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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!

Oct
14

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Clearstream 4V and 91XG Comparison and Review

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Guest blog/review provided by Chad Bryan

As an electrical engineer, my hobby with antennas is a passion.  I enjoy testing and verifying signal strengths in real world conditions.

Here is my Antenna comparison of the ClearStream 4V and 91XG from Antennas Direct.

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  1. Outstanding packaging, which reduces the footprint of the box and allows a cost-save in shipping.
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  1. Assembly is straight forward. Antenna bases are keyed (poka-yoke) to allow easy orientation and “correct” placement during assembly.

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  1. Securing the antenna to the mast pipe was simple with hand tightening the wingnuts. After mounted, the VHF kit is attached.
  1. I am located in the county with nearest transmitter 20 miles away. With the antenna pointed towards the Toledo area, I was able to capture both VHF and UHF. I was very surprised these channels were able to be received with a distance between 50 – 60 miles.

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Testing was performed at 5’ off the ground.

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Antennas Direct – ClearStream 4V
Virtual Channel Real Channel SNR (dB) AGC (%) Signal Strength
11.1 11 18 61 62
12.1 12 22 55 76
13.1 13 16 61 Unable to lock
24.1 49 20 67 67
30.1 29 20 66 70
36.1 46 21 65 73

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  1. Comparing to the more directional 91XG, you will lose the capability to capture stations in the VHF band. This antenna is for deep fringe and will require more room to install. I like the small form factor of the ClearStream 4V, as it is very easy to install and perfect for an attic installation.
 

Antennas Direct – 91 XG

Virtual Channel Real Channel SNR (dB) AGC (%) Signal Strength
24.1 49 28 56 92
27.1 27 19 67 65
30.1 29 23 62 78
36.1 46 28 56 89

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In summary, you can see with the increased directors more signal is captured and is more directional than the ClearStream 4V.  However, this is no reception of VHF, and will require another antenna.

For the price and performance of the ClearStream 4V, I was extremely impressed and highly recommend.  This antenna performed outstandingly well. The 91xg technology has been around for years and Antennas Direct has taken the large form antenna and made it much smaller and easier to set up.

The C4V is available for purchase at antennasdirect.com and at Best Buy and Walmart.

Chad Bryan

Electrical Engineer

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
7

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mkvXstream Asks: When You Can Get Free Over-The-Air TV, Why Pay for Cable?

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Our friends over at mkvXstream are all about saving you money and helping you to cut the cord and stream the shows you love. We are big fans of anyone who makes it their mission to help other cord cutters and spread the news of freedom. They are pretty much the coolest people we can think of. They are up there with Chuck Norris, Morgan Freeman, Han Solo and Sean Connery.

Ben Linus at mkvXstream recently tested out our brand new ClearStream Eclipse antenna. We are thrilled with his results! Here are a few highlights from his review:

  • The Eclipse is paper thin, can be stuck to any smooth surface, removed, moved and removed again
  • The placement was important for success, with a little bit of experimenting, Ben was able to find the sweet spot
  • Surprising picture quality for such a small antenna

“The tiny ClearStream Eclipse antenna picked up 14 channels which were identical to the ones our large attic antenna received. The antenna in the attic is over 10′ long and all this time was really under the impression you needed an antenna this large to be able to pull in anything where we lived.”

Ben was completely astonished that the Eclipse was able to provide the same exact picture perfect reception as his large antenna from “an antenna that was hardly any larger than a phone book in diameter and just a little thicker than a sheet of paper.”

That’s right, ladies and gentlemen; we have created the most powerful antenna in a tiny, sleek and rather attractive, packaging.

We’ll leave you with some parting words from Ben. “The Antennas Direct ClearStream Eclipse is a keeper… Isn’t cord cutting fun?”

Yes, saving money and saying FU to the cable company is definitely up there on the fun list. You can check out Ben’s full review HERE.

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.

 

Jul
17

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Small, Powerful and Mobile. The ClearStream Eclipse is the Total Package.

