March is the biggest month of the year for college basketball. If you’re looking to catch all the March Madness action, but don’t have an active cable subscription, here are the best ways to stream all 67 games. That’s a lotta ball. To make sure you can catch every game, you’ll need four key channels: CBS, TNT, TBS, and truTV. Between those, you won’t miss a single jam, clutch three, or questionable call. You’ll get it all. When is March Madness? It’s mostly in March. But seriously, there are a few dates you’ll need to keep in mind: March 11: Selection Sunday March 13-14: First Four March 15-16: First Round March 17-18: Second Round March 22-23: Sweet 16 March 24-25: Elite Eight March 31: Final Four April 2: Championship Now, here’s where (and how) to watch all of that. The Official March Madness Live App The March Madness Live app—which is available for iOS, Android, Fire TV, … [Read more...] about How to Watch March Madness Online without a Cable Subscription
It’s Selection Sunday! Tonight the field of 68 teams participating in this year’s March Madness tournament will be set, paving the way for all of us to start plotting how we want to fill out our brackets for the office pool Monday morning. The show kicks off at 6pm ET and is expected to run for two hours. This year the networks plan to announce all 68 NCAA Tournament teams in alphabetical order — kicking things off with the automatic bids, and then going to the at-large bids — right at the beginning of the broadcast. This year’s show is moving from its regular home on CBS to TBS, which is going to make it harder for people who don’t have cable subscriptions to watch. TBS will also televise this year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, March 31, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 2. You’re going to want to figure out how to watch TBS. Cord cutters do have a few options: NCAA March Madness Live The NCAA is … [Read more...] about How to Stream the NCAA’s Selection Sunday Without Cable
If you were busting a gut over “Florida Man” in Atlanta’s season premiere, it turns out you had lots of good company. Complex reports that the premiere of Robbin’ Season was seen by 2.7 million total viewers, 1.3 million of which were in the coveted 18-49 year old demographic. As FX said in a statement, that’s the best ratings of any basic cable comedy in the past year. And the cable network says it only anticipates more growth from here. Atlanta’s series premiere last year landed a similar amount of viewers as this year’s, but went on to average around 5.2 million total viewers across all platforms for the entire season. For perspective, that’s the highest rated season of any comedy in FX history. The critically acclaimed show about two cousins trying to make good on the Atlanta music scene is also the most decorated comedy the network has ever had—earning several major awards, including a Golden Globe for Donald Glover, the series … [Read more...] about All Eyes on Atlanta: Season 2 Premiere Lands Best Ratings of Any Recent Cable Comedy
The Academy Awards air tonight on ABC. The event starts with the red carpet at 5pm ET, followed by the official awards ceremony at 8pm. Since the show is airing on ABC, you should be able to watch it on television even if you don’t have a cable subscription. A digital antenna is all you need to pick up ABC in most places. If you do have a cable subscription you can also stream the festivities through the ABC App and ABC Go by logging in with your cable credentials. But what if you don’t have those things? If all you have to catch the show is an internet connection and laptop or a smartphone, you still have a few options: Facebook Facebook is oddly one of the best choices out there for streaming the awards show. A live stream of the event will kick off at 6:30pm ET on both The Academy’s and ABC Television’s Facebook pages. Websites Both Oscar.com and ABCNews.com will also carry the same live stream that’s being broadcast on Facebook. You can access either … [Read more...] about How to Stream The Oscars Without Cable
When you’re a geek with preferences on USB cable construction materials and a penchant for buying more than a few directional adapters, organizing the yards upon yards of wiring you’ve accumulated can be a bit daunting. Instead of learning enough knots to compete with the boys at the local yacht club, I turned to the old hook and loop fastener you might know as Velcro. With a single roll of cable-friendly straps, a pair of scissors, and somewhere to put it all, you can organize the tangled web of black cables you’ve woven around your keyboard or TV. “It’s cool,” you might say nonchalantly as you pull out a bag of plastic zip ties. “I’ve got these.” Well, my friend, zip ties suck. For one, once you’ve run one end of the cable tie through the ratcheting gear rack on the other end, it’s nearly impossible to undo without a pair of scissors. That inflexibility is untenable when dealing with cables you pull out of your bag on … [Read more...] about Use Velcro Straps to Tame Your Cables
