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Apr
8

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Tom’s Guide Names the ClearStream Eclipse the Best Antenna Design

Tom’s Guide recently released their list of Best Indoor HDTV Antennas of 2016, and we are excited that our ClearStream Eclipse Amplified antenna was named the Best Antenna Design! It received an 8/10 rating, and was praised for the unique design. The geniuses over at Tom’s Guide know what they’re talking about!

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“One of the most powerful indoor HDTV antennas we’ve tested, the ClearStream Eclipse is very easy to install…the Eclipse’s sleek design won’t make you want to hide it when visitors enter your house,” said Tom’s Guide. “The flat, white, doughnut-shaped antenna is about the size of a Frisbee, and features a non-marking backing adhesive that can cling to a window or a painted wall.”

With our customers in mind, we engineered the ClearStream Eclipse indoor TV antenna so it was easy to install, but not an eyesore. Why would anyone want to pin, screw, or tape an antenna to wall, when you can slap it on the window, and easily move it to another location to find the best reception? The Eclipse has Sure Grip that lets you position the antenna on any smooth surface. Why hide your antenna, when you can embrace it?

The Eclipse is a great size for an indoor antenna. Designed to blend into sophisticated spaces, and is exceptionally powerful. When Tom’s Guide tested it out, they were able to receive 25 channels with a 50+ mile range.

Just last month, Tom’s Guide reviewed the Eclipse and noted its power and poise. We love the folks over at Tom’s Guide, thank you for your kind words and the honor of naming the ClearStream Eclipse the best antenna design!

Apr
6

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TBS Proves that Cord Cutting Continues to Rise

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If you’re a sports fan, when you think of March, you think of basketball and March Madness. Year after year, our inboxes are flooded with invites to brackets, friends asking us over to drink, and watch the game and fights erupting between die hard college basketball fans. However, it appears that this year, the NCAA championship viewership was down a whopping 37%. Why you may ask? Let us explain.

For the first time, the NCAA championship was broadcast on TBS instead of on broadcast television. But TBS is not some obscure, unknown cable channel with little carriage. In fact, it has even slightly higher penetration than ESPN. According to an article from Sports Business Daily, “TBS tops all cable nets with 100.5 million homes, or around 87.4% of homes.”

And it’s not like the teams that were competing in the NCAA Championship weren’t fan favorites or enjoyable to watch. Villanova’s last-second win over North Carolina was a nail biter, possibly one of the most exciting finished in March Madness history according to the Wall Street Journal.  So what does this mean? How did the NCAA manage to lose so many viewers?

Basically, this is proof that cable cutting is even more widespread than has been previously reported! We’ve been screaming this from the rooftops for quite some time, but here it is, in cold, hard facts. It looks like the NCAA made a poor decision moving the championship away from broadcast TV. There were many debates leading up to the finale whether a cable network would be able to pull as many viewers as broadcast TV, and apparently, TBS failed in that department. There are countless articles talking about the growth in cutting the cord, so why decide now, after years of broadcasting the championship on broadcast TV, to move it to cable? Sounds like a major EFF YOU to cord cutters.

We’ll be anxious to see what they decide to do next year. Cord cutters, lets stand together and let them know that we want to watch our basketball on broadcast TV, the way it should be!

Apr
1

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Ding dong the Witch is dead, but since you have an antenna, you’re not!

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Spring is a truly wonderful season. Daylight savings is finally here, the temperatures begin to rise, and beautiful flowers are blooming all around us. But along with all that beauty and positivity come spring storms (and allergies). Depending on your location, these storms can be pretty vicious.

Picture this: a massive storm is headed your way. Your family is sitting around the TV tracking the weather, and all of a sudden the cable cuts out. Gone! With no warning at all, your contact to the outside world and to your safety is gone. Don’t let this happen to you.

