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Are you thinking about cutting the cord, but wondering if it’s the right choice for your family? Some people get rid of cable and never look back, but others sometimes regret this decision and quickly resume a relationship with their cable company, sometimes paying more than they used to. Deciding whether to cut the cord can be tricky. But there are a few questions you can ask yourself to help gauge whether cable or streaming is the right fit for you. 1. Does it make financial sense to cancel cable? There’s no denying that streaming can be cheaper than cable. But sometimes, keeping cable makes sense when you're bundling services. Some cable providers offer a wealth of other services, including internet, phone and home security. When customers subscribe to multiple services as part of a bundle or package, they usually pay less than someone who subscribes to these services separately. If you eliminate a basic cable package—and essentially cancel your bundle—while keeping other services, your monthly bill will decrease. But the savings might be less than what you expect. To help you… Read more

Your cable bill may be downright outrageous depending on your package. The amount you pay monthly can cut deep into your budget and create financial hardship. Is being able to watch cable really worth the headache? Fortunately, there are options for dealing with a high cable bill, such as cutting the cord altogether and streaming your favorite programs and movies. While this is an option, you might not be ready to say goodbye to cable—and least not yet. If you prefer the convenience of cable, but hate the cost, here are a few tips that could help you negotiate a lower monthly cable bill. 1. Research current cable promotions and rates. Cable provider rates can vary from year to year. And sometimes, cable companies offer lower rates and promotions to new customers as an incentive for signing up. What you probably don’t know is that some cable companies will also extend these lower rates to existing customers—but only if they ask. To negotiate a lower cable bill, do your due diligence and research current promotional rates. You can find these rates online,… Read more

Fingerprints, smudges and dust on your flat screen TV can drive anyone insane, and you might not rest until these marks are gone. But cleaning a flat screen TV is a little different from cleaning an older tube television. Older TVs had glass screens, which were easy to clean and durable. Flat screens are more sensitive, so extra care is needed to avoid damage. How do you safely clean your flat screen TV? Here are a few tips to eliminate smudges and dust accumulation and keep your TV in tip-top shape. First, make sure your TV is turned off. This might sound like a no-brainer, but it’s worth mentioning because it's not only about safety, but turning off the TV will make it easier to spot dirt and smudges. The likelihood of anything bad happening from cleaning a TV while it's on is highly unlikely, but turning off any electronic device before cleaning does help reduce the risk of shocking yourself or damaging the electrical current. Better safe than sorry! When removing dust and stains from a flat screen TV, use… Read more

Times they are a changin’, especially for cable and Satellite TV. From flat satellite antennas and live streaming in vehicles to the disappearance of set-top boxes, the world of entertainment is experiencing a tech overhaul that will change the way we watch, learn and play. Satellite Antennas Going Flat The dish is being flattened by a company called Kymeta who recently announced that the mTennau7 would soon replace the parabolic dish antennas we see scattered across the world’s rooftops. The newly designed electronically scanned satellite antennas have been engineered to perform across both mobile and fixed platforms. The new mTennau7 and KyWay terminal replace existing satellite dish technology. Light and thin, the antenna is electronically steered toward satellites and uniquely designed for mobile communications. Together with the new terminal technology, the flat antenna will finally allow the vast satellite pipeline to serve the mobile communications market. It’s about time high throughput met high mobility. A boon to maritime, rail, and Civilian Armored Vehicles (CAV), as well as energy and VIP markets, the applications for Kymeta technology are expected to significantly impact satellite… Read more

Whether you are self-employed or telecommute for a company, working from home can be a dream situation. You might set your own schedule, work at your own pace and possibly earn money in your PJs. Of course, people who work from home also deal with more distractions - like easy access to TV. With a television set in close proximity, there’s temptation to catch up on daytime programs instead of focusing on work, which can put you behind schedule. Rather than let TV decrease your productivity and your paycheck, here are a few tips to help you stop watching TV when you work from home. 1. Remove the TV from your home office. Putting a TV in your home office is one of the biggest mistakes you can make, especially if you’re somewhat of a TV addict. Having a TV in this room can provide background noise or background action, helping you feel less isolated. But you’re asking for trouble with a TV only a few feet away. Even if you hit the mute button, something might catch your eye. And… Read more