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How to watch services like CNN, MSNBC and Fox News without cable

Fox News without cable

Watching CNN, MSNBC, CNBC and Fox News without cable

So, are you ready to pull the plug on your cable or satellite provider but worried about losing access to your favorite news program?

We have great news for you! All the major news services like CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CNBC and others are available to cord cutters! Yup, it does not matter if you’re a fan of Bill O’Reilly or Rachel Maddow — cord cutting has you covered.

It is true that in the past, leaving a paid TV service like cable meant losing access to cable news. However, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue now give you access to every cable news channel you may want, without the exorbitant cable bill.

Along with big names like HLN and MSNBC, cord cutters can now get even more news services, which they can access all hours of the day, every day of the week.

Let’s take a look at the big names and on which of the two services they’re available.

Ting Internet FAQ: Ting Internet’s most frequently asked questions

Ting Internet FAQ

Ting Internet FAQ

Welcome to Ting. We know fiber’s still a new and emerging tech and with it can come a lot of questions like, when do I get it and what does construction look like?

We’ve rounded up some of the questions we hear the most. Hopefully, you’ll see a few on the list that you want to be answered. Whether you’ve just heard about Ting, have booked your installation or are hotly anticipating Ting TV, this post will point you in the right direction.

If it doesn’t, or if you’re looking for more detailed info, don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at 1-844-846-4994 or submit a request.

Authy review: an awesome app for two-factor authentication

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

Our Authy review - two-factor authentication

Set up 2FA quickly and easily with our Authy review

Authy | Android | iOS | is an app that lets you easily set up and store two-factor authentication tokens for multiple accounts like your Google, Facebook, Twitch, Amazon and more. We’ve previously covered 2FA for the Google Authenticator app here on the Ting blog, and in this Authy review, we’ll talk a bit about how it’s different, and why you might pick one over the other.

Check if your phone will work on Ting… on your phone

Ting-compatibility-checker-appIntroducing the new Ting compatibility checker app for Android.

Since we added a GSM network to Ting mobile, over 80% of smartphones made in the last few years will work on Ting. You gotta like those odds. The issue becomes making it easy for people to check whether their phone will work on Ting.

We’ve had some form of our Ting compatibility checker online since the early days. Today, we’re launching the Ting compatibility checker app and while it’s super simple, we think it’s some next-level stuff.

It’s a small (1.1 MB download) and lightweight (it doesn’t do anything else) app that grabs an Android phone’s IMEI and checks it to see if it will work on Ting’s networks. It also tells users which network services (3G, 4G LTE etc.) it will support once it’s here.

Why release a single-purpose app instead of bundling this feature into the existing Ting app? A couple of reasons. This is what we in the business call an “on-boarding tool,” so we wanted to keep it simple. We also wanted to keep it small so it’s a quick download for people standing in an aisle in a store, wondering if the Ting GSM SIM card they’re looking at is a smart buy.

Oh, right. This just in, Ting SIMs are going retail.

The Ting compatibility checker app needs permission to dig into your phone’s memory banks to pull out its unique identifying number, its IMEI. This IMEI (and only the IMEI) is then sent across to Ting servers and checked. In a list of app permissions, it sounds pretty heavy. We didn’t want the main Ting app to have to request these permissions.

We also wanted to keep it small and simple, with no learning curve, roadblocks or menus to navigate.

Please give it a try and, as ever, we’d love to hear what you think.

 

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 vs streaming set-top boxes

Smart TVs

Taking a look at Smart TVs and STBs

We are often asked if those new to cord cutting should purchase smart TVs or streaming set-top boxes. It can be confusing when looking at all the options; not only are there a wealth of set-top boxes to choose from but there are also an abundance of smart TV brands to consider.