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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Indoor Antenna Review: Mohu Leaf Plus

Mohu Leaf indoor antenna review
Mohu Leaf Plus
Several people have asked me recently about indoor antennas. My advice to anyone installing an antenna is always "high and outside". Line-of sight installations are always the best way to go, and the closer you can get to that ideal the better and more dependable your reception will be. Walls block signals, and height clears obstructions.  "High and outside" is a firm rule, based on physics, and there's no magic antenna that can change the laws of physics.

But many people, mostly apartment dwellers, are unable to have an outdoor TV antenna for a variety of reasons. The FCC has issued "Over The Air Reception Device" (OTARD) rules that specify when outdoor antenna installations may be restricted.  You can read the FCC OTARD regulations here. If you find that you can't install an outdoor antenna after reading the OTARD rules, then your only option is an indoor antenna.

I recently was provided with a Mohu Leaf Plus amplified indoor antenna for review. I gave the Leaf Plus a spin and put it up against a Eagle Aspen Dtv2B uhf  2 bay outdoor TV antenna. I located both antennas on the top shelf of a bedroom closet and connected them to a 32" Coby TV.

Here's my results.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I Will Never Shop At a B&M Store On Black Friday

Screwed on black friday
Screwed on Black Friday?
My daughter needed a laptop for college. Walmart had a Compaq for $179. We decided we could buy it and ship it to her for about $200+.

I spent over 2 hours in line Walmart Thanksgiving  night. My wife spent 2+ hours in a different Walmart, both trying to score the same $179 laptop. We arrived at the stores at 8:30 pm. Of course, we didn't get one. They only had less than 30 per store and started passing out tickets for them @ 6pm - for a 10pm sale! Dejected, I went and stood in line for the $279 HP laptop for 1.5 hours. And waited. And sweated. And then waited another half  hour in line to get to the front of the line, get handed a box, and pay for it. An obvious "Bait and Switch" as they had tons of the more expensive ones!

Over 2 hours, for 2 people, each with a young child, to get the laptop we didn't want.

The next morning I searched the net and found a Lenovo with the EXACT SAME SPECS for $199 and free shipping on an Amazon lightning deal. Yea, I paid sales tax because she lives in NY, but they ship it to her for free. I didn't have to leave the house, and I don't have to spend over $30 to ship it to her and insure it. I spent 30 minutes, in my pajamas, with a cup of hot coffee. I shopped 5 stores in a half hour.

 I am going to Walmart and return the unopened laptop today - after the the stupid, smelly, and rude Black Friday shoppers leave. Bite me, Walmart, Best Buy, etc. I will never step foot into another B&M store on Black Friday weekend again.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

How To Get OTA Program Guide Info After The End of TVGOS TV Guide On Screen

 Breaking News:

If you have a TV or device that uses TVGOS (TV Guide On Screen) you are about to lose your program guide. ROVI, the creator of TVGOS, has announced the end of the service.This is a post from AVS forum on the subject:

Originally Posted by RobMeyer1  
I received a reply from KNME:
"Mr. Meyer,
We were instructed by the distributor for TV Guide to disconnect the
equipment which distributes the TV Guide information last week. For more
information, you may contact them as follows:
Call Gemstar/Rovicorp Consumer Electronics Product Support at 800-386-7380.
Email can be sent to
Thank you for writing and thank you for watching New Mexico PBS."
Looks like most of New Mexico will no longer get TV Guide.

I called the above phone #. The engineer I talked to confirmed that TV Guide is being discontinued. Approximately 20% of markets have been terminated as of Nov. 1st and the rest will be discontinued over the next 6 months!
Note that TV Guide itself is not being terminated, just the ROVI provided TVGOS.

Now, what are you going to do if you have a TVGOS device? Too bad a lot of channels don't use their PSIP, or under-use it. PSIP (Program and System Information Protocol ) is the program data transmitted by the TV stations themselves, using a small bit of their bandwidth to provide program listings for free. Some channels populate their guide out several days and include program details (PBS stations usually do it best), but most only go out about 12 hours with no description. The worst stations are the minor players, like LP stations. You're lucky if they display the station name / network, let alone program info.

Funny thing is, most cheap converter boxes have a better program guide than even the most expensive TV sets. (That's why my DTVpal converter is hooked up to my 52" HDTV!) Now, if $50 converter boxes can have a guide, then why not a $1000+ HDTV? It would only add about a dollar or two to the price of a new TV.

