Thinking about cutting your ties to your cable company?  There is a growing trend to “cut the cable” and instead stream TV shows using your internet.  The two most popular devises to make this happen are Roku and Apple TV.  They work great, but these products will make it better…

Roku Hacks

The first hack is not a product but an App.  After my daughter lost my remote, I thought I was going to have to shell out $20 to get a new one.  Thankfully she told me that wasn’t necessary, we could control it with our phones.  She was right, and it’s free:  https://www.roku.com/en-gb/mobile-app

When I mounted my TV on the wall I couldn’t figure out what to do with my Roku box.  Thankfully there are some really cool mounting systems that allow you to hide the box behind your TV, which cuts a bunch of cord clutter.   This one works great, it hangs your box on the vents on the back of your TV, and its 40% off right now.

If you have Roku Premiere, Premiere+, and Ultra

http://amzn.to/2gPMr8p

Remotes are great…when you can find them.  We used to have a joke at my house: “How can you tell when my son is home?  All the soft drinks are gone, and we can’t find the remote.”  And it was kind of a pain to use one remote to control the TV and another to run the Roku.  Sideclick solved my problem.

This little jewel puts a basic remote to turn on your TV, volume, input controls and clicks it to your Roku remote.  The result – now I only need one remote to watch TV, and because of the extra size, it’s easier to find when my son visits.  Get it here:  http://amzn.to/2wMhypc

Apple TV Hacks

I have the Roku on my TV in the living room, but back in my bedroom I have an Apple TV box.  It works great, but you must have it visible for the remote to work.  My TV is wall mounted, so for a while I had the box on my daughter’s music stand.  It just didn’t look very good.  I tried to make my own holder using some brackets and Velcro tape.  But that didn’t do the job.  Thankfully I found this:

You can mount it on top, bottom or side of your TV.  All my cords are hidden and my daughter got her music stand back.  This is the version for 2nd and 3rd Generation…buy now and save $10: http://amzn.to/2wK5Lti

If you have the newest Apple TV, click here:  http://amzn.to/2gNJ6qA and mount the box to your wall because the new version doesn’t require you to have line of sight to use the remote.

If you have Apple TV, don’t forget you can show your friends your own videos and pictures on your TV from your phone or iPad using airplay.  Which is much safer than passing your phone around.

Remotes are great…when you can find them.  We used to have a joke at my house: “How can you tell when my son is home?  All the soft drinks are gone, and we can’t find the remote.”  And it was kind of a pain to use one remote to control the TV and another to run Apple TV. And while the Apple TV remote is cool, it is really small and easy to lose (and expensive to replace) Sideclick solved my problems.

This little jewel puts a basic remote to turn on your TV, volume, input controls and clicks it to your remote.  The result – now I only need one remote to watch TV, and because of the extra size, it’s easier to find when my son visits.

If you have Generation 2&3 click here:  http://amzn.to/2gQbNmv

If you have Generation 4 click here:  http://amzn.to/2gOoQ89

Amazon Fire

If you decided to get an Amazon Fire when they were on sale last year, these problem-solving devises are for you:

Mount:

Sideclick:

Cord Cutting Essentials:

The big reason most people don’t want to get rid of cable is they like having local channels.  But instead of paying $25 or more a month to the cable company, for $19.99 you can get a digital antenna.  This one is a steal and $80 off.

You can put it right behind your TV or mount it up to 16’ away depending on what gives you the best reception.  It’s translucent if you want to put it on a window, and is practically invisible on the wall. Get it here:  http://amzn.to/2j9sKtd

Attention Gamers and DVD people:

You like video games, but hate having to keep your Xbox or other device right next to the TV?  My kids didn’t want me to put the TV up on the wall because they couldn’t play games or their DVD’s without putting the devise near the TV.  This hack made us all happy:

The DVDO sends any signal from an HDMI device to your TV.  It is fast enough to handle gaming and movies stream beautifully.  If you still have cable, now you can have your box and all your devices in one place and your TV up to 40 feet away.  I have been using this for nearly two years and it is still running great.  Get it here:  http://amzn.to/2eOTFJj

The only downside to this is it only has one HDMI port.  So, when the kids wanted to game, they had to switch HDMI cables.

I found this solved that problem:

It makes changing devices for my DVDO simple.  The remote allows me to do it from my chair.

This also makes your life simpler if you don’t use the DVDO.  Instead of having four HDMI cables going to your TV, you will just need one.  Much less cord clutter, and I don’t have remember which port goes to which devise with my TV.  Get it here:  http://amzn.to/2xdG5qe