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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
23

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We Saw the Future of Broadcast TV at the NAB Show. (And the Future is Bright.)

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Last week, 100,000 broadcast radio and television industry shapers from 150 countries gathered in Las Vegas for the 2015 NAB Show, the world’s largest electronic media show. Perennially, the event has been the host of the latest technology surrounding broadcast media and journalism attracting brands such as CBS, Apple, HP, Samsung and, of course, Antennas Direct.

More than just passively attending, we love being a part of the show and learning about the future of television from some of the best minds in broadcast. Here are some of our biggest takeaways.

    1. There’s (still) no better journalism than broadcast news.

“Broadcasters are more relevant, vital and trusted than ever,” said Gordon Smith, president of the NAB who also challenged show-goers to imagine a world without free over-the-air television. “In times of emergency, while other media may crash and fail, local television is there to connect the community.”

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Broadcasters also continue to innovate how they deliver content to the community. Bart Feder, senior vice president of Tribune Media, pointed out that his stations are facing greater realities about how media is consumed, and they are taking steps to meet the demand.

“The reality is that people turn on Facebook before they turn on their TV,” said Feder. “We are the second screen in the two-screen household. The onus is on us to call the audience back. We need authenticity and a way to give the news greater context and meaning.”

    1. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is a fan of free, broadcast TV.

While it may come as a shock to some in the industry, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), is a big fan of over-the-air television. In his opening remarks on the second day of the NAB Show, Wheeler recounted the story of installing an indoor, flat panel digital antenna in his daughter’s home. He said she was floored when she realized she could get her favorite shows in high definition for free.

“Broadcast is an important part of our lives. And over-the-air provides our uniquely diverse communities with a shared experience,” he said. “With the high cost of cable bundles, consumers are perusing alternatives. One alternative they are perusing is broadcast TV. The number of households relying on over-the-air exclusively went up last year. We also see a growing number of people cutting the cord and pairing an over-the-air antenna with OTT services.”

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    1. The broadcast incentive auction is happening in 2016 (after five years of talking).

For several years, the FCC has been working on a plan to auction a portion of the broadcast spectrum to wireless providers. And, though it has been a long time in the making, there appears to be an end in sight. By Spring of 2016, television broadcasters will have the option to offer their spectrum for the auction. This means they may have to do a “repacking” of their broadcast. Wheeler says this is a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for broadcasters and the auction will yield the greatest value for their spectrum.

What does this mean to fans of broadcast television from a viewer perspective? That remains to be seen. There are still some unanswered questions for the FCC and pending lawsuits. However, there is a potential for more broadcasters engaging in “channel sharing” and switching to a VHF frequency.

What is known is this auction is yet another business decision broadcasters need to make within the next several months to better meet the shifting demands of media consumption.

    1. We have seen the future. And it was from a drone camera.

On perhaps a lighter note, the future of broadcast television will involve drones. The NAB Show featured an entire display and several vendors allowed engineers to try out the drone capabilities. As the technology stands, the drone will not replace the traffic helicopter, but it can add a degree of storytelling enhancement to broadcast news.

The FAA has yet to create a final list of rules regarding the safe use of drones and the companies who are licensed to pilot them are very few. However, with the fast scalability of the technology, most industry experts predict the drone coverage and usage will be an integrated part of storytelling by the next NAB Show.

    1. Future for broadcasters includes deep investments in IT.

A broadcaster’s programming used to be simpler. You would create video for television consumption and this would be your single outlet. However, broadcasters now distribute content to websites, social media, Roku players, and mobile apps. And currently most internal workflows do not allow this to be managed in an efficient way.

However, Disney Corporation, which encompasses ABC, ESPN and seemingly most of the known world, has switched to an IP (Internet Protocol) format for their content. Currently, they are transitioning to a real-time distribute digital video to 150 different outlets. You can see the full panel discussion here.

Broadcasters face a lot of challenges to both their bottom line and their business models in the next year. And despite all of it, they are steadfast in their desire to provide free, over-the-air, high-definition television. Stay tuned as we create new ways to make more consumers aware of the choices they have to receive the best entertainment and news without a hefty cable bill.

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.

Jan
19

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Dump Cable- It’s the San Diego Way!

