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This is it. The first week of the Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament.  And this is a big time for streaming. How do I know, because my wife came home from work saying her boss wants to know how to stream the NCAA tournament at work. If you are looking for a way to see the action there are multiple ways to do so. One important way for Americans living overseas to see the action  is via a feed from CBS through a website called USTV Now. This will not give you every game that will be played but it provides access to the games on CBS for free. Keep in mind though, it will not be your local CBS unless you happen to live in the specific part of the country that the feed originates from. US citizens can still access the feed though you will be asked to verify where you are from. Want to see How To Stream NCAA Tournament Games With USTV Now? All you have to do is go to the website listed bellow and create a profile and away you go. The service provides not just CBS but all of the major broadcast networks for free.

What is the Website?
https://www.ustvnow.com/

Is there a way to Watch USTV Now On Roku?
Yes. There is a private Roku channel for USTV Now. For instructions on installing the USTV Now Roku Channel Click Here

 

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Within the cord-cutting community, there is a lot of interest in services that can offer a cable like experience without cable like contracts and prices. The first service on the scene to address this need was Dish Network’s Sling TV. Not too long afterward Sony rolled out a more limited service called PlayStation Vue. The company did a lot to make it less limited including expanding from a 7 city offering to a nationwide offering as well as making its apps available on a number of devices. The last service to jump on the scene is DirecTV Now from AT&T. The service has only been at it for a few months but launched with much fanfare and solid subscriber numbers. What are the major differences between the services? What service offers the best prices and flexibility. Check out our comparison as we look at Sling TV VS PlayStation Vue Vs DirecTV Now.

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What could be done to make a Roku for cord cutters

While a number of products popular with cord cutters have emerged over the past five years none of them are truly a cord cutting solution. There are barriers to entry from price, comfort level and compatibility that prevent users from purchasing one device on its own and stopping. There are multiple programs and types of hardware needed in order to give users a fully functional experience. This story is a part of a new series that will look at how existing companies can address the cord-cutting crowd more directly. The first company we will look at is Roku. Continue to see our Roku Cord Cutting Box Concept.

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Those of you who have already made the break from cable for streaming options have come to understand that there are more entertainment options out there then you realized before you started looking. And as we pointed out after CES there are a number of companies looking to deliver some of the biggest shows and events by streaming the major networks straight from the airwaves to established platforms via apps and other means. As this grows there will be more and more great content choices but there are already a number of interesting channels springing up that you may not have heard of unless you are paying close attention. This article takes a look at some of the content streaming via apps and beaming straight from antennas that you can take advantage of with the right set up. Take a look at the Top Ten OTA Channels You Have Not Heard Of.

Laff
Laff is a comedy network that features sitcoms from the 80s and 90s. Highlights include Rosanne, Night Court and the Drew Carey Show. The network also has a number of comedy clip shows along the lines of Americas funiest videos deaturing people, pets etc. It’s not just TV shows though, Laff TV Features a number of movies movies.

Can I Get Laff TV?  Look here http://www.laff.com/find-us/

Bounce
Bounce TV is a network that highlights Americans Actors and as well as running shows targeted towards the community. The channel offers a number of TV shows and movies on a weekly basis with examples like Eddie Murphy (Boomerang, Life) , Denzel Washington (He Got Game, The Manchurian Candidate) , Wesley Snipes (The Fan) and a lot more. This is not just a collection of black and white movies it is a solid collection of relevant TV shows and films that anybody would enjoy.

Can I Get Bounce TV? Look here  http://www.bouncetv.com/find-us/

Comet
CometTV is a Sci-Fi based channel that features a variety of shows from classic series like ‘The Outer Limits” to more contemporary fare like “Babylon 5”. One of my personal favorite, Mystery Science Theater 3000 is also featured on the network. The movie selection is more eclectic. It has an old Sunday matinee kind of feel. The network though delivers exactly what it is selling and is worth checking out.

Can I Get Comet TV?  Look here   http://www.comettv.com/#find

Antenna TV
Antenna TV is one of those retro networks with major shows from across the spectrum. The channel features series from decades between the 1960-1990s. The channel has a very Nick at Night feel and offers a number of shows that will appeal to baby boomers and older Gen Xers. One of the clever things Antenna TV has done is begin to air episodes of Johny Carson’s The Tonight Show. It airs at 11:00 pm in the same slot as contemporary late night talk shows. Kind of a neat option especially if you want to revisit the past.  Shows include Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Good Times, The Monkees, Mr Belvidere, Doogie Howser MD and more.