A couple work-arounds for no program guide:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Budget Priced Tablet Buying Guide

Undeniably one of the most popular items for holiday shopping this year is tablet computers. Many manufacturers and sellers have jumped on the bandwagon this year to cash in on the popularity of the Apple iPad, Samsung Galaxy Tab, Google Nexus, and hybrid reader / tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nook Color. A quick search turns up literally hundreds of devices ranging in price from about $50 on up, and B&M stores are pushing inexpensive low-end tablets in their Black Friday sales this year. Unfortunately, many of these budget offerings fall short in at least one, if not multiple, areas.

Monday, November 19, 2012

32-inch 720p 60Hz LED HDTV for $147 AMAZON lightning deal

I just discovered this one - starts 3pm 11/19/2012, ends 4pm.

Remember, that's PACIFIC TIME. No details yet, but I'm in for a new bedroom TV!

 It is - or was - a Coby LEDTV3216 32-Inch 720p 60Hz Slim-Bezel LED HDTV (Black). Coby LEDTV3216 32-Inch 720p 60Hz Slim-Bezel LED HDTV (Black): Electronics  I know a lot of you may be thinking "Coby? No way!" but I've been happy with Coby products lately. I got 3 Coby media players (4gb) under $25 each (one each for my wife, daughter and myself) and they're pretty decent.

Sold out in under 5 minutes. I missed out, too. Sorry!
It's on again at Amazon, 3pm today,

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome - Episodes Now On YouTube

Blood and Chrome, Battlestar Galactica, YouTube
For those who have been waiting for the next installment of the Battlestar Galactica universe, the show is now here. Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome - episodes one thru four - is now streaming on YouTube.

The plan is for several short episodes to be streamed online. If the show is successful, these short segments would be combined into a single episode. There are going to be 10 of these short episodes, and each runs a very short 7-10 minutes.

You can watch the trailer here:

and the first installment is here, after the page break:

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Weather Channel LIVE on YouTube

The weather Channel is currently broadcasting LIVE on their YouTube channel. I'm not sure if this will continue, but I suspect that it is just temporary and related to tropical storm Sandy coverage, and the live feed will end after the storm passes.

Even if it is only temporary, it does bode well for the future. Perhaps future major weather events will receive similar live coverage.

Here is the live channel embedded for your convenience:
 For Roku users, you can use PlayOn to stream the video from your computer to your television. YouTube is included in the free version of PlayOn. 
You can download PlayOn FREE here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Why Do People Pay For HULU Plus? (revisited)

A few months ago, I published a post asking WHY do people pay for HULU Plus?, when there is HULU free and there are so many ways to watch HULU without paying for it. I just didn't "get it". Well, I have just had a free trial of HULU Plus, and I have to tell you, Now I Get It. While HULU free may work for some people, there is a group of people who would be better served by HULU+.

Just who are these people, and how can they justify the princely sum of $7.99 a month just to watch TV? Could you be one of these people? 
Lets compare HULU free vs. HULU+.

Friday, October 19, 2012

KJDN Broadcasting on 4 channels

KJDN, having recently moved from channel 39, is now multi-casting 4 SD networks on channel 15:

NOTE:  If you used to get channel 39 and are not getting channel 15, please re-scan your channels.

Technically, channel 15 is K15JH-D, not KJDN, but I'll continue calling it KJDN until people get used to it or until they change the call sign. Channel 39 is now silent - for the time being. Both channels are owned by SOULE VIDEO PRODUCTIONS, and the web site is

Poll on Cache Free TV, at the request of Channel 15 -
How many HD/SD channels should KJDN-15 broadcast?

Please vote - poll is at the top of the right column.
 Poll starts on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, and closes November 30.
Your input counts! 

Antennas Direct - Antennas Reinvented

Monday, October 8, 2012

Roku Announces 3M Streaming Projector

Roku Announces 3M Streaming Projector, Powered By Roku Streaming Stick

From the Official Roku Blog:
Earlier this year we announced the Roku Streaming Stick™, a tiny wireless Roku player the size of a USB drive. The Roku Streaming Stick plugs into an MHL port (looks like HDMI but actually powers and commands the Streaming Stick) on Roku Ready® consumer electronics devices, bringing Roku to a range of new products.

Today, I’m pleased to unveil the first product of its kind–the 3M Streaming Projector powered by the Roku Streaming Stick.