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The good people of San Diego woke this morning to the gospel of free broadcast television. In this below segment on KUSI, The Muscleman of Television, Bruce Pechman, points out that cutting the cord starts with an antenna from Antennas Direct. Check it out:

KUSI News – San Diego, CA, Video Part 1

In the follow up “more info segment,” Bruce says that using an antenna is “like hitting the lottery!” Who doesn’t want to hit the lottery?! Watch the second part here: 

KUSI News – San Diego, CA, Video Part 2

In addition to the never-ending sunshine, we know that Southern California will now bask in the glow of free, over-the-air television. Many thanks to Bruce and to KUSI News for their attention to cord-cutting – no longer a trend, but a reality. Stay classy, San Diego!

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Jan
9

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Antennas Direct Customer’s Guide to Cutting the Cord

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Have you ever struggled with installing a TV antenna and wish you had something to help you make the process a little easier? We had a customer who felt exactly this way, so he created an excellent install video where he takes you along each step of mounting, installing and running a channel scan with his Antennas Direct ClearStream 5 and DB8e antennas. His video does a great job showing how easy the install process really is and the excellent picture quality, even when splitting the signal between multiple televisions. Check out the video and big thanks to Robert for taking the time to share his video! Feel free to film your own install or review videos and share them with us on Twitter or Facebook, we would love to hear your thoughts.

 

 

Nov
3

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For Our Cord Cutting Family this Thanksgiving

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Treat your family and cut the cord with Antennas Direct this Christmas.

This Thanksgiving, our band of pilgrims at Antennas Direct has a lot for which to be grateful. More and more American families are cutting the cord, and business is booming. So great is our gratitude that we have decided to reward our now ever-growing band of cord cutters with an early Christmas gift!

We are giving away one Cord Cutter Starter kit, complete with Smart TV, Digital TV Antenna and Home Theater Sound System. No catch, we just felt thankful.

That’s not all, all our entrants you will receive a 25% discount for our online store. This is one per entrant and is redeemable until Thanksgiving.

To win this Thanksgiving treat:

  1. Follow THIS link
  2. Enter your name and email address
  3. Check your mail for your AntennasDirect.com discount code

Our winner will be announced Thanksgiving morning, so like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to stay in the loop. Besides, if you cut the cord, you are all winners to us!

Merry Christmas to all (especially those free from cable.) And to all a good night!

 

Jul
22

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Will A TV Antenna Work Where I Live?

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Cord cutting as a trend is exploding. According to the National Association of Broadcasters, there are over 59.7 million viewers broadcast TV-reliant as of last year. Here at Antennas Direct, we have seen an increase of 60% in unit sales. That’s record growth for us – a company on the Inc. 5000 for many years.

But maybe you are afraid to take the leap. All the cool kids seem to be doing it, but you’re not sure you can live the liberated life. You’re not alone. Our customer feedback suggests that ‘poor signal strength in an area’ and ‘lack of understanding antennas’ are the main reasons people are  still paying for cable and satellite. But, in over 70% of the cases brought to our attention, these reasons prove to be untrue.

Selecting the right antenna may be a daunting task, with so many products and variations to choose from. That is why we put together this handy infographic to highlight the most important factors to consider when determining which antenna is right for you.

Remember, your neighbors’ antenna may not receive all the available channels in your area; however it does not mean you won’t! We have an extensive database from over 10 years of direct one-to-one discussions with you the customer. If there is a signal, we will get it for you.

To be certain you select the best possible antenna for your home, call your antenna expert now. We have been liberating TV since 2003, with over 5 million antennas in happy homes across America, you can rely on us.

All of our antennas come with a 90-day money-back guarantee and a lifetime warranty!

Toll-Free 1-877-825-5572 | Live-Chat antennasdirect.com | info@antennasdirect.com

Jun
25

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Ding-Dong, Aereo is Dead

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The decision is made. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of innovation, the freedom of the American people and the sacredness of over-the-air television. Aereo, a non-moneymaking hobby backed by bloated investors, is dead. Finally.

