Sling TV Subscription Invitations Going Out Now

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If you’re excited to try the new Sling TV subscription service available from Dish TV, you’re in luck! Those who requested invitations to try Sling TV are receiving invites by email as I type.

I received mine and I’m looking forward to trying it via the FREE 7 Day Trial. They ask for a credit card to keep on file, as once the trial period is over, users are automatically billed for a 30 day time period.

There’s no contract for Sling TV and you can cancel your Sling TV subscription at any time.

In the FAQ on their site I found contact info and how to download the Sling TV app to my Roku 3. They have an email: [email protected] and a phone number 1-888-893-9069 if you want to ask questions before you subscribe.

There are additional channel packages that you can add for $5 per month related to sports, kids and news programming. I’m going to start with the basic channel offering from TBS, TNT, ESPN, ESPN2, Food Network, HGTV, Disney and more.

I’m a bit bummed that currently you can only watch Sling TV on your tablets (Android and iOS – iPad), smartphones (Android and iOS – iPhone & iPod touch), PC, Mac and Roku devices (boxes and stick), but the service plans to add channels on Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Stick devices, Xbox One and Google Nexus (and others I would imagine…) very soon.

At only $20 per month after a Free 7 Day Trial, the Sling TV experience may well be the best deal in streaming entertainment for cord cutters who crave live sports TV. But for those who aren’t into sports, it may end up being just another way to pay more for less.

The question remains…

Will Sling TV be a streaming media trend to dominate the internet TV landscape, or just a repackaging of the same old thing – charging for every ‘extra’ including channels and screens – ultimately boosting your TV bill once more?

Time will tell.

XBMC KODI Excellent Cordcutter Resource

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XBMC can seem complicated to setup and use, but there are a lot of great tutorials on YouTube with folks who really know their stuff!

When I got started using XBMC I was terrified of the interface. It seemed overwhelming. Admittedly there is a learning curve to it, and it does take time to get comfortable using it, but once you do, a whole new world in entertainment opens up.

I talk a little bit about it in my book: Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV, but to learn how to setup and use XBMC (recently renamed KODI) YouTube really is the place to learn.

If you want to download KODI, you can get it here for PC or Mac, Android, iOS, Raspberry Pi, Linux and KodiBuntu.

Here are a few XBMC/KODI videos I recommend to get you started.

This one is a 42 minute ‘how to install’, that is helpful if you’re not yet using XBMC.

These are from a channel which also has an active Facebook group worth joining to help you learn even more. You have to request an invite, but once approved you’ll get the scoop!

Add-ons are what make XBMC Kodi a personalized, streaming entertainment solution for cordcutters. Paired with a Mohu HDTV Antenna, it can’t be beat!

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Update Your Workspaces For 2015

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to make my workspaces more efficient and fun.

While I’ll probably never be 100% happy with my desks (yes, multiples which I hope to have down to one before I die…) or monitor choices, I keep looking and trying out new ones. Of course they also have to fit my budget, which makes the task of finding the right ones a little bit more challenging.

Here are a few products I found on Amazon that you might find are right for updating your workspace and can perking your productivity.  Or at the very least encourage you to stay at your desk and watch cat videos on YouTube.

Desks

You can DIY your desk with a wire shelving unit or two saw horses and an old door, but for those of us on a budget who want a modern look with minimal effort, these are good options.

Walker Edison Soreno 3-Piece Corner Desk, Black with Black Glass

For around $210 you can take two of these desks and create a u-shaped desk. Add some LED strip lighting and you’ll be the Commander of Cool!

If you’re more of a minimalist or Mac addict, you may prefer something a bit more subtle.

Prepac White Floating Desk with Storage

I like both these desks as they are inexpensive (less than $155 each at the time of this writing) and yet still fun and functional.

Lighting

Not all office lighting has to be fluorescent and overhead.  Consider these less traditional lighting sources.

Crystal Allies Gallery: Natural Himalayan Globe Salt Lamp Ionic Air Purifier on Wood Base with Cord, Light Bulb & Authentic Crystal Allies Info Card

TaoTronics® Elune TT-DL01 Dimmable LED Desk Lamp (14W, Piano Black, 4 Lighting Modes, 5-Level Dimmer, Touch-Sensitive Control Panel, 1-Hour Auto Timer, 5V/1A USB Charging Port)

 

Chairs

Ergonomics are really important if you’re spending a lot of time at your desk. These chairs are adjustable, functional and good looking.

 

SPACE Seating Professional Dark Air Grid Back with Black Eco Leather Seat, Managers Chair

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BOSS Modern Office Chair, Red

Ultrawide monitors, Bluetooth speakers, tablets and storage space are just a few more ways you can update your office.

Set a budget, get some ideas off of Pinterest, use an iOS app like Homestyler Interior Design by Autodesk to help you visualize your space in a different way, and have fun transforming your space.

Winter Clearance – Getzs

Getzs is a great place to find deals on clothing, outerwear, footwear and accessories for men and women.

Top brands including Columbia, Filson, The North Face, and Carhartt are on sale now, so check ’em out!

