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In the past cable television was the best way to get quality shows. Today, that's what streaming services do, while cable is more like a lumbering dinosaur, slowly laying waste to both consumers' wallets and their sense of good taste. Cable TV is a great source of entertainment, but you no longer need to pay through 2 months rent to get it — but all that will change when you learn to cut the cord.

On our site you will find everything you'll need to know about life after cable tv. UnlockYourTv will tell you what kind of hardware you'll need, where you can find your favorite shows and roughly how much you should expect to spend.
If you are going to bookmark one page on cord cutting, it should be this one. UnlockYourTV has over 50 pages on cutting the cord and getting rid of pay TV. The links in the free your tv  guide are either the most important articles on cutting the cord, or articles that answer questions we often asked.

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Free Your Tv - Guide To Cutting The Cord

Step 1: Find home internet that is stand-alone, and not part of a paid television service.

Step 2: Examine alternative ways to watch TV. We cover this in the article on "What Is IPTV". This in-depth cord cutting guide covers options like streaming services, devices, and TV antennas. You can even watch cable networks live online. 

Step 3: Cancel your paid television subscription. Even if you are unsure that you have all your shows covered without cable, cancel anyway. Like us, you will realize a lot of the stuff we watch is simply because it’s on. You’ll also discover there is a lot higher quality tv shows are not on paid tv. Cancel now and start saving today. If you don’t like being a cord cutter, your pay TV company will gladly take you back.

Finding The Best Android TV Box and Android TV Streaming Devices 

Finding the best Android Box can be a pain, especially when you're not exactly sure what you are looking for or need. With so many options, it’s important to know what different Android Boxes offer and actually do.

An Android TV box is a small set-top box that runs on the Android operating system. It lets you stream content to your television through apps. You can easily stream 4K UHD videos using some of these boxes. All of them have the capability to stream HD videos.

You can easily install Android apps and games on your Android Box using Play Store. You will find hundreds of free apps and games in the store. You can install YouTube, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, and many other 3rd Party apps. The majority of these devices come with Google Play Store pre-installed so you don’t have to tweak anything to unlock the full potential of these devices. You may have to create a Google account before you could use the Play Store. Most also come pre-loaded with Kodi. 

In our review of what we believe will be the hottest boxes of 2018 are featured in our blog post "The Best Android Boxes of 2018". There we will discuss and review some of the newest and most elite boxes. Give you prices and the pros & cons of each box. We will also link to Amazon reviews.

What Is Kodi?

Kodi is an open source media player that has been making bold headlines in the recent months–both for good and bad reasons. However, Kodi has existed since 2002, when it was known as Xbox Media Player. In 2014, it was renamed Kodi by the maintainer XBMC Foundation. While the Xbox Media Player was launched for the first-generation Xbox game console, Kodi can be installed on many devices such  Android Boxes, Android Phones, Windows, Linux, Tablets, Amazon Streaming Devices, etc. We explain step by step how to add Kodi on a Firestick in our article "How To Install Kodi On Amazon FireStick".

It’s a centralized media center that lets you store all your content at a single place and gives you the ease to access it virtually from anywhere. It should be noted that Kodi doesn’t provide media itself; the users have to provide their own content or point it manually to online media. It has been designed by keeping the TV audience in mind who accustomed of enjoying the digital content.

What makes Kodi so special – and controversial – is that it is not held back by restrictive licensing pacts. If you want access to something you simply download it and start viewing, though it must be noted: not everything is, strictly speaking, legal – so, always with things like this, you proceed at your own risk.


By Troy Swartwood 22 Jan, 2018

Kodi Pulse build remains one of the greatest Firestick builds, even with the trials it and the general Kodi community have undergone lately. This build weighs in at 244 MB downloaded, then takes up right at 350 MB once fully decompressed and installed. Knocked down and pushed around many times this past year, Kodi Pulse CCM build keeps getting back up. It quickly dusts itself off every time—shinier and stronger than ever! So check out this exceptionally easy-to-follow tutorial.

Pulse CCM is a very organised build, with a lot of great add-ons and sources inside. It uses the standard build layout that were used to seeing. The Pulse CCM Build has content for Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Live Streams, Live TV, Sports, Music and much much more. It’s packed full of good stuff.

As this build is from the Ares Wizard in Kodi, you will be asked for a pin. When the message pops up, hit the “Get Pin” button. A web browser will open, giving you a 4 digit pin. Go back into Kodi, and press “Enter Pin” in the Ares Wizard. Enter the pin you received to get access to the build. You can scan the QR code or enter the given URL on your mobile too.


