New 3rd Generation Fire TV announced by Amazon with 4K and HDR

Amazon just announced new mid-range Fire TV dongle. It is capable of playing 4K video at 60 frames per second which makes it the most capable device Amazon has on the market. 2nd-generation Fire TV maxed out at 30 fps when playing 4K video. It also supports HDR content which is limited to HDR10 and does not include Dolby Vision HDR.

Here are the specs for the new 3rd-generation Fire TV model:

  • 1.5 GHz Amlogic S905Z quad-core CPU
  • Mali-450 MP3 GPU
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 8 GB of internal storage
  • 802.11ac dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi – optional Ethernet adapter which is also compatible with 2nd gen Fire TV Stick
  • Bluetooth 4.1 BLE

Form factor is very similar to Google Chromecast Ultra and due to that ports are limited to an attached HDMI cable and a micro USB port used for power. Amazon also announced an official Ethernet adapter that plugs into the micro USB port so now you don’t have to be dependent on the wireless connectivity only. New Ethernet adapter also supports 2nd-generation Fire TV Stick.

Similar to other recent Fire TV models like 2nd Generation Fire Stick and 2nd Generation Fire TV it supports H.265 HEVC hardware decoding with a Main 10 profile level 5 and both 8-bit and 10-it color spaces, as well as the usual rangeof  H.264, H.263, VP8, and VP9 codecs. On the audio fron it is the first Fire TV to support Dolby Atmos for 7.1 surround sound audio.

Software will be the first Fire TV to have Fire OS 6 which is based on Android 7.1. Some of the features to look forward to include Android TV’s Picture in Picture, Content Recording, and Time-shifting capabilities. What would be great if ability to add OTA antenna was added and full guide. Obviously they cannot use Android TV Live Channels but Amazon’s own implementation would be more than welcome.

Release date for the new Fire TV is set for October 25th and pre-orders are currently open for $69.99. You can also bundle the new Fire TV with an Echo Dot for $79.99 ($30 savings)

 

Nvidia drops the price of Shield TV to $180 while removing game controller.

We’ve all been waiting for this and Nvidia finally delivers. Same device, no controller and $20 less. I expected more of a price drop (controller costs $60 by itself) for the removal of the controller but when you consider what you get for your money it’s still a very good deal. This is an extremely powerful device that can “also” stream.

Other tiers of Nvidia Shield will be kept. So you can choose between:

Apparently this was done in response to the new Apple TV which is now finally 4K capable. There are quite a few more boxes coming in the next month or so but if you are looking for one box to do it all look no further.

Here is the recap of all the features that separate Nvidia Shield TV from the other Android based boxes out there. I think all of you cord cutters will appreciate the additional features. Obviously you can stream from majority of services but on top of that you can do following for all of you cord cutters out there:

  • Android TV Live Channels – FREE OTA DVR service with no subscription – more about it here and here
  • PLEX server – if you have local media just plug in external hard drive and you’ll be able to stream to other devices from anywhere.
  • PLEX OTA DVR and Live TV – with PlexPass – lifetime sub costs $120 (you can also pay monthly and yearly subscription) and allows you to time-shift and record live OTA TV. You’ll have to add the tuner (HD Homerun Connect or Extend) in order to take advantage of this option.
  • Tablo DVR – subscription based DVR service from Tablo – subscription costs $4/mo or $40/year
  • Amazon Video – as far as I know this is the only Android TV device that works with Amazon Video out of the box.

So if you’re looking for Over the Air OTA DVR and also want to serve up local content to other devices Shield with Plex and HDHR tuner will fulfill all of those needs and more. When you add it all up it will be around $400 but it pretty much takes care of all of my needs in one simple box and is inline with the price of Tivo Roamio OTA yet delivers so much more.

So who wins in the Shield TV vs Tivo Roamio OTA battle? If you’re ONLY looking for OTA DVR Tivo is still an easier to use device but once you start adding streaming, local media and also gaming Nvidia Shield TV is a clear winner.

The new remote-only streaming Shield is available online for pre-orders now to ship on October 18th, and will expand to select retailers at a later date.

Now we wait to see what Amazon will come up with on the new Fire TV boxes.

 

Best Buy has the SALE on ClearStream 4V Indoor/Outdoor HDTV Antenna – $79.99

Looking for a great antenna? This ClearStream 4V HDTV Indoor/Outdoor antenna (C4-V-CJM) is a great choice for any cord cutter. It will pull in both UHF and VHF signals from the long distance (up to 70 miles for UHF). Comes with mounting hardware and a 20 in. mount with a pivoting foot.

