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How to watch NBA without cable: OTA & streaming options



How to watch NBA basketball games without cable
So you’ve cut the cord, and want to know how you can keep up with LeBron James’ latest drama (err, on-court performances).

 

No worries! Luckily for NBA fans, watching your favorite teams is a lot easier than you might think. Need your Kobe fix without paying for cable? We’ve got the connection. Want to see if Derek Rose’s knees are still made of gingerbread, but don’t want to spend the dough on satellite TV? Yep, this article is for you. Since the season is just starting, we thought it would be a great time to share a few all-star suggestions for how to watch NBA without cable.

 

Grab a front-row ticket with NBA League Pass

So close you can practically smell the unwashed jerseys. NBA League Pass has been the standard for NBA die-hards, and it’s easily accessible from tons of devices.

 

You can watch 5 of your favorite teams for $150, or watch all 30 teams for a one-time payment of $199. That boils down to roughly $25 a month (just during the season) if you go for the full package, which is reasonable for the features offered. NBA League Pass provides access to live games, video highlights and stats on all available platforms including PCs, laptops, iPhone, iPad, Android Phone, Android Tablet, Apple TV, Roku, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Amazon Fire TV, Samsung Smart TV, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PS Vita and Sony Blu-Ray.

 

Check out NBA League Pass here.

 

Fire up the NBA schedule and find out where/when your favorite teams are playing

This section is for your reference only. As you can tell by first glance, NBA League Pass dominates this arena, but occasionally you’ll find some network games — though they aren’t as frequent as in years past. Be sure to fire up your Mohu HDTV antenna for the annual Christmas Day NBA games, which traditionally showcase the best the league has to offer.

 

Check out the NBA broadcast schedule here.

 

Want to add an extra kick to your NBA experience?

NBA Game Time is a beast. This big-bodied bruiser of an app can be used as either a free extension to your NBA streaming or, if you’re a League Pass subscriber, a mobile gamecenter. Admittedly, this app runs better on Android devices than iOS, as evidenced by the user reviews. (Hey, we’re being honest here!)

 

Some features of the NBA Game Time app include:

 

  • Game recaps and team videos
  • Live stats, scores, and schedules for every NBA game
  • Live press conferences and highlights from around the league
  • Team rosters, follow league leaders and get the latest league news
  • Customized Alerts: Excitement Notifications for big moments, Threshold Notifications to follow your favorite player as they break personal records and Game Alerts so you never miss a moment
  • Social buzz with live twitter streams for each game
  • Customizable to feature your favorite team

 

Neat huh? Courtside tickets with Jack Nicholson not included.

 

Check out more information on NBA Game Time here.

Download NBA Game Time on the Google Play store.

Download NBA Game Time from iTunes.

 

Go Big or Go Home

Okay, you’ve made it to the championship game but aren’t going to be satisfied until you bring home a ring. Here are a few apps to solidify your championship-caliber NBA fan experience:

 

TheScore

Useful for more than just the NBA, TheScore has been a golden standard (dare I say, a “Slam Dunk”?) for sports nuts. You’ll get alerts, player profiles and more stats than you can possibly digest for pro sports across the globe. This is a statistician’s dream app, and you can get it here for Android and here for iOS devices.

 

Yahoo Fantasy Basketball

We’re well aware of the reality of fantasy sports. But if you’re a die-hard fan, you’re eager to eat up statistics from any source to use as bragging rights against your buddies. As such, Yahoo Fantasy Basketball is one of the best sources for general basketball knowledge. It’s an excellent sports hub if you’re looking to stay up on the latest news, but also a great way to interact with friends and fantasy foes alike.

 

Check out Yahoo Fantasy Basketball here.

 

Do you have a favorite way to watch basketball either OTA or by streaming? Be sure to drop by Facebook and share your NBA viewing lineup.



Cordcutting for Sports Fans: Cut the Cord, Keep Your Sports



Cordcutting for Sports Fans
Cut the Cord but Keep Your Sports

For movies and television lovers, cutting the cord is a relatively simple procedure. Most content providers now a days want you to consume their product wherever and whenever. However, it is a bit more complicated process when it comes to cordcutting for sports fans. Most professional sports leagues have very lucrative deals with cable providers and advertisers; and they don’t want to jeopardize that relationship by offering stand-alone streaming subscription packages. Sadly for many would be cord cutters, accessing sports is the one sticking point that keeps them from making the switch.

 

However, contrary to popular belief, there are plenty of options out there for the sports loving cord cutter; options that the cable companies don’t want you to know about. Today we are going to talk about a few of the many options you have to kill your cable bill while keeping your favorite sports. Let’s get started.

