• What is FlexVU™?

    FlexVU is not a product per se. It's a collection of ingredients that you should look for

    in "cord cutting" products that not only save you money, but optimize your TV viewing experience. Watch the video below for how FlexVU solutions can help you.

  • FlexVU™ Benefits

    Cut through the noise and enjoy your TV the way you've always wanted.

    Save as much as $1,000 a year from ditching your cable or satellite TV subscription.

    Yes --- consumers who are cutting the cord can save as much as $1,000 from dropping their paid channel subscriptions with cable or satellite providers. In 2002, the Federal Government mandated that all local TV stations in the United States broadcast their channels via antenna signals in digital format so that consumers could watch these channels free of charge using the tuner in their TV. Unfortunately, most consumers are not aware of this and don't realize that these local TV channels are free and broadcast local news, sports and weather content that consumers love.

    It's so simple you'll wonder why you've waited so long.

    And it's easier than you think to install in your home. Think of the FlexVU solution as a "hub" that captures all of the OTA signals coming into the home and distributing them to other TVs, smartphones and tablets throughout the house. In many cases, the FlexVU solution has built-in wireless capability so that it easily attaches to your home wireless network. A typical FlexVU solution takes less than 20 minutes to install --- no technicians required!

    Do I sacrifice video quality with FlexVU solutions?

    No. All of the local TV channels that are broadcast through the air are transmitted in HD format, which technically is of a higher quality than what you would experience on your cable or satellite system. The catch is that this content is broadcast in uncompressed format which makes that raw video content challenging to view and access without the right technology. FlexVU solutions include "transcoder" capability which compresses this raw video so that it may be enjoyed throughout the home without sacrificing quality. What's more, transcoder technology makes it easy to transmit this content outside the home for remote viewing.

    Enjoy your local TV channels for news, weather and sports as well as premium content services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube.

    What's magical about FlexVU solutions is that they typically integrate local "Over The Air" channels with the most popular "streaming" services like Netflix, Hulu and YouTube (among others). No need to change your video inputs. The best FlexVU solutions integrate OTA channels with these popular streaming service apps comprehended in a single intuitive integrated interface that are easy to view in a 10’ living room scenario.

    And did we mention that you can watch your favorite local TV channels outside of your home, wherever you have Internet access?

    More magic --- FlexVU solutions allow you to watch your local TV content outside of your home, literally anywhere in the world. For example, a FlexVU solution that is installed in your home would allow you to watch your local TV channels anywhere in the world using your smartphone, tablet, PC or even another TV using any number of popular streaming devices.

     

    This is truly television in the 21st century as your local TV is available to you wherever you go --- it's the ultimate convenient way to watch your local TV and save money at the same time!

    Can I DVR/record my TV channels with FlexVu solutions?

    Yes --- we all lead busy lives and most consumers require that they have the ability to save their favorite local TV programs for playback at a later time. All FlexVU solutions have DVR support using simple local storage (like a USB drive) or cloud-based storage. Unlike many cable or satellite set-top boxes, your DVR storage with FlexVU solutions is only limited by the size of local storage that you purchase or what cloud storage you decide to use.

  • FlexVU™ Key Ingredients

    How do you create a great TV entertainment experience in the 21st century?

    Antenna

    A high-quality TV antenna will deliver the best performance and reliability at an affordable price. There are multiple companies that will help you choose the best antenna for your home, camper or office. And many of these antennas can be easily installed on or near a window. These antennas vary in terms of range --- your selection will depend on your relative proximity to the closest TV transmission tower. The Channel Finder provided below will help you make that determination based on your zip code.

    TV Tuner

    Put simply, a TV tuner allows broadcast television signals to be received. TV tuners also allow the capturing and recording of television programs onto a hard disk much like the digital video recorder (DVR) does. A single TV tuner will allow you to watch a single OTA program; many FlexVU solutions have multiple TV tuners which allows several different channels to be viewed at the same time and on different devices.

    Transcoder

    A video transcoder is a key ingredient in FlexVU solutions. Because "Over The Air" video is not optimized to be delivered to popular media devices, the transcoder in your FlexVU solution will compress the video so it can be efficiently transmitted and viewed inside the home (or anywhere in the world) without sacrificing video quality. Transcoded video also extends the battery life of your mobile devices since it transmits less data than non-transcoded devices. Transcoder technology is a critical ingredient that facilitates a great cord cutting experience!

