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Watch 67th Primetime Emmy Nominated Shows Free Over the Air



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Nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards were recently announced, and many of the Emmy nominated shows can be enjoyed free over air using a Mohu HDTV antenna (as well as the live awards show celebrating the nominees). Here is a small sampling of this year’s nominations, with glimpses of some of the shows which are all available for free over air to cord cutters.

 

For a complete list of all the 2015 Emmy nominated shows and actors/actresses, see the official site of the Emmy’s. Actor’s bios, photos and more are available now, with winners posted as the awards are announced following the airing of the show.

 

The 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards will broadcast live on Sunday, Sept. 20 at 8/7c on Fox.

 

 

 

ABC

 

Receiving 42 Emmy nominations, and second only to the premium network HBO in the number of total nominations received by a network, ABC’s programming runs the gamut with fresh, stellar comedy and drama.

 

Outstanding Comedy SeriesModern Family

 

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Anthony Anderson, Black-ish

 

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series – Viola Davis, How to Get Away with Murder

 

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or a Movie – Felicity Huffman, American Crime

 

 

 

CBS

 

A network equally worthy of praise is CBS. With 41 total Emmy nominations for 2015, CBS network’s programming is available free over-the-air and via streaming media using CBS All Access; available with a 1 week free trial.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series – Alan Cumming, The Good Wife

 

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Mayim Bialik, The Big Bang Theory

 

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Allison Janey, Mom

 

 

Outstanding Reality-Competition ProgramAmazing Race

 

 

 

NBC

 

Neck and neck in the awards race with ABC and CBS, NBC was honored with 41 total Emmy nominations in 2015 and continues to lead the pack in late night variety and reality competition programming.

 

While viewers said good-bye to the Outstanding Comedy Series nominee Parks and Recreation this year, there are still many Emmy nominated shows available in HD over air without a cable or satellite TV subscription.

 

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series – Kate McKinnon, Saturday Night Live

 

 

Outstanding Variety Talk SeriesThe Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon

 

 

Outstanding Reality-Competition ProgramThe Voice

 

 

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program – Jane Lynch, Hollywood Game Night

 

 

 

FOX

 

Fox network garnered 35 total Emmy nominations for 2015. Hit comedy and competition reality shows offer cordcutters great programming options in addition to their coverage of major sporting events like these through August of 2015.

 

Outstanding Reality-Competition ProgramSo You Think You Can Dance

 

 

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series – Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine

 

 

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series – Will Forte, The Last Man on Earth

 

 

 

PBS

 

Public broadcasting has come a long way! PBS was honored with 8 Emmy nominations for the show Downton Abbey, 17 nominations for Masterpiece programs, and 29 total nominations for 2015.

 

Outstanding Drama SeriesDownton Abbey

 

 

Outstanding Structured Reality ProgramAntiques Roadshow

 

 

Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction SeriesAmerican Masters

 

 

 

Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.



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Cord Cutting for Sports Fans: Watch Sports a la Carte



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No longer do you need a cable subscription to watch the sporting events you love.

 

For many Americans, sports are the third rail of entertainment. Regardless of how they consume media, be it through cable or cord cutting, it had better come with the option to watch their favorite sport and team.

 

In previous years, cord cutting for sports fans meant having to go without watching sports because cable television had the athletics world wrapped around its finger; but thankfully that is no longer the case. In addition to gaining to access to ESPN 1 & 2 through services like SlingTV, sporting leagues themselves have started to offer streaming subscriptions to consumers (much to the chagrin of Big Cable).

 

Let’s take a look at what our options are:

 

 

Football

 

Believe it or not, the NFL offers several different ways to watch NFL without cable. There are three different services available to football fans in the United States and they are as follows: NFL Rewind (soon-to-be replaced with NFL Game Pass), NFL Sunday Ticket, and NFL Mobile.

 

RAZR_M_NFL-624x318NFL Mobile is a cheap and easy service provided to Verizon customers for $5 a month. NFL Mobile broadcasts all the local games that you would normally get through an OTA antenna. Sadly there are no out of market games, but you still get direct streams of Monday Night Football, Thursday Night Football, Sunday Night Football, NFL on FOX, and NFL on CBS. For an extra $2, you also get NFL Red Zone; which features every touchdown from every game on Sunday.

