Watch Super Bowl XLIX Over-the-Air

3 Reasons Why an HDTV Antenna is the Best Way to Watch Super Bowl XLIX



For the last five years, the Super Bowl has been the most watched sporting event in US history. Last year, when the Seattle Seahawks blew out the Denver Broncos 43-8, over 111 million people tuned in.

 

Whether it’s for the commercials or the athletic spectacle, there’s no denying that the Super Bowl is a cherished American tradition.

 

This year’s Super Bowl will pit the defending champions, the Seattle Seahawks, and against the New England Patriots. Although the Seahawks will have the home field advantage, Patriots coach Bill Belichick is no stranger to winning Super Bowls having coached the Patriots to three Super Bowl victories in his career.

 

Win, Lose, or Draw; it’s going to be one game for the ages.

 

Watch Super Bowl XLIX for free in HD with a Mohu antenna

 

If you’re thinking about ditching cable or you’re new to cord cutting, you may wonder what the best way to catch Super Bowl XLIX is. While cable gave you too few options, sometimes cord cutting can give you too many options.

 

Between streaming apps, antennas, and subscription services, it can be hard to know what the best choice is; but don’t worry, I’ve got your back.

 

Hands down the best way to watch Super Bowl XLIX is through the use of an Over-the-Air (OTA) antenna. In 2009, all broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW) switched from analog to digital broadcasting. This new signal required a new antenna, and hence the digital OTA antenna was born.

 

OTA antennas are relatively cheap, costing around $30-$50. Personally, I would recommend the Mohu Leaf. It costs $40, it’s omni-directional, and it’s only slightly larger than an iPad, yet paper-thin. To quote CNET, “the Leaf works like magic”

 

Now, Super Bowl XLIX will air on NBC at 5:30 PM EST on February 1st. As previously mentioned, NBC is a broadcast network, which means you can pick up the Super Bowl for FREE using an OTA antenna.

 

While there are many ways to watch Super Bowl XLIX, none are quite as good as using an OTA antenna. Here are 3 reasons why OTA is the best way to watch Super Bowl XLIX:

 

 

1) OTA is simpler than streaming

 

Although you can stream Super Bowl XLIX online at NBC.com  easy enough, odds are you won’t be alone; and no one wants to crowd around a laptop for four hours. Even if your computer can hook up to the TV, it’s still more steps than you want to take.

 

With an OTA antenna, all you have to do is plug it in and turn on the TV. That’s it.

 

 

2) OTA offers better picture quality

 

While many internet providers boast fast download speeds, most never deliver fully on that promise; and for many, HD streaming is a forgotten promise akin to flying cars or meals that come in pill form. And compared to cable and satellite (which is the worst offender), the digital over-the-air picture is by far the least compressed video feed. That means with an OTA antenna you can pick up true 1080i HD picture for free. No lag, no throttling, no grainy picture.

 

 

3) OTA offers more entertainment once Super Bowl XLIX is over

 

As much as we would love football season to continue in perpetuity, it has to end sometime. You could stream Super Bowl XLIX, see it in a bar, or go over to a friend’s house; but then what?

 

After the game, you’re still missing your local channels and the latest in network television.  An OTA antenna is not free, but it’s an incredibly low-cost investment in an ongoing future of free TV. As the years roll on, you’ll be happy you got one.

 

Catching the Super Bowl this year is surprisingly easy. You don’t need any proxy or VPN or $200 for some fancy subscription service. All you need is an antenna, a TV, and a comfortable place to sit.

 

In a time where nothing is ever black and white, and something always comes with a catch, it’s nice to know that some simple traditions seldom change.

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cordcutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.



Cable Companies Rated by Customer Satisfaction Survey

Just How Bad is the “Best” Cable Company?



You’re tensed up. “Am I ahead of the curve or just skating by?” Nervousness sets in.

 

“You’ve done a good job this year,” you tell yourself. “But is that enough?”

 

Imagine your last performance review. Even with rock star-level accomplishments, it’s not uncommon for the uncertainty bug to latch on and inject seeds of doubt. You’re probably nervous because you care about your job/career, right?

