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Apr
11

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Can I Watch Major League Baseball with an Antenna?

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Its springtime, which means not only are flowers blooming, but bats are cracking, and the 2016 MLB season is underway. And for many of us, that means trying to figure out how to get as much baseball coverage as possible without signing an expensive cable contract we can’t get rid of.

Luckily, it’s 2016 and cord cutting options keep getting better and better. There are plenty of streaming services that offer MLB coverage, but the real question here is…what can we get for free with our antenna? After all, free TV is the best TV! That being said, let’s take a closer look.

What Networks Have Deals with the MLB?

As of 2016, MLB rights are shared among ESPN, TBS, and FOX network families. The bad news is that two of those are cable networks. But the good news is that assuming you have the right antenna for your location, you can get FOX for free in uncompressed HD. I’d recommend you run a report and see what channels are specifically available in your area.

What MLB Coverage is Available on FOX?

FOX coverage is split between the FOX broadcast network and FOX Sports 1, their premium cable sports network. Here’s a look at what you can get with your antenna on FOX:

  • FOX will air 12 games on Saturday afternoons throughout the season
  • The 2016 All Star Game will be on over-the-air
  • FOX gets an alternating Division Championship game each year
  • The World Series will be on live over-the-air

When Does FOX Saturday Afternoon Coverage Begin?

On May 21, FOX will begin airing 7:15 PM games. This will continue up to the All Star game on July 12. After that, coverage will pause until September 10th, where it will pick back up for two weeks. Currently, that’s as far as the schedule goes out on MLB.com.

Are There Other Ways to Watch the MLB without Cable?

As I mentioned before, there are different streaming services that offer different levels of MLB coverage. You could go with MLB.TV for example, although in-market blackouts will keep you from seeing your home team.

Other streaming services worth looking into for national broadcasts are Sling TV and PlayStation Vue (the only way to get Fox Sports 1 without cable). Both of these services offer ESPN and ESPN2 (very useful with the NFL Draft coming up as well), as well as TBS. So you’ll get most of the non-FOX national coverage through them.

What’s All This Blackout Talk?

The MLB blackout policy has been under quite a bit of fire as of late. But it still stands for cord cutters. So what exactly does it consist of? Well, if you look at the MLB’s FAQ, it’s nearly impossible to understand. But Nathaniel Grow over at The Hardball Times did a pretty good job explaining it when he said it “prevents subscribers of either the MLB.tv or MLB Extra Innings services from viewing, in real time, the ESPN Sunday Night Baseball game of the week, the subscriber’s regional Fox Saturday broadcast, or – most importantly – any game involving the subscriber’s designated ‘home’ team.”

However, since that article, the MLB faced a lawsuit that caused them to change things up a bit, as noted in this USA Today article. In a nutshell, the changes no longer prohibit in-market streaming for MLB.TV… if you subscribe to your local regional sports network.

In other words, you still need cable to use the “cable-less” service. Big help.

Questions About Watching MLB without Cable?

The options aren’t perfect, but they’re getting better year over year. Have questions? Leave a comment below for answers!

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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

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!

Feb
3

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The New York Times Shares Their Cord Cutters Guide to the Super Bowl

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The New York Times, a news industry leader, has not only acknowledged the growth in cutting the cord, but researched the best alternatives to cable and satellite for the Super Bowl. They know their readers are smart and not throwing away their money to the cable companies! Brian X. Chen, the lead consumer technology writer for The New York Times, took a deeper look at options for watching the Super Bowl, including streaming and antennas. This dude is a tech genius, if you’re looking for advice on the latest tech gadget or trend, he is the guy to ask.

Brian tested out two antennas, the ClearStream Eclipse and the ClearStream 2V and had great success with both! He recommends the Eclipse for its strong signal and sleek design. He said it was easy to set up and was barely noticeable in the living room, which is ideal for a Super Bowl party. Brian received about 40 channels at his house, including CBS, so he is set for the Big Game on Sunday!

Now, for the second year, CBS will be streaming the Super Bowl on their website and through the CBS app. This is great news for cord cutters, but there can be drawbacks. If you don’t have the fastest internet, you might experience a good amount of buffering, which can be frustrating for your party guests. With an antenna, you get clear signal and the high-definition channels, like CBS, look even better than digital cable because the image you receive with an antenna is the raw video broadcast over-the-air, unlike compressed video sent over digital cable.

Our fearless leader said it best, “when you’re getting the raw video, it might be double or triple the quality of satellite or cable,” said Richard Schneider. “It’s a much more detailed picture than what you’d get through paid TV.”

Basically, what we hear Brian saying, is the best way to watch the Super Bowl is with an antenna. And we have to agree! See his full article HERE and if you need to pick up an antenna before the game Sunday, be sure to visit one of our retail partners.

Dec
30

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New Year, New Cable Price Increase (Yet Again)

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As a belated holiday gift to their customers, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Dish and AT&T (just to name a few) have announced they will all be raising their cable rates in the New Year. What a wonderful gift…Not! Happy freakin’ New Year to you.