 

If you are one of the few people outside of Direct TV’s service area, then you can qualify for NFL Sunday Ticket.  With Sunday Ticket, you can stream very regular and post season NFL games on your PC, tablet, gaming console, and phone. You also get access to the Red Zone Channel, which works just like the NFL Red Zone on NFL Mobile.

 

Perhaps the best streaming option for football fans is NFL Game Rewind, which allows you to watch every regular season and postseason game, for a price. However, this specific service is retiring July 31, 2015 and being replaced with the new NFL Game Pass service (which seems to offer similar functionality). The only downside is that you have to wait until the next day to watch all regular season & playoff games (some pre-season games will be available live per the fine print), but if you don’t mind waiting it’s amazing.

 

The new Game Pass service promises to provide football fans with flexibility and will be available on multiple devices, including iOS, Android and Windows mobile platforms as well as Apple TV and Xbox One. This will make the Xbox One an even more powerful cord cutting tool.

 

 

Baseball

 

Baseball is one of those sports where it is nearly impossible to watch EVERY baseball game in a regular season; but if you’re the kind of person that wants to try anyway, then I’ve got some streaming options that you might want to try. Believe it or not there are ways to watch Baseball without Cable.

 

MLB.TV is a subscription service that lets you watch every out of market baseball game for just $10 a month. The drawback to this service is that its weird blackout rules apply to away games. For example, if you live in Atlanta and the Braves are in San Francisco, you still won’t be able to watch the game.

 

mlbTv (1) But then again, you should still be able to watch the game with an OTA antenna; so as long as you’ve got that you should be all set to go!

 

If you want to watch post season baseball, then you’ll want to sign up for PostSeason.TV. PostSeason.TV works just like MLB.TV, just with the post season. Instead of getting the official stream, like MLB.TV gets, PostSeason.TV subscribers get 10 alternate camera angles and no announcer, but the announcer problem can be fixed by tuning into the radio. PostSeason.TV is not ideal, but for $5 a month it will do in a pinch.

 

 

Basketball

 

For the most part, the majority of Basketball games air on ESPN or TNT, which can limit your options if you don’t want to pay for cable or subscribe to Sling.TV; which carries both networks. If you’re looking for a simple direct way to watch basketball without cable, there are two options you can look at: TNT Overtime and NBA League Pass.

 

TNT Overtime is an online service that allows you to watch every TNT game for free. The trade off is that you don’t get the official broadcast; instead you get four different camera angles, which you can watch simultaneously, and no commentary. It’s not the best; but hey, it’s free!
nba-league-passNBA League Pass will get you every out of market NBA game for $150. While that may sound pricey, you will easily spend that amount of money on a month or two of cable; so it’s worth the price.

 

 

Tennis

 

Believe it or not, tennis fan can get some of the most comprehensive coverage out of any sports fan. With two simple services, you can get more tennis than you could physically watch. Don’t believe me? Let’s take a look at all the ways to watch Tennis online.

 

For $70 a year, you can subscribe to Tennis Channel Plus. With Tennis Channel Plus, you get you can stream up to 650 live events and 45 tournaments; the French Open included. Most of the matches included lower ranked players, but if you’re a tennis fan it will still be entertaining.
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For $130, you can subscribe to Tennis TV. Tennis TV is the official streaming service of the ATP World Tour and WTA. This service will allow you to stream over 2,000 ATP World Tour and WTA matches a year. You can also watch any match on-demand for up to seven days after it airs.

 

 

Watching Sports Without Cable

 

Sports fans, you don’t have to subscribe to pricey cable subscriptions in order to enjoy your favorite sports. As we’ve seen today, there are numerous streaming options for the discerning sports fan in you.

 

If you’re ready to stop paying thousands of dollars every year for bad service and poor choices, then you know what you have to do. Take the leap, cut the cord, and Kill The Cable Bill today!

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.



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Cable TV Now Accounts for Just 18% of All Media Consumption in United States



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Every day more people ditch Cable TV and join the Cord Cutting world with an antenna and a digital media service like Netflix or Sling TV. In 2009, 45% of all media consumed in the United States was through cable television. In 2014, that number fell to just 18% of all media consumption in the United States. (Print media, on old fashioned paper, fell from 9% to 4%.) The big winner in the battle for your eyes was mobile media jumping from just 4% to 23% in 2014. (This is all according to eMarketer, April 2014.)

 

Digital media like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant increased from 32% in 2009 to 49% in 2014. It is estimated that starting in 2017, digital media will bring in $74 billion dollars, more than cable TV’s $69 billion dollars.

