Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Phoenix, AZ--(November 14, 2013) - - Channel Master, a major manufacturer of television antennas and home entertainment equipment, today announced that the company will offer Slingbox products for customers who own a compatible Channel Master DVR product, allowing them to watch their free HD broadcast content on additional screens inside and outside of the home.
Sling Media’s Slingbox allows consumers to enjoy their live and recorded TV content on computers, tablets and smartphones from anywhere in the world with a broadband connection. Slingbox is compatible with Channel Master’s CM-7000PAL DVR immediately, and the company plans to announce compatibility with additional Channel Master products.
“Slingbox’s impressive technology primarily targets cable and satellite customers, yet with Channel Master’s deep roots in the antenna market, we know there also is similar opportunity among other TV households seeking advanced features,” said Shane Rinke, director of online sales at Channel Master.<
Since its inception in 1949, Channel Master has offered the company’s name-brand TV antennas and accessories to consumers. This is the first time a brand other than Channel Master will be offered through the company’s retail website, signifying the unique value Channel Master attributes to Sling Media’s complementary products.
Two Slingbox models are now available for sale through Channel Master’s online store. The Slingbox 350 is the entry-level product with a retail price of $179.99 and the Slingbox 500 is the top-of-the-line model, offering HDMI support and Wi-Fi, and will carry a retail price of $299.99.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Phoenix, AZ--(September 4, 2013) - -Channel Master a major manufacturer of television antennas and home entertainment equipment, had a huge surge in sales in August, a lift executives attribute to publicity alerting all consumers about ways to maintain their broadcast reception in the wake of the month-long carriage dispute between Time Warner Cable and CBS.
Sales of Channel Master's popular broadcast HD antennas in August were 150% higher than that of July. Its most popular products, the SMARTenna (indoor/outdoor) and CLEARtenna (indoor) and the EXTREMEtenna (outdoor) were its three top sellers for the month.
Channel Master also saw website traffic substantially increase in late August on its websites, channelmaster.com and the popular antennachoice.com when Time Warner Cable announced that it would give out free antennas to its customers in three markets Los Angeles, New York and Dallas.
"The publicity surrounding the Time Warner Cable/CBS dispute was national in scope and attention. It was one of the best reminders to the general consumer population that much of their most popular programming is produced for free broadcast consumption – and all anyone needs is a good antenna and digital broadcast converter box. We at Channel Master clearly were among the beneficiaries from the dispute," said Isaac Valenzuela, Channel Master director of marketing.
Channel Master is a trusted veteran in the broadcast television space, having created the original patent for the first preassembled aerial TV antenna in 1949. Its product mix has evolved with the times and current offerings include the latest technology, including set-top boxes to enable Internet delivered television, and DVRs.
Monday, August 19, 2013
Channel Master continues to help CBS viewers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas end the Time Warner Cable Blackout
No large outdoor antenna required, the engineers at Channel Master have verified that a simple indoor antenna will pick up the free CBS broadcast signals available in these markets. Still unsure which antenna will work; checkout five that are perfect for these markets!
|CLASSICtenna - Bunny ears style revamped and amplified.||FLATenna - Small and thin footprint, practically invisible.||MODERNtenna - Sleek and sharp, hide this amplified antenna in plane sight.||CLEARtenna- Versatile and amplified, this clamp-on style can be placed practically anywhere.||SMARTenna - Indoor and outdoor ready, multi-directional, the smart way to watch free TV.|
Variety - Time Warner Cable Taking Bigger Hit Than CBS in PR War Over Blackout: Survey
NY Times - CBS Blackout on Time Warner Cable May Last Until N.F.L. Season
ABC News - Time Warner Cable Sued Customers Fed Up With CBS Blackout
NY Times - Blacked Out in 3 Cities, CBS Still Wins Ratings Race
Friday, August 2, 2013
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
The intellectual and entertainment value of satellite or cable TV is debatable.
