January 12, 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream the NFL Playoffs

It all comes down to this. After 16 regular season games played through the snow, wind, heat and rain, the NFL is in its final stretch to the Super Bowl.

We’re here to make sure you don’t miss out on the heroics of Ezekiel Elliott, Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers because you don’t have a cable subscription. Here are a number of ways cord cutters can stream the NFL playoffs online.

Note: If you already have a cable subscription but still want to stream the games online, you can login with your respective cable provider and live stream on CBS Sports, ESPN Sports, NBC Sports and Fox Sports Live.

DirecTV NOW

One of the newest solutions for cord cutters is DirecTV NOW by AT&T. This online streaming service offers you more than 60 TV channels for $35/mo without a contract (or you can try it free for seven days). DirecTV NOW offers ESPN as well as FOX and NBC in select areas. You can use this service on most streaming devices including computers and mobile devices.

Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the best ways for cord cutters to stream live TV without a cable subscription (as mentioned in our previous blog posts: How Cord Cutter’s Can Stream Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve and Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream the Golden Globes). Subscribers who choose the Sling Blue package ($25/mo) have access to a number of channels, including NBC and Fox. However, if you only want to watch one game, you can try Sling TV free for seven days!

Note: NBC live local feed in select markets, on-demand elsewhere.

CBS All Access

CBS All Access is a streaming service designed for viewers to watch CBS programming and NFL Playoff games. For $5.99/mo, users will be able to enjoy all the action of the NFL Playoffs in addition to more than 8,500 episodes of hit CBS shows on-demand. Try it free for seven days!

PlayStation Vue

Good news, PlayStation owners! You can watch your favorite team right from your gaming console. PlayStation Vue offers a large package of channels including Fox, CBS and NBC, which is perfect for watching live NFL Playoff games. The package starts at $29.99/mo and does not require a contract. This service is compatible with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Try it free!

Note: Channel availability, pricing and supported devices are subject to change and may vary by location.

Digital Antenna

All NFL games will be broadcasted on over-the-air channels and can be accessed through an antenna connected to your TV. As long as you are living in range of local stations, you can watch every pass and touchdown in your living room. Here’s how to choose the best antenna for you.

Pro tip:

Finding ways to stream live TV is only half the battle for cord cutters. After all, nobody wants to watch a game-winning touchdown pass with a roomful of people crowded around a tiny computer screen. Download AirParrot 2 on your Mac or PC to wirelessly mirror that live broadcast from your computer directly to an Apple TV or Chromecast.

Use your Sling TV, DirecTV NOW or CBS All Access account in the Chrome or Firefox browser to stream the event. Then open AirParrot and select your browser as the “From” option. Select your Apple TV or Chromecast as the “To” option. This will allow you to experience all the action on the big screen.

The image below was taken from the AirParrot menu and shows you how to do this. You simply select your browser or application. Then select where to send it.

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Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app.

January 11, 2017

Recorded With Reflector: 1600

Our “Recorded with Reflector” video of the week is 1600, an augmented reality educational app that will turn your $1 bill into The White House to teach kids and Americans about its role in democracy. You can download this app for free in the App Store or in the Google Play Store.

Tip: Move your phone around to explore The White House from different angles, and touch the Oval Office to reveal a surprise.

How to record with Reflector 2:

  1. Wirelessly connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC.

Pro tip: You can also mirror and record Android gameplay to Reflector using the built-in Google Home Cast technology on your Android device.  

  1. There are two ways to record your mobile device once it’s wirelessly mirrored to the Reflector software on your computer. You may click the “Record” button on the top right of the mirrored device (shown below). Alternatively, you can begin recording from within the Reflector menu (the little orange icon at the top of the image below).

Record iPhone Zoom

  1. Once you are done recording your iOS device, press the “Stop” button. Then select where to save the MP4 file on your Mac or PC.

Learn more about the Reflector 2 screen-mirroring app.

January 5, 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How To Stream the Golden Globes

It’s officially award season. Up first…the Golden Globes!

