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Dec
7

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The Gadget Zone Shares Their Holiday Gift Guide, Featuring Antennas Direct

We have a special soft spot in our hearts for our Canadian friends. Some of our most passionate ambassadors and feedback we’ve received on social media  are from Canadians. Cord cutting is alive and well in Canada, and we’re excited to see the interest continue to grow. Our friends over at The Bulletin.CA- Journal of Downtown Toronto, recently shared their 2016 gift guide for techies, and we made the list!

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If you’re looking to save your loved ones money this holiday season, an antenna is the perfect gift. They’ll be able to watch their local and broadcast television for FREE and in crystal clear high definition. That sounds like a pretty nice gift to us! The bulletin included our ClearStream Micron-XG Amplified Indoor HDTV antenna (CSM1-XG-CN) in their gift guide.

“The CSM1-XG-CN combines an elegant-looking indoor unit with high-performance HDTV signal reception,” said the Bulletin. You’ll be able to receive the major Canadian TV networks off-air in stunning HD, in fact, it’ll look even better than what you can get on cable because the signal has not been compressed.

It gets even better. You can purchase one of our ClearStream HDTV antennas at Best Buy Canada! Be sure to add Antennas Direct to your holiday shopping list. You’ll make some loved ones very, very happy.

Thank you to the Bulletin for including using your Holiday Gift Guide! We feel the love.

Dec
6

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The Gadgeteer Reviews the Newly Reengineered ClearStream Eclipse

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As many of you know, several months ago we released our ClearStream Eclipse Sure Grip HDTV Antenna with some exciting updates, including an enhanced 50 mile range, reversible black and white double-sided design and  advanced performance to receive more channels. We’ve been hearing some great feedback, and were excited to see a review this morning from the Gadgeteer!

When we first launched the ClearStream Eclipse TV Antenna over two years ago, the Gadgeteer tried one out and they were excited with their results! They liked the design of the Eclipse, the ease of installation and were able to receive many local channels they weren’t able to pull in before with a competitor’s model. However, we took our original Eclipse and turned it up a notch. We decided to send the Gadgeteer one of our reengineered Eclipses to see how well it performed in comparison to the original, over 2 years ago.

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Differences:

The original Eclipse had a 35 mile range. It worked well in their living room, but it struggled to get some of the local channels.

The reengineered ClearStream Eclipse has a 50+ mile range and a slightly new edge to its design, including a reversible white and black double-sided design. After some experimenting to find the best location, Kathleen was able to pick up all of her local stations. In the past they’ve had trouble tuning into ABC and NBC, so it was exciting to be able to receive those stations with the reengineered Eclipse.

Thanks to Kathleen Chapman and the Gadgeteer for taking the time to review our ClearStream Eclipse! We listen to feedback from our clients, fans and industry leaders to help us continue to improve performance for consumers.

Dec
2

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Good4Utah is Good for Antennas Direct

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We were thrilled to see some exciting cord cutting stats to get our weekend started. The CTA projects about 7.6 million antennas will be sold in 2016 and that the industry will grow by 9.3% this year. We can vouch for this growth as we watch our sales increase each month. We’ve had record sales and phone calls to our customer service as the idea of cutting the cord continues to grow. It’s articles and news segments like this one from Good4Utah that helps spread awareness of cutting the cord.

The TV antenna might be decades old, but they are better than ever. With new technology and interest in the community and industry, TV antennas are more powerful, easier to install and becoming the new norm.

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James Duncan of South Jordan, Utah recently cut the cord from DISH and had one of our DB2 antennas installed on his roof. By installing the antenna, he is saving $100 a month and is able to get 53 channels!

“And the quality of the antenna is much better than DISH was,” said Duncan. That’s because the signal is not compressed like it is with cable or DISH, you get the clearest picture quality possible.

Thanks to Good4Utah for sharing Mr. Duncan’s story and helping to spread awareness of cord cutting. YOU have other options, don’t be tied down by your cable or satellite company!

