How to Get Sh*t Done at Home

Some of us here at Snip have the luxury of being able to work from home when there isn’t a global pandemic happening. This makes us experts at working remote, and we realize everyone’s home situation isn’t the same. Check out advice from our team on working from home in different environments. 

We’re sure you’ve seen all the advice floating around right now about creating routines and making a dedicated space. However this advice is somewhat vague and we know how easy it is to get distracted. Here are our basic do’s and don’ts: 

DO create a dedicated work space, DON’T make that dedicated space your bed.

DO dress comfortably, DON’T wear exactly what you slept in. 

DO take breaks to build concentration and focus, DON’T confuse naps for breaks. 

Basically, just don’t fall asleep. As for staying focused and productive…that’s a whole other story. 

Snips VP/Cleveland GM Robin has two boys and a husband who are at the house constantly now due to the shelter in place order. “It is a team effort to ensure the kids know when I am working; not only do I announce this my husband helps to enforce it. We discussed why I would be home during the day and how this is different than the weekends when the word “mom” and requests for “mom” are never ending. I have the luxury of having an office where I can close the door. If you don’t have an office but have small kids at home I suggest setting up your work space in an area where you can close a door. Just like anything else, stick to a routine and plan your schedule for the day.  When I leave my workspace I let the kids know that I am still at work and will let them know when I am done. Routine and enforcement have made this a much easier transition for my family. I am also lucky that my husband can conduct school and assist with school work while I am at work so we are all working during the day. No matter what, set daily goals to ensure you stay productive. Also, celebrate the small wins with your family and coworkers because we are all in this together!”

Our Marketing Specialist Madi has no other humans at home to provide distractions. “Don’t underestimate creating a dedicated work space. I don’t have an office but I set up at the kitchen table by 8:30AM with a cup of coffee. I prefer instrumental music but if you’re going to turn on the TV go for Parks and Rec for the 10th time not Love is Blind. Also remember to treat yo’ self to a homemade lunch or a quick yoga sesh. Taking a break will help keep you focused in the second half of the day when the daydreaming sets in.” 

Snips VP of Infrastructure Greg says “I have been fortunate to be well versed in remote working over the years in various capacities and agree the routine and dedicated workspace are key. Use your collaboration tools for work AND play. For instance we use Slack to collaborate internally, and our ‘random’ channel keeps us sane and in good spirits with all the memes we share. And for all the work from home noob’s:

Rule #1 Don’t be the person who forgets to mute their mic during a company webex when you aren’t the presenter.

Rule #2 Don’t send a text to a co worker who IS presenting and sharing the screen from their personal Macbook. (Don’t ask me how I know…)”

Your Guide to Black Friday 2019

The classic holiday Black Friday is just around the corner. People will be standing in the cold, fighting crowds, and waiting in line. If you’re like us though you’ll be at home in your pjs searching for the best deals online. As far as deals on streaming services and devices we’ve done all the research for you. Here are the best streaming deals for Black Friday 2019.

Services

Hulu: Last year Hulu’s Black Friday deal was $0.99/mo for the first year. Hulu may run the same deal again this year but that hasn’t yet been confirmed. Hulu did email all subscribers who took advantage of the deal last year offering a free Roku Express if you renew for at least 3 months at full price. 

FuboTV: This year for Black Friday FuboTV is offering $10 off your first month of service. This makes the Standard plan $44.99 and the Family plan $49.99. 

CBS All Access: From now until 12/2 you can subscribe to CBS All Access and get the first month for free. Typically CBS All Access offers a 1 week free trial. 

Disney+: Right now you can bundle your Disney+ subscription with Hulu and ESPN+ for only $12.99/mo.

Spotify: If you previously cancelled your Spotify premium account on Black Friday  Spotify is offering you 3 months for $9.99 if you resubscribe. If you’ve never had Spotify premium you can always take advantage of their 3 month free trial.

Amazon Music: This Black Friday you can subscribe to Amazon Unlimited and get a 4 month subscription for $0.99. After the first 4 months the service will be $7.99 for Prime members and $9.99 for nonmembers. 

Tidal: Sign up for Tidal premium this Black Friday and get a 4 month subscription for $0.99. After the first 4 months the service will be it’s usual $9.99/mo. 

Devices

Roku Streaming Stick+: $29.99 (orig $59.99) from 11/24-12/2

Roku Ultra: $49.99 (orig $99.99) on 11/28

Roku SE: $18 (orig $59.99) on 11/28

Fire TV stick: $19.99 (orig $39.99)

Fire TV Stick 4K: $24.99 (orig $49.99)

Fire TV Cube: $89.99 (orig $119.99)

Chromecast Ultra: $49.99 (orig $69.99)

24” Inisgnia HD FireTV: $99.99 (orig $150)

50” 4K Roku TV: $148 on 11/28

58” 4K Roku TV: $198 on 11/27

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Black and Yellow

Let’s be honest, you probably don’t care how any company came up with their logo. Our story is pretty cool though (at least we think so) so we’re going to tell you anyway. Also, we get a lot of “this is Cleveland what’s with the Steelers colors” and we’d like to take this opportunity to explain. 

