Here’s something you won’t find on cable TV: streaming services for narrow audiences with specific interests that allow more in-depth interaction. It’s another reason to stream with FairlawnGig® and move away from the “hundreds-of-channels-fits-all” cable model.


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There’s something for everyone. Do you crave cinema that you won’t find screening at the movie multiplex? Do you have young children you need to keep busy? Are you an avid Formula 1 Racing fan who would like to experience what it’s like to be in the driver’s seat? Do you want to watch every Cleveland Indians game this baseball season from anywhere? Then we have four great, inexpensive options for you to stream for as long or as short-term as you would like.

For the Film Aficionado: FilmStruck/The Criterion Channel

If you’re into Independent film and/or foreign films, this movie channel is chock full. There are three plans, two of which include the Criterion Channel, whose movies were once only available on DVD. Now you can stream the complete collection. All three FilmStruck plans add up to less than what you would pay for two people to go to one movie a month. FilmStruck’s newly released films you won’t easily find locally—if at all—in Fairlawn or Akron.

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FilmStruck Offers Three Streaming Plans:

  • FilmStruck, featuring Turner Classic Movies (TCM) select, $6.99/month. What you get: a continually refreshed library of hard-to-find and critically acclaimed and films; iconic Hollywood classics; rare footage and special features.
  • FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel, $10.99/month. What you get: everything in the FilmStruck plan, plus the Criterion Channel, exclusive original Criterion content, access to new & previously unavailable films.
  • Annual FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel. What you get: this plan is the same as the FilmStruck + The Criterion Channel, but you pay once a year at $99, which makes it come out to $8.25/month.

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With The Criterion Channel, you can stream over 1,000 cinematic classic and current masterpieces: you’ll find shorts, director’s cuts, filmmaker commentary and more. Searching is easy by title, actor, director or genre. Many of the titles have closed-captioning, and you can search for those movies, too. The Criterion Channel has a special “Tuesday Short + Features” that pairs a short film with a feature-length film. Shorts are hard to find screening anywhere and now you can watch as many as you want at home. On Friday nights, the Criterion Channel serves up double feature films. There’s also a “First Film” collection: watch the first films of directors who may have become well-known—or not—after their debuts.
Note that some of the older black-and-white TCM movies need another streaming service to access, like Sling TV or DirecTV Now. Access to some movies expire, so you may want to subscribe to Filmstruck’s newsletter for weekly new release updates and other exclusives.

Supported streaming devices:

  • Desktop computers
  • Apple mobile devices
  • Android mobile devices
  • Chromecast
  • TV streaming boxes: Apple TV, Amazon FireTV, Roku
  • Most Smart TVs, Android TV

If your streaming device isn’t yet supported, you can sign up to receive updates as to when they will become available. Sign up for Filmstruck’s free 14-day trial and watch great classic and new films in your home or on your mobile device. You’ll find no slowdowns and smooth streaming FilmStruck/The Criterion Channel with FairlawnGig’s Premium or Gigabit plans.

For Households with Preschoolers: NOGGIN

NOGGIN is a streaming-only service geared toward preschoolers from the former NOGGIN channel at Nickelodeon. Preschoolers can watch over 1,000 commercial-free TV episodes, including PAW Patrol, Blaze and the Monster Machines, Blue’s Clues, Dora the Explorer, and more. There are playful learning segments and music videos as well. While you can watch on your home TV, when you use the app on Apple mobile devices, kids can interact hands-on with the videos by touching the screen.

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The NOGGIN App is updated with new videos weekly. It’s hosted by the animated characters Moose and his feathered friend, Zee. These hosts make it entertaining while teaching preschoolers pre-kindergarten skills like recognizing shapes and learning numbers, manners, letters and words, and more. When kids finish watching a program, the next episode will start, but parents can override this to control the child’s screen time. Some shows contain embedded, interactive content so as kids watch, the show presents them with a task to move the story along. The interface is geared to appeal to preschoolers with a spinning wheel of shows to choose from and large icons for each episode.
Because it’s a monthly streaming-only plan, cancel when your child ages out or loses interest. You’ll find content exclusive to Noggin and classic episodes of TV series that includes the six full seasons of Teletubbies.

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Supported streaming devices:

  • Apple mobile devices
  • Android mobile devices
  • Roku boxes
  • Most Smart TVs
  • Amazon has an app for home TV viewing

Try their seven-day free trial. After that, it is $7.99/month and you can cancel at any time. NOGGIN will keep preschoolers engaged and happy and will stream without any delays on the FairlawnGig Premium or Gigabit plans.

