Yahoo released an article today with the top five ways to kick the Cable TV habit and save some serious cash. Antennas Direct was featured as an option for indoor and outdoor antennas with our ClearStream Micron-R and ClearStream HD antenna. Check out the article to read more tips on cutting the cable cord, and thanks to Yahoo for featuring us!
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Still paying for cable? Why? Do you realize you could save $100 bucks a month if you cut the cord! We thought it would be fun to compile a list of all the awesome things you could buy if—and only if—you canceled cable.
|#1 Lots of Musk cologne: Look, it is no secret that broads really dig guys that smell like the 1970s. It is true, fellas! By canceling cable, you will have enough cash to purchase a lifetime supply of the best aphrodisiac (besides Tom Selleck’s mustache, of course) known to man: Musk Cologne!|
#2 Hire Flava Flav: Did you know that there are websites that allow you to purchase—yes, purchase!—famous celebs? It is true! For a small fee you could purchase anyone from Gary Busey to Flava Flav—a real who’s who of the Los Angeles County Jail!
|#3 Gold Plated Toilet Seat: You might be thinking: “Why would I need a gold plated toilet seat?” Because you cancelled cable, dude! Now sit on your a** in style and enjoy the extra cash!|
|#4 Hoverboard: Ever since Back to the Future 2 we’ve been itching to get our hands on a hoverboard. Do they really exist, you ask? Umm… do Unicorns exist?|
|#5 Mini Donut Factory: Eh, why not? Yummy for your tummy!|
|#6 A Pony: Let us guess: your parents never bought you a pony when you were a child, right? Who wouldn’t want their child to have a pony? Sickos!|
|#7 Little Mermaid Sweatshirt: Need we say more?|
|#8 Tiger Woods’ Little Black Book: Just because Tiger was forced to give up his Wilt Chamberlain-esque lifestyle, doesn’t mean all his hard work should go to waste, right??|
|#9 Starbucks Coffee: Because all of sudden a $45 cup of coffee doesn’t sound too bad.|
|#10 An Autographed VHS Copy of Police Academy 4 by Steve Guttenberg: Because who doesn’t love “The Gut”?|
If this list doesn’t inspire you to cancel your cable right this instant, well, there is no hope for mankind.
According to Cox Cable, approximately 20 percent of Las Vegas residents still watch over-the-air programming, which is higher than the national 5 percent to 10 percent reported by the Consumer Electronics Association . A new antenna installation company, Free Vegas TV, plans to educate those over-the-air TV consumers about the 41 high-definition channels that are available without a monthly subscription fee.
Free Vegas TV owner, Karlo Maalou, provides an outdoor antenna and installation.
Maalouf is committed to over-the-air programming, including in his own home.
“There’s really no need to spend $50 or $60 a month for programming when local networks seem to do a pretty good job.” he said.
Maalouf declined to say how many customers he has seen since launching Free Vegas TV Dec. 1, but said he has received numerous phone calls since he started advertising on KTNV-TV, Channel 13 and KGNG-TV, Channel 47. The most common phrase from prospective customers: “I thought free TV was gone.”
I installed a CS2 last summer to receive stations from Portland ~50 miles away. When we have clear skies here, it is great reception. However, when there are low clouds or heavy weather (very rainy winters here), I lose some stations. If I add another CS2 in-line with my existing one, will it improve my reception during these times? If so, is it a simple procedure? Thanks! From David in Salem, Oregon
Even though the weather doesn’t affect television reception as badly as in the analog days, it can be affected by severe weather conditions such as storms and high winds. This is usually caused by impediments and fluctuations in your broadcast signal from things such as moving debris and trees. If your ClearStream2 is inside or in your attic, we would first recommend moving it outside to your roof. If your CS2 is already outside make sure it is secured to try and minimize antenna movement on your end.
A second antenna might help with your signal loss. However, antennas tend to interfere with each other and you can lose signal where the two coax runs join, so stacking antennas does not always work. So number one, I would recommend getting your antenna outdoors if it isn’t already. And instead of another antenna I would use a pre amplifier. Because you are getting good signals in good weather a pre amplifier should boost these signals.
Will the sun’s UV radiation affect the plastic parts of the antenna. I have a Clearstream4 antenna. It is mounted on my roof in sunny Colorado. So far I am very pleased with this antenna. It has exceeded my expectations. – From Steve in Fort Collins, Colorado
Glad to hear that you are enjoying your Clearstream4. Our outdoor antennas and parts are built to withstandoutdoor conditions from hot and sunny days to stormy weather. The plastic parts should remain intact after years of outdoor use.