 

Well, we can’t say the same for cable companies. Despite year after year of subpar customer satisfaction ratings, customer service complaints and constant criticism from seemingly every angle, cable companies just don’t appear to get it. And, from our viewpoint, we have to wonder if they really care about what the public thinks.

 

We’ve heard their promises. “We do need to transform our customer experience, and I think we have a lot of work to do,” Comcast CEO Neil Smit told Consumerist, in what the publication coined a potential understatement of the century. “It will take time, but we’ll get it done.”

 

Right. We totally believe you!

 

So, without further ado, we’d like to share this year’s award for “Best-Rated Cable Company,” which is sort like winning “Best-Smelling Fertilizer.” The findings are based on the Consumer Satisfaction Index, which as its name suggests, ranks companies based upon levels of approval.

 

AT&T U-verse Ekes Out Top Pay TV Satisfaction Honors

 

Congratulations to AT&T U-verse! You’ve outlasted the likes of Comcast and all their marketing blunders, and Time Warner Cable, which along with Comcast, took the bottom two spots on the survey.

 

AT&T scored an approval rating of 69%, which if attached to a collegiate grading scale, would allow them to just squeeze by whilst wearing a dunce cap.

 

Of note, AT&T is limited in terms of availability – it only has 6 million or so subscribers. AT&T also admitted the service is “uneconomic.” No, really. We can’t make this stuff up.

 

So effectively the company voted “best in class” admits their service doesn’t even make financial sense. Wow. This keeps getting better and better.

 

(For context, Amazon topped the index at 88%.)

 

Future of Pay TV Providers

So all this begs the question — what’s being done to rectify these low marks? These major cable companies do not seem to understand that throwing money at the situation is not going to solve anything.

 

Time-Warner brass has promised to invest billions into the network and operations sectors. Faster speeds, they say. Better service, they claim. The public continues to see diddly squat — actually no, that’s not true. They’re seeing increased bills.

 

To add even more insult to injury, NPD Group suggests the average U.S. pay TV subscription will surge to $200 as soon as 2020. That’s $2,400 every year. What? How many pies to the face will it take before the public decides to walk out of the restaurant?

 

The only service that appears to be making strides to shift the momentum is Dish, which as we previously reported will try their hand at streaming media ala Netflix. It’s called Sling TV and it may be worth investigating. That aside, where are the other glimmers of hope?

 

Is it not in Comcast and TWC’s best interest to throw a curve ball at the business model that’s sinking faster than Drew Carey’s comedy career? They’ve got the capital to do it, but none of the motivation.

 

We salute those who continue fighting the system. We’ll be right there beside you, armed with the facts (and a slew of awesome HDTV antennas).



2015 NFL Division Championships

4 Ways to Watch the 2015 NFL Division Championship Games Without Cable



NFL Playoffs - 2015 NFL Division ChampionshipWhat a wonderful week to be a football fan! You had four heart-pounding playoff games on Saturday and Sunday, followed by the NCAAF Championship on Monday, and this coming Sunday are the NFL Division Championship games.

 

There are only three more weeks until Super Bowl XLIX; and if you love football as much as I do, there’s not enough instant replays or Buffalo wings in the world to contain the excitement.

 

Now it’s no secret that Americans are overwhelmingly dissatisfied with their cable providers, but as a sports fan you might feel trapped with cable because you’re afraid of missing the big game; especially with Super Bowl XLIX right around the corner.

 

I’m here to tell you there are better options than giving in to big cable; and today I’m going to show you four ways to watch the NFL Division Championship games without cable.

 

Before we get too bogged down in the details, let’s take a look at the games we’re going to be watching and see what time and channel they come on.

 

NFC Championship Game

 

AFC Championship Game

 

Now that we know the time of the games and what channel they come on, let’s take a look at our options!

 

NFL Mobile

If you are a Verizon customer, NFL Mobile might be the simplest solution for you. For $5 a month, you can get access to every in-market NFL game. For the playoffs, NFL Mobile will be broadcasting the AFC and NFC championships as well as Super Bowl XLIX.

 

The only downside to NFL Mobile is that it actively prevents you from streaming the app to your TV. While that feature is disappointing, NFL Mobile is a relatively inexpensive solution to watching the championship in a pinch.

