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Legally Access
Hundreds Of Free And
Low Cost TV Channels
Without Cable
James L. Paris
Editor-in-Chief ChristianMoney.com
All Rights Reserved Premier Financial Communications, Inc.
© Copyright 2015 James L. Paris

Disclosure: To help the reader, this special report includes links to the products that are recommended.
Some of these links generate income to the distributor of this special report through affiliate
arrangements.

Note: All words in red are clickable links. This way you can reach the product or resource while
reading this report.
How to Save $1000 per Year or More by Dropping Cable TV
Keeping your household expenses under control is an ongoing battle. Something as simple as watching
television can cost you over $1000 per year! What could you do with $1,000? My mind immediately
considers a nice family trip, a contribution to a retirement plan, paying down a debt, or making a gift to
charity. A thousand bucks is a lot of money to me, and I am sure to you, as well. In my own case, I have
gone back and forth over the years between various local cable TV packages and both of the major
satellite providers. I simply cannot come to grips with the cost. My biggest objection to paying for
television is that I'm still forced to watch commercials on most of these channels. Maybe I am missing
something…but isn't the idea that the TV networks sell ads, and this is the means by which they fund
their operations? Even if I want to go on the cheap, I am required to pay a monthly fee, even for the most
basic package of cable TV channels (about $60 in my area). When I had cable TV service in that past, I
watched only a handful of these channels, anyway. My local cable TV provider does not offer the option
to purchase channels à la carte. If I want Fox News and CNBC, I am required to buy these channels as a
part of a ‘package’ that includes channels on gardening and other topics in which I have no interest.

Understanding the True ‘Cost’ of Cable TV
Perhaps the biggest reason I have become obsessed with bills such as cable TV is that they represent a
month-after-month ongoing expense. It’s like waking up every day and owing money when you take your
first breath. If your cable TV package is costing you $90 per month, each day you have to set aside three
dollars in your budget just to pay your cable bill (which most people tell me is well over $100). Here is

another way to think about this: If you had a CD in the bank earning interest to pay the cable TV bill, how
much money would that take? Well, if you are earning 1% on that CD, you would need $120,000 to
throw off the $1,200 annually to pay the bill! Shocking when you think about this one bill in these terms,
isn’t it? There are a lot of these kinds of ongoing bills in all of our monthly expenses. You've probably
had the same ‘family’ financial meetings as most families. You sit down and look at your income and
think to yourself, "Where does my money go?" Most people pull out the calculator at the kitchen table
alongside the proverbial ‘pile of bills.’ Most might then ask, “Who are all of these people that I am
working for, and how did it get to the point that I am paying them money each and every month?” Many
of these meetings, I am sure, end with people just throwing their arms up in the air and concluding there
is nothing they can do about all of it; if they are going to live, they are going to have bills, they decide.
This is true, up to a point – there is only so much you can realistically cut and still have basic
provisions. Where most people draw the line on this, however, is far too short and they give up entirely
too easily. In this report, I want to share with you how I completely dropped cable TV in May of 2013
and yet still have access to more than 600 channels and thousands of TV shows and movies on my
TV. Today, I honestly do not miss cable TV at all. In fact, I am finding that with my new set up I actually
have far more options and I am in much greater control over my viewing choices, and this is all set
against the beautiful backdrop of a tremendous financial savings.

At this point, your curiosity is probably piqued. You are likely wondering what I am doing and how I am
stealing cable or satellite, or otherwise benefiting from some sort of shady behavior. It’s nothing like that,
I assure you; what I am doing is totally legal, and most people simply have no idea how easy it is to
drop cable and get rid of that nasty monthly bill. In this report, I'm going to focus on two pieces of the
puzzle that we will be discussing as a means of completely replacing cable TV. First, I will be discussing
over the air television, and secondly, I will be addressing the issue of Internet television (yes, that you
actually watch on your regular television set in total HD).

