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How to Watch Your Home NFL Team Without Cable

How to Watch Your Home NFL Team Without Cable

Finally, it’s time for some football. With the 2016 NFL season getting started, millions of fans will be following their home teams closely, hoping to root them all the way to the big game. Unfortunately for many, that means paying for an expensive cable contract to catch all the action. After all, you’ve got to have NFL Sunday Ticket, RedZone, and all that right?

Well, no. See, sure there are all sorts of ways to watch every NFL game, and you could pay out the wazoo to do so. But if you’re the average NFL fan who bleeds home team colors, you don’t need all that. The fact is, you can cut the cord and watch your favorite team all season long. All you need is a good antenna with a good signal. Even your team’s Monday Night Football game will be simulcast on a local network. Not only that, you’ll receive a bunch of other games all day Sunday and many Thursday Night Football games as well.

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Let’s take a look at exactly how to make it happen.

Step 1: Run an antenna report.

Find out exactly what channels are available in your area and how far away the broadcast towers are by running an antenna report. TVFool.com is a great resource for antenna reports. To watch your home team play, you might as well assume you need the big four stations (FOX, CBS, NBC, and ABC). If you have trouble reading your antenna report, this subreddit is pretty good about helping people out.

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Step 2: Find an antenna that is rated for what you need.

Are the broadcast signals close by? Great, then any antenna will likely do. However, if you find that NBC is 40 miles away, you should go ahead and get an antenna that is rated for 50 miles. Any further and you may need to upgrade to a rooftop antenna. Mohu’s antenna site has some great tools for helping you match up with the right antenna.

Step 3: Install your antenna.

Installing your antenna isn’t very difficult, but there are a few tricks worth knowing. Mainly, try and get the antenna in a spot with as few obstructions as possible. A window is ideal. Secondly, remember, the higher, the better. You might even consider putting the antenna in the attic for the ideal reception.

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Step 4: Scan for channels.

Once your antenna is all hooked up, it’s time to scan for channels. You do this by going into your TV settings using your remote. If all goes according to plan, you’ll see the four big networks pop up, and you’ll know you’re ready for football. If not, it’s time to move the antenna around before trying to scan again.

Step 5: Check your team’s TV schedule and plan accordingly.

Remember, when you’re using an antenna, you won’t have an onscreen guide like with cable. So you need to check your team’s schedule online and plan accordingly. Of course, you could get an over-the-air DVR, which will record games and create an onscreen TV guide for you.

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What If an Antenna Won’t Work in My Location?

Some people live in areas where they can’t get a good antenna signal, such as in apartments or condos. If that’s the case, your best bet is NFL Game Pass. You can see every game on Game Pass, except there’s a catch – they don’t air until after the games are over. However, they do offer live radio audio.

But the likelihood is, with the right antenna, you’ll be able to enjoy cheering on your home team this NFL season. Here’s to all those early season Super Bowl aspirations!

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Chris Brantner

Chris Brantner is a writer specializing in technology and personal finance.

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8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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