 

Stream Online

At the beginning of the year, the NFL announced that all playoff games would be available to stream online. What that means for you is that you can simply go to the FOX Sports or CBS Sports websites and stream the championship games. What’s more, if you have a laptop that can hook up to your TV or a streaming box that can browse the internet (like Mohu Channels) you can watch the game on your television!

 

No wires, no hook up, nothing but you and your football. If you don’t yet have all the devices necessary to cut the cord, but you can’t wait to ditch cable, streaming online is your best option.

 

Over-the-Air (OTA)

By far the easiest method of watching the NFL Divisional Championship games is through the use of an OTA antenna. For those of you that don’t know, OTA stands for Over-the-Air; and OTA is the method in which broadcast networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW) transmit their signal. It’s called Over-the-Air because it’s freely broadcasted and anyone can pick up the signal with a modern antenna. That’s right, the rabbit ears haven’t left; they’ve just gotten a lot more hi-tech.

 

As you may have noticed, the Divisional Championship games will be on CBS and FOX; two channels which you can pick up with an OTA antenna. Instead of browsing the web or paying for streaming packages, all you have to do is plug in your antenna, sit back, and enjoy the game. Did I mention it is in stunning HD? You will be hard pressed to find that type of video quality via streaming…

 

Probably the best OTA antenna available on the market is Mohu’s Leaf line of antennas. The Leaf is slim, omni-directional, and the smallest model only costs $25. Since Mohu’s design team originally designed military antennas, you can expect the signal hold up in even the most adverse of circumstances.

 

As far as I’m concerned, if it’s good enough for the world’s most powerful military, it’s good enough for me.

 

The Pub

In the bygone days before the internet, there used to be a time when people would gather in bars to watch their sporting events; and believe it or not, you can still watch the big game this way. If you don’t want to be alone, don’t have the internet or an antenna, or just feel like getting out of the house; the pub is the place for you.

 

Without knowing the particulars of your hometown, I can speak with confidence when I say at least one bar will have the game on. Call around to your favorite places and see if the game will be on. Have a drink, some wings, and enjoy the game. It’s that easy.

 

As you can see, watching the NFL Division Championship games is an incredibly simple affair. Whether you’re watching from home, streaming with your phone, or out with friends; there is no shortage of solutions to your football blues. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and kill the cable bill; you’ve got nothing to lose!

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cordcutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.



Sling Television

Sling TV CEO Reveals More Details for Cordcutters in reddit Q&A



Have you seen the headlines? If you didn’t follow CES, you may have missed a big takeaway: the cable industry has lost its power to control of how we watch TV.

 

It feels good to be on the winning team. Cordcutters, we’ve got a wealth of new information regarding Sling TV, straight from CEO Roger Lynch. Well, we didn’t speak to him ourselves, but instead we’re recapping his best and most informative responses from a recent reddit AMA, where Lynch fielded questions from the community regarding the new service. First, a little background.

 

Sling TVWhat is Sling TV?

Sling, which was publicly unveiled at CES 2015, is a no-contract over-the-top TV streaming service coming your way soon.

 

It’s Dish Network’s answer to cordcutters — that is, they’re trying to appeal to those who refuse to pay for bundled TV packages that are bloated with waste. Dish has tried previously to consider this group as “millennials,” but we believe this is quite relevant to anyone who desires flexibility and control over what and how they watch TV.

 

Sling will offer distribution of shows for $20 a month similar to how Hulu, Netflix and Amazon currently operate.

 

Out of the gate, it will offer access to 12 networks: ESPN, ESPN2, TNT, TBS, Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, Disney Channel, ABC Family and CNN. Other channels will be added soon, Dish has said.

 

The bulk of community interest, understandably, is with ESPN. If it’s one thing cordcutters can admit, it’s that watching sports isn’t exactly the easiest task without a subscription to individual sports packages through cable or satellite, although we’ve shown you how you can cut the cord and keep your sports.

 

We also know from Engadget that Sling will initially be available on iOS, Android, Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Nexus Player, Xbox One, Rokus and LG and Samsung smart TVs, as well as on the web on Mac and PC.

