Tag Archives: over the air TV

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)

 

Jun
12

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President Richard Schneider Opinion Piece Featured in Roll Call

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The cacophony of rising ire against pay television’s backward business practices has reached such a volume, the folks in Washington DC are waking up to the cord cutting revolution. While high paid cable company lobbyists have taken to bending consumer statistics, we, at Antennas Direct, know more Americans than ever are liberating themselves and watching over-the-air broadcast. Recently, our president and founder, Richard Schneider, wrote an opinion piece in the influential Washington DC publication, Roll Call, about the renaissance of over-the-air.

From the article:

“It is clear that the sea change against pay-TV is directly translating to market disruption for Big Cable, and the massive upwelling of support for antennas is evidence of the over-the-air revolution that has been building for years. Cable, satellite and telecom companies have to find a way to be responsive to the consumer. If not, the American people might just put them out of their misery.”

Read the full article here.

Apr
3

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Stay the Course: Time Warner Takes the Cake

When you say, “Thank you,” it’s important to really mean it.

So we mean it, when we thank the executives at Time Warner Cable. They, once again, are raising prices to rebroadcast free, over-the-air content. Thanks to their backward practices, we just keep getting more and more customers. It’s truly so generous of them.Rather than use lofty language as praise for cable’s growing irrelevance, we decided to show a tangible sign of our appreciation. We delivered a cake right to their front door in New York.

Cake shot

Our own president took it upon himself to pen some grateful, heartfelt prose.

From the Desk of Richard Schneider, President of Antennas Direct.

Dear Time Warner Cable,

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to you and your executives. You truly are an inspiration.

We at Antennas Direct are only a humble concern. So we do not have the marketing budget that you and the other big cable companies have. So on behalf of me and our employees, we want to applaud your 6.4 percent rate increase for your cable subscribers. It is decisions such as those that drive new customers to our site and flood our retail partners in search of some relief from your tyrannical rule.

So thank you. Sincerely. Just when we thought we would need to pour more into an advertising campaign, you help to convert your customers into cord cutters at a rate that is astounding.

Stay the course –

Richard Schneider, president, Antennas Direct

PS – I truly hope you enjoyed the cake. Vanilla whipped frosting? It doesn’t get any sweeter.

Stay the course, Time Warner executives. Please do not deviate from your dastardly ways. You help to show more television viewers that there is a better way.

Dec
20

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving

At Antennas Direct, it is our mission to help make this holiday season merry for you and your family. Our HDTV antennas offer superior high-definition picture quality—minus the monthly fees, making it the perfect holiday gift for anyone in your life!

Instead of hooking up that new flat panel to your cable box, why not experience HD in its truest form? AD-Holiday

If you aren’t sure which one of our HDTV antennas to select, here is a basic rundown of our most popular antenna bundles.

#1 ClearStream 2V Bundle – $195.96: The C2V, our most popular antenna, has the power to pick up signals from more than 50 miles, allowing it to hold up well in bad weather. This bundle comes equipped with:
• Coax Cable
• Pre-Amp Kit
• ClearStream J-Mount

#2 DB8e Bundle – $277.56: For those that live in challenging environments, the DB8e multi-directional antenna is the ideal choice. Its superior signal range, which extends over 70 miles, is powerful enough to not only pick up a transmitter from a great distance, but offers the flexibility to turn in a 360-degree loop to target towers from multiple directions. This bundle comes equipped with:
• Coax Cable
• Pre-Amp Kit
• ClearStream J-Mount

#3 ClearStream 1 Bundle – $147.96: For those in search of an indoor antenna, look no further than CS1. Its tapered loop design receives core UHF channels with a range of more than 35 miles. Additionally, it has a wide 70-degree beam width, making it much easier to receive reception from widely spaced stations.
This bundle comes equipped with:
• Coax Cable
• Pre-Amp Kit
• ClearStream J-Mount

This holiday season treat yourself to an HDTV antenna from Antennas Direct. You deserve it.

Nov
22

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Affordable Television Act (ATA) Grants Access to Television for Thousands

For too long, too many families have been without access to their favorite game shows and sitcoms. We believe access to free television is our right as citizens of this great nation. After all, we produce the best television in the world. Comedies like “Seinfeld,” dramas like “Law and Order” and cop shows like “Miami Vice,” are the cornerstone of our identity as Americans.

Antennas Direct Launches Affordable Television Act

Antennas Direct Launches Affordable Television Act

But for many of us, these shows are anything but nostalgia. The memory of their presence is painful. Because many Americans – over 80 percent of us – believe we must pay for television.
No more. The Affordable Television Act (ATA) allows TV viewers to experience the ease and quality of free, over-the-air television.

Here’s how the program works:
1. Have you been canceled by your Healthcare provider? If so, find your letter that alerted you of the cancellation.
2. Log on to www.antennasdirect.com/affordable_antenna_act.html (a site that will not go away – unlike other affordable acts)
3. Fill out the appropriate form and provide proof of your canceled Healthcare Insurance.
4. Enjoy free, over-the-air, high definition television.

ATA, also referred to as AntennaCare, will provide an antenna for just $4.99 ground shipping to the first 1,000 valid requests. Each antenna comes with a lifetime guarantee (a better promise than you will get from anyone in healthcare).

