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Celebrate National Day of Unplugging

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At DC Access we spend most of our time getting our customers connected quickly and hassle-free.  But even we know it’s important to unplug every once and awhile and appreciate the real world around us.  We are happy to celebrate the National Day of Unplugging March 4 and we encourage our employees and customers to do the same.  We promise – DC Access internet service will be ready and waiting for you when you plug back in!

Now that your screens are powered down and put away, here are some suggestions for how you can spend your newly found free time.

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Cord Cutter Gift Guide!

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christmas-gift-wrapping-picjumbo-comWashington, DC — The holiday season is here!  It can be tough to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.  For the cord cutter friends and family in our lives, in particular, it can be difficult to sort through the ever-evolving technology and available program offerings.  Let’s dive into our favorite streaming subscriptions and devices for cord cutters.

Subscription Services

Amazon Prime – Amazon Prime is an amazing service for many reasons – and if free two day delivery on millions of necessities isn’t enough of a draw, a subscription also gives your friends and loved ones access to original Amazon Prime programming, like Transparent and The Man in the High Castle. Purchasing an Amazon Prime subscription as a gift is easy, plus the gift is emailed on a day of your choosing – what a great gift option for family and friends that live far away!

Netflix – Netflix is a must-have for cord cutters. Its digital library of movies and TV shows is unparalleled. You can pick up a Netflix gift card at your local supermarket, drug store, or anywhere else you head to buy gift cards. Then, all your gift recipient needs to do is enter the code from the gift card and they are all set to use their new Netflix subscription.

Hulu – Hulu is a great service for cord cutters who want to stream both network TV and Showtime, in addition to original programming.  Much like Netflix, Hulu gift cards can be purchased at your local supermarket, drug stores, or technology superstore.  

Sports Packages – For cord cutters, live streaming sports can be the most difficult adjustment.  Why not make it easier for your friends and neighbors to catch all of their favorite teams and important games? With its ESPN partnership, Sling TV is the best bet for the general sports lover. But for fans of specific sports, the gift of an all-access pass to their favorite sport is a sure-fire slam dunk this holiday season. Our favorites include NFL League Pass, MLB.TV, NBA TV and NHL.TV.

Streaming Devices and Equipment

Roku – James, our Customer Service Specialist, is a big fan of Roku Premiere+.  As we have written about in the past, in our experience, in densely populated, actively streaming communities, like the ones DC Access serves, an Ethernet port connected set-top box streaming device always provides the fastest and clearest media streaming experience.

Noise Cancelling Headphones – What if your friend is trying to catch up on the latest season of House of Cards and their roommate is wrapping gifts and listening to holiday music at full blast? We recommend noise cancelling headphones like these from Samsung to make sure your friend don’t miss a minute of President Underwood’s latest machinations and schemes.

Indoor HDTV Antenna – An indoor HDTV antenna is crucially important for cord cutters who want better reception of network TV and local programming.  For people who live in DC, we suggest purchasing this HDTV Antenna.  If your cord cutter lives in a more rural area, the 1byone Amplified Antenna might be a better fit.  DC Access can also help set up your friend or family’s home with Free TV DC, to receive peak reception of local channels using an outdoor antenna.

Lap Desk – If that special cord cutter in your life streams content on mobile devices, you can help amp up their viewing experience with one small purchase – a lap desk!  Rather than holding devices or propping them up against couch pillows, we suggest using a lap desk like this one from LapGear for a steadier picture.

Over The Air DVR – Just because your friends and family cancelled their bundled cable contract doesn’t mean that they need to watch TV live without a DVR.  TiVO Roamio is an OTA DVR and Streaming Media Player with no monthly fees. This device is compatible only with HDTV Antenna – it doesn’t work with cable or satellite TV.  Plus this TiVO integrates with streaming services and is clever enough to search TV and streaming content at the same time.

Do you have any favorite streaming services or devices to add to our list?  Let us know!

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Getting Ready for Football Season – How to Stream Games

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nfl kickoffOne of the truest signs of fall is the kickoff to the football season.  The National Football League is set to open on Thursday September 8 when the defending Super Bowl Champs Denver Broncos take on the Carolina Panthers. Lucky for cord cutters, it’s now easier than ever to catch every moment of the season without a cable contract. So break out your lucky jersey and best tailgate recipes, and get ready for some football!

Many NFL games are broadcast on Over-The-Air channels, so it’s easy for cord cutters to catch the local game for free on NBC, CBS, or Fox.  But if you’re looking for another game on any given Sunday, there are still lots of viewing options.

Monday Night Football on ESPN – In order to catch every Monday Night Football game on ESPN, you’ll need a subscription to either SlingTV’s Orange Package or PlayStation Vue to watch the games on your TV through a streaming device like Apple TV or Roku (DC Access recommends using a wired streaming device that plugs into an ethernet port, rather than a stick).

Twitter – New this year, fans will be able to watch 10 Thursday night NFL games live on Twitter.  It’s not yet clear how exactly this partnership will work, but be sure to follow @NFL on Twitter to get the latest details!

NFL Game Pass – You can also go right to the source and buy a subscription to NFL GamePass, which gives fans access to every game ever played from 2009 to the present.  The only downside is that you can’t stream live games; replays are available immediately after the live broadcast is over. So if you want the freedom to watch your games at a time most convenient for you, NFL GamePass is a good choice.

Grab a seat on the couch, grab a beer, and settle in for the season!

Customer Spotlight – Meet Sharee Lawler!

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img_3918Meet Sharee Lawler! Sharee and her husband Tom found DC Access in 2008 when they cancelled their cable contract and were in the midst of a “Buy Local” experiment. Sharee met Matt and Martha at the Capitol Hill Chamber of Commerce and was impressed by their dedication to the community.  Sharee decided to switch to DC Access internet and eventually added an HD antenna from Free TV DC. Sharee and her family moved to Adams Morgan in 2013, and were pleased to be able to continue using DC Access service. Sharee wrote and edited her entire first book using cloud software with DC Access service.
Sharee loves living in Adams Morgan because it is so lively, yet they live on a really quiet, leafy street. You might find Sharee at Urban Dwell, picking up special gifts – for both adults and little ones or “hiking” with her daughters near Rock Creek Park, admiring the Park Police horse stables.

Customer Spotlight – Meet Amy Rogers Nazarov

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img_5702-2Amy Rogers Nazarov, a local freelance writer and social media manager, has been a DC Access customer for 7 years.  Amy works from home and needs reliable internet connectivity.  Amy was drawn to DC Access because they are a local company that supports the neighborhood.  She also loves that on the rare occasion that there is a service issue, Matt, Martha, and their team respond promptly and effectively.  Amy is also a big fan of The Pretzel Bakery‘s new, bigger location – all the better to wash down a Pretzel Bomb with a big glass of Basil Lemonade!