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How to Watch US TV With Firefox

There’s this nifty little service out there called Locast (Local broadcast) and it’s geo-fenced for very specific reasons. While you can temporarily change your Geo Location (browser based) with Chrome, it reverts automatically every time you close your tab. So here’s a way to use Firefox to permanently (if you want) have this service work.

(1) Go to “about:config” in you Firefox browser and void your warranty.

Void your firefox warranty.
Make sure you check the box and “Accept the risk”

(2) In the search box type in geo.

locate the geo.wifi.uri
Find the geo.wifi.uri

(3) Double click on the geo.wifi.uri and input this geo location (for new york city):

data:application/json,{"location": {"lat": 40.7590, "lng": -73.9845}, "accuracy": 27000.0}

enter some data
you can always ‘reset’ the value, so don’t worry about saving the old value.

(4) Browse on over to Locast.org and accept the Geo Location permissions that it asks for.

Allow location access in firefox
Click on ‘remember this decision’ and ‘allow location access’

(5) You should see that you’re in New York!

New York City!

(6) Watch TV!

Go RAMS!
et voila! It would be better if they were giving out Dodge Rams, eh?

And that’s pretty much it. Just ahead of the Super Bowl. You can now watch US commercials that roll in at about $5.1M per 30 seconds.

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Random Antenna Upgrades

I was updating my OTA channel list after I bought a new antenna when I realized that it’s actually kind of difficult to go out and get a decent antenna, unless you really know what you’re looking for.  And quite frankly, I have no idea what I’m looking for.  Most people will go to walmart or futureshop and just get the “hd tv” antenna that they see.  Which is effectively a piece of crap.  I did that when I first moved to Toronto and the $30 I spent at walmart worked for about 5 channels.  Then I moved to a taller building and that same antenna only got about 4 channels.  That made no sense to me, but it was cheap.   After a short little experiment with some coat hangers and a piece of wood out on my balcony, I quickly realized that almost anything is better than what those retail stores sell.   This weekend I went out and got a real antenna – but even after that I realized I should’ve forked over the extra $5 for the adjustable one.  But things are good. Now all my channels come in great, with a few minor exceptions.  My coat hanger served me well, but this minor upgraded gives me just a few more channels — and more reliable signals for the ones that were iffy before.