 

Sports on OTA  

If you asked me what the simplest, cheapest, and most effective way of watching sports without cable was; I would emphatically say the use of an Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna. An OTA antenna picks up the signal from the national broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW) and broadcasts it to your television. In short, an OTA antenna is the rabbit ears of the 21st century.

 

By using an OTA antenna, you get access to games from every professional and collegiate sport you can think of: baseball, basketball, football, etc… Of course you won’t be able to watch every game for every sport; but you will gain access to a large swathe of the sports programming available. When you take into consideration the amount of content you get for the cost, there is no better option than an OTA antenna.

 

NFL

There are a lot of ways to watch NFL these days. As I mentioned above, the best option for watching NFL games is with your OTA antenna. You’ll be able to catch almost every regular season Thursday and Sunday game that’s broadcast in your area. One of the best supplemental options for the cord cutting football fanatic (in addition to an HDTV antenna) is NFL GamePass. NFL GamePass offers a three tiered system packed with extras features that are more than enough to keep you entertained in-between game days.

 

A limitation to NFL GamePass, as well as some other subscription services, is that it is only available to customers outside of the United States. Fortunately, you can circumvent this regional lockout by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN). I won’t bore you on the details (you can read more about accessing NFL GamePass in the US here), but essentially a VPN reroutes your internet traffic through public servers in other countries. By doing that, the VPN tricks internet severs into thinking you’re in another country; which gives you access to these blocked out programs.

 

If you aren’t as tech-savvy and would rather not set up a VPN, there are other options to satiate your NFL cravings. The most comprehensive is NFL Sunday Ticket that lets you watch all the games with your video game console, streaming device, mobile device, and more. Other options that are great complements to watching live with your HDTV antenna include NFL AudioPass and NFL GameRewind.

 

MLB

Ah baseball, the great American pastime. Unlike other sports, baseball isn’t heavily broadcasted over the air, so most baseball fans are stuck buying cable. However, there is a streaming service called MLB.TV which allows you to watch live broadcasts of out of market baseball games (non home team games) for $10 a month. Sadly, you also don’t get access to playoff games if you’re in the US. MLB has some intense rules when it comes to black-outs, so you’re better off routing your VPN through a different country as opposed to a different state. Also, there have been rumors of MLB checking the billing address of users suspected of using a VPN; so don’t go shouting it to the world.

 

NHL 

Hockey is a wonderful sport. Who doesn’t love seeing grown men pound the crap out of each other while gliding on razor sharp blades attached to their feet? Hockey fans don’t get a lot of love from the major sports broadcasters, but in a way that works in favor of hockey fans. For $150 or eight payments of $20, you can get access to almost all your favorite hockey games with NHL GameCenter. Unlike MLB.TV or NFL GameDay Pass, you don’t have to use a VPN to access every game. Although regional and in-market games are not available live, they do become available on-demand 48 hours later. If you’re not so patient, you can use a VPN to access in-market games live. You don’t get access to the Stanley Cup with GameCenter, but you can watch that on NBC so all you need is an OTA antenna.

 

NBA

For millions of Americans, there is no football or baseball; there is only basketball. If you are not content with catching only regional over-the-air broadcasts of games, then you might want to consider NBA League Pass. For $150, League Pass gives you access to every out of market regular game; and if you use a VPN you can get every game. Unfortunately, the US version of League Pass does not cover playoffs or the finals.

 

However, if you use a VPN you can get League Pass international. The premium version gives you access to every game, regular season AND post season. The prices vary, depending on which country you route your VPN through. Don’t use Australia or you will pay a staggering $300. Argentina is the cheapest, running you about $130 for the whole season.

 

Would-be cord cutters don’t have to go without their favorite sport to liberate themselves from burdensome cable bills. Most of your worries can be solved by getting an OTA antenna, and you can fill in the gaps by using a VPN and whatever streaming service your sport of choice provides. Although every package discussed today comes with a price tag, you have the flexibility to pick and choose exactly which sports, games, and options are best for you instead of being tethered to bulky sports packages & ongoing monthly bills with cable and satellite.

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cordcutter 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. Sine then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.



Cordcutting Cliff Notes: Cut the Cord and Keep Your Shows



Cordcutting Cliff Notes
One of the most common e-mails I get is from people who love the idea of cord cutting, but for one reason or another just can bring themselves to do it. I hear it all the time: “Well I just don’t know how to do it”; “It’s too complicated”; or “But I don’t want to miss TV Show X.” I agree, cord cutting seems hard if you are new to the concept; and no one wants to lose their favorite show just to save a couple of dollars.