The 3M Streaming Projector uses the Roku Streaming Stick to provide access to the more than 600 channels on the Roku platform. Small enough to fit in one hand, yet able to project an image up to 120 inches, the 3M Streaming Projector is perfect for family movie nights, sleepovers and backyard parties.With up to a two-hour 45 minute battery life, the 3M Streaming Projector can project almost anywhere a Wi-Fi connection can be accessed – onto a basement wall, a bedroom ceiling or even a backyard fence.

The 3M Streaming Projector is now available for pre-order at for $299, and will begin shipping on Oct. 22.

For more information, visit
3M Camcorder and Mobile Projectors: United States.

Happy Streaming!™
Note: You can get $20 Amazon Instant Video Credit with Purchase of the 3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku, now through October 31.

I checked this out, and it's an interesting product, but... For $299, it falls a bit short. Here's my take:
  • First, it's wide screen, but SD, 854 × 480.
  • Battery life is only 2½ hours. Yes, battery powered with ac adaptor.
  • LED light source, only 60 lumens.
  • Inputs? One, HDMI. HDMI input is via the same MHL port that the Roku Streaming Stick plugs into.
My suggestion? Use the Roku you have already, and buy a FAVI RioHD-LED-2 Mini Projector (LED, 400 lumens, $179 @ Amazon) or a Digital Galaxy DG-737 (150 watt bulb, >1000 lumens, $209 @ Amazon). Both have better specs and support a multitude of inputs, including HDMI. Truck on down to your local thrift store or cruise Craig's List and garage sales or even Grandpa's attic for a real projection screen instead of an old bed sheet. Your total cost, assuming you have a Roku already, is under $200.

 Have a little more to spend? An Acer X1161P 3D-DLP Projector (2500 lumens, 800x600, DLP 3D ready, $299), but you'll need an HDMI to VGA cable adapter for HDMI input, since it has no HDMI port. Just plug in your computer, DVD, Roku, VCR, Converter box, your stereo... Pop some popcorn,  add mosquitoes... and INSTANT DRIVE-IN!. 

Thursday, September 27, 2012

KJDN-39 Is Moving To Channel 15. Please Re-Scan!

Some of you may have noticed that KJDN 39 has come and gone a few times in the past few days. On a whim, I did a re-scan (I used "scan add") and found KJDN on RF channel 15, but still mapped to virtual channel 39. Somewhat surprised, I contacted KJDN, and asked for a statement. They replied that they are going to relocate to the new frequency soon.

The following is the statement I received from KJDN for publication:

Monday, September 24, 2012

Vudu Comes to Roku

You Can Do VUDU On Roku.
Roku just keeps getting better... 
As first announced on the Roku Blog on September 20, 2012, WalMart's VUDU subscription-free video streaming service is now available on Roku.

VUDU brings thousands of new releases, Hollywood classics, independent films and TV shows to the Roku platform in vibrant HD. The VUDU channel is free to Roku users, and you’ll even score a free $5.99 video credit when you link your player

With the VUDU channel on Roku, you can:
  • Browse and filter titles by name, genre, release date, most watched, top picks, video quality, MPAA rating, studio, purchase option or Rotten Tomatoes’ Tomatometer rating.
  • Search for either titles or people
  • Check out video extras, cast and crew filmographies, critics’ reviews and a list of similar titles for movies
  • View free trailers for many movies
  • Preview the first two minutes of a title and test your Internet connection speed to make sure you rent/buy the best resolution video for your network
  • Add a movie, TV show or TV episode to your VUDU Wishlist for later viewing
  • Enjoy HD titles in Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound (pass-through only)
Available now on all Roku 2 models, the current-generation Roku HD (model #2500) and Roku LT players in the USA. (VUDU is not available on older first generation Roku  players.) VUDU will be coming to the NEW Roku Streaming Stick in October. You can add the VUDU channel here or find it in the Movies & TV section of the Roku Channel Store, and go HERE to link your player and get $5.99 credit.

I'll be updating with a review next week.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Amazon Announces New Kindle Tablets and Readers

Amazon today announced a revamping of their readers and tablets. They are now available for pre-order.I am looking forward to more details on the tablets - I've had a chance to use the original Kindle Fire. Overall, it is a nice little tablet but it lacked some key features, most notably an HDMI port and a USB port that's good for more than just charging and transferring files. A microphone and camera would be nice, too - the original Kindle Fire has neither.

From Amazon, on Sept 6, 2012:

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Cache Free TV or Cash Free TV? A New Direction...

Cash Free TV
Today, I want to let readers know that now redirects to Either address will bring you to this blog - for now.

