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Don't get caught in the storm: How to be weather aware

Posted May 1, 2020 at 10:11 AM

Knowledge is power, and when severe weather is in the forecast, staying on top of storm prediction updates and weather conditions not only helps us prepare and stay safe, but also gives us peace of mind, which can greatly reduce storm-related anxiety. These days, it’s fairly easy to access weather information, but here are our top picks for keeping an eye—or ear—on the weather while you're at home, in the office or on the go.

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Topics: How To, Safety & Security, Cutting the Cord

How to Be a Cord-cutting MVP This College Bowl Season

Posted December 19, 2019 at 10:05 AM

The rankings are in and the bowl games are set! Are you ready for some football? Outside of sitting in the stands, your only options to watch most of the bowl games are cable, satellite or a streaming service. If you’re a cord cutter and a football fanatic, now’s the time to review your game plan so you won’t miss any of your favorite college teams battle it out on the gridiron.

Check out the full schedule of bowl games to see when, where and how you can catch all the action.

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Topics: Cutting the Cord

How to Cut the Cord in 3 Easy Steps

Posted November 8, 2019 at 11:32 AM

Dreaming of cutting the cord but don’t know where to start? These three simple steps will help you determine if cord-cutting is the best value for you, what options are available and what equipment you’ll need for success. 

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Topics: How To, Cutting the Cord

How to Make the Most Out of the Cord-cutting Trend

Posted August 30, 2019 at 10:06 AM

Cord cutters come in all types and number in the tens of millions, and although this trend began less than a decade ago, it continues to soar in the U.S. If it maintains its upward trajectory, an estimated 51 million people will cut the cord by 2021. Whether you’re a seasoned cord-cutter or are considering it as a great way to streamline your budget and customize your entertainment choices, there are a growing number of ways to get the most out of your decision to ditch cable.

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Topics: Around the Home, Cutting the Cord

Get the Most Out of Free TV | Plan to Rescan: Part Two.

Posted July 11, 2019 at 01:25 PM

If you’re one of the 33 million cord-cutters and you rely on a TV antenna for local programming, or if you simply use an antenna as a backup for potential cable or satellite outages, then you should plan to rescan. Antenna users typically have access to more than 30 free over-the-air channels. Larger metro areas could have up to 100!

As channels change frequencies or are added to the airwaves, a quick channel scan can easily capture those updates and keep you from missing out on the best in free TV.

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Topics: News, Cutting the Cord

Ask the Experts: Antennas

Posted March 22, 2019 at 12:04 PM

Did you know antennas have a higher visual and audio quality than cable or satellite? After you choose to cut the cord, the next thing to determine is how to set up your HD antenna to receive the best signal for the best picture possible. Without a cable service representative coming to the house to set up your home entertainment for you, questions can quickly arise in a DIY setting. We talked with our antenna experts here at Jasco and asked them all the questions you will need to know in "Ask the Experts — Antennas edition.”

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Topics: Q&A, Cutting the Cord

Channel Change is Coming! Plan To Rescan Your TV Antenna

Posted September 7, 2018 at 03:27 PM

No one enjoys going to a channel and finding that their favorite programming has moved.

However, changes in frequency have been a reality of broadcasting for as long as people have been watching television – and new changes are on their way. If you rely on a TV antenna – as opposed to cable or satellite – to bring in over-the-air channels, rescanning your TV or set-top box will be necessary to ensure a fully up-to-date viewing experience.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home, Cutting the Cord

Cut the Cord? Watch Your Favorite TV Shows With an HD Antenna

Posted September 20, 2017 at 03:24 PM

With the average cost of cable over $100/month and up to $1,200 a year - it's no wonder people everywhere are making the decision to ditch their cable plan and cut the cord. But to many, cutting the cord seems terrifying. How can you watch your favorite shows without cable? Can one honestly live without it? The answer is simple: yes you can, and you can do it easily! Getting your TV fix without cable is easier now than it has ever been. You can still watch TV without cable and catch any, and all, of the best shows by using:

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Topics: How To, Cutting the Cord

I Cut the Cord, Now Which Streaming Service Is Best for Me?

Posted May 15, 2017 at 05:44 PM

You’re fed up with cable so you decided to cut the cord. Good for you! At first, you feel great about it. Then about a week later withdrawals start kicking in. You see all your friends on Facebook or Twitter talking about the Bachelor or the latest episode of This is Us. You resort to Netflix and turn on Friends even though you’ve already watched every episode 50 times. You act like you are happy, but you aren’t.

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Topics: Cutting the Cord

Want the Best TV Reception with an HD Antenna? Try these 9 Easy Steps

Posted April 27, 2017 at 12:28 PM

Whether you have recently made the choice to cut the cord and enjoy free hi-definition over-the-air television or you made the decision long ago, here are a few tips to get you on your way to the best tv reception with an hd antenna.

1. Locate Local Broadcast Towers

Two free and easy to use tools for locating your local broadcast towers and comparing antenna reception are available on AntennaWeb and Jasco's own GE HDTV antenna page here. All you have to do is enter your address or zip code and you will be directed to a map showing which channels you can potentially receive in your area. This map will also show the direction and distance of local broadcast stations in relation to your location. This information is important in determining the range your antenna will need in order to pick up the desired channels.

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Topics: How To, Around the Home, Cutting the Cord