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A cord cutter’s look at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017

Consumer Electronics Show

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is one of the biggest tech trade shows in the world, with over 160,000 people descending on Las Vegas every January to get a look at what will be new, hot, and exciting this year.

We were lucky enough to be in attendance this year and were able to meet with a wide range of representatives from companies like Sling TV, Mohu Antennas, NewsOn, Tablo and many others.

We’re tremendously excited about the following products appearing at CES this year that are specifically for cord cutters.

Streaming international TV is the way to go

Do you love watching international TV? Are you a fan of British TV, or are you wishing you had access to your home TV online while abroad? In the past, accessing international TV shows meant waiting for them to come out on DVD, or paying for very expensive add-on packages from your cable company — just to get a couple of channels.

Now, fans of international TV have a huge lineup of streaming options for watching their favorite TV shows live, or even on demand.

To assist you, we’ve put together a short guide on watching popular international programming and sports while you’re in the United States.

2017 is going to be an exciting year for cord cutters

2017 is going to be an exciting year for cord cutters

2016 was a great year for cord cutters. PlayStation Vue went national, Netflix went worldwide, DirecTV jumped on the cord-cutting movement, and hundreds of other services and announcements made their appearance in 2016.

2017 looks to be even more exciting for cord cutters. With a long list of new streaming services and several possible new devices coming out, we want to bring you in on some of the things we know and the things we expect to happen in 2017.

Cord cutting for holiday travels

Entertainment for the family during the holidays

Traveling for the holidays?

If you’ll be traveling for the holidays but still want access to shows and movies while you’re away from home, we’ve got good news. Now, traveling as a cord cutter can feel just like being a cord cutter at home.

Here is our guide to taking your cord cutting content with you. From downloading your favorite shows to having the right streaming player for your hotel, we have you covered!

Avoid the trap of trying to make cord cutting look like cable TV

Our Netflix movie night socks

I have been helping people become cord cutters for about three years. From day one, I have heard a lot of talk about how cord cutting is not less expensive than cable TV. I could not disagree more because my family saves over $2,000 a year! Also, studies have shown that, on average, cord cutters save over $1,000 a year.

Often, when I talk with people who say they cannot save money by cord cutting I find they are subscribing to five or more services. For example, one person had a very high package of PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now and Amazon Prime.

This is a major mistake I often see people make. They try to make cord cutting look just like cable by focusing on the number of channels they get, rather than whether they are getting the shows they want. Cord cutting can be a great way to save money and still watch your content, but you need to look at it differently.

So, here are a few guidelines on how you can avoid the trap of trying to make cord cutting just like cable.

An update on Ting Internet in Sandpoint

Go, Ting Van, goIt’s been a little while since we last spoke about crazy fast fiber Internet coming to Sandpoint. We’ve been working through some of the finer details. Thanks for your patience! Just thought we’d share some news we sent those who have already placed their pre-orders via email.

We’re working with the City to get all the requisite paperwork in place with i’s dotted and t’s crossed very early in the new year. From there, we’ll start construction as soon as the snow melts. We expect to light up our first customers in Sandpoint in mid-2017.

Count on us to provide details on what to expect as we progress. Look out for another email and blog post in January with more specific information.

If you’ve already pre-ordered (thanks!), there’s nothing more to do beyond encouraging your neighbors to do the same.

Pre-orders help guide where we begin building the fiber network, so if you’re looking forward to getting gigabit fiber Internet service from Ting and you haven’t yet done so, sign up by placing your pre-order now!

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