Can I Get Comet TV?  Look here http://antennatv.tv/channel-finder/

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The Mohu Airwave is the new wireless antenna from Mohu. This is an exciting product for anyone looking to use an antenna along with any of the big streaming platforms. The thing that makes the antenna stand out is that it is a full antenna that can operate and beam signals to your television from anywhere in the home that you place it. See a demo Video at the bottom of the story. In other words, it does not have to be plugged into a TV like other antennas. This means that you can put the Mohu Air Wave where ever it works best without the need for any other equipment other than a place to plug it in.

How does it do that?
The Air Wave pulls in signals the same way any antenna does. Using its amplifier and some new innovations to optimize picture quality the Air Wave pulls signals from over the air. But then it sends the signals to other devices using Wifi or an Ethernet connection. The devices which at the start will include IOS, Android, Roku, Fire TV and Apple TV devices will use a free Mohu app to play back the signals will have Mohu apps for the device.

How do you set your channels?
The App serves as the entire interface for the device. Within the app you will be able to find the antenna and connect it to your network, enter your zip code and scan for channels. Once that is done the app provides a responsive EPG guide (channel grid) that lists programming with MetaData info. 

Other Features
Being connected to the Internet gives Mohu another nice option. It will feature Internet-based channels as well. There is not a full listing of those available but we saw a few in action and they felt like terrestrial channels. The Air Wave also offers close captioning when available and a “My Channels” section where users can save their favorites to a personalized lineup.

See our video for a quick Demo.

The Tablo Is a different take on the DVR.

LAS VEGAS — January 4, 2017 — Nuvyyo, the maker of the Tablo Over-the-Air (OTA) DVR Tablo, today announced a slate of new hardware, software and services. The company will be rolling out new apps for Android TV devices starting with the Nvidia Shield, a new dongle that will let users set up an antenna anywhere and even announced it is looking into cloud DVR storage.

Android TV Integration
By connecting a USB OTA tuner and an antenna to the Nvidia Shield and downloading the Tablo DROID DVR app, TV fans will be able to discover, watch and record live HDTV on their Android set-

The Shield TV will be the first Android TV device to get the new Tablo app
The Shield TV will be the first Android TV device to get the new Tablo app

top-box without the need for companie’s OTA DVR hardware.

The New software will allow users to save programming on the Shield’s hard drive which will be a big win for those with the pro model. Tablo DROID will be compatible with Tablo TUNER, a new dual-tuner USB dongle or the Hauppauge WinTV-dualHD USB tuner stick.

“Since 2013, Nuvyyo has been focused on making Tablo the defacto app for live TV on the widest variety of internet-connected screens,” said Grant Hall, CEO at Nuvyyo, the makers of Tablo. “Today’s announcements strengthen that commitment and provide consumers with even more choice in how they watch and record Over-the-Air HDTV.”

Tablo’s DROID app will be free to download from the Google Play store and will include a free 30-day trial of Tablo’s guide data subscription. After the trial, users can continue to watch live TV and set manual recordings without a subscription. Nuvyyo plans to release the DROID app to the Google Play store and make the TUNER stick available for purchase via the Tablo web store in Q2 of 2017.

Tablo LIVE ‘Antenna Anywhere’ Stick
The Tablo LIVE ‘antenna anywhere’ stick is a single-tuner WiFi device that turns any OTA antenna into a smart antenna, enabling cord cutters to distribute OTA HDTV programming over their home network via WiFi. With Tablo LIVE, consumers can place their antenna anywhere in their home to ensure the best possible positioning for OTA reception and watch live HDTV programming via Tablo apps (www.tablotv.com/apps) on mobile devices and streaming set-top-boxes.

Apps for Tablo LIVE will have a user-friendly interface and allow consumers browse an on-screen 24 hour grid guide with episode and series details as well as launch live broadcast TV streams. Tablo LIVE apps will be free to download and no guide data subscription will be required.

The Tablo LIVE ‘antenna anywhere’ stick is expected to be available in Q2 2017 with an anticipated MSRP of $99 USD.

Tablo CLOUD DVR Storage
Currently in the proof-of-concept stage, Tablo CLOUD DVR storage is designed to be used with the Tablo LIVE ‘antenna anywhere’ stick to add online recording storage and DVR functionality. Tablo CLOUD will be subscription-based and offer a set number of hours of cloud DVR storage for a monthly fee. Pricing, plans and availability will be announced at launch.

 All Tablo products and software innovations will be demonstrated in Las Vegas this evening from6:00 to 10:30 p.m. at the Pepcom Digital Experience media event at the Mirage Events Center.

