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For many cord-cutters, it begins with broadband. Much of the best TV is online these days, so you can bypass cable or satellite services if your Internet service is good enough. Unfortunately, about half of Americans have access to only one high-end broadband provider, so there’s little competition to keep them honest. Also, many have to make do with sluggish DSL services over old-school phone lines. To determine your options, visit Broadband Now, a website where you can enter a ZIP code and get a list of Internet providers in your area.
How much speed will you need? A single high-definition video stream requires about five megabits per second, while a 4K stream wants about 25 megabits per second. A low-end DSL account is barely adequate for standard HDTV. Besides, you have other members of the household wanting to do other things at the same time — playing Fortnite, perhaps. Aim for a service that can stream at least 25 megabits per second.
How much will you pay for this bandwidth? Verizon Communications currently offers a 100-megabit-per-second bare-bones connection for about $40 a month. Comcast is offering 250 megabits for $60 a month or 400 megabits at $80 a month. But remember that these are all promotional rates, priced low to rope you in but only good for a year or two. After that, expect to pay more.
The same goes for deals meant to dissuade cord-cutters by offering nice prices for both Internet and cable TV. One Comcast starter bundle costs $80 per month for two years and includes 150 megabits, 125 TV channels, and telephone service. A 100-megabit connection with 10 TV channels costs $50 per month.
Next, you’ve got to feed Internet video to your TV. Most recent TVs connect directly to the Internet via an Ethernet cable or WiFi, and have built-in software apps for tuning in to popular streaming video services like Netflix.
Otherwise, you can buy a dedicated streaming device. One of the most popular, the 4K Chromecast from Google, costs just $69. It’s a simple, bare-bones device that easily connects to the household WiFi network and the TV’s HDMI port, and can be controlled through a smartphone app.
The Roku Streaming Stick Plus, at $83, is a step up in quality. It includes support for 4K video, and a remote control that lets you tune in channels by speaking rather than mashing buttons. Amazon.com’s $99 Fire TV Cube is also 4K compatible and includes Amazon’s popular Alexa system, which is much more versatile than other speech-controlled systems. For instance, you can tell Fire TV to tune in to “House of Cards,” and then place an order for Chinese food.
The priciest of the bunch, the $194 Apple TV, might be the best option for a household full of iPhone and Mac users. Apple TV includes 4K compatibility, Apple’s Siri voice command system, and easy viewing of all the family videos and photos you’ve already stored with Apple’s iCloud service.
You can spend a little or a lot to connect your TV to the Internet, but at least you’ll only have to spend it once. This changes when choosing what you’ll watch.
CABLE WITHOUT CABLE
Maybe you can’t stand your cable company, but want to keep watching your favorite cable shows. Consider a virtual cable service, which uses the Internet rather than traditional cable technology to deliver the channels to your home.
Companies like Comcast spent billions to run cables into our homes. But virtual carriers just piggyback on your broadband service. That makes it relatively cheap to launch these services, so there are a bunch to choose from.
Sling TV is the low-cost leader, with a package of about 30 channels for $25 a month. The others deliver around 50 channels for $40 to $45 a month. They include channels you might actually want to see, like ESPN, cable news stations, and the NFL Network. They also offer at least some live programming from the big networks — ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox — but access is spotty, and depends on which service you pick and the region where you live.
Virtual cable can save you a meaningful amount of money, especially if you can make do with Sling TV’s basic plan. But for some of us, enough is never enough. Even the virtual cable companies offer the option to add premium cable channels like HBO or Showtime, for an extra fee. And that’s just the beginning.
These days, dozens of TV providers exist solely on the Internet. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video are the most famous. These services started out showing old movies and TV reruns, but today they spend billions on producing original films and series, many of them good enough to win Oscars and Emmys.
Many people can’t imagine doing without them. But signing up for all three will lay waste to your wallet. Netflix costs from $7.99 to $13.99 a month, while Hulu costs $7.99 to $11.99. Amazon Prime Video is part of that company’s Prime buying service, which offers many benefits besides video, and costs $12.99 a month or $119 a year. Sign up for all three, and your monthly video bill goes up by around $40.
And now old-school broadcaster CBS is aiming for the Netflix audience with All Access, a stream that carries movies, CBS network TV shows, as well as unique programs available nowhere else, like “Star Trek: Discovery.” All Access costs $6 a month, or $10 for a commercial-free version.
How do you know which service has the shows you want to see? Just punch up a search engine like JustWatch or Reelgood which tracks the offerings of the major streamers. Say you’re a “Twilight Zone” buff. A quick search reveals that Netflix and Prime Video offer most episodes of the show, but only Hulu and CBS All Access have the hour-long episodes from Season Four.
