Severe Weather Guide
- Are you prepared? -
Severe weather can be very dangerous, and you could be vulnerable if your cable or satellite cuts out because of high winds or heavy weather conditions. Before and during dangerous weather, you need to be able to keep up to date with local weather forecasts to track live storms and get updates from major networks like ABC, NBC, CBS, or FOX. These networks often interrupt regular programming to provide important and necessary alerts, so it’s imperative you’re able to access these channels without fail.
The Internet is also a great resource for weather updates, but strong weather conditions like high winds, heavy snow, or rainfall can cause disruption to any internet service. If your Internet goes down, it can take up to 30 minutes for you to reset the router and/or modem.
An antenna is an important addition to any home entertainment setup. If you already have cable or satellite, you can still use a TV antenna as a backup alongside your paid service. The setup for an antenna addition will vary based on how your cable or satellite service is set up. Below are a couple of examples:
- More recent cable and satellite systems require a set-top box for each TV in your home. The set-top box should be connected to the TV via an HDMI cable (unless it’s older equipment - see #2 below). If this is the case, then the coaxial cable input (“ANT IN”) on the back of your TV is available to connect an antenna to your TV. You will need to run a channel scan once the antenna is connected. After that, your setup is complete and all you’ll need to do is switch between inputs using your remote control to select ‘Antenna’ or ‘Cable/Satellite’.
- When using older cable/satellite equipment without a set-top box, the setup becomes more complicated since the antenna will have to share the single coaxial cable input on your TV with another source. The easiest and most effective way to set up an antenna alongside your paid service will be to use an A-B switch (available on Amazon) to toggle the signal source between cable/satellite and antenna. A second option would be to manually swap the cables at the coaxial cable connection on the back of your TV when you need to switch between the two, and you would need to scan for channels every time you connect the antenna.
If you are not sure how your cable/satellite service is currently set up, call our Connection Crew and we will walk you through steps to identify and locate your installation. After your free home signal analysis, we can suggest the right antenna for your needs and your location.
To avoid disruption in receiving your local news source when you need to watch the cumulative weather before it hits your area, you can rely on our antennas. With the highest performance available and scientifically designed elements for the best reception of the frequencies broadcast in North America, Antennas Direct ClearStream antennas have your back.
Here is what some of our customers had to say about their ClearStream antenna reception during severe weather:
“This one works great
This antenna is great. My old antenna would pick up about 48 channels and the picture would fade in and out with the weather. This one picked up 73 channels and gave me a clear picture no matter what the weather was. I’m glad I read other people’s reviews and bought this one.”
“Great reception for local channels
Installed in the attic up high. Was able to get all the local channels with a slight adjustment. Bought this antenna in order to have local weather access when satellite reception went out during storms. I now will be able to keep up with local weather.”
Really excellent antenna for the money. I got 60 stations that really come in […] great even when we have bad weather. Would recommend for anybody that likes free TV.”
It seems to have very good reception, even in bad weather. I will probably get another one to use elsewhere.”
“Cut the cable, get free TV
I wanted something that would work in my area. I receive all the local channels and it doesn’t cost a penny! Works perfectly in all weather conditions.”