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Apr
5

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The Complete Cord Cutters Guide to 2015 MLB Baseball

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There are two seasons here in St. Louis, Cardinals baseball and winter. And, thankfully, the snow has given way to a bright new season for the best fans in baseball. Indeed, it has arrived – Opening Day for Major League Baseball, and we are pretty excited!

We know most of you hate the Cardinals as much as we hate cable. That’s alright, we forgive you.

With the first pitch about to take place, we wanted to address a common fear people have when they cut the cord: I’ll miss out on the sports I love. We are here to tell you this is not the case! Here are a few ways you can still enjoy the 2015 MLB Baseball season.

Broadcast TV
For games broadcast over-the-air, all you need is an antenna! Click HERE for the full National Broadcast Schedule.

MLB.TV
MLB.TV allows you to watch every out-of-market regular season game from the comfort of your home, at work, or on the go. The basic price is $109.99/year or $19.99/month. With this package, portability is not included, so if you plan on watching on-the-go, you’ll need to upgrade to the Premium level ($129.99/year or $24.99/month). A full year of MLB.TV is roughly how much you would pay for one month of cable!

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As simple as this might sound, the best part of enjoying the game is watching it with friends. Check which local public house near you will be playing the game, grab some friends, kick back and enjoy. After all, with the money you’re saving from cutting the cord, you could buy a round of drinks for the entire bar!

Take Yourself Out to the Ballgame
The average cost of cable is $123/month, which comes out to $1,476 a year. We could attend every home Cardinal’s game for $1,296. That still leaves us with $180 for peanuts and beer. We like the sound of that!

 

No matter what team you root for, enjoy the 2015 MLB season. We know we will. Clip art smiley face

Apr
3

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The Universe is Telling You to Blackout Cable

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For the third time in less than a year, and only one month after the last eclipse, tomorrow we will experience a Lunar Eclipse.  On April 4th, beginning at 3:16 AM Pacific Daylight Time, sky watchers in the United States will be able to witness a total eclipse of the moon. The Moon will be in “totality” when the Moon is fully inside of the Earth’s shadow, causing a red Moon. To see the red Moon firsthand, be sure to be outside no later than 4:58 AM PDT.

Clearly, the universe is trying to tell us something with all of these eclipses. It’s saying, “It’s time to do more than just black out the moon. It’s time to black out cable with the Antennas Direct Eclipse.” Thanks, Universe! We couldn’t have said it any better ourselves.

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Are you ready to take that step and black out cable? The Eclipse TV antenna gives you TV for free, the way it should be. Even better, the Eclipse is simple to install, there are no monthly bills and you will get pure, HD television. You can read more about the Eclipse and how we harnessed the strongest over-the-air technology in the universe to create this amazing antenna HERE.

The next total eclipse may not be until September 28th, but you can experience the Antennas Direct Eclipse everyday!

 

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Mar
31

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Breaking Up: Not So Hard to Do

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Oh, a breakup. The end. It is tragedy upon tragedy. From Shakespeare to Taylor Swift, it is the inspiration for artful expression. The misery can sometimes be too much to bear.

But this letter is not one of those breakups. This breakup is quite the opposite. Our friend Saif experienced what so many people are these days, breaking up with his cable company. It is a wonderful, liberating feeling that will leave you thinking, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

Saif was tired of the abuse. He had enough. Why was he being held a hostage from the cable company when he could simply cut the cord and free himself? That is exactly what he did! Here is his breakup letter with the cable company he shared on his blog.

Dear cable, it’s over..

We are never, ever, ever, getting back together. I have been held hostage by your love for decades. Paying for elaborate monthly bills to the tune of around 110 dollars a month. Sometimes more, when all I watch is sports and Game of Thrones.  You have duped me long enough. You don’t think anyone is going to figure out your games, but I have.

Those HD fees are a joke: ALL SIGNALS ARE IN HD NOW! We shouldn’t have to pay a subscription to be advertised to. We should have the right to leave if we are unhappy with the service and not be charged a penalty.

It is 2015 now. Roku is here with Hulu. Netflix is in the kitchen making cookies. Amazon Prime just dropped off a package with a movie, and Dish just pulled up with SlingTV to change the whole game.  They have ESPN in the car. I can have all of these guys in the house for less than HALF of what I was paying for cable. HBOGO is flying in late, but she will be here soon.

Some remedial math…

  • Cable is $110 a month x 12 months = $1320 (enough to fly to Australia)
  • Tech is: $8+8+8+20 x 12 months   = $ 528 (enough to not feel dirty)

That there is a savings of $792 to buy a new iPhone for yourself. Every year.

I get it though. Cable companies and many large corporations think consumers are stupid. That we will buy anything. That we won’t figure out what is really going on. They are wrong.