Does this mark a new direction for "Cache Free TV"? Well, yes. And no. Eventually, Cache Free TV and Cash Free TV will split off into two distinct blogs. Cache Free TV will continue to provide news and information about Cache Valley, Utah, while Cash Free TV will be a more generalized Free TV resource for the USA and perhaps the world. The two blogs will share most of the general content. But for now, the two will web addresses will point to the same place, and be the same blog.

So, why the changes, and why the ".tk" domain instead of ".com"?

Friday, August 24, 2012

The End Is Near For Traditional Pay TV

"Some day TV will be invented, and it will be FREE!
 And then it will cost money..."
~ Homer Simpson
Pay TV: Change or die.

It doesn't matter what the traditional multi-channel providers (aka "pay TV") do to protect their turf. Eventually the pay TV "package concept" where you have to pay for 150 channels that you don't want, just to get the 5 channels you do want, will fail.

Gradually, viewers are moving away from traditionally distributed pay TV to other sources. As the customer base erodes and income from traditional sources drops, content creators will seek out whatever method of distribution provides them income. The longer Pay TV providers continue bury their heads in the sand, the worse their odds of survival become.

For years pay TV customers have wished for, begged for, pleaded with their pay TV providers for one thing: Ala Carte. The choice to pay for just those networks that they want, and nothing more. And pay TV providers respond by doing as they always have. By turning a deaf ear.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Amazon Cloud Player coming soon to Roku

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The Official Roku Blog:


As you know, we’re always working to expand the selection of streaming entertainment available on Roku, and we’re thrilled to announce that Amazon Cloud Player is coming soon to Roku in the United States!

Cloud Player makes it a snap to shop from over 20 million songs, upload your own music collection, create and manage playlists, and stream your music from the cloud – all from the comfort of your living room. Today, Amazon launched some great new updates to Cloud Player, including secure backup, scan and match technology, and free audio quality upgrades."

We’re excited to add the updated Cloud Player to our 500+ and growing channel store in the United States, and we’re currently working with the Amazon team to finalize the channel. Stay tuned!

Roku Digital Video Player.10,000 + Videos to Watch

Monday, July 30, 2012

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Where To Watch The London 2012 Olympics

There's been a lot of searching on the internet by people looking for ways to watch the 2012 London Olympics. I've done a little research and find there's more then one way to see Olympic games. This is by no means a complete listing of sources, and it will be updated if I become aware of other sources. If you have found coverage that isn't listed here, please feel free to update this information by adding a comment.

So, lets look at the sources I've found for 2012 Olympics Coverage!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Why Do People Pay For HULU Plus?

 I just don't get it. Why do people continue to pay for Hulu Plus, especially when you consider that Hulu FREE gives you shows that you won't get on Hulu Plus? That's right, if you pay for Hulu Plus, there are shows you can only watch on Hulu Free. And you can only watch Hulu for free on a computer! And on a "device" like a ROKU or Android Tablet, there is a group of shows you can only watch on a computer - even if you're paying for HULU+. And that group of shows includes "The Simpsons"!

But if you have a decent computer, you can connect your computer directly to your TV, or you can use PlayOn or Plex servers to stream Hulu Free to your Roku box, game console, or other streaming device. So why pay for Hulu Plus?
10 Shows You Can Watch on Hulu with PlayOn or Computer, But Not with Hulu Plus*

Monday, July 16, 2012


Due to circumstances beyond my control (Namely, my day job is now taking 6 days a week instead of 4 - but the pay is the same.) I will not be building or installing any antennas until further notice. I do have some commercially built antennas for sale, and I will be able to recommend antennas for your location.You may contact me at:

cachefreetv @ gmail DOT com

I apologies for any inconvenience, and hope to be back building and installing antennas as soon as I can.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

KXPI becomes FOX affiliate

Beginning Sunday, July 1, KXPI is a FOX affiliate.
Here is how you tune in:

Over air: Channel 3.2; from Franklin County

The network has been a My Network TV affiliate since December 2008 and will continue to air that network’s prime time programming. It will also offer FOX programs, such as NFL football and “American Idol.”

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

PBJ Network Finally Gets A Home Page.

PBJ network finally has a home on the internet. You can visit at

Nice layout, you can view their programming and schedule there, also.

Below (on the next page) is the PBJ schedule, Effective 3-26-12.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Poll Results Are In - And The Winner IS...

 A few months back, I asked what networks Broadcast TV viewers wanted to see in Cache Valley.

The Results Are IN!
And the winner is ... 