 

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As many of the best shows on TV are available free over the air with an inexpensive antenna like a Mohu Leaf, you have to ask yourself why pay for cable. According to TV Guide, 14 of the top 15 shows last week are available with an antenna or Sling TV.

 

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So why pay on average $1,200 a year when you could get so many great shows and events free with just an antenna? With a Mohu antenna most people receive over 40 channels of great content, many channels in HD. Add in a service like Netflix or Sling TV and you have a wealth of amazing shows and movies at your fingertips without the massive cable bill.

 

 

Luke Bouma is the owner of CordCutterNews.com and is a dedicated cord cutter. Cord Cutter News gives you some of the best reviews and news about cutting the cord. You can find them on Twitter @CordCuttersNews or on their Facebook Page.



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TV Show Premieres Available Over-the-Air August 2015



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Hot summer nights deserve cool over-the-air TV show premieres, and you can get them all in high definition for FREE with Mohu HDTV antennas.

 

Do you want to save money and still experience the convenience of an onscreen programming guide without a monthly fee? The Mohu Channels with Leaf 30 Antenna may be the ideal setup for you!

 

The innovative Mohu Channels device provides cordcutters with a channel guide that integrates broadcast TV programming with streaming media. By attaching Mohu Channels to your HDTV you can easily see your over air TV program listings, streaming media app options and added websites on your TV screen, just like you would with a cable or satellite subscription. Viewing and launching programs, streaming media and web content with Channels is fun and easy with the included Channels remote.

 

Now let’s see what’s on TV and available for free over-the-air in August!

 

 

ABC

 

The Bachelor in Paradise (8/3) 8/7c – What is more fun than the first season of this hit reality TV show? A second season!

 

 

The Bachelor in Paradise takes former The Bachelor and The Bachelorette contestants and brings them together in a romantic, tropical setting. There’s unnecessary drama and many reasons to roll your eyes, but it’s tough to stop watching as the contestants lust for love and satisfy viewers voyeuristic tendencies all at the same time. (It’s 80/40 that you’ll love this show… watch the video and you’ll get it.)

 

 

NBC

 

Mr. Robinson (8/5) 9/8c – From the producers of Parks and Recreation and The Office, this comedy is what I think would happen if you were able to take the 70′s TV show Welcome Back, Kotter and the movie School of Rock and blend it up for prime time TV. With Peri Gilpin and Craig Robinson, this show looks like a summer comedy hit.

 

 

The Carmichael Show (8/5) 9:30/8:30c – A new comedy created by comedian Jerrod Carmichael, focuses on the challenges faced by Jerrod when he introduces his lady love to his family. A universal theme of the often funny challenges faced by 20-somethings who are trying to have a life of their own, but still part of ‘the family’.

 

 

 

CW

 

Significant Mother (8/3) 9:30/8:30c – A young Portland restaurateur comes home from a business trip to find his mother has left his father and is now dating his roommate. A recipe for disaster or good fun? Check out this brand new show from the CW this summer and decide for yourself.

 

America’s Next Top Model (8/5) 8/7c – This hit show has been going strong since 2006 in various forms. See the latest contestants primp and pose their way through challenges, on and off the runway, on their quest to be America’s Next Top Model.

 

A Wicked Offer (8/5) 9/8c – You’d have to be slightly evil to agree to be a contestant on this show where participants commit to performing scandalous and controversial tasks for cash. The kicker is, the tasks all involve friends, family and colleagues – who know nothing about ‘A Wicked Offer’ being part of the deal.

 

Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.



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2015 ESPYS: When and Where to Watch for Cord Cutters



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For the first time since the inception of the ESPY Awards, cord cutters can tune in without needing cable or satellite. That’s because this year’s show is being broadcast over-the-air on ABC instead on its sister cable network ESPN.

 

That means good news for cord cutters who love sports and celebrating the best of the best in the wide world of sports. Here’s when and where you can tune into the 2015 ESPYS using your over-the-air TV antenna.

 

 

2015 ESPYS: The Details

 

  • Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2015
  • Time: 8/7c
  • Where: ABC
  • Host: Joel McHale

 

 

Find Out How You Can Watch

 

If you don’t already have a Mohu HDTV antenna hooked up to your TV, you’re just a few quick steps away from tuning into the ESPYS sans cable.

 

First, plug in your address to make sure you’re in a good location for picking up your local ABC station over-the-air. Our channel finder tool will show you what over-the-air stations you can expect to receive in your location with each of our indoor and outdoor antennas. From there, you can determine which one would best suit your needs.

