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Cord cutter’s guide to getting into the holiday spirit

Streaming Guide for the Holidays

Getting into the holiday spirit

The winter holidays are almost here, and with them come a host of movies and specials, new and old, that are sure to get you in the festive holiday spirit this month.

We’d like to help you enjoy your favorite holiday-themed content without the exorbitant cable bill nor the long-term contracts. Learn where you can find those old classics you loved from childhood, Hallmark specials, new movies and free streams with this holiday guide for cord cutters.

DirecTV Now is here

DirecTV now part of the AT&T family

DirecTV Now is here

And it’s ready to take on Sling TV and PlayStation Vue

This week, the long-awaited DirecTV Now streaming service was officially announced. DirecTV Now is a live TV streaming service similar to Sling TV & Playstation Vue, but with a twist to it.

With DirecTV Now, you will be able to stream 100 live channels for just $35 a month, but you better hurry, as this is the introductory offer. The standard starting package is $35 a month for 60 channels.

“We’re extending our entertainment portfolio for those who value premium content but also want more TV freedom suited for their lifestyle, whether watching at home or on their mobile devices. This is TV your way,” says John Stankey, CEO, AT&T Entertainment Group.

“Our new customer-centric offers show that mobility and entertainment are better together,” added Stankey.

Download Netflix shows and movies for offline use

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Netflix now allows movies and TV shows to be downloaded and watched offline.

Offline viewing is feature that Ting customers in particular have been waiting for. Now, with a tiny bit of pre-planning, you can save your favorite shows and movies and watch them, in full resolution, whenever you want.

Every Netflix original is available to be downloaded and stored for offline viewing. Beyond Netflix original content, you’ll find a wealth of TV shows, movies and specials available. Just keep an eye out for the new Download option in the listing.

Watching NBA and NHL without cable


A guide to watching NBA and NHL without cable

Fall is in full swing and the NBA and NHL are getting started. Many cord cutters question how they can watch the NBA or NHL without having to pay for cable and agree to their long-term contracts.

The good news is that it’s easier than ever to be a sports fan and cut the cord! Here is our cord cutter guide to the NBA and NHL.

A guide to new streaming players of 2016

Roku Express

Which new streaming player is right for you?

Quite a number of new streaming players came out in 2016, from a full refresh of the Roku line with six new streaming players to a new Fire TV Stick from Amazon.

Yet, with all these new players, it can become confusing as to which player is right for you. So, here is our quick guide to the new 2016 streaming players. Please note that we are only going to look at streaming here, options like games will not be considered in this comparison. 

We will break this list up by TV type: older non-HD TVs, HD TVs without 4K, 4K TVs without HDR, 4K HDR TVs and TVs with Dolby Digital/Dolby Digital Plus Sound Systems.

Comparing Internet speeds around the globe

Comparing Internet speeds

Internet speeds around the globe

Need super-fast Internet to download those gigabytes of puppy pictures you’ve been waiting for? Assuming you’re not in a Ting Internet town, you might want to take a trip to South Korea where the Internet’s fastest. At least, that’s what the latest edition of Akamai’s quarterly State of the Internet briefing says. This report was recently released for Q2 2016; Akamai measures the average Internet speeds in countries around the world every 3 months.

How does the Internet in your neck of the woods stack up? Just keep reading.