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Sling TV fights back against new competition

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Last year, we took a look at Sling TV as the up and coming way to watch cable channels streaming online without the need for a long-term cable contract. Recently, Sling TV has made some exciting changes to their service in order to combat new cable company competition. Therefore, we are updating our review of the streaming service.

Before we do that, we need to consider why Sling TV is important for cord cutters. If you are someone who wants to watch live sports, Sling TV is a must have with its access to ESPN, FS1, FS2, and some regional Fox Sports networks.

If you are some who cannot wait until Monday to watch The Walking Dead or some other favorite show, Sling TV is a great way to watch it live.

In short, Sling TV gives you live access to many great cable channels starting at $20 a month, along with the ability to add additional channels in packages on top of the $20 a month package. No taxes, fees, or other charges.

So what’s new with Sling TV?

Ask an Exec: Why does Ting Internet require $9 to pre-order?

In a Ting Internet town, we use pre-orders to gauge demand and guide the network build. So, why does Ting Internet require $9 to place a pre-order? Why not just take an email address or some other expression of interest and call it good?

Elliot Noss, CEO of Tucows, can speak to that. Essentially, we’re using the $9 pre-orders to measure real intention, which helps us plan where to begin building the network by identifying areas with the most interest. This blog post takes a slightly deeper dive into the subject.

Ting Unboxing and a giveaway: Galaxy Note 5

The Galaxy Note series have been the kings of phablet territory ever since the “bigger is better” trend began.

While it’s always been a powerful beast, Samsung has built the latest iteration with style in mind. Thinner and sleeker than last year’s model, the dual-edge glass back makes it a beautiful sight to behold…and actually hold, too.

The Galaxy Note 5 is a premium Android smartphone, both inside and out. With an excellent 16 megapixel camera, 4K smartphone display, 4 GB of RAM and Android 6.0 Marshmallow, the Note 5 offers the complete package.

Compared to its predecessor, pretty much everything inside the Note 5 has been improved and refined. If you’re a fan of the smartphone stylus, this year’s S Pen clicks like never before. We’ve also found the new “Screen off memo” feature to be super handy – it transforms your display into a chalkboard when the display’s off, great for doodling or quick notes when you’re on the go.

Take a further look at the Note 5 in the Ting shop listing. It’s ready for use on both Ting nationwide network offerings, CDMA and GSM.

Ting is also giving away a brand new Galaxy Note 5 on the Ting YouTube channel. Giveaway details are listed below – good luck.

How to Watch Major League Baseball without Paying for Cable

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Spring is here and so is one of the most popular sports in America, Major League Baseball (MLB). Traditionally, the majority of fans would have been out of luck if they wanted to watch a game only covered by a local TV station. Thankfully, you don’t have to live in a city to see sports events from that city on TV anymore. Baseball fans can now catch many, if not all, of their favorite team’s games, even if they don’t have cable.

We’ve got a few suggestions on how to legally watch MLB on TV, without agreeing to a two-year contract.

Ask an Exec: Where do you find efficiencies between towns?

When you’re laying and lighting geographically separated fiber networks, you learn a thing or two along the way.

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss explains when one-size-fits-all is the right approach and when hyper-local is the best way to go.

Ting tip: Minimize mobile data usage in YouTube

 If you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting, lowering your monthly bill is easier than you think. Each week, we’ll share a simple, useful mobile trick. No fluff – just the tips.

youtubeapplogoIf you like to watch YouTube when you’re on the go, there’s an easy way to reduce the amount of cellular data YouTube can use.

Streaming video in high definition uses much more mobile data than watching in standard quality, and it’s not like you need to watch a cute cat video in 1080p to get hit right in the feels.

Take advantage of the “Limit mobile data usage” setting inside the app which forces YouTube to only stream HD video when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. If you’re using cellular data, videos will automatically stream in standard quality, saving you big time on data usage. Even if you typically remember to switch to standard when using the YouTube app, we’d suggest turning on the toggle just in case.

If you have a YouTube Red subscription, go one step further and download full videos and playlists to avoid using mobile data altogether.

Get the run-down in our quick two-step tutorial below.