The top streamers cater to mainstream tastes, but a host of niche networks cater to more specialized tastes. For those who love old Hollywood movies, there’s Filmstruck. Fans of British TV can watch BritBox. Devotees of Asian entertainment can log onto Crunchyroll, and for family-friendly religious fare, there’s PureFlix.
Even looking at services that are not well known, but, they offer great live channels and movies at a great monthly fee each month. One of those such services is Streamlive.to. They offer a separate service for streaming movies and episodes ONLY for $9.95 a month. Many movies and episodes are of great quality and up to date. To learn more see link at: Movies.10!
Expect to pay $10 to $15 per month for any of the aforementioned streaming services above. Choose carefully, and the bill won’t go too high. But combine a few of them with a virtual cable package, and you may find you’re spending as much on TV as ever.
YES, FREE TV IS A THING
But who says we must pay for our pleasures? When you watch an over-the-air TV broadcast, all you’re paying for is the electricity.
It’s the video version of going vegan, and for millions of Americans it’s just as exotic. A recent survey from the National Association of Broadcasters found that 29 percent of Americans didn’t even know that free TV is a thing.
Well, it is, and all you need to join the fun is a good antenna, either mounted on the roof, or attached to your living room wall. According to the home improvement website HomeAdvisor.com, you can expect to pay about $300 to install an outdoor antenna, but you only have to pay once. Indoor antennas are much cheaper at $50 or less, but may not pick up as many channels.
Speaking of channels, which ones are available where you live? Just ask the Federal Communications Commission. It’s got a webpage that tells you which stations are in range. All you need to enter is your ZIP code. According to the page, Boston residents should be able to get about 20 broadcast channels. That’s a tiny fraction of the video universe, but for some of us, it’s all we need. That, and a library card.
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With video-on-demand services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video becoming increasingly popular, the streaming options are becoming increasingly overwhelming. (Next on the horizon: Apple TV+ and Disney+, both set for launch in fall 2019.) And so more TV watchers are subscribing to streaming services and even ditching traditional cable altogether — not only to cut costs but for the freedom to watch their favorite programs on their own time.
Whether you’re looking to cut the cord or just want to stay in the loop with all the streaming world has to offer, you’ve got a plethora of options. Here are 15 you may or may not be familiar with.
What you get: YouTube TV members get access to more than 70 channels including news and live sports. It also comes with free unlimited DVR storage space, six accounts per household and the ability to stream on three devices at once.
What you don’t get: Access to YouTube Premium (YouTube’s music service)
Price: $49.99 a month
How to watch: YouTube TV is compatible with Android and IOS devices, Chrome, Google Chromecast, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Xbox One and supported Samsung and LG TVs.
What you get: For all things DC, this is the service to have. Subscribers get unlimited access to exclusive original series, legendary films and TV series, animated movies and a curated collection of 2,500 comics. Members will also get access to an exclusive members-only shop and chances to win exclusive experiences and event tickets.
What you don’t get: Non-DC Universe content and the latest DC movies and series. So, don’t expect to see movies like “Aquaman” or “Suicide Squad” or even series like “DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow” on this service.
Price: $74.99 a year or $7.99 a month
How to watch: DC Universe is available on web browsers, IOS devices, Apple TV (4th generation and newer), Android devices, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One (after June 17, 2019).
What you get: This internet TV company offers 58 channels including popular networks such as HGTV, Comedy Central, BET, Lifetime, OWN, TLC, WE tv and MTV. Users also get unlimited recording, can stream on up to three devices at once and can save shows for up to 30 days.
What you don’t get: Original content
Price: $20 a month
How to watch: Philo is currently available on: Mac and Windows (on a web browser), iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets (on Chrome), Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire TV.
What you get: If you find yourself turning on the TV mainly to watch sports then fuboTV is perfect for you as the service’s main focus is to provide access to sports channels such as NFL, MLB, NBA, and MLS. It also comes with access to more than 100 non-sports channels including CNN, FX, HGTV, TNT, Comedy Central, and Bravo. Users can also add extra channels such as Showtime or FX Plus to their subscription and can stream on up to three devices at a time.
What you don’t get: Original content
Price: $54.99 a month; add-ons vary from $4.99- $28.99 a month
How to watch: fuboTV is currently compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Android Mobile, Android TV, Apple TV, web browsers, Chromecast, IOS devices, Roku, Samsung Smart TV, and some Google approved Android TV devices.
What you get: Like Philo and fuboTV, Sling TV is also an option for individuals thinking of breaking away from traditional cable. Users get access to up to 55 channels including CNN, Freeform, ESPN, Lifetime, Comedy Central and optional local channels. Subscribers can also personalize their subscription by adding extra channels such as Starz, Showtime or international channels at an extra cost. This internet TV service offers three levels of subscription: Sling Orange, which allows you to stream on only one device at a time; Sling Blue, which allows you to stream on three devices at once; and Sling Orange + Sling Blue, which allows you to stream on up to four devices at once.