Over-the-Air Digital Television
Since 2009, virtually all television stations have converted from an analog signal to a digital signal. This
means that in most metro areas you can gain access to all of the major network channels such as ABC,
CBS, NBC, PBS, and usually several UHF stations. Not only can you watch these channels for free, but
you can do so with a digital signal that allows you to watch in HD with quality just as high in
resolution as that which is available from your cable provider! To accomplish this, all most people
need to do is to purchase a digital TV antenna for about $10. Depending on how far you live from a
major city, you may have to spend a little more money for an outdoor/rooftop antenna (perhaps up to
$60) to get the reception quality that you want. Most people near major cities won't need to worry about
going up on the roof or mounting an antenna on a pole (indoor digital antennas work great if you are
within 35 miles of a major city). Regardless of which antenna you go with, your investment is a onetime deal - remember that over the air TV is 100% free. That's right; the TV channels you get with
your antenna will cost you nothing on a monthly basis. I know you are probably asking how this can be
possible? If it was this easy to get free television, why isn't everyone doing it? Like many things, most
people will simply take the path of least resistance. When you move into a new home, it is already wired
for cable, and just as you turn on the electricity, the water, and the gas, you just as instinctively make that
phone call to have the cable TV turned on. We all do it - and it is this type of approach that leads us to
the stacks of bills and family financial meetings we all dread.

Your hometown channels will give you access to all of the local news programming, the major network
channels, and in many cases dozens of other channels you never even knew about. What are these other
channels? Well, with the conversion from analog to digital, TV channels gained more bandwidth, which
allowed one channel to actually become multiple channels (called multicasting). For example, if you live
in the Chicago area you can pick up 30 TV channels for free with an antenna. A huge benefit of over
the air TV is sports programming. It will vary by city, but many of your local sports events will be carried

on regular broadcast television (this is especially true for NFL games). For those teams that are not on
over-the-air TV, there are quite a few ways to get those games, as well (more on that later).

How to Use the Internet to Get Hundreds More Free TV Channels
There are two external devices that represent the easiest (and least expensive) way to watch Internet
television on your regular TV: Amazon Fire TV and Roku. You simply plug these devices into your
TV’s HDMI port. Most TVs manufactured since the mid 2000’s will have HDMI ports. If not, you can
even plug in with the old style composite cables (the same cables that are used to connect a VCR). After
your device is plugged in to your TV, then follow the instructions and connect it to your home Wi-Fi
network (wireless). You need not be a sophisticated computer programmer to set one of these up - it is
very simple and takes less than five minutes (no kidding). I should also note that newer TV's are coming
with similar services already built directly into the unit. I was really amazed recently to notice that some
of these so called 'smart TVs' are available for under $250. So, if you are in the market to upgrade your
TV, you can really save some money by purchasing a unit with Roku already built in. There are other,
more expensive plug-in boxes such as Apple TV. There are also ways to use gaming units to watch
Internet TV, but for this E- Book I am sticking to the two hardware devices that are the most affordable
and best value for the money.

Pictured Below: Standard Roku Unit

Pictured Below: Standard Amazon Fire Unit

Save Money Buying Through The Amazon Warehouse
One feature to Amazon.com that most people are not aware of is the Amazon Warehouse. As you might
expect, like all retailers, Amazon does receive returned items. Items that are returned or have a damaged
box (or both) are sold at very nice discounts at Amazon's Warehouse. This is my favorite way to buy
electronics. With that in mind, if you are going to purchase a Roku or Amazon Fire, you might take a
minute and check the Amazon Warehouse to get a nice discount. Just like with anything you buy at
Amazon, you can return items you purchase through their warehouse if you are not satisfied.

The Number of Roku Channels is Rapidly Expanding
In the case of ROKU (what I use), they have their own eco-system of channels to offer. The number of
channels in the Roku channel store is exploding. Most of this channel growth has to do with the fact that
setting up a channel is akin to building an app (and is a free way for content creators to get their
programming viewed by more people). As a result, you will find tons of channels, and new ones being
added every day. Just as an example, I was able to find a free channel called Sail TV, which is a very cool
channel to watch if you are a sailor. This is one of many free channels that I have added to my Roku.

There are quite a lot of religious channels as well. Many local churches have made the decision to set up
their own Roku Channel and make available their weekly service and other programming on demand.
What’s more, broadcasters like Glenn Beck. Alex Jones, and other outsiders to mainstream media have
Roku channels (I am even thinking of launching my own channel!).
Live and On-Demand News
You may not be quite convinced to give up your cable TV on the basis of what you might consider to be
"fringe" TV channels. You will quickly see, however, how much mainstream content you have access to
with your Roku or Amazon Fire. Take Fox News, as one example. You can watch segments of all of the
top Fox News shows ‘on demand,’ 100% free. There are dozens of mainstream options like this that are
available. My daughter was visiting recently and saw me sitting on the couch watching The O’Reilly
Factor on Fox News. She said, “How are you watching that if you don’t have cable?” My daughter is
twenty-five and very tech savvy, but even she does not realize how easy it is to drop cable TV.

