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23 hours ago, CletiusMaximus said:

Email I received today:

Looks like I've got a couple weeks if I want to check out season 3 of Handmaid's tale. 

I have Hulu live and it works well with multiple TVs and devises at one time.  How many can you use with YoutubeTV?

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1 minute ago, schlesinj said:

I have Hulu live and it works well with multiple TVs and devises at one time.  How many can you use with YoutubeTV?

I think 3 or 4 at one time. Pretty much unlimited how many different tablets/TVs you can have it set up on. 

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With the news of PSvue Shutting down, I decided to give youtubeTV a try.  Of the other providers, it came the closest to having the channels I wanted, the only one missing is NFL network, plus it had the channels the wife wanted which is a plus.   So far, I am pleased with it. The picture on my local channels is much better than it was on PSvue and picture quality in general is good.  I guess I will just have to watch NFL network on my phone because the picture on Sling was not to my liking at all and Futbo TV does not have ESPN or most of the channels the wife watches.

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3 hours ago, snellman said:

With the news of PSvue Shutting down, I decided to give youtubeTV a try.  Of the other providers, it came the closest to having the channels I wanted, the only one missing is NFL network, plus it had the channels the wife wanted which is a plus.   So far, I am pleased with it. The picture on my local channels is much better than it was on PSvue and picture quality in general is good.  I guess I will just have to watch NFL network on my phone because the picture on Sling was not to my liking at all and Futbo TV does not have ESPN or most of the channels the wife watches.

FYI on NFL Network, if you have Amazon Prime they show all the Thursday night games on Prime video.

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1 hour ago, stbugs said:

FYI on NFL Network, if you have Amazon Prime they show all the Thursday night games on Prime video.

The hard thing with Youtube TV (I have it) is no RedZone Channel.

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On 11/15/2019 at 1:23 PM, CletiusMaximus said:

Email I received today:

Looks like I've got a couple weeks if I want to check out season 3 of Handmaid's tale. 

Yup off to YouTube tv on dec 18

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11 hours ago, whoknew said:

The hard thing with Youtube TV (I have it) is no RedZone Channel.

Yes I am really hoping they get that sorted out before next season. 

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Received the notice that Hulu live is going up $10 so gonna move back to YouTubetv after this month. If they go up in price then screw network tv and I'll jump to Philo and just get an antenna for the upstairs tv. As much as I like the services with the DVR I'll just find the stuff I can't get on Philo and stream from my phone to the Roku, which isn't much.

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I know this has been answered many times in here, but I just don't have the time to sort through it. Would apprecaite Cliff notes please.

I have finally decided to go all in here.

Using Xfinity for internet

Daughters really only watch Netflix and would like Disney+

YouTube TV for locals?

**Want to stop renting modem. What is the modem to go after? 4 of us in the household. Will have three Roku's and a Firestick and the Xbox using WiFi. 

Tired of spending more than I have to for crap we don't watch.

Thanks!

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On 11/16/2019 at 3:25 PM, snellman said:

With the news of PSvue Shutting down, I decided to give youtubeTV a try.  Of the other providers, it came the closest to having the channels I wanted, the only one missing is NFL network, plus it had the channels the wife wanted which is a plus.   So far, I am pleased with it. The picture on my local channels is much better than it was on PSvue and picture quality in general is good.  I guess I will just have to watch NFL network on my phone because the picture on Sling was not to my liking at all and Futbo TV does not have ESPN or most of the channels the wife watches.

Same here. Trying Youtube TV now. 

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On 11/16/2019 at 3:25 PM, snellman said:

With the news of PSvue Shutting down, I decided to give youtubeTV a try.  Of the other providers, it came the closest to having the channels I wanted, the only one missing is NFL network, plus it had the channels the wife wanted which is a plus.   So far, I am pleased with it. The picture on my local channels is much better than it was on PSvue and picture quality in general is good.  I guess I will just have to watch NFL network on my phone because the picture on Sling was not to my liking at all and Futbo TV does not have ESPN or most of the channels the wife watches.