Nov
28

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Denver and Pittsburgh Share Their Love of Antennas Direct

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The turkey leftovers are almost gone, the pumpkin pie is a distant memory and the Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons are deflated and packed away. Now we are on to the holidays! When we got back to the office today after a food filled, relaxing long weekend, we were thrilled to see that two publications shared their love for Antennas Direct! The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette shared their 2016 holiday gift guide and The Denver Post discussed the growth of cutting the cord and installing TV antennas.

When we saw that our ClearStream Eclipse made the front page of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Business section for their holiday gift guide, we may have let out a little girl giggle. We think that the Eclipse HDTV Antenna is the perfect holiday gift, so it’s exciting to see others have the same idea! We have the best plan that will save you time and money this holiday season. Throw away your Christmas shopping list and stock up on TV antennas for everyone in your life! You’ll be done shopping in no time at all, save yourself money, and help your loved ones save money. You’re welcome.

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The Denver Post wrote a great article discussing the growth of cutting the cord and people returning to TV antennas. Those people, they’re OUR favorite. Anthony Leyba owns Digital Concepts in Denver and he climbs on top of customer’s roofs about 10 times a month to install new TV antennas. He recommends our ClearStream 4 antenna, he says that it’s the best signal he’s found in an antenna and he recommends it for his clients. Denver-area residents can get up to 50 channels with an antenna! Why pay $120 for cable and only watch 20 channels when you could get 50 channels for free?

Thanks to the Denver Post and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for helping spread awareness of cutting the cord and promoting over-the-air television with a TV antenna! We love you. A lot.

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
26

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Can You Watch the World Series with Your Antenna?

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The World Series is one of the best playoff series in any professional sport. This year, with the Indians and Cubs making it, it carries so much more than normal. Two franchises desperately seeking a title are facing off to try and make history for their team and city.

Even if you don’t have cable, you can still watch the World Series live as it happens. There are a couple different options, which are highlighted in this guide here. As the cost of cable goes up and up it is becoming even more necessary to find great streaming options for all your most popular events. Below are some details on all the specific options.

 

Don’t Miss a Game of the World Series with your Antenna

One of the best parts about watching TV on an antenna is that is costs absolutely nothing. All you need to do is make the investment in an antenna, which can range from very little or a reasonable cost depending on your preference. Once you own the antenna, you can watch all the live broadcasts possible right on your TV.

The main channels the antenna gets are network channels with over-the-air broadcasts like FOX, CBS, ABC, NBC. Thankfully, FOX is broadcasting the entire World Series from start to finish. The antenna is an awesome solution not only to watch the games, but watch in perfectly crisp high-definition picture. Some people even say the HD they get from their antenna is better than anything they’ve ever watched with cable. Check out this site, to find out how solid the reception will be in your area.

 

Try out Other Services to Watch the World Series

There are a couple other services out there for cable cutters that might be good solutions for you. They might not be as easy as the antenna, but still be solid options. Just remember, you need a solid internet connection for streaming, like Verizon Fios. They are all slightly different, so here are some of the highlights:

Sling TV: A streaming service offered by Dish Network, Sling TV is an option for watching the World Series. It only costs $25 per month to start on the Sling Blue package and you can watch more than 40 popular cable channels live streaming. The package includes channels like FS1, FS2, NBCSN, TNT, TBS, AMC, CNN, and you can even get a live stream of FOX in certain locations. The validity of this solution is lower based on if FOX is offered in your local area on the service.

PlayStation Vue: Sling TV and PlayStation Vue are similar services in that you pay a monthly fee to live stream channels. They are not exactly the same, considering PlayStation Vue starts at $39.99 per month and has over 60 channels to stream, but both offer FOX in the same way. The availability of watching FOX and the World Series is totally dependent on your location.

