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A pitch of a different kind

Ting’s VP of Networks is invited to throw out the first pitch at a Holly Springs Salamanders game. Will he do the Ting name proud? Or will he pull a Ba-ba-booey?

130 over-the-air TV stations coming to cord cutters

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One of the best things to happen for cord cutters in the last 10 years was the shift in 2009 to digital over-the-air TV. As a result of digital broadcasting, cord cutters get even more channels for free.

Digital over-the-air TV

So, what is digital over-the-air TV? In short, it works just like old fashioned TV, which used an antenna in order to get TV channels. Digital over-the-air TV brings you great HD TV free with an antenna (if you do not have an antenna, check out our guide to over the air TV antennas).

The difference to the end user is their ability to receive not just one channel per number on their dial but up to five different channels per number. With digital over-the-air TV, not only will you get NBC, ABC and CBS, but you will likely get the CW Network and many other stations for free.

Ting tip: Reduce data usage in Facebook

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

What seems to be last major app to implement a data saving feature, Facebook is finally rolling out a way to help reduce the amount of mobile data used when browsing Facebook on your smartphone.

Enabling “Data Saver” in the settings menu will lower the resolution of photos you’ll see in your Facebook feed as well as disabling autoplay videos inside the app. (It looks like the older auto-play setting has merged with this data saving update to simplify things.)

According to Android Police
 this feature is currently only available to some Android users. Wondering if you’re in luck? Make sure the Facebook app is updated and have a look through the Menu section.

While Data Saver isn’t currently available on iOS, it’s safe to assume it’ll be rolled out to everyone on both platforms at some point in the near future. We’ll update this article when the feature arrives!

Android instructions are listed directly below.

Disney creates exclusive deal with Netflix

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Netflix will be the only source of new Disney releases

Disney, without a doubt, produces some of the most cherished films in entertainment. So it’s a momentous achievement for Netflix to become the exclusive source of new Disney releases. This means that only weeks after Disney theatrical releases stop showing in theaters Netflix subscribers will be the first to stream them. We do not know exactly how long it will take for a Disney movie to move from theaters to Netflix, but viewers can expect to stream them around the same time they become available on DVD.

Disney has even more to offer Netflix viewers as their recent acquisition of Lucasfilm gives them access to future Star Wars films. Says Disney CEO, Robert Iger, “this is one of the great entertainment properties of all time, one of the best branded and one of the most valuable, and it’s just fantastic for us to have the opportunity to both buy it, run it and grow it.”

This is an epic move by Netflix when you consider Disney’s 2015 purchase of Marvel Entertainment also gives Netflix streaming rights to all the Marvel movies.

Why Ting mobile service is a great choice for gamers

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Since launching over four years ago, Ting has been a great choice for gamers all across the United States.

There are several reasons why Ting has been a hit with the gaming community, but it all stems from our innovative pricing model that lets you pay for what you use each month. Whether you’re a PC or console gamer, one thing you both have in common is that you likely spend most of your time around a Wi-Fi connection. If you’re constantly using Wi-Fi, what’s the point of paying for a hefty mobile data plan?

With an average monthly bill of $23 per phone, Ting can help you save big time on your cell phone plan without having to give up a quality smartphone experience. Two nationwide network offerings means you can bring pretty much any phone to Ting, from the latest iPhone 6s to the oldest Android phone collecting dust around your house. The Ting compatibility checker makes it easy to see if your current phone will work with Ting right now, too.

With intelligent tools that give you complete control over your Ting account and no-hold customer support (including live chat), we believe in a better way to do mobile.

Award-winning original content for cord cutters

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The best TV is not on TV

We’ve said it here before, but it’s the kind of thing that bears repeating from time to time. Increasingly, the best TV around isn’t on TV. Non-cable options like Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Crackle, and others are pouring out amazingly high-quality original content.

In the last three years, Netflix has been nominated for 78 Emmys. Yet, none of these Emmy-nominated TV shows has been seen on cable TV. Just last year, Amazon Video had 12 Emmy nominations, one of which won them their first Emmy (via Forbes).

Entertainment Weekly reports that Netflix plans to spend $6 billion dollars on new original content in 2016, while Amazon plans on spending $3 billion dollars on new original video and music for its Prime members. Compare that to HBO who plans to spend just $1.8 billion on content in 2016, a mere 20% increase over 2015.

The best part of all this content? If you subscribe to both Netflix and Amazon Prime, it will only cost you $18.25 a month to get access to these great shows. Compare that to the average monthly cable TV bill that is now almost $100 a month!