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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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Watch 2017 NBA Finals Without Cable – 1st Round

Watch 2017 NBA Playoffs without Cable

How to Watch 2017 NBA Finals Online & with an Antenna

Do you love the NBA but hate cable television? Would you like to know how to watch the NBA playoffs without cable? Then stick around, because that’s exactly what we’re going to be discussing today.

Isn’t it funny how time catches up on you? It only seems like yesterday that the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 lead in the NBA championships. But nearly a year later, here we are again eagerly awaiting the start of the 2017 NBA playoffs.

Like most sport events these days, it’s incredibly easy to tune in to the NBA playoffs without a costly cable subscription. That is, as long as you know where to go, and what to do.

To begin lets take a look at the channels you’ll need to catch all the action.  The NBA playoffs will air on these six channels: ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNews, TNT, and NBA TV.

Now lets take a look at the different tools and platforms you can use to access these channels over the coming weeks. Continue reading Watch 2017 NBA Finals Without Cable – 1st Round

How Amazon Prime Started the Downloadable Revolution

Amazon Prime Started it and Netflix Had No Choice but to Get on Board

In the world of cord cutting and cable TV alternatives, companies are scrambling to one-up each other in order to corner the market of over-the-top streaming services. Resting firmly in the number one spot is Netflix. As one of the first true streaming services on the market, Netflix helped kick off the cord cutting revolution; paving the way for other services like Sling TV and Amazon Prime Video.

But Amazon is not willing to sit on the sidelines silently. A few years back Amazon Prime Video made a move that would forever change the level of service offered to cordcutters. Continue reading How Amazon Prime Started the Downloadable Revolution

Streaming TV Matrix

Streaming TV Matrix - preview

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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