By Troy Swartwood 19 Jan, 2018

Fire TV Guru is probably the most popular Kodi build which has been around since the days of Jarvis. It is a fast and lightweight build, with a very simple user interface. It  still includes most of the very best Kodi addons in all the usual categories. The Fire TV Guru build design resembles Jarvis. It includes a powerful search facility and makes the job of finding the best links from various addons an ease. 

By Troy Swartwood 19 Jan, 2018

No Limits Magic Build is the latest Build that has been released. No Limits Magic Build is fast and clean, it has nice background pictures and a good user interface (UI) as well. It also includes all the good add-ons, sections and something for everyone. You will get quick access to content like Movies and Tv Shows and Sports, you will find all the newest Movies, TV Shows, Live TV channels organized on the main screen of Kodi. Highly recommended!!

By Troy Swartwood 19 Jan, 2018

Before You Start…

UnLockYourTv recommends connecting to the internet using a VPN application. The majority of Internet Service Providers are able of tracking your Web browsing habits and collecting information. This kind of personal data can be forwarded to government agencies or sold to marketing companies. We have seen numerous ISPs cancel peoples use of the internet while not using a VPN. The only way to stop this from happening is to use a VPN . You can find different VPNs in our article " What Is A VPN ". We highly recommend using one.

By Troy Swartwood 18 Jan, 2018
Before Kodi allow you to add-on any repo or 3rd party add-ons you will need to enable this feature in the Kodi program. This is very very simple and can be done in a few simple steps as shown below.
By Troy Swartwood 17 Jan, 2018

The Amazon Fire is running a modified Android version and is one of the best Android TV Boxes with HD support. The picture quality is true-to-life as you can watch 1080p HD videos using this device. It supports Amazon Video, YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, and other popular streaming services such as Set Tv , FuboTv  , RocketStreams and many many other IPTV apps.

This TV streaming media player comes with over 15,000 apps and many games. Once you buy the Amazon Fire, you will have access to over 300,000 movies and episodes. 

The Amazon Fire Streaming Media Player comes with an Alexa Voice Remote. Your life will change with this remote as you will be able to use voice commands to control FireStick. 

Features

  • Supports 4K UHD image quality
  • Works with Amazon Prime and other paid subscription streaming services
  • Supports streaming services such as YouTube
  • Download apps and games
  • Use Alexa Voice Remote to control your device using audio commands
  • Extremely powerful processor ensures great performance
  • 2GB RAM and 8GB storage

By Troy Swartwood 12 Jan, 2018
Millions of Americans cut the cord on cable TV in 2017, finding refuge with a growing number of streaming services, which deliver lower prices and a competitive channel lineup over the internet.
By Troy Swartwood 08 Jan, 2018

Who doesn't love the Internet? It delivers information, answers, entertainment and connections to you, on demand, in seconds.

From anywhere and at any time from our desktop computers, laptops, smartphone and tablets.

It's a life-saver for students of all ages, moms, businesses, organizations...everyone.

But the Internet is not perfect. It has some built-in flaws that make you vulnerable when you're online. You should know that, because hackers, government and other snoopers and advertisers take full advantage of it.

A VPN changes that for you!

But you can make the Internet safer, more secure and definitely more private with the help of a VPN... a virtual private network .

You've probably been hearing more and more about VPNs for home use and travel. That's because it's more important than ever to be smarter and safer while you're on the Internet.

More than that, don't you want to go on the Internet without being tracked, monitored, and identified...without your knowledge? In today's world, that freedom is getting harder to find.


What are the unique benefits
of using a VPN?


Security. As already mentioned, security is a primary concern for anyone who’s online. The data on the internet may be intercepted, stolen or even altered. This can have serious consequences for users, including stolen credit cards and a leak of sensitive corporate information. Communication from you to the outside world can’t be fully protected by firewall and antivirus software installed on the computer.

Since the communication between your PC and a VPN is established through the protocols we described, the connection between your PC and remote resources is secure. If any of the routers get compromised by a hacker, it won’t be possible for him to decrypt the data flow between you and the VPN computers.

Privacy. Keeping your identity hidden while online is also very important. Without a VPN, your identity can easily be revealed by marketing agencies or anyone who’s curious enough and has sufficient skills. And when we talk about identity, we mean IP address, name, address and location. While you’re on the net, your device communicates with routers and web servers, leaving behind information about your IP and ISP.