The continued cable hikes have averaged 5.9 percent a year since 1995. And it doesn’t look like there will be an end in sight. Is that how these companies reward their few remaining customers, by raising their rates yet again? We welcome you, new cord cutters, and we are here to help make the transition as seamless, and a downright enjoyable experience. Saying “adios, mother f*****!” has never felt this good.

According to a Pew Research Center survey released last week, about 71 percent of cord cutters say the reason they kicked Pay-TV to the curb was because of the cost. And another 64 percent say they canceled because they can get the content they desire with a TV antenna or through a streaming service.

For that, we are extremely grateful. Thank you Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision and the like, for your continued poor service and greedy ways. With this latest price increase, you have sparked an even larger interest in cutting the cord. We don’t need to spend any money on advertising or promoting cord-cutting when the pay-TV companies continue to insult the intelligence of their customers.

Ready to dump the abusive, money hungry cable companies and join the world of FREE TV? Contact us if you have any questions, we look forward to you joining our cord cutting community!

Call: 1-877-825-5572                         Chat: Live Chat Mail: info@antennasdirect.com

 

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Dec
22

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The Cord Cutters Conundrum: Which TV Antenna Is Right For Me?

TV antenna selection is more than simply imputing a zip code on a website, that’s why we have created this guide to help ease the process. Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all solution. To correctly select a TV antenna, we need some basic information about your location, then follow some important installation notes. Let’s begin.

Locate your digital television transmitters

It is important to know where your local broadcast towers are located, as there are many factors that may potentially impede your signal. TV antennas are a line of sight technology, which means getting the clearest view of your towers will bring in the strongest signal.

Learning how far away from the broadcast transmitters you are will help you decide how powerful the TV antenna will need to be. However local obstructions, installation hardware and antenna positioning are important factors in antenna selection.

This said, it is generally preferable to install your antenna as high as possible, pointed in the direction of the broadcast towers, and outdoors with as few obstructions as possible.

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Using the Antenna Point tool, enter your street address and zip code to get detailed map listing distance, and direction of your local transmitters. Here you can see if the towers are located as a cluster in 1 location – like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles – or if you will require a multi-directional antenna to receive signals from many locations.

VHF or UHF

While the majority of channels in North America are broadcast on the UHF, there may be some in your area broadcast on the VHF. This means a VHF kit may be required with your TV antenna. If the VHF channel is broadcast on a lower frequency (RF Channel 2-6) you will need a specific outdoor antenna that can receive these Lo-VHF channels. Lo-VHF is very rare but they are still out there!

Topography

The topography (or lay of the land) between your address and the transmitters may vary greatly. Obstructions such as trees, buildings or mountains may degrade or block the signal traveling to your location. Use the satellite view with the interactive map in your analysis to determine the local topography for your antenna installation. Should you encounter many obstructions, an outdoor TV antenna mounted as high as possible is usually advisable.

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TIPS FOR SUCCESS

Outdoor installation is best, but Antennas Direct antennas can also be installed indoors or in attics. (50% strength/range is lost indoors).

Simple, direct connections and installations are best. The more junctions in the installation, the higher the signal loss.

Each time the signal is split (to go to another TV) signal strength is reduced, so a low-noise amplifier may be needed to help compensate for the signal reduction.

Install the antenna where signal is “present”. Move the antenna to different locations until signals are found. Many times one end of the roof or room has better signal characteristics than the others.

Ask for help
If you are not sure which TV antenna is right for you we have a dedicated team of installation experts that will gladly assist with selection, or recommend a local installer to help you get set up.

Call: 1-877-825-5572                         Chat: Live Chat                              Mail: info@antennasdirect.com

 

Read More: A Cord Cutter Tells All: 6 Steps to TV Freedom

 

 

Dec
4

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Denver Eclipse Love from AskDaveTaylor.com

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We have to admit, we love Denver. The city, the people, the atmosphere. It’s a cool place and we always have a great time when we visit. We recently got back from our latest #ADBusTour, where we had a giveaway stop in Denver at the Pepsi Center.

Our #ADBusTour stop inspired Denver native Steve Oatney, a self proclaimed online help and customer tech support guru for AskDaveTaylor.com, to test out and review our ClearStream Eclipse antenna. Dave admits that he had this preconceived notion in his head that modern-day, over the air television was dead. We are thrilled that we managed to change his mind!

“Initial set-up was a snap. The company’s tagline “Slap it. Plug it. Scan it. Watch it” is truly appropriate.”

After installing the Eclipse, which he details the ease of the simple set up in his blog, he discovered a whole new world of television that he didn’t even realize was available, and all for free! He has over 40 high definition channels that look and sound amazing.

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“Great picture, great sound, and no recurring costs…I’m in, lock, stock and barrel.”

Ladies and gentlemen, we did not ask him to say these kind words. The high quality antenna and ease of installation speaks for itself. To see Steve’s full review, be sure to check it out HERE.

Nov
2

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#ADBusTour Liberates Over 400 at the National Weather Festival

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Surrounded by storm chasing helicopters, vehicles and the latest weather coverage technology, the Broadcast TV Liberation Tour rolled into the National Weather Festival on the campus of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. With hundreds awaiting free access to their favorite television, Antennas Direct, in partnership with TVFreedom.org and News 9 liberated over 400 festival attendees with a ClearStream 2V antenna – granting them the most reliable connection to up-to-the-moment weather coverage.