Great deal if you need an antenna to add to your setup and right in time for the NFL season to start so you can watch your local team. More about how to prepare for the 2017 NFL season here.

It retails for $149.99 but Best Buy currently has it on sale for $79.99 which is $70 OFF. They also have some Open Box Antennas for $69.99 for even more savings.

This antenna and addition of one of the OTA DVRs will cover majority of most cord cutters needs. You can read more about Over-the-Air DVRs and my comparison of them right here.

 

Cord Cutting Guide to 2017 NFL Football Season – watch for FREE without the cable subscription

Cord Cutting Guide to 2017 NFL Football Season - watch for FREE without the cable subscription through the antenna or subscribe to DirecTV NOW, HULU Live, Playstation Vue,Sling and Youtube TV NFL 2017 season is upon us and here is everything you need to know to get ready to watch football without the cable box before the it starts. Great news for all cord cutters are that it has never been easier or more convenient to watch the football games for free or near-free and limit commercials to minimum. There is a multitude of choices and we’ll go over them so you can make the informed decision.

You can scroll to the bottom of the page to see the full schedule for all regular season games and where they will be shown.

Sunday Football:

Options summary: antenna or streaming services (DirecTV NOW, HULU Live, Playstation Vue,Sling and Youtube TV)

Due to licensing for local games antenna is a great starting point of your preparation. All local games will be aired on CBS, FOX and NBC so you need to make sure that your antenna is good enough to pick those up. If you don’t already have an antenna tvfool.com site is a great starting point. It will provide you with the distance and direction of the nearest transmitter based on your exact address. I had a great luck with RCA, ClearStream and Mohu antennas. Your choice will be greatly affected by the distance from the transmitting station. For me RCA ANT751 mounted in an attic was enough to pull all channels over both UHF and VHF from 36+ miles away.

Now how do we avoid all the commercials that are aired and only watch the action. What I’ve been doing is starting the recording of the game based on the DVR schedule and not beginning to watch it until at least 30 minutes of it has passed. In order to do that you will need some kind of timeshifting or DVR functionality. By far the best and easiest to use device is the Tivo Roamio OTA. Their SkipMode will allow you to skip the commercial with the one click of the button. Once you try it it will be very hard to go back to the regular DVR. Other DVRs like ChannelMaster, Android TV Live Channels (using Nvidia Shield) and others will work as well but will not be as easy and seamless as the Tivo. I go into detail comparing all OTA DVR systems here, here and here so you can read and make an informed decision.

If using an antenna is impossible due to either distance or logistics all major live streaming services now offer CBS, FOX and NBC but actual coverage in your area may vary due to licensing and local affiliates. Every region is different so you’ll need to look into it yourself. As of this writing DirecTV NOW, HULU Live, Playstation Vue, Sling and Youtube TV all offer local channels.I am currently working on the comprehensive comparison for all of those services so stay tuned if you need some help choosing between them.

This will cover all of Sunday Football action and leave only Monday Night Football (MNF) and Thursday Night Football (TNF) so let’s go over those games and options for them.

Watch NFL Monday Night Football on ESPN through DirecTV NOW, HULU Live, Playstation Vue, Sling and Youtube TVMonday Night Football:

Options summary: ESPN through one of the streaming services (DirecTV NOW, HULU Live, Playstation Vue, Sling and Youtube TV)

Unfortunately options are limited when it comes to Monday Night Football as it is only shown on ESPN. If this is a must for you you will have to sign up for one of the streaming services. Sling TV Orange ($20/mo) is currently the most affordable option but others might be a better fit depending on what features (DVR) and channels you need.

Watch NFL Thursday Night Football on CBS, NBC, FOX, NFL Network and Amazon VideoThursday Night Football:

Options Summary: CBS, NBC, FOX, NFL Network and Amazon Video

It gets a little more complicated when it comes to the Thursday Night Football games. This year Amazon picked up the rights to stream 11 games between weeks 4 and 16. If you already have an antenna those same games will also be broadcast on either CBS or NBC.

Some of the games will only be shown on the NFL Network: week 2 (Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals), week 3 (Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers) and week 9 (Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets).

Week 12 (Thanksgiving) will only be shown on the CBS, NBC and FOX. Each station gets a different game.

Below you can find the complete schedule for the regular season with the detail showing where each game will be broadcast. All times are eastern. Schedule is current as of this writing (08/22/2017) but is subject to change.

