Thanksgiving 2016: TV Viewing Guide for Cord Cutters

Thanksgiving 2016: TV Viewing Guide for Cord Cutters

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Happy Turkey Day week everyone! I hope you all will get to take some time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends this weekend. Over here we will be enjoying lots of food, family, and football! “Here we go Steelers, Here we go!” Whether you are a football fan or not here are some of the best things to watch this Thanksgiving break. So, kick your feet up, relax and tune into some of these binge-worthy programs.

Watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will be broadcast on NBC @ 9 am (in all timezones). I think the best way to watch NBC as a cord cutter is using my favorite HD Antenna to bring in your local NBC station.

Watch the ‘NFL on Thanksgiving Day’ triple-header

Tune into this American tradition and cheer on your favorite team while the bird is in the oven. All of these games can be watched using and HD antenna.

  • Minnesota Vikings @ Detriot Lions – 12:30 PM EST on CBS
  • Washington Redskins @ Dallas Cowboys – 4:30 PM EST on FOX
  • Pittsburgh Steelers @ Indianapolis Colts – 8:30 PM EST on NBC

Watch a movie with the whole family

The new kid favorite, Zootopia, is on Netflix right now. Or, pop some popcorn and turn on Finding Dory or The Jungle Book. Both can be rented from Google Play (check out my trick to earning free rentals!) or Amazon Video.

Binge-watch the new Gilmore Girls miniseries

Netflix will release all 4 episodes of Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life this Friday, November 25th.

Tune into the MST3K Turkey Day Marathon

If you like getting all nostalgic around the holidays then tune into the Mystery Science Theater 3000 marathon on Thanksgiving day! 6 of the most popular episodes will air back-to-back, starting at 9 am, on Shout! Factory TV. You can watch Shout! Factory TV for free on the Pluto TV app (CH515) on your Roku or Fire TV.

Watch 5 straight hours of Friends or The Big Bang Theory

TBS will carry 5 straight hours of Friends from 11 AM to 4 PM followed by The Big Bang Theory from 4 PM – 8 PM. The best way to watch TBS is through the Sling TV Orange package for only $20 per month. If you haven’t tried Sling then signup for their 7-day Free Trial now!

Relax with a Star Wars marathon

TBS will also be airing a Star Wars marathon the day after Thanksgiving. Starting at 6:45 AM they will show The Phantom Menace, Attach of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, and Return of the Jedi. Instead of fighting the crazy crowds at the mall, curl up on the couch and shop all the hot deals on Amazon from the convenience of your laptop.


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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

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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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