 

Armed with an HDTV antenna and the potential for more great content at lower prices, cordcutting just got a lot more interesting.

 

Here are some of Lynch’s top responses from the Sling TV reddit Q&A:

 

Regarding number of users who can use Sling simultaneously:

You can have Sling TV on as many devices as you want, however at launch, Sling TV will be a single-stream service.

 

Regarding what channels are included in add-on packages already announced:

Here are the channels included in the add-on packs, but there will be more coming soon, and you’ll always have content to watch with our Video-on-Demand and 3-day Replay options.

Kids Extra” add-on: Disney Junior, Disney XD, Boomerang, Baby TV, Duck TV

News & Info Extra” add-on: HLN, Cooking Channel, DIY, Bloomberg TV

 

Regarding the sports add-on package, specifically:

We’re not ready to announce specific channels for the “Sports Extra” add-on pack, but you can expect to see more great channels from ESPN, as well as other popular sports networks.

 

What about a lower-cost option for people who don’t care about ESPN?

We don’t currently have plans for an alternate base subscription without ESPN, but we give you the option to customize your Sling TV experience with add-on packages.

 

Regarding concerns of competitors and corporations:

We expect competition and that is good for consumers and the marketplace. We do have concerns about net-neutrality and the effect the proposed Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger could have on the broadband market.

 

Regarding picture and sound quality: 

Sling TV will broadcast in both 720p and 1080p and it will include surround sound.

 

Does it support Dolby 5.1? 

We support DD 5.1 and it will be available on most channels and most VOD content.

 

Regarding the business model itself:

We don’t want to re-create the cable model, which is why we are being very selective with the channels we are offering. We want to keep the price low while giving consumers the ability to customize their package with our genre add-ons.

 

Regarding offering “pay content” for channels you can receive for free OTA:

 

(Hey! That’s us!)

We’re always working to add channels but one of our core tenants is not forcing subscribers to pay for channels that are already getting for free.

 

Regarding when it will be available:

Soon… very soon. We plan to start sending out invites to people who have registered on sling.com later this month.

 

Regarding international availability:

The service will only be available in the United States.

 

So what’s your take on the news? Is this a bunch of fluff or a cordcutter’s dream? Share your thoughts with us on Facebook.



Streaming Media Services - Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video

The Big 3 Streaming Services for Cordcutters: Amazon, Hulu, Netflix



If you’re looking to save money and still get lots of movies and television programs to watch in 2015, cut the cord and supplement your over-the-air free HDTV with paid streaming media services from Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon.  

 

These time-tested video streaming services offer thousands of entertainment options, for very little additional cost to cord cutters each month. Whether you choose one service, or all of them like I do, you can’t go wrong signing up to enjoy the visual smorgasbord each one has to offer. Especially as they continue to compete with cable and premium TV channels with award-winning original series.

 

 

Amazon

 

Amazon Prime Instant Video service is part of the Amazon Prime program. Prime members have access to unlimited instant streaming of Prime content. TV series and movies with a Prime logo are free to stream for Prime members. Recently the Prime offerings have included all the episodes of The Sopranos and other HBO dramas.

 

Check out this Amazon Original offering…

 

 

…as well as Transparent, which took home two Golden Globes this year for Best Actor in a TV series (comedy) and Best TV Series (comedy).

 

Only shows marked as ‘Prime’ are included in the Prime Instant Video library. All others have fees attached to buying or renting them, but the offerings are clearly marked and since there’s so much Prime content to watch, I find I rarely even glance at the non-Prime content.

 

Once an Amazon Prime member, you’ve got a year’s worth of great stuff to watch!

 

For only $99 a year (works out to $8.25 per month, but you pay for the full year upfront) you get all the Amazon Prime member services including Free Prime shipping on many items, access to the Prime Kindle Lending Library and Prime Instant Video paid streaming service.

 

Those who have never had a Prime account before can get a 30-day Free Trial of Amazon Prime, which includes their Instant Video service.

 

Amazon Prime members can view streaming content via their PC or Mac by going to the Amazon site and logging into their account. Members can also download free apps for iOS and Android devices to view Amazon Instant Video content on their tablets and smartphones.