Jump to:

WEEK 1 | WEEK 2 | WEEK 3 | WEEK 4 | WEEK 5 | WEEK 6 | WEEK 7 | WEEK 8 | WEEK 9 | WEEK 10 | WEEK 11 | WEEK 12 | WEEK 13 | WEEK 14 | WEEK 15 | WEEK 16 | WEEK 17

WEEK ONE – WEEK 1

Thursday, September 7

8:30 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs New England Patriots NBC

Sunday, September 10

1:00 PM New York Jets vs Buffalo Bills CBS
1:00 PM Baltimore Ravens vs Cincinnati Bengals CBS
1:00 PM Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cleveland Browns CBS
1:00 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs Houston Texans CBS
1:00 PM Oakland Raiders vs Tennessee Titans CBS
1:00 PM Atlanta Falcons vs Chicago Bears FOX
1:00 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs Detroit Lions FOX
1:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Miami Dolphins FOX
1:00 PM Philadelphia Eagles vs Washington Redskins FOX
4:05 PM Indianapolis Colts vs Los Angeles Rams CBS
4:25 PM Seattle Seahawks vs Green Bay Packers FOX
4:25 PM Carolina Panthers vs San Francisco 49ers FOX
8:30 PM New York Giants vs Dallas Cowboys NBC

Monday, September 11

7:10 PM New Orleans Saints vs Minnesota Vikings ESPN
10:20 PM Los Angeles Chargers vs Denver Broncos ESPN

WEEK TWO – WEEK 2

Thursday, September 14

8:25 PM Houston Texans vs Cincinnati Bengals NFL Network

Sunday, September 17

1:00 PM New England Patriots vs New Orleans Saints CBS
1:00 PM Buffalo Bills vs Carolina Panthers CBS
1:00 PM Tennessee Titans vs Jacksonville Jaguars CBS
1:00 PM Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens CBS
1:00 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs Indianapolis Colts FOX
1:00 PM Philadelphia Eagles vs Kansas City Chiefs FOX
1:00 PM Minnesota Vikings vs Pittsburgh Steelers FOX
1:00 PM Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX
4:05 PM Miami Dolphins vs Los Angeles Chargers CBS
4:05 PM New York Jets vs Oakland Raiders CBS
4:25 PM Dallas Cowboys vs Denver Broncos FOX
4:25 PM Washington Redskins vs Los Angeles Rams FOX
4:25 PM San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks FOX
8:30 PM Green Bay Packers vs Atlanta Falcons NBC

Monday, September 18

8:30 PM Detroit Lions vs New York Giants ESPN

WEEK THREE – WEEK 3

Thursday, September 21

8:25 PM Los Angeles Rams vs San Francisco 49ers NFL Network

Sunday, September 24

9:30 AM Baltimore Ravens vs Jacksonville Jaguars Verizon
1:00 PM New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers FOX
1:00 PM Atlanta Falcons vs Detroit Lions FOX
1:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Minnesota Vikings FOX
1:00 PM New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles FOX
1:00 PM Denver Broncos vs Buffalo Bills CBS
1:00 PM Pittsburgh Steelers vs Chicago Bears CBS
1:00 PM Cleveland Browns vs Indianapolis Colts CBS
1:00 PM Houston Texans vs New England Patriots CBS
1:00 PM Miami Dolphins vs New York Jets CBS
4:05 PM Seattle Seahawks vs Tennessee Titans FOX
4:25 PM Cincinnati Bengals vs Green Bay Packers CBS
4:25 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers CBS
8:30 PM Oakland Raiders vs Washington Redskins NBC

Monday, September 25

8:30 PM Dallas Cowboys vs St. Louis Cardinals ESPN

WEEK FOUR – WEEK 4

Thursday, September 28

8:25 PM Chicago Bears vs Green Bay Packers CBS, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Sunday, October 1

9:30 AM New Orleans Saints vs Miami Dolphins FOX
1:00 PM Los Angeles Rams vs Dallas Cowboys FOX
1:00 PM Detroit Lions vs Minnesota Vikings FOX
1:00 PM Carolina Panthers vs New England Patriots FOX
1:00 PM Buffalo Bills vs Atlanta Falcons CBS
1:00 PM Pittsburgh Steelers vs Baltimore Ravens CBS
1:00 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs New York Jets CBS
1:00 PM Tennessee Titans vs Houston Texans CBS
1:00 PM Cincinnati Bengals vs Cleveland Browns CBS
4:05 PM San Francisco 49ers vs St. Louis Cardinals FOX
4:05 PM Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Chargers FOX
4:05 PM New York Giants vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX
4:25 PM Oakland Raiders vs Denver Broncos CBS
8:30 PM Indianapolis Colts vs Seattle Seahawks NBC

