Thursday, October 10, 2019

Can I Record My Shows If I Switch To Streaming?

In todays fast paced world where we are always on the go, DVR’s have become a must for most TV lovers. Most TV viewers do not have the time to sit down and watch a show live as it airs, but with DVR’s that’s not a problem.  Traditionally you could only get a DVR through a cable provider, but with the increasing popularity in “cutting the cord” streaming services have added a cloud DVR to their packages, allowing us to save money and still be able to record and watch what we want, when we want.  Cloud DVR’s work the same way as traditional DVR’s, but instead of having a physical device in your home, everything gets saved online.

What streaming services have cloud DVR’s?

Right now, there are 5 main streaming services that we would recommend that offer a cloud DVR and offer a free trial, so give them a try and make sure they fit your recording needs.

  • Philo – Philo offers a 30-day unlimited cloud DVR that is included in its $20 package price.
  • Sling TV – Sling TV does not include DVR in their package pricing but you can add DVR for just $5 per month more. With that add-on you get 50 hours of cloud storage and it won’t ever delete, unless you go in and delete it yourself.
  • Hulu with Live TV – Hulu’s basic Live TV plan starts at $44.99 and comes with 50 hours of cloud storage.  There is no time limit on how long you can store your recordings.  If you need additional storage, for $15 per month you can upgrade your cloud DVR to 200 hours.
  • YouTube TV – If you record everything, then YouTube TV is the service for you. It has unlimited storage space with a 9-month storage time limit.  The best part is that it’s included in the $50 price for the service, so no extra add-on costs.
  • fuboTV – Last but not least is fuboTV. With their base package starting at $55, you get a 30-hour cloud DVR.  For the price the DVR is on the low side, but if you upgrade to the $60 package fubo upgrades your cloud DVR from 30 hours to 500 hours.

Friday, September 6, 2019

How To Get Your Local Channels Without Cable

OTA (Over the Air Antenna)
I know what you are thinking, I don’t want to put an antenna on the roof of my house or mess around with moving the “bunny ears” every time the signal breaks up.  Well you’re in luck, the antennas these days are indoor antennas that are omni-directional, meaning it will pick up signal from any direction and they are small enough that you can place them in a window inside your home. The best part is that you can usually find an indoor antenna that will do the job for under $20!  If you’re feeling ambitious you can still install an outdoor antenna and climb up on the roof, but for the most part the indoor ones will work just fine.

Streaming services
If you can’t get an antenna to work because of trees, buildings, or other things that may be blocking the antennas signal, you have the option of choosing a streaming service that includes local channels.  Services like Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and fuboTV all include some local channels.

You can go to their website and enter your zip code to see which local stations are offered in your area.  If you don’t have the time or are unsure how to do it, call us, your Mid Century One Source team at 309-778-8611 or send an email to and we will research it for you.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

What is a Smart home and what can it do for you?

What is a smart home?  This seemingly simple question can be answered several different ways depending on who you ask, but for the sake of this article I will answer in the most basic way I know how.  A smart home is a residence that is equipped with several devices that automate everyday tasks by using voice commands or artificial intelligence.

For some homeowners, turning a home into a smart home could be as simple as adding a voice assistant, like Google assistant or Amazon’s Alexa.  For others it could be linking together several devices such as security systems, cameras, computers, phones, appliances, TV’s, and more.

So, a smart home sounds cool and all, but why should you even consider one?  Well in this article I will go over my top 3 reason you should consider making your home SMART.

Saving Energy and Money

Who doesn’t want to pay less on their electric bill! With smart thermostats you can quickly and precisely automate the heating and cooling of a home usually resulting in a lower electric bill at the end of the month.  With other devices like smart lights and appliances you can use less energy by powering them down while they’re not in use adding to the savings.

Security and Safety

Smart home security is really a thing of beauty. Cameras, lights, doorbells, and locks all working seamlessly to protect your home.  Making your home connected allows you to keep an eye on it from anywhere with just your smart phone.  For instance, when your kids come home from school you can check in on them with your smart camera and even communicate with them with two-way audio in the cameras. Even better, your kids are home alone and the doorbells rings.  Instead of the kids going to answer to see who it is, you can check the doorbell camera to make sure it’s safe.  Yes, we are living in the future!


Smart homes are great for entertaining.  Connecting speakers, TV’s, lights and much more to voice assistants, so that you can control your whole home by simply speaking.  Hosting a party and want music to play all through out the house?  Just set up some connected speakers and ask your voice assistant to play your favorite playlist.  Want to turn on the big game?  Ask your voice assistant to turn it on.  Gone are the days of having to run around ragged to get things done. Simply ask your favorite voice assistant to do it for you.

Smart homes can change our lives. Automating some of our day to day duties allows us to spend more of our time doing the things we love; with the people we love.  If you liked this blog, we post one every month, so stayed tuned to catch the next one and if you can’t wait, follow us on Facebook at MidCentury.OneSource where we post the latest smart home and streaming news.

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Benefits of Mid Century Fiber Internet

Why Mid Century Fiber Internet?

Fiber optic internet is the gold standard when it comes to broadband services.  Here are the top four reasons you should look into getting fiber internet in your home.

Fiber provides more bandwidth to your home and has the ability to grow as your needs increase.  With fiber optic internet you can get speeds up to one gigabit per second in your home.  This means you can have multiple devices connected at the same time without bogging down your network.

Fiber internet moves at the speed of light and it can provide synchronized speeds, meaning you get the same upload speed as your download.  If you have a 50 mbps download, then you will have a 50 mbps upload, whereas with a copper line if you had the same 50 mbps download speeds you would be lucky to get 15 mbps upload. With synchronous speeds you can send information as fast as you receive it. So, uploading pictures of your family trip will be faster, video calls with your grandkids won’t buffer, or parents at home won’t have to hear their children yelling that their games are lagging.

Fiber optic lines are made up of small strands of glass inside an insulated casing.  Fiber internet is transmitted through light and since light can travel at much longer distances without losing any signal strength it allows for much faster speeds at further distances.

Since fiber optic internet is made of glass it is resistive to things like electromagnetic interference (EMI), temperature fluctuations, water damage, and others making It more reliable.  Meaning that you’ll have more time enjoying your devices and less time worrying about why the internet is slow.

Fiber is truly the holy grail of internet. Don’t just take our word for it, ask anyone on it and you’ll hear the same thing.  Fiber internet provides faster speeds at further distances allowing you to connect more devices to your home network than ever before.  With the growing popularity of streaming and smart homes, people are having anywhere from 15 to 50 devices connected in their homes and that number doesn’t seem to be slowing down.  Call the office at 309.778.8611 to see if Mid Century Fiber is available where you live and work.  

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