Deals like this one…


The North Face Men’s Chimborazo Full-Zip Jacket – 50% Off – Only $49.50

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Simple To Use Products For Cutting The Cord

Even before writing Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV I was keen to learn all I could about products that worked well for cutting the cord, but I found it somewhat difficult to find all those products listed in any one place.
    
This list is a good starting point for anyone looking to make the break from cable or satellite TV. Products listed here are simple to setup and use, no matter what your level of tech knowledge.
    

HDTV

    
You need a ‘skinny’ TV with tuners inside to translate HDTV digital signals to your screen, after they’ve been snapped up by an indoor or outdoor HDTV over air antenna. Alternatively you can get a digital converter box and use it with your old TV, but a new HDTV is so much nicer!
    
I’ve had great experiences with the TCL LE40FHDE3010 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV.
    
This company is the same company that Roku chose for their new TCL 40FS4610R 40-Inch 1080p Smart LED TV (Roku TV) which has Roku functionality built-in. The TCL HDTVs are inexpensive and work as well as any of the big name brands I’ve ever used, making them a very savvy deal!
    

HDTV Antenna

    
Your HDTV antenna choice is a key component to successfully cutting the cord.
    
For me, that started with a flat indoor HDTV antenna from Mohu, the Mohu Leaf 50 Amplified Indoor HDTV Antenna. Using this antenna is what launched me into the cord cutting lifestyle, and made me an advocate for cutting the cord.
    

    
I’ve also used the Mohu Leaf 50 Indoor HDTV Antenna (Certified Refurbished) which works well and saved me some cash, and currently use the Mohu Curve 50 Designer HDTV Antenna with great success.
    
All of these Mohu HDTV antennas are easy to setup and use, and provide me with excellent over air TV reception in HD from all the major networks available in my area: NBC, FOX, ABC, CBS, CW, and PBS.
    
I have tried other brands of over-the-air HDTV indoor antennas, but found that for my location, these Mohu branded ones work the best.
    
Depending upon where you live, you may be able to get away with a shorter range antenna than the ’50’ mile ones I’ve listed here.
    
HDTV antennas like the Mohu Refurbished Leaf 30 HDTV Antenna or the Mohu Leaf Metro HDTV Antenna.
    

Over Air DVR Streaming Box

    
This is an amazing Tablo device that allows users to record live programs, and use the power of the internet to view shows on the go!
    
Tablo DVR for HDTV Antennas, 2-Tuner with Wi-Fi comes in this 2-tuner version or a 4-tuner version, and works perfectly with the Mohu HDTV antennas including the outdoor Mohu Sky 60 Amplified Attic/Outdoor HDTV Antenna with Mount.
    
This device is ideal for cord cutters on the go as you can use apps to view live and recorded TV on a device like an iPad, and provides an incredible value to those who want DVR functionality and are cutting the cord
    

    

Streaming Media Devices

    
If you have cut the cord and want to nab streaming media services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video, getting a HDMI connected streaming media box is the easiest way to get it. Alternatively you can buy a smart TV with the apps already installed.
    
Check out Best Streaming Media Boxes for Cord Cutters and The Big 3 Streaming Media Services for Cordcutters: Amazon, Hulu, Netflix.
    
I also really like using the Amazon Fire TV Stick which truly may be the greatest thing since sliced bread.
    
If you want to learn more on the actual ‘how-to’ of cutting the cord and supplementing your over-the-air TV with streaming media, be sure to pick up my book: Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and join the legions of happy cordcutters saying ‘good-bye’ to cable and ‘hello’ to great savings without contracts.
    

Crazy Good Lift Ticket Savings – Liftopia

I’m jealous. Out here in the West snow is tough to find, but elsewhere there’s fresh powder.

When you’re finally able to dig out your car (I’m talkin’ to you folks in the Northeast…) head for the slopes and save with AWESOME deals like these from Liftopia.

End of Season Savings at Cabela’s

Now through February 4th, get some awesome deals on clothing, shoes, and more.

Here are some examples of the savvy end of season savings available now!

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company Inspires Possibilities

In my next life, I want a tiny house. I lived aboard a 38′ sailboat for a couple years and discovered the joys of living simply. Now on land with more and more stuff, I find I tend to yearn for ‘less’.

An incredible resource for folks who want to have a unique RVing experience, simplfy or embrace an eco-friendly lifestyle, Tumbleweed Tiny House Company builds tiny houses and also offers floor plans for DIY enthusiasts.

You can sign-up for workshops to learn how to maximize your tiny house space and make it your own.

Tumbleweed Tiny House Company offers the ultimate deals in home ownership. The tiny homes are inexpensive to produce, and self-contained. You can live anywhere and bring your home with you!

Check out this video to learn a bit more about the company and how small spaces can be creatively turned into a big deal!

    

    

Deals For Healthy Living – Pharmaca

Pharmaca has outstanding deals on quality brands for healthy living. They offer excellent customer service, quality brands and are committed to helping their customers achieve their New Year’s resolutions with natural, eco-friendly products.

I like their organic beauty products like those from Burt’s Bees, and I buy my Gaia Herbs supplements from them.

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