We stand behind our products and services and will vigorously defend ourselves. “

The state of Washington is alleging that Comcast surprised customers with charges for service calls that they weren’t supposed to be charged for.  The state is also saying that Comcast has hurt the credit score of over 6,000 people through improper credit checks.  The cable giant has been dragging its feet to correct the issues, so the Attorney General’s office is taking legal action.

Don’t allow yourself to become a victim of the evil cable companies! Protect yourself with the power of the antenna and show those cable companies that you aren’t afraid of them!  Check out which antenna is best to arm yourself with by using our cable selector here.

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Aug
5

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Back to School and Back to Savings: Tax Free and Free Shipping!

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For some folks, hearing that it’s time to go back to school can be downright depressing. It means that their freedom is over, and the long days of sitting in class, studying and doing homework is upon them. Cue tiny violin music. For others, namely parents, they are celebrating sending their kids back to school and getting them out of the house, and out of their hair!

No matter who you are, we are going to sweeten the Back to School deal for you. We are offering a Tax Free and Free Ground Shipping weekend from August 5-7th. If that doesn’t make the school year sound at least a little more appealing, we don’t know what will.

Headed back to college? Get a ClearStream Eclipse Sure Grip TV Antenna for your dorm room or apartment. Looking to cut some costs since school supplies will cost you an arm and a leg? Cut the cord and pick up an antenna. Don’t want to stand in the horrible lines at the big box stores? Our antennas are available for purchase online at antennasdirect.com. An antenna should be on everyone’s back to school shopping list.

Use the coupon code BTS2016 at checkout to receive free shipping and zero sales tax, a nice little back to school bonus. Enjoy your last few days or weeks of summer freedom!

Aug
3

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Don’t Miss a Moment of the Rio Olympics, Grab Your Antenna!

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The Olympics are almost here and you don’t even need cable OR internet to watch it; all you need is a TV antenna!  And lucky for you, that’s where we come in to help.

This year’s Summer Olympics are being held in Rio, which is only one hour ahead of the US Eastern time zone.  This allows for much more live coverage for US audiences than in previous years.  NBC will be broadcasting over 260 hours of coverage, including the Opening Ceremony on Friday, August 5th, and the Closing Ceremony on Sunday, August 21st. During the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, the last time the Games were in a U.S. friendly time zone, NBC broadcasted 171 hours of coverage as the lone broadcasting network.

NBC will be covering some of the most popular events of the Olympics, which will include swimming, gymnastics, track and field, diving, volleyball, beach volleyball, men’s basketball finals, and women’s basketball finals.   You’ll also be able to see segments on the host city and country, as well as athlete features and interviews with newsmakers and medal-winning athletes.

NBC daytime programming will run from 10 am to 5 pm, primetime programming from 8 pm to midnight, late night programming from 12:35 am to 1:35 am, and replays from 1:35 am to 4:30 am ET/PT.

Don’t miss out; catch all of the Rio coverage with an antenna! Check out which antenna will be best for you to watch the Olympics on with our antenna selector here.

 

Aug
1

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Mr. Bicep, the Muscleman of Technology, Presents Innovative Products for Your Home

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Bruce Pechman, most lovingly known as Mr. Bicep, the Muscleman of Technology, is KUSI‘s go-to tech guru with the latest and greatest in tech gadgets. Not only is he a buff dude, but he is also a technology genius; he’s one nerd you most certainly do not want to mess with.

In his latest guest appearance on KUSI’s Good Morning San Diego, Bruce showcases a few innovative products for the home, including our ClearStream Eclipse Sure Grip indoor TV antenna.

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In the segment, Bruce raves about the dual-sided feature of this antenna, and how it’s the perfect little indoor TV antenna to match any home decor. If you’re looking to cut the cord and save hundreds of dollars, he recommends you pick up the Eclipse. Bruce also mentions how great the Antennas Direct 90-day return policy is, he said it’s a risk free purchase, so pick one up and try it out, if you don’t love it (which we don’t know if that is even possible), then return it, no questions asked! There is nothing to lose, especially once you see how many broadcast channels you will receive in crystal clear high definition.

If you’re looking to pick up the Eclipse TV antenna, now is the perfect time! Use the coupon RIO10 at checkout to receive $10 off your purchase. You have no excuses, pick up an Eclipse and cut the cord today!

Jul
20

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Why the Antenna Is More Relevant Than Ever

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So you’re sick and tired of paying the cable companies a ridiculous amount of money for hundreds of channels, of which there are maybe twenty that you actually watch. You’ve heard about cutting the cord and how millions of people all over the country are serving ties with the cable companies and embracing their newfound freedom with various alternatives. But you just don’t get it. You have a Netflix account, but you can fathom kicking your cable subscription to the curb and relying solely on the Internet for entertainment. How will you get the local news? What about the big game on the weekend? The answer lies in an HD TV antenna.

