Artificial Intelligence & Neural Nets

Beware of Fake News

Amazon Echo Dot

Driverless Cars Coming Soon

Governments Approve Commercial Drones

The Sharing Economy in Southeastern Iowa

Ad Blocker for Your Web Browser

Virtual Assistants: Siri, Cortana, Alexa

Google Cardboard: Cheap Virtual Reality

Periscope Addiction

Pet, Kid, Keychain Traciers

Google Tips and Tricks

Use Price Alerts to Save Money

Best Gadgets of 2015

Apple TV, Streaming Video Devices

My Favorite Email Newsletters

Peer-to-Peer Lending

3-D Printing

Chromebook, a $150 Laptop

Periscope: Live Video from Around the World

Get Your Questions Answered on Quora

Sling TV — $20 per Month

The Drone Revolution

Bitcoin Mining Flop

Smart Light Bulbs

Revolutionary Apple Watch

Smart Home Gadgets

Buying a Bitcoin Miner

Traveling with Siri

The Sharing Economy: Uber, Airbnb

Storing Your Music in the Cloud

The Internet of Things

Life in Cloud Heaven

2013 Tablet Buyers Guide

What Marketers Know About You

Google Dashboard Knows About You

Stream Video with Google Chromecast

Big Data, NSA, and You

Google's Predictive Search

Bitcoin—Mint Your Own Money

Android Smart TV via $45 Mini PC

MOOCs: Quality Free Online Courses

Beware of Dynamic Pricing

Use Crowdfunding to Raise Money

Tablet Computer Buyer's Guide

Google's Self-Driving Car

Mobile Media/App Stores Compared

Google Nexus 7 vs iPad

Email Follies

Your Million-Dollar Smartphone

Google Drive: Free Cloud Storage

Free and Low-Cost Phone Calls

Google Glasses

Loving iCloud

iPad Wins, Other Tablets Lose

Siri is Revolutionary

Essentials of Computer Backup

Homage to Steve Jobs

Are Your Files Safe in the Cloud?

Amazing Uses of iPhone Camera

Use Carbonite Online Backup

Cloud Services Roundup

Tablet Computer Roundup

Project Watson Wins at Jeopardy

Stream Video by Connecting a Computer to Your TV

The Appeal of Apple TV

Roundup of Streaming TV Devices

Options for Streaming Video to a TV

Dealing with Cell Phone Radiation

Ebook Readers & Tablet Computers

Dreaming of 4G

Google TV

The iPad in Your Future

The Magic of Google Translate

iPhone: There's an App for That

3-D TV and Robots in Your Future

More Goodies from Google

Google Wave — Better than E-mail

Growing Up with the Internet

Bing: Better than Google

Google Voice — Great free service

The Twitter Revolution

Virtualization and You

Death of Newspapers

Netbook Computers

Great New Search Engines

Boxee — Free Online TV

Mozy — Free Offsite Backup

Amazon's Video-on-Demand

Wanting a Kindle

iPhone Love

Better than Google

Cloud Computing and MobileMe

Digg and Other Social Media Sites

Hulu.com: Free TV & Movies

Pandora: Best Source for Streaming Music

Cell Phones Changing

Intro to HDTV

Best Free Phone Resources

Free Online TV: Joost

Movies, TV Go Online

Scary Internet Stories

Facebook

The YouTube Election

Google Street View

Twitter, Twittervsion, and Flickervision fun

E-mail Tricks for Addicts

Cool PDA Phones

Webtop: Free Online Software

Useful Google Tidbits

My Yahoo, RSS, and Blogs

Google Earth

Online Videos

Web 2.0

Crowdsourcing

Virtual Worlds: Second Life

InTrade Predicts the Future

The MySpace Revolution

Wikipedia — A Free Encyclopedia

Wikipedia as Emergent Phenomenon

Wikipedia Lies

Free Calling with Skype

Intro to Podcasts

Intro to File Sharing: BitTorrent

Dangers of Wireless Hotspots

Google Maps

Free Online Credit Reports

Making Money with Your Web Site

Beware of Spoofing and Phishing

Free Virus and Spyware Protection

Virus, Spyware Protection -- Part 2

A Brief History of the Internet

The Gadget Goddess

Free Open Source Software

Keeping Your Mac Tuned Up

Starting a Weblog

Getting Started with RSS

Latest Google Features

Selling on eBay & Half.com

Safe Online Shopping

Health-Related Web Sites

Free Virus Protection

Google Culture

Online Photo Sharing

Intro to GPS

Intro to Weblogs

Avoiding Spyware

Loving Google News

Testing your Internet Literacy

Urban Legends and Hoaxes

Buying and Selling on Half.com

Personalizing Yahoo

Stopping Spam

Useful New Search Engines

Conspiracy Theories

Online Nature Guides

Intro to Wireless

Yahoo Groups Are Fun and Useful

The Joys of Broadband

Free Expert Help

Asking questions online

Finding the lowest price

Movie information

Online Reference

Rebates

The Internet bazaar

MP3 music

Noah's Ark and the Internet

Link Rot

The Geek Report

About this site

Today's News and weather

Hot tips

Google
 
 

A Plethora of Options for Cable Cutters

April 2017

As of last September the average cable TV bill was $103 per month. No offense to the local cable TV companies, but I'm here to tell you that you have lower-cost options.