There is, no doubt, loads of crap television out there. And if you sit there, channel flipping, and let yourself get sucked in, your time, mind, and soul can atrophy.
There is also some smart, informative, and really entertaining purpose-driven television out there. And if you’re selective and smart about how you watch it – DVR & skip commercials – it can be a good time investment, similar to reading a good book or learning something new and constructive online.
But if you’re trying to debate the value of cable TV against the cost (even with the smartest programming schedule), you’re fighting a losing battle.
For those looking to achieve spectacular financial results or simply keep your head above water, cable TV is simply not in the cords, er.. cards.
Cutting the Cord: You’re Not Alone
More than 90% of American households still pay for TV, according to Nielsen.
But that is changing fast. By the end of the year, an estimated 4.7 million American households that previously paid for TV will have cut the cord(4.7% of all subscribers). This equates to 1 million more cord cutters than in 2012. And the pace of cord cutting is only increasing.
40% of internet users in the 18-34 age demo (the age group most embracing online video alternatives) will consider cutting the cord, in favor of streaming alternatives this year.
So if you’ve thought about cutting the cord, you’re definitely not alone.
Alternatives to Cable TV
It should first be said, that in today’s fast paced world, consuming even the best television entertainment should be low on your priority list. Your time would be much better spent doing any combination of the following cable TV alternatives:
- going for a bike ride
- walking your dog or just yourself
- getting some other form of exercise
- cooking (remember?)
- reading a book
- learning a new hobby
- starting a business for side income
- hanging out with family, friends, and neighbors
- etc., etc., etc…..
For some perspective, the entire history of the human race never witnessed television until about 75 years ago (cable, really only for the last half of that), and they somehow survived the lack of reality shows and commercials.
But you don’t want to miss out on television that is better than all of life’s true pleasures, you say?
If you are patient, just about every television show worth watching these days, comes out in streaming format or on DVD. You could simply get a library card (for free), and wait. Or you could stream your favorites online, on-demand. Most of my favorite shows stream full episodes online for free:
If your favorite shows aren’t streamed online for free, technology has also presented some very legit alternatives to cable TV, at much lower prices.
- Roku: a nifty little streaming device optimized to stream Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and 750+ channels in 1080p HD on your television. It costs less than $100 (one-time purchase fee equivalent to about a month of cable), and there are no monthly subscription fees. Also supports Netflix, Huluplus, and Amazon Instant Video.
- Netflix: there’s still no better/cheaper way to stream movies and binge watch your favorite TV shows. $7.99 per month (either streaming or DVD), and first month is free.
- Hulu: still offers many free TV episodes.
- HuluPlus: premium version of Hulu – costs $8 per month.
- Channel Master: Pick up 1080p HD digital TV with a good ole fashion antenna to get CBS, FOX, ABC, NBC, PBS, and other channels that broadcast in your area at no charge.
- Amazon Instant Video: many free options (and more if you have an Amazon Primesubscription, which costs $79/yr.), as well as on-demand downloads/streaming.
There are other options out there. If you want over-the-air and DVR capabilities, you can use all kinds of wacky TV tuner cards on your computer and Windows media center setups, etc. And there are constantly new competitors hitting the market, as the content wars wage on.
What Alternatives to Cable TV do you Use?
The most informative part of this post is going to come from all of you, in your infinite cleverness:
- Do you still pay for cable TV? Why? and how much?
- If you’ve cut the cord, when did you do it? And what’s life been like since?
- What cable TV alternatives do you use?