And, in a market like Central Oklahoma, that kind of connection can be the difference between life and death. That is not hyperbole. There is a reason the local broadcasting meteorologists like David Payne at News 9 are heralded as venerable rock stars. And, with a TV antenna, those local viewers don’t ever have to worry about outages due to inclement weather.

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As the hundreds received antennas during the festival, the team of the Broadcast TV Liberation Tour heard comments about the reliability of antenna technology. And, long after the last antenna was given away, we remained on hand to answer the biggest questions that TV viewers had about antennas.

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Will this work no matter what the weather does?
Yes.

What is the monthly fee for getting the signal over-the-air?
There is no monthly fee.

How many channels can we get with one of your antennas?
In this parking lot with the antenna pointed in the wrong direction, we are receiving over 50 channels.

What if I put it outside and something falls on the antenna?
The antennas come with a lifetime guarantee. Just let us know what happened, and we’ll send you a new one.

The total value of the giveaway in Norman was over $40,000 worth of antennas. However, the potential annual savings to local households was close to $600,000 if they cancel their subscription to cable or satellite television. That is money going back into their budget as opposed to lining the pockets of cable CEOs.

Like many of the stops on the latest leg of the tour, we saw the overwhelming demand for local broadcast television. We are still astounded at the emotional connection people make to their local broadcasters and the best entertainment the world has known. Broadcast television is the most reliable window into the world for a growing number of Americans.

If you would like to see the bus in your city, take a moment to check out our Bus Tour landing page and request a bus stop!

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Oct
16

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More than 400 New Mexicans Liberated on the #ADBusTour

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The East Canyon gusty winds (with 50 to 60 MPH gusts) could not keep an estimated 2000 New Mexicans from showing up for the chance to receive free over-the-air television. In partnership with TV Freedom and KOB-TV, Antennas Direct gave away just over 400 of the ClearStream 2V antennas at the American Home Furniture in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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The first person in line had been on location since 10 PM the night before – braving the chilly and cruel winds – to ensure he received the best television the world has known without a monthly fee.

All of our 400 antennas (plus a few extra) were gone within an hour.

Even after all of the antennas were gone, we stuck around to answer those common questions we always get: Yes, over-the-air is free. No, there is not a catch. Nope, no monthly fee. And, of course, there is no “upcharge” for high definition. Yes, you really can get that many channels.

Especially important to the Albuquerque area are all of the Spanish, in-language content that is available over-the-air. Ever since the digital broadcast transition of 2009, broadcasters have invested billions in their infrastructure to provide powerful signals over-the-air. Part of that investment was the creation of digital subchannels, which allow for niched programming for underserved communities.

According to the latest census, almost half of Albuquerque’s population is Hispanic or Latino with a quarter of the residents identifying as bilingual, an antenna provides reliable access to in-language, hyperlocal content for free.

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We are grateful to Erica Zucco and the entire KOB-TV News Team for supporting our efforts to liberate more Americans on our Broadcast TV Liberation Bus Tour.

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Oct
14

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Antennas Direct Featured on NPR’s Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal

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Almost every week, we hear from a well-meaning person who tells us that TV antennas are dying – that we should try something else. If you happen to one of these people, we appreciate your concern.

But, seriously, here are three of the reasons we don’t listen to you:

  • Our sales are booming.
  • We make great antennas that deliver the best programming for free in high definition.
  • National business media is taking note of the growth of over-the-air antennas.

Yesterday, Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal, the most widely heard program on business and the economy in the country, posted a story about the cord cutting trend and the growth of antenna sales across the country. As part of the story, our founder and president, Richard Schneider shared his hard-earned wisdom, some of our recent sales numbers and the work that remains to be done.

“Right now we are only selling to the minority that knows that over-the-air even exists,” he said. “People we talk to aren’t even aware that you can get digital TV for free.”

Read the full story on Marketplace HERE.

Many thanks to the reporter, Miles Bryan, for your in-depth look at the growth of over-the-air TV antennas.

Oh, and for those doubters out there, we still appreciate your notes. We would print them out and decorate Richard Schneider’s office, but that would be a waste of paper.

Sep
21

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The Toronto Sun Shares Their 4 Reasons to Cut the Cord

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This afternoon, the Toronto Sun wrote the best article you will read today, called “Cutting the cord: 4 reasons to consider using an HD antenna.” Richard Schneider, president of Antennas Direct, laid down his broadcast television knowledge. Now, we can think of 100 reasons why it’s time for you to cut the cord, but here are the 4 The Toronto Sun narrowed down:

  • Saving Money
  • Better Picture Quality
  • Discover New Channels
  • More Time to Live Your Real Life

Thanks to Sean Fitzgerald and the Toronto Sun for taking the time to interview Richard and help spread awareness of cutting the cord. It’s exciting to see a large influx of  people ready to take that next step and end their relationship with pay TV. If you’re interested in reading more, you can find the article in its entirety HERE.

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