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Mohu launches the Leaf Glide indoor flat antenna with 65 mile range

Mohu launches the Leaf Glide indoor flat antenna with 65 mile range

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Today Mohu, the leading manufacturer of indoor HDTV antennas geared toward cord cutters, released their latest product: Leaf Glide. The Mohu Leaf Glide is a new top of the line flat indoor antenna, boasting an impressive 65 mile range, making it the longest range flat indoor antenna on the market. Mohu achieved this extended range by incorporating new technology called “SignaLift” as well as increasing the size of the antenna to 21.5″ wide by 11.5″ high. This new design allows the device to capture lower frequency bands, more signal from fringe channels and is better at receiving Very High Frequency (VHF) channels, which ultimately provides consumers more live TV. The Mohu Leaf Glide promises to deliver outdoor antenna performance with the simplicity of an indoor antenna. This is a very exciting product for cord cutters who live in more remote or challenging signal locations, giving them an easy indoor option for pulling in more channels than previously possible. Continue reading →

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Unboxing, Setup & First Impressions of the All New AirTV Player & Adapter by Sling TV

Unboxing, Setup & First Impressions of the All New AirTV Player & Adapter by Sling TV

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Last week I got in the mail the all new AirTV Player & Adapter by Sling TV. I’m really excited to test this device out over the next week or two and share my full review with you. In the meantime, I wanted to give you a look at what comes with the AirTV Player and Adapter and what the setup process looks like. This is a really innovative product for cord cutters because it brings together Sling TV streaming channels and free Over-The-Air local channels right in the same interface on the same TV input. If you want to read more about why I think this is going to be the most user-friendly cord cutting device yet, read my full article here. If you have any questions about the AirTV Player or Adapter or want me to try anything out during my testing, just leave a comment below.

 

 

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Watch Local and National News as a Cord Cutter

Watch Local and National News as a Cord Cutter

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With the Presidential Election right around the corner, the end to what surely has been a circus of an election season, you may be looking for the best way to watch the news as a cord cutter. Here are some of my favorite ways to help stay glued to your TV this November without missing a thing. Whether you want to tune into local election coverage or national news, you can watch it all on TV without cable.

You can use an HD antenna to watch the News at no monthly cost.

If you don’t have an antenna yet then you’ve got to pick up a Mohu Leaf 30 (click here to get it on Amazon.com). This thing is as simple as it gets, plug it in, hang it on the wall with a thumbtack, and watch free broadcasts on NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX. You’ll be able to tune into local and national broadcasts all throughout the day. Whether you like waking up with the Today show, tuning into your local afternoon newscast, or catching 60 Minutes every evening, all this great news coverage can be pulled up on your TV with just a simple antenna.

Cord Cutters have a ton of options to stream the news to your TV.

If you don’t have a streaming device yet then I recommend you get a Roku Streaming Stick, its super easy to use and pretty affordable (click here to get it on Amazon.com). With a device like a Roku, this is will give you access to national 24-hour news coverage. You may be familiar with some of the traditional paid news channels, but through your streaming device you have access to some pretty good free news channels and apps. The most popular one that you’ve got to check out is the CBS News app (watch on Roku / watch on Fire TV) which provides a live 24-hour national news broadcast that covers everything from breaking news to what’s happening with our favorite celebrities. My favorite way to watch free streaming news as a cord cutter is on the various news channels in the Pluto TV app (watch on Roku / watch on Fire TV). These channels carry aggregated video clips and live streams from the most popular news sources in national news, business and finance news, and even tech news.

As a cord cutter, my favorite way to watch premium news channels is through Sling TV.

If you’re a fan of CNN, MSNBC or HLN then you’ve gotta try out Sling TV. Sling TV is the most reasonable option for people that like to stay up-to-date on the news, with plans starting at just $20 per month. With the most basic Sling Blue package, you can watch all the news you can handle on CNN. If you want to expand your news options then Sling offers various addon combinations that will give you access to more channels including MSNBC and HLN.