By now you may be asking yourself, what’s the solution? Well, it’s simple. Drop cable or satellite and get a TV antenna. An antenna can weather the storm and keep you informed. Local programming offers information on incremental weather, current events, and other emergency notifications. Even more, television is where you turn to for local news and regional programming that connects everyone to their communities, regions, and the world. It is a pillar of our democracy that keeps us informed and challenges the way we think about the world (yes, we just got really deep and serious. It does happen on occasion).

Mark Twain once said, “In the Spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” Don’t take a chance when it comes to your family and safety, or you might be saying, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore…”

Let’s get down to it. You need a TV antenna. We have TV antennas.  Nothing would bring us more joy than to help keep your pockets full of cash from canceling your pay TV provider. Visit antennasdirect.com or give our customer service team a call toll-free in the U.S. at 1-877-825-5572. We’re available 7 days a week just for you!

Mar
28

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Baseball Season is Here, Now Enter to Win Some Great Prizes!

opening dayWe love springtime for many reasons. Obviously, we enjoy the warmer weather and not needing to bundle up like an Eskimo just to run inside the store for a carton of milk. But the warmer weather also brings us the delicious grilling season, beautiful flowers and the wonderful sounds of the ballpark. For us, the spring season is baseball season!

If you’ve followed us for a number of years, you might already know this, but we are big baseball fans here at Antennas Direct. How could we not be when we have the best baseball team in our backyard?

To celebrate America’s favorite past time, we are having an Opening Day Giveaway!

The giveaway will run now-April 4th to celebrate MLB’s opening day.  Simply fill out the form HERE and you are entered to win! One entry per person, please. We don’t appreciate

Giveaway Prize:

  • Custom jersey of YOUR favorite team! (even though we’re Cardinal’s fans, we won’t hold your favorite team against you)
  • ClearStream Eclipse Antenna (recently named the BEST indoor TV antenna by The Wirecutter)
  • Family pack of Cracker Jacks (you can’t say baseball without thinking Cracker Jacks, right?)

Feel free to invite us over to your house to catch a game, we’re always down for some Cracker Jacks. We might even bring the beer.

Good luck, and we wish your team the best of luck this season! We’re sure we’ll see you in the World Series 😉

Mar
20

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Power and Poise: Tom’s Guide Review of the ClearStream Eclipse Indoor Antenna

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If you’re looking for a techie review of a new gadget or app, Tom’s Guide is the best place to visit. They call themselves “the geeky friend who’s always on call…we’re here to provide you with buying advice, in-depth reviews and expert recommendations in a wide variety of tech product categories.” No need to search the internet, they’re a one stop shop for reviews and advice. We’re excited that they tested out our ClearStream Eclipse and shared a review with their readers! Here’s a quick look at some of their thoughts:

  • Easy to install
  • Very good reception
  • Unobtrusive design
  • Made for urban cord cutters who need a powerful antenna that offers more placement options for best reception

According to John Quain, reviewer at Tom’s Guide, the design of the Eclipse is attractive to the eye, and extremely convenient for repositioning with the Sure Grip backing. You don’t have to peel off stickers or adhesive when repositioning the antenna and fear damaging the paint or plaster. Who wants to use tape or stickers to hang their antenna anyways? We’ve seen pictures of antennas literally DUCT TAPED to the windows or walls. Trust us, your spouse will thank you for using the Eclipse. Put that tape away.

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“Those who want to hide their antennas and who don’t want to mess with stickers or screws will find the Eclipse worth it.” That’s right, the ease and convenience of the Eclipse makes it the perfect indoor antenna for those people who don’t want to climb on their roof or attic, but still want to cut the cord and watch the broadcast television they know and love.

To see the full review, check it on Tom’s Guide website HERE.

 

Mar
17

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Mr. Muscleman Sings His Praise for Antennas Direct, and You Don’t Want to Mess with Him…

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Bruce Pechman, the Muscleman of Technology, shares his tips with KUSI San Diego on how to save money by cutting the cord. If you don’t know Mr. Muscle Man, check out his website, he’s not only hilarious and an excellent resource when it comes to not only technology, but he’s also a fitness guru. I mean, take a look at him. He’s ripped.