Sling TV — We've covered cable cutting before, most notably when the $20/month Sling TV launched with over 30 channels, including CNN, ESPN, TBS, Travel, History, TNT, Comedy Central, TBS, A&E, and BBC. You can stream the channels to a computer, smartphone, or tablet, or to your TV via a connected device, such as Roku, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV. A 7-day free trial is available.

Sling was the first to offer a bundle of TV channels without your needing to be a cable subscriber, but now there are three additional services you can choose from, all of them saving you a lot of money compared to a traditional cable package. Each has a somewhat different selection of channels, such that you can choose the bundle that best suits your taste.

Late last year, DirecTV Now and PlayStation Vue became available on a wide variety of devices, and in late February of this year YouTube announced YouTube TV.

PlayStation Vue — I didn't pay much attention to Sony's PlayStation View when it became available in 2015, because it was fairly expensive and because I assumed one needed a PlayStation gaming machine to use their TV service. That latter assumption was correct. But in 2016, Sony began offering a slimmed-down version of their bundle at a much more affordable price — plus, it became available on a wider variety of devices.

The PlayStation Vue Bundles start at $30/month for over 45 channels, including ESPN, CNN, AMC, TBS, CNBC, Disney, Comedy Central, and Fox News. ABC and NBC offer on-demand content. And those living in certain large cities can actually also watch live network TV, though that costs an additional $10/month. Addons available include Showtime for $11/month and HBO and Cinemax for $15/month. Like Sling, they offer a free 7-day trial. Supported devices include smartphones, tablets, computers, Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV.

The service has a cloud DVR feature that lets you record and save any show for up to 28 days in the cloud. In addition, you can stream up to five programs simultaneously (for example, if multiple family members want to use the service at the same time to watch different programs).

DirecTV Now — Last December AT&T launched DirecTV Now, with the price starting at $35 for about 60 channels. Other bundles include over 120 channels for $70/month. HBO and Cinemax are available as $5 addons with any of their bundles. Like the others, the service offers a 7-day free trial. It's compatible with a smartphone, tablet, and computer, and you can watch it on your TV via an Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, and more.

In some large cities, you can watch the major networks live. Otherwise, you'll be able to watch the programs the next day. Unlike the PlayStation view, there's no DVR option for recording live programming, though the company says they'll eventually be offering that. Like PlayStation Vue, you'll be able to stream programs simultaneously, but you'll be limited to two such streams.

Currently DirecTV Now is offering a free Apple TV device ($150 value) for streaming to your HDTV if you sign up and prepay for three months of service. (See directvnow.com/appletv.)

YouTube TV — As I write this, YouTube TV is only available in a few major markets. But the company says it will quickly expand to cover more cities across the country. The price is $35/month for 40 channels, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, ESPN, FX, USA, Bravo, Disney, and SyFy.

The service will have some notable distinguishing features. Chief among them is the DVR capability, which will let you have unlimited storage in the cloud, and which will save shows for up to nine months. You'll be able to have up to six personalized accounts, each with its own DVR repository. The service offers up to three simultaneous streams.

YouTube TV works on smartphones, tablets, and computers, and you can stream it to your TV via Google's Chromecast devices. However, the biggest limitation of the service is that it's not available to be streamed to your TV via devices such as Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, or Android TV.

TV Antenna — Of course, the cheapest route is an antenna for receiving HD broadcasts "over the air." Indoor models with a range of 50–60 miles include the RCA 1750F ($79), RCA Ultra-Thin ($59), and Winegard FlatWave Amped ($49). A friend in Fairfield gets quite a few channels on his RCA 1750F, but depending on your surroundings, you might need a rooftop antenna.

© 2017 by Jim Karpen, Ph.D.

E-mail Jim Karpen

In Association with Amazon.com

 

Learn More Click Here to Pay

 

 

Hosted by the webmasters at: US-Webmasters.com(TM)

Start here to find it FAST!(TM)

PayPal Fraud, Part 1

Internet Fraud, Part 2

Internet Fraud, Part 3

Suing My Credit Card Company

Bored.Com is fun

Best source for news

Guinness World Records

Tellme voice portal

eHow.Com tells you how

Free graphics online

Low-cost movies, software

Cheap airfares

Simple, free money transfer

Government information