 

First, let me start by saying you will save more than just a few dollars. What would you do with an extra $600 in your pocket? Second, it is a myth that you have to give up your favorite television shows in order to ditch cable. Finally, cutting the cord is much simpler than it seems.

 

In order for you to be free from the tyrannical clutch of cable & satellite companies, there are a few things you will need to purchase. They are: OTA Antenna, Streaming Device, Streaming Services and OTA DVRs. If you don’t know what some of those things are, don’t worry, we’re going to explain each and every item on this list and how to go about getting each one.

 

Over-the-Air (OTA) Antennas

What is an OTA antenna? Ever since 2009, network television stations have been broadcasting their signal digitally; the old style of antenna cannot pick up those signals but OTA antennas can. With an OTA antenna you can watch network television (ABC, NBC, CBS, CW, FOX, and more) in HD for free.

 

Basically, an OTA antenna is the rabbit ears of the future. You may be asking why you need an OTA antenna when you can just stream all the shows you want; and that’s a fair question. Sometimes we forget how many of our favorite shows are on network television; not to mention local new, sporting events, and live specials that wouldn’t be available for streaming. Besides, sometimes it’s just nice to flip on the TV and watch whatever’s on.

 

There are thousands of different models to choose from when it comes to OTA antennas. Most run in the $30 to $60 range. Personally, I have always loved the company Mohu and their antennas. Mohu Antennas were designed by former US military engineers, and are simply the best antennas on the market.

 

To figure out what model will work best for you I suggest using a tool like AntennaWeb (or Mohu’s zip code channel finder). This site will graphically show you what channels you could get, how far away the broadcast towers are, and from which direction the signal would be coming from – using your home address. Once you get this all mapped out, your next step is to figure out which antenna will work best for you. To do this I suggest using Mohu’s product pages to review the different Mohu antennas available: Metro, Leaf 30, Leaf 50, Curve 30, Curve 50, and Sky 60.

 

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Streaming Devices

Now let’s take a look at streaming devices. A streaming device does exactly what it sounds like; it streams movies and television from the internet into your television. That’s it. There are a lot of different kinds of streaming devices out there on the market; even some DVD players have the ability to stream Netflix and YouTube.
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Five reasons people still pay for cable (but shouldn’t)



Do you or someone you know suffer from “spending too much money on TV services you don’t actually need”?

 

This may not be recognized in the DSM-5, but the question remains nonetheless. Too often we hear horror stories of people who are spending far too much cash on paid TV (satellite, cable or even both). Sometimes they don’t realize there are alternatives, and sometimes people are wary of change.

 

Here are some common reasons we hear (and our responses) regarding why someone hasn’t dropped pay TV.

 

1) “There aren’t any other options out there.”

 

Paying for TV is one of those quintessential American pastimes, much like baseball or the West Virginia Roadkill Cookoff. But like many things, it has become antiquated and replaced by better options. As you’re aware, you can watch nearly every top TV show for free with Mohu HDTV antennas. But education is key, and cable companies don’t want anyone knowing there are superior substitutes.

 

Pay TV survives because it is the lowest common denominator for entertainment — it has a solid infrastructure spanning the country. It has a large content selection, filled with programming you may or may not be interested in. Lots of people like watching TV. It makes sense, right?

 

Wrong. Price hikes are outpacing inflation. As for that infrastructure? It’s not exactly popular or properly maintained. Regarding content, why would anyone want to pay for something you can get for free?

 

2) “I can’t get my favorite show over the air!”

Luckily for you, there are tons of various streaming services that complement OTA HDTV. Couple a service like Netflix, Hulu or Crackle with web content and your Mohu antenna, and you’ve got access to more content than any cable service can offer — for less than what you’re paying now.

 

3) “I can’t get my sports fix without it.”

In addition to having games broadcast in 1080i HD over the air, there are countless apps and streaming services that fill the gaps for every armchair quarterback. Services include:

 

 

4) “I’m not techie enough to get an HDTV antenna. Cable is simple — just plug it in and go.”

 

HDTV antennas are one of the most practical investments you can make, both functionally and financially. Installing an HDTV antenna is easier than any satellite box, and on par with the “plug it in and go” mentality from some cable providers. Installing an HDTV antenna boils down to this:

 

  1. Find out which HDTV antenna works best for you
  2. Purchase the HDTV antenna
  3. Plug your HDTV antenna into your television
  4. Scan for channels
  5. Enjoy free TV

 

The most complicated portion of your experience will likely be determining where to place your antenna. We’ve considered that as well. Mohu Leaf antennas are built to be paper-thin and easily hidden. Mohu Curve antennas offer the same quality and range, but are aesthetically pleasing for public display.