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Channel 39.3 KJDN-LD - Picks Up "TUFF TV"

Channel 39 KJDN-LD has re-configured their layout (again!) and added TUFF TV to their lineup on 39.3. Their channel lineup is now:

39.1 PBJ
39.2 MyFamily TV
39.3 TUFF TV
(Note to Luken Communications: PBJ needs a *REAL* webpage, not just a Facebook account)
What is TUFF TV? (click to read more)

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Help Cache Free TV Help You

I'm often asked why I write this blog. I guess the answer is that I really hate paying for something that you can get free, and I hate the pay TV companies for, well, so many reasons. Making people believe that you must pay for TV, for their poor service, high prices, constant price increases, charging extra for HD, making you rent a set top box for each TV you own, cable TV's monopolistic practices and... I could go on, but you get my point.

I can tell you one thing for sure: it's not for the money. Nobody should ever write a blog just for the money. Do it because you like it, do it because you can help others, do it to put a smile on someone's face. I do enjoy writing this little blog, and I enjoy helping others defeat the big, bad pay TV providers. The look on someone's face when they see they are getting 30 or more channels of digital TV free is priceless. And I hope I manage to put a smile on someone's face once in a while.

I don't want it to seem like I'm panhandling, but the reality is that I spend a lot of time - and yes, my own money, too - working on this project for little or no compensation. During the recent recession, pay at my day job has been frozen for 4 years, benefits cut. Prices on everything have continued to skyrocket upwards. I climb up on roofs to install antennas for people, in spite of being over 50 and - believe it or not - I hate heights! In the end, I have a family to support, and I have to justify to Mrs.CacheFreeTV all the time and money I spend writing this blog and buying cool TV gadgets to review for you, my readers.

So I'd like to take a few minutes to tell you how you can help me keep Cache Free TV going, and continue helping everyone cut the cord and save some green. If I've helped you save money, or if you find this blog useful or entertaining, you can help in a number of ways. Best of all, it doesn't have to cost you anything!
Read on...

Saturday, March 10, 2012


UPDATE: KUTA 8.1 is once again broadcasting America One programming as of today, 3/14/2012. I take back what I wrote about your choice of SBC. My comments about your website and your 8.3 sub-channel stand, however.
What's happening over at KUTA-LD channel 8? Are you guys on the crack, or what? I was planning to review channel 8 KUTA in a series of posts along with every channel I get here starting with channel 2, KUTV. But I can't wait. Someone is asleep at the wheel over at KUTA, and they need to wake up.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Internet Links For TV Networks

 Today's post is just a quickie - Links to streaming content from broadcast and cable TV networks. I will add to this list as I find more content. Note that some of these sites offer full episodes, and others are just clips. Most of the content is "on demand" shows, there are very few networks offering live streams.
All the links are for computers, not for streaming devices.

Monday, February 27, 2012

KJDN 39.2 PBJ On Air!


UPDATE: PBJ is now on 39.2, MyFamilyTV is on 39.1, and TuffTV is on 39.3 
The results of the "What Network Would You Like To See In Cache Valley?" poll are not yet complete, but with one month remaining before the poll closes,  Ion TV currently has the lead, with PBJ running a close second.

But today I have a surprise for all you cartoon heads. Tonight, Feb. 27th, 2012, Channel 39 KJDN has started broadcasting PBJ on 39.2.

According to KJDN, their channel lineup is now:
  • KJDN-HD 39.1- My Family TV (HD 720p, but broadcasting SD 480i content)
  • KJDN-PBJ 39.2- PBJ (SD 480i)
  • KJDN-39.3 local sports and advertising (SD 480i - Possible future network TBA
Here is the schedule for PBJ for Q1 2012:

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Survey: Nearly One Tenth of Americans Have Considered Cut The Cord.

From the Antennas Direct Blog:

According to a study conducted by consulting firm Deloitte, approximately 9 percent of users subscribing to premium television programming such as cable or satellite TV ditched those services in favor of online options during 2011. With more than 2,000 respondents between the ages of 14 to 75 participating in the survey, eleven percent are considering “cutting the cord” during 2012 since they believe their favorite television shows are already available online. Beyond that group, an additional 15 percent want to try out movies and television shows via online digital sources in the upcoming months.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

PBJ, Coming Soon To Logan, Utah!

