Cord Cutting News

All the cord cutting news that is fit to print! When we think there is something important to know about cord cutting or saving money, we will write it down here. As new streaming apps or free and legal content become available, we will let you know with our posts.

Every day new streaming apps or hardware enter the marketplace. Sometimes they are great…and sometimes they are not worthy of words. We will keep you up to date on all the best apps that offer legal streaming content. We will try to focus on free apps but sometimes there will be subscription apps that we really love.

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Podcasts

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DIY Cord Cutting is Like DIY Car Repair

This weekend I took on a project that would have taken a car mechanic about twenty minutes. It took me eight hours. And about half way through I was reminded of the time when I first tried to cut the cord. At the end of 2012, I lost my job and needed to cut costs.…

Afraid to Cut the Cord

My wife’s cousin and his wife came to Christmas Eve dinner. They were finally ready to cut the cord. Like many of our customers, they have been contemplating it for years. But they have been afraid of the change. They are so afraid of cutting the cord that they have wasted $6000+ on pay TV…

Sling TV Adds FOX News & MSNBC

At freeTVee, Sling TV has always been our favorite streaming package for TV channels. Why? Because it offers the most channels, most flexibility and give you the most opportunity to save money. When paired with a professionally mounted HD Antenna, Sling gives you the most channels at the best price. In the past, we were…

Tips and Tricks for YouTube TV

If you have not already watched our video tutorial on Using YouTubeTV you might want to check it out. Many of the tips and tricks covered here can be found in the video. Customize the Live Guide YouTube TV offers more than 70 live TV channels, but doesn’t put them in any kind of discernible…

Watch the Most. Save the Most.

Our website is filled with more information about saving money through cord cutting than any other website out there. Since we have been doing it for so long, it sometimes takes a while to get through all the information. And sometimes you will miss important articles. To that end, we have created this blog post…

Evolution of the Universal TV Remote

In the picture above you can see my old universal remote and my new universal remote. The old one has so many buttons (55) that it will make your head spin. And that button count does not even include all the options that come up on the LED screen. Needless to say, when guests came…

Ford v Ferrari

With so much to watch as a cord cutter, it is very rare that I go to the movie theater anymore. But I did go and see Ford V Ferrari, staring Matt Damon and Christian Bale. Why? In my humble opinion the AC Shelby Cobra is one of the finest cars to ever grace the…

DIY Sacrifices Not Necessary

At freeTVee, we will not lie to you. If you want to implement a low cost, content rich cord cutting solution then you can try to do it yourself. Just make sure you give yourself a budget of $800+ and about 40 hours of time. If you are not already experienced setting up networking protocols,…

New Things to Watch

Last weekend I went to a customer’s house to replace a glitchy piece of hardware. This does not happen often but this was a special case. The customer had done some of the basic troubleshooting and could not get it to work. Since we had installed fewer than 60 days prior, we went out to…

Cable & Satellite Christmas Present?

Cable & Satellite have once again increased their rates, like the do every 6-12 months. For details on the latest Comcast rate hike, go to Fierce Video, or here for details on the DirecTV rate hike, or here to see the Dish rate increase. The paragraphs below have been taken from their great piece of…

Sony Playstation VUE replacement options

Sony just recently announced that they will be discontinuing Playstation VUE at the end of January 2020.  As you know, freeTVee is not a service provider and charges no monthly rate.  Sony VUE, YouTube TV, Sling TV, etc. are the service providers for higher tier Sports, News, Cable (and sometimes Local Network channels, if you don’t have…

Altitude Sports Blackout-How to watch Denver Nuggets?

While Altitude Sports and big pay TV bicker about money, we sit in sports limbo. But here is the good news. The Denver Nuggets season opener and other major nationally televised games can be seen without the need for Altitude Sports, Cable or Satellite via Streaming Cable Channels for a lot less money and no…

Altitude Sports Blackout

If you have been holding off on cutting the cord because you can’t get the Avs or the Nuggets as a cord cutter, it might be time to ditch cable and satellite. No one can get Altitude right now. You can’t get it on cable, satellite or streaming. So, that means that AVS season opener…

Altitude Sports Black Out

Cord cutters in Denver don’t get Altitude Sports…but now, neither does any one else. That’s right sports fans, the cable and satellite companies have dropped Altitude Sports because they can’t agree on a price. Of course, they will probably all get it sorted out before the NBA and NHL seasons start. But guess what…your regional…

We Love Consumer Reports

We love Consumer Reports. An important part of any capitalist democracy is freedom of the press. Without freedom of the press, large corporations would find it even easier to take advantage of their customers. Make no mistake about it…Consumer Reports is a vital publication for us all and we highly encourage every American to either…

Cord Cutting Antenna News

You can spend a lot of time researching antennas and cord cutting. Frankly, its a hot confusing mess so we have put this blog post together with quotes from reliable sources about cord cutting. Our goal is to give you the information we trust from reliable sources. From Consumer Reports to AARP: The Magazine you…

Details from the spat between CBS stations and AT&T’s DirecTV.