Monday, October 2

8:15 PM Washington Redskins vs Kansas City Chiefs ESPN

WEEK FIVE – WEEK 5

Thursday, October 5

8:25 PM New England Patriots vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers CBS, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Sunday, October 8

1:00 PM Buffalo Bills vs Cincinnati Bengals CBS
1:00 PM Tennessee Titans vs Miami Dolphins CBS
1:00 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs Pittsburgh Steelers CBS
1:00 PM Los Angeles Chargers vs New York Giants CBS
1:00 PM New York Jets vs Cleveland Browns FOX
1:00 PM Carolina Panthers vs Detroit Lions FOX
1:00 PM San Francisco 49ers vs Indianapolis Colts FOX
1:00 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Eagles FOX
4:05 PM Baltimore Ravens vs Oakland Raiders CBS
4:05 PM Seattle Seahawks vs Los Angeles Rams CBS
4:25 PM Green Bay Packers vs Dallas Cowboys FOX
8:30 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs Houston Texans NBC

Monday, October 9

8:30 PM Minnesota Vikings vs Chicago Bears ESPN

WEEK SIX – WEEK 6

Thursday, October 12

8:25 PM Philadelphia Eagles vs Carolina Panthers CBS, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Sunday, October 15

1:00 PM Chicago Bears vs Baltimore Ravens FOX
1:00 PM Green Bay Packers vs Minnesota Vikings FOX
1:00 PM Detroit Lions vs New Orleans Saints FOX
1:00 PM San Francisco 49ers vs Washington Redskins FOX
1:00 PM Miami Dolphins vs Atlanta Falcons CBS
1:00 PM Cleveland Browns vs Houston Texans CBS
1:00 PM New England Patriots vs New York Jets CBS
4:05 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs St. Louis Cardinals FOX
4:05 PM Los Angeles Rams vs Jacksonville Jaguars FOX
4:25 PM Pittsburgh Steelers vs Kansas City Chiefs CBS
4:25 PM Los Angeles Chargers vs Oakland Raiders CBS
8:30 PM New York Giants vs Denver Broncos NBC

Monday, October 16

8:30 PM Indianapolis Colts vs Tennessee Titans ESPN

WEEK SEVEN – WEEK 7

Thursday, October 19

8:25 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders CBS, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Sunday, October 22

1:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Buffalo Bills FOX
1:00 PM Carolina Panthers vs Chicago Bears FOX
1:00 PM New Orleans Saints vs Green Bay Packers FOX
1:00 PM New York Jets vs Miami Dolphins FOX
1:00 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs Los Angeles Rams FOX
1:00 PM Tennessee Titans vs Cleveland Browns CBS
1:00 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs Indianapolis Colts CBS
1:00 PM Baltimore Ravens vs Minnesota Vikings CBS
1:00 PM Cincinnati Bengals vs Pittsburgh Steelers CBS
4:05 PM Dallas Cowboys vs San Francisco 49ers FOX
4:25 PM Denver Broncos vs Los Angeles Chargers CBS
4:25 PM Seattle Seahawks vs New York Giants CBS
8:30 PM Atlanta Falcons vs New England Patriots NBC

Monday, October 23

8:30 PM Washington Redskins vs Philadelphia Eagles ESPN

WEEK EIGHT – WEEK 8

Thursday, October 26

8:25 PM Miami Dolphins vs Baltimore Ravens CBS, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Sunday, October 29

9:30 AM Minnesota Vikings vs Cleveland Browns NFL Network
1:00 PM Oakland Raiders vs Buffalo Bills CBS
1:00 PM Indianapolis Colts vs Cincinnati Bengals CBS
1:00 PM Los Angeles Chargers vs New England Patriots CBS
1:00 PM Chicago Bears vs New Orleans Saints FOX
1:00 PM Atlanta Falcons vs New York Jets FOX
1:00 PM Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX
1:00 PM San Francisco 49ers vs Philadelphia Eagles FOX
4:05 PM Houston Texans vs Seattle Seahawks CBS
4:25 PM Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins FOX
8:30 PM Pittsburgh Steelers vs Detroit Lions NBC

Monday, October 30

8:15 PM Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs ESPN

WEEK NINE – WEEK 9

Thursday, November 2

8:25 PM Buffalo Bills vs New York Jets NFL Network

Sunday, November 5

1:00 PM Atlanta Falcons vs Carolina Panthers FOX
1:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints FOX
1:00 PM Los Angeles Rams vs New York Giants FOX
1:00 PM Indianapolis Colts vs Houston Texans CBS
1:00 PM Cincinnati Bengals vs Jacksonville Jaguars CBS
1:00 PM Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans CBS
1:00 PM Denver Broncos vs Philadelphia Eagles CBS
4:05 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs San Francisco 49ers FOX
4:05 PM Washington Redskins vs Seattle Seahawks FOX
4:25 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs Dallas Cowboys CBS
8:30 PM Oakland Raiders vs Miami Dolphins NBC

