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StreamSavvy Guide: What to Watch December 23-25, 2016

StreamSavvy’s guide for the best tv, what to watch, and how to stream it December 23-25, 2016, including how to watch the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. the Golden State Warriors and the Netflix original, Travelers.

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Netflix Premiere: Travelers

The year ending doesn’t mean that Netflix is letting up on fresh content. Actually it’s the opposite. Netflix continues to drop great shows when we need binge-worthy TV in cold weeks of winter.

Season One of the Travelers hits Netflix today as its latest sci-fi, time travel, human existence original. Centuries into the future, the humans that are surviving find a way to send consciousness back in time, to people living in the 21st century. Through this process, these “travelers” take on the lives of the 21st century people, and attempt to save humanity from the disastrous path that its on. (Netflix)

How to watch: watch online, on your mobile device, on your smart TV, or on your streaming device through the Netflix app. If you don’t have it, or aren’t using your parents’ / sister’s / neighbor’s login, you can sign up for a free trial then roll into a $9.99 per month subscription if you like it.

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Christmas Day Rematch: Stream the Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Golden State Warriors

The Cavs-Warriors has become the best rivalry in pro basketball. The teams have clashed in back-to-back NBA championship games. The Warriors took the first meeting in 2015, and the Cleveland Cavaliers took the 2016 championship 4-3 in a heated battle. As the rivalry takes center stage on Christmas day, at least put the game on in the background as you put together that 3,427 piece kitchen set for your niece.  (ABC 2:30/1:30c)

How to watch: The best way to watch the game live is through the WatchESPN app. First you’ll need to sign up for Sling TV (Orange) or Playstation Vue (all tiers). They’re both offering free trial subscriptions now. Once you’ve signed up for one of these services, you can use your login credentials to sign in to the Watch ESPN app which will allow you to stream the game.

You can also stream the game through Sling TV (Broadcast Extra). This gives you access to stream ABC live in select locations, which means most major cities. It also means you’ll need one of the base package options, Orange or Blue. Then you can add the Broadcast Extra add-on for $5 per month.

There’s always the digital antenna that works great if you’re fairly close to a major broadcast station and will let you watch the game free in HD.

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Catch up Binge: The Man in the High Castle

Amazon blessed us with Season 2 of Man in the High Castle last weekend, but with all the shopping we had to do (and we mean start our shopping), we didn’t get to it. So if you’re like us and haven’t binged it one of the best shows from Amazon, and one of the best over the past two years period, then carve out some time to watch it this weekend.

If you’re new to the show, it’s a snapshot into an alternate history of what life in America would look like if after WWII if the Nazis had won the war. The show dives into this dystopian scenario, splitting the United States into three districts, one controlled by the Japanese, one controlled by the Nazis, and a “neutral” zone between the two. There’s a lot of darkness and oppression. But the show is really about the ray of hope that emerges through films that are uncovered and appear to show a different world. The show follows a woman who believes the films will unlock freedom and is determined to find their mysterious keeper of the films.

How to watch: watch through the Amazon Instant app on your mobile phone or through your TV streaming device.

Atlanta

Here’s the thing. It’s 2016, and this year produced so much great television. It’s getting harder and harder to stay on top of watching everything. And as we move to streaming everything, sometimes the cable shows on networks like FX, get missed. So we’ll forgive you if you haven’t seen Danny Glover‘s Atlanta yet. But do yourself a favor and binge it up on the first season of this award nominated show over the holidays. We’ll show you how to binge it and then watch it when it airs again in 2017. You’re welcome.

Atlanta is an honest and real take on the rap game in the ATL. It’s the story of two cousins, Earnest “Earn” Marks (Donald Glover) and Alfred Miles (Brian Tyree Henry), as they climb to stardom in a cutthroat industry. And it succeeds in a big way with a finely-crafted and funny twist

The story begins with Earnest (Glover) coming back to Atlanta to see the stock of his cousin Alfred (Henry) rising in the Atlanta rap world. Unlike predictable, plot-driven comedies, Atlanta does an artful job of diving into its characters while handling topics like race, art, class, and identity with unique, fresh humor.