I want to show people what’s really going on. Like Neo freeing people from The Matrix, or Dorothy showing her buddies the man behind the Wizard of Oz.

Last year, Comcast and Direct TV alone hauled in over $70 Billion dollars of our money. It is truly is an obscene amount of money for TV. I am not paying mine anymore. Technology caught up, and they got too fat while all the little people like us got robbed. Not anymore. GOODBYE CABLE!…Never getting back together.

 

We’ve heard from countless customers their horror stories with the cable companies that led them to cut the cord. Now we want to hear from you! Send us your breakup stories and you might see yours featured on our next break up blog post.

 

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Mar
19

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Make Today’s Eclipse Last the Rest of Your Life

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Today is an important day in the universe. One reason is the total eclipse of the sun. Those of us in the northern hemisphere will have a chance to witness the moon blacking out the sun’s rays. Pretty cool. But there’s something even cooler happening today: Households across the United States and Canada are blacking out cable with a ClearStream Eclipse™ TV antenna!

Here is why the second reason is cooler: The Eclipse TV antenna gives you TV for free. No weird installation. No monthly bills. It is the quickest way to black out cable…for life!

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With the Eclipse we have harnessed the strongest over-the-air technology in the universe and placed it in a sleek, simple-to-install indoor TV antenna. Read more about all the nerdy details and how we did it here.

So make this year’s solar eclipse last for the rest of your life. Make the universe a better place to live. And in the meantime, check out this playlist from Mashable of 20 songs to listen to while you enjoy the eclipse. You won’t be sorry you did.

 

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Mar
19

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The Ultimate Cord Cutter’s Guide to March Madness

Basketball Hoop AD March Madness is finally here! You might be thinking, “Without cable or satellite, how am I suppose to watch March Madness?” Well friends, we have compiled the Ultimate Cord Cutter’s Guide to March Madness just for you.

  1. Know your network.

To give you a little background, March Madness games are split across four TV Networks: TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Games are happening simultaneously across these three networks over the next few weeks.

  1. Get the most for your money.

Between a TV antenna and Sling TV, you will have access to all four channels March Madness will be broadcast on (CBS/truTV/TBS/TNT). How is that possible? That seems too good to be true. It’s not! Here’s the break down.

With the Sling TV basic package, you will be able to watch the TBS and TNT games. For an additional $5 a month, you can upgrade and receive truTV. Mix in a TV antenna to receive CBS, and you have access to all the games! Sling offers a 7-day trial to test it out and see what you think, so give it a try for a week and enjoy the games.

  1. Watch even when you can’t get to a TV.

At work or no access to a television for the games? Not a problem. March Madness Live allows you to watch all CBS broadcast games online without entering any pay-TV credentials. Another great option is CBS Sports. CBS Sports stream a few March Madness games online for free at CBSSports.com or you can stream the games on their mobile app. Now make sure your boss isn’t watching, grab some snacks and watch the game wherever you are.

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

Game Schedule:

Thursday Afternoon:
12:15, CBS: No. 3 Notre Dame vs. No. 14 Northeastern
12:40, truTV: No. 3 Iowa State vs. No. 14 UAB
1:40, TBS: No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 Georgia State
2:10, TNT: No. 2 Arizona vs. No. 15 Texas Southern
Approximately 2:45, CBS: No. 6 Butler vs. No. 11 Texas
Approximately 3:10, truTV: No. 6 SMU vs. No. 11 UCLA
Approximately 4:10, TBS: No. 6 Xavier vs. No. 11 Ole Miss
Approximately 4:40, TNT: No. 7 VCU vs. No. 10 Ohio State

Thursday Evening:
6:50, TBS: No. 1 Villanova vs. No. 16 Lafayette
7:10, CBS: No. 8 Cincinnati vs. No. 9 Purdue
7:20, TNT: No. 4 North Carolina vs. No. 13 Harvard
7:27, truTV: No. 5 Utah vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin
Approximately 9:20, TBS: No. 8 N.C. State vs. No. 9 LSU
Approximately 9:40, CBS: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 16 Hampton
Approximately 9:50, TNT: No. 5 Arkansas vs. No. 12 Wofford
Approximately 9:57, truTV: No. 4 Georgetown vs. Eastern Washington

Friday Afternoon:
12:15, CBS: No. 2 Kansas vs. No. 15 New Mexico State
12:40, truTV: No. 7 Michigan State vs. No. 10 Georgia
1:40, TBS: No. 5 Northern Iowa vs. No. 12 Wyoming
2:10, TNT: No. 5 West Virginia vs. No. 12 Buffalo
Approximately 2:45, CBS: No. 7 Wichita State vs. No. 10 Indiana
Approximately 3:10, truTV: No. 2 Virginia vs. No. 15 Belmont
Approximately 4:10, TBS: No. 4 Louisville vs. No. 13 UC Irvine
Approximately 4:40, TNT: No. 4 Maryland vs. No. 13 Valparaiso

