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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I'm Not Here.

Well, it has come to pass - I am no longer a resident of Cache Valley, or Utah. I've moved back to Las Vegas. That means I can't install your antenna, or sell you an antenna in Northern Utah.

I will continue to maintain this blog and respond to reader's questions, however. I can still recommend antennas for your location and offer you advice - no matter where in the USA you live.

You can contact me at cachefreetv@gmail.com

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Goodbye, Cache Valley...

They say that all good things must pass... And so it is for my time in Utah. As of mid - August 2014, I will be moving out of state. I will still maintain this blog, but updates will be few and far between. I can still answer your questions and make recommendations for you. But if you want to buy an antenna or have one installed, time is ticking. I have a limited number of antennas here that I can install or sell, and when they are gone, they're gone. Now's your last chance to save hundreds to thousands of dollars by firing your TV provider and having Cache Free TV install an antenna for free HD TV for life!

By my estimation, I've saved readers and customers thousands of dollars already, and they will continue to save money long after I'm gone. So tell me...
Why are YOU still paying for TV?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Antennas and Installation Available!

If you are tired of paying ever increasing pay TV bills, now is a great time to cut the cable or dump the dish! I have just received a new shipment of antennas - The Stellar Labs 30-2155. Compact and powerful, it is ideally suited for Cache Valley installations. With a 60 mile range and sturdy construction, I am very pleased to offer this antenna for installation and self installs.

Please contact me at cachefreetv@gmail.com for a free estimate if you would like to have FREE TV installed at your home or business. Installed price averages $150-$200. Price for the Stellar Labs 30-2155 antenna alone for self installation is just $50.00!

Stop Paying For TV NOW!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

MOVIES! Utah's CW30 Adds Movies! Network on 30.2

I lost CW30.1 and ZUUS Country 30.2 a few times this past week. Sometimes when I re-scanned I found a 30.3 sub-channel - with nothing on it. Or nothing on 30.2, and ZUUS on 30.2. But on Saturday May 3 when it happened again - I re-scanned, I found ZUUS Country had been moved to 30.3, and 30.2 is now the MOVIES! network.

Movies! (stylized as "MOVIES!") is an American digital multicast television network that is owned as a joint venture between Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting and the Fox Television Stations subsidiary of 21st Century Fox. The network features an emphasis in its programming on feature films; it is available in the United States through the digital subchannels of broadcast television stations, as well as on select cable providers. Movies! is broadcast 24 hours a day in the widescreen picture format (available in either in standard-definition or high definition depending on the station's preference). The network competes with This TV, a similarly formatted network originally operated by Weigel (whose operational stake in that network was later taken over by Tribune Broadcasting on November 1, 2013); that network's primary source of programming is composed of feature films, though that network also broadcasts classic television series and children's programming.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Amazon introduces Fire TV Streaming device


http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CX5P8FC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00CX5P8FC&linkCode=as2&tag=apennysisanic-20

Amazon Fire TV is a tiny box you connect to your HDTV. It's the easiest way to enjoy Netflix, Prime Instant Video, Hulu Plus, low-cost movie rentals, and much more 

Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Cost of Pay TV (revisited)

When I started this blog in 2011, I had just dumped DirecTV and put up an antenna. DirecTV was costing me about $70 a month. In my first post on the subject, I noted that this was pretty much average for Pay TV customers. I also calculated that this $70 a month added up to about $9000 over 10 years, and would only continue to rise over time.

So now just a few short years later in 2014 the average cost of pay TV is up to about $85 a month - over $1000 a year, over $10,000 over ten years. In fact, the average price of cable has been increasing at a rate of 6% annually. What is the cable company going to get from you over your lifetime? Let's assume that you start paying cable at age 20 for $85 a month and continue to pay until you are 70, a period of 50 years. If you were able to work out some magical deal with your provider to have no price increase for 50 years, you would spend $51,000 on TV during that time. Add taxes, Set Top Box rentals, and a 6% annual price increase, and your lifetime total for TV alone will approach $100,000.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Need an Antenna? Cache Free TV resumes installs soon!