 

5) “Paying for TV is awesome.”

 

Wait. No one in the history of ever has said this with sincerity. The average cable bill is upwards of $80 a month, and we can think of several ways you could better spend that money than to pay for cable.



Cord Cutters Should Have an Antenna



wralweather1Cord cutters who rely solely on streaming content should strongly consider adding an HDTV antenna to their homes. The recent outbreak of severe weather across the Midwest and Southeast United States led to flooding, tornadoes and the deaths of more than 30 people. Fortunately, improved radar systems and early warnings allow people enough time to find shelter. The early warnings are often broadcast over local networks’ news channels and without a TV antenna such as a Leaf or Curve, viewers may not get the warnings about nearby storms.

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Storm clouds near Mohu

Fortunately, the severe weather mostly bypassed Raleigh (the home of Mohu) but for two days our local stations broadcast the locations of heavy rain, hail, thunderstorms, flooding and  tornadoes. We were definitely aware of what was going on, and had a tornado or flood come, we would have had time to prepare. Two nights ago, while watching OTA TV, the screen had a ticker running along the bottom updating viewers of where the storms were and their severity. Other stations broadcast the weather alerts directly from the National Weather Service.

The bottom line is streaming content is a great way to cut the cord. But Netflix, Hulu+, Amazon Prime and the rest cannot replace broadcast TV especially in times of emergencies and bad weather. It’s also possible to get warnings on a smart phone, but they are often not as detailed as a real-time weather forecast.

On a happier note, an antenna is great to watch TV content in real time, especially broadcasts like the Super Bowl, the Oscars, and season finales (coming soon in May) and not have to wait to stream it from the network’s website or another streaming provider.



Industry Updates–Streaming Content Gets Big



Lots of changes took place in the TV/streaming content industry in the past few weeks. Let’s pause and look at what has happened.

Supreme CourtABC vs. Aereo–the Supreme Court heard this case on April 22 and the public can expect a ruling in June. Mohu covered it in an earlier blog. Two issues are at the core of the case. The first is does Aereo’s “re-transmission” of OTA content constitute a public or private showing? If it is a public showing, does Aereo owe retransmission fees to the broadcasters? The second issue is murkier and relates to storing items in the cloud. The Supreme Court Justices are more concerned with items in the cloud and the impact their ruling will have on other cloud-based content–anything from iTunes to DropBox.

Netflix is Moving to Cable–Netflix has long lived on computers and streaming devices and, along with an HDTV antenna, is cord-cutting staple. However, according to the Washington Post, Netflix signed a deal with three small cable companies (RCN, Atlantic Broadband and Grande Communications) and will become a cable channel on their TiVo DVR boxes. Viewers will need a separate Netflix subscription to watch Netflix content. However, this is the first time Netflix has explicitly put its content on a cable box.

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OTA Shows Update Part 1



Let’s take a look at how two new OTA shows are performing: Cosmos, and Surviving Jack. They are available OTA for free with a Mohu antenna. In a future blog post we’ll take a look at how  Crisis and The 100 are doing.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 11.55.34 AMCosmos (Fox, Sunday at 9 ET) was meant to be “event programming.” At this point, Fox will let the show run for its scheduled 13 episodes and then take it off the air in June. For many mainstream reviewers, Cosmos is a hit. It’s visually stunning–using special effects to explore both the outer reaches of the universe and tiny strands of DNA. After a few episodes the narrator, Neil deGrasse Tyson, seems to have hit his stride in his story telling and his goal of making science available and accessible to all viewers. Many of his detractors believe that the show undermines their religious beliefs regarding creation, evolution and God.
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I Cut the Cord and Lived to Tell About It



Modern-FamilytigtlecardToday’s blog is guest written by Michelle, a friend of Sarah’s (Mohu’s usual blogger). Michelle recently cut the cord and is going to tell her story.

We’ve had cable for at least the past ten years. While cleaning out some file cabinets I found some old cable bills. The same service we have today used to cost about $25-$30 less. To put it mildly, I was surprised. I’m currently getting a promotional deal which is $67.75 a month with taxes. Once the deal ends next month, the price for what we have will jump to over $80/month. For television. Ouch.

We definitely watch TV in my house. I’m a big fan of Modern Family because I feel like that’s my life right now and my husband is a big fan of Law and Order: SVU. My kids are pretty limited in their TV viewing and often stream something (approved by me) from Netflix onto a computer or tablet. But $80 a month is $960 a year and I’m pretty sure I could find something else to do with that money.

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