February 24 , 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream the 89th Academy Awards

The Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, is an awards ceremony that recognizes excellence in cinematic achievements in the United States film industry. Winners are voted on and chosen by more than 5,000 members of The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 1,000 of which are actors.

The Oscars will be hosted by television host and comedian Jimmy Kimmel with performances by Justin Timberlake, Sting and John Legend. Nominations include Casey Affleck (Actor in a Leading Role), Emma Stone (Actress in a Leading Role) Hidden Figures (Best Picture), Moana (Best Animated Feature Film) and more.

Let the glitz and glam begin, but don’t forget that you don’t need a cable subscription to enjoy the ceremony. Here are three ways that you can stream the Oscars online.

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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 Orange package ($20/mo) have access to the Broadcast Extra bundle ($5/mo) to watch live local broadcast channels, including ABC. Only want to use this service to watch the Oscars? 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 Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham and San Francisco. If you live in one of these areas, the ABC live stream will be accessible.

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 ABC, 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.

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. 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 Natalie Portman receive 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 Sling TV app or DirecTV Now in the Chrome, Safari and 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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89th Academy Awards
Sunday, February 26
8:30 p.m. ET
Host: Jimmy Kimmel
ABC

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 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

January 20 , 2017

Cord Cutter’s Guide: How to Stream the AFC and NFC Championship Games

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 Antonio Brown, 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 conference championship games 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 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 post: Cord Cutter's Guide: How to Stream the NFL Playoffs). Subscribers who choose the Sling Blue package ($25/mo) have access to a number of channels, including Fox. However, if you only want to watch one game, you can try Sling TV free for seven days!

Note: Fox 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 and CBS 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.

Sunday, January 22
Green Bay Packers at Atlanta Falcons
3:05 p.m. EST
FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots
6:40 p.m. EST
CBS

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.

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