    Software

    FlexVU solutions provide software interfaces that are intuitive and easy to view on any device. A great FlexVU software interface provides these benefits: they integrate your Over-The-Air channels into a familiar linear guide so that you easily browse TV programs and in some cases, they combine these channels with popular streaming services so that you don't have to change video inputs.

    DVR

    One of the most important requirements consumers have with cord cutting is the ability to record their favorite Over-The-Air programs. FlexVU solutions have DVR support that allows you to record local TV content using local storage (like a USB drive) or cloud-based storage. Recording a local TV program is enabled in a "point and click" fashion similar to what today's cable or satellite companies provide. And because FlexVU solutions are equipped with transcoder technology, these recorded programs can be watched on other TVs or devices, either inside or outside the home!

  • Free Local TV Channels with FlexVU™ Solutions

    You mean I can get all of these channels in HD quality?

  • What Free Channels Can I View At My Home?

    Using your zip code, click on the link below to find out what local channels you can watch.

  • FlexVU™-Compliant

    Solutions and Accessories

    Solutions that are ready to buy now and easy to install!

    AirTV

    AntennasDirect ClearStream FLEX

    Geniatech

    EyeTV Netstream

    Hauppauge

    CordCutter TV

    NoCable 70

    Amplified

    Outdoor Antenna

    PLEX Media Server

    Software

    Tablo

    Resonian

    WatchAir

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Where do I go from here?

    Now that you've learned about FlexVU and how it can really change your life from a video entertainment standpoint, you are encouraged to spend some time on our partner Web sites for more specific product information about the solutions and components that are available under the FlexVU umbrella. In fact, several of our partners have wizards on their Web site that will ask you a series of questions to guide you to the right cord cutting solution. We've also added helpful videos below that will provide additional commentary about FlexVU solutions.

    How does FlexVU help me with cut the cord?

    FlexVU solutions are designed to remove the complexity of cord cutting. Consumers don't want to be bothered with complicated solutions that are difficult to install and require the help of a technician. Most consumers still want to have access to Over-The-Air channels because they don't want to give up regular access to their live local news, weather and sports. FlexVU solutions provide an effortless way to combine popular streaming services (like Netflix and Hulu) and access to your local live TV channels – while saving you money at the same time.

    Is cord cutting complicated?

    No! FlexVU solutions can generally be set up in less than 30 minutes. They do not require a technician to come to your home for setup. What's more, FlexVU solutions typically have integrated wireless support that can be connected to your home router without a wired connection. And if you purchase a FlexVU solution with multiple TV tuners, different family members can watch different programs at the same time.

    Is FlexVU an actual product that I can buy?

    FlexVU solutions can be purchased today (see section above). FlexVU is not a specific product but a collection of ingredients that come together to create the best cord cutting experience for consumers. Return to this web site on a regular basis for a list of updated products that are FlexVU-compliant.

    Am I breaking any laws by accessing my OTA channels for free?

    Absolutely not. The FCC required that all local TV content be broadcast in digital format ("Over-The-Air") starting in 2009. All of this local "OTA" content is available to consumers free of charge. Many consumers are under the impression that they must subscribe to a cable or satellite provider for access to local TV channels, but this is simply not true. FlexVU solutions provide a great way to access these local TV channels in an easy and intuitive manner, as well as adding the benefits of DVR recording and ability to watch this content on any TV or mobile device inside or outside the home.

    Do I sacrifice video quality with FlexVU solutions?

    No. All of the local TV channels that are broadcast through the air are transmitted in HD format, which technically is of a higher quality than what you would experience on your cable or satellite system. The catch is that this content is broadcast using an older, inefficient and in some cases incompatible compression format which makes it challenging to view and access without the right technology. FlexVU solutions include "transcoding" capability which efficiently re-compresses this content to the correct format so that it may be enjoyed throughout the home without sacrificing quality. What's more, transcoding technology makes it easy to transmit this content outside the home for remote viewing.

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