Monday, November 6

8:30 PM Detroit Lions vs Green Bay Packers ESPN

WEEK TEN – WEEK 10

Thursday, November 9

8:25 PM Seattle Seahawks vs St. Louis Cardinals NBC, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Sunday, November 12

1:00 PM Cleveland Browns vs Detroit Lions CBS
1:00 PM Pittsburgh Steelers vs Indianapolis Colts CBS
1:00 PM New York Jets vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers CBS
1:00 PM Los Angeles Chargers vs Jacksonville Jaguars CBS
1:00 PM New Orleans Saints vs Buffalo Bills FOX
1:00 PM Green Bay Packers vs Chicago Bears FOX
1:00 PM Cincinnati Bengals vs Tennessee Titans FOX
1:00 PM Minnesota Vikings vs Washington Redskins FOX
4:05 PM Houston Texans vs Los Angeles Rams CBS
4:25 PM Dallas Cowboys vs Atlanta Falcons FOX
4:25 PM New York Giants vs San Francisco 49ers FOX
8:30 PM New England Patriots vs Denver Broncos NBC

Monday, November 13

8:30 PM Miami Dolphins vs Carolina Panthers ESPN

WEEK ELEVEN – WEEK 11

Thursday, November 16

8:25 PM Tennessee Titans vs Pittsburgh Steelers NBC, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Sunday, November 19

1:00 PM Detroit Lions vs Chicago Bears FOX
1:00 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Texans FOX
1:00 PM Los Angeles Rams vs Minnesota Vikings FOX
1:00 PM Washington Redskins vs New Orleans Saints FOX
1:00 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs Cleveland Browns CBS
1:00 PM Baltimore Ravens vs Green Bay Packers CBS
1:00 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs New York Giants CBS
4:05 PM Buffalo Bills vs Los Angeles Chargers FOX
4:25 PM New England Patriots vs Oakland Raiders CBS
4:25 PM Cincinnati Bengals vs Denver Broncos CBS
8:30 PM Philadelphia Eagles vs Dallas Cowboys NBC

Monday, November 20

8:30 PM Atlanta Falcons vs Seattle Seahawks ESPN

WEEK TWELVE – WEEK 12

Thursday, November 23 (Thanksgiving)

12:30 PM Minnesota Vikings vs Detroit Lions FOX
4:30 PM Los Angeles Chargers vs Dallas Cowboys CBS
8:30 PM New York Giants vs Washington Redskins NBC

Sunday, November 26

1:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Atlanta Falcons FOX
1:00 PM Carolina Panthers vs New York Jets FOX
1:00 PM Chicago Bears vs Philadelphia Eagles FOX
1:00 PM Cleveland Browns vs Cincinnati Bengals CBS
1:00 PM Tennessee Titans vs Indianapolis Colts CBS
1:00 PM Buffalo Bills vs Kansas City Chiefs CBS
1:00 PM Miami Dolphins vs New England Patriots CBS
4:05 PM New Orleans Saints vs Los Angeles Rams FOX
4:05 PM Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers FOX
4:25 PM Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders CBS
4:25 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs St. Louis Cardinals CBS
8:30 PM Green Bay Packers vs Pittsburgh Steelers NBC

Monday, November 27

8:30 PM Houston Texans vs Baltimore Ravens ESPN

WEEK THIRTEEN – WEEK 13

Thursday, November 30

8:25 PM Washington Redskins vs Dallas Cowboys NBC, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Sunday, December 3

1:00 PM New England Patriots vs Buffalo Bills CBS
1:00 PM Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars CBS
1:00 PM Denver Broncos vs Miami Dolphins CBS
1:00 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs New York Jets CBS
1:00 PM Houston Texans vs Tennessee Titans CBS
1:00 PM San Francisco 49ers vs Chicago Bears CBS
1:00 PM Minnesota Vikings vs Atlanta Falcons FOX
1:00 PM Detroit Lions vs Baltimore Ravens FOX
1:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Green Bay Packers FOX
1:00 PM Carolina Panthers vs New Orleans Saints FOX
4:05 PM Cleveland Browns vs Los Angeles Chargers CBS
4:25 PM New York Giants vs Oakland Raiders FOX
4:25 PM Los Angeles Rams vs St. Louis Cardinals FOX
8:30 PM Philadelphia Eagles vs Seattle Seahawks NBC