MLB.TV: One more option is MLB.TV. The streaming service from Major League Baseball gives you the opportunity to watch the World Series, but only in replay-form about 90 minutes after it finishes. Obviously, this is not ideal, but you could always get a friend’s cable login and use it to sign into MLB.TV. This will actually get you the World Series games live streaming

All of these options are great in their own ways, but you need to find out the best one for you. If you don’t you run the risk of missing the World Series, which we all know is a huge mistake. You might miss history. Or, even one of those plays that seem to happen every so often that every baseball player has seen the replay a thousand times. That is what baseball in October can deliver.

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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

Oct
10

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Cable Going Up…Up…and AWAY!

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“Here we grow again!”

Usually when you see a sign like this, it has to do with the third pharmacy in a half-mile stretch or a second Starbucks on the same corner. Like, literally across the street from each other. This actually exists. We’ve seen it.

But this is not another attempt at caffeine domination… this is far more insidious. In the past five years, the average cable bill has grown by 40%.

40… %.

People are now paying, on average $103.10 each month. And no, this is not cable + internet + the land line that no one uses anymore; this is just for cable. Math was never our strongest suit, but even we can see that it equals roughly $1237.20 per year.

Consumers are taking notice. A new study by cg42 suggests that pay-tv providers will lose 800,000 subscribers in the next twelve months, taking approximately $1 billion in revenue with them. There are a host of reasons for this growing migratory pattern, but the overwhelming reason is that the price is just too high.

Instead, people are taking a portion of their savings and putting it into streaming services… Netflix being the big winner with 73% of cord cutters, followed by Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime, respectively.

But streaming services are not the only avenue for wallet-weary consumers. Since the 2009 digital switch, there has been a massive resurgence in broadcast television. There are now more channels available to consumers than ever before, with new channels coming online each month. And the only thing you need to receive all of this content is an antenna from Antennas Direct.

In some markets, our antennas have been able to access well over fifty channels… broadcast in uncompressed high definition… and absolutely free. One we tested in California brought in well over one hundred channels.

Take THAT, cable!

But numbers alone don’t quite tell the story. Further studies suggest that even though pay-tv households get an average of almost 190 channels, no one is watching them. According a 2014 Nielsen report, consumers report watching around 17 channels.* So in theory, if customers are watching 17 channels and paying $103.10 per month, that’s a per-channel cost of over $6 per month.

And if you think those channels are cable-exclusive channels, think again. Studies have shown that the majority of shows Americans watch are from local broadcasts, including prime time shows, local news, and live sports. At the end of 2015, the lowest rated broadcast network still had two and a half times the audience of the highest rated cable network.**
And cable charges you for your locals. That’s borderline ridiculous.

82% of Americans still subscribe to a service like cable or satellite or fiber, down from a high of 87%… and the number is still going down. The prospect of losing $1 billion in the next 12 months is causing pay-tv providers a fair amount grief if not full bore IBS, as it should. Consumers are becoming more educated in their likes and patterns, and they’re realizing that this is the start of the greatest time in history to cut the cable, dump the dish, or F%*& the fiber.

Pay-tv companies are finally paying attention. At this point, for them, it might be too late.

* http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2014/changing-channels-americans-view-just-17-channels-despite-record-number-to-choose-from.html

** http://www.tvinsider.com/article/62572/most-watched-tv-networks-2015/

Sep
29

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Here’s How to Watch the Major League Baseball Playoffs without Cable

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The best time of the year is here for baseball fans, the MLB Playoffs. This is the end of a long, long season and gives the best teams of the year the opportunity to enter into the history books. Every year brings new and exciting moments like comebacks, big plays, or clutch hits. The MLB Playoffs are definitely a can’t miss event for both avid and casual baseball fans.

If you cut cable, there are still several options out there for you to watch the postseason. As this guide shows, you can actually watch every single game depending on what services and tools you choose. Below is some information on all of your options that will help you figure out which setup is best for you during the playoffs.

