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Watch the Super Bowl without cable

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Super Bowl 50 is upon us and, thanks to how cord-cutting friendly it will be this year, it’s poised to have one of the biggest audiences ever.

You can watch Super Bowl 50 at home without cable. The biggest US sports event is the friendliest one yet for cord cutters.

Free TV guides for cord cutters

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We were off to a great start when we canceled cable TV; our new antenna gave us access to an abundant amount of great content. But it wasn’t long before we noticed one unexpected blank spot in our family television entertainment. How would we figure out what was on TV and when it would air? We had become very dependent on our TV channel guide to tell us what was on each day. We felt as if we had gone back to the 1990s when a TV guide popped up every time we changed the channel.

The good news, as we found out, is that you can get a TV channel guide just like, if not better than, the one you had when you paid for cable TV.

Smart TVs are a cord cutter’s dream at CES

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the largest tech conventions in the world. This year, over 170,000 people descended on the Las Vegas Convention Center to see the tech that’s new and coming soon. I had the opportunity to spend a week at the show, scouring the show floor for the latest tech for cord cutters. I saw everything from the Sideclick, a thoughtful universal remote that snaps onto your Roku, Fire TV or Apple TV and that lets you control your TV to washing machines that automatically reorder your laundry detergent when you’re running low.

If there was one product that stood out to me at CES (and granted, I may have been wearing my cord cutter blinders) it was Smart TVs.

Smart TVs are coming from every corner; Sony, Samsung, LG, Panasonic, TCL and even older names like RCA are jumping on the bandwagon. Most surprising / pleasing to me was the fact that many Smart TV companies are ditching their own operating systems and partnering up with established services like Roku, Google, and Firefox to power the smart part of their smart TVs.

Holiday party ideas for cord cutters

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The holidays are almost here, and for many people that means entertaining in their home. Televisions have become a focal point in many homes, and when you’re entertaining guests, they are often powered off. Rather than leaving a big blank space in the living room, why not use your TV as a centerpiece for your holiday party? We’ve got a few ideas for you.

College football for cord cutters

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In the past, Bowl Season has been frustrating for college football fan cord cutters. Without ESPN, many were left with only two legal options to watch bowl games: go to a friend’s house to watch the game, or agree to a 2-year contract with cable TV. At an average cost of $100 per month, the latter was an expensive way to watch just a few weeks of football.

Although there were a few cord cutters whose ISP gave them access to ESPN 3 with a sky cam or other feed, the vast majority of cord cutters were left out in the cold when it came to watching the Bowl Season. Similarly, even though using an antenna allowed cord cutters to watch HD sports for free over the air from networks like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, none of them offered access to all of the bowl games.

Now, things are very different.

Christmas stuff for cord cutters

From timeless classics to brand new stuff like Bill Murray’s online-only Christmas special, cord cutters are more than covered for Christmas.

With a streaming setup at home, you don’t have to worry about missing A Charlie Brown Christmas or whatever your family’s holiday classic of choice is. Likewise, you don’t have to wait for a commercial break in order to refill the communal popcorn bowl; just hit pause, do what you need to do then pick up right where you left off.

In this week’s Cut the Cord column, we’re going to take a look at some of the best holiday specials and movies available online to help make the season a little more special.

Hulu Holidays

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Do you use Hulu? They have made a great page that lists all the Holiday shows and movies available. From some of the newest Christmas episodes of your favorite shows to specials like The Great Holiday Baking Show and overwrought movies that play on the ol’ heartstrings like Coming Home for Christmas and A Christmas Wish, there is something for everyone here.