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4 Ways to Stream the Big 4 Over-the-Air Networks to Your Mobile Devices

4 Ways to Stream the Big 4 Over-the-Air Networks to Your Mobile Devices

Free over-the-air (OTA) TV is crucial to the cord cutter’s existence. However, sometimes an antenna can just be a pain. Maybe it’s because you want to watch on-the-go with mobile devices, or perhaps you just can’t get good reception in your area. Whatever the case, plenty of people are looking for ways to stream the big four networks: FOX, NBC, CBS, and ABC.

No worries, because as technology goes, your options increase. Let’s take a look at the different ways to stream network TV channels.

#1 If you get good antenna reception, try an OTA DVR like the Tablo.

Already get free OTA television with your antenna but need to stream it to a mobile device? No problem. What you need is a device like the Tablo DVR. This device works by connecting to your antenna and your Wi-Fi network. Your antenna feed goes into your Tablo where it will record the content. From there you can stream the content to any connected device. That includes your mobile devices that you paired with your Tablo.

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Need help finding a good antenna? Here’s a good guide to help you choose the best TV antenna.

#2 Check and see if you can get the station on Sling TV in your market.

Sling TV is a live linear streaming service that allows you to watch cable channels online without a cable contract. A few months back, Sling launched a new package that included live local FOX streams in select markets. These markets include Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte N.C., Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Gainesville, Fla., Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tampa and Washington D.C.

Not long after, Sling TV added local NBC networks in select markets as well. These markets include Chicago, Dallas, Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, D.C.

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Sling TV also has a Broadcast Extra package that offers an ABC stream in select markets. These markets currently include Chicago, Fresno-Visalia, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco.

You can try out Sling TV free for 7 days on the official website.

#3 Try PlayStation Vue if you are in one of the markets where they offer locals networks.

Vue is very similar to Sling TV. It allows you to stream a bundle of cable channels without cable. While it’s a bit more expensive than Sling TV, its local coverage is much broader. A PlayStation Vue representative provided me with the following local channel information:

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  • FOX—Atlanta, Austin, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Gainesville, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Tampa, and Washington D.C.
  • ABC—Chicago, Fresno, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, and San Francisco
  • CBS—Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Harrisburg, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia. Pittsburgh, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Diego, San Francisco, and West Palm Beach
  • NBC—Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Hartford/New Haven, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.

You can try out Vue here.

#4 Stream CBS with CBS All Access.

Somewhere along the line, CBS decided it needed to test its feet in the water of cable-less streaming and decided to start its own standalone service, CBS All Access. The service is available with commercials for $5.99 per month or without commercials for $9.99 per month. It includes a deep library of CBS on-demand content, as well as live local feeds in the majority of markets in the United States. CBS is also working to produce digital-only content such as a new Star Trek series that will only air on the digital platform.

The only catch? No NFL football. It’s a bummer, but if streaming the NFL is not necessary, then CBS All Access may work for you. You can try it out here.

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7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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