 

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Since the ESYPS air tonight, your best bet for picking up the Mohu antenna that’s best for you is to visit your nearest retailer, like Best Buy or Walmart.

 

 

Happy cord cutting! Here’s hoping for a great show tonight.



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Ditch Cable and Just Pay For The Content You Want



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The dream for many cable subscribers is to ditch cable and be able to choose what to pay for. I remember back when I paid for cable just so I could watch more college football on ESPNU. The only way to get ESPNU at that time was to pay for a very high cable package that was almost $140 just for the TV part of the bill.

 

Thankfully, 2015 has brought choices to the consumer with new services like HBO Now, CBS All Access, Showtime Anytime, and many other rumored services coming later this year. Now you can subscribe to the content you want without paying for 100 channels you never watch. In the past you have been able to buy your shows from services like Amazon and iTunes but now you can subscribe to some of the most popular cable channels without cable.

 

These services, combined with an antenna for free over-the-air content, make cable look even more overpriced.

 

 

CBS All Access

 

CBS is the #1 network with consumers, having the most top-20 rated shows. CBS’s new All Access service brings cord cutters without access to CBS over the air CBS content for $6 a month. CBS advertises that subscribers receive access to over 6,500 on-demand episodes of both current and past seasons of CBS hit shows.

 

If you live in the following areas you also receive a live stream of your local CBS station included with your subscription:

 

  • Atlanta, GA (WGCL)
  • Augusta, GA / Aiken, SC (WRDW)
  • Baltimore, MD (WJZ)
  • Boston, MA / Manchester, NH (WBZ)
  • Charlottesville, VA (WCAV)
  • Chicago, IL (WBBM)
  • Clarksburg / Weston, WV (WDTV)
  • Colorado Springs / Pueblo, CO (KKTV)
  • Columbus, OH (WBNS)
  • Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX (KTVT)
  • Denver, CO (KCNC)
  • Detroit, MI (WWJ)
  • Dothan, AL (WTVY)
  • Fort Myers / Naples, FL (WINK)
  • Freeport, IL (WIFR)
  • Harrisonburg, VA (WSVF-CD)
  • Hartford / New Haven, CT (WFSB)
  • Kansas City, MO (KCTV)
  • Knoxville, TN (WVLT)
  • Las Vegas, NV (KLAS)
  • Lexington / Hazard, KY (WKYT)
  • Lincoln & Hastings-Krny, NE (Grand Island) KOLN
  • Los Angeles, CA (KCBS)
  • Madison / Wausau / Rhinelander, WI (WSAW)
  • Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, FL (WFOR)
  • Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN (WCCO)
  • Monroe, LA / El Dorado, AR (KNOE)
  • New York, NY (WCBS)
  • North Platte, NE (KNPL)
  • Orlando / Daytona Beach / Melbourne, FL (WKMG)
  • Panama City, FL (WECP-LD)
  • Parkersburg, WV (WIYE-LD)
  • Philadelphia, PA (KYW)
  • Pittsburgh, PA (KDKA)
  • Sacramento / Stockton / Modesto, CA (KOVR)
  • San Diego, CA (KFMB)
  • San Francisco / Oakland / San Jose, CA (KPIX)
  • Sherman, TX / Ada, OK (KXII)
  • Tallahassee, FL / Thomasville, GA (WCTV)
  • Waco / Temple / Bryan, TX (KBTX)
  • Wichita / Hutchinson Plus, KS (KWCH)

 

So, if you are looking for CBS content but do not receive it over the air, and you don’t want to pay high cable bills, CBS All Access is a great way to get a ton of content.

 

 

HBO Now

 

HBO has long been one of the main reasons people pay for cable. They offer popular original content and a huge library of movies to their subscribers. Yet if you wanted HBO you also had to pay for many channels you did not want.

 

HBO has broken off from the cable tether to offer their content directly to cord cutters through HBO Now. For $14.99 a month, you have access to a large library of HBO shows and a live stream of the HBO channel. And, now, you can watch Silicon Valley and Game of Thrones live without the need for cable.

 

Unlike CBS All Access, which waits until the next day to post shows, HBO Now posts shows at about the same time they air live.

 

Currently, HBO Now is only available on Apple Devices, but it should be available on Android/Chromecast and other set-top boxes soon.

