Bee-otch of the Day honors are awarded
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A SPECIAL HERO OF THE DAY!
Name: Patrick McNamara
Occupation: founder of PowerstreamTV.com
Last Seen: Hudsonville, MI
Awarded For: making cable affordable
The year was 2011. It was a year after I was
in a car wreck and almost a decade since my
last raise at work. I bought a car that had
so many issues that it was nickel and diming
me to death.
In September that year, I made a decision
that I didn't want to do, but I had to do
it: I dumped cable.
Yep, no more wrestling, no more DVR-ing my
favorite shows, none of that. I was reduced
to simply my local channels. Thankfully, I
did find a few websites where I could watch
some of my favorite shows and sporting
events on my laptop. I even bought a Chromecast
stick for my TV.
But still, it wasn't the same.
As a cord cutter, I had to make sacrifices.
I missed out on sporting events and so much
more. I never even heard of Rick and Morty
until I watched their couch
gag from The Simpsons a few
Not long ago, my mom got Sling TV for her
Roku and I liked it. I was considering
getting one for myself since it was cheap.
Then, I paid a visit to Rivertown Crossings
Mall in Grandville. I decided to film the
goings on that day and upload it to YouTube.
While shooting, I passed a kiosk in the food
court by DQ/Orange Julius where a guy was
giving some people a sales spiel about some
box that can replace cable and satellite. He
had signs like "Ditch the dish and cut the
cord" and "Make TV Great Again". I walked
away since I had filming to do.
While watching my footage, I saw the kiosk
again and one of the signs read
"PowerstreamTV.com". So, I decided to go to
the site and even go to their Facebook page.
There was the owner, Patrick at another one
of his kiosks showing off one of his units.
I couldn't believe it. It looked too good to
be true: free cable and it's all the major
networks and then some. And all I needed was
fast speed internet and a TV.
So a few days later, I went back to the
kiosk to give one of the units a test. It
was simply too fun and too good to be true.
So for $350, I became a proud owner of a
Freestream unit. I went home, hooked it up
and it was awesome.... until the thing
started to buffer all over the place.
I grabbed one of the cards at the kiosk
advertising the business and called their
number. Patrick was on the other line,
telling me that it's my ISP's fault. Sadly,
he was right. Usually, when my download
speed is less than 10 mbps, it will buffer,
but since I bitched at my ISP about their
slow speeds, viola! They fixed it. Now, I
can stream a crap ton of cable channels for
free. Even more, Patrick created a Facebook
support group for those who are having
problems with their units and even makes
Facebook Live videos and chats to help make
the most out of their PowerStream
experience. It's amazing that yes, the units
aren't cheap (their cheapest is $150), but
it's better than paying $100 per month on
cable channels you don't watch.
To me, Patrick McNamara has created
something that the cable and satellite
companies don't want you to know about. And
even more, it keeps getting better and
better. Yes, it's not perfect, but then
again, the satellite goes out when it rains.
Plus, with their video on demand features,
you'll never need Netflix ever again.
Earlier, I watched last Sunday's Family
Guy and am about to watch The
Last Man on Earth. Two shows on way
past my bedtime. And yes, the streaming
Sadly, Pat has shut down his kiosks due to
rising rent, but the good news is that his
website is alive and well, selling these
awesome units. I've even told him that if my
mom moves back to Michigan, I would buy her
one. That'll be $30 per month Sling won't
see and another $10/mo. or so on what
Netflix charges these days (don't ask me;
besides, I've never watched a single episode
of Stranger Things). I recommend it
to anybody in need of cutting the cord and
using that extra money for better things,
especially with Black Friday coming up.
Thanks to Mr. McNamara, he's giving the
Comcasts and Charters of the world what they
need: a humongous lump of coal.
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