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According to Bruce, the first step to get rid of cable is by installing a TV antenna. His top pick? Antennas Direct, of course. Bruce suggests the ClearStream 2V antenna if you’re looking for an indoor/outdoor model or the ClearStream Eclipse if you’re looking for the ease and convenience of a powerful indoor antenna.

“Get all the local channels with a darn good indoor/outdoor HDTV antenna,” says Bruce. “Antennas Direct, I say direct because you can call them and they will ask where you live, they will triangulate your location, tell you how far you are from the tower and tell you how many channels you can get.”

That’s right, if you’re looking to cut the cord, but not sure where to start or what antenna would work best for your location, give us a call! Our customer support team is ready to answer your most burning cord cutting questions.

One of Bruce’s favorite parts of using an antenna is the fact that you can get all the local channels without a monthly fee. With the onetime cost of an Antennas Direct antenna and you are set. Bye bye cable bill. Hello pocket full of cash.

Bruce also discusses other alternatives to cable, including Sling TV, Roku, Samsung Galaxy View, and much more. Be sure to watch the full segment for Mr. Muscleman’s list of top cord cutting products.

Thanks to Bruce for featuring our ClearStream 2V and our ClearStream Eclipse.  Bruce, you are one heck of a guy. We’re big fans. Whether we’re looking to get buff or learn about the latest in technology, we know we can turn to you.

 

Mar
15

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Antenna CEO Amazed by Company Market Penetration with Virtually No Paid Advertising

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Antenna CEO amazed by company market penetration with virtually no paid advertising

March 15, 2016; ST. LOUIS – In a recent survey released by Nielsen, households who solely use an over-the-air antenna to watch broadcast television rose in the third quarter to 12.8 million from 12.2 million the year before. That’s 600,000 additional households who have cut the cable cord and are solely using a TV antenna. Now, what this study does not include are households who also use streaming sites such as Hulu, Netflix and Amazon Prime, just to name a few. These 12.8 million households are only a FRACTION of the American households who have ended their abusive relationship with the pay-TV companies.

The cable company and their public relations team lackeys (Nielsen) call all antenna companies liars, but according to Nielsen’s data, Antennas Direct is not only dominating the market, but are selling MORE antennas in the year than is being shown in their data. Antennas Direct alone has sold significantly more antennas than the number of households reported using antennas in 2015.

“We don’t like our competitors since we obviously make the best damn antennas, but we really feel bad for our competitors who according to this data, must not have sold any antennas,” said Richard Schneider, Antennas Direct president.  “I almost feel guilty being this successful when obviously my competitors are struggling so badly.”

The National Association of Broadcasters claims that the average cable bill has increased to $120 a month. If an additional 600,000 households have cut the cord and are using over-the-air antennas to watch broadcast television, then do the math. That’s a collective $864 million dollars being put back in the pockets of Americans, not into the hands of the greedy pay-TV CEOs.  Cord cutting is putting money back into the economy, and helping to save Americans thousands of dollars.

“With the constant growth of cord cutting, we’re looking forward to seeing our sales continue to rise and take over the market,” said Schneider. “Americans are proving their intelligence. First by choosing to cut the cord, and secondly, by choosing us. Cord cutters are the smartest people around.”

About Antennas Direct
Antennas Direct is the #1 LEADER in antenna technology, reinventing the antenna for the digital era and dominating the market. With a heritage in over-the-air antennas specifically tuned for core DTV frequencies, Antennas Direct has invested major resources into the discovery and implementation of new antenna designs for digital reception. Founded in 2003, the firm is a member of the Inc. 500|5000 Hall of Fame and Future of TV Coalition. Visit antennasdirect.com for more information.

