The Cable Cutter is a premium antenna designed to pick up FREE over-the-air (OTA) television broadcasts. Read more
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About this project
The first step in Cutting the Cord is a good over-the-air (OTA) antenna.
The Cable Cutter is a combination of two unique products that can be used together, or independently of one another: the first is one of the best UHF/VHF antennas on the market today; the second is a custom window bracket designed specifically to fit most double hung windows. By bringing these two products together, we are going to make FREE television accessible to everyone.
High quality, free HDTV is all around us. Most Americans have access to the major networks – ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CW, PBS – based on where they live. However, most of us pay a fortune every year just so the cable companies can deliver it to us. We have talked to hundreds of cable users and the average consensus seems to to be this:
- Most are paying $140/month on average.
- Most watch 10 channels regularly of the 300 you get with cable TV.
- Of the 10 stations that most watch on a regular basis, you get 6 of them for FREE with the Cable Cutter antenna!
Cable bill increases are projected to continue, by as much as 54% by 2020
You can help save your wallet from these steady yearly increases by using the Cable Cutter Antenna which has NO monthly payment. What would you do with an extra $1600 per year?
Did you know that using a digital HD antenna will receive a better quality picture with far less compression than what you currently have to PAY for with cable and satellite companies!
Antennas have been around since the 1950s. What makes this one so special?
The Cable Cutter Antenna will provide you with more channels, better reception, and has a rugged durability to make it last a long time. We worked with a team of highly specialized Radio Frequency engineers, including a brilliant physicist, to come up with an optimized design for digital OTA broadcasts. The Cable Cutter Antenna has performed better, on average, than many of the leading antennas on the market today including:
- Antennas Direct ClearStream4 HDTV Antenna
- TERK FDTVO Omni Directional Amplified Flat Outdoor Antenna
- Mohu Leaf Paper-Thin Indoor HDTV Antenna
- RCA ANT751R Outdoor Antenna Optimized for Digital Reception
It's better you say...well prove it! ok...
We have lots of rewards available to meet the Cut the Cord movement from the 'just curious' to the 'let me save some serious cash every month' types.
CABLE CUTTER ANTENNA:
CABLE CUTTER Mini ANTENNA (*New)
CABLE CUTTER WINDOW BRACKET:
This bracket was designed to fit most double hung windows (up and down; not the ones that open from the side). It can hold the CABLE CUTTER ANTENNA or a satellite dish.
Maximize the performance of your off-air/cable distribution network with the single port amplifier. HD Frequency has partnered with Electroline to bring you an optimized version of their award winning EDA 2100. Expect nothing but the highest quality signal combined with the most reliable performance.
The signal amp features a waterproof housing and SCTE compliant 360° F-terminals ensure a nearly indestructible design, as do short-circuit protected wall adapters. Forward gain of 15 dB.
T-SHIRT - Show your support for the Cut the Cord movement
You can setup and use the antenna independently from the bracket. The best installation spot is outside, but if you are in a high-rise then try to place near a window. To setup and install the antenna in this manner will take you no more than 15 minutes.
If you do go full Cable Cutter Antenna and WIndow Bracket route, the installation is simple and takes no more than 60 minutes to complete. The bracket was designed to be a temporary fixture that a renter could take with them when they leave. Thus, there are no screws or permanent attachments to fasten to the window sill. Rather, everything is down by use of padded torque leveling knobs. Keep those landlords happy and get your full security deposit when you move out!
Get the Founder out to your home for a custom installation!
My grandparents had an antenna and got rid of it... you sure this thing works?
YES! Prior to cable, satellite, and now streaming options, the only way to watch TV was by using an antenna. Cable has been growing in popularity since the 80s and most Americans (89%) now have some form of paid television subscription.
So what changed? In 2009, the FCC mandated that major broadcast networks switch from analog to digital television broadcasting. This means that we now are able to pick up amazing High Definition digital television for free. No more 'snowy' channels or rotating the 'rabbit ear' antenna on top of the TV to get the picture to come in. As a result, more and more people are fleeing the high monthly costs of cable and reverting back to a free television.
