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Trailer for Haphead on the +STREAM NOW iOS app and +Roku channel.

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Matthew Karnes

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Cut the cord last week. Just signed up for CBS All Access this week and checked out the Big Brother Live Feed. Now I feel like I don't have a life cause I'm watching how 16 people live in a house together. Since it's on 24 hours a day, this might be bad...
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It doesn't help that the first week has already been drama-filled in the house. So much for the stuff I was going to get done on my Sunday off work. 
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Mark Szorady

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This morning, I had terrific reception. Even the seldom seen Youngtown NBC affiliate was coming in.  I thought perhaps cloud cover and an all day rain event in NE Ohio was making those signals bounce a bit farther. Just now, 12 noon, all channels went dead.  Nothing.  No reception at all!  Every once in a while, the strongest station will flash a few pixels and some audio.  I'm thinking that either my signal amp just died (Radio Shack) of perhaps the dense rain in the area is shutting down signal. Is tht latter possible?  If it's the former, I need recommendations for a new signal amp that is going to last.
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Rain has stopped and skies are clearing. Channels are back with some occasional break up. Thinking it's weather related. Still going to buy new signal amp. Just to be sure.
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Daniel Luck

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If you're a fan of South Korean Anime, then you may like Pororo The Little Penguin, Tayo The Little Bus and Chiro.

Pororo is probably the most famous of the trio of programs. Pororo follows the exploits of the little penguin and his friends. Tayo and Chiro are also from the same South Korean production company. Stories are short and entertaining while music Is catchy. Great for kids of all ages.

The full seasons of Pororo, Tayo and Chiro are available on Hulu on variety of devices. Channels with content are also available for free on YouTube Kids App for iOS and Android.
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Showtime as a standalone subscription on Hulu, Roku and others (between $9-$11 per month).
Showtime is following HBO's lead and launching an internet-only version of its service in July, but cutting the cable doesn't mean the bundle is going aw
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+Randy Rowles that's a good catch. 
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BLImport Panama

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Daniel Luck

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On Father's Day, I took my daughter to Sunday School (I usually take her anyhow).

The classroom is filled with kids that are 3-4 years old.

One boy says: "Our TV at Home is broken."

I ask: "What's wrong with it?"

The boy answers: "It's not connected to the Internet."

I found this amazing since I've been Cord Cutting since 2007 (less than 10 years) so it's fairly recent trend that's only accelerating.

Our children are small but they already grown up with Cord Cutting and Tablets.
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+Adam Sonduck If you are considering cutting the cable but still want some cable channels, I can recommend trying out SlingTV. We got this for the kids channels like Disney Junior and Baby TV but they also have cable channels like Watch ESPN and AMC.
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Matthew Karnes

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Today was a big day for my fiancé and me. After months of preparation, today was the day we finally cut the cord and ditched the high cable bill forever. That's not to say we left our favorite programming behind, we're just going to watch them in different ways.

Netflix - We have been subscribed to Netflix for some time, so this was a no-brainer to include this in our plans. And, fortunately, this is a service that is getting better and better with all of their growing content, including a new original seemingly every month.

Hulu - I hear a lot of people bashing Hulu a lot because they show commercials. I'm not saying these people are completely wrong, but I at the very least think it is better with regard to this than it used to be. It could be that since I'm an actual subscriber now that I see fewer of them (most not in current season content only has one commercial during each break to promote something within the Hulu network, which isn't all bad since you may find out about something you didn't know they had). And no, I don't pay the $7.99 per month. See Bing Rewards for more info...

HBO Now - I had HBO for free with my last promo from AT&T U-Verse, so I became addicted, I guess you could say, to their content. I finally got around to checking out Game of Thrones, and that definitely won me over. But since my final contract ended the same weekend as the season finale, it's not as urgent for me to subscribe right away to HBO Now. I can say that I definitely will, but since I can sign up month-to-month, I'll wait until I know I'll watch it.

WatchESPN - This is the first of what you will notice is a pattern for me...borrowing provider logins. I can access nearly anything live on the ESPN networks with someone else's password to their cable company. I know there are going to be those who speak out against such things, but...as the kids say these days, "Haters gonna hate." I might even loan them my login to one of the companies above in exchange.

Sling TV - This is a service I have definitely been following since it was unveiled. A basic cable package for $20 is a pretty sweet deal, and the add-on packs for $5 are that sweet, impulsive sweet spot. It offers AMC to feed my Walking Dead craving, a decent amount of kids programming (including more on one of those add-on packs), and ESPN and other sports programming. If it weren't for having access to WatchESPN already, along with the ability to watch AMC programming online with a login, I would be considering this even more. I believe I will be trying it out for three months as part of the half off a Roku 3 deal, but I'm not quite there yet.

Pluto TV - This has been the dark horse of our cord cutting. Pulling all kinds of content from the web, this is great for when you want to turn something on and leave it running without having to think about it, like just to have something on in the background. The variety has definitely grown since I first found out about it, to the point where there's something for everyone, from music videos to news, sports to technology, and even some kids programming.

As for devices, we have a Chromecast and a Roku 1, with a Roku 2 on the way. We did try the Fire TV Stick for a couple weeks, but had issues with it, including video stalling while the audio continued, as well as the one app I bought it for in particular, Fox Sports Go, seemingly becoming unsupported or stopped working altogether (it wouldn't let me advance in the app without updating, then when I would try to update, it said there wasn't one available.

