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Hulu To Begin Offering Live-Streaming TV

Friday, May 6th, 2016

We’re big proponents of cutting the cord, but during every discussion on the subject, the single biggest objection that comes up is the inability to watch live TV. People want to watch their favorite TV shows when the network airs them, at the same time that their friends or family are watching. Beyond a few exceptions—namely HBO Now and Showtime Now, whose streaming programs are available at the same time they’re aired on cable—cord cutters usually have to wait until at least the day after the TV show airs. In many cases the wait can even be a week or even months.

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But now, news from Hulu, one of the three major streaming services, may drastically change the way people view cord-cutting. The company is currently working on a new service that would provide streaming of live TV programming in addition to their normal, delayed library. While no specific terms were defined, the deal is said to include Fox, FX, ESPN and ABC, with other networks showing interest. That would mean you could watch the latest episode of Dancing With the Stars, or even a live football game, on your laptop or tablet, from anywhere you can get a WiFi signal. Hulu is planning to launch the service in 2017, so this might be something to think about before signing a long-term cable contract.

 

Via Los Angeles Times

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Show Mom You Love Her With Pandora Jewelry

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Mother's Day

Make Mom smile and give her something special this Mother’s Day! Finding the right gift for her may be tricky, but you can never go wrong with jewelry. Stop by this week and pick out a great gift in the Abt Time Boutique with Pandora jewelry. Pandora jewelry is the perfect gift for her, you can customize her bracelet with different charms that best describes her, or charms that symbolize each precious moment that happened in her life. We have a large selection of gorgeous charms that come in different styles and colors—beautifully crafted Murano Glass Charms, Disney charms, holiday charms and more! Not only do we carry bracelets and charms, we also have necklaces, rings, and earrings. With Pandora jewelry, there’s no doubt that Mom will be in the spotlight! (more…)

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The Abt Truck Goes Traveling

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

The Abt Truck just returned from vacation, and it would love to join in on yours!

Beaver Falls, Havasu Falls

Good thing I float.

 

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Visit the Michele Trunk Show at Abt This Weekend

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

This weekend, Abt is hosting our first Michele Trunk Show of 2016. During the show, shoppers will get a chance to try on and purchase exclusive, limited-edition Michele watch models that are not regularly available in-store. Michele Watch representatives will be on hand to answer questions and give guidance on selecting the perfect timepiece for yourself or the special woman in your life. Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and an elegant Michele watch is a great gift for any extraordinary woman. Light refreshments will be served.  Can’t make it to the store this weekend? Click here to shop our online selection of Michele Watches.

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How to Cut the Cord: A Video Guide

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

One of the most popular technology trends of the last few years is the idea of “cutting the cord,” or cancelling your cable subscription and seeking out alternative methods of watching TV. Dropping cable in favor of online video services and a streaming media player can save you hundreds of dollars a year, and gives you the freedom to watch your shows on your own terms. We put together this video to help you get started with cutting the cord. We hope it’s informative, and if you have any questions, we’d be glad to help!

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Abt Ads Through the Ages

Monday, April 25th, 2016

As part of our 80th Anniversary Celebration, we went digging through the archives for old photos and documents from throughout the store’s history. The old advertisements we found provide a fun look at the sales tactics and buying power of a bygone era. Here’s a collection of our favorites (click on the ad for a larger version):

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November 12, 1982. Celebrating our Dealerscope Dealer of the Year Award.

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Happy Earth Day!

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Today is Earth Day, a worldwide celebration of the environment and the importance of protecting it. While Earth Day is marked by a once-a-year holiday, it’s really also a continuous movement meant to educate and inform people on ways to be more environmentally friendly.  It’s also one of our favorite days, as environmental awareness is something that’s always been important to us a business. We take pride in the various green initiatives we’ve implemented in our everyday operations, and have even been called “The Greenest A/V Retailer in the Country.” From on-site recycling services to making smarter energy choices, here are the ways we celebrate Earth Day every day, and some ways that you can too.

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Making Gourmet Popcorn at Home, in Minutes.

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Popping popcorn at home never seems to end up as hassle-free as you’d think it would be. Our first choice is usually to reach for the microwave popcorn, which is quick, but is usually coated in a lot of not-so-good-for-you artificial flavorings, not to mention the fact that one bag never seems to be enough for the whole family. Or you can get out the electric popcorn popper or the air popper, and make your movie treats from raw kernels. That gives you complete control over flavoring and serving sizes, but that takes longer and leaves you with bulky dishes coated in butter or oil that will need to be hand-washed.

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The Lékué PopCorn Maker splits the difference between the methods, offering the convenience of microwave popping with the creative culinary control of popping from raw kernels. (more…)

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Camera Trade-In & Drone Demonstration Event

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016
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Have an old camera collecting dust in your closet? Bring it into Abt this weekend and trade it in for cash or Abt Gift Cards! The National Camera Exchange, a premier buyer and seller of new and used photo equipment, will be in our store to find out the value of your used equipment. Products from all major brands will be accepted, and both film and digital equipment will also be accepted. While not all equipment will be eligible for a cash reward, we don’t want anyone to leave empty-handed so $10 Abt Gift Cards will be given to those whose equipment does not qualify.

Camera Trade-In

 Saturday, April 16th and Sunday, April 17th

from 11am-6pm at Abt Electronics

1200 N. Milwaukee Avenue | Glenview, IL | 60025

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Dinner with Dacor

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

We paid a visit to our friends at the Cooking Skills Academy at DESIGNfirst in Itasca, IL, to get a first-hand look at how Dacor Appliances can make your tasks in the kitchen easier and more enjoyable. Chef Paul guided us through the process of prepping and cooking a gourmet 4-course meal, all cooked in and on the Dacor induction cooktop and convection wall oven. Watch the entire video below, and click through to find the full recipes for the Caramelized Brussels Sprouts and Onions, Garlic Double-Baked Mashed Potatoes, Rosemary Garlic Chicken, and Gradma’s Streusel Apple Pie, and give them a shot yourself.  Bon appétit!

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