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.

What is YouTube TV?

When Google Enters the Playground, it’s Time to Stop, Watch, and Listen

It’s no secret that online streaming services have been slowly chipping away at cable television subscriptions; and with the rise of live TV streaming services, that gap is only going to widen.  We’ve seen a ton of services crop up to meet the new demand; and now even the tech behemoth Google is starting wading into the waters.

Building off of its existing brand YouTube, Google has recently announced a brand new live television streaming service called YouTube TV.

What is YouTube TV you ask? Similar to services like DirecTV NowSling TV, PlayStation Vue, and Hulu Live – YouTube TV offers dozens of live streaming cable channels for a relatively low monthly price.

Pricing

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What is Roku?

Roku TV Review: Supports Netflix, DirecTV Now, Hulu, Sling TV and More

What is Roku(Edited and Republished 6.22.17) Most of us know Roku as a small black box that allows you to instantly stream your favorite TV shows and movies to your TV, but most are unaware of how much content is really available, and that there is now a Roku TV, Roku Stick and new Roku boxes available. Not only can you stream tens of thousands of movies and TV shows from services like Netflix, Hulu Plus, DirecTV Now (check out promo below) & Amazon Video On Demand (VOD), but you can also stream sporting events and music from Pandora, iTunes, and MOG.

Roku offers seven types of streaming devices and is widely used by people looking for cost effective alternatives to Cable Television. Their product suite includes a line of streaming players, a streaming stick, and TVs with built in Roku streaming technology.

Roku TV Channels

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Cord Cutter’s Guide to the NBA Finals – June 2017

Watch the NBA Playoffs: Warriors vs. Cavs – No Cable Bill Needed

The end is near. Not of the world (although it might feel that way if you live in Cleveland) but rather the end of the NBA 2016/17 season. Against all odds, the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors are facing off  once again in the seven game series we like to call the NBA Finals.

Last year when our two prospective champions met in the finals, the Warriors blew a three game lead and suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of the Cavaliers. Needless to say, the Warriors will be out for blood this time; but will they succeed? Will the sweep?

Watching the Finals without Cable


If you’ve just cut the cord or are thinking about cutting the cord, you’re probably feeling pangs of anxiety; wondering how to watch the remainder of the NBA Finals without having that comforting cable box.

But my friends, let not your heart be troubled, because there is more than one way to watch the NBA Finals without cable; and it’s a lot easier than you think.

NBA TV Schedule

First let’s take a look at the broadcast schedule (All on ABC)…

  • Game 1 – Thurs. June 1: Cleveland at Golden State, 9:00 PM
    • WINNER: GSW 113 – 91
  • Game 2 – Sun. June 4: Cleveland at Golden State, 8:00 PM
    • WINNER: GSW 132 – 113
  • Game 3 – Wed. June 7: Golden State at Cleveland, 9:00 PM
  • Game 4 – Fri. June 9: Golden State at Cleveland, 9:00 PM
  • Game 5 * Mon. June 12: Cleveland at Golden State, 9:00 PM
  • Game 6 * Thu. June 15: Golden State at Cleveland, 9:00 PM
  • Game 7 * Sun. June 18: Cleveland at Golden State, 8:00 PM
    *If needed

If you take a look at the broadcast schedule for the NBA Finals, you might notice that (mercifully) every game is set to air on one channel: ABC. That’s good news, because that means the only thing you REALLY need to watch the NBA Finals without cable is an over-the-air (OTA) antenna.

Watching the Finals for Free

An OTA antenna is more or less the modern version of the old television antennas that many of us grew up with. Gone are the temperamental and clunky rabbit ears of yesteryear; and in its place is a small, relatively cheap, and dependable device that gives us access to all of the local broadcast networks in 1080i HD (including ABC).

Aside from the initial cost, there are no monthly fees or subscriptions required. All you have to do is hook it up to your TV and you’re done. Better yet, once the NBA Finals are over, you’ll still have access to all of your favorite broadcast networks and thousands of hours of free HD television. I call that a win-win.

If you don’t have time to get an antenna, or for some reason your local electronics store doesn’t have one, there is a second option…

Live Streaming the NBA Finals

Three live television streaming services can give you access to ABC during the NBA Finals. Those services are Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and DIRECTV NOW (Free Trial, Overview Article). Each service will give you live streaming access to OTA networks (ABC included), provided you live in certain major cities, like Chicago or New York.

However, regardless of your location, a subscription to any one of these three services will give you access to the app WatchESPN; which allows for live streaming of ABC sporting events, including the NBA Finals.

To login in to WatchESPN, all you need is your login credentials from one of the three aforementioned services and you’re good to go.

What are your predictions for the rest of the NBA Finals? Will the Warriors sweep the Cavs (my money is on YES)? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!

Is Using Kodi Illegal?

Is Kodi IllegalWhat you Need to Know about the Kodi Crackdown

There is no shortage of ways to stream video content to your television these days. Apple TV, Roku, USB sticks from Google and Amazon, the list goes on and on. All of these devices negotiate with content providers such as Netflix and DirecTV Now to legally give you the ability to stream your favorite shows and movies.

You can purchase these devices from trusted retailers like Amazon, Target or, even better, your local electronics store. All of these devices have well documented reviews and are backed by large, well known corporations. In short, you can trust them. If you are not sure which one to buy, check out our Streaming Media Players page.

What you cannot do, however, is customize them to any large degree. Many cord cutters enjoy the safety, reliability and quality these products provide. You plug it in and it works. But there is a more adventurous group out there, blazing their own path to freedom from the box with open source driven set top boxes known as Kodi (learn how to setup Kodi here). Continue reading Is Using Kodi Illegal?

What is DirecTV Now?

What is DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now is AT&T’s New Streaming Service – Pricing, Bundles, Devices Support and more…

If you’re looking for a boat load of channels at a price you can afford, then you’re going to want to stick around; because today we’re going to be talking about a brand new streaming services that cord cutters can’t stop talking about.

It’s called DIRECTV NOW, and despite the name, it has nothing to do with Dish Network or it’s live television streaming service, Sling TV; although there are a lot of similarities.

Like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW gives you streaming access to live television channels for a relatively low monthly rate. But where it differs from Sling TV, is you get a lot more channels for what you pay for.

Pricing

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What is Hulu Live TV?

What is Hulu Live TV

Hulu’s New Live Streaming Service – Pricing, Channels, Features and more…

Ever since Sling TV helped usher in the second wave of the online streaming revolution, we’ve started to see more and more services emerge that allow you to stream live television. Hoping to cash in on this new trend, even some of the more “traditional” streaming services have started to get in on the action.

Hulu is AliveMost recently, streaming giant Hulu launched their own live TV streaming service. Simply dubbed Hulu Live, this service hopes to combine the best of live television with the companies extensive on-demand library; and it’s actually better than you might think.

Here’s a quick look:

How much does Hulu Live Cost?

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Sling TV Offers the Most Cost Effective DVR Available

Sling TV DVR OverviewSling TV DVR

After being in beta on Roku since last December the much anticipated Sling DVR “First Look” is finally available for Roku, Android devices, Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick. Adding cloud DVR service for live TV for only $5 more per month, it’s a great addition to their affordable streaming packages. The service allows you to store up to 50 hours of content to Sling’s servers, comparable to Hulu’s DVR service and a step up from Sony Vue which only allows you to save content for 28 days.

How Sling TV DVR Works

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