Was trying to ride out PS VUE until the end of January, but it froze on me three times during NFL pre-game yesterday. Maybe they're just giving up on tech support.

So I started my free trial for YouTube TV.  Picture was much better than VUE.  Will be making switch this week.

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1 hour ago, Al Czervik said:

Was trying to ride out PS VUE until the end of January, but it froze on me three times during NFL pre-game yesterday. Maybe they're just giving up on tech support.

So I started my free trial for YouTube TV.  Picture was much better than VUE.  Will be making switch this week.

I was going to do the exact same thing but experienced that too and came to the same conclusion. The tech guys are probably already bailing for other streaming companies. Just makes sense.

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On 11/19/2019 at 5:39 PM, ConstruxBoy said:

Same here. Trying Youtube TV now. 

I briefly thought about switching from Hulu but unless I am missing something I am concerned with not being able to use multiple devises at one time.  My Hulu account I believe is unlimited and I think YouTube Tv has a limit.  I know that is not a problem for most, but we are a family of 6 and have multiple TVs in basement that we watch football on during the weekend.  First world problem, but maybe a consideration for others.

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13 minutes ago, schlesinj said:

I briefly thought about switching from Hulu but unless I am missing something I am concerned with not being able to use multiple devises at one time.  My Hulu account I believe is unlimited and I think YouTube Tv has a limit.  I know that is not a problem for most, but we are a family of 6 and have multiple TVs in basement that we watch football on during the weekend.  First world problem, but maybe a consideration for others.

I think YouTube TV is three devices at once

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2 hours ago, schlesinj said:

I briefly thought about switching from Hulu but unless I am missing something I am concerned with not being able to use multiple devises at one time.  My Hulu account I believe is unlimited and I think YouTube Tv has a limit.  I know that is not a problem for most, but we are a family of 6 and have multiple TVs in basement that we watch football on during the weekend.  First world problem, but maybe a consideration for others.

Unless you pay for more I believe you only get 2 simulcasts with Hulu.

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21 hours ago, Al Czervik said:

Was trying to ride out PS VUE until the end of January, but it froze on me three times during NFL pre-game yesterday. Maybe they're just giving up on tech support.

So I started my free trial for YouTube TV.  Picture was much better than VUE.  Will be making switch this week.

I’m experiencing the same thing. Seems like anything live is almost unwatchable the past week. I’d really like to make it through football season before switching to YouTube, but I’m not sure I can put up with the constant freezing and buffering. How long is YouTube‘s free trial, one week?

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1 minute ago, Man In The Box said:

I’m experiencing the same thing. Seems like anything live is almost unwatchable the past week. I’d really like to make it through football season before switching to YouTube, but I’m not sure I can put up with the constant freezing and buffering. How long is YouTube‘s free trial, one week?

It's only 5 days.

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On 11/15/2019 at 12:23 PM, CletiusMaximus said:

Email I received today:

Looks like I've got a couple weeks if I want to check out season 3 of Handmaid's tale. 

Yep, got that also.

And so it begins....

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2 hours ago, jamny said:

Just picked up a Fire TV Recast, on sale ($100 off) for $129 to DVR OTA channels. The antenna I bought does well in Queens NY, so should be even better in Boise

 

Anyone have the Fire TV Recast? Opinions?

I have one - works great.  Zero issues with it.  It ties in perfectly with my Fire TV.  It streams over your wifi, so you can stick it in any room you want.  Having that flexibility is key when using the indoor antenna.

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13 minutes ago, Ned said:

I have one - works great.  Zero issues with it.  It ties in perfectly with my Fire TV.  It streams over your wifi, so you can stick it in any room you want.  Having that flexibility is key when using the indoor antenna.

Good to hear!

