If you have cable or satellite TV, you’re paying too much!

Stop paying $100 or even $200 per month on cable TV! Use an antenna to get free high-definition network TV channels and low cost Internet streaming services to get the rest. These articles contain my tips and tricks to do this, legally. – Brian

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Ten Reasons You Need a DVR If You Watch Broadcast TV

Ten Reasons You Need a DVR If You Watch Broadcast TV

When you think of a "DVR", or "Digital Video Recorder", you might think they're mainly used for time shifting. That is, recording a show or sporting event so that you can watch it later, kinda like what we old-schoolers used to use a VCR for. While you can definitely...

My Review of the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Tuner/DVRs (FLEX and SCRIBE)

My Review of the SiliconDust HDHomeRun Tuner/DVRs (FLEX and SCRIBE)

After seeing a lot of positive reviews on Facebook of the SiliconDust HDHomeRun tuners being used as DVRs, I had to get my hands on one to check it out for myself (and review for y'all). To be clear, these devices will record broadcast TV shows, not cable TV or...

Review: The TiVo Edge for Antenna DVR with All-In Service

Review: The TiVo Edge for Antenna DVR with All-In Service

TiVo is known for its excellent cable TV DVRs, but they've also made a few models for recording broadcast TV from an antenna. The Edge for Antenna is their latest broadcast TV DVR, featuring two tuners and 500GB of internal storage (about 75 hours of HD video). It's...

Review: The AirTV 2 – A Better Broadcast TV DVR Than Tablo?

Review: The AirTV 2 – A Better Broadcast TV DVR Than Tablo?

When the makers of Tablo DVR got rid of their lifetime channel guide fee, leaving the monthly (or yearly) fee as the only option to get their great channel guide, I decided to take a new look at the competition because I hate recurring fees. At the top of my list was...

Use This Free Tool to Lower the Cost of Streaming TV

Use This Free Tool to Lower the Cost of Streaming TV

Back when streaming TV services first came out, they were a great value compared to cable TV. But, just like cable, many streaming TV services started raising their prices. Over the years, some have become just as expensive as cable TV, especially ones that offer live...

Six Surprising Things Modern TVs Can Do

Six Surprising Things Modern TVs Can Do

Manufacturers are always looking for new features to add to their TVs. I recently got a new 2021 Samsung 55" Q60T QLED TV to replace my thirteen-year-old Sony LCD TV (which is still going strong, by the way). I was blown away at some of the features Samsung packed...

Should You Buy a New TV in 2022?

Should You Buy a New TV in 2022?

It seems like TVs are getting new features, better picture quality, and better specs every other week. There's 4K and now 8K resolution.  And 60Hz up to 120Hz refresh rates.  Not to mention QLED and OLED screens. And, they integrate with streaming apps and...

Why a TV Antenna Might Be Your Best Friend During the Next Disaster

Why a TV Antenna Might Be Your Best Friend During the Next Disaster

The easiest way to get live local news in real-time during disasters is often from broadcast TV news coverage. A TV antenna might seem like an anachronism; something no longer needed, especially with the plethora of streaming services available today. But, in the past...

What To Do If You Lost TV Channels After Re-Scanning

What To Do If You Lost TV Channels After Re-Scanning

I've gotten lots of comments and emails from readers who've lost channels after re-scanning for channels on their TVs. And it's happened to me too! Here are some things you can try to help recover the channels you lost. 1. Manually Add Missing Channels Back The first...

Thirty Things You Could Accomplish If You Gave Up TV for Lent

Thirty Things You Could Accomplish If You Gave Up TV for Lent

While discovering free and cheap ways to watch TV is a good thing, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. In 2017, the average American spent almost four hours a day watching television! That's a HUGE amount of time to spend staring at a TV screen! What...

How to Eliminate TV Interference from Your Amazon Fire TV Stick

How to Eliminate TV Interference from Your Amazon Fire TV Stick

One of my readers told me that his Amazon Fire TV Stick was causing interference with his broadcast TV channels. When he unplugged the stick, his reception improved and his TV could receive more channels. I did a quick test with my own Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K...

Review: The Mediasonic HOMEWORX Digital Converter Box HW130STB

Review: The Mediasonic HOMEWORX Digital Converter Box HW130STB

If you have an old tube TV or a flat-screen that does not have a digital TV tuner, then the only way you can watch free broadcast channels on that TV is to get a digital converter box, or tuner box, as it is sometimes called. You plug your TV antenna into the box,...

Should You Get the Amazon Fire TV Stick?

Should You Get the Amazon Fire TV Stick?

The Amazon Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Stick 4K are among the most popular streaming players out there. They're great because of their ease of use, excellent search functionality, Alexa integration, and a plethora of streaming apps. For this review, I purchased the...

Should You Upgrade Your Roku?

Should You Upgrade Your Roku?

Roku is one of the most popular streaming media players. If you're a cord-cutter, there's a good chance you own one. But, if you have an older Roku, should you upgrade it to a newer one? I compared the features of three generations of Roku players and performed some...

Use the Roku App to Play Videos From Your Phone on Your TV

Use the Roku App to Play Videos From Your Phone on Your TV

As I've mentioned elsewhere on this site, my favorite overall streaming media player is the Roku. It's got the most content and a ton of great features. One feature that you might not be aware of is the ability to stream video, music, and photos from your iOS or...

What’s Inside a Mohu Leaf Antenna?

What’s Inside a Mohu Leaf Antenna?

If you follow  my site, you know that I'm a big fan of the Mohu Leaf flat indoor antenna. It gives me over one hundred channels here in Los Angeles. One day, reader Philip asked me what was inside the Mohu Leaf antenna. Hmmm, good question! From all of my antenna...

How I Watch TV for About Zero Dollars Per Month

How I Watch TV for About Zero Dollars Per Month

When it comes to watching TV, I'm a cheapskate. I remember when TV was totally free and I don't want to pay for it now, especially if I'm watching commercials! So, I usually pay zero dollars per month for TV. Occasionally I'll splurge and get a streaming service like...

Video: Ten Tips to Get More Channels with Your TV Antenna

One of the most frequent questions I get on this site is, "how can I get more channels with my TV antenna?" I have a blog post with my most effective tips, and now I have a video with my top ten tips to get more channels:...

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