Although unknown to and ignored by most people, cable modems have a diagnostic that can help you troubleshoot connection problems. What Diagnostic Page? Unbeknownst to most people, cable modems (and other broadband modems) have diagnostic and logging functions built in, just like routers. While some people do occasionally peek at the control panel of their router, very few people ever look at their modems–or even realize they can do so. RELATED ARTICLEHow to Troubleshoot Your Internet Connection, Layer-By-Layer So why look at the diagnostic page and logs of your cable modem in the first place? Think of this familiar scene: something weird is going on with your internet access, so you dutifully unplug your modem and router, start them back up, and things work well again…for a spell. Or maybe your internet connectivity drops out intermittently and no amount of tinkering with your router has solved your problems. While we all tend to over-focus on the router as … [Read more...] about How to Read Your Cable Modem’s Diagnostic Page When Something Goes Wrong
USB Type-C brings a new universal connector to laptops and smartphones, and many devices are already starting to use it. But beware: many USB-C cables aren’t designed properly and could potentially damage your hardware. Before buying any USB Type-C cables for your new devices, you should look up whether the cable is actually compliant with the USB-C specification. More people are sure to run into this problem as more USB Type-C-enabled devices are released. Why a Bad USB-C Cable Could Damage Your Hardware RELATED ARTICLEUSB Type-C Explained: What It Is and Why You’ll Want it To be clear, the problem is specifically with cables that feature a USB Type C connector on one end and an older USB connector on the other end. For example, most devices still use USB Type A–the port you think of when you think “USB”. So if you get a USB Type-C device, you may want a USB-C-to-A cable to charge it on your older laptop or older power blocks. … [Read more...] about Watch Out: How to Buy a USB Type-C Cable That Won’t Damage Your Devices
Not all Ethernet cable is created equally. What’s the difference, and how do you know which you should use? Let’s look at the technical and physical differences in Ethernet cable categories to help us decide. Ethernet cables are grouped into sequentially numbered categories (“cat”) based on different specifications; sometimes the category is updated with further clarification or testing standards (e.g. 5e, 6a). These categories are how we can easily know what type of cable we need for a specific application. Manufacturers are required to adhere to the standards, which makes our lives easier. What are the differences between the categories and how can you know when to use unshielded, shielded, stranded, or solid cable? Keep reading for “cat”-like enlightenment. Technical differences The differences in cable specifications is not as easy to see as physical changes; so let’s look at what each category does and does not support. … [Read more...] about What Kind of Ethernet (Cat5, Cat5e, Cat6, Cat6a) Cable Should I Use?
Remember TV antennas? Well, they still exist. A digital TV antenna allows you to watch local TV stations for free, all without paying a dime to a cable provider. RELATED ARTICLECutting the Cord: Can Buying Episodes and Watching TV Online Be Cheaper Than Cable? We’ve talked about cutting the cord by relying on Internet services, but this is yet another way to cut that TV bill and get more content to watch. Follow along as we run you through not only which antenna to buy and the differences between them, but also which local channels you can receive based on where you live, and how strong of a signal you can get in the first place. Discover Your Local Channels and Their Signal Strength To find out which TV channels you can get over the air for free, we recommend visiting a site called TV Fool and using their signal locator tool. Simply enter your address and click on “Find Local Channels”. Give it a few moments to load the next page. Once it loads, you’ll see … [Read more...] about How to Get HD TV Channels for Free (Without Paying for Cable)
Getting away from traditional TV service is becoming more and more popular, with streaming TV services leading the charge. Today we’re going to take a closer look at Sony’s take on TV streaming: PlayStation Vue. What Is PlayStation Vue? PlayStation Vue is Sony’s take on traditional TV. It streams live TV over the internet, with most of your favorite cable and network channels along for the ride. Despite its namesake, PlayStation Vue isn’t just available on PlayStation devices—there are also apps available for Android, Android TV, iOS, Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, and Chromecast. It also works in the browser, though the experience is pretty watered down compared to the full application experience. Either way, even if you don’t have a PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, or PlayStation 4 Pro, you can still benefit from PlayStation Vue. Good move, Sony. RELATED ARTICLEWhat Is Sling TV, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription? When you sign up for Vue, … [Read more...] about What Is PlayStation Vue, and Can It Replace Your Cable Subscription?