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Starting Today HBO Will Be FREE On Sling TV All Weekend Long

Starting Today HBO Will Be FREE On Sling TV All Weekend Long

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As part of Sling TV’s second birthday celebration, they are giving an extended FREE preview of HBO to all Sling customers. Beginning today, February 16th through Sunday, February 20th, new and existing Sling TV Orange and Blue customers will receive access to live and on-demand premium content from HBO at no additional cost. Continue reading →

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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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The best apps to watch free streaming content

The best apps to watch free streaming content

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One of the best parts about cord cutting is that you get the chance to explore all the apps that are available for streaming television and movie content. What you will find is that there are a lot of apps that offer great content completely free. That’s right, zero, zilch, nada…FREE! So before you go out and sign up for a bunch of subscription based services, check out my list below of the best apps to watch FREE streaming content. All of these apps are available on Roku and Amazon Fire TV. If you’re not sure which to get, check out my previous post to help you decide which streaming media player is the right choice for your household.

 

Pluto TV – Pluto is like public access television meets internet videos. What do I mean by that? The team at Pluto spends hours searching the internet, finding and organizing free videos into categories, or “channels”, that stream 24/7. The content is mostly from YouTube but also from big broadcasting sites like NBC and Bloomberg. They have everything from News, Sporting Events, Documentaries, Kids programs, even a channel dedicated to nothing but yoga lessons.

Pluto TV app for Roku / Pluto TV app for Fire TV

Crackle – This is Sony Pictures Entertainment’s totally free answer to the popular paid services like Netflix. Crackle offers a rotating selection of classic movies and television series in addition to a collection of some original content like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee and Sports Jeopardy!

Crackle app for Roku / Crackle app for Fire TV

Tubi TV – Tubi is another free alternative to Netflix. They offer a collection of TV series and movies to stream right to your living room. You will find mostly “oldie but goodie” classics and some hidden gems like those in the Cult Favorites and Good Eats sections. Tubi currently has the largest library of free TV and movies on the internet.

Tubi TV app for Roku / Tubi TV app for Fire TV

Popcornflix – This is one of the original completely FREE streaming services for movies and webisodes. Most of them fall into the independent and classic genres, but they are entertaining none the less. Popcornflix really stands out in the Family section, offering a ton of classic kids movies and TV shows.

Popcornflix app for Roku / Popcornflix app for Fire TV

PBS Kids – For kids, one of my favorite apps is PBS Kids. They offer totally free episodes of all the favorites, like Sesame street, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood and Odd Squad. There are usually about 4 free episodes available for each show and they add new episodes every couple days.

PBS Kids app for Roku / PBS Kids app for Fire TV

Disney Junior & Disney Channel – If you have kids that are into Disney shows then the Disney Junior and Disney Channel apps are a must. Younger kids will love watching episodes of Doc McStuffins, PJ Masks and Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. For older kids, Austin & Ally, Descendants Wicked World and Girl Meets World episodes will be a big hit.

Disney Junior app for Roku / Disney Junior app for Fire TV

Disney Channel app for Roku / Disney Channel app for Fire TV

CBS News – The best way to catch all the latest breaking news stories is through the CBS News app. They offer a 24/7 live stream of national news as well as a selection of highlight clips. Everything from in-depth looks into what’s going on in the world to worldwide coverage of breaking news as it happens.

CBS News app for Roku / CBS News app for Fire TV

Weather Nation – It may seem silly to watch a weather channel on your TV with all the phone weather apps out there these days, but nothing replaces the security of having local forecasts and radar on your TV while that big storm is rolling in. They also follow some interesting stories, so this can be a great stream to just leave on in the background while you are busy at home.

Weather Nation app for Roku / Weather Nation app for Fire TV

 

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Rent New Movies at Home for Free!

Rent New Movies at Home for Free!

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That’s right! …and it’s legal too 🙂 Did you know that you can earn free store credits from Google for answering short surveys of 1 – 5 questions usually about your recent shopping habits? You can! All you have to do is download the Google Opinion Rewards app on your phone, go about your normal routine, and when a survey pops up just answer the questions. Super simple and you rack up free bucks in no time. The best part is that you can turn around and use those credits to rent (or buy) movies, even newly released ones, from the Google Play Store. We prefer to watch Google Play movies through our Roku using the Google Play Movies & TV channel, but you can also watch from your phone, tablet or computer browser.

Google Rewards = Free Movies

Google Rewards = Free Movies | Photo Credit: play.google.com channelstore.roku.com

We have been using this trick for years in our house. Both my wife and I have the app installed so we earn credits twice as fast! It has even turned into a friendly competition, seeing who can answer and earn the most 😉 Here’s how our current balances stack up:

Hubby VS Wifey

Hubby VS Wifey

Give it a try this weekend. Family movie night has never been so affordable!

 

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The best ways to watch Super Bowl 50 without cable

The best ways to watch Super Bowl 50 without cable

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The Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers face off in Super Bowl 50 this Sunday night at 6:30 p.m. EST. With only a few days till kickoff, here are the best options for tuning into the big game without cable.

  1. Tune into your local CBS station on your television using an HD antenna. CBS will be carrying the game live through local affiliates.
  2. On your computer or tablet point your browser to www.cbssports.com/nfl/superbowl/live/player. CBS will be streaming the game live to anyone with an internet connection.
  3. Download the CBS Sports channel for Roku or CBS Sports app for the Amazon Fire TV. CBS will show the game live, for free, through their app.

The best part is that all 3 options will be showing those beloved Super Bowl commercials…so you won’t miss a moment of the action.

 

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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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