However, the current antennas on the market today are still not truly optimized for this newer Digital UHF/VHF broadcasts. I cut the cord in 2010 and used over 7 different antennas until I realized I needed to design and build my own to get the best possible reception.
In order for cable companies to offer you 30+ channels in High Definition, they have to compress the signals quite a bit to get them squeezed through the same pipe to get to your television. The irony is that this free OTA television from an antenna yields a better picture than cable or satellite and is visibly noticeable on larger television sets! The reason is that these OTA television broadcasts are not compressed nearly as much, so you get the true, high-fidelity, digital signal which yields a better picture.
Will this antenna work where I'm living?
For 90+ % of you...Yes! Most of the US population lives within 50 miles of a major city with broadcast towers. You can go to www.antennaweb.org and plugin your address to see exactly which broadcast towers are nearby, and how many channels you can expect to receive.
Will this antenna work on my Television?
Is your television less than 6 years old? If yes, then you are fine. Most televisions manufactured from 2006 and on have the required ATSC digital tuner built in which converts the antenna signal to a readable format for your television. In fact, effective March of 2007, all televisions regardless of screen size, and all devices which include a tuner (VCR, DVD player/recorder, DVR) are required to include a built in ATSC digital tuner.
When I moved to NY in 2008 I wanted to get DirecTV so that I could get my out of state sports teams. My landlord explained that I can get DirecTV but that I just can't install it in any common areas, I quickly realized that meant I could NOT get DirecTV on the third floor of my building.
The landlord said to check with Radio Shack to see if they had some sort of satellite dish bracket. So, I checked with a few different Radio Shacks and they had no clue what I was talking about. A couple of them said to try Home Depot. It is ironic that when I went to Home Depot, they told me to try Radio Shack. What was I going to do!?
Since no satellite brackets existed for apartment dwellers, and I was already at Home Depot, I decided to build it myself! When the installer that DirecTV sent out for the install asked me where we were installing the satellite dish, I showed him the window bracket that was already mounted in my window. He stared at the unit for a good 15 seconds not knowing what he was really looking at before he said, "Where did you ever get this?" I told him I built it myself to which he replied "You have no idea how many installs we go out on and it turns out that we can't install the dish for them. This is fantastic! Do you have any more?"
Right then, I knew I had something that could help others. I enjoyed my DirecTV for about 2 years before the monthly costs ballooned to almost $200/month. With the impending birth of my first child, I realized I needed to start saving money. So, I researched everything I could find about cutting the cord. The first step then, still holds true today - get yourself a good OTA antenna. I bought some of the best rated antennas on the market and came to learn that the reception was not as great as it could be.
So, I thought to myself, I built a window bracket...how hard could building an antenna be? In the 18 months and 4 prototypes since that epiphany, I have worked with a reputable PHD Physicist to design the best antenna on the market today. The Cable Cutter was born...now I need your help, Kickstarter, to bring this product to the market and make this a reality!
- My amazing wife for supporting my need to spend many nights and weekends working on the Cable Cutter...love you!
- Brandon Greenbaum for his amazing video production work!
- Early Adopters including family and friends who helped test and provide very insightful feedback throughout this journey
- To you! Thank you for taking the time to learn about Cable Cutter, and I thank you for your consideration in backing this project!
Risks and challenges
There is a very low risk that we won't be able to deliver the rewards on time. The design is complete and product testing has been fantastic. The only foreseeable risk is that a slight delay may occur due to an unforeseen delay in receiving packaging materials or electrical components
However, we have quotes from US manufacturers ready for us to submit a purchase order. We just need your help to fund the tooling and manufacturing costs needed to do our first production run.
MADE in the USA
Finding the right suppliers in the USA was a challenge and it's more costly than going overseas. Although, we decided that the benefits far outweigh the risks of cheaper manufacturing in China. We have 3 solid sheet metal fabricators across 2 different time zones in the US. We wanted to provide antennas that are made with the best possible quality while doing our small part to keep jobs in America. All but two small parts of the entire product will be manufactured in the US.