 

Amazon Instant Video apps are found on streaming media devices like Apple TV, the Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku 3 and select smart TVs, but in reviewing products I have found a few streaming devices that don’t have this app, so check into it before you buy your device.

 

 

Hulu Plus

 

 

Hulu Plus is a great way for cord cutters to see TV programs they may be missing when they cut the cord with cable or satellite TV.  There are brief commercial interruptions with the paid subscription to Hulu Plus. You can get a FREE 1 Week Trial and if you decide to keep the service, it costs only $7.99 a month.

 

Cancel Hulu Plus paid streaming service at any time if you don’t like it.

 

Networks like Bravo, Comedy Central, FX, The Discovery Channel, and The History Channel are ones I miss not having cable TV, but I can find shows from those networks on Hulu Plus paid streaming service. Top Chef Masters, Deadliest Catch, and more!

 

I also use Hulu Plus kind of like a DVR.  The service stores episodes of shows like Saturday Night Livewhich while I could get the show over-the-air using my Mohu Curve 50 HDTV antenna, I missed because I went to bed before it aired. With Hulu Plus I can easily watch my show the next day on my PC or Mac, or by using the Hulu Plus app on my smartphone, tablet,  or streaming media device.

 

 

Netflix

 

Netflix content is expanding every day, by leaps and bounds! In addition to adding quality movies, interesting documentaries, and television programming from multiple networks, it’s offering critically acclaimed Netflix original series like Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards (which were both nominated at this year’s Golden Globes and with House of Cards taking home an award for the second year in a row).

 

You can get Netflix for FREE for 1 MONTH and if before the end of that 30 days you decide you want to cancel it, you can easily do it online. If you keep the streaming-only service, you pay only $7.99 a month, with the ability to stream Netflix programming to two screens simultaneously. Other plans are available, including those that allow you to have both streaming service and DVDs or Blu-ray discs out without fear of late fees.

 

The Netflix Help Center is a great resource for troubleshooting and makes contacting Netflix Customer Service easy to do by online chat or phone.

 

Below is a video I made that shows Netflix pricing, how Netflix helps you find customized entertainment including kids programming, and the types of devices that support Netflix apps.

 

 

Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.



NFL Playoffs

2015 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round: Over-the-Air and Streaming



NFL Playoffs Divisional RoundWith just over three weeks left until Super Bowl XLIX, the 2015 NFL Playoffs Divisional Round is heating up. The Cowboys cut the Lions’ championship dreams short, the Ravens hope to knock off the Patriots at home, and there is a possibility we might see a Super Bowl rematch between the Seahawks and Broncos assuming the Panthers and Colts don’t cut their bids short.

 

It’s an exciting time to be a football fan; and if you’re new to cord cutting you’re probably worried about watching the rest of the season. It’s understandable to have some doubts, but I’m here today to tell you that you can catch every exciting game of the NFL post season without having to kowtow to the likes of Comcast or Time Warner Cable.

 

NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Schedule

Let’s talk about the upcoming Divisional Round this weekend. The four Divisional Round games will air on three different networks (NBC, CBS, and Fox) over the course of two days.

 

Here’s the breakdown of games by day and network:

 

Saturday

  • NBC: Baltimore Ravens vs. New England Patriots at home. Kickoff is at 4:35 pm EST
  • Fox: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks at home. Kickoff is at 8:15 pm EST

 

Sunday

  • Fox: Dallas Cowboys at Green Bay Packers at home. Kickoff is at 1:05 pm EST
  • CBS: Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos at home. Kickoff is at 4:40 pm EST

 

NFL Playoffs Divisional Round Lineup

 

How to Watch with an Over-the-Air HDTV Antenna

Now if you notice, all four games are going to be aired on broadcast networks. A broadcast network (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and CW) transmits its signal over the air; which allows anyone to with an antenna to tune in for free.

 

Best of all, you don’t have to worry about getting a grainy picture; broadcast networks now broadcast their signal digitally and in 1080i HD. Sometimes, the best things in life actually are free.