If you haven’t tried Sling TV yet, you definitely should! They offer a free 7-day trial with no strings attached. If you only want to try it out for the next week to watch election coverage then sign up today and cancel next week and don’t pay a dime. You can’t beat that!

The most comprehensive news coverage can be found on PlayStation Vue.

If you’re a news junkie then your best option is PlayStation Vue. In their most basic package, Access, you get all the most popular news stations: CNN, HLN, Fox News, Fox Business, MSNBC, and CNBC. Playstation Vue is a little more expensive than Sling TV, but if you can’t live without having all the premium news channels I would recommend checking it out. They also offer a free 7-day trial with no strings attached.

How do you plan to tune into all the excitement of the Presidential election? Do you have other ways that you like to stay up to date on breaking news?

 

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Our Cord Cutting Setup That Saves Us Over $100 Each Month

Our Cord Cutting Setup That Saves Us Over $100 Each Month

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When we cut our cable in 2014, we weren’t sure exactly where to start. We had heard some things about it and did a little research, but we were nervous. Would it work? Could we figure it out? What if we really miss all those channels that are included in our cable bundle?

It came to the point where there were no more excuses.

We had to bite the bullet, jump right in, and try it. We could figure things out as we go and we really had nothing to loose. In reality, we had only everything to gain with all the money we would be able to save and put towards student loan debt.

Our monthly bill to the cable company had climbed to an astronomical $165. If we could reduce that and still enjoy our favorite TV shows we would be happy campers. We could concur our ultimate goal to reduce our monthly spending to help pay off debt and ultimately build wealth. We could do it and still enjoy some relaxing couch time in the evenings.

Below are the steps that we took to become a cableless household.

We started simple and added things as we felt we needed them. Looking back it was much easier to make the switch then either of us thought. The devices and apps were actually very user-friendly and with a little patience we figured them out in no time.

The first thing we did was buy some HD antennas to test things out. We chose the Mohu Leaf 30 Paper-Thin Antenna to put in our guest room because it was super easy to install and is easily hidden on the wall behind the TV. For the remainder of our TV’s we got the Winegard Freevision HDTV Antenna, hung it in our attic and connected it to the existing coax cable lines that run inside the walls to our other TVs. Once we found out we could get tons of crystal clear stations for free, we were convinced. This cord cutting thing was actually going to work! With these antennas, we could watch live TV on the major networks for $0 each month! Here are the antennas we bought and still use today:

     

Live TV was great and let us watch a ton of stuff, but we needed something to complement the live local channels.

We wanted to stream stuff on demand, so we bought an Amazon Fire TV for the family room and a Roku Stick for the bedroom. Since we watch the most TV in our family room the Fire TV is the perfect solution because it is super powerful. In our bedroom, the Roku Stick was a great choice because it was low cost and has the right amount power to support our occasional streaming needs. With these streaming devices, we were able to install apps like YouTube and Netflix that let us binge watch shows and movies whenever we wanted. Here are the streaming boxes we have:

     

YouTube had a lot of great free stuff to watch and we already had a Netflix subscription so we were familiar with the things we could watch in the app, but we still were missing a few things. If we couldn’t watch a new episode of a show when it aired live, we didn’t have a way to view it on-demand. This had been where our DVR would have come in handy in the past, but it went out the door with our overpriced cable. Luckily for cord cutters, there are plenty of alternatives to a traditional DVR. After some research, we settled on the service PlayOn. We bought the Lifetime license and installed their companion apps on our laptop and the Fire TV and Roku. Now we could stream shows from the NBC, CBS, ABC, and Fox websites directly on our TV’s after they become available for free viewing. This worked surprisingly well, was pretty easy to setup, and we still use it to this day.