A VPN successfully prevents this undesired disclosure of private information. While accessing content online through a VPN, the VPN provider’s identity becomes your own. You will appear to be online on a location other than your own, while your personal information, including the IP address, remains hidden.

Unrestricted Access. Many companies offer their online services with specific geographical restrictions. For instance, Netflix is still not available in many countries around the world. Similar to this, there are countries that forbid their citizens to access certain websites and companies who restrict their employees’ internet use. A VPN easily overcomes these obstacles.

Since there are VPN providers in many geographic regions, users can easily go around any geographical restrictions put in place either by a foreign company or their country.

Better Web Experience. Connectivity issues are a very common problem around the globe, especially when you want to access something that’s on the other side of the world. Due to poor internet routes and limited bandwidth, your overall online experience may be poor.


What to look for in a good VPN service?


The best VPN service is the one whose services completely meet your needs. This is why you have to identify those needs before selecting a VPN provider. That being said, there’s a consensus for what general services and features a good VPN service provider delivers.

Security. Since you’re going to place all information about your browsing, along with your personal information, into someone else’s hands, it’s of utmost importance to make sure that the VPN service provider secures VPN nodes, website and infrastructure.

Main driver for VPN use is access to streaming content. For example, almost 30% of all VPN users accessed Netflix in a given month

Good VPN service providers have regular security audits, PCI compliance, web application firewalls, dedicated server hardware and secured/reliable servers.

Software. A good VPN service provider also has user-friendly software. This is essential, because you don’t want to troubleshoot software with customer support every time you connect to a VPN. Good software is easy to set up and will get you online in no time. So make sure to see if the VPN provider has its own custom software.

Locations of VPN servers. Good VPN service providers have servers in more than one geographical location. This allows you to have unrestricted access to any content, no matter where it’s hosted. So make sure the VPN provider has servers spread around the globe before purchasing their services.

Keep in mind that the USA, UK, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, called the Five Eyes , have agreed to exchange information in order to enhance security. This means that a government of any of these five countries can compel a VPN provider, through a court order, to disclose any information it holds. This does not apply to VPN providers that are based in any other country in the world.

Customer Support. This is also a very important factor that differentiates the good from the not-so-good VPN providers. Customer support has to be accessible 24/7, so that you can get your problems solved regardless of the time zone difference. The good ones will have a self-service help desk and live chat support at their users’ disposal.

VPN usage for anonymous browsingAnonymous browsing is a major reason for VPN use, especially in Saudi Arabia, India, and Vietnam

No data logging. Most people choose a VPN solution because they’re concerned about privacy and security. If you want to stay completely hidden behind the VPN, you have to read the VPN provider’s terms of use and policy in order to make sure they do not log your data.

Speed. The bandwidth may go down when you’re accessing the net via VPN. You want to make sure that the VPN provider invests in new servers and software in order to meet the needs of a large influx of new users. You can get an idea of this by reading the reviews of their users. With a good VPN provider, you should only experience very small changes in speed.

Pricing. It’s good general advice to always go with a provider that offers multiple payment options and various subscription plans that you can cancel anytime you want without facing any penalties


Here are a few good VPNs we recommend:

By Troy Swartwood 07 Jan, 2018

IPTV (Internet Protocol television) is a service that provides television programming and other video content using the TCP/IP protocol suite as opposed to traditional cable or satellite signals.

An IPTV service, typically distributed by a service provider, delivers live TV programs or on-demand video content. An IPTV system may be used to provide video content over a private network in an enterprise, although such implementations are far less common than subscriber-based models due to complexity and scaling issues.

By Troy Swartwood 07 Jan, 2018
To install Kodi on the Firestick or FireTV follow this guide. This method uses the Downloader app method.

First, enable the Firestick to allow apps from unknown sources:

Open the Firestick
Go to Settings > System > Developer Options.
Then select “Apps from Unknown Sources”
Turn the option to “ON”.
Now exit settings

Now add the Downloader App:

Go to the home and select Search
Search for ‘Downloader‘
Select Download or Get
Wait for the download is complete notification.
Once downloaded. Go to Apps on the homescreen.
Launch the Downloader app

Run the Downloader app:

Once in the Downloader app select the input box to “Enter the URL of the file you want to download”
Enter bit.ly/downloadkodi173  (To download Kodi 16.1 use bit.ly/downloadkodi161)
Click Next to close Pop up box
Click download and the file will download
Select Install once completed
Select Open once installation is complete
Kodi should now be installed and available in Fire TV
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