Now before you roll your eyes in disgust at the mention of an archaic technology, give me the benefit of the doubt. First off, modern TV antennas are no longer giant eyesores that sit on top of your roof like some sort of metal creepy crawler. Second, today’s HD TV antennas are powerful, and are able to pull in a variety of channels all in uncompressed high definition quality. Best of all, you only need to shell out your hard earned cash once when you purchase your antenna and that’s it, no monthly bills, no hidden fees. Sound like something you’d be interested in? Read on to find out more.

Why Use a TV Antenna?

  • Streaming video over the Internet is becoming more and more commonplace. Services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon are offering some of the best content available, but unfortunately these services are lacking in a major area…live local TV. While streaming services like Playstation Vue and SlingTV do offer some local live television options, the ability to stream these broadcasts is only available in limited areas.
  • Your ability to stream video online is dependent on your Internet speed. For an in-depth look at what kind of speeds are necessary for streaming video, head here. Generally speaking, most Internet streaming services require a speed of 5 Megabits per second to watch high definition video smoothly. For some people, this simply isn’t a reality, meaning that they have to put up with sub-par video quality, or a complete inability to stream altogether.
  • Digital television broadcasts that can be received by an HD TV antenna is in an uncompressed high definition format, meaning that the image quality is crisper and sharper to that of cable. While cable companies do indeed broadcast in high definition, the signal is often compressed, which results in a loss of quality.
  • HD TV Antennas, are able to pick up broadcasts from your local network affiliates, meaning that you’ll be able to enjoy high definition programming from networks like ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, the CW and many more.
  • Cable and satellite television providers often only carry a fraction of the channels that are available in your local area. With an HD antenna you will be able to pick up these “hidden” channels, as most broadcast stations offer additional regional programming that cable and satellite exclude.
  • Antennas can weather the storm. Cable and satellite providers can be finicky, if storm clouds roll in and tumultuous weather compromises your cable or satellite reception, you’re totally cut off. So even if you can get news stations like CNN, you might not have them during inclement weather. With an antenna, you stand a better chance of staying informed.
  • A HD TV antenna is a one-time purchase. There are no monthly fees and absolutely no hidden costs. Over-the-air broadcast television is absolutely free and always will be.

Now that you’ve seen the light and have decided to get yourself an antenna to reap the benefits of free high definition broadcasts, you’ll need to determine which antenna is right for you. Now that you’ve got an antenna, you’ll need to know how to get the best possible reception to ensure that you’re pulling in the maximum amount of available channels in your area, all in glorious high definition.

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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

Jul
18

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The Antennas Direct ClearStream 4 Is Named the Best TV Antenna

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We know that our antennas are superior and truly top of the line, we are our own biggest fans, but it’s always a great feeling when we see our name on the top of lists and pulling in amazing reviews. wiki.ezvid.com recently posted a video of the Top 10 Best TV Antennas of 2016, and of course, our ClearStream 4 (C4) came in at number 1!

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Here is what they had to say about the ClearStream 4:

“The premium Antennas Direct C4 offers incredible power and is highly efficient for its size, thanks to the patented tapered loop design. It is ideal for people living in rural areas with heavy foliage. It resists interference and offers ultra long range performance and includes all-weather mounting hardware.”

Not only that, but all of our antennas come with a lifetime warranty. Did a tornado rip your C4 off the roof? We’ll replace it. Did a raccoon decide to karate chop your ClearStream 2V? We’ll get you a new one. Whatever the case, we’ve got your back. That’s part of the reason that year after year we top lists as the top antenna manufacturer with the best customer service.

To see the full list and check out their thoughts on other TV antennas, be sure to watch the video below. Thanks to the genius folks over at ezvid for naming our C4 the best TV antenna, we appreciate you sharing your list and reviews with fellow cord cutters. People like you help to spread the news of just how awesome we really are! 🙂

Jul
15

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Millennials and Broadcast TV: It’s a Growing Thing

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Millennials are cutting the cord in growing numbers, turning to broadcast TV and streaming services. It’s more than a trend; it’s becoming a part of their lifestyle. And we support this 100%.

GfK Ownership and Trend Report were released this week, and to say that we are excited with the results of the report would be an understatement. They found a sizeable increase in over-the-air TV households, providing yet more evidence that the general public is wising up, cutting the cord and saving boatloads of cash. Almost four in ten homes with an 18-34 year old resident rely on broadcast-only or internet-only alternatives. You know why? They are too smart to throw away their money. They see the value in cutting the cord, have taken the plunge, and have never looked back.

The study finds that 17% of US TV households now rely on broadcast-only, or OTA, reception, which is up from 15% in 2015. With the increase in our antenna sales, we can verify this data.