I have 2 firesticks that I configured and will be bringing with me to Boise. Do you think there would be an issue with testing the Recast here in NY before bringing it there, besides having to re scan the antenna and setup the wifi? Or should I start fresh there with the recast.

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1 minute ago, gianmarco said:

Firestick 4K currently on sale for $24.99.

Decent deal

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5 hours ago, jamny said:

Good to hear!

I have 2 firesticks that I configured and will be bringing with me to Boise. Do you think there would be an issue with testing the Recast here in NY before bringing it there, besides having to re scan the antenna and setup the wifi? Or should I start fresh there with the recast.

I can't see any issues other than having to set it back up for that wifi and rescanning your antenna.  It's a quick process to rescan; I've probably scanned 100x while trying to perfect the antenna placement.  :OCD: 

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Overall I was happy with Youtube TV, our bedroom TV which is second floor opposite side of the house from my router in the basement would on live events (ie sports) occasionally hiccup and freeze. Didn't seem to do it on normal broadcast tv. I think I could have eliminated this by moving the router to the living room if cutting the cord because I would have no longer needed the cable jack there. That said I called Directv and they gave me $75 a month off for 12 months plus changed my package that I lost one telemundo channel but gained 7 or 8 other channels I'll never watch but all toll got my bill down to $58 before tax. For $8 a month more I keep my one small local channel we watch for news in the morning, NFL network and don't have to listen to my wife complain about learning a new system. So staying with Directv another 12 months, then we will see what they will do to keep me.

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Question for the AV-savvy guys here. My MIL has an older Roku model that is not working as well with the newer content. So I want to get her a new one for Xmas. The issue is that I won't be at her house to check out the setup until Xmas day. I do remember that when I set it up for her two years ago, I needed to have RCA cables (Red, White, Yellow) going into the Roku. 

What I don't remember is whether that was because that old Roku model (maybe the XD or XDS?) didn't have HDMI, or because her TV didn't have HDMI. 

If it was the Roku that was the issue, I have no issue because I can just use the included HDMI cable to go from it to her TV. But if it was her TV, then I need a converter. 

Looking over the "get a new TV" and the "quality will suck" concerns, I've noticed that the RCA converters on Amazon say they only go one way, from RCA to HDMI or from HDMI to RCA. 

Am I correct in my thinking that I need the HDMI to RCA version because the content will flow from the Roku to the HDMI to the converter to the TV?

 

TIA. 

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Does anyone know of a streaming channel that shows high quality nature videos?  Not documentaries or anything with commentary. I’m looking for beach or forest or mountain or underwater video with sound. 
 

I’ve got a roku tv, with YouTubeTV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime

thanks!

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25 minutes ago, randall146 said:

Does anyone know of a streaming channel that shows high quality nature videos?  Not documentaries or anything with commentary. I’m looking for beach or forest or mountain or underwater video with sound. 
 

I’ve got a roku tv, with YouTubeTV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime

thanks!

Search "nature sounds" on AP

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On 12/10/2019 at 7:50 PM, ConstruxBoy said:

Question for the AV-savvy guys here. My MIL has an older Roku model that is not working as well with the newer content. So I want to get her a new one for Xmas. The issue is that I won't be at her house to check out the setup until Xmas day. I do remember that when I set it up for her two years ago, I needed to have RCA cables (Red, White, Yellow) going into the Roku. 

What I don't remember is whether that was because that old Roku model (maybe the XD or XDS?) didn't have HDMI, or because her TV didn't have HDMI. 

If it was the Roku that was the issue, I have no issue because I can just use the included HDMI cable to go from it to her TV. But if it was her TV, then I need a converter. 

Looking over the "get a new TV" and the "quality will suck" concerns, I've noticed that the RCA converters on Amazon say they only go one way, from RCA to HDMI or from HDMI to RCA. 

Am I correct in my thinking that I need the HDMI to RCA version because the content will flow from the Roku to the HDMI to the converter to the TV?

 

TIA. 

