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Build your own home TV antenna with a paperclip or clothes hanger

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A TV antenna is a great way to get a multitude of HD channels including, in many areas, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC for free. While you can buy an antenna for under $50 at stores such as Walmart or Target, you can also build your own antenna with items you likely already have in your house.

Here are two ways to make a cheap and easy antenna for your TV.

One note before we get started: if you have a smart TV you will need to use its menu to scan for channels after you install the antenna. To do this, go to settings on your TV. There you will find a channels menu with an option to scan for local channels. Without this step, your TV will not show all the available channels.

Looking for alternatives to Cable TV? Introducing YouTube TV

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Cut the cord by finding alternatives to cable like YouTube TV

If you’re looking for alternatives to cable TV, you’re in luck because there are a growing number of live TV streaming services in the United States. One of the newer services, YouTube TV, is quickly becoming one of the most popular. Let’s take a look at what you need to know about YouTube TV.

From live TV streaming to big mergers: five cord-cutting trends to watch for in 2019

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Looking back, 2018 was an amazing year for cord cutting. Never before has it been so easy to cut the cord and still watch the shows you love. Now, 2019 looks like it will be even better for cord cutters.

Here are five cord-cutting trends to watch for in 2019.

Cable companies increase prices and cord cutting has never looked better

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Cable companies are increasing prices again

Still have cable TV? Thinking about cutting the cord? Right now may be a great time to cancel your cable service as their prices are once again going up.

cable companiesBack in October 2018, it was reported that if you still have Spectrum’s cable TV service, you should get ready to pay more. Depending on what market you are in and what package you have, you will see an increase in your broadcast TV price from $8.85 to $9.95 and your receiver cost will grow from $6.99 to $7.50. Digital adapters will also rise from $4.99 to $5.99 each and, if you have the Latino View add-on, it will be going up from $7.99 to $8.99 a month.

You may also see a $5 price hike on your Internet service. It will be interesting to see if they continue to charge this price as $50 5G Internet continues to roll out in the United States.

The OTARD law: can Homeowners Associations ban antennas?

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Your protections under the OTARD law

FCC OTARD Rule2018 has been a great year for over-the-air TV and, with the new 3.0 OTA standard on the horizon, your antenna is about to get better with free 4K over-the-air. Yet, we often hear that a homeowners’ association (HOA), or a similar group, attempts to block someone from installing an antenna on their condo or house. However, the OTARD (Over-the-Air Reception Devices) law is clear on this; you have every legal right to install an antenna, even on a condo, if you own it or have an exclusive use area of your rental property.

You may be interested to learn that the FCC’s OTARD law further prohibits most restrictions that an HOA might try to enforce, such as preventing installation, maintenance or use of an antenna, or unreasonably increasing the cost to do so.

The rule also applies to rental properties where the renter has an exclusive use area, like a balcony or patio. This includes condominium owners, co-op owners and tenants, townhomes, manufactured homes and single-family homes as well. The rule does not apply to common areas such as the roof or exterior walls of multi-dwelling units.

Classic TV shows and movies now streaming online

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Cord cutters can stream classic TV shows and movies

Classic TV shows and movies have traditionally been somewhat hard to find. Sometimes, they would be available on DVD or VHS at your local corner store, or you could get lucky and catch a re-run or special airing on local stations.

Now, they are becoming increasingly easy to stream online. Recently, several new services have launched, which give fans of old classics access to the content they love, without breaking the bank.

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