The statement concerning CBS stations was sent from AT&T to our good friends over at Cord Cutter News. “CBS has put our customers into the middle of its negotiations by pulling its local CBS stations in 14 cities. We were willing to continue to negotiate and also offered to pay CBS an unprecedented rate increase. That…

Professional Antenna Installer Checklist

In order to be a professional antenna installer you need many things. First, you can’t be afraid of heights. Second, you can’t be afraid of small spaces. Third, you can’t be afraid of spiders or wasps. Fourth, you need to understand all the nuances of coaxial wiring. Fifth, you need an infinite amount of patience.…

CBS Blackout Wars

So you pay all that money for DirecTV and they are going to cut you off from CBS? Ouch. Those of us who are cord cutters don’t have this problem. Our HD Antennas will get CBS as long as it is around. Denver 4, our local CBS station, has a link on their website. It…

Do we charge too much to cut the cord?

If an investment manager called you and said “I have found a way for you to invest $1000 today for a $5,000 return in five years, guaranteed” what would you do? Would you invest the money? First, you would check to see if he is legit. If his friends call him Tony “The Knee Breaker”…

Forbes Article Worth Reading

Here is an excerpt from Toni Fitzgerald’s article on the Forbes website. Click here to read the whole article. Why Cord Cutting Doubled In 2018 And 10 Million Have Left Since 2012 Cord cutting, or the phenomenon of people abandoning their traditional cable and satellite TV subscriptions, has become an industry obsession over the past…

Amazon Fire Stick Sync

We just had a few calls that Amazon Fire Sticks are not updating a specific row of content. The solution is pretty simple. From your home screen, go to Settings > My Account > Sync Amazon Content. Once you do this, please restart the Fire Stick by going to Settings > My Fire TV >…

The Cheapest Way to Watch TV

Forbes reported that 2.9 million people dumped pay TV for good in 2018. Unfortunately, for most of us the cheapest way to watch TV is not super easy to set up on your own. It certainly can be done, but without professional help it might not save you much money in the long run. Why?…

Your Life Simplified: Cord Cutting Interview with freeTVee

This post contains the complete written transcript of the freeTV cord cutting interview with Mariner Wealth Advisors. Interviewer (Brian Leitner) Hello, and thank you for downloading another episode of your life simplified. My name is Brian Leitner and I’ll be the host of this episode. Today’s episode is near and dear to many of us.…

freeTVee Podcast Interview: Cut the Cord to Save Money.

In this podcast, Brian Cavanaugh, the founder of freeTVee, answers questions about cord cutting’s ability to save you money. We are grateful to the podcast team over at Your Life, Simplified. They cover all kinds of money saving tips, tricks and strategies. In previous episodes they covered topics as diverse as saving for college and…

Netflix Invests in Stars

Last week we attended the PayTV conference in Denver. Heavy hitters from the world of entertainment sat on panels and spoke about visions for the future. One of the most interesting things they said was this: when you go to Netflix studio offices the place is filled with a who’s who of mega movie and…

Denver Nuggets via Streaming

Things are looking pretty good for the Denver Nuggets and cord-cutters all across the front range. The NBA playoff games are all available on TNT and ESPN. As always, we recommend a subscription to PS Vue or Sling to access these channels. Both these streaming services have TNT and ESPN so you can watch all…

FireTV Recast Channel Rescan

We have had some questions about how to rescan for channels on the FireTV Recast. This link will take you to a video on YouTube to walk you through the steps. Also, you can do all of this from your FireTV app on your mobile phone. Video Tutorial for FireTV Recast Channel Rescan RESCAN FOR…

Records. Songs. Streaming

Johnny Cash’s “A Boy Name Sue” was my first record. I had three copies of the record because I kept wearing it out on my father’s turntable. But that was forty years ago. Now, I just say “Alexa, play “A Boy Named Sue” and she says “Now playing “A Boy Named Sue” from Bruce’s Spotify.”…

Windows Security Scam

We just received a scam phone call at our office and we wanted to warn you about it whether you are a customer or not. This scam from overseas has been going on for a while and is documented on Microsoft.com. For more details, you can visit this Microsoft web page: https://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/all/i-received-a-call-from-the-windows-security/b5536f6a-c059-4ca5-8aef-88ca8c3d12e0 The call obviously…

How to fix 90% of Consumer Electronic Issues

To fix most consumer electronic devices, simply unplug from power. Wait 30 seconds. Plug back in. This simple process will fix most consumer electronic glitches. Speakers that don’t connect? Power cycle it! Phone giving you problems? Power cycle it! Is your streaming media player getting you down because it is stuck on a screen? Power…

Formula 1 – Drive to Survive

My wife got mad at me for watching three episodes of Formula 1: Drive to Survive without her. Usually, we have a deal when it comes to binge watching series on Netflix or Amazon Prime. The deal goes something like this – if I watch the first two episodes in a series and I think…

Cord Cutting Research Can Be Confusing So Please Thank My Wife

My wife tests and researches everything we install. Here is one of my favorite and simultaneously least favorite texts from my wife: “How the h*%& do I watch TV tonight?” Before you dismiss this out of hand, please note that my living room is a testing lab for every possible combination of cord-cutting solutions you…

Don’t Believe the Lies About Antennas! Learn the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth from freeTVEE!