What you don’t get: Original content
Price: $25 or $40 a month; add-ons vary from $5 and up
How to watch: Sling is currently compatible with Amazon Fire devices, Android tablet or phone, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromebook, Chromecast, Google Chrome Browser, IOS devices, LG TV, Microsoft Edge Browser, Roku, Samsung, Windows 10, XBOX, Xfinity X1 (International and select Latino services only).
What you get: HBO Now is a standalone streaming service that gives subscribers access to all HBO content including movies, documentaries, sports and original hit shows like “Game of Thrones,” “Big Little Lies,” “Insecure” and more to those who don’t have it through their cable provider. (Not to be confused with HBO Go, the streaming option that comes with an HBO cable package.)
What you don’t get: Non-HBO content
Price: $14.99 a month
How to watch: HBO Now is compatible with Amazon fireTV, fireTVstick, Android TV, Roku, Apple TV, Samsung TV, Google Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Android devices, IOS, fire tablets and web browsers.
What you get: This premium network now offers a subscription-based service, so you can watch it even without cable. Subscribers get access to the same Showtime content, which includes popular commercial-free movies, documentaries, comedy specials, sports, original series like “Shameless,” “The Chi,” “Ray Donovan,” and plenty more. Subscribers can watch live TV and download full episodes and movies to watch offline whenever they choose to as well.
What you don’t get: Non-Showtime content
Price: $10.99 a month
How to watch: Showtime is available on Amazon Fire Devices, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple TV, Chromecast, iPad/iPhone, LG Smart TVs, Roku, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One
What you get: This is also another premium channel that offers a subscription-based service for those who don’t have this channel through their cable provider. Subscribers get access to all Starz content including thousands of movies and TV shows including hits like “Power” and “Outlander.” Subscribers can stream on up to four devices simultaneously and get unlimited streaming and downloads.
What you don’t get: Non-Starz content
Price: $5 a month for the first three months, then $8.99 a month afterward.
How to watch: Starz is compatible with web browsers Edge, Chrome, Firefox and Safari on Windows 7 or higher and OSX 10.5.7 or higher. The Starz app is also available on devices such as Chromecast, Apple TV, iPhones and iPads running iOS 8.1 or higher, as well as most Android phones and tablets running Android OS 4.1 or higher.
What you get: This streaming platform by Sony Pictures offers movies, TV shows, and original content.
What you don’t get: Giving that this service is free, don’t expect to see recent shows or movies on Sony Crackle. Some titles include “The China Syndrome” starring Jane Fonda from 1979 and “The 5th wave” from 2016, so if you’re feeling nostalgic this could be right for you.
How to watch: Sony Crackle is supported on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Android Phone and Tablet, Android TV, Apple TV, IOS, Chromecast, web browsers, LG TV, PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Samsung TV, Sony TV, Vizio TV, Xbox One and Xbox 360.
What you get: This subscription streaming TV service from AT&T is another cord-cutting option. DirectTV Now subscribers get access to cable channels including CNN, Fox, MTV, TNT, and more. DirecTV Now also offers different packages that include premium channels such as HBO and Cinemax and additional add-ons such as international and Spanish programs. This service allows users to record and save shows for later and stream on up to three devices at once.
What you don’t get: Original content
Price: Packages vary from $50-$135 a month, and add-ons vary from $5-$30 a month
How to watch: DirecTV Now is compatible with Roku TV, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, IOS devices, Android phones and tablets, and web browsers Chrome and Safari.
What you get: As the name suggests, subscribers get all access to CBS content including live TV, CBS news and original series such as “The Twilight Zone” and “Star Trek: Discovery.”
What you don’t get: Non-CBS content
Price: $5.99 a month (with commercials) or $9.99 a month (commercial-free)
How to watch: Subscribers can watch CBS All Access on Apple TV, Android devices, Google Chromecast, fireTV, IOS devices, PS4, Roku, Samsung smart TV, Vizio smart TV, Windows 10 and on Xbox.
What you get: Disney has launched its very own streaming service strictly for Disney content – this includes Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic content such as “Toy Story,” “Captain Marvel” and much more.
What you don’t get: Non-Disney content
Price: $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year and Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle are currently: $12.99/month ($17.97/month if you sign up for each service individually) as of this post.
How to watch: Subscribers can watch Disney+ on smart TVs, phones, laptops, tablets, and gaming consoles.
What you get: Apple TV + is also a new streaming platform that will launch this fall – the official date has not yet been announced. The service, which is exclusively on the Apple TV app, will offer original shows and movies across various genres. And names such as Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Anniston, Jason Momoa, Steven Spielberg and more are slated to be a part of that upcoming content.