For the Formula 1 Car Race Follower: F1 TV

Formula 1 racing has launched a new mobile app, F1 TV, and is testing it the weekend March 23 at the Melbourne Grand Prix. Look for it to be available soon after that. For the present, the app is only for mobile devices but a TV app will be available soon. What makes this app so different and innovative from the standard race TV broadcast experience is that fans can control how and what they will see during a race: from a driver’s perspective (you pick which one of 20 drivers to get into the driver’s seat with) from cameras mounted on the cars. You can also watch the live regular broadcast feed.

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F1 TV’s Two Streaming Plans

There are two options: a less expensive recorded version, F1 TV Access, which also allows subscribers access to archive video owned by Formula 1.
The premium version will be broadcast live and will get you the in-car camera action; commercial-free streams with commentary; access to unique feeds not available anywhere else; press conferences and pre-and post-race interviews; live statistics; and practice and qualifying sessions. Cost will range from $8 to $12 per month, or annually for around $100 (pricing will vary by market). Subscribers of both plans can choose what content to view and when they can get it. In addition to watching the main F1 races, subscribers have access to the FIA Formula 2 Championship, Porsche Supercup, and GP3 Series, and more. This service is new, so look for it to evolve with more support for additional devices as well as content.

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Supported streaming devices:

  • Apple iOs
  • Android mobile devices
  • Desktop computers with most browsers
  • TV streaming apps will be available soon

At this writing, there is no free trial period, but “start your engines” by trying it for a month and then cancel if you’re not interested. F1 TV will run as fast as the cars are racing with the FairlawnGig Premium or Gigabit plans.

Major League Baseball: MLB.TV for all teams or follow your favorite team

MLB.TV is the streaming option from Major League Baseball. There are two paid subscriptions options: All Teams and Single Team. These are streaming plans that will let you watch games independently, without needing any other streaming plan. You can watch most of the games throughout the season or follow just the Indians, or any one team of your choice.

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MLB.TV’s Streaming Plans

The All Teams plan: watch 300 Spring Training games and watch all out-of-market regular season games live or on-demand in high-definition. You can watch on supported devices, which includes the At Bat Premium app. In 2018, MLB.TV is debuting a new HD Media Player for the web. The All Teams plan is $155.99/year or $24.99/month. You can cancel at any time; the yearly option will automatically renew around March 1 each year, unless you cancel.*
The Single Team plan: watch 300 Spring Training games; pick one team to watch and get that team’s out-of-market regular season games live or on-demand with an HD picture. You must pay yearly, at $89.99 on this plan, so the renewal will be on March 1 like the above plan.*
*However, because of MLB TV broadcast blackout agreements, you won’t be able to view live games of in-market teams (the Indians for us here in Northeast Ohio). However, most of the games played locally can be watched in our area through an over the air antenna or a streaming package with local channels. See our Ask Ernie for more details on how to watch the Indians when they play in Cleveland.
Also note that you won’t be able to watch some nationally broadcast games, like ESPN Sunday Night Baseball and the baseball playoffs unless you have another streaming service like DirecTV Now or Fubo TV.
You can watch full games in the recorded archives. There is limited support for prior years’ games because the archive only goes back to 2013, but you can watch all previous games on YouTube. With sufficient bandwidth, which you will get with FairlawnGig Premium and Gig plans, you’ll watch in HD video on any size screen during the regular season.

Customizing Your Baseball Experience

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On supported devices, there is an option to include the ballpark’s natural sounds or listen the away team’s radio broadcast instead of listening to the TV broadcast commentators’ audio. With this app you can simultaneously listen to the radio broadcast, something you can’t do with a regular TV broadcast along with your radio, as there is time delay in the televised broadcast. More customizations include a pitch-by-pitch widget so you can view the type and speed of every pitch live and follow the balls and strikes to track the pitcher’s performance as the game goes on. You can also watch multiple games simultaneously.

Supported Streaming Devices:

  • Xbox One
  • Playstation 4
  • Apple TV
  • Roku
  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Panasonic Smart TVs
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • LG Smart TVs
  • Sony Blu-Ray
  • TiVo
  • Android TV
  • Chromecast
  • You can watch at best picture quality, 60 frames per second live video with iPhone 6+, iPhone 6S+, iPad, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Roku, and Xbox One.

There is not a free trial, so if you want the One Team option, you will have to pay for a whole year. The All Teams plan does have a monthly payment option, so check that out if you’re unsure and try for a month. Games will stream without any buffering with FairlawnGig’s Premium or Gigabit plans.

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