I’ve got an old Roku that I don’t use anymore (I use Firesticks) and even it had HDMI so I’d assume the issue is the TV. That said do you know the size of it? It may be just as cheap to get a new TV with the Roku/Firestick/Other built in than a Roku and that adapter. I may be off but I’ve seen 55”+ TVs in the 200s and if she doesn’t have HDMI her TV is likely a lot smaller. 

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Is there a "for dummies" guide for this stuff linked in here somewhere? Currently still have comcast but the family has put in a request for Disney+. Rather than just getting another service, I think it's time to go the "cut the cable" route but not exactly sure what all I want to do. 

Probably looking to keep netflix and presumably add disney+ and the hulu/espn package you can get. I also want to continue to dvr stuff - namely sporting events I can then fast-forward through commercials. What all do I need? 

Presumably: a cable modem/internet subscription, the above subscriptions, a fire recast, and an antenna. 

Is that pretty much about it? And/or am I way off base? 

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6 minutes ago, The Iguana said:

Is there a "for dummies" guide for this stuff linked in here somewhere? Currently still have comcast but the family has put in a request for Disney+. Rather than just getting another service, I think it's time to go the "cut the cable" route but not exactly sure what all I want to do. 

Probably looking to keep netflix and presumably add disney+ and the hulu/espn package you can get. I also want to continue to dvr stuff - namely sporting events I can then fast-forward through commercials. What all do I need? 

Presumably: a cable modem/internet subscription, the above subscriptions, a fire recast, and an antenna. 

Is that pretty much about it? And/or am I way off base? 

I am the dummy in here, so I can speak your language. This is what we did:

1. Have 100mbs internet service.

2. Subscribed to HULU Live. We get most of what we had before and all our local channels.  Does not have NFL Network, but has all the other sports channels and then some. 

3. One TV is hooked up through the kids XBOX and we run HULU Live on that. 

4. One TV has google chromecast already on it, so we stream from our iphone or ipad on that one.

5. Our other two TV's I bought the google chromecast device and plugged it into the HDMI port in the back and stream through that. 

6. All the HULU channels and programs have the chromecast button, so it's easy to use for everyone. 

7. I also subscribe to ESPN+, and just chromecast from my iphone or ipad for that.

8. You could do the same for Disney+. We don't subscribe to that. 

9. I bought an antenna that I can plug in for local channels just as a backup. I think I spent like $80 on one that picks up signals for 40 miles.

Internet: $55/month

Hulu Subscription: $55/month

ESPN+: $5 a month

Total $115/month. Down from $190

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9 minutes ago, The Iguana said:

Is there a "for dummies" guide for this stuff linked in here somewhere? Currently still have comcast but the family has put in a request for Disney+. Rather than just getting another service, I think it's time to go the "cut the cable" route but not exactly sure what all I want to do. 

Probably looking to keep netflix and presumably add disney+ and the hulu/espn package you can get. I also want to continue to dvr stuff - namely sporting events I can then fast-forward through commercials. What all do I need? 

Presumably: a cable modem/internet subscription, the above subscriptions, a fire recast, and an antenna. 

Is that pretty much about it? And/or am I way off base? 

I wrote a guide and have linked it in the past. Problem is that things move so fast it’s hard to keep it updated. 

Simple answer is that with internet speeds we have today there is zero reason to have satellite or cable tv companies, they are antiquated and should be extinct. 

1- get the cheapest internet service that you can. Buy your own modem and router to avoid monthly rental fees. 

2- get an OTA antenna for free HD local channels and more. Use to tvfool.com to see your signal strength and what type of antenna you need 

3- google around a bit and see what channel lineups the different streaming services have as they are always changing. Most have a free 7 day trial to test them out. 

4- go to the Terrarium thread and find out how to get previously aired tv shows and movies for free. 

