Rethinking What it Means to be a Cable TV Alternative
As great as movies and television shows are, there’s nothing like a good book. With a good imagination and the right combination of words, there’s no limit to where you’ll be able to go. Although it doesn’t quite count as reading, an audio book can be a fantastic way to absorb great literature.
Ever since I purchased my Bluetooth headset (preferred device on Amazon), I’ve been listening to more audio books and podcasts non stop; as I clean the house, exercise, commute to work… I absolutely love it.
Not only can you listen to your favorite novel, but you can also learn about absolutely anything you want. There are dozens and dozens of books on any topic you choose; and hundreds of podcasts…
Stream Con is a three-day digital content and creator convention celebrating digital content and online video!
The digital revolution has brought us so many advances in the last decade that sometimes it’s hard to digest all the change. One of the biggest changes to our society has been the rise of online streaming, which has revolutionized the way we consume media and information.
In years past broadcast giants like ABC or NBC held the keys to a vast audience of millions of Americans, but now teenagers with a webcam and an idea can captivate the country by making a video and posting onto YouTube.
120 Sports is a FREE Digital Broadcast Network Dedicated to Sports Commentary and News
“Designed & produced for the modern, mobile, hyper-engaged fan, 120 Sports offers official highlights of all sports along with expert analysis in a personalized, on-demand, interactive environment, moving sport-to-sport, topic-to-topic, 120 seconds at a time.”
When it comes to sports news and highlights, the vast majority of sports fans turn to ESPN for their information, but that’s slowly changing. In the quest for a better cable TV alternative, cord cutters have searched for or created their own apps and services that provide the sports news that you desire.
One such app that’s trying to disrupt that paradigm is 120 Sports, a digital broadcast network dedicated to sports commentary and news; which officially launched on June 25, 2014. Backed by an amalgam of different companies (Time Inc, Sports Illustrated, MLBAM, the NHL, the PGA TOUR, Campus Insiders and Silver Chalice), 120 Sports has various deals with the different professional sports leagues; which allows it to have access to the highly copyrighted footage that comes from all of America’s favorite games.
What are the implications of implementing an amusement tax on online services?
What kind of precedent does it set?
Earlier in the summer, it was announced that Chicago would implement an amusement tax on online services like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Spotify; which was set at nine percent. The tax was levied to help pay serious budget shortfalls in the Chicago municipal government. Continue reading What is the “Netflix Tax”?→
Although cutting the cord gives you greater freedom and is far less expensive than cable you also lose the comfort of certain services and devices; like the channel guide and DVR.
Even the fiercest of cord cutters have to admit that being able to record live TV is pretty darn convenience. But what most cord cutters are not aware of is that there are a ton of third party DVRs and channel guides on the market that don’t require a cable television subscription.
One of the more interesting DVRs on the market is the DVR+ made by Channel Master. Unlike other DVRs on the market, the DVR+ requires no monthly subscription fee. All content is saved to an internal hard drive instead of cloud storage; which means you won’t be cut off from your content should your internet connection fail.
Flexibility, Premium Content, Live TV at a Price we Can Afford
We Asked, Sling TV Delivered!
When I speak to people about my Cable TV Alternative setup, one of the first responses I get is:
What is Sling TV?
So let’s take a deep dive on this question, as I look to provide the most comprehensive post on the topic available. Sling TV is a cord cutter’s dream come true. At only $20-per-month, thier live TV package comes with 16 channels, including ESPN, History, AMC, CNN, TNT, HDTV and the Disney Channel. Keep reading to learn about their 7-day free trial. Continue reading What is Sling TV?→