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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!

Sep
1

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NFL Fans Need an HDTV Antenna

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The NFL Season is back, and with it comes all the excitement of football Sundays. If you are a football fan, there is nothing better than watching game after game, even if it’s not your favorite team playing. There will be plenty of big storylines at the start of the season, as there have been tons of offseason moves that will ultimately provide completely new looks for some teams. And with so many new coaches, new quarterbacks, and other big changes throughout the league, it’s nearly impossible to predict how this season will turn out.

If you want to watch the games on Sunday without cable, one of the biggest assets you can have is an HDTV antenna. Check out this NFL guide for cable cutters.  The antenna gets you tons of access to live NFL games for free.

Watch Preseason Games with an HDTV Antenna

You will even be able to watch NFL games during the preseason.  With a TV antenna, you will be able to watch live coverage on NBC, CBS, and FOX.  And your local team’s should be easy to watch as well, since all of their games (even the ones broadcast on ESPN) will be available over-the-air. So, if you are interested in the preseason games, you should buy an antenna as soon as possible.

Use an HDTV Antenna to Watch All Day on Sunday

The antenna receives free broadcast signals from over-the-air network stations like CBS, ABC, FOX, and NBC. These are some of the best channels to have free access to for a football fan! .Each Sunday, every game will be available that is broadcast in your area since the afternoon games are spread across CBS and FOX. Then, later on at night, NBC takes over Sunday Night Football, which can be watched right on your TV for free.

During the week,Monday Night Football games on ESPN will be simulcast if one of the teams playing is in your local market. Thursday night games are either available if they are aired on CBS or as a simulcast for your local team if the game is on the NFL Network.

The best part about a TV antenna is how easy it is to install on your TV. You just set it up in the place where it receives the best reception from the broadcast towers ; connect it into your TV, and start watching. Plus, all of the broadcasts are received in perfect high-definition picture and sound quality.

Fill Out Your NFL Watching Setup with Sling TV

Monday Night Football games on ESPN won’t be accessible with an antenna, unless your local team is playing. This means the only way to watch them would be to bring in another service. Our top recommended option is Sling TV. It costs $20 per month, but you get access to more than 30 cable channels live streaming including ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT, AMC, and ESPN3 by logging into WatchESPN.

Combine both the antenna and Sling TV will get you the ultimate cable cutter setup for watching the NFL. Plus, with all the extra channels on Sling TV, you can keep up with plenty of other sporting events or your favorite TV shows.

As an NFL fan, you have no excuse to miss a game, even if you don’t have cable. Check out the NFL schedule to see just how many games you can watch. The TV antenna really is a must have device and if you have any questions on the setup, leave a comment below or chat with us online at antennasdirect.com!

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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

 

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Aug
31

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#ADBusTour Giveaway #5: Baltimore, MD

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We ended this awesome leg of the #ADBusTour in Baltimore, MD on Monday! It was a bittersweet morning, sad to see the tour come to an end, but excited to hand out hundreds of antennas and get back home to plan our next tour!

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We had a crowd of people join us at Grace Bible Baptist church, we weren’t able to fit everyone in the parking lot! We started a drive through giveaway, handing people their ClearStream 2V antenna through their car window, and we were met with hundreds of thank you’s and stories of appreciation for giving them access to their local television.

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We gave away 400 C2V’s in an hour! Thank you to WBFF’s Amber Miller who was on hand broadcasting live, it was wonderful to meet her and the WBFF team who helped to hand out antennas and talk to the crowd.

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We also had Mark Aitken, the Vice President of Advanced Technology for Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Inc. at the Baltimore giveaway, and it was great to hear from him the importance of over the air television. Thanks for hanging out with us and talking to the lines of people!

If you weren’t able to make it out to any of our #ADBusTour stops this year, never fear, you can use the coupon code ADBUSTOUR35 for 35% off your purchase on our website. Feel free to give our friendly customer service folks a call and they can help you determine what antenna would work best for your location!

What’s next? We’ll take a few days to recuperate, then we will begin planning our next big adventure! You know us, we’re never satisfied sitting still.


Aug
26

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#ADBusTour Giveaway #4: Asheville, NC

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We might have jumped the gun by saying the Charleston crowd was the friendliest group we’ve ever met on an #ADBusTour giveaway because the Asheville line was some tight competition! The line started at 3AM at the Bryan Easler Toyota in Hendersonville and at 6am the line had grown to over 800 people.

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WLOS’ Lauren Brigman was broadcasting live from the giveaway and was the sweetest lady to meet and spend some time with. She was shocked to see the line and walked around speaking to people who had been waiting hours for their antennas.

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Once the giveaway started at 6AM we FLEW through antennas, giving out 350 antennas in less than 30 minutes! Everyone in line who was not able to walk away with an antenna received a coupon for 35% off the purchase of an antenna. It was the most grateful and courteous crowd, every single person came up us and said thank you and how much it meant to them to have access to a TV antenna. It’s moments like that when we realize how lucky we are to be able to provide that for people.

The #ADBusTour is nearing the end. Our final giveaway is Monday at Grace Bible Baptist Church in Baltimore, MD. Mark your calendars, set your alarms, do whatever it takes to make it out for the final stop!


Aug
25

Posted in AD Bus Tour, Antenna Update, Cut the Cord | Comments

#ADBusTour Giveaway #3: Charleston, SC

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They say that Charleston, SC is the friendliest city in the United States, and after today we can confirm that this is most certainly true. The crowd was the nicest group we’ve seen in the longest time. If you haven’t visited Charleston, you need to make it a spot on your bucket list.

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People started lining up before 3AM at WCIV for their free TV antenna. Now, a lot of times at giveaways, people silently sit in line and wait for it to start. That was not the case with this group. The people standing next to them in line became instant friends and we saw people chatting and laughing for hours. It was amazing to see, especially so early in the morning (and trust us, we are not necessarily morning people, so this was a delight.)

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WCIV went out of their way to make us feel at home and we are extremely grateful that they let use their parking lot for our giveaway.

We are back on the road and on our way to Asheville, NC. We will see you 6AM Friday at Grace Bible Baptist, 1518 N. Rolling Road, Baltimore, MD 21228. We want to see you there, come out and join us.


Aug
23

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#ADBusTour Giveaway #2: Macon, Georgia

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For our second stop of the TV Liberation Bus Tour, we stopped in Macon, the Heart of Georgia. We spent the morning at WGXA Fox 16 and ABC 24 promoting the giveaway and met some truly lovely people who were thrilled to spread awareness of over-the-air television and receiving broadcast TV for FREE with a TV antenna.

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This giveaway was a little different than our others. We had the support of a local Papa John’s that decided to give out free pizza to everyone waiting in line, so we had the giveaway at 6PM. We had people lining up in the heat of the day, starting at 9AM to receive their antenna! Those are some dedicated folks who are looking to cut costs and access free TV.

WGXA had their entire staff out to help hand out water, tshirts and flyers to the crowd and it was great to have their support. To see their full coverage from the event, you can catch the segments HERE.

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We ended up giving away 400 antennas in Macon and had around 1000 people show up for their chance to take one home. It’s amazing to hear their stories and learn why they came out to join us at the #ADBusTour.

We are now back on the bus and making our way to Charleston, SC, where we will be giving away 300 antenna Wednesday at 6AM at WCIV: ABC News 4. If you want to be guaranteed an antenna, be sure to get in line early!


Jul
20

Posted in Ask the Expert, Cut the Cord, Industry Update | Comments

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

Posted in Antenna Update, Ask the Expert, Cut the Cord | Comments

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.

 

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