There is reason to rejoice at their demise:

  1. Stealing is bad. It turns out you can’t sell something you don’t own. This is good for innovative companies such as – ahem – antenna manufacturers.
  2. Over-the-air is free right now and that is the way that it should be. If Aereo had won, broadcasters had threatened to pull their over-the-air signal and charge consumers for their content.

For some time, Aereo has cast itself as a star in its own underdog drama. It wanted to be the proverbial David. The fatal error Aereo made was thinking the American people were too stupid to see through their little myth. All along, there have been loopholes in this story:

  1. The technology is not real. It boils down to this: you cannot break the laws of physics with antenna technology or by calling them “microantennas.” As much as we would like to, you just cannot. It’s that simple.
  2. There is nothing innovative about stealing. If you are going to charge money to rebroadcast something, then the creator of the content should get a cut. It is called copyright, and it exists to protect innovations – not harm them.
  3. It was charging people for free content. Over-the-air is free. Not a subscription. You can receive it in full HD with an antenna. Millions of Americans have realized this and millions more will follow.
  4. Aereo is not actually a company. It has not actually sustained itself and made money. It took large amounts of cash and blew them on legal fees. For the millions they have invested in lawyers, Antennas Direct could have supplied scores of Americans with the ability to start watching television right now for free.

Aereo investors say they have no plan B. And we are so grateful for their arrogance, poor planning and illegal business model. We invite you to join us today in dancing on Aereo’s grave. Three cheers for free TV!

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Jun
17

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A Real American Hero: Mr. Antenna Guy

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So he may not be pulling children from wreckage or curing disease, but, each day, Mr. Antenna tangibly improves the financial, mental and spiritual well-being of his neighbors – he installs an antenna on their home. We would like to take this moment to recognize a true American hero: the Mr. Antenna guy in Bakersfield.

See him in action thanks to ABC 23:

Keep fighting the good fight, comrade. We are honored to have you on the frontlines of the cable liberation front.

See more coverage of our hero here  and here.

Jun
12

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A Cord Cutters Guide to the world’s biggest sporting event!

Cord Cutter Guide

Brazil. Home to Samba, the Amazon Rainforest and, of course football (the non-American version). Starting today, the country plays host to the World Cup. As you read this, soccer fans the world over are plotting ways they will not miss out on any of the action. Those who do not have cable may feel they face a disadvantage (54 of the games are on ESPN), but, fear not, we have created a cord-cutters guide to watching the world’s largest sporting event-over-the-air.

Here is everything a cord-cutter needs to know to make sure you don’t miss a game:

  1. Don’t panic. Every game is on television, radio (find your local affiliate here and online. This is good news, because, if you miss a game, you can catch the repeat online later. You can check out the official Fifa website for match scheduling here, and put them in your local time too. (A special note, if you’re outside of the US, you have other options—so check in with the stations in your country to find out who’s broadcasting and streaming.)
  2. The best games are over-the-air for free. Each ABC game is broadcast over-the-air for free. And it includes the FINAL, woohoo! All you need is an antenna from Antennas Direct to get the most-watched game!
  3. Dust off the Spanish phrase book and watch the games for free on Univision. Spanish language station, Univision, will broadcast all of the games for free, over-the-air via local Univision affiliates, and so all you need is an antenna. Fifty-six games, including the ones with stream restrictions to pay-TV customers, will be available via Univision. The station also has options via its free Android and iOS app for viewing the first two rounds. The commentary is better anyway: Gooooaaaaallllll!

PROTIP: Watch the games live and free over-the-air via Univision and tune into your local ESPN radio affiliate / listen to the ESPN radio online for English commentary.

  1. Stream the pay-television broadcasts online. Online users can access the live stream through the WatchESPN website as well as through dedicated apps for set-top streaming devices (Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Xbox One and Xbox 360, and Google Chromecast). A benefit of the streaming apps is you have access to two alternate feeds for each telecast bringing multiple camera angles on ‘ESPN3 Surround.’
  2. Make some new friends or go to the bar. With ESPN and ESPN2 broadcasting 54 of the matches, you can easily use this as an excuse to find conviviality with other fans.
  3. Catch up on the action with the ESPN website for all of the coverage. There is a new version of the ESPN FC website for soccer fans, and new free ESPN FC app with robust news, scores, highlights and commentary.

Here is a breakdown of what you can get!

