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?
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’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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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