There is a learning curve, but once you have your Roku connected to your home WiFi, the TV watching
experience is pretty much the same as it is with regular TV. Sit back in your recliner and use your Roku
clicker to move around the channels, just like traditional TV viewing.

What about live TV? You might be 80% sold at this point, but what about watching live news and live
sports channels? Most people feel that they need to have access to live TV (I would put myself in this
category for the most part, especially for news). If there is a major national news story, we all want to be
able to sit on the couch and watch the story unfold on Fox News or CNN. Believe it or not, there are now
several live news channels on Roku that are free. One channel that I turn to for live news is CNN
International. For example, this morning I watched live the State of the Union Sunday morning political
show. Another news channel that is live is Huffington Post TV. A channel that is also very interesting
with a wide variety of life viewing options is RT (Russia Today). RT is fast becoming a mainstream

channel, sort of like CNN is here in the United States. It is interesting to note that talk legend Larry King
signed a contract with RT to do a live talk show with them (and no, you don’t have to be able to
understand Russian – the channel is entirely in English). One more free live news channel that is very
good is Sky News (which has the same owner as Fox News – Rupert Murdock).

What you will also discover once you jump into the world of ‘Internet TV’ is how many local TV
channels are streaming their programming to the Internet. For example on Roku I have found dozens of
local channels that can be accessed for both live on and on demand viewing. The Orlando Fox affiliate
streams live from 4:30 am to 10:00 am every weekday. They also stream press conferences and breaking
news, as well. It will take you a few days to uncover all of the possibilities. Just like I love listening to
Internet radio, it can also be a lot of fun to watch TV stations from other cities. I was sitting on the couch
the other day watching the local news broadcast for the San Francisco area. You can almost trick your
brain for a minute and pretend you are on a mini vacation to another city. Seriously, it is interesting to
learn what the local news is in cities around the country. If you like that idea, you can even watch the
local news in Australia, England, and multiple cities worldwide. Trust me, you are about to start an
adventure you will thoroughly enjoy!

As far as the "need" to have live news, I actually find myself feeling less and less that way. I have a
couple of news apps on my smart phone that notify me of breaking news, and I find it a lot more efficient
to review news events using the Internet while sitting at my desk. It still is nice to know, however, that I
can click on my Roku if there is a major national news story. Don't forget that you still have all of your
local channels if you have your digital antenna installed. This means that any urgent weather warnings for
your local area would be available on these channels, and the major networks would break into
programming for any significant national news events. Also, there is a live Internet channel for
FoxNews.com that you can access through your Roku. It is not the same programming as what is

available on Fox News, but it involves many of the same personalities doing special Internet-only
broadcasts.
Secret Roku Channels
One of the odd things about Roku is that not all channels appear in their official channel store. I don't
know exactly why this is. One article I read said that a channel must be approved and vetted by Roku to
be added to their official channel list. Some channel developers don't want to go through the hassle of
getting an approval, so they simply create what is known as a "private” channel (“private” only means
that the channel is not listed in the Roku store). You can add a private channel once you have acquired the
code to do so. That is why you'll want to check out the unofficial Roku Channel Website. Once you start
looking into the large number of private channels that are available, in addition to the public channels,
your brain will almost explode. There are even channels set up strictly for playing games. I am not a
gamer, so I can honestly tell you I have never used one of those channels and have no intention of doing
so; however, the channels are there if you or your children want to use the device to play games. To find
even more options, simply Google the search phrase "Roku private channel."

Google Chromecast Device
Other than the Roku or Fire TV device (which I consider to be the main component you will need to cut
cable TV), there is another gadget you may want to add to your arsenal Chromecast. This is a small device about the size of a thumb drive that simply
plugs in to an HDMI port on the back of your TV. The device is manufactured by
Google and offers some very impressive features. The primary function of the
Chromecast is to take streaming content from your computer, tablet, or
smartphone and put it right on to your big screen TV. There is a lot you can do
this with this that will complement your Roku or Fire TV options. First, you can
access YouTube or any of the other big video sites (like Vimeo) and with one click move the video from


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