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TV Antennas that deliver Free HD TV Over the Air

How to Watch 2016 NFL Season Without Cable

Ways to Watch 2016 Football Season without Cable

5 Reasons you Don’t need Cable for the 2016 / 2017 NFL Season

It’s that wonderful time of the year where the kids go back to school, the leaves are on the cusp of changing color, and that most glorious sport known as football comes back into our lives. That means it’s time to dust off the old jersey, fill up the cooler, and get ready for the big game. But for those football fans who are looking for a cable TV alternative, it can be a time of uncertainty.

Cable TV is too expensive and too bloated,” I’ve often heard readers say, “but football season is coming up so I think I’m gonna hold off on getting rid of cable.”  For many would-be cord cutters, the choice between their NFL football and being free of cable is no choice at all. But luckily for us, you don’t have to make that choice any more.

Now if you have read articles like this in past years, and think you have heard it all before; Think again. There have never been more ways to watch Football without cable, then there are for the 2016 NFL Season.

RedZone without Cable(Hint: don’t miss the part about the RedZone channel. Probably the most exciting development since I started writing for cord cutters in 2011). 

If you’ve been wondering how to watch NFL football without cable television, then wonder no more. Here are 5 ways to watch NFL football without cable:2016 NFL Season Cord Cutter Continue reading How to Watch 2016 NFL Season Without Cable

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Indoor or Outdoor Antenna?

2 Steps to Buying the Right Type of Antenna for your Household
OTA TV Broadcast Tower

If you’re just getting started as a cord cutter, or you’re thinking about becoming one, you are probably wondering about the type of equipment you need. For the most part, picking out a streaming box is a relatively simple task; but deciding which antenna to buy is a bit more difficult. The one question I hear most from my readers is: “Should I buy an indoor or outdoor antenna?”

It’s a difficult question for some, and for many more it stops them dead in their tracks. But with a little foreknowledge, picking out the right OTA antenna can be a lot easier than you may think; and today I’ll show you how.

Let’s get started!


First we’re going to briefly examine the differences between indoor and outdoor antennas.

INDOOR ANTENNAS

Indoor antennas are typically smaller and less powerful than their outdoor cousins; with a range of about 30-50 miles. Companies like Mohu and Channel Master have been able to transform the design of the old rabbit ears of yesteryear, into sleek and inexpensive devices that resemble paper thin pieces of plastic more than a traditional antenna.

Typically an indoor antenna costs somewhere between $30 and $60. To see a list of some of the more popular indoor antennas, read “ANTENNAS, SPLITTERS, AMPLIFIERS & DVRs“. As for placement, many people hang these antennas on their walls or put them in a windowsill. 

OUTDOOR ANTENNAS

On the flip side, Outdoor Antennas are usually placed on top of roofs or garages, and are much larger and more powerful than the indoor antennas. They also cost more; usually priced somewhere north of $100. Outdoor antennas typically have a range between 60 and 100 miles; depending on the surrounding area. 

At this point, you’re probably wondering why anyone would not just go with an outdoor antenna, since it’s the most powerful right(?) Well, the problem is that for many, their home is not best suited for an outdoor antenna or it is simply not needed due to close proximity to a local TV tower. 

Deciding on an Indoor or Outdoor Antenna

  1. The first thing you need to do is evaluate your living situation. If you’re in an apartment building or have a Home Owners Association with strict rules, then odds are an indoor antenna is your only option. 
  2. The next thing you need to do is figure out how close you live to a broadcast tower.  TVFool.com and AntennaWeb both offer a free TV Signal Analysis where you can enter your address and see what direction your OTA signals are coming from, and how far away they are. If you’re less than 30 miles away from a broadcast tower, then an indoor antenna could be all you need.
    • Now if you live out in rural area, or you’re just too far from an OTA broadcast tower (30+ miles), then an outdoor antenna is your best bet.When looking up your address you may notice that that you’re getting signals from multiple directions; and if this is the case you should consider buying an omni-directional antenna

*** Like with Indoor Antennas, we have a page dedicated to the more popular Outdoor Antenna models with brief descriptions of each. Click here to learn more. 

Buying an OTA Antenna

Deciding on an OTA Antenna is easy, as long as you know what to look for. Just make sure you are aware of your living restrictions, and your proximity to a broadcast station. If you keep those two things in mind, picking the right antenna will be a breeze.

Are you having trouble picking out an OTA antenna? Sound off in the comments below, send me a tweet or e-mail and I’ll be able to help you out!