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After about a month of living the cord cutting life, we were hooked! We didn’t miss cable one bit. The picture from the antennas was fantastic, the streaming boxes and apps were working great, and we loved all the freedom we had to try new services without being held down by contracts. There was just one thing left to do, cancel our cable bundle and switch to an internet-only plan. For this, we went with Comcast because they are one of two service providers in our area and offer the best speeds. To help with the monthly cost and to avoid signing a contract we purchased our own cable modem and WiFi router. We could have used the ones provided by Comcast, but they would charge us a rental fee. The modem and router had very clear setup instructions and they paid for themselves after a couple months. Here are the two devices we got that give use wireless internet all throughout our house:

     

After a year of using our cord cutting setup, it was 2015 and more cableless services had made their way to the market. The one that caught our eye was Sling TV. This was a service that Dish Network came out with to provide cord cutters the ability to stream premium TV channels at an affordable price. This was pretty ground breaking because in the past most of these channels were only available with a cable subscription. For as little as $20 each month, Sling TV would let us watch channels like ESPN, HGTV and CNN using their apps on our Fire TV and Roku. Best of all…NO CONTRACT! We were able to sign up and cancel whenever we wanted. For us, this was a great solution that rounds out our cord cutting setup.


 

The last monthly cable bill we paid in 2014 was $165! After the upfront costs of getting things setup, we now spend only $55 each month. We pay $25 for Internet service, $20 for Sling TV and $10 for Netflix. That’s $110 back in our pockets every month!

This is the cord cutting setup that we put together to fit our needs. It has been working out great and we love the financial freedom it has provided us over the past few years. With such a great experience, we can’t ever imagine switching back to cable.

 

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The Best Ways to Watch NFL Games without Cable

The Best Ways to Watch NFL Games without Cable

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The 2016 NFL season has officially kicked off! As a cord cutter, you have several options to cheer on your favorite team while watching on your big screen. The NFL schedules 4 different times each week when games are played, Thursday Night, Sunday Afternoon, Sunday Night, and Monday Night. To help you see which ways you can tune into these games each week, I’ve broken this guide down accordingly. Let’s take a look at some of the best ways to catch all the NFL action on TV this season without cable.

All but 4 of the Thursday Night Football games this season will be broadcast, for free, nationwide on NBC or CBS.

The Thursday Night games that are on NBC or CBS will be best watched through an HD antenna connected directly to your TV. I suggest the Mohu Leaf 30 HD antenna for most people. For more info on antennas check out my post here. If you don’t want to miss those 4 TNF games not shown on NBC or CBS, you’ll have to tune into the NFL Network. You can sign up for either the Sling TV Blue package ($25 per month) or the PlayStation Vue Core package ($34.99 per month), both of which include a live stream of NFL Network. Sling and PlayStation Vue can be streamed using apps on your Roku or Amazon Fire TV.

The best way to figure out which channels will be broadcasting the different games each week is to check the schedule on NFL.com.

For the Sunday afternoon games, CBS and Fox are still the stations to tune into. Just like on Thursday Night, plan to use your HD antenna to catch the games being shown in your local market. Pro tip: I like to check the broadcast maps on 506 Sports to see what games are going to air each Sunday in my area. That way I know if I’ll be able to cheer my team on at home through my antenna or if I need to plan an afternoon visit to my local sports pub.

NBC has the broadcasting rights for all Sunday Night Football games of the 2016 season. This is great news for cord cutters because we can use our HD antennas once again to catch every Sunday Night game live!

Monday Night Football, the main event that closes out every football weekend, will be broadcast on ESPN this season.

The most affordable way to catch all the MNF games on ESPN is through a Sling TV Orange subscription ($20 per month). You can use the Sling TV app on your Roku or Amazon Fire TV to watch all these games in crystal clear HD. Alternatively, you could opt for the PlayStation Vue Access package instead, which also includes ESPN, ($29.99 per month).

Finally, if you’re one of those diehard fans that loves to watch the bonus coverage on NFL RedZone every Sunday, you’re in luck! NFL Redzone is now available without cable! For an extra $10 per month, you can add the Sports Extra add-on, which includes NFL RedZone, to a Sling Blue subscription. Or, for PlayStation Vue Core subscribers, you have the option to pay an additional $39.99 per year to add the channel all season long to your package.

As you can see, for cord cutters, just an HD antenna will allow you to watch the majority of NFL games this season. Couple that with a Sling TV Orange subscription for $20 and you won’t miss a thing!

