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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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How to Watch the NBA Playoffs and Finals Without Cable

Warriors vs Cavaliers without Cable

NBA Playoffs with Sling TV and an OTA Antenna

The NBA Conference Finals are in full swing, and like millions of other Americans I could not be more excited. Making it to the finals are four exceptional teams: The Cleveland Cavaliers, The Golden State Warriors, the Toronto Raptors, and The Oklahoma City Thunder. If you don’t want to spend a single dollar on cable, but you also don’t want to miss a single minute of the action, then I’ve got good news.

Watching the NBA Finals without cable is as simple as 1, 2, 3; and today I’ll show you how. Let’s get started! Continue reading How to Watch the NBA Playoffs and Finals Without Cable

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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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Cut the Cord but Keep your Fantasy Football Team

How to win your Fantasy Football league without an expensive cable bill

Fantasy Football

When it comes to the world of football, there are football fans and then there are fantasy football fans. For those of you unfamiliar, fantasy football is essentially a game within a game where fans make virtual rosters of real NFL players and pit them off against other teams using stats from each week of NFL play.

It’s an incredibly addictive way to watch sports; and when you’re in a league of your own, missing a week is simply not an option. If you love fantasy football, but you’re stuck with cable; I can understand how you might not want to switch to a cable TV alternative.

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How to Watch College Basketball Online and OTA

Cordcutters now have a way to watch College Basketball Online and OTA without a Costly Cable TV Subscription

Watch College Basketball Online

College Basketball is just around the bend, which means cord cutting enthusiasts looking for a cable TV alternative will soon be looking for a way to watch college basketball without cable. In recent years it has been hard for college basketball fans to watch without a cable TV subscription, but new opportunities in the streaming service world has opened back up the sport to cord cutting fans.

If you’re looking to watch college basketball without cable, here’s how you do it: Continue reading How to Watch College Basketball Online and OTA

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Sling TV vs PlayStation Vue – A Television Streaming Battle Royal

Is Sling TV or PlayStation Vue a Better Option for Cord Cutters?

PlayStation Vue

For years cable consumers have been clamoring for an ala carte style cable subscription package; and for years the cable companies have been ignoring them. The reason why is that it’s much more profitable to rope people into lengthy contracts and expensive subscriptions that it is to give the people what they want; but that’s slowly changing.


*** New Sling vs Vue Review Article published Oct. 2016. For the latest pricing details see our latest content. 


The cord cutting revolution has left people looking for a proper cable TV alternative, and consequently many services have sprouted up to meet that demand. Aside from Netflix, the one of the most notable contenders in the cord cutting market these days is the Dish Network-owned Sling TV; which offers live streaming of over 20 television channels for $20 a month.

SlingTVNot familiar with Sling TV? Read “WHAT IS SLING TV? Flexibility, Premium Content, Live TV at a Price we Can Afford. 

Introducing PlayStation Vue

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Can I Watch NASCAR Online?

How to Watch NASCAR Without Cable

From Online to Over-the-AirWatch NASCAR Online

If there is one group of sports fan that gets often overlooked, it’s NASCAR fans. There are a few, sometimes difficult but available, ways to watch baseball, football, basketball, and even soccer without cable; but for the last several years, options for the cord cutting race fan has been few and far between. Lets take a look at what options we do have.
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