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Just noticed this story. Seems like these pirates had a pretty big operation. Any iStreamItAll or JetFlicks folks in here?

https://www.cnn.com/2019/12/16/tech/illegal-streaming-sites-shuttered/index.html

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Both iStreamItAll and Jetflicks had tens of thousands of paid subscribers and were designed to work on many different devices and platforms, "including myriad varieties of computer operating systems, smartphones, tablets, smart televisions, video game consoles, digital media players, set-top boxes and web browsers," the DOJ said, citing the two plea agreements.

 

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On 12/16/2019 at 11:39 AM, tonydead said:

I wrote a guide and have linked it in the past. Problem is that things move so fast it’s hard to keep it updated. 

Simple answer is that with internet speeds we have today there is zero reason to have satellite or cable tv companies, they are antiquated and should be extinct. 

1- get the cheapest internet service that you can. Buy your own modem and router to avoid monthly rental fees. 

2- get an OTA antenna for free HD local channels and more. Use to tvfool.com to see your signal strength and what type of antenna you need 

3- google around a bit and see what channel lineups the different streaming services have as they are always changing. Most have a free 7 day trial to test them out. 

4- go to the Terrarium thread and find out how to get previously aired tv shows and movies for free. 

I'll disagree with getting the cheapest service.  You don't want your speed cut, especially if you have a few users.  If I'm spurging, its on the internet speed.

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On 12/13/2019 at 3:30 PM, randall146 said:

Does anyone know of a streaming channel that shows high quality nature videos?  Not documentaries or anything with commentary. I’m looking for beach or forest or mountain or underwater video with sound. 
 

I’ve got a roku tv, with YouTubeTV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime

thanks!

If you have Amazon Prime and a firestick they have a pretty good selection.  I use lake sounds, fire pit surf, and rainstorm they all last 8 hrs I use them to sleep.

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40 minutes ago, rustycolts said:

If you have Amazon Prime and a firestick they have a pretty good selection.  I use lake sounds, fire pit surf, and rainstorm they all last 8 hrs I use them to sleep.

Earthcam.com is good also.  We have a cam here of Lake Michigan.   There are some great nature cams from all around the world on there.

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I am ending my Comcast TV deal this week and will have Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Disney.

I did add Youtube TV (49.99) and have Comcast Extreme. 

I believe my monthly Comcast bill will go from ~$170.00 to about $83.00, but adding Youtube make the monthly savings around $30.00 a month. I am not paying for any of the streaming services (Amazon, Netflix, Disney) so there's that 🙂

Do I need to be concerned with monthly data usage now that I am streaming?

I'm still not as efficient as I would like, but do want my cable still for some shows/local sports.

Any other recommendations? 

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Exploring this seriously... can anyone help with a couple Qs?  We'll have Netflix and Prime under both scenarios so I'm leaving those out.

  • Just found out I'm only on 75/75 Internet -- $30/month (bundled)
  • Fios Preferred ($55) + Fios Sports Pass ($14) = $69/month FIOS content
  • Paying $7/month for the router and $24/month for 2 set top boxes = $31 for equipment
  • Govt taxes and fees = $7.62
  • Verizon FIOS fees and surcharges = $16.06

So that's $154 per month. (straight from the bill, I talked my way down to that from like $180 last year)

Looking at the cord-cutting costs:

  • I can keep Verizon Internet and upgrade to 100/100mbs for $40/month + $7/month router + taxes and fees = $50
  • FUBO TV = ($55) + Disney+ ($7) = $62 month for content

That's $112/month

That's a savings of $42/month, but only if I'm really avoiding the taxes, fees and surcharges ($16) and the cost of two set top boxes ($24).  So... am I really avoiding those fees if I cut? 

Overall, FUBO actually has more of the sports channels I'd watch, I don't think we lose anything the others in the fam use, and our internet speed would be slightly higher as well.  I'm not seeing any downside at all outside the initial hassle -- am I missing anything?

(We'd be adding some sort of digital antenna as well, but I'm leaving that out of this calculation since it's pennies a month over time.)