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Sling TV new “Multi-Stream” Package

Streaming to multiple devices is no longer an issue with Sling TV’s Multi-Stream package

Sling TV Multi-Stream

One of my favorite online streaming services has to be Sling TV (click here for a free trial).  If you are new to Sling TV, make sure you read our in-depth overview.

As a cord cutting sports fan, I have really appreciated being able to live stream ESPN and sporting events like March Madness without cable. But one thing about Sling TV that’s always bothered me has been the fact that I could only stream it on one device as a time; but that’s about to change.

Earlier this month, Sling TV unveiled a brand new streaming “default” package, appropriately named “Multi-Stream”. There are a few key differences between the Multi and Single stream packages, so let’s do a quick rundown on the changes

*** To learn about last month’s changes to Sling TV’s offering, check out “Whats New With Sling TV“.

First, let’s start with what you’ll get. Continue reading Sling TV new “Multi-Stream” Package

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Cord Cutting Needs to be Part of your Retirement Plan

How Retirees are Cutting Cable, While Keeping the Shows they Love

Cord Cutting for Retirement

As you start to reach retirement age, one of the things you start thinking about is reducing needless expenses. Whether it’s turning down the thermostat or switching to generic brand cereal, there’s always something that can be done. Most recently, more and more people at retirement age have been looking at ditching cable and seeking out a cable TV alternative; and it’s easy to see why.

Cable television is one of the most expensive forms of entertainment in the United State; costing consumers roughly $1000-$1500 a year. Cord cutters on the other hand spend much less than the average cable consumer; sometimes spending as low as $100 a year. How do they do it? Here’s how: Continue reading Cord Cutting Needs to be Part of your Retirement Plan

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How To Watch Live News Online Without Cable

Hot Off The Press – You Don’t Need Cable to Watch Your Nightly News

Watch Live News Online

For a lot of would-be cord cutters out there, the biggest reason they’ve yet to kill the cable bill is that they dont want to lose access to their nightly news. This is especially true right now as we are now knee deep in the 2016 Presidential cycle. Presidential elections are like crack for political junkies; and despite the steep price of cable, it’s a price that many see worth paying.

But what if I told you there was a better way to get your news without capitulating to the deep pocketed big-wigs at the cable company? Well guess what? There is and today I’ll show you.

Continue reading How To Watch Live News Online Without Cable

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How to cut the cord with Mohu and Xbox One

Bridging the Gap with Hauppauge

Xbox-one Antenna

In the late 90s, Microsoft had the reputation of being an anti-competitive bully that stifled innovation. They were, in a lot of ways, just like the cable companies of today. But in the last 15 years Microsoft has turned away from monopolies and instead focused their attention innovation, many of which have helped usher in the cord cutting revolution; like the Xbox.

All-in-one Media Center

Although nothing quite compares to gaming on the PC, the Xbox One has become much more than a gaming machine. Not only can you play the latest and greatest gaming titles, but you can also watch Sling TV, Netflix, Hulu, listen to music, or purchase and download movies for later. Instead of being the gaming platform we’ve come to expect, the Xbox One has more or less become an all-in-one media center.

Sling TV

All-in-one Cord Cutting Solution

In fact, with just a few modifications you can now upgrade the Xbox One from an all-in-one media center to an all-in-one cord cutting solution.

Here’s how you do it: Continue reading How to cut the cord with Mohu and Xbox One

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Recording Over the Air TV Channels – A TiVo Roamio OTA Review

New pricing & new features: Time to take a 2nd look at Tivo Roamio DVR

Roamio OTA Review

One of the best DVRs on the market today is the TiVo Roamio. Despite a few bumps in the road including a difficult setup process, the popular DVR has come into its own and is a good choice for those wanting to complete their cord-cutting experience.  

For those of you unfamiliar with it, the TiVo Roamio is an OTA DVR capable of recording four shows at once. It integrates popular streaming apps like Netflix into the guide, and has a 500 GB storage capacity. Like many other DVRs on the market, you pay a monthly fee for DVR services or you can pay a one-time fee for lifetime service. Continue reading Recording Over the Air TV Channels – A TiVo Roamio OTA Review

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Let’s Take a Look at Channel Master DVR+

DVR-EPG

A DVR with free Over the Air TV Listings

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.

How much does Channel Master DVR+ cost?

Continue reading Let’s Take a Look at Channel Master DVR+

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