Monday, December 4

8:30 PM Pittsburgh Steelers vs Cincinnati Bengals ESPN

WEEK FOURTEEN – WEEK 14

Thursday, December 7

8:25 PM New Orleans Saints vs Atlanta Falcons NBC, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Sunday, December 10

1:00 PM Indianapolis Colts vs Buffalo Bills CBS
1:00 PM Minnesota Vikings vs Carolina Panthers CBS
1:00 PM Oakland Raiders vs Kansas City Chiefs CBS
1:00 PM Chicago Bears vs Cincinnati Bengals FOX
1:00 PM Green Bay Packers vs Cleveland Browns FOX
1:00 PM San Francisco 49ers vs Houston Texans FOX
1:00 PM Detroit Lions vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX
1:00 PM Seattle Seahawks vs Jacksonville Jaguars FOX
4:05 PM Tennessee Titans vs St. Louis Cardinals CBS
4:05 PM New York Jets vs Denver Broncos CBS
4:05 PM Washington Redskins vs Los Angeles Chargers CBS
4:25 PM Dallas Cowboys vs New York Giants FOX
4:25 PM Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Rams FOX
8:30 PM Baltimore Ravens vs Pittsburgh Steelers NBC

Monday, December 11

8:15 PM New England Patriots vs Miami Dolphins ESPN

WEEK FIFTEEN – WEEK 15

Thursday, December 14

8:25 PM Denver Broncos vs Indianapolis Colts NBC, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

Saturday, December 16

4:30 PM Chicago Bears vs Detroit Lions NFL Network
8:25 PM Los Angeles Chargers vs Kansas City Chiefs NFL Network

Sunday, December 17

1:00 PM Green Bay Packers vs Carolina Panthers FOX
1:00 PM Philadelphia Eagles vs New York Giants FOX
1:00 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs Washington Redskins FOX
1:00 PM Miami Dolphins vs Buffalo Bills CBS
1:00 PM Baltimore Ravens vs Cleveland Browns CBS
1:00 PM Houston Texans vs Jacksonville Jaguars CBS
1:00 PM Cincinnati Bengals vs Minnesota Vikings CBS
1:00 PM New York Jets vs New Orleans Saints CBS
4:05 PM Los Angeles Rams vs Seattle Seahawks FOX
4:25 PM New England Patriots vs Pittsburgh Steelers CBS
4:25 PM Tennessee Titans vs San Francisco 49ers CBS
8:30 PM Dallas Cowboys vs Oakland Raiders NBC

Monday, December 18

8:30 PM Atlanta Falcons vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers ESPN

WEEK SIXTEEN – WEEK 16

Thursday, December 21 – No Thursday night game

Saturday, December 23

4:30 PM Indianapolis Colts vs Baltimore Ravens NFL Network
8:30 PM Minnesota Vikings vs Green Bay Packers NBC

Sunday, December 24

1:00 PM Cleveland Browns vs Chicago Bears CBS
1:00 PM Miami Dolphins vs Kansas City Chiefs CBS
1:00 PM Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots CBS
1:00 PM Denver Broncos vs Washington Redskins CBS
1:00 PM Los Angeles Chargers vs New York Jets CBS
1:00 PM Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs Carolina Panthers FOX
1:00 PM Detroit Lions vs Cincinnati Bengals FOX
1:00 PM Los Angeles Rams vs Tennessee Titans FOX
1:00 PM Atlanta Falcons vs New Orleans Saints FOX
4:05 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs San Francisco 49ers CBS
4:25 PM Seattle Seahawks vs Dallas Cowboys FOX
4:25 PM New York Giants vs St. Louis Cardinals FOX

Monday, December 25

4:30 PM Pittsburgh Steelers vs Houston Texans NBC, NFL Network,
Amazon Prime Video

8:30 PM Oakland Raiders vs Philadelphia Eagles ESPN

WEEK SEVENTEEN – WEEK 17

Thursday, December 28 – No Thursday night game.

