1. Netflix

Netflix has a lot of great content. They ship to APO addresses, although it does take a bit longer to receive the discs in the mail. You will need a VPN service if you want to stream instantly to your computer, PS3, or Apple TV. But it can be worth it considering how many good shows are available.

Top Shows: Futurama, 30 Rock, How I Met your Mother, The Wonder Years (yeah that’s right!), Breaking Bad, Lost

How I Met Your Mother

2. Hulu

During the first part of my deployment, Hulu was blocked and required a VPN service. But towards the end, they opened it up and I could access it from a military base. So give Hulu a shot! Like Netflix, they have a lot of great content. The interface is very slick.

Top Shows: The Office, Family Guy, Southpark, Tosh.0, Desperate Housewives, Modern Family

The Office

3. Amazon Instant Video

Amazon has really improved their service over the last two years. Viewing shows over Prime used to be very clunky. But I logged into Amazon Prime with my PS3 the other day and was surprised how nice it was. My son and I watched Spongebob for a few hours!

Top Shows for free with Prime: Spongebob Square Pants, The West Wing, Arrested Development, Dora the Explorer, Dinosaur Train

Top Shows for Purchase: Breaking Bad

Spongebob Squarepants

4. iTunes

Of course iTunes doesn’t have anything for free. But they do have the best selection. If you can’t find your favorite TV show for “free” on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime, then iTunes is probably your best bet.

They’re also one of the best options for overseas military, since they don’t block you from downloading while connected to an overseas IP address (that’s my experience).


5. HBO Go

HBO Go only works if you subscribe through your cable provider. In addition, they only support certain cable providers, such as Comcast and Cox. If you’re lucky enough to have this working, then congrats! HBO has some of the best shows on television!

Top Shows: The Wire, True Blood, Sopranos


6. Slingbox

If you deploy overseas but still have cable back in the states, then you can hook up a Slingbox and stream all of your channels to your laptop. I would love to hear some feedback from someone who has this working. I haven’t personally used it, but wish I had tried it during my last deployment.


7. Streaming from network TV web sites


This was how I watched Survivor every week while deployed. Just be careful when browsing to the episode. Sometime they show you who gets kicked off!

Tell us which solutions are working for you in the comments!

This calculator provides an average annual property tax bill, which can be used to estimate property tax before purchasing a home. I tested it against my home in South Carolina, and it was within $50.

Select State:
Enter Home Value: Result:

The data is based on a 2010 study (PDF) of average owner-occupied state property tax rates conducted by the Tax Foundation.

State Property Tax Rates

State Avg Annual Tax Rate Annual Tax Bill on a $150,000 Home
Alabama 0.41% $615.00
Alaska 1.24% $1860.00
Arizona 0.85% $1275.00
Arkansas 0.57% $855.00
California 0.78% $1170.00
Colorado 0.61% $915.00
Connecticut 1.70% $2550.00
Delaware 0.49% $735.00
Florida 1.09% $1635.00
Georgia 0.93% $1395.00
Hawaii 0.27% $405.00
Idaho 0.74% $1110.00
Illinois 1.93% $2895.00
Indiana 0.84% $1260.00
Iowa 1.34% $2010.00
Kansas 1.35% $2025.00
Kentucky 0.78% $1170.00
Louisiana 0.43% $645.00
Maine 1.17% $1755.00
Maryland 0.98% $1470.00
Massachusetts 1.08% $1620.00
Michigan 1.82% $2730.00
Minnesota 1.10% $1650.00
Mississippi 0.73% $1095.00
Missouri 0.94% $1410.00
Montana 0.85% $1275.00
Nebraska 1.82% $2730.00
Nevada 0.98% $1470.00
New Hampshire 1.92% $2880.00
New Jersey 2.01% $3015.00
New Mexico 0.66% $990.00
New York 1.38% $2070.00
North Carolina 0.81% $1215.00
North Dakota 1.36% $2040.00
Ohio 1.44% $2160.00
Oklahoma 0.80% $1200.00
Oregon 0.98% $1470.00
Pennsylvania 1.40% $2100.00
Rhode Island 1.47% $2205.00
South Carolina 0.55% $825.00
South Dakota 1.32% $1980.00
Tennessee 0.70% $1050.00
Texas 1.90% $2850.00
Utah 0.65% $975.00
Vermont 1.61% $2415.00
Virginia 0.77% $1155.00
Washington 0.98% $1470.00
West Virginia 0.58% $870.00
Wisconsin 1.85% $2775.00
Wyoming 0.62% $930.00
Washington, D.C. 0.54% $810.00

Five Books That Will Supercharge Your Military Career

August 20, 2012

Today I want to introduce you to five books that have influenced my life in every way. These books are straight forward and simple, but yield amazing results. 1. Getting Things Done by David Allen Productivity. It’s essential in today’s military. There’s not enough time to accomplish everything on your To Do list. Your head […]

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How to Pass the PT Test – When you Suck at PT

August 5, 2012

The PT test is stressful. You can’t prepare for it overnight, and there’s a lot riding on the line if you fail. If you’re like me and suck at PT, you need to put the odds in your favor. Here’s how: 1. Schedule your PT test well ahead of your annual report Do not take […]

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Bad Grades in High School? No Problem

May 10, 2012

I graduated high school with a low 2.3 grade point average (GPA). This was good enough to get me into the Air Force, but it sure as hell wasn’t getting me into med school. Despite my low grades, a short three years after high school graduation I did the following: 1. Earned a full ROTC […]

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Shipping a Vehicle Overseas – Top 3 Tips

April 23, 2012

If you have orders to Germany, Hawaii, or some other amazing overseas location, then you need to ship a vehicle. The military pays to ship one of your cars, but you will have to foot the bill for a second. Here are my top tips for shipping your primary vehicle overseas with the government: 1. […]

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Skype: Receive Calls While Deployed

April 18, 2012

Skype is awesome. Walk through any barracks lucky enough to have internet access while deployed, and you’ll hear that familiar “boo bee boop” ring tone. Beyond using the free version of Skype, I recommend setting up a Skype phone number. That gives you a US based phone number, that rings when you are logged into Skype. […]

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The Best Boots in the Military

March 15, 2012

These are my 6-year old Rocky S2V boots. They’ve been to seven countries and twelve states. I’ve worn these on the back porch of the squadron on Friday, drinking beer after a week’s hard work. I’ve worn them while training Airmen, while briefing Colonels and 3-Star Generals. They’re dusty. Touching Iraqi soil for the first […]

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Online Backup – Top Three Services Compared

March 10, 2012

We have hundreds of pictures stored on our desktop computer. During every PCS move or deployment, I’m scared that the movers will damage the computer or lose it. No amount of money would replace those pictures. I recently discovered online backup and now have some peace of mind that my files are safe. Online backup supplements my […]

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Should you Rent or Sell your Home Before your Next PCS?

March 7, 2012

We recently got orders to Camp H.M. Smith, Hawaii (woo hoo!). Along with those orders came a decision on what to do with the home we bought near Shaw AFB. We chose to rent out our home due to the low cost and quick turnover. Weighing the Options We reviewed three points before making a decision: 1. How […]

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