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Setting Up Your Antenna For Free HD TV

Now that you’ve chosen the best antenna for your needs, it is time to set it up. You’re going to need a few things, a ladder, drill, wrench, pliers and some coaxial cable.

However, the most important thing you need is patience; it can be a bit of a game moving the antenna here or there to find the right location with the strongest reception. Make sure you have plenty of time to get the job done right the first time.

Before you begin, there are a few things to keep in mind that will help make your antenna installation a success.

Watch the Big Three networks and others for free

One of the most under-appreciated parts of a cord cutting setup is an antenna. With an antenna, you can get a wide range of free content from live sports to award shows and your favorite primetime TV programs. No longer does an antenna just give you three or four stations. Since the move to digital over-the-air TV, new channels have started to pop up alongside the mainstays.

A recent informal survey on the Cord Cutters News Facebook page showed that on average, respondents pulled in an impressive 48 free, over the air channels. An antenna can get you everything from movie channels and classics to new local stations offering 24/7 weather and news coverage, on top of your normal network channels like CBS, FOX, and ABC.

Everyone will have a different experience with over-the-air TV based on where they live. Some people live close to towers and can pick up a whack of over the air channels with just a basic antenna sitting on the TV. Others will mount a powerful antenna on the roof and still only get 10 channels.

It’s important to do your research before you buy an antenna and generally speaking, you should buy the best one you can afford.

Streaming free and legal content

In previous installments of cut the cord, we’ve discussed a number of alternatives to cable, primarily, paid services that offer the television shows and movies you love.

Now, let’s take a look at some of the free legal options available for streaming media. If you’re looking for new content, original series, foreign films or even childhood favorites, there’s an increasingly large number of free services to choose from. The great thing about these services is they are not only legal, they are very easy to use.

There are so many free services available, we could never list them all. The Roku alone has several hundred free channels in their app store. This short list highlights just a few of the most popular services on the market to whet your appetite.

Choosing the best streaming services as you cut the cord for good

You’ve made the decision to cancel cable. You’ve taken the first step by choosing the set top box that is best for you. Now you need to choose a streaming service that will bring you the TV shows and movies you want.

Unlike choosing a cable service where you have a subscription to one service, cord cutting means you are likely to need several different subscription services in order to receive all the content you want. However, they are surprisingly simple to obtain through your set top box, and most services will offer you a free trial period. The streaming services you choose will be decided by your answers to the questions, “Which shows and movies do I want, and when do I want them?”

Here is a short rundown of the top three streaming services and what they offer.

Choosing the best set top box is step one on the way to cutting the cord for good

So you want to break free of your monthly cable bill? The first step to cord cutting isn’t admitting there’s a problem, it’s realizing there’s another solution.

This week, we’ll help you figure out which is the best set top box for you. All of the set top boxes we’ll cover will let you stream content (TV shows, movies, even live events) over the Internet. Each comes with its own unique benefits.

This isn’t the old cable TV model: It’s not one size fits all. There are many great set top boxes to choose from. The brand new Apple TV to the tried and true Roku. The newest 4K Fire TV to the crazy powerful Nvidia Shield.

To help you make that decision here is our guide to the pros and cons of each of the leading set top boxes on the market today.

An introduction to cutting the cord


An introduction to cutting the cord

Cutting the cord is a momentous occasion. No, this isn’t a story about childbirth, though I suppose that’s a pretty momentous occasion too. We’re talking about telling the cable company to take their bundles, their opt-out billing tactics, their business model in general and stick it.

Cutting the cord means saying goodbye to the monthly cable bill. With a little forethought, it doesn’t mean saying goodbye to the channels, live events and shows that you love, though. It’s about smarter TV, not necessarily less TV.

I’m very pleased to introduce Luke Bouma to the Ting blog. Luke runs Cord Cutters News, a great resource for anyone looking to get out from under the cable company’s thumb.