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Tips on Cutting the Cord and Saving Money

Some History and Content When television was first released to the public, there was only one way to get content: through an antenna. Much like radio, television was received over the air through an antenna, requiring viewers to sometimes have to move the antenna around to get a picture to come in fully. People didn't mind the hassle of the antenna because television was new and exciting. Because over-the-air television can only receive channels that are in the line of sight of the signal source, those who lived in mountainous areas, or were just too far away from the signal, couldn't get television. This is where cable TV began, as those who lived too far could now pay a company to receive the signals, and then send it over the lines of cable to the person's house. As cable gained more channels than those with an antenna could receive, like SuperStation WTBS, more and more people wanted access to it. They didn't mind the convenience fee of paying for cable when it of…
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Switching to Philo from Sling: My Thoughts on the Streaming Value Winner

Let me just say that I don't dislike Sling, in fact I still recommend it. However, I've been eyeing Philo from afar for a while now for a few reasons. First, I am a strange person, and I like having access to MTV Live, and MTV Classic: two channels that while I haven't really watched them for any extended period of time, I respect the fact that they exist. Second, the price: $20. How did Philo get there? They don't have channels that have sports, as well as no local networks.

The three big companies that provide sports programming are Disney/Fox, WarnerMedia, and Comcast. That means in addition to no sports from them, Philo doesn't have access to their general entertainment content. I can only assume this is due to these companies bundling their entertainment channels with sports channels. You can't get FXX without also carrying Fox Sports 1 and 2, or something like that. Is it a big loss? Kind of. Sure, I'll miss Conan on TBS. I'll miss movies on FX. …

Reviews of the Tablo, HDHomeRun, and AirTV - Choosing a Smart OTA Streamer

There's plenty of good reasons to cut the cord, one of which is the price. Most people don't want to pay the price of cable, but what most people don't realize is the high price means total convenience. Your cable lineup is already set up so you don't have to think about how it gets there, the box that delivers the cable isn't yours, so if the consumer experiences any issues, they call up the cable company and they fix it. When you cut the cord, you transfer the burden of troubleshooting onto the consumer, and now they have to decide how they're going to get their content back. There are plenty of online OTT cable providers, like Sling, YouTube TV, and Philo, but they don't all carry the local channels, like CBS, ABC, and NBC. If you want to still keep those channels, you'll need an antenna, but how do you get all those channels to every TV in your house? You could wire an antenna to your cable splitter, but not everyone wants to go through that hassle…

Pluto TV: Viacom's Different Answer to Streaming

First, Some Context and History All the major media conglomerates are beginning to reign in their content from Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, and are bringing them to their own streaming services for maximum profits. AT&T, who owns WarnerMedia, Comcast, who owns NBCUniversal, and Disney, who also own Marvel and 21st Century Fox, have all announced that they are developing their own streaming services to house all of their valuable content available for a monthly fee. Want to watch Friends? You'll have to subscribe to AT&T's thing. Want to watch The Office? You'll also have to subscribe to Comcast's thing. They'll both probably cost around $10 a month, and you're also going to want Disney+, the home to Marvel. All of these companies are taking a non-linear subscription approach to delivering content, something that we first fell in love with when Netflix introduced their instant streaming service back when they were better known for delivering DVDs through …