When our founder, Brett Lindsey, first set out to make the logo for Snip he wanted something personal to him that resonated with his childhood and life experiences. Growing up his father and grandfather both worked in the auto business. As a child Brett would help them out and when he got the opportunity to design the Snip logo the first inspiration that came to mind was Snap-On™ tools.

The Snap-On™ tools logo inspired the font and overall aesthetic of the Snip logo. Our colors (black and yellow) were chosen because they stand out among other internet providers, just like us! Yellow is loud and happy and if you ever catch us at a local event or see us at happy hour you know we are too. 

That’s the story of how we got the Snip logo. We hope you like it just as much as we do now! 

Sign up for Snip here or give us a call at (844)383-7123.

Free as F***

Streaming services have saved Americans a lot of cash recently and right now the demand for free content is higher than ever. Most of the big streamers are offering some of their content for free right now, but plenty of services are made to be free.  

IMDbTV

IMDb TV launched in January of 2019 under the name “IMDb Freedrive”. IMDb TV is a collection of free ad-supported movies and TV shows that you can access without a subscription using your IMDb login. IMDb TV is one of the few free services that offers new releases and classic blockbuster hits for free. Check out IMDb TV here

The Roku Channel

The Roku Channel is a free service available on all Roku devices–or through the Roku mobile app–that will give you access to over 10,000 free movies and TV shows. The Roku Channel supports free live news from ABC News, Cheddar News, Newsy, TMZ and more. The Roku Channel also gives you the option of adding on premium channels like HBO, Showtime, and Starz for a monthly fee. Check out The Roku Channel here

PlutoTV

PlutoTV is a free live TV streaming service that offers live and on demand content, you just have to create a login. PlutoTV offers popular content from channels you’re used to in a familiar grid setup that’s easy to use and completely free. Pluto is probably the best free live TV streaming service out there. It offers CNN, NFL Network, BET, TV Land, and more. Check out what PlutoTV has to offer here.

Xumo

Xumo is a free, ad-supported, live TV streaming service. Xumo has some channels you’ll recognize like Fox Sports and NBC, but it’s mostly unknown channels offering some content you’ve heard of and some that sounds like it’s on the sci-fi channel at 4am. Check out Xumo here.  

Crackle

Crackle is a free stand alone streaming service that offers movies and TV shows as well as original content. The Crackle app is available for download on all major streaming devices and most smart TVs. While Crackle will give you access to both movies and TV shows they have a large library of movies for a free service. You can check out Crackle here

Tubi

Tubi TV is a free ad-supported on demand streaming service. Tubi TV offers a selection of content that’s always updated and includes classic, old, and new movies and TV shows. Tubi is one of the most popular free streaming services and will soon come preloaded onto smartphones and TVs. Check out Tubi here.

Hoopla

Hoopla is a streaming service that gives you access to movies, TV, ebooks, audio books, and music from your local library. You just need a library card to get access but after linking your account everything is free. Check out Hoopla here

There are a lot more free streaming services out there but these are the most popular right now. One thing to keep in mind while browsing all the free options out there is that, well…they’re free. Get used to ads and less than impressive streaming resolution on these services because you get what you pay for.

Updated May 20, 2020

Snip’s Guide to Niche Streaming Services

You’ve probably heard (or read) that if you cut the cord you will end up having to sign up for multiple subscriptions to get all the content you want. This is fake news; for most people one live TV streaming service will give you all the content you’re used to for about half the price of cable TV. This being said there are some pretty cool niche streaming services that give you content you never had access to with cable tv. 

PhiloTV

Philo is a “skinny” live TV streaming service. PhiloTV offers 58 channels with unlimited recording for $20/mo. Philo may work for you as your main live TV streaming service if you only want entertainment and lifestyle channels. Philo gives you access to channels like Animal Planet, BET, Comedy Central, and Lifetime. If you use Philo as your main live TV streaming service you may need an HD antenna because it doesn’t offer locals. Check out PhiloTV here.

Acorn TV and BritBox

Acorn TV is a streaming service that offers content from the UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia and Spain for $5.99/mo. BritBox is a similar streaming service with a lot of the same content for $6.99/mo. The main difference between the two is that AcornTV has more original programming and BritBox offers more new shows thanks to support from the BBC and ITV. 

The Criterion Channel

The Criterion Channel is a collection of classic and foreign films from The Criterion Collection available online or through their app. The subscription is $10.99/mo and gives you access to over 1,000 rotating classic movies and foreign films. The Criterion Channel is perfect for major film buffs and cinephiles. Check out the service and sign up here.

DC Universe

The DC Universe streaming service offers one place to access all of DC Universes movies, shows, and comics for $7.99/mo or $74.99/yr. The service also offers community boards for users to connect with one another about everything DC. You will want to consider the DC Universe service if you want access to any of their upcoming or existing shows and movies. Check it out and sign up for a free trial here.

