All posts by Helen Back

I have a passion for simplifying complex problems. Today I am working on helping people rid themselves of the high costs of cable and satellite TV, through writing about simple cost effective alternatives to cable TV.

Streaming TV Matrix

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Find the Perfect Cable TV Alternative

Using the Streaming TV Services Matrix below you can easily figure out which streaming service is right for you. If you know what channels your favorite shows are on, then you know what channels you need to prioritize.

Like with most things, one size does not fit all. You  need to balance out cost and channel selection to find the cable TV alternative right for you.

Note: I did not include any packages of $50 or more. I made this decision because I don’t feel that packages at this price point are meant for cord cutters, nor do I believe they will help you save money. If you are looking for advice on robust TV packages, then you have come to the wrong place.

How to Use the Stream TV Matrix

DVR OPTIONS

  • PlayStation Vue offers a Cloud DVR
  • Sling TV offers a Cloud DVR on Fire TV (soon across all devices)
  • DirectTV Now does not offer DVR functionality

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Can I Watch March Madness Online?

Watch March Madness 2017 Online

How to Watch March Madness 2017 Without Cable

Spring is in the air and college basketball is everywhere. Yes, that’s right, March Madness is finally here! Over the next two weeks, millions of Americans will watch dozens of teams square off in one of the greatest sporting events of our time. However, if you’ve decided to kill the cable bill and cut the cord, you might be feeling a little left out of all the hype.

Also check out our Cordcutter’s Guide to Watching College Basketball Online and OTA

watch final four onlineIn these modern times money often means more than love of the game, so naturally cable companies and sports organizations often like to black out big events to anyone that doesn’t have cable; and
March Madness is no different.

The vast majority of March Madness will air on cable television; but luckily for us, and unfortunately for Big Cable, you don’t have to miss out on all the action. While cable executives may try to keep you from streaming every game in one convenient location, there are still plenty of ways to watch March Madness without cable and today I’ll tell you how.

Let’s get started… Continue reading Can I Watch March Madness Online?

Cord-Cutters Speak Out Against Big Cable

A Letter to Cable TV Executives

Back in 2015 I started to ask fellow cordcutters a very simple question that I believe really tells us a lot about how people feel about their cable service.

CordCutters Speak OutThe question I asked was: “If you had a chance to speak to an executive at one of these large cable companies – what would you want them to know?

The responses I have received have been very insightful and I believe paint a clear picture of the change consumers want to see.

For a full list of the tweets used
to compile this list click here

Below is a list of my favorite responses – in chronological order:


 25 Apr 2015
That overselling their systems, not having the tech backup to actually service subscribers, is what kills them.


 25 Apr 2015
They need to give their customers what they want. Affordable service because their real competitors are


25 Apr 2015
Do you honestly believe bits are a limited commodity and that data caps make sense?


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PlayOn offers a Streaming DVR for Cord Cutters

What is PlayOn

Record Online TV Channels so you can Watch them Without an Internet Connection

How do you watch Online TV Channels when you have no internet connection? Are you looking for a way to watch your favorite shows in a no-WiFi zones? Well I am here to let you know that there is a tool available that allows you to record streaming videos at home and load them to your iPad or mobile device for later viewing.

You most likely already use Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon to watch TV at home, but what if you want to take these shows to a smaller screen such as your mobile or tablet? And what if your devices do not have an access to the internet, like when you are on a flight? THIS is when PlayOn comes to rescue.

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Hulu Original Series Part I

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Must See Hulu Originals that are Available Nowhere Else

Although Netflix has been riding high, hogging the spotlight on fresh original content, Hulu has been quietly stocking up on its own repertoire of original shows.


Not familiar with Hulu? Click here for a 1 week Free Trial, or read our overview article: “What is Hulu“.


For the rest of you, let’s take a look at some of the original shows Hulu’s got cooked up: Continue reading Hulu Original Series Part I

What is Mohu AirWave?

What is AirWave

A Wireless Antenna With Video Streaming Integration

One frustration you do hear from cord cutters who rely an over-the-air (OTA) antenna, is that there’s not a smooth way to integrate that OTA signal with your streaming services. Sure, you can switch between input settings on your television; but then you have to find the remote, select the correct setting, and then somewhere along the way you just sort of lose that feeling of having an all-in-one entertainment experience.

But luckily for us, Mohu has come up with a simple solution. It’s called the AirWave, and it just might be the answer to your cord cutting prayers.

Let’s take a look at what we know: Continue reading What is Mohu AirWave?

What is fuboTV?

fuboTV Premier is a Streaming Service Dedicated to Live Sports and Entertainment

What is FuboTV

Ever since Sling TV burst out on to the scene, every digital media distributor has been itching to get a slice of the ever expanding cord cutting market. In 2015 we got Sling TV. In 2016 we got PlayStation Vue. And in 2017 we get… fuboTV?

That’s right, one of the leading streaming sources of international soccer is taking a dip into the wider streaming market with a twist. Enter: fuboTV Premier. Continue reading What is fuboTV?