Mar
8

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Spring TV Guide for Cord Cutters

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Eight of the biggest television moments of the first half of the year are on the horizon and the good news is that cable or not, no one will have to miss any of them. A lot of people worry about cutting the cord. The good news is that as more people take the leap of faith, streaming services become more willing to provide their service, so you don’t miss all the action!  Check them out in this quick Spring TV Guide for Cord Cutters

March Madness

Starting March 15, March Madness is the event of the year for College Basketball fans. 64 teams will battle it out through the weeks until April 4, and the championship in Houston, TX. If you want to watch the games online, I’ve created a complete March Madness Guide to help you out. But the short of it is, Sling TV will allow you to watch all the TBS, TNT, and TruTV games. You can then use an antenna to watch the games on CBS for free.

The Americans

The Season 4 premiere of The Americans will be here on March 16 on FX Network. Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell star in the critically-acclaimed drama about two KGB operatives posing as an American couple in Washington D.C. during the Reagan presidency. If you need to catch up on this before the season 4 premiere, Amazon Prime has the first three seasons included in their Prime membership. From then on, the easiest way to get the show would be to purchase the new season with a season pass on Amazon.

Daredevil

The second season of Marvel’s Daredevil will hit Netflix in its entirety on March 18. This is significant for Netflix, as this was their first of many Marvel shows, and after a huge first season that was applauded by critics, there are high expectations for this sophomore season. As with all Netflix originals, they are released together and remain on Netflix, so if you haven’t watched this superhero drama about a blind crime fighter in Hell’s Kitchen, you have plenty of time to binge-watch the first season before season two premieres.

The Walking Dead

Season 6 of The Walking Dead has already been filled with moments that have shocked, and sometimes delighted viewers. On April 3, the finale happens and if it’s anything like past finales, you can expect to be wowed, if not absolutely shocked and devastated. The easiest way to watch The Walking Dead would be Sling TV.

NBA Playoffs

The Playoffs are always a big event for basketball fans. This year, the playoffs start on April 16. It’s unclear at this point what games will air on what network, but we do know the games will air on ESPN, ABC, and TNT. This makes Sling TV your best bet for the majority of games, though you will be able to catch the ABC games free with an antenna.

Fear the Walking Dead

The second season prequel of the smash hit The Walking Dead begins April 10. Telling the story of a new group and what happens at the very beginning of the zombie-outbreak, Fear the Walking Dead offers a new group of characters and a fresh setting in which to sink our teeth into. While not quite as highly rated as The Walking Dead, it’s still a great watch. There are a variety of ways you can watch this show, but the easiest would be Hulu, which also has all of the first season currently available, as well.

Game of Thrones

For TV fans, Game of Thrones and its April premiere (this year on April 24) is always a major event. Last year, HBO NOW was just unveiled right before the premiere and there was a worry that Game of Thrones fans would break the Internet as they rushed to watch it. This fantasy show is filled with danger, death, dragons, and plenty of adult themes. If you haven’t seen some of the episodes, you won’t need to worry because the entire series is available on demand on a variety of services.

NFL Draft

On April 28, the most hardcore sports fans will be parked on their couch watching the results unfold in the NFL Draft. This is when the best NCAA players and a few unknown wildcards receive their entrance into the NFL. As the Draft generally occurs on cable, the best way to catch it would be Sling TV.

 

Get the TV You Want without the Expensive Cable Contract

Chances are there are easy, legal ways, to watch anything you want no matter what channel it’s on. As cutting the cord continues to move further into the mainstream, it will only get easier to watch everything you want online.

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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

Mar
2

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Cord Cutters Guide to March Madness 2016

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This year the madness begins on Sunday, March 13, 2016, as college basketball team match-ups are officially announced during a nationwide broadcast on CBS.

CBS announced this year’s NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show is going from one hour to two. This will allow for more interviews, analysis and discussion, and it will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET.

As with previous years, the games are to be shared by CBS and Turner Sports (TBS, TNT and truTV). So for you cord cutters out there, now would be a good time to check out Sling TV! While your TV antenna will receive the CBS games, Sling TV can solve the Turner Sports dilemma.

Sling TV is an online TV subscription service that offers access to many live broadcasts normally reserved for cable customers. This includes TBS and TNT as standard, with the option of adding truTV as part of its lifestyle package.

