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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.”


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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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Top 10 things you could buy if you cancel cable – Part 2

A few months back, we compiled a list of the Top 10 things you could buy if you cancel cable. As OTA viewership and sales of Musk cologne continue to rise, we can only think our blog post must be to blame.

Without further ado, here is part 2:

#1 A Case of Crystal Pepsi: Because drinking brown water is just plain disgusting. Pepsi

#2 Calf Implants: Chicks dig guys with bulging calves. It is true! Just ask Johnny Drama.

#3 Dating Tips from Joey Buttafuoco: Let’s be honest, does this look like a guy who struggles in the dating department? Soak up his machismo, fellas. Soak. It. Up. joey buttafuoco

#4 Novelty Urns: Why bury MeMa six feet under, when you can preserve her remains in something that resembles a bowling pin.

#5 Tom Selleck’s Mustache: While Musk cologne might be the most powerful aphrodisiac known to man, Selleck’s feathered ‘stache is a close second. The majestic mane also serves as a great soup strainer.

#6 A Jetpack: We don’t know about you, but using an automobile as your primary mode of transportation is so 2002.

#7 A PalmPilot: Because we are not giving into Apple, dammit! We are not mindless fanboys! PalmPilot

#8 Bryan Adams’ Autograph: Now you can relive the summer of ’69 everyday.


#9 Bacon Salt: Because everything—including tilapia —should taste like bacon.

#10 A Lifetime Supply of Topps Baseball Card Gum: Don’t knock 22-year-old gum until you’ve tried 22-year-old gum.



Just remember: all of this could be yours if—and only if—you cancel your cable subscription. If you don’t, no big deal… more bacon salt for us.



To view our complete lineup of HDTV antennas, please visit www.antennasdirect.com.


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Unplugged… completely

Shout out to Tammy at De Ja Vue Designs! We are so happy that we were able to help you and your family cut the cord!


As many of Y’all know…not so long ago I had surgery on my neck to fix what was gonna most likely paralyze me from the neck down.  Today I’m not talking about my neck…but what happened while I was recovering. Something Y’all probably don’t know, this year was a rough one in terms of insurance for our family.  Without getting into too much detail, for reasons beyond our control, our insurance got switched twice…meaning we had three very large deductibles to meet.  This is NOT the time you want to have emergency surgery..or lots of procedures…and on and on.  Long story short…we had to meet over  $16,000 in deductibles along, and that doesn’t include co-pay.  I’m not trying to whine about my deductibles either.  My point?  Things have been rough this year…so all that down time got me thinking REALLY hard about finances.

One of the areas that I looked at really hard…TV.   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said “We pay $100 a month and there is absolutely NOTHING to watch.”  The normal things I wound up watching were the networks, and their regular shows.  Yeah I could just watch them online, but I couldn’t get local news.  So…I stuck it out a little longer…thinking.  Then one evening I was given an alternative from Antennas Direct.  And…I was given the opportunity to tell Y’all about it.

I was given a really cool box that came in the mail.  This box said HDTV antenna.  I sorta rolled my eyes…cause I’ve seen antenna TV before.  In fact, a week prior to my “BOX” arriving, my mom got an antenna of her own.  One that she bought somewhere else.  They said they were better than before…but they weren’t…they were that same fuzzy screen that I remembered from before.  So, you can imagine, I wasn’t thrilled with the thought of losing my satellite antenna…but I had to do something.  It was just ridiculous to spend that kind of money every month.  So, we bit the bullet and we took the whole whopping twenty minutes it took to hang the antenna up outside…no lie!

What did I expect? I expected three Fuzzy…unclear crappy half tuned channels.   What did I get? SEVENTEEN…yes, you heard that right…seventeen perfectly crisp and clear channels.  I didn’t even know we had that many channels near our home.  I couldn’t believe it!  It was completely insane!  FREE TV as good…if not better than satellite!


The picture was moving…not blurry!  I mean look at the writing at the bottom!


Different channel! Can you believe this?


I have no idea what this show is…but it sure looks good! lol

So…what do I have now? Free TV.  I completely unplugged that satellite and for the price of LESS than one month of paid TV…you can have free TV too!  Would I recommend it?  Dang right!  I’m loving that extra money every month…and you can too.