Here’s a 1-minute trailer if you still aren’t sure.

The Bottom Line

Atlanta, the FX show that premiered in September, has flown under the radar with some of the season’s big hits like, This Is Us and Westworld. However, the Danny Glover comedy about two cousins coming up in the Atlanta rap scene is a versatile comedy that will leave the award shows buzzing. A must watch.

How to watch and binge

Season 2 has yet to have an official premiere date. But it has been renewed and will most likely come back on the air during fall of 2017. You will be able to stream it live on Sling TV (Blue) or Playstation Vue (all tiers).

The first season is available for binging and can be streamed through Amazon.

How to Stream ESPN Live TV: What You Need to Know

How to Stream ESPN Live on TV Without Cable

A lot of people want to “cut the cable cord”, but the biggest hang-up is always the same, “I would, but I don’t know how to stream ESPN live sports” or “how do I get ESPN without cable”.

The StreamSavvy team has heard this again and again. And again. Thankfully, there’s a really easy answer and you can get ESPN without cable. Actually, there are a bunch of ways to stream ESPN live on TV or on phone. Just like you would with cable or satellite, but without the sketchy, always-paying-more-than-expected-two-year-contracts that cable and satellite providers sucker you into.

Here’s what you need to know how to stream ESPN live TV without cable. There are four great ways to go about it:

Sling TV

Sling TV is an app that you can get on your phone, streaming device (like a Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire Stick), or certain smart TVs. There are three basic options that Sling offers: Orange, Blue, and Orang+Blue. To access of of the best ways to get ESPN without cable, you will need Sling Orange or Orange+Blue. In addition to streaming ESPN live, this will also give you ESPN 2 and over 20 cable network channels, like TBS, TNT, CNN, and HGTV. You pay month-by-month, there are no long-term contracts, and you can cancel at any time. The cost of Sling TV Orange is $20 per month and the cost of Sling TV Orange+Blue is $40 per month.

Playstation Vue

Playstation Vue is also an app that you can get on your phone, streaming device (like a Roku, Chromecast, or Amazon Fire Stick), gaming console, or certain smart TVs. YOU DO NOT NEED A PLAYSTATION GAMING CONSOLE. Playstation Vue has four tiers: Access, Core, Elite, and Ultra. To stream ESPN live TV and ESPN 2, the entry-level tier is all you need. For any of the PS Vue tiers, you pay month-by-month, there are no long-term contracts, and you can cancel at any time. This tier also gives you about 50 cable network channels including FS1, TNT, TBS, and FX. The cost of the Access package is $29.99 per month.

DirecTV Now

DirecTV Now is the newest streaming option on the market. It also allows you to stream ESPN live TV through its app. Although it’s on a more limited set of devices compared to the other apps that get you access to watch ESPN live, DirecTV Now is expanding its device footprint. The base price is $35 per month, and like the other options, you pay month-by-month, there are no long-term contracts, and you can cancel at any time.

WatchESPN

WatchESPN is the official streaming app for ESPN. The WatchESPN app gives you great access to stream games that are airing live on ESPN. Traditionally, you needed a cable or satellite TV subscription. Then you could log into WatchESPN with your provider credentials. However, now you can get access to stream live sports on ESPN through the WatchESPN app using your Sling TV (Orange) or Playstation Vue (all tiers) credentials. In addition to watching live games on ESPN, you can also watch live TV for games on partner channels. This includes ABC, ESPN 2, and a ton of other smaller games on ESPN 3. Signing up for the WatchESPN app with Sling and PS Vue credentials is super easy. We like easy when it comes to figuring out how to stream ESPN live.

Once you’re set up

After you’ve subscribed to one of the streaming services, the best way to see what’s streaming live is the StreamSavvy mobile app. Currently it’s available for iOS on the Apple App Store. Download the app today.

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