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Aug
2

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The Unparalleled Power of the ClearStream 2V HDTV Antenna

Over the last 10 years, we have completely transformed the way people think about television antennas. The days of the tin foil rabbit ears and behemoth-size roof antennas are long gone. Because the beamwidth and gain of our HDTV antennas are so much greater, they can be installed in a variety of different places in the home.

Recently, we received a wonderful email regarding our ClearStream 2V outdoor antenna and its unparalleled power. After a year of using a Radio Shack antenna, the Cincinnati resident decided it was time for something a little more powerful.

While the roof might be one of the more common spots to mount one of our outdoor antennas, you can—depending on the environment—install it either indoors or right outside a window.
As you can see, he installed the antenna on the patio rail of his condo.

ClearStream2 HDTV Antenna

It actually points at an adjacent building, but he still receives crystal clear reception! Also, the ClearStream 2V pulls in an additional 20 channels, making his viewing experience all the merrier!

ClearStream2 HDTV

Big thanks to Mike Kelley for sharing these great pictures with us! We are so happy that you love your antenna!

Looking to upgrade your current television antenna? We are here to help! At Antennas Direct, we carry a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor HDTV antennas. To find out which one is right for you, head on over to antennapoint.com!

Mar
22

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Charter Communications Refuses to Air Antennas Direct Commercials

“Sweep the leg, Johnny. Sweep the leg!” Do you remember this famous villainous spiel? It is from the 1984 classic, The Karate Kid. Who didn’t hate John Kreese and his clan of prepubescent ninjas? They were always picking on the little guy in hopes of making others believe they truly mattered. Sounds like our pals at Charter Communications, huh?

Recently, Charter Communications refused to air pre-scheduled Antennas Direct ad campaign due to its anti-cable message. The banned sixty second TV spots, which depict the cable companies as a manipulative monopoly, encourage viewers to cancel cable and bask in the glory of free over-the-air programming. According to one high ranking Charter executive, the cable provider will not air television spots for any “direct cable competitors.”

“After publicly proclaiming the over-the-air movement as nothing more than a farce, Charter is finally acknowledging OTA as a legitimate competitor to cable,” said Richard Schneider, president of Antennas Direct. “When a multi-million dollar antenna company can strike fear into the heart of a 7 billion dollar giant, you know your message has merit.”

Over the past 5 years, Antennas Direct has seen significant growth due in part to millions of Americans opting to ditch pay-TV in favor of free broadcast programming. In 2012, the antenna crusader earned a spot in the exclusive Inc 500|5000 Hall of Fame, announced a partnership with TiVo and rolled their HDTV antennas out to the nation’s largest retailer, Walmart.

Want to see that TV spots that the folks at Charter don’t want you to see? You can! To view all three banned Antennas Direct TV spots, see below:

TV Spot #1

TV
Spot #2

TV Spot #3

Jan
24

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Nielsen Report — Cord Cutting Is Real

Cord cutting is real and happening in significant numbers now, concludes a new research report by Nielsen (which is significant itself, given Nielsen’s long-time central role in television audience measurement). The report measured year-over-year changes from Q3 2011 – Q3 2012.

Here are some of the report’s key findings:

– U.S. individuals spend 33 hours per week watch videos across all screens
– the number of homes subscribing to wired cable television services decreased 4.1%
– at the same time, telco-provided television services increased 21.1% and satellite television increased 2.1%
– “nearly a million more homes are subscribing to broadband while skipping a traditional paid tv subscription”
– the number of broadcast/broadband only “television” homes increased 22.8% in the two year period Q3 2010 – Q3 2012

Feb
18

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Verizon Expands ESPN Streaming Deal

FiOS TV Users Now Get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU Online

Verizon this week announced that they’ve expanded their licensing deal with Disney Corporation, and as a result will now offer more ESPN content streamed via broadband. In addition to the ESPN3 service (which requires that your ISP strikes special deals with ESPN to view) Verizon FiOS customers will be able to watch ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater content live online beginning Thursday, February 17. This is all part of the cable and telcoTV industry’s TV Everywhere initiative, which stems from the belief that by offering paying TV customers a variety of broadband video options, they’ll be able to prevent TV cord cutting down the road. As with all TV Everywhere efforts, regular vanilla FiOS broadband customers who don’t have FiOS TV service won’t get this additional content — though they’ll still be able to view ESPN3.
Jan
26

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HDTV Antenna Review: ClearStream 4 – #1 Featured Product

HDTV Antenna Review features the ClearStream 4 as a Hot item and their #1 featured product.The   ClearStream 4 is also a Top Ten seller as well for HD Antenna Review. Make sure to read the glowing reviews of people that have bought our ClearStream 4 Antenna.