 

 

Showtime

 

Showtime is the second-largest premium network in America. Home to shows like Dexter and Masters of Sex plus older shows, such as Dead Like Me. As with HBO, you now no longer need cable to get many of the best shows on TV.

 

Showtime’s standalone streaming service will come out in July and will be available on Apple TV, Roku, and some Sony devices. If you subscribe through Hulu, Showtime will be $8.99 per month with a free 30-day trial on top of Hulu’s $7.99/month subscription. So, for a few dollars more than HBO Now you get all of Showtime’s and all of Hulu’s content.

 

If you subscribe to Showtime Anytime service through the Showtime app, the service costs $10.99. No matter how you subscribe, there is a free 30-day trial and content will be available when it is aired live.

 

So what are you waiting for? Shouldn’t you be calling your cable company to cancel?

 

The future is now, and you can get the shows and content you want without paying for hundreds of channels you never watch—especially now that HBO, CBS, and Showtime make their content available inexpensively without the need for cable.

 

 

Luke Bouma is the owner of CordCutterNews.com and is a dedicated cord cutter. Cord Cutter News gives you some of the best reviews and news about cutting the cord. You can find them on Twitter @CordCuttersNews or on their Facebook Page.



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The Most Popular Free Streaming Sites for Sports



Where to go and what you need to know

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I don’t know about you, but I love sports. Whether it’s football, basketball, or even soccer; I can always find enjoyment from spending an afternoon watching whatever sporting event happens to be on. Sadly, if you love sports but hate cable companies, you will find that your options can be limited from time to time.

 

Companies like Comcast love monopolizing sporting events from around the world. So while it may be easier to fork over hundreds of dollars to the cable companies; I’m here to tell you that you do have other options.

 

 

Free Streaming Warnings

 

There are thousands of websites online that offer free live streams of all your favorite sports, and today I’m going over some of the more popular sites to help you in your streaming search.

 

The first thing you need to know about online sports streaming sites is that many of them will eventually get taken down. While it is not illegal to watch online streams, running a streaming site can teeter on the edge of legality; and so sometimes your favorite sites will get orders to shut down.

 

The next thing you need to know is that AdBlock is your best friend when it comes to steaming. There is no such thing as a free lunch, and sometimes the price you have to pay for free sports streams is a ridiculous amount of pop-up ads.

 

Finally, you need to know that downloading anything is a bad idea. Sometimes ads can trick you into downloading malware by pretending to be a legitimate company like Java or Flash. There are some sites that offer P2P streaming, and although plenty of people use it without issue, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  When in doubt, close it out.

 

 

Free Streaming Sites

 

If you use your wits and avoid risky clicks, you will be able to navigate the world of online streaming with few issues. Now that we got all that stuff out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the more popular free streaming sites for sports!

 

FirstRow Sports:

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Although its design leaves much to be desired, FirstRow Sports is one of the more reliable streaming sites out there. There is a simple bar at the top of the page that lets you select from various sports, like football, basketball, and MMA. When you click on your sport of choice, you will be directed to a page with all the available and upcoming games.

 

For the most part, the links are pretty reliable; but they will become non-functional from time to time. Also, don’t expect to find HD streams readily available. When it comes to online streaming, you get what you pay for; and when it’s free, it’s seldom HD.

 

The last thing you need to know about FirstRow Sports is that there are a lot of ads on the site. Each time you click a link, a new tab will open and some sort of ad will pop-up. You can try to use AdBlock, but the website can detect the extension and it won’t let you continue; so you’re stuck with seeing ads at every click.

 

 

SportLemon:

 

SportLemon is one of the most popular and reliable sports streaming sites online. On the front page you can see the list of all live and upcoming streams for the day, and on the top of the page is a bar with all the different sports available. SportLemon, like many of the other streaming sited, is located in Europe; so don’t be confused when you see US Football and Football (i.e. Soccer).

 

There are ads on the site, but they are less intrusive than FirstRow Sports; and they can be hidden with AdBlock, which is a huge plus.

 

 

VIP League:

 

Next up is VIP League. Unlike the last two, VIP League has a bit of a better interface in terms of navigability and aesthetics. On the homepage you have a simple grid filled with different sports to choose from. At the top of the page is a selection of different languages to choose from for international visitors and there is a tab for live and upcoming events.

 

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When you click on the sport of your choice, there is a long list of current and upcoming events; and you have the ability to filter the list based on different leagues, countries, etc. Most of the streams are not HD, but the quality is not that bad either.