This event is televised to 167 countries worldwide and generally ranks as the third most-watched awards show each year behind the Oscars and Grammy Awards.

If you want to watch the Golden Globes but don’t want to pay the price of cable, here’s a way that you can stream it.

Stream the Golden Globe Awards:

Viewers can stream the Golden Globe Awards on NBC using the streaming service that many cord cutters turn to, Sling TV. Subscribers who choose the Sling Blue package ($25/mo) have access to a number of channels, including NBC. However, if you only want to watch this one glamorous event, you can try Sling TV free for seven days!

Note: NBC live local feed in select markets, on-demand elsewhere.

Pro tip:

Finding ways to stream live TV is only half the battle for cord cutters. After all, nobody wants to watch Ryan Gosling or Natalie Portman accept an award on a tiny computer screen. Download AirParrot 2 on your Mac or PC to wirelessly mirror that live broadcast from your computer directly to an Apple TV or Chromecast.

Use your Sling TV account in the Chrome or Firefox browser to stream the event. Then open AirParrot and select your browser as the “From” option. Select your Apple TV or Chromecast as the “To” option. This will allow you to experience all the action on the big screen.

The image below was taken from the AirParrot menu and shows you how to do this. You simply select your browser or application. Then select where to send it.

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January 8, 2017
Golden globes
8:00 p.m. ET

Nominees include:

  • La La Land – Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
  • Manchester by the Sea – Best Motion Picture – Drama
  • Tom Ford – Best Director – Motion Picture
  • Stranger Things – Best Television Series – Drama
  • Jonah Hill – Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
  • Winona Ryder – Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama

Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app.

January 4, 2017

Recorded with Reflector: Super Mario Run

Our “Recorded with Reflector” gameplay video of the week is Super Mario Run. You can download this app for free in the App Store or pre-register for it in the Google Play Store.

How to record with Reflector 2:

1. Wirelessly connect your iOS device to your Mac or PC.

Pro tip: You can also mirror and record Android gameplay to Reflector using the built-in Google Home Cast technology on your Android device.  

2. There are two ways to record your mobile device once it’s wirelessly mirrored to the Reflector software on your computer. You may click the “Record” button on the top right of the mirrored device (shown below). Alternatively, you can begin recording from within the Reflector menu (the little orange icon at the top of the image below).

Record iPhone Zoom

3. Once you are done recording your iOS device, press the “Stop” button. Then select where to save the MP4 file on your Mac or PC.

Learn more about the Reflector 2 screen-mirroring app.

 

December 30, 2016

How Cord Cutters Can Watch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

New York City’s annual Times Square ball drop is attended by at least 2 million spectators in celebration of the new year. The festivities will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and will include more than five hours of special performances by Mariah Carey, Demi Lovato, Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan and more.

This event is televised as part of the New Year’s Eve specials broadcasted by numerous networks and channels, including ABC. If you want to watch Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, but don’t want to pay the price of cable, here’s a way that you can stream it.

Stream Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve:

Viewers can stream Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve on ABC through the streaming service that many cord cutters turn to, Sling TV. Subscribers who choose the Sling Orange package ($20/mo) have access to the Broadcast Extra bundle ($5/mo) to watch live local broadcast channels, including ABC. Do you only want to use this service to watch the ball drop? You can try it free for 7 days!

Note: You can only stream ABC Live through Sling TV in select markets around the country. These areas include Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angelos, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. If you live in one of these areas, the ABC live stream will be accessible.

Pro tip:

Make sure you have AirParrot 2 on your Mac or PC. AirParrot 2 allows you to wirelessly mirror that live broadcast from ABC directly to Apple TV or Chromecast using the Chrome or Firefox browser. You can experience all the action on the big screen and feel like you’re right in Times Square! After all, nobody wants to watch the celebration on a tiny computer screen.

Basic Antenna Option

Don’t forget the old-fashioned way! Since ABC is over-the-air (OTA) network broadcasting, it’s free to watch with a digital antenna if you live in range of an affiliate.

Dec. 31, 2016

Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve

8:00 p.m. ET

Learn more about the AirParrot 2 desktop mirroring/streaming app.