Dec
23

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How to Receive UHF and VHF OTA Channels

Question 1: I’m not sure which antenna is best for my area since most channels are UHF but two of the popular ones are High VHF. Also I need a digital converter box, do you know where I can get one? Thanks. From Anton, in Alhambra, California.

Question 2: I need an antenna that will give me both VHF and UHF reception. What is the best antenna that you recommend? – The length of cable will be about 50 or 60 ft. Do I need PreAmp? From Aubre in Howell, Texas.

Hi Anton and Aubre,

Since you both had questions regarding how to receive both VHF and UHF reception, I can address both of you in one answer.

We would recommend going to www.antennapoint.com. Here you are prompted to put in your location and you can see exactly where your broadcast signals are coming from. To recommend an antenna we have to factor in how far you are away from your broadcast towers and also the geographical terrain near by. For instance, someone living in the city close to the broadcast towers might experience more interference because of the tall buildings, as opposed to someone living outside the city, but without all those tall buildings, might receive better reception.

For the most part, all of our antennas can function as UHF/VHF antennas, but their success may be limited especially if you are trying to get channels on the very low end of VHF (channels 2-6). So Anton, since you indicated that you have high VHF in your area we would recommend you consider the distance between you and your broadcast towers and any impediments you may have.

Otherwise, we would recommend using the ClearStream5 antenna as a great high powered antenna that can pick up both of these signals.

And for Aubre who is using a 50-60 foot coaxial cable, you will probably need to use an amplifier to overcome the length of your cable. Here are a few blog posts about amplifiers that we recommend.

Do I Need an Antenna Amplifier with my Antenna?
What is the Difference Between an A Distribution Amplifier and a Preamplifier?

Jul
6

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Still Getting Used to the Digital Transition

Question: If I have old TVs do I need some sort of converter box and an antenna? From Cheryl in Coppell, Texas

Answer:

Hi Cheryl,

You do need a converter box to receive the digital signals that replaced analog in 2009. You need this in order to convert the new digital signals to analog signals that your older television can read. Converter boxes usually run about $40-$70.

Your other option is to buy a newer television that has a digital tuner already build in. All new televisions made after 2007should have these included. You will not need a converter box with these TVs.

Keep in mind that if you get a converter box or if you opt to buy a new TV you will still need an antenna in order to receive free over-the-air television. We would recommend trying to get a signal with your old antenna. If you are finding that you cannot pick up a signal, it might be time to upgrade your antenna first. To find digital transmitters nearest to your home visit www.antennapoint.com.

Hope this helps and let us know if you need antenna recommendations! Thanks

May
13

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Cable Got Your Tongue?

Do you remember Miss Teen South Carolina trying to answer that question about maps in 2007? Yes, it was painful, but it seems that Comcast CEO Brian Roberts might have watched that interview one too many times. Last week, Roberts was interviewed at the National Cable & Telecommunications convention in Los Angeles and from the results of the interview, probably wishes he had stayed at home.

Roberts, son of Comcast founder Ralph Roberts, must have forgotten he was being interviewed by a journalist, because according to the interview with former News Corp. President Peter Cherni, Roberts had some rather embarrassing things to say:

“I think cable has been under-appreciated for its contribution to society”

“We’re the industry people always love to hate”

He added that his father, Comcast founder Ralph Roberts, had been pushing for Comcast to put bumper stickers on all its trucks that said “I love cable.” Brian Roberts said he wasn’t sure he was ready to try that marketing approach, perhaps out of fear of ending up with a bunch of trucks being vandalize.

-Pause for laughter-

Comcast, who was “surprisingly” voted the worst company in America, is obviously disconnected with its customers. Roberts who openly admits that people hate his company also said there is no evidence that people are cutting the cord on cable. Well he may believe that, but according to Comcast’s investor report, they did lose 82,000 basic cable subscribers this past quarter. We won’t blame him for not knowing the facts. The short version of the report on their website is a full six pages long.