The Tablo Is a different take on the DVR.
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XBOX is the first game system to have a Tablo app.

Ottawa, ON—November 15, 2016 — For those looking to add DVR and live TV To XBOX Tablo is the device they have been waiting for. Nuvyyo, maker of the Tablo Over-the-Air (OTA) HDTV DVR is bringing its app to Xbox. Users will be able to access an easy-to-use interface for live TV and record shows to watch later. The app is available in the Xbox App Store.

“Many cord cutters were left without an OTA DVR option for their gaming system of choice when Microsoft put their project plans on hold,” said Grant Hall, CEO at Nuvyyo, the makers of Tablo. “We are excited to provide the gaming community with a Tablo App for Xbox One, bringing us even closer to our goal of becoming the universal app for live TV and recorded broadcast programs on all your favorite devices.”

Tablo App for Xbox One
Is using a DVR on XBOX as simple as downloading an App? No Users must actually own a physical Tablo unit. The unit is attached to a user’s antenna and connected to the user’s router via an Ethernet cable or a wireless connection. Users will be able to use their XBOX controller in order to interact with the DVR.

Tablo gives users an attractive grid for finding live TV.
Tablo gives users an attractive grid for finding live TV.

Version 1.0 of the Tablo App for Xbox delivers the majority of Tablo’s familiar screens and features including playback of Live TV and recordings, Netflix-style TV guides for broadcast content discovery and search, as well as popular features including pausing of Live TV, preview-enabled fast-forward commercial skipping, and much more.

Additional filters and features will be added via app updates in the coming months.

Windows Getting Tablo App
Windows users who have been limited to using Tablo’s web based application to access programming will be happy to know that those days are over, at least for those with the latest version of Windows 10. The new app can be used on PCs running the Windows 10 Anniversary Edition operating system.  A link to the Tablo app for Xbox and Windows 10 is available at www.TabloTV.com/apps.

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Do Not Call Direct TV Now A Cord-Cutting Service. Direct TV Now will be a streaming option for receiving Direct TV. It will not be a skinny bundle or cord-cutting service. Really nothing is a cord-cutting service. There are just services that people sign up for in place of their cable or satellite services. Call that cutting the cord if you like, but it is just replacing one set of pipes for another. It’s like saying “I am quitting on electricity” because you replace electric heating with natural gas. Some of those services are considerably cheaper than a traditional cable service, especially at the intro rates. But let’s get something clear. What is happening is that the delivery system for television is shifting from one thing to another. Or in the case of satellite services and cable services it is changing from two things to another.

Amazon is one of Roku’s oldest video partners. In, fact Roku was one of the first if not the first to offer Amazon Video as a service on televisions. The Channel has had a few facelifts over time but its

The New Amazon Video App for Roku looks like the fire TV interface.
The New Amazon Video App for Roku looks like the fire TV interface.

latest new refresh is a total departure from the look that had been in place before. The new app has basically lifted the look and feel of the Amazon Fire TV and put it into a self-contained app on the Roku. Its setup is nearly identical in that it uses a vertical menu based on the left side of the screen and presents a full screen of choices from its entire library on the right side of the screen.

The home screen displays movies and TV shows that are available via Amazon Prime as well as on-demand transactional titles. There are also a number of categories based on watching habits, (movies Like…..) (TV Shows Like….) as well as genre-based categories. There are a number of otheramazon-video-new-app-filters submenus within each movie and TV show categorys.

A great feature of the new app is a simple filter system that allows users to list the movies or TV shows that are available with Prime absent on demand titles. This helps users decide whether they want to rent a movie or utilize their Prime accounts for free streaming. The refresh is one of the most impressive new apps for the Roku platform I have ever seen.

What it does not include
Unlike the actual Fire TV the Amazon App does not include access to Amazon Music, Free Time, games or the Cloud drive. The app also does not allow for voice search or integrate Alexa. This is still a Roku after all, even if it looks like a Fire TV. With the heft Amazon has put behind a video app on a competitor’s device we can only wonder what new bells and whistles will be available when the company refreshes its signature Fire TV set-top box. See our video overview bellow.

There is a reason people hate cable companies

Can you drop cable? Be sure you know for certain before you do.
Ryan Michael Downey The Streaming Advisor
Ryan Michael Downey
The Streaming Advisor

If you are wondering why people have begun to look into streaming services as a replacement for cable TV the latest bad press about Comcast is a great example of what is driving people to alternatives. The FCC this week handed out a 2.3 million dollar fine to the cable giant for charging customers for premium channels and equipment they did not order or ask for.