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?→
Complete List of Free Trials Available to Cord Cutters
When searching out a cable TV alternative, what streaming service you pick is critical. The ideal situation for a cord cutter is to get all the great content they had before quitting cable but with few commitments and fees. Because everyone is different, it can sometimes be hard (and expensive if you’re not careful) to find that perfect cable TV alternative.
To help make that search for the right streaming service a little easier, I’ve compiled list of online streaming services with free trial periods. More will be added in the future, so be sure to check back later.
fuboTV is making a Fast-break towards becoming the #1 Soccer Streaming Service
Fellow cord cutters, there has never been a better time to be a soccer fan than right now. A few months ago I told you about the fantastic streaming service fuboTV and how it is a must have for any soccer fan
Start from the beginning by reading: What is fuboTV? ( including their NEW SERVICE called “fuboTV Premier” – a 2017 update).
Watch Soccer Online
For those of you that missed that post, let me catch you up. fuboTV is an online streaming service that offers you access to thousands international soccer matches from dozens of different leagues (7-day Free Trial). We’re talking Major League Soccere, Liga MX, Eredivisie, Ligue 1, Primeira Liga, and much much more. It’s a great deal for soccer fans, and now it’s gotten a lot more interesting. Continue reading What’s New with fuboTV?→
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”?→
As the List of Channels Grows, Sling TV Keeps Getting Better and Better
And by adding just one more device, we may have the Complete Solution we have been waiting for
The one topic the cord cutting community cannot stop talking about is Sling TV. An over-the-top service produced by Dish Network that offers 24 live television channels (and growing) for $20 a month; with the option of adding on additional channel packages for $5 each. Launched February 9th 2015.
Sling TV is an almost perfect Cable TV Alternative. By just adding one or two more devices / services, there is no doubt that you can successfully rid yourself of that expensive cable TV bill, while retaining the shows and sporting events that you love.
To many, this is the service that cord cutters have been waiting for; a cable TV alternative that makes companies like Comcast obsolete.
But is it really?
Don’t get me wrong, I think Sling TV is amazing, and it will definitely help change the way we view television; but I don’t think Sling represent the end all cable TV alternative we’ve all been waiting for. But with one or two companion devices – it could be. Allow me to explain.
As you already know, Amazon is an online retailer that sells books, DVDs, music, games, apparel, and other merchandise. However, what you may not know is that Amazon offers a video streaming service as well. It is called Amazon Instant Video (formerly Amazon VOD) and it is an Internet video on demand service, only available in the United States, which offers television shows and films for rental and purchase. You can watch Amazon Instant Video content on a big screen courtesy of a number of special TVs, Blu-ray players, DVRs, and set top boxes that come with the software installed.
In mid August 2011 Amazon announced that it now has 100,000 movies and television shows available to purchase or rent through its Amazon Video On Demand service. Of those, 9,000 are available to stream at no extra charge through its Amazon Prime membership program. Amazon Prime costs $79 per year and entitles the subscriber to free two-day shipping on most products. Start your one month free Amazon Prime trial today.
The Amazon Instant Video Division has been busy in recent months, cutting licensing deals with networks and studios, to increase its streaming content and to better compete with Hulu and Netflix. There are subtle differences between each of the major movie streaming and download services. Hulu focus on recent TV shows, Netflix provides the largest library of movies (with newer content being the main issue), and Amazon seems to fits somewhere in the middle with a mixture of new movies and TV shows. See Amazon’s new releases list