(All times Eastern)

First Round                                                  PayTV                        FREE TV (Over the Air)

Thursday, June 12

Brazil vs. Croatia                                           (ESPN)                           (Univision)

 

Friday, June 13

Mexico vs. Cameroon                                   (ESPN2)                         (Univision)

Spain vs. Netherlands                                  (ESPN)                          (Univision)

Chile vs. Australia                                         (ESPN2)                        (Univision)

 

Saturday, June 14

Colombia vs. Greece                                                                          (ABC) /(Univision)

Uruguay vs. Costa Rica                                                                      (ABC) /(Univision)

England vs. Italy                                             (ESPN)                         (Univision)

Ivory Coast vs. Japan                                     (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Sunday, June 15

Switzerland vs. Ecuador                                                                   (ABC) /(Univision)

France vs. Honduras                                                                        (ABC) /(Univision)

Argentina vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina                (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Monday, June 16

Germany vs. Portugal                                     (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Iran vs. Nigeria                                                (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Ghana vs. United States                                (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Tuesday, June 17

Belgium vs. Algeria                                           (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Brazil vs. Mexico                                                (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Russia vs. South Korea                                    (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Wednesday, June 18

Australia vs. Netherlands                                 (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Spain vs. Chile                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Cameroon vs. Croatia                                       (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Thursday, June 19

Colombia vs. Ivory Coast                                  (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Uruguay vs. England                                         (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Japan vs. Greece                                               (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Friday, June 20

Italy vs. Costa Rica                                              (ESPN)                        (Univision)

Switzerland vs. France                                         (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Honduras vs. Ecuador                                          (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Saturday, June 21

Argentina vs. Iran                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Germany vs. Ghana                                               (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Nigeria vs. Bosnia Herzegovina                           (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Sunday, June 22

Belgium vs. Russia                                                                                      (ABC) /(Univision)

South Korea vs. Algeria                                                                               (ABC) /(Univision)

United States vs. Portugal                                        (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Monday, June 23

Netherlands vs. Chile                                               (ESPN2)                     (Univision)

Australia vs. Spain                                                    (ESPN)                       (UniMas / Galavision)

Croatia vs. Mexico                                                     (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Cameroon vs. Brazil                                                 (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

 

Tuesday, June 24

Italy vs. Uruguay                                                         (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Costa Rica vs. England                                            (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

Japan vs. Colombia                                                  (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Greece vs. Ivory Coast                                              (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

 

Wednesday, June 25

Nigeria vs. Argentina                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Bosnia Herzegovina vs. Iran                                      (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

Ecuador vs. France                                                     (ESPN2)                     (Univision)

Honduras vs. Switzerland                                          (ESPN)                       (UniMas / Galavision)

 

Thursday, June 26

United States vs. Germany                                        (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Portugal vs. Ghana                                                    (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

South Korea vs. Belgium                                           (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Algeria vs. Russia                                                      (ESPN2)                     (UniMas / Galavision)

 

Round of 16

Saturday, June 28

1A vs. 2B                                                                                                      (ABC) / (Univision)

1C vs. 2D                                                                                                     (ABC) / (Univision)

 

Sunday, June 29

1B vs. 2A                                                                    (ESPN)                       (Univision)

1D vs. 2C                                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Monday, June 30

1E vs. 2F                                                                    (ESPN)                       (Univision)

1G vs. 2H                                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

Tuesday, July 1

1F vs. 2E                                                                   (ESPN)                        (Univision)

1H vs. 2G                                                                  (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Quarterfinals

 

Friday, July 4

Round of 16 winners                                                 (ESPN2)                     (Univision)

Round of 16 winners                                                 (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Saturday, July 5

Round of 16 winners                                                                                    (ABC) /(Univision)

Round of 16 winners                                                 (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

 

Semifinals

 

Tuesday, July 8

Quarterfinal winners                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Wednesday, July 9

Quarterfinal winners                                                   (ESPN)                       (Univision)

 

Third-Place Game

 

Saturday, July 12

Semifinal losers                                                        (ESPN)                        (Univision)

 

Final

 

Sunday, July 13

Semifinal winners                                                                                         (ABC) /(Univision)

 

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