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Double Rescan to Strengthen your Broadcast Frequency

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How’s your digital TV reception? Is the broadcast frequency giving you trouble? If so, here are some quick, easy, steps on rescanning to get completely free of your TV’s old frequency.

  1. Detach the antenna from your digital TV.
  2. Without the antenna attached, rescan the digital TV by following the onscreen instructions. (You can also check your owner’s manual for instructions.)
  3. For 60 seconds, unplug the digital TV from the electrical outlet.
  4. After the 60 seconds, plug the antenna back into the digital TV and plug the unit into the electrical outlet.
  5. After everything is plugged back in, rescan the digital TV again. (Refer to your owner’s manual for instructions again, if needed.)

Rescanning more than once after the DTV transition should lessen any issues. According to, WETA TV Broadcast Frequency Change FAQs, “The FCC recommends that everyone rescan their television immediately if you have developed reception trouble due to the FCC-mandated broadcast frequency transition or, especially, if you have lost power or have moved your set to a new location in your home.” By following these 5 simple steps, you can improve the strength of your broadcast frequency.

Have questions about your current installation or would like to sign up for DC Access digital TV services? Contact us at 202-546-5898 or support@dcaccess.net and our DC Access team will assist you.

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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Cutting the Cord – How do I live stream sports?

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(Playstation Vue has officially been discontinued. For live TV alternatives, please visit here.)

 

You’ve decided to cut the cord and sever ties with your expensive cable contract.  You know DC Access provides the reliable and fast Internet service you need to watch your favorite TV shows and movies at home through a digital media device and online streaming services.  But now it’s time to set up your NCAA brackets and watch the Big Dance to the Final Four – how are you supposed to watch those early games without cable?

Live sports viewing is one of the more difficult parts of cutting the cord.  But there’s good news!  Lately, more and more cable sports networks are offering their broadcasts to all live events online without a cable contract.  Not sure where to start?  Here’s a quick run-down of the best options for all sports lovers.

Streaming Services – Streaming services are a good fit for many sports fans because they are available on any devices – TV, tablet, or phone.  For the die-hard sports fan, Sling TV and PlayStation Vue (available in select markets) are good choices for streaming live sporting events.  Both offer live streaming of the ESPN suite of channels plus TNT, TBS, and TruTV.  

League Streaming Subscriptions – All four major sports leagues in the US now offer subscriptions to their full lineups via their own apps.  NBA League Pass, MLB.TV, NFL Mobile App, and NHL GameCenter Live can guarantee you never miss a Hail Mary pass or walk-off home run!  College hoops fan? CBS All Access College Sports Live gives you access to all of the excitement and drama during the season.

Local HDTV – Go the new-old-fashioned route!  Many local games are still broadcast on network channels which can be accessed with an HDTV antenna. We can help you get wired up..  You can find the NBA on ABC, NFL on FOX, CBS and NBC, MLB on FOX, and NHL on NBC.

Are you set for the NCAA Tournament? There’s still time to get DC Access installed before the Big Dance is complete and this year’s Cinderella story emerges.  Get off the bubble and contact us to get dancing today!