- How have you been able to replace sports content?
by G.E. Miller Wednesday, 6/18/2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
|"Antenna Choice removes the guess work required by other antenna selection tools."|
For remote areas, the consumer may also fine-tune their location by dragging and dropping the Home Pointer on the map to the desired spot. The address will be recalculated according to the pointer’s location. Never before have all three elements required for a consumer to make an informed TV antenna decision been compiled into one tool. No more lists, colors, antenna range estimating and antenna type guessing. Easily cut the cord with Antenna Choice, discover it for your self today.
by Isaac Valenzuela Tuesday, 4/16/2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
|Source: Flickr/Phillips Communications|
The First TV
American inventor Philo Farnsworth designed and built the world's first working all-electronic television system and first demonstrated his system to the press on September 3, 1928. After rejecting an offer to sell his patents to RCA and join the company, Farnsworth moved to Philadelphia, joined the Philco Company, and demonstrated the system to the public at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute. He also became embroiled in litigation with RCA, which now claimed that Farnsworth’s patents were invalid because of earlier work by Vladimir Zworykin, who had been recruited in 1930 by RCA from Westinghouse. Farnsworth eventually won the various legal suits and was paid royalties by RCA.
The Federal Radio Commission (created in 1926 to regulate U.S. radio use and later replaced by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1934) issued the first television station license to Charles F. Jenkins is 1928 to broadcast from an experimental station in Wheaton, Maryland. Hugo Gernsback, owner of New York City radio station WRNY, began a series of live television broadcasts on August 14, 1928. Over the next 13 years, experimentation with television continued until the FCC determined that television was ready for commercial licensing, and issued licenses to NBC and CBS-owned stations in New York on July 1, 1941. That same day, the first commercial television advertising appeared on NBC’s WNBT (now WNBC), when the station broadcast a test pattern modified to look like a clock, with the words "Bulova Watch Time" in the lower right quadrant, just prior to that afternoon's telecast of a Brooklyn Dodgers game live from Ebbets Field.
World War II brought a moratorium to development as the production of new TVs, radios and other civilian broadcasting equipment was suspended during the war. The end of the war and the general boom in the country jump-started the proliferation of television sets and, by 1947, there were about 44,000 television of them in people's homes (with probably 30,000 in the New York area).
The Emergence of TV Networks and Hit Shows
The post-war years also brought the beginnings of television networks; NBC had begun in 1944 and the Dumont Television Network followed in 1946 and CBS and ABC in 1948.
Television, however, would not have proliferated as it did were it not for the killer apps, "Milton Berle", "Howdy Doody" and "Hopalong Cassidy". Just as VisiCalc would later sell Apple IIs and Lotus 1-2-3 would sell IBM-PCs, "Uncle Miltie" and "Hoppy" sold TVs. In 1948, NBC brought "The Texaco Star Theater" to television, with Berle as one of four hosts, naming him sole host in fall 1948. The show became so popular, gathering 80 percent of the TV audience, that some movie theaters in New York closed when it aired on Tuesday nights. The morning after the show, workplaces would be filled with discussion of the Berle show the previous night. It was a great incentive for TV holdouts to go get a set. (Read more about the personal computer's history in How Spreadsheets Changed the World: A Short History of the PC Era.)
"Howdy Doody", a pioneer in children's television, ran on NBC from 1947 to 1960. Originally created as a voice by NBC radio announcer Bob Smith, the character became so popular that there was demand for a visual character. A red-headed puppet was created (with 48 freckles on his face, one for each of the then 48 states) and it was "Howdy Doody Time" for 14 years.
|Buffalo Bob and Howdy Doody, 1955|
|Actor William Boyd as Hopalong Cassidy|
|A trading card based on the TV show "Gunsmoke"|
Now in Full Color
After years of seeing everything in black and white, color television was introduced to the U.S. in 1953. And TV started look a lot more like it does today - and not just because it wasn't in black and white. NBC introduced two shows that are still staples, "Today," which began broadcasting on January 14, 1952, and "The Tonight Show," which debuted in 1954.
|Motorola's 19Ck2, a color set released in 1954 |
Source: The Early Television Museum
In the late 1940s and 1950s, Community Access Television (CATV) began to spread, first through Eastern Pennsylvania and then through the Eastern United States as far south as Louisiana. Although there is some belief that John Watson deployed the first cable system in Mahanoy City, Pennsylvania, by putting a large antenna on top of a mountain near Mahanoy and delivering the signals to area homes via cables, the Cable Television Hall of Fame recognizes Robert Tarleton as the developer of the first commercial cable system in the Lansford, Pennsylvania, area.