What Options Do I Have for Watching the MLB Playoffs Without Cable?

There are a few different ways to watch the games either online or on your TV. The best setup is likely combining multiple services to make sure you can watch every game. Here are your options:

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Antenna: An antenna is a huge asset for cable cutters and will also be helpful during the MLB playoffs. It picks up network broadcasts from channels like FOX, ABC, CBS, and NBC and relays them right on your TV in HD. Plus, the only cost with the antenna is the initial investment, since it’s free to watch.

The antenna truly is the best tool for cable cutters on the market. Between its low cost, how easy it is to set up, and the quality of the TV you can watch with it, you just can’t go wrong. It’s a great option for the playoffs, just like it is the for the NFL season.

You should check out the reception in your area here, to confirm this would be a solid tool for you.

Sling TV: Dish Network’s streaming service, Sling TV, costs either $20 or $25 per month and lets you live stream over 30 of the top cable channels. The Sling Orange bundle costs $20 per month for channels like ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, and more. The Blue package has more than 40 channels for $25 per month. This one has FS1, FS2, TBS, NBCSN, TNT, and in certain locations FOX’s main network channel. You can test out the service with a 7-day free trial if you’re interested.

PlayStation Vue: A similar streaming service from Sony, PlayStation Vue has a starting cost of $29.99 per month. The higher cost gets more channels in the starting package including ESPN, TBS, TNT, ESPN2, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, and more. Certain areas, similar to Sling TV, get FOX live streaming as well. In these places, the cost does bump up to $39.99 per month. PlayStation Vue also offers a weeklong free trial.

Which Channels can I watch the MLB Playoffs on Without Cable?

The best answer to this question is all of them. Each of the stations broadcasting games during the playoffs is accessible with the above options. However, each of them can be accessed in different ways. Below are all of your options for watching each channel during the playoffs:

ESPN

ESPN will be broadcasting one of the first games of the playoffs, the NL Wild Card Game. The Sling Orange package for $20 per month or the PlayStation Vue starting package for $29.99 per month will get you streaming access to ESPN. It is only a single game, but these services will be helpful in streaming other games as well.

TBS

TBS is a great channel to have access to, since it will broadcast every AL game during the postseason, not including the World Series. Once again, both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue’s starting package will get you TBS. The only difference is which package you choose.

PlayStation Vue has the one main starting option, for $29.99 per month. But, Sling TV has the Blue or Orange bundle. Orange costs only $20 per month and gets you access to ESPN and ESPN2 as well. Sling Blue costs $25 per month, but also provides access to FS1, FS2, NBCSN, and even a live stream of FOX’s main network in some areas.

FOX Sports 1

On the National League side, FS1 will broadcast a sizeable chunk of the games. PlayStation Vue’s basic starting package has full access to FS1 live streaming for $29.99 per month. This package also gives you access to ESPN and TBS, so all of the games mentioned above can still be watched.

For FS1, you need to select the Sling Blue package for $25 per month.  The Sling Blue package does not contain ESPN, so you’d miss the NL Wild Card game. But, you’d be able to get all of the AL games on TBS. Both services have free trials, so you can always test them both out to compare which one works best for you.

FOX

The remainder of the NL games not broadcast on FS1 will be on FOX. Plus, the entire World Series will be aired on FOX. That means getting access to watch FOX is critical if you want to watch the playoffs, because you can’t watch the entire postseason and miss the World Series!

The easiest way will be picking up FOX over a digital antenna. The antenna lets you watch the World Series and other NL games completely free and in high-definition picture. Some say it’s better HD than they’ve ever gotten on cable.

Both Sling TV and PlayStation Vue could also be options for watching FOX live. They both offer the channel live streaming, but it comes in a limited amount of locations. Sling TV would have it on the Blue bundle for $25 per month. PlayStation Vue on the other hand has a starting price of $39.99 per month in the locations that get live streaming access to FOX. You can check the respective sites of the services to find out if FOX is available streaming where you live.