I can't quote an exact date, but I will soon be resuming limited installs of OTA antenna, as well as setup of Roku units and possibly FTA satellite setups. More details will follow.

There will be some restrictions - I have only a 10 foot ladder, and I'm not doing anything dangerous. But drop me an email - cachefreetv @ gmail dot com - and I will see what I can do for you.

Looking forward to serving you!

Amazon Prime: Is it worth $99 a year?

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I received the following email from Amazon this morning alerting me that the price of Amazon Prime was increasing from $79 to $99 a year:

Dear CacheFreeTV,
We are writing to provide you advance notice that the price of your Prime membership will be increasing. The annual rate will be $99 when your membership renews on August 5, 2014.

Even as fuel and transportation costs have increased, the price of Prime has remained the same for nine years. Since 2005, the number of items eligible for unlimited free Two-Day Shipping has grown from one million to over 20 million. We also added unlimited access to over 40,000 movies and TV episodes with Prime Instant Video and a selection of over 500,000 books to borrow from the Kindle Owners' Lending Library.

For more information about your Prime membership, visit our Prime membership page.

Sincerely,
The Amazon Prime Team
From the website- If your membership renews before April 17, 2014, you'll be charged at a membership rate of $79. If your membership renews on or after April 17, 2014, you'll be charged at a membership rate of $99.

While I've enjoyed Amazon Prime for the past 2 years, I have to make a choice between Netflix at $94 a year and Amazon Prime benefits at $99 (Free prime videos, Prime 2 day shipping, Kindle lending library). I think Netflix is a better value for my family, given that Netflix has a bigger library (including Disney), I can still get free shipping from Amazon if I order $35 at once, and I can get plenty of content for my Kindle for free on Amazon and the internet. I also have a Sam's club membership so I can get good deals there. I went to Amazon and selected "Remind Me Later - Remind me three days before my membership renews".

Sorry, Amazon. I'm out as of August, 2014.

If you're an Amazon Prime member, is it worth $99 a year to keep your Prime membership? Share your thoughts, please.

Satellite TV: $30, No Monthly Bill.

After setting up a FTA satellite system, I set a challenge for myself: Just how cheaply could I set up a FTA system for Galaxy 19? Turns out the number is around $30. Of course, the secret is getting a suitable dish for free.

The dish I used was a discarded DirecTV "Slimline" dish, it's about 22" x 36". (I wouldn't try anything smaller!) You can find them on Freecycle.org, Craigs List, ebay, on your neighbor's roof, or at the dump. If you can't find a suitable dish for free or cheap, you can buy one but it will add about $50 to your total cost. Try the Winegard DS2076 76 cm Dish.

Once you've obtained a dish, the rest of the components are easily available on Amazon. Here's how we do it:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Release Your Inner Nerd - Watch the New Cosmos.

Okay, I'll admit it. I am a nerd - and I was a nerd long before being a nerd was cool. I got beat up for being nerdy. I was born at the dawn of the space age. I watched Neil Armstrong land on the moon. I subscribed to Sky and Telescope. I built my own telescopes.

And I watched Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" on PBS.

On March 9 2014, Fox and Nat Geo networks will premiere “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s 13-part series “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage”.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Where to watch the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

Just a quick list of where to find Olympics coverage:

First, on broadcast TV, you can find events on your local NBC channel - in Utah, KSL 5.1 - but it's all delayed broadcasts. You may also find events on other NBC owned pay TV channels such as NBC-Universal.