And how can I forget the trusty antenna. I enjoy watching the news in the morning with my coffee before getting ready for work, so this is all I need for that. I get CBS, ABC, NBC, and CW just fine, but can't seem to pull in PBS or FOX surprisingly. FOX was my big worry for live sports, but I can still cast Fox Sports Go from my tablet. It's a decrease in picture quality, but it'll work until I can hopefully pull in my local FOX station.

I think that hits all of the key points of my journey to cutting the cord. With the promo I had with AT&T, our bill was $128 for cable and Internet. That was about to spike to almost $220 had we sat idle with the plan we had. Now, thanks to +Josh Dunn, I have a 25 Mbps Internet plan with Comcast for $19.99 per month. Even if we subscribe to Sling TV and HBO Now, we're still saving a shipload of money. 
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We're close to cutting!  We have everything in place and are just waiting for guests to leave (these guests depend on the conventional cable) to take our cable box back.  Then I hope to make a post like yours.
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dennis restauro

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I didn't realize all the Amazon Prime  benefits I was neglecting taking advantage of.
With Amazon Prime you can stream TV and Movies. Prime also provides free 2 hour shipping, unlimited online photo storage, along with free books and music.
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We are prime members and freaking love it!  So worth it!

They even have free same-day shipping now:  http://streamingmediaplayerreview.net/index.php/2015/05/29/free-amazon-same-day-shipping/
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This community is all about watching TV without an expensive pay TV subscription. Instead, we like to use devices like Roku, Apple TV, Boxee TV, Google TV or WD TV Live - and of course over-the-air antennas. Join us if you have questions or tips to share.
 
Appears that SlingTV is down for me right now. Unable to login on the web or any devices. Anybody else experiencing issues?
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It's working for me 
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cedrick wilson

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I have a Chromecast but this is a great article about Roku.
Indomitable little Roku is attacking industry giants on every front it can. But can it remain a living-room fixture over the long haul?
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The new roku 2's have the same processor as the 3. The thing you lose is the remote doesn't have the headphone jack and it is an infrared remote so you can't hide the roku and you have to point the remote. If I recall correctly you also don't have voice search. I have one roku 3, one new roku2 and one old roku2.
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Liam Powell

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I am wanting to create my own DVR. I am going to use WMC on my Intel NUC running Windows 8.1 to save episodes to my NAS and play them using PLEX. What USB capture card would you guys suggest? It has to to USB since the NUC doesn't have any PCI-E slots. Or is there a better way to do it?

Thanks for any info.
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do they make any two-channel USB tuners?  I basically have the set up you are mentioning but I use a full computer with an internal Hauppauge duel tuner.  I almost purchased a NUC but was concerned about the duel-tuner.  I just purchased the Hauppauge 955 Q USB tuner to run on my xbox and it works great but its a single tuner.  The duel tuner is important to me because I want to be able to watch one channel(sports) and record another.  That's what I would look for.
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Timothy Adams

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Since I am a Hulu subscriber, I may have to try Showtime at $8.99.
Hulu will sell Showtime Networks' Internet-streaming service to subscribers beginning in early July across an array of devices -- giving Hulu more firepower to fight its chief rival, Netflix. Hulu ...
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+Soriea Storm I don't think HBO cares all that much. They were heavy supporters of account sharing. 
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Robert Kinsella

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More good news for cord (Contract) cutting.
If you're tired of bundles that force you to pay hundreds of dollars for games you'll never watch, two new developments might make you happy. First off,
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Ron valderrama

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April Wel

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I don't know about anyone else but I am loving SlingTv I hope they add more channels. No buffering, clear picture. 
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+Adam Sonduck I like the way you think! 
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Scott Jordan

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Okay, I finally talked my wife into it. We are going to do a trial this summer until school starts in the fall.

Our two year contract with Verizon FiOS is expired and the rate went up.

So for the summer we are going Internet only plus streaming services Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now. And a Roku on each TV. Oh, and MagicJack for home phone.

If it doesn't work for us we can always turn triple play back on and at least we save a few hundred during summer vacation time. If not, we save a ton.

Sadly, we'll be leaving Verizon FiOS for Comcast. I know, evil empire. But Verizon's Internet Only package sucks by comparison.

Verizon has $55/mon for 50/50.

Comcast has $55/mon for 105/105
plus economy TV
plus Xfinity X1 DVR
plus 1 year of HBO

I hate Comcast but I just can't justify paying the same for that much less service.

Anyway, thoughts? Tips?

#cordcutting
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+Adam Sonduck Wow. Thanks. I'll look into the ChannelMaster. 
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Mike Shoultz

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I'm considering purchasing an Android TV Box. At the top of my list is the onD Pro by Stream Team. Unfortunately they're out of stock. While at the county fair, I came across a booth that is selling what they call the "Amazing TV-Box". It's an Android TV Box with basically everything preloaded (KODI, etc) http://www.amazingtvbox.com. The hardware specs are the same as the onD Pro but the price is about $100 more. Should I wait for the onD Pro to come back in stock or spend the extra money on this other box? Also, I can't seem to find any reviews or info other than their own site. If anyone has some experience with this Amazing TV Box I would love to hear your opinion. I'm also open to other product suggestions if you have a favorite.
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Thanks guys. I appreciate your feedback.
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FreeCast

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Here's something you probably never knew about FreeCast and Rabbit TV! CEO Bill Mobley reflects on all that goes in to building a successful tech startup without the aid of venture capital.
There’s a certain glamour surrounding the tech startups and their culture in this country. The public has grown obsessed…
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