Of course in very harsh weather such as tornados with high winds, things on your house will become vulnerable to these conditions. Also, the plastic antenna base is for indoor use only. This does not come with your antenna. It is used to cover the antenna hardware so it looks nicer inside.
Thanks for your question and keep enjoying your free OTA TV for many years to come!
What is the best way to ground my Clearstream4 antenna? Should I use coax cable with an integrated separate ground wire, or run a separate wire? If so, what gage wire should I use? (I’m setting it on a tripod mount I purchased from you). Thanks! - From Steve in Fort Collins, Colorado
Grounding the coax cable with a coaxial lighting surge protector will protect your equipment from voltage surges created by nearby strikes but not from a direct strike. To protect yourself from a direct strike, attach a lightening arrester to the antenna mast. Connect #8 gauge wire to a copper clad ground rod driving it at least 4 feet into the ground.
We would also recommend checking your local electrical codes to make sure you are in compliance or even look into having a professional electrician advise and/or install for you. View this list of recommended antenna installers.
Antennas Direct accepts no responsibility for damage from improper grounding.
Question: I understand it is best to mount antenna on roof, not in attic. I have a old dish out side and I was wondering if I could mount my antenna on that pole. It is about 5′ tall? And use the cables that are all ready installed? From Cindy in Wilson, North Carolina
You are correct. If it is possible, we usually always recommend mounting an antenna on the roof rather than the attic. This way there is less of a chance of interference and your antenna will be higher on the roof.
Using the leftover dish mount is sometimes a great solution to your antenna mounting needs. There are however a couple of variables to check before doing so.
- When using the mount will your roof or other objects such as trees impede the clear line of sight needed by your antenna for consistent reception.
- Also when using the leftover cables you must ensure all of the distribution items installed by the Dish company are removed such as splitters and diplexers because they could interfere with your reception.
Question: My home is a three story home with the large screen TV in the family room of the basement and two TVs in the upper level bedrooms. The Clearstream1 is the antenna best suited for transmission towers, but do I need more than 1 antenna for the different locations of the televisions in the house? What is the best method of connections without adding a series of diplexers for local HD service? I have recently stopped using Direct TV due to the high cost of service. From Steve in Salt Lake City, Utah
I bet it feels nice saving money from those monthly payments your cable used to eat up! Congratulations with making the switch. Hopefully this information helps your household make the switch a little more smoothly.
When dealing with a multi-story home you have a few choices outlined below:
Option #1: Install 1 antenna on the roof and use a distribution amp somewhere on the top floor to help boost the signal and allow you to distribute the signal to the lower level by installing coax cable.
Option #2: The second solution is the 2 antenna method. Where you install one for the upper floor and a second that delivers the signal to the bottom floor.
Option #3: A third solution for homes that are located within 20 miles of the transmission towers is to install an antenna on the roof for the bottom floor televisions and purchase indoor antennas such as the Clearstream Micron for each of the TVs on the upper floor to eliminate the need for cabling.
Thanks for your question! Hope this helps you out. Let us know if you have more questions!
Question: I have a cottage about 60 miles North of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada. The non-cable channels are #6, 7, 10, 12 and 13. What kind of antenna would be best for me? – From Scott in Winnipeg, Arkansas
Answer: In the area of Manitoba I would recommend to you our ClearStream5 antenna or the V21. Both antennas are rated to receive signals from about 65 miles. Keep in mind the landscape and power that the signals are broadcast will have a significant effect on the reception. You can compare these antennas on our website. I have taken a screenshot of the comparison. Just click to enlarge.
The main difference between these two antennas is that the ClearStream5 is a multi-directional antenna while the V21 is a uni-directional antenna. So, I would also recommend going to www.antennapoint.com – a transmitter locator.
After you search for your area, check the “Heading” and if all of your desired stations are transmitting from the same area or within 20° of each other you can use a uni-directional antenna. If the transmitters are positioned more than 20° apart, it is best to use a multi-directional antenna. It is important to note that most multi-directional antennas will work in place of uni-directional antennas, but you may pick up some multi-path distortion.
Thank you for your question! And let us know if you need any more antenna assistance.