Sunday, December 31

1:00 PM Carolina Panthers vs Atlanta Falcons FOX
1:00 PM Green Bay Packers vs Detroit Lions FOX
1:00 PM Dallas Cowboys vs Philadelphia Eagles FOX
1:00 PM New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers FOX
1:00 PM Washington Redskins vs New York Giants FOX
1:00 PM Chicago Bears vs Minnesota Vikings FOX
1:00 PM Cincinnati Bengals vs Baltimore Ravens CBS
1:00 PM Houston Texans vs Indianapolis Colts CBS
1:00 PM Buffalo Bills vs Miami Dolphins CBS
1:00 PM New York Jets vs New England Patriots CBS
1:00 PM Cleveland Browns vs Pittsburgh Steelers CBS
1:00 PM Jacksonville Jaguars vs Tennessee Titans CBS
4:25 PM St. Louis Cardinals vs Seattle Seahawks FOX
4:25 PM San Francisco 49ers vs Los Angeles Rams FOX
4:25 PM Kansas City Chiefs vs Denver Broncos CBS
4:25 PM Oakland Raiders vs Los Angeles Chargers CBS
8:30 PM To be announced NBC

Free for Amazon Prime Members – stream select NFL Thursday Night Football Games

Amazon.com will offer their Prime Members ability to stream 10 NFL Thursday Night Football games for FREE. It includes the games between weeks 4 and 16 of the NFL season. List of the games can can be found below.

Just another one of the great perks that come with the Amazon Prime Membership.

Tablo SALE – Tablo DUAL OTA $50 OFF In-Store at Best Buy + 1 Year Guide Data Subscription FREE

Tablo is having a sale on the new Tablo DUAL OTA model. It is currently $50 OFF at Best Buy stores and they throw in 1 year of guide data subscription for FREE.

That means you can get the latest and greatest Tablo OTA DVR hardware – which includes on-board storage for up to 40 hours of recordings – for less than the original Tablo 2-Tuner model.

If you sign up for a Tablo guide data subscription for your new Tablo DUAL before August 19th, 2017 and use the coupon code BESTBUY1 you’ll get the first year of your guide data subscription (a $49.99 value) absolutely FREE!

This offer is valid on new activations only, for US residents who have purchased their Tablo DUAL OTA DVRs in-store at Best Buy.

NOTE – Redeeming this offer before the end of your 30-day free guide data subscription will NOT cause you to lose your trial subscription. Your first year of free guide data subscription will automatically begin when your 30-day trial is up.

You can see the comparison of the older model of Tablo to Android TV Live Channels here.

NEW Xfinity Mobile – Comcast cellular service utilizing Verizon network

Comcast Xfinity Mobile is finally here.

It has been six months since the rumors first started circulating about Comcast’s possible entry into the cellular market and today they just announced Xfinity Mobile and provided some details. Service will be utilizing Verizon network and millions of Xfinity WiFi hotspots to deliver voice and data. Comcast is looking to capture approximately 130 millions of cellular customers that are within it’s foot print.

Model is similar to Google Project Fi but the biggest distinction is that Comcast will be on Verizon compared to combination of Sprint, T-mobile and US Cellular under good. Project Fi is also limited to few google branded phones.

They are planning to offer most popular mobile phones specifically naming Apple, Samsung and LG. No word on bring your own phone. Hoping this will happen and any Verizon phone will work on this as is the case with other Verizon MVNOs like Total Wireless or Page Plus Cellular.

Pricing looks better than Verizon own service on the single line and depend on the type of Comcast package you have. Since most of us cord cutters will only have internet service the price will be $65/line for unlimited data. Data is de-prioritized after 20 gigabytes of usage (compared to Verizon 22 GB).

No word if the LTE data service will be throttled as it is with other Verizon MVNOs.

Option I am most interested in is the $12/GB for all lines on your account. Since we don’t really use that much data on mobile (2-3 GB between two lines per month) this will save us a sizable chunk of money even when compared to other Verizon MVNOs.

Xfinity Mobile - Comcast cellular service on Verizon network. - Pricing Plan - Unlimited data or $12/GB across up to 5 lines of service.

 

Customer service will be delivered by text messaging and dedicated call center. If it is anything like their cable service then we all know how that is going to go.

Service won’t be rolled out for another few months and is currently tested by Comcast employees.

Tivo Roamio OTA – $249.99 shipped – Flash Sale – ends April 7, 2017

Tivo Roamio OTATivo just offered their refurbished Roamio OTA 500GB model on sale for $249.99. This is $50 more than their Black Friday 2016 sale and still a great deal.

As most of you already know this is by far the best OTA DVR system on the market and at this price an absolute no-brainer.

One thing to keep in mind is that Tivo Mavrik is on the horizon and while we don’t know much about this product yet it looks to position itself as a direct competitor to Tablo offering. If you like Tablo concept then it might be worth to wait for that product to arrive.

You can read more about it here and here.

Roamio OTA does it all.

TiVo Roamio OTA DVR has all the right bells and whistles to maximize any HD antenna experience. Here are some of the innovative DVR features that’ll change the way you enjoy over-the-air entertainment.

