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Watching sports after you cut the cord

sportsOne of the main reasons people have for not wanting to cut the cable TV cord completely is that they don’t want to miss out on their favorite sports. Yet now, it’s easier than ever to watch sports without cable. There are numerous options available for cord cutters to watch everything from golf to the NFL.

With only a little work to set it up, many different sports are easy to access over the air or online without paying for cable TV. We’ve put together a short list of options for watching the most popular sports in the US.

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The best TV not on TV

Looking for great TV, cord cutters? Don’t waste your time on cable as most of the great TV shows of 2015 are available online. Besides the new, original content offered weekly via Netflix, Hulu, Crackle, and Amazon (covered previously in Cut the Cord), there’s a vast amount of excellent TV content that’s only available online. Some of these shows are produced by, and star, the biggest names in Hollywood.

The greatest thing about cord cutting is the tremendous range of content you can access, which cable subscribers miss out on. This week, we explore some of the online options for finding old favorites and discovering new programs. We think you’ll agree that some of the best TV out there is not on cable TV.

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Ask an Exec: Will Ting Internet have a pre-order system?

Don R. asks if we’ll consider “neighborhood leaders” or some sort of pre-order system so areas with high demand for Ting Internet can get pushed up the priority list.

Adam Eisner responds with some insight into our current rollout in Charlottesville, our plans for 2016 and the best way to help us consider bringing Ting Internet to your community.

Got questions? Ask away and we’ll do our best to have a member of our executive team answer.

Send your questions through Twitter with the hashtag #AskTing, on FacebookGoogle+ or just by commenting on one of our Ting Ask an Exec videos on YouTube.

Setting Up Your Antenna For Free HD TV


Last week in our series on cutting the cord, we discussed different antenna types and how to choose the right one for you in order to watch a wide range of content, from live sports to your favorite primetime shows. OTA TV reception is a lot like radio reception in that where you put your antenna will affect how well it works. What is located around the antenna can also affect how well it works.

So this week, we’ll share some installation advice and safety tips to help you get it set up properly. Though there may not be such a thing as the “perfect” location for your new antenna, with a little patience and the right tools, you can find the optimal location to receive glorious HDTV over the air for free.

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The Baltimore Sun highlights Westminster’s fiber initiative

People are paying attention to what’s happening here in Westminster.

The Baltimore Sun ran a front-page story about the city’s quest to attract better Internet options. It talks a fair bit about Westminster and how we’re working together to make crazy fast fiber Internet happen here. The article speaks highly of your city and of the decision to build a fiber backbone, highlighting this approach as a potential solution to the same-old Internet access that Baltimore currently has available… and to being passed over by Google for what it perceives to be greener pastures.

Check out the full story online.

“It was clear nobody else was going to do it for us,” said Dr. Robert Wack, City Council president for Westminster, which lit up a fiber-optic network it has begun building for its residents and businesses this summer.

“… At the end of the day, it’s just like any other infrastructure project we undertake… I think that’s how every municipality and local government should approach this. This is just another type of infrastructure in the 21st century.”

In the video accompanying the article, Valerie Bortz, City Manager for Westminster with Ting, provides commentary on the installation process while technicians, Chris Treece and Katrece Rabb, wire for Catholic Charities Villa Maria Community Resources of Carroll County for speed. She explains how the fiber is being installed and gives a bit of behind the scenes look at what’s involved in getting a home or business connected with crazy fast fiber Internet.

How to watch the Big Three networks and others for free

In our series on cutting the cord, we’ve discussed several alternative services to get the video content you love. This week, we take a look at one of the most under-appreciated aspects of cord cutting: the antenna. With an antenna, you can get a wide range of free content. No longer does an antenna just give you three or four stations; now 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.

It’s important to do some research before purchasing an antenna, and this article covers some variables you should consider such as the reception in your area, and the material your roof is made of.

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