 

 

StreamSports.ME:

 

Stream Sports is a very simple site with few ads and stable links. Like all the others on the list, there is collection of live and upcoming streams and each is sport broken down by category. The admins of this site are more fervent about checking links, so for the most part you shouldn’t have trouble finding a stream of the game you’re looking for.

 

There are two ways you can use this website in order to stream. The first way is the one you’re most familiar with, which is simply streaming in-browser from a server host.  The other way is through something called Peer-to-Peer (P2P) streaming. The way P2P streaming works is that everyone watching the feed is also simultaneously uploading the feed; which makes for a faster and higher-quality stream.

 

The downside is that you have to download special software to P2P stream; which for me is a big turn off. I barely trust Google with my privacy, much less a third-party streaming site. For the most part there haven’t been complaints about the site, but I would recommend not using P2P streaming just to be safe.

 

While the world of free online streaming is not quite ideal, it is arguably better than caving into the cable companies. As we have seen today, there are plenty of choices out there; and if you use your head, you should have no trouble finding exactly what it is you are looking for!

 

Do you have any favorite streaming sites? Sound off in the comments below or connect with Mohu on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cord cutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.



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Over-The-Air Antenna Placement and Reception 101



Successful over-the-air antenna placement for quality reception and optimum performance of your over air antenna is all about location, location, location!

 

This guide is all about helping you to find the ‘sweet spot’ in your home for proper placement of your HDTV antenna to allow you to scan for channels on your TV and receive all the over air channels in your area for free.

 

 

Hindrances to OTA TV Reception

 

If you’ve done your homework by checking out what channels are available in your area, and you know you are supposed to be able to pick up 20 channels of free OTA TV, but you’re only getting half of that, there may be factors working against you.

 

When I first tried the Mohu Leaf 50, I had to try multiple placements with subsequent channel scans to find just the right spot to get all my available channels.

 

The first place I tried; high in a window facing the farthest tower from my location, didn’t succeed at getting all the expected channels. After about a half dozen attempts, I found the best spot for my OTA antenna was at the center of my single level home about 3″ from the ceiling and about 7′ from the connected HDTV.

 

 

Factors that can negatively affect over air TV reception include…

Factors like surrounding terrain can impact over-the-air TV reception.

Geography: trees, mountains, and in urban settings, tall buildings between your antenna and broadcast towers can affect channel reception.

 

Adverse Weather: heavy rain or snow, and strong winds can all muck with over air reception; however those are temporary and when your neighbor’s satellite or cable TV is still out after the storm, you’ll still have TV with your OTA antenna.

 

Quality of Equipment: well-built over air antennas are the cornerstone to successful cord cutting, and can be obtained for less than the price of one month’s cable TV bill. Mohu HDTV antennas are Made in the USA and come with a 1 year warranty and a 30-day money back guarantee.

 

Range of OTA Antenna: the distance from your location to the broadcast towers in your area should be less than the established range of your antenna. For example, a Mohu Curve 30 has a range of 30 miles. If all of your local OTA broadcast towers are within 30 miles of your location, this antenna is a great choice for you.

 

Construction of Your Home: this doesn’t happen a lot, but in some homes where a lot of metal is used; around windows for example, OTA antennas can be challenging to use.

 

Placement at Your Location: it can take time to find the right spot, but the effort will be worth it when you’re watching all the major networks for free in HD.

 

 

How To Successfully Place Your OTA Antenna

Trial-and-error will help you find the best location possible for your HDTV antenna.

  1. Research how many OTA channels you are likely to receive at your location and the distance of the broadcast towers from your location.
  2. Purchase an OTA antenna that has a range equivalent to or exceeding the range of the OTA broadcast tower furthest from your location.
  3. Make a short list of possible placements for your antenna (front window, behind TV, over fireplace, etc…) and begin trying each location; placing the antenna and doing a subsequent channel scan on your HDTV afterwards and taking note of all the channels received.
  4. Decide which antenna placement gives you the most channels and the best reception. Please note that it may become necessary to rescan for channels every now and then to provide you with optimum OTA antenna reception.

 

While indoor OTA antenna placement can be tricky, higher placement of the antenna is generally more successful. It’s important to be patient and take your time when setting up your antenna. While it can be a frustrating and time consuming process to properly setup an OTA antenna, your rich reward will be gaining all the available stations of free TV in HD and cutting the cord with expensive cable TV bills forever!

 

 

Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.