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How to Watch All Your Favorite

Shows Without Paying for Cable

or Satellite

Good news for those of us on a budget. Cable and satelilte bills can run into the hundreds of dollars, Why pay when you don’t have to. Ever click through all 700 HD channels on your cable or satellite service channel lineup only to announce, "Nothing's on..." with a long sigh? Maybe you added a streaming service such as Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime to get more shows when you want them. Or maybe you want to cut the cable cord entirely and just use video streaming but are worried about missing live sports and live news. Now you can add SlingTV, a new streaming package by Dish Network (but without the dish) released this month that just might make cutting the cable cord complete. “Sling TV includes ESPN and CNN among others and is a great option for people who want to cut the cable cord but can't live without those additional live sports and live news channels,” says consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch. Officially termed SVOD (subscription video-on-demand) and OTT video (over-the-top) TV-watching, online streaming services like these add more options to the traditional TV channel lineup from a paid cable or satellite provider. Digital TV Research projected the number of worldwide households using SVOD would grow from 21 million in 2010 to 83 million in 2014 and 199 million in 2020. With SVOD apps using a streaming device connecting your TV to the Internet, there is now the option of cutting out the paid cable subscription service (and bill) entirely, but there is a learning curve and you'll need a major attitude adjustment. Once you've learned to watch TV this new way, you'll be getting so much more from your TV while paying much less. Cancel the cable/satellite service...and bill If you've been paying for cable or satellite TV, you paid an average of $86 per month in 2011, according to The NPD Group. Rising to a 2015 prediction of $123 per month, you could be spending $1,476 per year, just for pay- TV programming. Could you use that extra $100 elsewhere in your budget? If so, simply call up your provider and cancel your service. Be prepared for the provider to offer to reduce your rate or try to get you to bundle up and pay even more. Once the cable or satellite box is gone, you'll need to reconfigure your TV for SVOD viewing. Connect your TV to a video streaming device If you hate watching TV on your iPad or computer, you'll need to connect your TV (via the HDMI port) to a video streaming device which connects it to the Internet wirelessly, as 47% of households already did in 2014, according to NPD Group. From Mainstreet.com Looks like the satellite and cable industries are in for a shock with the coming of all streaming TV. Hopefully the quality of streaming TV will improve

DISH dangles a sizeable offer to

steal DirecTV customers

Looks like Dish Network wants to monopolize the TV communications industry by stealing DirecTV subscribers and creating a new cable streaming service. I wonder how DirecTV will respond? Dish goes after its larger rival’s satellite television customers at the same time its new cable streaming service goes after cord-cutters. One day after introducing its new cable streaming TV service, Dish Network is making a new play for its rival’s customers. A new Dish  DISH 1.66%  campaign aimed at customers of satellite television provider DirecTV guarantees $250 in annual savings for those who switch to Dish. Under the new promotion, DirecTV  DTV -0.15% customers can receive $250 in the form of a prepaid payment card if they switch to Dish in the next two months and don’t see at least $250 in annual savings during their first year of service, the company said. The promotional campaign, which asks DirecTV customers “Why pay more?”, runs through April 8. Dish is announcing the offer at the same time as it rolls out its high-profile new streaming television service, Sling TV, which launched Monday. The the service targets cable cord-cutters by offering live, streaming television programming — with a handful of channels including ABC, CNN, TNT and ESPN — for $20 per month. Dish also said Monday that it reached a deal to add AMC to its core list of Sling TV channels. The inclusion of ESPN, especially, made Sling TV big news for cord-cutters because the sports broadcasting giant’s channels had not previously been available without cable subscriptions. Looks like we’re in for a communications industry shakeup, what with all the industry’s giants trying to get into the streaming communications service. From Fortune.com

Scott touts plan to cut taxes on

phone, cable, satellite TV

Governor Scott is fighting an uphill battle to cut taxes on phone, cable, and satellite TV. We’re sure the voters will vote for this, but what about the legislature? Gov. Rick Scott brought his budget road show to Tampa on Thursday, touting a 3.6 percent cut on communications services that will save the average customer about $43 a year. Scott also used the opportunity to defend his staff after the controversy over the firing of the state’s top law enforcement official. Scott is traveling the state unveiling highlights of the $77 billion budget for 2015-16 that he will submit to the Legislature. Lawmakers use that as a template for the state budget they are required to draw up during the March- April legislative session. At the Tampa Chamber of Commerce offices downtown, Scott said his budget cuts $673 million in taxes overall. “As our job market has improved, as more people have moved to the state, we have more state revenue,” he said. “Now what we have to do is spend that money well. Part of what I want to do, on top of having the highest per pupil funding in K-12 education in the history of the state, is give you more of your money back.” The governor proposes to roll back Florida’s tax on communications services by 3.4 percent. An average family spending $100 a month on cell phone, cable and satellite television services would save about $43 annually under the plan. “We have some of the highest communication services taxes in the country, but the most important thing about this is that it puts money back into pretty much every Floridian’s pocket,” Scott said. Later Thursday, he appeared at Valencia College’s Osceola campus in Kissimmee to promote his plan to eliminate sales taxes on college textbooks. That is projected to save a student who takes five courses per semester about $60 a year or $240 for a four-year stint at school. Scott said as he and the Legislature did last year, they would continue to hold the line on both undergraduate and graduate tuition. “We’re trying to make this a state that you want to live in because, one, you can get a job, and two, you know your children can get a great education, you can finish college, and you can get a great job when you finish,” the governor said. - From the Tampa Tribune Looks like there might be a governor out there who actually want to cut taxes and improve the quality of living in his state. We shall see.