Okay, Kiddies big and small! PBJ is coming to Cache Valley!
I've been encouraging northern Utah stations to pick up PBJ as a subchannel since it started broadcasting programming, and I've also been encouraging Luken Communications, owner of PBJ, to contact our broadcasters to bring this, and other Luken networks, to northern Utah. It seems someone has listened, and signed up as a PBJ affiliate. I've checked with multiple sources, and...
Yes, it's confirmed. PBJ is coming!

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Stop The Data Caps!

While I'm a big fan of OTA TV, I also use the internet to provide not only Netflix but other content that is unavailable OTA. I have no problems with reasonable caps on wireless access, which is indeed finite, but landline internet providers are now jumping on the "bandwidth cap" bandwagon at an alarming rate.

There's really only two reasons for these caps: The first, of course, is profit. If providers don't have to build out their distribution systems to handle the services they themselves promote, they can save money, at the same time charging for overage fees. The second is more troublesome: Since almost every internet provider also offers some sort of competing video service, these caps serve to "protect" those legacy video services. With most areas of the country being held hostage by monopolies or duopolies, we can't even "vote" with our wallets and leave for another provider.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Poll: What networks would you like to see in Cache Valley?

 Cache Free TV's first opinion poll:

 What TV network would you like to see in Cache Valley? 

 I'm going to start the discussion by suggesting that either Cache County or Franklin County should fire up a translator and bring ION TV channel 16 to the Valley. Ion 16 is actually 3 channels, and is the only "MAJOR" network not having its own translator in the valley. It would be a great "family friendly" addition, with movies and shows on Ion 16.1, children's programming on QUBO 16.2, and lifestyle programming on Ion Life 16.3. Ion 16 would require its own translator, since it is actually 3 networks. I would also like to see the new Luken Communications children's classic cartoon network, PBJ, be broadcast from any one of the stations listed below that have available bandwidth for another subchannel.

One, or several, of these networks could easily fill "empty space" on other transmitters. Channels with available bandwidth for SD subchannels include channel 8 KUTA, with enough bandwidth for 2 sd channels (if they drop the current weather loop on 8.3), KUEN 9 with 1 or 2 subchannels, KUTA 12 (Daystar) with 3 subs, KJZZ 14 has room for 2 subs, and KJDN has room for 1 network on its 39.3 subchannel.

Following is a partial list of networks available, from Wikipedia. Keep in mind this is not a complete list, as other channels are available like Cspan and NASA, and stations can broadcast audio - only channels using very little bandwidth, just as channel KUEN 9 currently broadcasts NPR on 9.91.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Did 9 Million Cable Subscribers Cut The Cord?

Did 9 Million Cable Subscribers REALLY Cut The Cord?
Survey reports 9 million have cut the cable.
Cable companies: "We don't see it."
Someone's either blind or lying, who is it?
(Hint: you can always trust Comcast. They've never lied to anyone. EVER.)

Note that all they talk about in this piece is internet TV, nobody mentions Free "Wireless" TV with an antenna.

Commercially - Built Antennas For Sale. Stock Is Limited.

I have some commercially - built antennas for sale. Local pickup only.
 I have acquired a number of small, commercially made 2 bay antennas. These antennas are ideal for those that have a fairly strong signal and only require basic reception. Retail is $49.99 on these antennas. I'm selling them for $30. On the plus side, they're lightweight, compact (12" x 18") and durable, ideal for attics and for apartment dwellers who are limited in what they can put outside. They also work well as an indoor antenna. The down side is they will not get VHF channels, which for Cache Valley, is KUTA 8 and KUTF 12, and they are better at high UHF (9 db gain @ channel 50) than low UHF (only 6 db gain @ channel 14). All you need is a cable from Walmart or Kmart - or even the dollar store - to connect to your TV. Also ideal if  you are dumping Dish Network or DirecTV.
Other antennas for sale include:

Sunday, January 8, 2012

What Can You Do With a Roku?

Several people have asked me recently about streaming media set top boxes. Having a HTPC media computer connected to my LCD TV, I never used one of them. After asking several people their opinions, I decided I would try a ROKU box. In fact, I tried 2 of them: The top of the line Roku 2 XS, and the bargain priced Roku LT. Roku first introduced the streaming set top box to the market, and continues to be the industry leader. Of course, there are plenty of other ways to connect your TV to the internet nowadays, ranging from Apple TV,  Boxee, and Roku, Internet connected TV sets and Blu-ray players. I chose the Roku because of its reputation, access to lots of content, and price. If you're wondering what product you should choose, check out this review of network streaming devices.

If you've decided that a Roku player is for you, you'll need to choose the model that works for your needs and budget.