NBC has locked down their internet streams and made them available only to pay TV customers - http://stream.nbcolympics.com/live-extra/ (thank you, Comcast!) You will need your Pay TV provider's credentials to log in - or your Uncle Ed's pay TV credentials . Other possible online sources include foreign sources such as Russia Today (RT), BBC, or other international sources. Some sources may be geo-blocked, however. Two other sources for coverage online are http://www.superusvoxtv.com/ and http://www.ilive.to

If you have access to Ku or C-band satellite, NBC may have feeds on AMC 1, AMC 6, and / or AMC 9 (Ku) and you may find some unencrypted feeds on Galaxy 14, 16, or 17 on "C" band. SatelliteGuys.US_TheList - nbc There also are reports of Olympics on Ku band satellites Satmex 8 116.8 (3719 H, 26999) and Satmex 6 (3833 H, 3620) - in Spanish.
First, on broadcast TV, you can find events on your local NBC channel - but it's all delayed broadcasts.
You may also find events on other NBC pay TV channels such as NBC-Universal. NBC has locked down their internet streams and made them available only to pay TV customers - you will need your provider's credentials to log in - or your Uncle Ed's pay TV credentials . Other possible online sources include foreign sources such as Russia Today (RT) or other international sources. Some sources may be geo-blocked, however.

If you have access to Ku or C-band satellite, NBC has feeds on AMC 1, 6, and 9 (Ku) and you may find some unencrypted feeds on Galaxy 14, 16, or 17 on "C" band. SatelliteGuys.US_TheList - nbc There also are reports of Olympics on Ku band satellites Satmex 8 116.8 (3719 H, 26999) and Satmex 6 (3833 H, 3620) - in Spanish. - See more at: http://www.dtvusaforum.com/sports-talk/53198-where-watch-2014-olympics.html#sthash.bZ3P1vfe.dpuf
First, on broadcast TV, you can find events on your local NBC channel - but it's all delayed broadcasts.
You may also find events on other NBC pay TV channels such as NBC-Universal. NBC has locked down their internet streams and made them available only to pay TV customers - you will need your provider's credentials to log in - or your Uncle Ed's pay TV credentials . Other possible online sources include foreign sources such as Russia Today (RT) or other international sources. Some sources may be geo-blocked, however.

If you have access to Ku or C-band satellite, NBC has feeds on AMC 1, 6, and 9 (Ku) and you may find some unencrypted feeds on Galaxy 14, 16, or 17 on "C" band. SatelliteGuys.US_TheList - nbc There also are reports of Olympics on Ku band satellites Satmex 8 116.8 (3719 H, 26999) and Satmex 6 (3833 H, 3620) - in Spanish. - See more at: http://www.dtvusaforum.com/sports-talk/53198-where-watch-2014-olympics.html#sthash.bZ3P1vfe.dpuf
First, on broadcast TV, you can find events on your local NBC channel - but it's all delayed broadcasts.
You may also find events on other NBC pay TV channels such as NBC-Universal. NBC has locked down their internet streams and made them available only to pay TV customers - you will need your provider's credentials to log in - or your Uncle Ed's pay TV credentials . Other possible online sources include foreign sources such as Russia Today (RT) or other international sources. Some sources may be geo-blocked, however.

If you have access to Ku or C-band satellite, NBC has feeds on AMC 1, 6, and 9 (Ku) and you may find some unencrypted feeds on Galaxy 14, 16, or 17 on "C" band. SatelliteGuys.US_TheList - nbc There also are reports of Olympics on Ku band satellites Satmex 8 116.8 (3719 H, 26999) and Satmex 6 (3833 H, 3620) - in Spanish. - See more at: http://www.dtvusaforum.com/sports-talk/53198-where-watch-2014-olympics.html#sthash.bZ3P1vfe.dpufFirst, on broadcast TV, you can find events on your local NBC channel - but it's all delayed broadcasts.
You may also find events on other NBC pay TV channels such as NBC-Universal. NBC has locked down their internet streams and made them available only to pay TV customers - you will need your provider's credentials to log in - or your Uncle Ed's pay TV credentials . Other possible online sources include foreign sources such as Russia Today (RT) or other international sources. Some sources may be geo-blocked, however.

If you have access to Ku or C-band satellite, NBC has feeds on AMC 1, 6, and 9 (Ku) and you may find some unencrypted feeds on Galaxy 14, 16, or 17 on "C" band. SatelliteGuys.US_TheList - nbc There also are reports of Olympics on Ku band satellites Satmex 8 116.8 (3719 H, 26999) and Satmex 6 (3833 H, 3620) - in Spanish.