What you don’t get: Non-Apple TV content
Price: Not announced
How to watch: On the Apple TV app
WarnerMedia is also trying its hand at the streaming game. Last year AT&T (which now owns the media company) unveiled plans to launch a subscription video-on-demand service, which is expected to launch in beta form in late 2019 and then fully in early 2020, according to reports. The service, which is currently untitled, may feature movies and TV shows from WarnerMedia subsidiaries including HBO, Cinemax and Warner Bros. for a price ranging from $16- $17 a month, according to unnamed sources in a report by The Wall Street Journal.
BET has now launched a standalone streaming service called BET+, according to Variety. The service features original content from Tyler Perry, a new series from “Girls Trip” writer Tracy Oliver, and content from other Viacom cable brands as well, Variety reported.
We graciously would like to thank Chereese Cross for providing a great list for our visitors to use when deciding on which services best suit their budget.
If you know of any other great services that we haven’t mentioned, drop a comment below and as always Happy Streaming!
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Do you remember the days when everyone chatted by visiting individual chat rooms? Do you think the old-school way of chatting online is out-dated? There are people who are still very comfortable with chatting in the traditional chat rooms and enjoy it very much. Matter of fact, many of the rooms are very active till this day. Please keep in mind, many people are not going to agree with you every single time but you are still required to respect each other nevertheless.
For those who are using the internet for online dating, we have included a great article for you to read and enjoy. All credit for this article is given to the author. To see more of this author’s writings continue to the bottom of the article and all contact information and links are provided.
What is true matching about? It is about people that seem to be made for one another. But this may become a deceiving matter because matching begins with honesty.
1. The first step you have to do is be honest with yourself, knowing who you are and what you are about. This issue tightly depends on your self-esteem, so work it out at this instant, always keep in mind a good image of yourself, this is the essence of being ready for your love!
2. Remember that unless you are ready to meet the love of your life, it won’t come for you, because everything depends on how much you want it to happen. Wise men say that when you really want something, the whole Universe rearranges itself for making your wish come true. And believe me, there is enough room for everybody’s desires. So let your desire grow stronger every day.
3. After you take a good look at yourself, hear what Mother Nature whispers in your ear about looking for someone with certain looks and physical features that suits you best. Did you know that soulmates almost look like one another? Those soulmates may be so very different in appearance but still so alike? What makes them look alike, may ask, if he is dark-haired and she is blonde, or if she is black and he is white? There is that certain something named chemistry which makes them get connected and harmonize their everything: mimics, gestures, reactions. So before you get yourself connected, make a mental picture of your potential soulmate in every single detail of its appearance and all you have to do is recognize him when you look around! It is very important to know exactly the way you want it to be.
4. I can hear some of you saying that things are as difficult as easy they seem to be because matching is a complex scenario. I am telling you that things are difficult only when we do not know what we want and don’t have enough faith that Nature will work for us and solve the complexity of matching scenario: habits, hobbies, humor, sharing the same values, location, background. Concentrate on the solution of the matter, not on the issue itself, do your part of the job faithfully and do not worry.
5. Obviously that none of us wants to become haunted, obsessed by an ideal of love that never shows up, right? That’s why you have to cut the belt, free your mind of your desire (which has already put to work the invisible engines of the Universe, believe it or not !) and do your usual stuff.
6. And here comes the tough part: waiting! Wait for a while and let the Nature action for how long as it takes. Take into account that you have already helped Nature with your faith and your strong action. It’s a mutual thing. In love, as in everything, you get what you give.
7. Finally, let me share a secret with you: don’t to tell anyone you are about to meet your soulmate. The deepest desires must not be shared until they come true. Any interfering may disturb you from keeping a good image of yourself, letting your desire grow stronger, picturing in mind your soulmate, staying focused on what you have to do, letting your mind free and waiting faithfully.
But certainly, you may tell me when he or she comes around! So very soon, I hope!
Author Bio: Ida Home is a freelance writer from Bucharest. Check out her site for the latest Internet Dating Tricks, Tips & Secrets!
As I was putting this page together I thought about the many people/visitors who are online and are not fully aware that danger can be found online as well as offline so included on this page is some very important information regarding internet sfety. Although this page is specifically chat related, we felt that this was a very important part of the website and I suggest if you are going to sign into the chat rooms please take a moment to go to 101 Internet Safety.org website.
There is a wealth of helpful information available that can save you a ton of research time and possibly your life from the dangers of the internet. This site is so helpful that I would share the information with my loved ones so they are educated just as you are.
As the internet has opened up a wealth of new ways to communicate with each other beyond anything we could have imagined a few years ago, it has also given some the ability and the opportunity to take things way too far! Currently, there are laws in the process that will help protect victims of bullying and online violence at all costs to help make it a safer place online.
It is very important to know the do’s and don’ts of online activities and I think if you read over the material found on 101 Internet Safety website you will be getting a headstart on safety and more with your adventures online.