  • 500 GB storage capacity for up to 75 HD hours of recording
    Records 4 shows at once
    Access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video and more2
    Includes our innovative OnePass™ technology
    Automatically skip commercial breaks with the press of a button
    Watch shows 30% faster than normal speed with pitch-corrected audio

Tivo Roamio OTA vs Channel Master DVR+ – antenna DVR comparison

Tivo Roamio OTAChannel Master CM-7500TB1 Dual-tuner DVR with program guideTivo Roamio OTA and Channel Master DVR+ are competing head to head on both features and price. They will appeal to the end users who want the product that just works out of the box with no necessity for technical know how.

Let’s see how they compare at the beginning of 2017.

Tivo user interface and ease of use cannot be matched by any of the OTA DVR solutions. It also has all of the streaming apps (Amazon Video, Netflix, Hulu, etc.) already on the box so it becomes a single solution for all of your cord cutting needs. OneSearch which allows you to search across live TV, your recordings and online streaming services is a tremendous time saver. SkipMode which skips the commercial block with a single press of the button is another great feature. I wish other OTA solutions would replicate it as trying to fast forward through commercials is a bit of a pain. All of this comes in a box that is extremely easy to setup and run and requires no technical knowledge whatsoever.

Tivo Roamio OTA Channel Master DVR+
TV Guide Data 14 days 14 days
TV Guide Data Cost INCLUDED INCLUDED
TV Guide Data Search
TV Guide Data Filter
Series Recording
Live TV
Native playback
Streaming on multiple devices (1)
Tuners 4 2
Streaming Apps
MSRP $399 (1TB model) $349 (1TB model)
  1. Requires purchase of Tivo Mini (MSRP $149.99).

Summary:

Tivo Roamio OTA is a clear winner here no matter what scenario you are in. Currently Amazon.com is running a sale on the 1TB model and it can be had for $369.99 shipped. Occasionaly Tivo is on sale for as little as $200 including All-In (Lifetime Guide Subscription). Most recent sale happened during the Black Friday of 2016 when refurbished Tivo Roamio OTA 500GB model could be had for $200. I honestly cannot see the reason to buy the Channel Master DVR+ at this point unless their pricing structure changes or they extend their feature set.

Tivo is by far the best OTA DVR solution on the market and if you can afford it you should look no further.



Tablo vs Live Channels OTA DVR

Tablo OTA DVR

Android TV Live Channels DVRLet’s quickly compare Tablo and Android TV Live Channels
solutions for OTA DVR and see how they fare against each other in the beginning of 2017.

They are not competing head to head on features but all will appeal to semi DIY crowd with some technical knowledge.

 

Tablo DVR Live Channels DVR
TV Guide Data 14 days 2 days
TV Guide Data Cost $5/month, $50/year or $150/lifetime (1) FREE
TV Guide Data Search
TV Guide Data Filter (2)
Series Recording
Live TV (3)
Native playback (4)
Streaming on multiple devices
Tuners 2 or 4 1
Equipment Cost $219.99 (2 tuners) - $299 (4 tuners) $130 (AirTV - single tuner) Includes $50 credit for Sling
Minimum cost for one screen (not including storage) $409 (2 tuner, lifetime, Fire TV Stick) $130 (lifetime) Includes $50 credit for Sling
  1. There is a free option but that doesn’t allow for series recording. Only manual schedule can be set.
  2. You can only filter what is live at the moment. Useful for watching live TV but pretty useless for scheduling recording.
  3. There is a substantial lag when switching the channels which makes it painful to use. This was a deal breaker for me.
  4. Separate device is required to play live TV and recorded content. Minimum cost for one of the streaming sticks is $40.

Summary:

There are drastic differences in the feature set of each of those solutions but both are pretty easy to setup and are not in beta like their competition from Plex DVR and Silicondust HD Homerun DVR.

Android TV Live Channels has some pretty crucial limitations but if you can live with them and the budget is important to you then it is a clear winner.

Otherwise Tablo, Plex or Silicondust HD Homerun DVR will be a better choice.

It all boils down to how important the recording of OTA is to you. I think a lot of people don’t realize what a staggering amount of content is available to them via antenna. In my area I am now picking up 58 channels (after the last re-scan few days ago). Out of those there are quite a few channels with quality content. Being able to watch on your own schedule and skip right over the commercials is a huge time saver. I myself cannot stand watching live TV unless it is sports and even then I prefer to time-shift through commercials as much as I can.

Depending on your media consumption habits you might get away with having OTA DVR and one streaming service at a time.