ESPN+

ESPN+ is a streaming service offered by Walt Disney for $4.99/mo that includes sports channels and broadcasts outside of the ones you get with a live TV streaming service (such as ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic). ESPN+ gives subscribers access to live sports such as MLB, MLS, FA Cup, EFL, and NHL. ESPN+ also gives subscribers access to original programming and the ability to add packages like MLB.TV or NHL.TV. In addition, ESPN+ is the only streaming service with the rights to offer PPV UFC fights. Check out ESPN+ and sign up for a free trial here

Disney+

Disney+ is currently not available and is scheduled to launch on November 12, 2019. Disney+ is a highly anticipated streaming service and will reportedly cost subscribers $6.99/mo or $69.99/yr. The service will give users access to all of Disney’s classic and current movies and TV as well as future exclusive programming. It has also been reported that Disney+ will be available as an add-on to your Hulu account and that subscribers may be able to bundle Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for a discounted rate. 

If you have questions about cutting the cord contact your buildings Snip rep or sign up online today at www.snipinternet.com

Thursday August 1, 2019

How To Choose A Streaming Service

Choosing the streaming service that’s right for you can be overwhelming without any pointers, so we thought we’d give you a few:

The main streaming services we suggest choosing from are YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, and SlingTV. We don’t recommend AT&T TV because it is set up like traditional cable tv with contracts, hidden fees, and yearly price hikes.

Our go-to live tv streaming service is YouTube TV. YouTubeTV is easy to use and offers all your favorite channels in one package for $50/mo. Youtube TV also offers all the local Cleveland stations as well as an unlimited cloud DVR and it allows you to watch on up to 3 screens at once so everyone in your home can share an account.

If YouTube TV doesn’t work for you check out Hulu with Live TV. Hulu with Live TV works with, or independent of, a Hulu subscription and gives you access to all your favorite channels and a cloud DVR for $54.99/mo. Hulu with Live TV also allows you to add premium networks such as HBO and Showtime and you can watch on 2 screens at once or add more for $14.99/mo. 

If the one plan fits all system isn’t your thing then SlingTV will be. SlingTV offers two core channel bundles that you can add packages to according to your taste. Add-ons include bundles such as News, Comedy, and Sports for $5/mo each. SlingTV does not have an included DVR but you can add it on for $5/mo and you can watch Sling on 1-4 devices at a time, depending on your subscription.

If you still aren’t sure what service works best for you we are cord cutting aficionados and can answer any questions you still have about live tv streaming with Snip. Just give us a call at (844)383-7123 or send an email to sales@snipinternet.com.

Updated March 10, 2020

How To Choose a Streaming Device

If you have a smart TV chances are you can download apps to it and you don’t even need to worry about all this streaming devices bullsh*t. If you can’t download apps to your TV or are limited in what apps you can download, then you’re going to need a device to stream all your favorite movies and shows.

You have a lot of options when it comes to devices you can use to stream, you just need to figure out which one will work best for you. Since we’re your ISP and we don’t offer traditional cable, we know a lot about cutting the cord and have done all the research for you.

Let’s start with Apple TV; an Apple TV device is amazing if all your other devices are Apple products. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Apple: it’s user friendly, it syncs up with all your devices, gives you access to everything you’ve bought on iTunes, and it also starts out at $149. If that’s in your budget and you love Apple, you will love the Apple TV device!

The next big name device is a Roku. Roku devices are the most compatible streaming device. You can download any app to a Roku device and the Roku Channel has tons of free rotating movies and shows. Roku is also the most affordable starting out at $29.99, and there are plenty of devices to choose from. We at Snip recommend the Roku Ultra because it gives you the option of a direct ethernet connection which will minimize load times. 

There are two more major options for streaming devices: FireTV and Chromecast. A Chromecast works best if you prefer to pull things up on your phone or laptop and mirror it to your TV screen, this gives you more flexibility but there’s no traditional remote.

Fire TV devices give you easy access to everything you’ve bought on Prime including premium channel subscriptions. Fire TV devices start out at $39.99 and there are a few different devices to choose from, all include your best robot friend Alexa.  

We at Snip recommend getting a Roku device if you’re a virgin cord cutter and still aren’t sure what you need. We hope this post helped you choose which streaming device will work best for you!

Updated March 09, 2020

How To Stream March Madness 2019

March 19, 2019-The first four of March Madness kicks off today with the first full round beginning this Thursday 3/21 so you may be wondering how to stream the games without traditional cable tv.

The easiest and, in our opinion, best way to stream all the games is with a subscription to YouTubeTV. YouTubeTV will give you live streams of CBS, TNT, TBS, and TruTV so you can catch every game. YouTubeTV is $40/mo and offers all the local stations so you won’t miss the Indians Home Opener on April 1 either! You can sign up for YouTubeTV here https://tv.youtube.com/.

If you don’t want a subscription to a live tv streaming service you can catch all the games aired on CBS with an indoor antenna. There are a lot of different antennas out there, we suggest getting on amazon and checking out ones in your price range to determine which will work best for you. An indoor antenna will not get any of the games aired on TNT, TBS, or TruTV to catch those games you will need a live tv streaming subscription.

Don’t forget live tv streaming services like YouTubeTV don’t require a contract so you can sign up to watch and the games and end your subscription after if that’s all you need. Congratulations now you’re all set to stream March Madness 2019!

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