Friday Evening:

6:50, TBS: No. 8 Oregon vs. No. 9 Oklahoma State
7:10, CBS: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 UNF/Robert Morris
7:20, TNT: No. 7 Iowa vs. No. 10 Davidson
7:27, truTV: No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 14 Albany
Approximately 9:20, TBS: No. 1 Wisconsin vs. No. 16 Coastal Carolina
Approximately 9:40, CBS: No. 8 San Diego State vs. No. 9 St. John’s
Approximately 9:50, TNT: No. 2 Gonzaga vs. No. 15 North Dakota St.
Approximately 9:57, truTV: No. 6 Providence vs. No. 11s Boise State/Dayton

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Mar
10

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How Well Do the C2V and ClearStream Juice Work in Toronto?

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With our recent launch of ClearStream antennas in Canada, we’ve gained the attention of many Canadian media outlets. Ian Evans of the entertainment news site DigitalHit.com is an avid over-the-air TV enthusiast and also runs the TorontoOTA Twitter account. He put the ClearStream 2V and the Juice amplifier to the test to see how well they worked in his neck of the woods. Here is a quick summary of his review.

  • C2VThe C2V should be called the Sponge- it sucks up signals from all over!
  • Toronto can be an interesting, and sometimes tricky, city for testing antennas with both local and distant signals that you don’t see in too many other cities. The C2V and the Juice passed with flying colors.
  • The entire Antennas Direct team are great cheerleaders for cutting the cord and saving you money, you can’t go wrong teaming up with them.
  • In Ian’s words, “I can’t recommend the Juice and C2V enough.” That’s what we like to hear!

Well there you have it. Be sure to check out the review on Digital Hit in its entirety HERE. Thanks to Digital Hit for taking the time to review our products!

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Feb
20

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The Man Cave Cinema Puts Antennas Direct to the Test

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You might have heard our exciting news that we recently launched 4 models of our ClearStream antennas to Best Buy and FutureShop locations across Canada. Whoohoo, yay Canada!

Our fellow advocate of OTA technology, John Zanettos, of The Man Cave Cinema, posted a review video today talking about the ClearStream 2V and the ClearStream Juice. Here is a quick synopsis:

  1. The C2V is TOUGH! It will withstand anything snowpocalypse can possibly throw at it.
  2. Excellent signal. John was able to receive all the channels from Toronto and Buffalo, NY, as well as two channels from neighboring city, Hamilton that he was not receiving before using the C2V.
  3. With over 100 ft of cable, John decided to use the Juice to ensure he didn’t lose any signal. And indeed, he was able to “Juice” up his signal.
  4. The a**hole cable companies make you pay for HD signal. With an antenna, you receive HD television for FREE, the way it’s been since the 50’s. Well put, John.
  5. “This is a highly recommended Man Cave Cinema product.”

Aww, we’re blushing! Thanks, Man Cave Cinema, for the kind words.

See his review video in its entirety below, or on his website.

Feb
6

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How the ClearStream Juice Saved the Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is an event people prepare for all year. You invite friends over, make some kick ass snacks and stock up on beer. Now imagine the panic that sets in when you’re OTA antenna does not get the channel needed for the game. This is exactly the scenario Marshal Rosenthal of Examiner.com experienced with his nephew this past Sunday. However, Marshal knew there was a solution to his dilemma. He knew he could juice up his signal with the ClearStream Juice! Check out his latest article to see how our ClearStream Juice was able to save the day.

http://www.examiner.com/review/get-juiced-up-with-the-clearstream-juice-uhf-vhf-preamplifier-system

Jan
27

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How to Make 2015 the Year You Cut the Cord

This year, more television viewers are projected to cut the cord than ever before. Most of this is due to being fed up with the nasty relationship they have with their cable company. Here is a guide for everything you need to know to begin your liberated journey.

Our founder and CEO, Richard Schneider discusses the latest trends in cord cutting with McGraw Milhaven, a beloved radio personality on KTRS.

Just yesterday, we posted a blog about how millennials are shaping the cord-cutting lifestyle. Here is the second half of the KUSI program featuring all of the latest streaming devices. Take note, it starts with an antenna, the original streaming device.

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Now that you are armed with the latest trends, here is an infographic that outlines the optimal use for an antenna based on where you live. For the right antenna for you, head over to Antenna Point, plug in your zip code and get more accurate information on your distance from television transmitters.

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Jan
26

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Why Millennials are Too Smart to Pay for Cable

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With the average cost of cable going above $100 per month, Millennials refuse to pay for television they don’t want. Instead they cut the cord. And, of course, cutting the cord starts with an antenna.

 

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Don’t forget, you can juice up your Big Game with the ClearStream Juice Preamplifier.

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