There you go, the best ways to watch NFL games this season without a pricey cable contract. Are you excited to start cheering on your favorite team? I know I am!

 

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The Cord Cutter’s Ultimate Guide to March Madness

The Cord Cutter’s Ultimate Guide to March Madness

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Updated 3/17/2016 – Apparently the NCAA March Madness smartphone app doesn’t support Sling TV logins. So in order to watch games on TBS, TNT and TruTV while you are out and about you will have to use the Sling TV app for iPhone or Android.

Ahhhh…March. You have finally arrived. With your longer days, warmer temps and, most importantly, college basketball tournaments! That’s right everyone, March Madness is officially upon us. Here’s how you Cord Cutters out there can catch all the action from conference tournaments, such as the Big Ten, ACC, Big 12, Big East and SEC to the NCAA Basketball Tournament (A.K.A. the March Madness Tournament). Check out our guide below so you can tune into your favorite teams vying for a chance to go to the Big Dance.

Big Ten Tournament

March 9th – 13th in Indianapolis, IN

ESPN, ESPN2 and the Big Ten Network will carry the first three rounds of the tournament.

  • ESPN and ESPN2 – Sign up for Sling TV’s $20/month package and download the app to your favorite streaming media player (like Roku or Amazon Fire TV).
  • Big Ten Network – Unfortunately, BTN does not offer a stand alone service to Cord Cutters. Your best option, invite a friend over that has a cable subscription, download the BTN2Go app to your Roku and let them login. If all else fails…visit your local sports pub 🙂

CBS will carry the semifinal and final games.

  • CBS – Use an HD Antenna to pull in your local CBS station for free.

ACC Tournament

March 8th – 12th in Washington, DC

ESPN and ESPN2 will carry all of the tournament games.

  • ESPN and ESPN2 – Sign up for Sling TV’s $20/month package and download the app to your favorite streaming media player (like Roku or Amazon Fire TV).

Big 12 Tournament

March 9th – 12th in Kansas City, MO

ESPN2 and ESPNU will carry the first two rounds of the tournament.

ESPN and ESPN2 will carry the semifinal and final games.

  • ESPN and ESPN2 – The same Sling TV subscription as above, but you can go ahead and cancel the Sports Extra package.

Big East Tournament

March 9th – 12th in New York City

FS1 will carry all of the tournament games, except for the final game.

  • FS1 – Unfortunately, FS1 does not offer a stand alone service to Cord Cutters. Your best option, invite a friend over that has a cable subscription, download the Fox Sports Go app to your Amazon Fire TV and let them login. If all else fails…visit your local sports pub 🙂

FOX will carry the final game.

  • FOX – Use an HD Antenna to pull in your local FOX station for free.

SEC Tournament

March 9th – 13th in Nashville, TN

The SEC Network will carry the first three rounds of the tournament.

ESPN will carry the semifinal and final games.

  • ESPN – The same Sling TV subscription as above, but you can go ahead and cancel the Sports Extra package.

NCAA Selection Sunday Show

March 13th – 5:30 PM EST

NCAA.com and CBS will carry the NCAA Selection Sunday Show, where the NCAA basketball committee selects which teams have made the field for this year’s March Madness bracket.

NCAA Basketball Tournament

March 15th – April 4th

Coverage of the entire NCAA March Madness Tournament will be spread out across CBS, TNT, TBS and TruTV. To figure out exactly what time and channel your favorite teams play on you will have to wait until the official bracket is set. Until then, have no fear. Here’s how you can catch any game on any channel throughout the tournament.

  • CBS – Use an HD Antenna to pull in your local CBS station for free.
  • TNT, TBS and TruTV – Sign up for Sling TV’s $20/month package and download the app to your favorite streaming media player (like Roku or Amazon Fire TV). TruTV is not normally part of the $20 base package, but since Sling TV loves their customers, they are giving all subscribers to the $20 package a free preview of TruTV during the tournament. From March 13th through April 12th you can catch all the games broadcast on TruTV without paying a dime more. Now that’s customer service!!!
  • Not going to be at home – Download the NCAA March Madness app on your mobile phone and login with your Sling TV username to watch CBS games for free. Download the Sling TV app for iPhone or Android and login to your account to watch TNT, TBS and TruTV games.