Cable Cutter will work in most countries is the short answer.
Here is the verified list (in order I was asked) and the justification below :
- South America (most countries)
The same frequency band for UHF and VHF is standard for all the countries mentioned above. There are many other countries that share the same frequency band for digital television broadcast in the UHF and VHF spectrum. If you don't see your country listed, just ask and I will verify for you.
- ISDB-T use the frequency band of UHF and VHF aslo, so Cable Cutter will work in South America.
UFH - Americas (most countries), South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines:
VFH - North and South America (most countries), South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines
Canadian digital television specifics: http://digitaltv.gc.ca/eng/1297951044164/1298998544533#a15
No. The channels you won't get are the Cable-only channels like ESPN, HBO, USA, TNT, TBS, MTV, HGTV, FX, Bravo, etc. They are not publicly broadcasted and have exclusive cable provider deals...for now. A-la-carte programming is coming soon though!
Remember: of the 10 stations that most watch on a regular basis with cable, you get 6 of them for FREE with the Cable Cutter antenna!
T-SHIRT: Show your support for cord cutting with our HD Frequency "The Key to Free TV" T-Shirt. Specify shirt size. Shipping included.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
SIGNAL BOOSTER/AMPLIFIER: High performance digital signal amplifier is optimized to enhance over-the-air television reception. Also works great to boost the signal if you are splitting your source across multiple TV sets.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
CABLE CUTTER MINI ANTENNA - Early backer special for HD Frequency's second breakthrough high performance over-the-air antenna. Optimized for high definition digital reception and performance. Durable manufacturing allows for outdoor or indoor use. $10 off an antenna from our first production run.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
CABLE CUTTER ANTENNA: Early backer special for HD Frequency's breakthrough high performance over-the-air antenna. Optimized for high definition digital reception and performance. Durable manufacturing allows for outdoor or indoor use. $20 off an antenna from our first production run.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
CABLE CUTTER WINDOW BRACKET: Early backer special for the custom window bracket which fits most double-hung windows to mount any antenna or satellite dish. (Bracket Only)Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
CABLE CUTTER PACK: Early backer special which includes the Cable Cutter window bracket and HD Frequency's breakthrough over-the-air digital antenna.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
CABLE CUTTER SUPREME: Includes the Cable Cutter Pack, high performance digital signal amplifier, and a 9 foot coaxial cable.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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SUPREME + SINGLE TV INSTALLATION: Cable Cutter Supreme plus custom at-home installation for one television set. Only NYC, Boston metro, or CT residents currently. We will come to your home at a time you designate to set you up!Estimated delivery:
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SUPREME + MULTI TV INSTALLATION: Cable Cutter Supreme plus custom at-home installation for multiple TV sets throughout the same home. We will setup all the TVs in your home to run off the same great free over the air broadcast pulled in by the Cable Cutter antenna. We will do all the necessary splitting and make sure we have clean wires tucked away neatly throughout your home.Estimated delivery:
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SUPREME + FOUNDER INSTALLATION: Cable Cutter Supreme plus custom at-home installation for one or more television sets in your home. Josh will personally come to your home to do a custom installation - Only NYC, Boston metro, or CT residents currently. Afterwards I'll take you and a friend out to your favorite restaurant and you can pick my brain about the antenna design, Kickstarter campaign, or anything else that tickles your fancy!Estimated delivery:
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DESIGN YOUR OWN ANTENNA - you will be invited to provide input and ideas to our team of HD Frequency engineers to mold the next great digital antenna. If you are in the tri-state region, you are welcome to join us in person at our swing space. You provide your wishlist, and we do all the heavy lifting including design, prototyping, testing, and a custom install for you! (travel expenses not included, but we will take you out for some of the best NY pizza the city has to offer!)Estimated delivery:
- (35 days)