 

If you don’t have an antenna, it’s not too late to run out to the store and get one. Most antennas are very affordable – costing around $30-$50. Personally, I would recommend the Mohu Leaf. It’s a tiny, omni-directional antenna based off of military design, and its smallest model (the Metro) costs under $30. As CNET put it “the Leaf works like magic.”

 

How to Watch Online via Streaming (with a catch or two)

Now if you’re a Verizon customer, you don’t have to run out and get an antenna (although you still should!). Instead you can sign up for a streaming service called NFL Mobile. For only $5 a month, you get access to in-market games; and in this case, access to the playoff games. If you don’t have Verizon, you’re out of luck with this option; but don’t worry, there’s still more you can do.

 

The NFL recently announced that every playoff game will be streamed online; which means you can stream the Ravens/Patriots game from NBC Sports Live Extra and the Panthers/Seahawks game from FOX Sports Go. For the lone CBS match-up between the Colts and Broncos, you can stream it on CBS Sports.

 

If you have Chromecast, you can stream from your computer to your TV; so you don’t have to huddle around the laptop. The catch, though? You will be required to authenticate with a cable or satellite account. So, if you’ve got a friend… (you get the idea).

 

Watching the NFL playoffs has never been this easy; and even if you’re late to the cord cutting movement, you still have options to watch the big game. But watching the games for free, without the shackles of a cable/satellite subscription, whether it be yours or a friend’s, with an antenna is the most seamless option.

 

As we’ve seen today, watching the NFL Divisional round is as simple as turning on your TV or typing in a web address. So why wait until after the playoffs to cut the cord? Go ahead and take the leap, cut the cord, and kill your cable bill today.

 

Dave Kennedy is a long time cordcutter who became increasingly frustrated with the high cost of Cable TV and decided to make a stance. In 2011 he launched KilltheCableBill.com, a site dedicated to helping people save money through providing simple, cost-effective cable TV alternatives. Since then, David has helped 1,000s of people cancel their cable subscription while keeping the shows they love.



Savvy New Years Resolutions for 2015

Savvy New Year’s Resolutions for 2015



The beginning of a new year is a great reason to decide to embrace fresh ideas, and act to improve your life or the lives of others. Making savvy New Year’s resolutions is easier than you think. To make a change, simply choose something and get started. 

 

If your New Year’s resolutions include saving money, staying healthy and helping others, here are a few no-fail New Year’s resolution ideas that will put you on a winning trajectory to make 2015 the best year yet!

 

Resolution #1: Save Money

You don’t have to give up much of anything to save money on products, services and entertainment you enjoy every day. Consider these money saving life changes that can become your New Year’s resolutions.

 

Cut the Cord

 

This is something that most people can easily do with a Mohu HDTV antenna. These antennas are all easy to setup and use, and give users access to free TV in HD, eliminating the need for cable or satellite TV’s expensive service fees.

 

 

I cut the cord with cable TV and now save $100 a month. I have helped friends and family to cut the cord and wrote a book entitled:  Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV to help even the non-technically inclined among us to do it too.

 

Lose the Traditional Landline Phone

 

Many people have dropped their home phone service in favor of using only mobile phone service.

 

I use Virgin Mobile’s Beyond Talk plans for my family’s cell service.  It’s super cheap and uses the Sprint network to provide stellar service.

 

Virgin Mobile has lots of no-contract plans to choose from starting at as low as $20 a month. Lots of high-end phone choices too, many on sale at major retailers and on the Virgin Mobile site.

 

Boost Mobile, Tracfone, StraightTalk, and fellow Raleigh, NC-based Republic Wireless (among others) also offer no-contract deals worth considering, but be sure to go to their sites to see if phone service is available to you before you switch.

 

Another way to save on phone service is to use a VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) device like the Ooma Telo.

 

 

 

Resolution #2: Be Healthy

New Year’s resolutions to lose weight and get fit are common, but people who dramatically plunge into new routines at the start of the year often fail because their goals are too lofty.

 

Think ‘small and consistent’ for real change.

 

Move More

 

This doesn’t have to mean hitting the gym three times a week, it can simply mean parking your car at the edge of the parking lot and walking a bit further to get to the entrance of the store each time you go.