Earlier today, Brian chatted on the phone with a retired woman  concerning the lies about antennas told to her. She called us because she wanted to know if we would install the antenna she found online. She knew she needed to cut the cord to save money and so she did some research. Brian googled…

Amazon Prime and WW2 Movies

As you may have read in my previous post, I enjoy WW2 movies. However, I also enjoy movies about groups of people solving really large problems together. Hidden Figures and Apollo 13 spring immediately to mind as some of my favorites in this genre. Recently, though, I discovered “Castles in the Sky” from the BBC…

WWII Movies on the Antenna

The other night while surfing through my antenna channels I found one of my favorite movies of all time. In one of those rare moments of quiet, I was actually able to watch it all the way through. With our current busy schedule at work and home, it is not often that I get the…

freeTVEE to the Rescue

Last Saturday a new customer called us for a cord cutting rescue. He cut the cord himself about a year ago but his indoor antennas were not working properly. The signal would cut out every time someone walked in front of the TV. Needless to say, his Super Bowl plans for the following day were…

Money Math for Potential Cord Cutters

We love money math! On Tuesday we installed our complete cord cutting package for a couple living north of Denver.  Their combined bill for TV, Internet and home phone was $280.83 per month.  By the time we left, their entire monthly TV and internet bill was $76.67, including tax. That is a monthly savings of…

Amazon FireTV Device Support

Our customers use all kinds of streaming devices including Amazon FireTV sticks. One of the most popular, and our favorite, is the Amazon FireTV Stick. Amazon’s support for these devices has been great. However, sometimes it can be challenging to find the best support options for Amazon devices. Here is the best way to get…

Comcast, Dish, AT&T to raise prices to counter cord cutting

As more and more people cut the cord, payTV will raise prices.  It is a self fulfilling prophecy!  This also means that the longer you wait to cut the cord, the more you will pay.  New cord cutting technology makes it possible for you to enjoy the same programming for much less without making drastic…

What can I watch on my Antenna?

Nielsen released its viewership summary for 2018. Turns out the most popular shows and broadcast events are available for free with a properly installed outdoor / attic antenna.  Don’t believe it?  Check out the Nielsen Tops of 2018. Here are the top regularly scheduled programs watched in 2018 in the US: Roseanne – ABC (antenna…

Video Games and Data Caps

My first computer was a Tandy 1000.  I loved that machine with its 128KB of RAM and DOS operating system.  My brother and I would play video games together and those shared moments exist high among my treasured memories.  My love of video games has not dulled and now I get to share it with…

The secret advantage of an outdoor antenna

In a previous post we explained why we think an indoor antenna is a bad idea.  A professionally installed outdoor / attic antenna will give you more channels, better signal quality and ensure that weather events and electronic signals inside your home will not detract from your viewing pleasure.  However, the secret advantage of an…

Lifelong TV Value

If you are new to cord cutting the key to lifelong TV value is simple: master the basics to become an expert!  At freeTVEE the goal of our training, post installation, is to make you comfortable with the idea of exploration.  By the time we leave your home you should be able to plop down…

Are You Still Installing Indoor Antennas?

One of the most common questions we get is this: do you guys install indoor antennas? The answer is always the same: NO! We do not install indoor antennas. In our history we have tried every kind of antenna you can imagine. None of these work as well as the antenna we use day in and…

Difficulties Rescanning TiVo Channels? Let Us Help!

Hello All, Some customers have had some questions about rescanning for missing channels on TiVo. It may seem difficult but it is much simpler than you may think to get your channels 9.4, 20.1, 26.1, and 26.2. While you are watching TiVo, follow these steps: Click on the TiVo button at the top of the remote…

Antenna in Denver? Rescan or be missing channels including NBC 9.4

ACTION NEEDED-RESCAN ON FRIDAY 12/7 OR LOOSE TV CHANNELS! By law, many free OTA TV stations are moving to new frequencies between now and 2020. If you watch TV for free, using an antenna, you must take action to avoid losing your channels. Any time after a station moves, rescan your TV, DVR or converter…

NFL Sunday Ticket & Red Zone 2017 Cord Cutter

Get NFL Sunday Ticket & NFL Red Zone without a monthly subscription to DirecTV, Satellite or Cable-updated for 2017.  By far the best & easiest way to get you local NFL games is to hook up an HD TV Antenna & get your local NFL games in top quality 1080 High Definition for FREE!  In Denver…

FreeTvee’s NFL Advice for 2016 (Part 1)

All 2016 GAMES FOR YOUR LOCAL NFL TEAM (GO BRONCOS!!!) ARE AVAILABLE FOR FREE WITH AN HD ANTENNA!!!   Do not be fooled by anyone who tells you otherwise and if your antenna has been installed by a professional then your picture quality will be better than anything satellite or cable can give you. Since FreeTvee…