“Access to television programming is a right that all American families should have,” says Richard Schneider, president of Antennas Direct. “We have stood on the frontlines and seen too many families go without the sitcoms and game shows for months and sometimes years. AntennaCare ensures that all Americans will have the programming that holds our families and the fabric of this nation together.”

Nov
11

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Toledo Antenna Giveaway: A Huge Success for Over-the-Air

It was 5 AM on an unseasonably cool October morning when the saviors of over-the-air television rolled into the Lucas County Fairgrounds in Toledo, Ohio. It was still dark and the headlights passed over a crowd huddled near the entrance. Some had been there since 2 AM. They smiled and waved at the Antennas Direct bus as it passed by. Finally, they thought, a chance for free television.

The Antennas Direct touring bus roared past them and settled in a nearby field to prepare for its latest stop along its giveaway tour. By partnering with local broadcasters, the touring bus is a chance to preach the gospel of over-the-air television (something that 80% of Americans still are not aware of).

The local NBC affiliate WNWO was already there and had staffed the giveaway. The president of Antennas Direct, Richard Schneider conducted live interviews with WNWO’s Ashley Moser while hundreds of antennas from St. Louis were made ready for a new Toledo home.

“When we do these giveaways, it is less about Antennas Direct and more about the good news: you can receive over-the-air television in HD absolutely free with an antenna,” says Schneider. “We are thrilled that local broadcasters like WNWO care enough about their viewers to let them know about over-the-air. That is what it’s about.” Toledo Bus Tour

Soon a large crowd had gathered. More than 600 vehicles had gathered in the lot as the giveaway started. As viewers received antennas, there were some tears and countless “God bless you’s.” With the rising cost of paid TV, many Toledo residents (and others across the country) have cut television from their budget. So, for some, this meant an evening’s entertainment with their family for the first time in a long time.

At the end of the day, over 300 people were able to receive free television. And countless others were made aware of the good news.
If you would like the Antennas Direct bus to visit your neighborhood or if you are a local broadcaster who wants to spread the good news of OTA, please contact Jeremy Nulik – Jeremy@kolbeco.net.

Sep
9

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In the News: The 91XG UHF HDTV Antenna

Recently, our 91XG UHF antenna was featured in the Magnolia Reporter, a daily newspaper in Columbia County, Arkansas. In the past, most residents of Columbia County were forced to purchase either cable or satellite due to the county’s great distance to the Shreveport TV transmitting towers.

 
One resident in particular, Joey Baker, was looking at installing a satellite dish at his family farm. Once again, given the less than stellar history of OTA in the county Baker felt like satellite TV was his only viable option.

 

Upon further research, he discovered that the 91XG UHF HDTV antenna from Antennas Direct might save him from going the pay-TV route. 91XG UHF HDTV Antenna
He mounted the 91XG UHF antenna on a 20-foot pole, and quickly found that he could pick up several stations in high-definition…for free!

 

Additionally, most of the stations have subsidiary channels, giving Baker more than 15 total channels.

 
So, for a one-time payment of $60, Baker and his family now enjoy top-notch programming whenever they want. And the best part: no monthly fee!

 
At Antennas Direct, it is our mission to help viewers liberate themselves from the shackles of pay-TV. Through our innovative spirit and our groundbreaking HDTV antennas, we have helped millions of Americans discover the world of over-the-air television—regardless of their geographic location.

 
If you are looking to join the over-the-air movement—we can 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, punch in your zip code, and bask in the glory of free HDTV!

Aug
15

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A Special Message from Antennas Direct to Victims of the CBS and Time Warner Debacle

The cable television big shots are at it again – another carriage dispute is dominating the headlines and unfairly punishing their viewers. The current standoff between Time Warner Cable and CBS has meant viewers in New York, Los Angeles, Dallas and 13 other states have been without some of their favorite programming for some time now. CBS  blackout

What typically happens is this:
Cable and satellite companies began to charge customers for high-definition television (that is free over-the-air). The broadcasters then asked for a cut of the money that was being made on what is actually free. In an effort to negotiate a better rate, the cable company (in this case, Time Warner) blacks out the network television station.

It’s big names and big egos. In the end, no one wins.

And the biggest victim is you – American families who pop corn, pour sodas and watch your favorite mini-series like Under the Dome together. If you are one of the victims of this blackout, then know that you have been wronged.

The good news: it does not have to be this way. You don’t have to wait for the big shots to play their games. There is a way to get the programming you want to see without the monthly fee…all you need is an HD antenna.

Also, the picture and sound quality from an antenna far surpasses the compressed signal from your paid provider. So when you have your friends over to watch the Cowboys game (since it is blacked out on their TV), you will have a better image than ever.

The even better news: you don’t have to pay full price for a high quality HD antenna. We at Antennas Direct feel for the victims of this blackout. So, here’s what we want you to do:

1. Go to www.antennasdirect.com
2. Find the right antenna (use www.antennapoint.com)
3. Enter promo code “CBS20” – which saves you 20%.
4. Enjoy over-the-air HD television (without the added big shot egos.)

Now the only drama you will be watching is CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – not the local headlines.

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!

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