February 17 , 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How To Legally Stream NBA All-Star Weekend Events

The best basketball players in the world share the court only once a year – during the NBA All-Star Weekend.

NBA All-Star Weekend showcases the spectacular talents of some of the league’s most skilled players in both the Western and Eastern Conference. From the Verizon Slam Dunk Contest to the Three-Point Contest and of course the 66th NBA All-Star Game, this weekend is sure to impress.

You shouldn't miss out on LeBron James, James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant highlights just because you don’t have cable. Here are a few legal ways to stream all of the action online.

Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the top ways that cord cutters can stream live TV without a cable subscription. Subscribers who choose either the Sling Blue package ($25/mo) or the Sling Orange package ($20/mo) have access to a number of channels including TNT. However, if you only want to watch this weekend’s events, you can try Sling TV free for seven days!

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, including TNT, for $35/mo without a contract (or you can try it free for seven days). You can use this service on most streaming devices, including computers and mobile devices.

PlayStation Vue

Good news, PlayStation owners! You, too, can stream your favorite channels all from your gaming console. With plans starting at $29.99 a month, Vue offers viewers a large variety of channels, including TNT. This is a great value to cord cutters, and it's compatible with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Try it free!

Pro tip:

Finding ways to stream live TV is only half the battle for cord cutters. After all, nobody wants to watch a slam dunk or an alley-oop 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 or DirecTV Now 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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Sunday, February 19
NBA All-Star Game
8:00 p.m.
TNT

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below!

February 14 , 2017

Squirrels Team Shares New Technology at OETC

The Squirrels team is in Columbus all week for our third conference of 2017: the Ohio Educational Technology Conference (OETC). OETC is one of our favorite conferences of the year because it gives us a chance to connect with local educators in our home state.

OETC has more than 300 vendors and more than 4,000 educational technology professionals and enthusiasts from all over the country. It’s a great place for educators and innovators to network with their peers and share their ideas. Did we mention OETC has EdTech Karaoke?

While our Reflector software will be on display as usual, OETC attendees should also get excited to see what’s next from Squirrels. We scheduled presentations at the Squirrels booth all week to give you a sneak peek at a new technology that will change the way educators use classroom devices. You’re going to love it!
Below is a complete list of all the OETC sessions that feature Alpha Squirrels presenters.


Tuesday, February 14

Leah Lacrosse (with Jon Smith)
Student Publishing with eBook Creator App
C171
2:00-5:00 p.m.

Leslie Fisher
Manage Devices
Short North Ballroom A
2:00-5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, February 15

Leah Lacrosse (with Jonathon Jarc)
3D Printing for a Purpose
C150
8:00-8:45 a.m.

Leslie Fisher
How to Make Student Devices Teacher Friendly
Union Station Ballroom B
11:00-11:45 a.m.

Leslie Fisher
Featured Speaker Session
Union Station Ballroom B
1:15-2:15 p.m.

Thursday, February 16

Marcia Kish
The Personalized Learning Playbook
Short North Ballroom A
8:00-8:45 a.m.

Laurie Green
Do You Compute? Online Assessment Skills
Short North Ballroom B-2
8:00-8:45 a.m.

Laurie Green
Make-ing it Happen
Short North Ballroom B-2
11:00-11:45 a.m.

Squirrels Booth Presentations (booth #801)

Wednesday, February 15

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
11:45 – 12:00 p.m.
12:45 – 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.

Columbus is the place to be this week! We hope to see you at OETC in booth #801!

 

February 9 , 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream Saturday Night Live

“Live from New York, it’s Saturday night!"

You don’t need to be a comedy buff to know where this line is from.

Saturday Night Live has been one of the leading comedy staples on NBC since 1975, with celebrity hosts such as Steve Martin, Christopher Walken, John Goodman, Tom Hanks and Jimmy Fallon. Over the years SNL has contributed to some of the most memorable (and quotable) moments on TV with More Cowbell, Wayne’s World, Celebrity Jeopardy, Adam Sandler’s Hanukkah song, Chippendale’s Audition and the Church Lady.

Don’t miss a second of cold opens, Weekend Update or monologues because you don’t have a cable subscription. Here are three ways you can stream all the skits online.

Sling TV

Sling TV is one of the top ways that cord cutters can stream live TV without a cable subscription. 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 one particular episode, you can try Sling TV free for seven days!

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

PlayStation Vue

Good news, PlayStation owners! You too can stream your favorite channels all from your gaming console. With plans starting at $29.99-$39.99 a month depending on your market (for 50+ channels including NBC), Vue offers a great value for cord-cutters. This service is compatible with PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4. Try it free!

Note: NBC is now offered in most areas across the nation, but it’s on-demand only. NBC live streaming is not offered nationwide by Vue at this time

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 NBC in select areas. You can use this service on most streaming devices including computers and mobile devices.

Note: Plug your zipcode into the websites for SlingVue, and DirecTV Now to see if you can get the feeds mentioned below.

Digital Antenna

NBC programming will be available over the air if you are connected with an antenna and in range of the local broadcast area. That means you can actually watch many of your NBC favorites for free including Saturday Night Live. 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 hilarious Bill Hader skit 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 Sling TV or DirecTV Now 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 laughs 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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Saturday, February 11
11:30 p.m.
Host: Alec Baldwin
Musical Guest: Ed Sheeran

February 8 , 2017

Recorded With Reflector: Bubble Witch 2 Saga

Our Recorded with Reflector video of the week is Bubble Witch 2 Saga. It’s the second part to our previous Bubble Witch gameplay video. Yes, it’s THAT addicting that we had to play again.

You can download Bubble Witch 2 for free in the App Store or in the Google Play Store.

Note: Bubble Witch 2 Saga is completely free to play but some optional in-game items will require payment. You can turn off the payment feature by disabling in-app purchases in your device settings. 

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 by connecting 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 left 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).Screen Shot 2017-02-08 at 2.04.16 PM
  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

 

 

February 3 , 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream the 2017 Super Bowl

It’s time for the Super Bowl! The New England Patriots are set to take on the Atlanta Falcons in Houston for the final game of the season. The Patriots have won the Super Bowl four times since Tom Brady took over, but the Matt Ryan-led Falcons will use the best offense in the NFL this season to try to claim the franchise’s first championship.

Grab your friends, grab the chips and grab your computer, because we’re going to tell you how you can stream the most important game of the NFL season online without a cable subscription.

Fox Sports Go

FOX will be streaming the game FOR FREE online at foxsportsgo.com. Fox is waiving its normal paid TV authentication for this sports event. Keep in mind, the commercials may not come with this stream. Local commercials will be displayed as opposed to the much-anticipated, nationally broadcasted Super Bowl commercials.

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 Sling TV or Fox Sports Go 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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Sunday, February 5
Atlanta Falcons vs. New England Patriots
6:30 p.m.
FOX

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