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Mar
31

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Breaking Up: Not So Hard to Do

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Oh, a breakup. The end. It is tragedy upon tragedy. From Shakespeare to Taylor Swift, it is the inspiration for artful expression. The misery can sometimes be too much to bear.

But this letter is not one of those breakups. This breakup is quite the opposite. Our friend Saif experienced what so many people are these days, breaking up with his cable company. It is a wonderful, liberating feeling that will leave you thinking, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?”

Saif was tired of the abuse. He had enough. Why was he being held a hostage from the cable company when he could simply cut the cord and free himself? That is exactly what he did! Here is his breakup letter with the cable company he shared on his blog.

Dear cable, it’s over..

We are never, ever, ever, getting back together. I have been held hostage by your love for decades. Paying for elaborate monthly bills to the tune of around 110 dollars a month. Sometimes more, when all I watch is sports and Game of Thrones.  You have duped me long enough. You don’t think anyone is going to figure out your games, but I have.

Those HD fees are a joke: ALL SIGNALS ARE IN HD NOW! We shouldn’t have to pay a subscription to be advertised to. We should have the right to leave if we are unhappy with the service and not be charged a penalty.

It is 2015 now. Roku is here with Hulu. Netflix is in the kitchen making cookies. Amazon Prime just dropped off a package with a movie, and Dish just pulled up with SlingTV to change the whole game.  They have ESPN in the car. I can have all of these guys in the house for less than HALF of what I was paying for cable. HBOGO is flying in late, but she will be here soon.

Some remedial math…

  • Cable is $110 a month x 12 months = $1320 (enough to fly to Australia)
  • Tech is: $8+8+8+20 x 12 months   = $ 528 (enough to not feel dirty)

That there is a savings of $792 to buy a new iPhone for yourself. Every year.

I get it though. Cable companies and many large corporations think consumers are stupid. That we will buy anything. That we won’t figure out what is really going on. They are wrong.

I want to show people what’s really going on. Like Neo freeing people from The Matrix, or Dorothy showing her buddies the man behind the Wizard of Oz.

Last year, Comcast and Direct TV alone hauled in over $70 Billion dollars of our money. It is truly is an obscene amount of money for TV. I am not paying mine anymore. Technology caught up, and they got too fat while all the little people like us got robbed. Not anymore. GOODBYE CABLE!…Never getting back together.

 

We’ve heard from countless customers their horror stories with the cable companies that led them to cut the cord. Now we want to hear from you! Send us your breakup stories and you might see yours featured on our next break up blog post.

 

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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.

Feb
6

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How the ClearStream Juice Saved the Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is an event people prepare for all year. You invite friends over, make some kick ass snacks and stock up on beer. Now imagine the panic that sets in when you’re OTA antenna does not get the channel needed for the game. This is exactly the scenario Marshal Rosenthal of Examiner.com experienced with his nephew this past Sunday. However, Marshal knew there was a solution to his dilemma. He knew he could juice up his signal with the ClearStream Juice! Check out his latest article to see how our ClearStream Juice was able to save the day.

http://www.examiner.com/review/get-juiced-up-with-the-clearstream-juice-uhf-vhf-preamplifier-system

Jan
19

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Dump Cable- It’s the San Diego Way!

anchorman blog post Cutting the Cord Starts with an Antenna: Antennas Direct Featured on KUSI San Diego

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
27

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Cord Cutting Christmas Sweepstakes Winner

Congratulations to Linda Levine, the winner of our Christmas Sweepstakes!

A huge thank you to all who entered our Christmas Sweepstakes this year! We saw massive interest from you budding cord cutters out there, filling our hearts with joy this holiday season.

While many of you may be disappointed not to take home the top prize, your 25% discount code received when entering is our way of saying thank you for helping us share our message: TV is Free!

We have been busy liberating people of their cable bills this week. In total we gave away over $150,000 worth of TV antennas as part of our TV Liberation tour in Toledo and Washington DC. You can find out more about the tour and where the bus is stopping next here.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Antennas Direct!

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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