Go check them out!  See which HDTV antenna from Antennas Direct is right for you.  If you aren’t sure…they can help you.  They sure did me!  Did I get paid to say any of this? NOPE…I did get an antenna…but No money!  These opinions are my own…no one else.  Me and my family truly feel like we made the right decision.  And now….my mom is gonna get one of these for herself!

By the way….Antennas Direct has a Facebook page! and a Twitter Page too!

Do you pay way too much for TV that you don’t watch half of?  Why not go Free every month?  Let me know what you decide…Do you want to unplug?


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Cord-Cutting Continues, Broadcast-Only TV Homes Increase

by Wayne Friedman, Jul 9, 2013, 10:34 AM

A new study says broadcast-only TV homes are continuing to increase.

This year, 19.3% of U.S. TV homes — 22 million homes — will be broadcast-only and not subscribing to any pay TV service. A year ago, some 20.7 million-plus homes were broadcast-only, per researcher GfK.

The research company says this would be nearly a 40% rise from three years ago, when 14% of TV homes were paying for TV via cable, telco, or satellite TV distributors.

The report said the No. 1 reason was financial; 60% of those who cancelled their pay TV service cited cost-cutting as the reason. More online video viewing and Internet-connected TV options may have boosted cord-cutting.

Other reasons for cord-cutting, according to CouponCabin, include not watching enough TV (27%); alternative ways of watching live TV (17%); and watching few TV channels (17%).

Looking at ethnicity, African-American and Hispanic-American TV homes have been climbing among overall broadcast-only households, while Asian-American TV homes are going in the other direction, according to the report.

Some 23% of Asian-American homes are broadcast-only, down from 30% three years ago. African-American TV homes have jumped to 22% from 12%; Hispanic-American TV homes are up to 25% from 23%.


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The Back to School Giveaway is Underway!

In just a few short weeks, students from every corner of the country will prepare to head back to school. To make this annual experience more enjoyable and further promote the benefits of OTA, we are launching a giveaway so spectacular it can only be found at antennasdirect.com.

The Back to School Giveaway, which will run through the month of July, will reward five lucky cord-cutters a $20 Domino’s Pizza Gift Card. The way it works is quite simple: place an order by phone or though antennasdirect.com for ANY antenna or accessory, wait for the confirmation email, fill out the form and—boom—you are entered!

Not sure which one of our antennas will work in your dorm, apartment or 1971 Volkswagen Bus? Don’t worry—we have you covered! Head on over to antennapoint.com, punch in your zip code, and find out which one of our HDTV antennas is right for you. Also, as always, if you would rather speak with an Antennas Direct customer service representative, drop us a line and we will walk you through the process.

Oh, before we forget—there is more! In addition to the $20 Domino’s Pizza Gift Cards, we are also offering free ground shipping on orders of $49.99 or more.  Talk about a great value!

Free TV and free food. It’s just like home.

For more information or to enter The Back to School Giveaway, visit Antennas Direct on online at:  https://www.antennasdirect.com/ 



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Certainly Uncertain: The American Way

When our forefathers drew up their vision for a new nation, they knew there was uncertainty ahead. They could not have predicted some of the battles we would face. What they were certain of, however, was the current way was not working. They were frustrated with feeling like they did not have a choice.

What they did took some bravery, but today we are grateful for their vision – for not being tied to convention.

That same spirit and fortitude of character is present today in what many call the cord-cutting movement. As this Oregonian points out, however, it may take some bravery and soul searching before you make a leap. But in the end, people like Mike Rogoway are shaping the future of television – much the same way our forefathers have shaped democracy.

The point Rogoway proves is this:
You have a choice.
You don’t have to go along with convention.
You get to shape the future of television.

There are practical ways to embrace the uncertainty that comes with cutting the cord. Here are some of the suggestions the Orgeonian makes:
–    get an antenna for over-the-air broadcasts (we know a great source for this)
–    figure out which shows you can purchase on digital TV (he purchased Mad Men and The   Walking Dead)
–    supplement the rest of your entertainment with streaming services

We salute patriots like you, Mike Rogoway. Your brand of courage is what we need.

As for the rest of you, the team here at Antennas Direct wishes you a Happy Independence Day. Make it even happier and cut the cord.

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