There you have it folks. That’s how you can watch all the March Madness action you can handle without cable.

 

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How to setup your TV for Over The Air channels

How to setup your TV for Over The Air channels

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Now that you have installed your HD antenna, if you missed that one be sure to checkout my article on How to watch local TV channels for free!, you need to setup your TV for receiving Over The Air channels. This varies from TV to TV, but the process is similar for all televisions. First, locate the Setup or Menu button on your TV’s remote control. Press the button to bring up your television’s Setup menu. Next, set your Input to either “Antenna” or “Air” as opposed to “Cable”. This option might be on the Setup menu main page or it might be hidden under another section like Channels, TV, or Broadcast.

The second step is to run a Channel Search or Auto Program. This will make your TV look for all the channels that it can get over your new antenna and save them for easy ‘flipping’ in the future. Again, this feature is accessed through your TV’s Setup menu. While this is running you will probably see your TV list off the channels as it finds them. Check out my video below to watch just how easy this is!

If you are curious as to what channels your TV will pick up, here are two ways to check:

  1. Go to www.tvfool.com and punch in your address. This will create a list of channels in your area, ordered by the tower’s distance from your house. Under “Netwk” is the channel name and under “(Virt)” is the channel number you will enter on your TV.
  2. Go to www.zap2it.com and enter your ZIP code. Then, under “Choose Your Provider” select “Local Broadcast (Antenna)”. This will create a guide or schedule for the channels in your area.

 

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How to watch local TV channels for free!

How to watch local TV channels for free!

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One of the first questions asked by new cord cutters is “What about local channels?” “How can I watch my prime time shows on the major networks?”. All of the major networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, PBS and CW are all broadcast over the air by your local television affiliates which can be grabbed out of the air and displayed on your television for FREE using an HD antenna. This is the same way people watched TV back before the time of cable television, using good old “rabbit ears”. As technology has evolved we have switch from using rabbit ears getting staticy analog TV to HD antennas getting high quality HDTV. In addition to purchasing an HD antenna, you must make sure your television is HDTV compatible. If you’ve bought your TV within the last 10 years then its safe to say its HDTV compatible. If its a flat screen, you are probably good to go. If you are unsure, look for an “HDTV” logo on your tv set.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way, lets talk antennas. There are many different types of HD antennas in today’s market, below are the two most popular and simple to install in my opinion.

Option 1

The quick and easy HD antenna that can be added to each of your TV’s is the Mohu Leaf 30 Paper-Thin Antenna. This thing is a flat piece of plastic, about this size of a sheet of paper, that hangs behind, above, on the back of or next to your TV. It does not need any power, so you don’t have to plug it into any wall outlets. All you do is hang it up and connect the 10 foot coax cable to the back of your television. This antenna has a 30 mile range, so as long as you live in a reasonably sized town, you should be able to rope in all of the major network channels.

Mohu Leaf 30 Paper-Thin Antenna | Photo Credit: Amazon.com

Option 2

The more advanced HD antenna that can supply all the TVs in your house is the Winegard Freevision HDTV Antenna. This is a large wire antenna that can be mounted in your attic or outside your house on a pole. It also does not need any power, so you don’t have to plug it into any wall outlets. All you do is mount it up and connect the provided coax cable into your house’s existing coax network. The best way to do this is to find where your existing coax comes together at a splitter, usually this is in your basement or inside a cable box on the side of your house, and connect the antenna to the input side of the splitter. This will surely require some investigating and troubleshooting, but is totally doable with a little patients. This antenna also has a 30 mile range, but since it can be mounted higher up (in your attic/on your house) it can pick up channels that option 1 might not be able to depending on where your house is located.

Winegard Freevision HDTV Antenna | Photo Credit: Amazon.com

So there you have it. My top two ways that you can get local TV channels, for free, in your own home. As always, please don’t hesitate to comment or ask any questions you have below.

 

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