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

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Should You Upgrade Your Roku?

Should You Upgrade Your Roku?

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How I Watch TV for About Zero Dollars Per Month

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Tablo Dual Lite Broadcast TV DVR Review

Tablo Dual Lite Broadcast TV DVR Review

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Proof That Broadcast TV Picture Quality is Better Than Satellite

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The Number One Mistake to Avoid When Buying a New TV

The Number One Mistake to Avoid When Buying a New TV

Since 2006, the Federal government has mandated that all TVs include a digital tuner to allow you to receive free broadcast TV using a cheap antenna. This is one of the main ways that I promote on DisableMyCable.com to save money! But recently, I've been getting...

Parental Controls on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Chromecast

Parental Controls on Roku, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, and Chromecast

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How To Get More Channels with Your Indoor Antenna

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How to Transfer Your Videotapes to Your Computer

How to Transfer Your Videotapes to Your Computer

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Why I Don’t Use Illegal TV Streaming Services

Why I Don’t Use Illegal TV Streaming Services

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Drastically Improve Your TV Reception with a Small Patio Antenna

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How to Estimate TV Reception in Your Area

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