Even though Roberts may not see the trend to cut the cord on cable, we do. Since the DTV conversion nearly a year ago the quality and reliability of over-the-television has been spurring people to make the switch.  Our antennas have been flying off the shelves and our product lines are expanding rapidly to electronic stores across the country, most notably Best Buy, Costco and Fry’s. The days of over-priced TV with terrible service is seemingly beginning to crumble.

While Roberts may think he’s providing you a public service for a mere $70 a month, we know better. (Or if he really believed that he doesn’t have to fear for his fleet of vans) At Antennas Direct we do not support angry cable customers vandalizing cable vans, even if their CEO reminds us of Miss Teen South Carolina. But what we are willing to do is listen and talk to you about over-the-television on our customer line at 877-825-5572.

Apr
9

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“A New Beginning for Broadcast TV” – the Antenna

Another news source telling that many people are opting for broadcast TV with Antennas instead of pay high monthly cable and satellite bills. This money saving trend is carrying throughout the nation as people find they can receive all their news and entertainment needs with their local broadcast channels.

Tower power: Antennas for TV reception gaining in popularity

By JOHN MOLSEED

WATERLOO (April 4, 2010 ) – Ken De Nault doesn’t see much on television he considers worth paying for. That’s why he doesn’t spend anything to get the 15 to 16 channels he has at his home.

“Why pay all that money to sit in front of something and do nothing?” he said.

De Nault uses an antenna to get over-the-air broadcast signals. This old-school method of reception is making a comeback, driving antenna sales upward.

Brian Shaw, operations manager at Don’s TV Maximum Sight & Sound, said the store sells about five per week.

“We’re throwing up antennas right and left,” Shaw said.

Shaw credits the switch to digital television for the resurgence in this method of reception. Some people needed to upgrade their antennas to receive digital signals; others saw a chance to save money but still get multiple channels as stations broadcast multiple signals simultaneously.

“I see this as a new beginning for broadcast TV,” said John Huff, general sales manager at NBC affiliate KWWL in Waterloo.

If De Nault watches television, it’s usually to watch older movies, catch up on news or check the weather.

He can do all of these with signals he pulls in for free – one of the Cedar Rapids-based KCRG digital channels broadcasts weather, and KWWL has a channel dedicated to old movies and television shows. De Nault had a new antenna installed at his home this month to get better reception of the digital signals.

Read the entire article here

Apr
9

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NPR Features Antennas Direct About Basic TV Coverage

Antennas Direct president, Richard Schneider shares antenna trends with NPR coverage about basic TV.

After Digital Switch, Basic TV Offers Cable Alternative

By Catherine Welch

Just before summer 2009’s switch from analog to digital cable, TV viewers were inundated with commercials from cable companies. They urged viewers to subscribe to cable in order to get a clear picture and plenty of channels.

But it turns out that — for the price of an antenna — over-the-air television offers plenty of different programs.

The Secret In The Attic

Thanks to the digital signals, Elizabeth and Philip Humphrey’s three children can watch Elmo, Arthur and other favorites on one of three digital channels broadcast by North Carolina’s PBS station.

Trapped inside on a cold, gray morning, the Humphreys’ three children stand perfectly still in front of the TV, all eyes glued on Elmo.

The family also gets the additional digital channels offered by their commercial network affiliates too — which gives them about 12 channels to choose from, depending on where they point their antenna.

Phillip Humphrey climbs up into the attic, pushing past boxes of Christmas junk to where he mounted his new antenna.

“Basically it looks like a 2 1/2-by-2 1/2 square piece of welded wire fabric,” Humphrey says.

The antenna is attached to the rafters and connected to the Humphreys’ brand new high-definition television set downstairs. For the one-time cost of the set and the $75 antenna, the Humphreys have found an alternative to monthly cable bills. Viewers with old-fashioned TVs can also receive the same plethora of channels, as long as they have a digital converter box.

After Transition, Many Stick To Basic Stations

“And what happened on the way to the [TV] graveyard is people started realizing they’re extremely surprised at the picture quality you can get over the air,” says Richard Schneider, who owns Antennas Direct in St. Louis. “And in many cases the resolution is in fact significantly higher than you can get off of satellite or cable.”

See the entire article or listen to the NPR coverage here

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