July 2020 RMA – Streaming Services – Visa Gift Card

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COVID-19 UPDATE

Increased cases have been reported, particularly among young adults.  Ada County in particular is experiencing a rapid increase in spread, this probably due to gatherings in crowded recreational areas and bars. Remember to exercise caution and follow state “stage 4 stay healthy” guidelines. https://rebound.idaho.gov/stage-4-stay-healthy-guidelines/

For case data and COVID-19 official state resources please visit https://coronavirus.idaho.gov/.

Important Reminders

1) It’s barbecue season and the sun isn’t setting until almost 10pm.  It’s easy to lose track of time and noise levels can rise as the evening progresses.  Please be considerate of your neighbors. Also please be mindful of safe distancing.

2) If your community has a pool, please be sure you are aware of the pool/clubhouse rules and abide by them.  Please also be mindful of recently implemented precautions to abate the spreading of COVID-19.

3) Speaking of pools…… please remember that inflatable pools, trampolines and other recreational yard equipment requires the permission of your landlord to be erected in your back yard.  Anything that covers the lawn will kill it, and there are also liability concerns that would need to be addressed.

4) A monthly reminder to please keep your lawn mowed weekly and weed the planter beds. The fluctuations of temperatures we have been experiencing along with ample rain in early June has led to vigorous growth of all plants/shrubs/trees and weeds!

5) Another monthly reminder – have you changed filters recently?  Your lease requires you to change them every two months.  Clean filters improve the performance of your furnace and air conditioner and keeps your air quality free of allergens and dust.  If you don’t know where to find your filters, or how to change them, please call your property manager.

6) Some of our property owners have scheduled some of the following services: Dryer Vent Cleaning, Crawl Space & Attic Inspections.  If your home is scheduled for one of these services your property manager will reach out to you to let you know, and to facilitate scheduling.  For security reasons, please do not allow any vendor to enter your home unless you have heard from us first!

If you have any maintenance concerns for your yard or home, please CONTACT US! All maintenance concerns should be submitted through property meld, accessed on our website, under the Tenant Tab – Maintenance Request – Submit Work Order. Also, there is a “Maintenance Request” link on the dark blue bar at the top.

Cable vs. Streaming Services: Which is Right for You?

By Athena Savoglou

Sometimes it’s hard to break away from old habits.  Staying up late, eating junk food, and for many of us, spending too much on unnecessary cable services!  You might be a long-time customer of Cable ONE, Xfinity, Verizon, Cox, CenturyLink, DISH, Spectrum, Suddenlink, etc.  Like me, you may have a potentially irrational attachment to those 800+ channels (even though you only actually watch two).

Well, what would you say if there was a way to watch your favorite programs while avoiding the bill for those 698 channels you don’t watch?  Lucky for you, there are many if you know the magic word… streaming.

The technology behind streaming is pretty complex, but all you need to know is that streaming is the new way to watch your favorite programming, by paying a small monthly fee for a service and choosing what to watch from their library.  Sometimes, the show or movie you want to watch is complementary, and sometimes you will have to pay an added fee. (This is usually the case with newly released content.)

The most popular streaming services to start with are Netflix, HBO, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.  Here, we’ll give you a quick rundown of content and cost. Obviously, you will need to look at their respective selections to see which is really best for you, but that’s an easy Google away. 

  1. NetFlix. A name you’ve definitely heard of. They have an expansive selection of movies, series, and original programming (shows only shown on Netflix).  Some popular shows on Netflix are The Office, Parks and Recreation, Love is Blind, Tiger King, Black Mirror, etc.  Netflix will run you $8-13 per month after a free trial, depending on how many users are on your account.
  • HBO.  Who hasn’t heard of HBO?  HBO has always had some type of pay-to-watch component, but now the selection is bigger, with shows like Friends, and Love Life (an HBO original).  The only downside is that HBO requires you to have a smart TV, and isn’t compatible with a Roku Box, but we’ll get to that a little later. HBO service starts at $15 per month.
  • Hulu. Hulu is similar to Netflix, but slightly smaller and with different shows.  It provides network shows, like The Tonight Show and Saturday Night Live, as well as original series like Shrill.  They seem to have a certain connection with NBC, but this is just my speculation.  Additionally, most of Hulu’s programming is complementary.  I have had Hulu for a few years and have never had to pay an additional fee for any program. Hulu prices start at $8 per month.
  • Amazon Prime Video.  Chances are, you are already paying for this.  If you are an Amazon Prime customer, like millions of Americans, this service is included.  Like the others, Amazon Prime Video has both network and original programming.

For more information on popular streaming services, click here: https://www.tomsguide.com/us/best-streaming-video-services,review-2625.html

Smart TV vs. Smart Media Players

The way you stream will depend on whether you have a Smart TV or need to buy a Smart Media Player to “make your TV smart”.  Most modern TVs are Smart TVs, which come with a separate remote for streaming services.  Then, you can get to the streaming service of your choice by pressing a button.

If you don’t have a Smart TV, not to fear.  There are multiple easy-to-use gadgets that will equip your TV with streaming capabilities.  You may have heard of a Roku Box or Amazon Fire Stick.  The good news is, neither will break the bank.  Roku Box starts at $24.99, while Amazon Fire Stick starts at $29.99.

For more information on how to make your TV “smart,” click here: https://www.familyhandyman.com/article/how-to-turn-your-tv-into-a-smart-tv/

Internet Connection

One thing is for sure, regardless what streaming services you use, you will need a solid internet connection.  For more information on how to get the best internet connection for your money in 2020, click here: https://www.internetadvisor.com/best-internet-deals.

Happy Streaming!

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