With a 7-day free trial and $20 a month subscription to Sling TV (which you can cancel at any time), you gain access to every single March Madness game – when coupled with your TV antenna.

Here is what we know about the tournament leading up the NCAA’s Selection Sunday.

2016 HOST ROUND SITE VENUE
March 15-16 Dayton First Four Dayton, Ohio UD Arena
March 17, 19 Providence First, Second Providence, R.I. Dunkin Donuts Center
March 17, 19 Iowa State First, Second Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena
March 17, 19 NC State First, Second Raleigh, N.C. PNC Arena
March 17, 19 Mountain West First, Second Denver Pepsi Center
March 18, 20 Atlantic 10 First, Second Brooklyn, N.Y. Barclays Center
March 18, 20 Missouri Valley First, Second St. Louis Scottrade Center
March 18, 20 Big 12 First, Second Oklahoma City Chesapeake Energy Arena
March 18, 20 Idaho First, Second Spokane, Wash. Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
March 24, 26 Big West West Regional Anaheim, Calif. Honda Center
March 24, 26 Louisville South Regional Louisville, Ky. KFC YUM! Center
March 25, 27 Big Ten Midwest Regional Chicago United Center
March 25, 27 LaSalle East Regional Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
April 2, 4 Rice University, Texas Southern University, University of Houston Final Four and Championship Houston, TX NRG Stadium

On the Go Streaming Apps

We love to have a cold one at home watching the game, but what about on the go? What if you are stuck in the dentist’ waiting room… or at juniors music recital… or Love Actually is on TV (her favorite tearjerker).

The NCAA has you covered and has a number of options for streaming apps available through their site here. But remember you can pick up the CBS broadcast games online at cbssports.com.

March Madness Apps

Credit: www.ncaa.com/march-madness

Additional Viewing and Chatter

Head over to the NCAA March Madness YouTube channel for the latest clips and highlight reels as the tournament progresses.

Get involved in the conversation on Reddit’s /r/marchmadness forums.

Being a cord cutter doesn’t mean you have to miss out. Not only can you watch and enjoy March Madness, but you will do so for a fraction of the price of your former cable bill.

*Stay tuned for updates to this blog as the schedule changes

Feb
18

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Broadcast TV Maintains Their Crown as King of Viewership

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Now, we’re big fans of streaming. As cord cutters, we love all the available streaming options to supplement our television watching experience. Between Netflix, Hulu and broadcast television, we are in heaven! Recently, Netflix and Amazon have been gaining a lot of attention with their huge audience for original shows and movies, but according to a recent study by Symphony Advanced Media, a new round of viewership stats show that the biggest shows in streaming still do not compare to those of broadcast TV’s top series. As broadcast TV addicts, this is extremely exciting news!

For example, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, which is a Netflix original, was the highest watched streaming show with 4.81 million viewers. CBS’s The Big Bang Theory towered over Jessica Jones with over 10.6 million viewers, followed by Fox’s Empire with 8.54 million and ABC’s Modern Family with 7.82 million viewers.

Streaming has made great strides this last year and we’re expecting to see even more growth, but it looks like broadcast TV is still the king.

One thing we can all agree on is our mutual hatred for pay-TV. There are many reasons for people to be unhappy with their cable and satellite providers, but the theme we see is this: they suck! And more people are realizing this, and leaving those unhealthy relationships quickly.

TVfreedom_TopConcernsGraphic1No matter how you slice it, Pay-TV comes up short. According to a new Harris Poll and an infographic shared by TVFreedom.org, pay-TV subscribers say their biggest concerns with their cable or satellite TV service are excessive equipment rental fees, poor service/connection quality, and poor customer service. Now, we could have told you this just from what we hear when people call us ready to cut the cord, but it’s great to see the numbers!

Moral of the story, broadcast TV reigns supreme, and is here to stay. Cord cutters have more options than ever to obtain all the shows they could ever want (or handle), and they’re pocketing buckets of cash. Looks like cord cutters are the winners here.

 

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