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It’s pretty obvious that we’re passionate about cutting the cord and receiving OTA television for FREE, the way it was meant to be. But it’s refreshing to see that other people share our passion! One of those people is Robert Garrett: math teacher, coach and downright cool dude.

Robert recently shared an install and review video of the ClearStream Eclipse on his YouTube channel. You can see the review in its entirety below.

Here’s a quick summary:

  • The Eclipse is simple to install, mobile and easy to use
  • It is small and powerful at a great price
  • It’s the perfect antenna for any room in your house!

Thank you, Robert, for your kind words and informative install video. We appreciate your support and look forward to watching your next video!

Interested in learning more about the revolutionary Eclipse antenna or ordering your very own? Simply visit www.antennasdirect.com/eclipse. And be sure to share pictures of your Eclipse using the #WhereDoYouSlapIt?

Apr
29

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Patrick Lew’s ClearStream 2V Video Review

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We have some truly amazing customers. We love hearing from our Antennas Direct clients with their feedback on their latest purchase. Patrick recently sent us a video of him reviewing his C2V antenna, and we were so excited with his feedback that we had to share it with all of you.

You might recognize Patrick from our blog: My Name is Patrick, and I’m a TV Lover. Here is a short bio of our cord cutting friend.

Name: Patrick Lew
Age: 28
Occupation: Freelance musician, merchandiser and lover of free TV
Location: San Francisco, CA
Antenna Technology: ClearSteam Micron,ClearStream C2V, RCA, Mohu

In Patrick’s latest YouTube video, he reviews our ClearStream 2V antenna and talks through his cord cutting setup. If you’re interested in hearing his thoughts on the C2V, be sure to watch his vlog!

Apr
10

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Ryze-Up Magazine Names ClearStream 2V Best Antenna

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Naturally we think that our products are pretty amazing, but it’s always great when we hear it from other people. Larry Cornwell of Ryze-Up Magazine recently reviewed the ClearStream 2V and we were ecstatic with his feedback. Here is a brief summary of his review.

  • “I have been testing the Antennas Direct ClearStream 2V unit and it has been brilliant!”
  • The set up and installation is easy, the signals are strong and the pictures have been clear during the day, night and bad weather.
  • “The ClearStream 2V is one of the best, if not the best antenna on the market…clearly.”

Thank you Larry for the kind words. Be sure to check out Ryze-Up Magazine to read the review in it’s entirety. If you are interested in learning more about the ClearStream 2V or picking one up, simply click HERE.

 

Jan
10

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ClearStream 5 Antenna Tested and Approved by TV Technology

An editor of TV Technology, James E. O’Neal describes a story that is similar to many of our customers. He was looking for a high power, easy to assemble antenna that would provide clear reception for channels that broadcast in high VHF that may be more than 65+ miles away.

Our ClearStream 5 High Gain VHF Antenna was up to O’Neal’s challenge in his country home outside of Washington DC. Here is how he describes his experience from the antenna installation to performance:

The C5 consists of two pieces—a more or less rectangular “loop” with a small box at the bottom sporting an output connector. The other member is similar to the “loop” but is in the form of a sideways “H” affixed to a mesh element that is obviously a reflector, but one that seems more in keeping with what you’d find on a UHF bowtie rig. The hardware supplied consisted of screws, washers, spacers, and U-bolts for mast mounting. There was also a V/U combiner (diplexer) in a nice weatherproof enclosure.

IN USE

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I parked it on the den floor, and with just a little tweaking and shimming, the game reappeared—solid as a rock. The height AGL was now only about three feet. This is one remarkable antenna.

Rather than retreat to the attic, I left the unit on the floor and viewed the remainder of the game. When it ended (my college team won), I uncabled things and journeyed to the attic hatchway. On a hunch, I elected not to take the C5 apart, and found that it easily fit through the 23×29-inch hatch opening.

The C5 is now mounted alongside my bow-tie array and performs very nicely.

Read the full article about the ClearStream 5 from TVTechnology.com.
Thanks for the glowing review Mr. O’Neal. We hope you enjoy the C5 and those VHF channels for years to come.
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