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.

Content

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.

Troubleshooting

As the TV viewing landscape changes there may be steps to improve, upgrade or troubleshoot your cord cutting experience.

The Cheapest Way to Watch TV

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? Because you need to calculate the cost of internet only services + streaming services and then factor in…

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…