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The NAB responded to the GfK report showing increase in broadcast-only homes with a great quote from NAB Executive Vice President of Communications, Dennis Wharton.

“The GfK survey demonstrates once again the enduring value of local and network broadcast television. It’s particularly noteworthy that millennials are now more reliant on broadcast TV than any age group. Clearly, the internet had had a major impact on how Americans receive program content, but GfK confirms that broadcast television remains remarkably resilient and growing in popularity.”

Dennis Wharton is a rock star cord cutting advocate and overall great guy, we are lucky to know him at Antennas Direct and have had his support over the years. Thanks to people like Dennis, the NAB and TVFreedom.org, the number of households cutting the cord continues to grow, which is music to our ears.

 

Jul
14

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Cable Companies Looking for Scapegoats, Once Again

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It seems like on a daily basis, you can find a news story of someone suing a cable or satellite company for one thing or another. Being wronged, lied to, over-charged, physically harmed… the list goes on and on. We stumbled upon this article the other day, “Comcast sued by cyclist clotheslined by cable cord”.

At first glance, you might chuckle as you read that headline. But think about how dangerous this could have been, and was! This cyclist is lucky to be alive after fracturing his spine and three ribs. Of course, Comcast is fighting this lawsuit and is refusing to pay the cyclist’s medical bills. The reality of the situation comes down to the fact that Comcast, and other cable companies, hire subcontractors to do many of their installs. They do this for several reasons. First of all, to cut costs. Secondly, to place blame on someone else when a situation like this occurs. Which is exactly what Comcast is doing here.

We recently heard from an employee who had a disconcerting experience with a Charter contract worker. Note, she is a cord cutter who does not have cable.

“A young man rang my door bell a couple days ago, and when I answered he immediately asked to get into my back yard. When I asked why, he said he needed to set up the cable service for my new neighbors. He was wearing jeans and black t-shirt with no logo, had no safety vest or hard hat, no identification or even a vehicle, so I was a little concerned, to say the least. I asked who he worked for and he said Charter with an attitude, like how dare I ask him or not know. That’s when he realized he didn’t have his badge on and apologized. I finally let him in the backyard, but kept a very close eye on him, which I have to say, was pretty amusing watching this guy attempt to squeeze through the fence with a ladder. After about 30 minutes he left without saying anything. An hour later there was another knock at my door, this time by a Charter employee with a hard hat, vest, and Charter truck parked in my driveway. He asked if he could go in my backyard to check on the cable, and I said that someone had already done that. His response? ‘Oh, yes, we use contractors, so it’s my job to come by and make sure they did everything correctly.’ He then proceeded to the backyard with another Charter employee to check on the install. Basically, 3 people were paid for 1 install. How does this make sense?”

This isn’t the first time we have heard stories like this. Essentially, Charter is looking for a middle man, a scapegoat, if you will. If anything goes wrong, they don’t have to take the blame, they can pawn it off to the contractor. It’s like a parent committing a crime and blaming their child. “My son said he wanted more money and told me to rob a bank. So I did.” Should the child be charged for the crime? Absolutely not! “My cable isn’t working.” Oh, sorry ma’am, not our problem. A contractor did the install.” Yeah, that doesn’t fly; they are going to have some angry customers.

Comcast and other cable companies, it’s time to start owning up to your mistakes rather than placing the blame. We are on to you, as are your customers.

 

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Jul
12

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You All Go Home a Winner With Our Olympics Giveaway!

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In case you’ve been living in a hole, the 2016 Summer Olympics kick off next month in Rio, and it’s a BIG deal for broadcast television, and for cord cutters!

At the first Olympic games in 1896, there were nine sporting competitions. Since that time, countless sports have been added and removed from the list. This year, there will be 28 sport challenges, and unlike the Olympic games in 1896, over 260 hours of the Rio Olympics will be broadcast on NBC. This includes the Opening and Closing Ceremonies, swimming, track and field, and gymnastics, just to name a few. There is no better time to be a cord cutter. With Rio one hour ahead of the U.S. Eastern Time zone, NBC has the opportunity to do more live coverage; therefore, we are REAPING in the benefits!

We are going to sweeten this glorious deal even more. That’s right… time for another Antennas Direct giveaway! Just in time for the Olympics, enter for your chance to win a 50″ LED Smart Roku TV and ClearStream Eclipse antenna! The perfect Olympics Cord Cutting package. And not to sound like a corny television commercial, but there’s more! Use Coupon Code RIO10 at checkout for $10 off your purchase!

Be sure to enter our sweepstakes HERE, but hurry, the sweepstakes end on 8/5/16. Share with your family and friends!

Watch all the events LIVE on NBC in HD, starting on August 5th with the Opening Ceremony on NBC and ending on August 21st with the Closing Ceremonies.  What events are you most looking forward to?

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