For the next 25 years, cable systems would be used primarily for bringing quality TV reception for existing programming into areas where "rabbit ears" or roof antennas were not sufficient. The TV world began to change in 1972 when the industry was deregulated and the cable operators became free to both develop and distribute original material not available on "over-the-air" television.
|A Sony KV 1710, circa 1970|
In 1973, Dolan sold Sterling Manhattan Cable and HBO to Time Warner. His former partner, Gerald Levin, stayed with Time Warner as president of HBO while Dolan, with his proceeds, formed Cablevision to provide cable connectivity to Long Island and subsequently the New York City boroughs.
In 1980, Turner launched Cable News Network (CNN), the first 24-hour news channel in the country. For the next 30 years, cable networks continued to appear, along with more entertainment channels.
In the beginning, the cable entertainment channels, in addition to sports and movies, carried reruns of network series. This has changed dramatically in recent years as the cable networks moved heavily into original content, drawing large audiences. The critically acclaimed "Mad Men" became the first cable show to receive an Emmy as "Outstanding Drama Series," winning it in each of its first four sessions.
|AMC's Mad Men |
The success of the cable networks, in addition to providing customers with a much wider choice of programming, also seriously undermined the on-the-air networks. The "Big 4" (Fox had joined ABC, CBS, and NBC as a major player, a move that became obvious when it obtained rights to NFL games by outbidding one of the "Big 3 " to do so) were not only competing with each other for news and entertainment dominance, but there were also hundreds of other channels providing competition and siphoning off add revenue.
TV Meets the Internet
The cable companies, once they had coaxial cable in homes and offices, expanded their service offerings to provide Internet connectivity to customers, going into direct competition with traditional Internet Service Providers (ISPs). In addition, once Voice Over IP (VoIP) was developed, the cable companies went successfully into competition with the telephone companies to offer voice communication, previously the sole bailiwick of those companies. The phone companies, which had been providing Internet service as well as voice through digital subscriber lines (DSL) countered by adding television delivery through such services as fiber optics. In addition, direct satellite delivery of television products through DirectTV and DishTV penetrated the market. Even electric utility companies have begun to offer broadband over power lines (BPL) as another way to bring television content to customers. In short, customers now have many more content choices and many more delivery options than ever before.
As if this weren’t all confusing enough for customers and industry decision makers, the Internet is now becoming a competitor in the content area. YouTube, once the testing ground for silly amateur videos, short clips of famous movies and instructional videos, is now developing content for the Internet and, as the public gets used to it, this market should continue to grow. And you can bet the TV industry is shaking in its boots about it.
TV and Entertainment Habits
When television first began to gather steam, analysts were afraid that it would destroy the movie industry. The fear was that people would stay home, even invite friends over to watch something rather than go to movies. At the time of such concern, television sets rarely had screens larger than 16 inches and were also black and white only. In retrospect, this concern seems ludicrous. Even when screens grew to 26, even 30 inches and color sets became available, there was still a better viewing experience to be had at the local movie theater.
Now? Not so much.
Since the first public broadcast of high-definition digital television (HDTV) in 1996, pictures have become clearer, approaching movie quality. TVs are bigger, the resolution is better and high-end sound systems can rival any movie theater. Plus, newer technologies such as Apple TV allow users to play videos from the Web, play songs from iTunes, or communicate with friends on Facebook.
No one can predict exactly where we are going, but it's clear that a shift is happening, and one that could dislodge TV networks from their place of prominence. The Web brought us information when and where we wanted it. Now we expect the same from TV. It's a far cry from the days when whole families sat down to watch "Howdy Doody." Now it's more likely that each family member tunes in on a personal mobile device.
We're still watching though, so no matter how TV evolves the odds are good that we'll stay tuned.