 

Thoughtful, incremental changes add up to healthy perks over time.  Benefits including weight loss, improved cardiac health and a positive mental attitude, can be attributed to simply moving more.

 

You can get a pedometer and keep track of your steps per day, or just make a conscious effort without the pressure to perform. Either way, moving more is a savvy New Year’s resolution that can lead to healthy lifelong changes.

 

Exercise your Mind 

 

We all get into a mental rut from time to time, but the best way to get out of that rut is to resolve to keep learning.

 

There are lots of ways to do this, but one of the simplest is to explore online resources. Articles and videos abound on a plethora of topics, and all this education is free!

 

Here are a few of my favorite sites for FREE online learning:

 

Khan Academy

 

GCF LearnFree.org

 

Corsera

 

If you have iTunes, it’s also possible to view many FREE lectures on all kinds of topics, available from top universities including Harvard and Stanford in the Podcast area of the iTunes Store.

 

 

Resolution #3: Help Others

Even if you can’t find time in your busy schedule to volunteer locally, you can make a New Year’s resolution to help others.  Here are two easy ways to make a difference and pay it forward.

 

Start a Petition

 

If you have an issue you are passionate about sharing and want help implementing a change, consider starting an online petition to get signatures. It’s easy to do, and it’s FREE!

 

Click Daily to Donate

 

You can also make simple clicks per day to help those in need.  I make it part of my daily routine after I check emails in the morning to go to this site and where it says Click Here it’s Free’ at the top of the page, I do.

 

After you click you’re taken to another page and if you choose to, you can check the results to see how your click is impacting the overall effort. You can also continue to click to donate by clicking on other headings such as Breast Cancer and Alzheimer’s to make daily donations that make a difference.

 

Andrea Polk hails from Oregon and is a wife, mother, writer, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer, and more. She’s also the author of the Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV as well as the avid deal-seeker behind SavvySleuth.com, where she scours the web for the best online deals.



Comcast employee hosts reddit AMA (ask me anything)

Comcast Employee Hosts a reddit AMA, Candidly Answers Questions



reddit alien logo

reddit

Have you heard of reddit?

 

It’s one of those Internet hubs where anonymous people gather to talk about anything and everything. Sometimes reddit conversations boil down to debauchery (and cat photos), whilst other times they bring about professionals that are just fed up with their jobs.

 

A recent conversation topic, specifically an AMA (“ask me anything”), on reddit involved a Comcast customer service representative. So, what happens when a Comcast employee hosts a reddit AMA? In this chat, the rep basically admits to everything the public already knew — mainly that major cable companies don’t appear to care about their customers or their staff.

 

In this revealing exposè, user Matato0513 (who proved his/her identity by confirming employment status with moderators) comes clean about various practices that you may or may not have known about. Here are some select quotes that may catch your attention:

 

When asked about management caring about public opinion:

Well they don’t really care at all they carry on business as usual. Sometimes they will try to make you feel a little better throwing a promotion here and there but at the end the higher ups only care about themselves.

 

When asked about how they treat employees:

It’s not just the higher ups it’s the whole way we operate from [censored] schedules to overnight shifts, no transportation for employees, the health conditions of the office we work at, the most [censored] thing I believe we have is the way they want is to do everything without any tools available and if you don’t do it their way they make your life miserable until you are basically forced to quit.

 

With a sobering follow-up comment:

I would have quit more than a year ago, truth is I can’t afford to quit. :(

 

He/she was asked if Comcast could ever turn it around, given their negative public image:

Honestly no. The way Google fiber is taking over is a death a sentence for comcast. I mean you could dress up a monkey in a suit it’ll still be a monkey.

 

…and even provides insight into the company culture:

I stopped caring about 2 weeks into the job.

 

This is a saddening state of affairs. We can’t fault the employee for being unhappy, but we can point our fingers at the cable company and say, “No more.”

 

  • No more treating your employees like robots
  • No more shady business tactics
  • No more overpriced TV packages
  • No more illusion of choice

 

Band together, Mohuligans, and help us fight these corporate giants. It helps to have an awesome HDTV antenna for free 1080i TV. It also helps if you cut your cords and send a message to Comcast.

 

Read the entire reddit thread here.