Since you are ready to watch baseball for the rest of the season, you might be looking to figure out how to watch other sports without cable. This NHL guide gives you all the details to watch the upcoming season without cable. Hockey fans should check it out to make sure you don’t miss a single hit or goal the entire year!

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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

Sep
13

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Cable and Satellite: Customers or Victims?

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Tom Koziol – A “free broadcast TV” viewer and Antennas Direct Ambassador

 

Being a huge fan of free over-the-air broadcast TV viewing, I’m remember the days of Tom Brokaw as the NBC Nightly News Anchor not so long ago. Any house within range of a local NBC affiliate TV station can enjoy broadcast television for free of course. Tom Brokaw produced a regular segment of his newscast called “The Fleecing of America” . These special segments to his nightly newscasts were in-depth exposes of specific areas of big industries and how they take advantage of Americans by ripping them off every day. What valuable “whistle blowing” reports that was and a great help to hard working American families.

Had Tom not retired, he may have written a “Fleecing of America” segment on the “Pay TV monopoly”; the cable and satellite companies’ stranglehold and over-profiteering through over-charging it’s “pay TV” customers. Pay TV services have become expensive and are a genuine rip-off to consumers, most especially because broadcast TV has always been free!

Cable and Satellite customers, or “victims” as I see them, have no say, no vote, on what channels they want and don’t want to pay for. It’s mostly an “all or nothing” deal with these TV monopolies. No “al a cart” way to pick and choose just the channels you want! God forbid that TV viewers could actually put a shopping channel network or a junk entertainment channel out of business because they lack the demand in this scenario!

But wait just a minute folks….. YOU DO have a say! You do have a vote about your TV viewing. We can vote with our wallets. We simply “fire” the cable and satellite companies from our lives and our homes. We instead take full advantage of our city’s TV broadcasters who have been broadcasting their TV signals to our entire community and our homes every day for over 60+ years FOR FREE. Local TV stations have spent millions of dollars on new high definition equipment and their transmitting towers to make sure that viewing is FREE OF CHARGE as a public service since day one of television viewing.

This is where Antennas Direct comes in. This American company makes compact, affordable, very powerful, lifetime warranted digital TV antennas for indoor and outdoor installations. With help and guidance from the good folks at Antennas Direct, right here in America, your one-time purchase of an antenna will give you FREE TV viewing with HD picture quality far surpassing what the cable and satellite companies offer, which is And unlike the infamous satellite service issues, you will not have to worry about rain fade with broadcast TV signals. Do yourself a favor. Do your monthly expenses a favor. Cut the cable, drop the dish and get your own fabulous HD antenna from Antennas Direct and stop getting “fleeced” each month from the cable and satellite companies Check out Antennas Direct today!

 

Guest blog written by Tom Koziol – A “free broadcast TV” viewer and Antennas Direct Ambassador. 

Sep
9

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Ask Men: The Eclipse is the Way to Go

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When we saw the website AskMen.com… Become a Better Man, included our Clearstream Eclipse antenna in their “How to Cut the Cord on Cable TV“, we knew that we were in good company!

If you don’t know AskMen.com, it is a great site for advice, tips, inspirational articles and of course, men’s lifestyle. An AskMen reader is aspirational, he is an influencer and is the coveted “affluencer”. We think this is very fitting and similar to the characteristic of our customers!

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Alex Bracetti wrote a great how to guide on cutting the cord and pocketing hundreds of dollars each month. He runs through the steps to cutting the cord, what items you might need, streaming devices he suggests, and of course, he suggested using an over the air antenna, listing our ClearStream Eclipse as a top pick.

If you’re ready to cut the cord or looking for a great how to guide, be sure to check out the Ask Men’s guide HERE.

Thanks to Alex and the Ask Men team for including Antennas Direct in your cord cutting guide!

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