After Cutting the Cable Cord: How to Watch Fox News?

A friend of mine asked me about Fox News viewing options after cutting the cord. Fox News has a very nice app that is available for Amazon Fire TV. All shows seem to be posted a few hours after initial broadcast. Each show is broken down into individual segments and can be scanned through easily or watched consecutively. This is actually a very interesting development in the evolution of content programming. I’m not sure how Fox News actually makes money on this service at this time because there are no commercials. We’re in the 3rd inning of this transition away from cable proper to smart devices and the Internet. Enjoy this commercial-free golden age of programming consumption!

Additionally, Fox News posts their clips on their YouTube channel. As I’ve mentioned before, the family has shifted a considerable amount of time to YouTube. YouTube does inject 15 second commercials periodically and longer commercials that can be skipped after 5 seconds.

Network TV Without Cable

You can absolutely receive network TV broadcasts without cable. It’s interesting that TWO generations simply do not know that this option exists. If you were born between 1988-2010 when cable TV household penetration was at an all time high, you never watched TV via an antenna!

Broadcast TV is still a big business for the five big networks (ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, and PBS) and the NFL and the NCAA. Over 40% of the content that you currently watch on cable is probably coming from those networks.

Check out our Call to Action to show you how to capture this network content without cable.

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Can I Get Local Channels Without Cable?

YouTube Content

Our family has found that we watch much more interesting content targeted to our specific tastes through YouTube. We probably spend at least a 1/2 hour a day watching programming from YouTube channels. The content is placed directly on YouTube from the big media networks, independent networks and organizations, and even PBS.

I find myself spending time watching interesting cooking shows that have totally replaced my FoodTV viewing from Zagat, Munchies, Molto Mario, Jamie Oliver, and Gordon Ramsey’s personal channels. The gate keepers have left the building, and these organizations are embracing the power and reach of the Internet!

With YouTube, you can follow your favorite music artists, painters, and travel hosts – again – directly from the source.

The kids use YouTube to watch videos on their favorite games, or science experiments, and show and tell videos on their favorite crafts.

You don’t need to cut cable to try this out. Experiment with a week or two of streaming content from YouTube through your streaming device’s app. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised what’s available.

P.S. I even streamed Donald Trump’s thank you tour stops LIVE via YouTube. Very cool!

Can I Get Local Channels Without Cable?

Absolutely!!!

Many younger people, who have grown up with Cable TV all of their lives, have never considered that broadcast TV is available for free!

In most metropolitan areas, NBC, ABC, CBS, Fox, and PBS all transmit digital TV for free. All you need is a digital antenna to pick the digital signals.

But you’ll probably want to go further and set up an OTA DVR to record your favorite shows and watch them at convenient times.

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Record Over The Air (OTA) TV

I want to introduce the number one way to capture and time shift your local OTA broadcasts….[drum roll]…. Introducing the VCR!!!

Just kidding.  🙂

We have a digital option here at CableFreeUSA.com.

TabloTV

Our current rig uses TabloTV to record OTA broadcasts. It is connected to the antenna via coax cable, and connected to the home network via WIFI. For best performance TabloTV recommends that the device be connected directly to your WIFI router via coax cable. As we’ve documented previously, the CableFreeUSA.com rig uses an indoor antenna on the 3rd floor connected to the TabloTV. So some streaming quality is lost buy WIFI flexibility is gained.

Watch OTA Shows on Any Device

You have to have a streaming device connected to your TV to then utilize TabloTV. With devices like Amazon FireTV and Roku, Apps are available for TabloTV.

Apps are also available for Android and iOS devices to watch shows on tablets.

On other devices, connecting to MyTablo through a browser that is on the same local network as the TabloTV will bring up a slick web application that will allow you to watch live TV as well as stream shows.

Two Tuner Model or Four Tuner Model

There are two TabloTV models available: two or four tuners. A tuner can either record a show from the antenna or stream a show to a device. Example: if nothing is recording – two shows can be streamed. If one show is recording – one show can be streamed. You will have to figure out what your typical recording and consumption rate of OTA shows will be to determine the most suitable option. The CableFreeUSA.com rig uses a two tuner model. On NFL Sundays, tuner collisions occur with two games recording with the desire to watch one of them. But that happens infrequently.

Hard Drive Purchase Separately

One knock I have against TabloTV is the need to purchase a hard drive separately. A 1 TB drive has sufficed for over a year on the CableFreeUSA.com rig, with only 1/2 of the storage being used. Make sure to purchase a compatible unit and budget an extra $100 for the drive.

Fast Forward Through Commercials

On Amazon FireTV (and stick), the iOS and Android Apps, and MyTablo, fast forwarding and rewinding is immediate and a pleasure to use.

I decommissioned an older model Roku 2, and replaced it with an Amazon FireTV, because I found the fast forward/rewind feature to be lacking with TabloTV.

TabloTV Guide

With a fee of $49.99 / year, the TabloTV offers a digital guide. This service downloads the TV listings for the stations that you are able to receive, and allows you to schedule a season’s worth of shows. Example: to record Super Girl, you find the show and select ‘record all new’. Now all shows for that season will be captured.