Public cloud storage services such as OneDrive, Google Drive or Dropbox are very useful, but you are never sure if your data is really private. However, you can also set up personal cloud storage yourself. How do you do that?

You install a personal cloud service on your own Mac or Windows PC at home. The files are stored on your own hard disk, but can be uploaded, downloaded and shared via the internet. The disadvantage is that the computer must remain on and online continuously.

Some of the Options


iWV (ICONZ-WEBVISIONS PTE LTD) is a free private cloud service with software for Windows and Mac and mobile apps for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. You can use those tools with all files on your computer and you can have files automatically synchronized between all your computers. To be able to access all files on your PC with your iPhone, for example, install the IWV Windows application and the iOSIWV app.

With the desktop application you create an account, after which you receive an e-mail containing a unique URL for your PC (. With that url you can access all your files from another PC from a browser or from the iOS app. You can download and edit documents, view photos and videos, listen to music files,IWV automatically converts the file to a format suitable for your device. You can share up to five folders with others: either public or private (up to five other private users).

To synchronize files between computers, you must install a separate tool on those computers, just like Dropbox. Files that you place in a special synchronization folder are automatically synchronized. With a free IWV account you can synchronize up to 2 GB.


Younity is a free personal cloud service with focus on streaming and sharing photos, music and video. You install the Younity desktop software on all PCs and Macs that you wish to open. All media files on it (and possibly on external hard disks) are indexed. If you then install the Younity app on your iPhone or iPad (unfortunately there is no Android app yet), the metadata of those indexed media files will first be downloaded: this takes a few minutes. Afterwards you can watch / listen to all your media files streaming (or download locally on your smartphone or tablet as well).

You can also ‘voluntarily share’ your files with another user of the Younity app. They can only watch or listen, not download or share further. The file also automatically disappears after seven days (or earlier, if you stop sharing). Photos on one of your home computers can be uploaded directly from the Younity app to a social network such as Facebook or Twitter.

A website that broadcasts online television is legal in so far as it has adequate broadcasting rights (often official sources therefore). Here a selection of the best free and legal solutions. Most major television channels offer the service through their website (s): example with Direct 8.

Applications and online content

More and more content apps and websites are available for mobile, tablet and computer. You probably already know some of them., Netflix and iTunes and YouTube are among the most popular. The TV channels are slowly becoming new ways of reaching their audience. The V-channel, for example, offers It is neither more nor less the web version of the broadcaster with bonus extra content and live broadcast.

If you like to watch hockey, especially in the playoffs, the NHL website and app offer a subscription to watch all the games, some of them. The Best Free Live TV Apps are also there in more quantities.

A good thing when you’re out looking for content: take a look at the apps available on your smart TVs and streaming devices (Apple TV, Rook, Chrome cast, etc.). These are full of direct links to specialized online content. Movies, concert, video clip, news, sports and more. Some content is even offered in 4K quality.

Smart TV app

Everything is at your fingertips and at very little cost compared to the expensive subscriptions of the cable operators.

What is involved in unsubscribing?

Unsubscribing from your cable TV provider can mean big savings, up to $ 70 a month for some.But since the channels received by the antennas are free, it is certain that you no longer have access to the programs on demand, to record your favorite programs to listen to them later or accelerated.

Forget the specialty channels like Canal Vie, RDS, ARTV, and TVA Sport. You will have to find another alternative to listen to the content broadcast on these channels for example, go through their website or watch live broadcasts.

If you intend to listen to a lot of content online, make sure you have an unlimited Internet package so you can download or listen to HD content without having to pay extra for exceeding the limit of your subscription.

HD digital antennas

There are HD digital indoor and outdoor antennas that allow you to receive free Canadian general channels and some American, depending on the proximity of broadcast antennas.You pay the antenna once, and then you get the channels for free, without subscription.

Indoor HD digital antennas

The indoor antennas connect to your TV using a coaxial cable (the wire with a small metal rod in the middle) and you need to point it to the outside of your home to limit the elements that can block the signal. Near a window, it’s the ideal.