 

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On 1/2/2020 at 10:32 AM, cubd8 said:

I'm still not as efficient as I would like, but do want my cable still for some shows/local sports.

Any other recommendations? 

Look at FUBO instead of Youtube.  Very comparably priced and it has a TON (like more than you'd ever use) of sports channels -- plus most or all of the channels Youtube has (at least in my area).

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1 hour ago, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

Exploring this seriously... can anyone help with a couple Qs?  We'll have Netflix and Prime under both scenarios so I'm leaving those out.

  • Just found out I'm only on 75/75 Internet -- $30/month (bundled)
  • Fios Preferred ($55) + Fios Sports Pass ($14) = $69/month FIOS content
  • Paying $7/month for the router and $24/month for 2 set top boxes = $31 for equipment
  • Govt taxes and fees = $7.62
  • Verizon FIOS fees and surcharges = $16.06

So that's $154 per month. (straight from the bill, I talked my way down to that from like $180 last year)

Looking at the cord-cutting costs:

  • I can keep Verizon Internet and upgrade to 100/100mbs for $40/month + $7/month router + taxes and fees = $50
  • FUBO TV = ($55) + Disney+ ($7) = $62 month for content

That's $112/month

That's a savings of $42/month, but only if I'm really avoiding the taxes, fees and surcharges ($16) and the cost of two set top boxes ($24).  So... am I really avoiding those fees if I cut? 

Overall, FUBO actually has more of the sports channels I'd watch, I don't think we lose anything the others in the fam use, and our internet speed would be slightly higher as well.  I'm not seeing any downside at all outside the initial hassle -- am I missing anything?

(We'd be adding some sort of digital antenna as well, but I'm leaving that out of this calculation since it's pennies a month over time.)

 

My Fios internet-only bill doesn't have any fees or surcharges added. Why are you renting a router? Buying your own will be cheaper in the long run.

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Gave YouTube TV a trial run and found the stream jerky. I have 300Mbs internet too.

Internet is $80 alone and YouTube is $50. So $130.

Got my cable bill down to $150 and I'm sticking with it. 

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On 1/5/2020 at 5:58 AM, Otis said:

Holy crap.  I'm on AT&T Now, and we have probably 8 Roku devices around the house. This would screw me pretty hard if they delete the app entirely.

All you have to do is mirror your screen from your phone/tablet app. Another step and you lose being able to use your phone/tablet, but a workaround.

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23 hours ago, Payne said:

Gave YouTube TV a trial run and found the stream jerky. I have 300Mbs internet too.

Internet is $80 alone and YouTube is $50. So $130.

Got my cable bill down to $150 and I'm sticking with it. 

Same issue with me. I have YouTube, got rid of Xfinity, but the costs of streaming vs. cable are not much different (maybe save $30.00 a month) 

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4 hours ago, cubd8 said:

Same issue with me. I have YouTube, got rid of Xfinity, but the costs of streaming vs. cable are not much different (maybe save $30.00 a month) 

Yes but aren't you paying for the internet weather you have cable or not? I was paying for internet about 80 bucks plus 150 for DirecTV.  Youtubetv only 50 bucks saves me 100 a month.

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On 1/11/2020 at 6:03 PM, Dinsy Ejotuz said:

Exploring this seriously... can anyone help with a couple Qs?  We'll have Netflix and Prime under both scenarios so I'm leaving those out.

  • Just found out I'm only on 75/75 Internet -- $30/month (bundled)
  • Fios Preferred ($55) + Fios Sports Pass ($14) = $69/month FIOS content
  • Paying $7/month for the router and $24/month for 2 set top boxes = $31 for equipment
  • Govt taxes and fees = $7.62
  • Verizon FIOS fees and surcharges = $16.06

So that's $154 per month. (straight from the bill, I talked my way down to that from like $180 last year)

Looking at the cord-cutting costs:

  • I can keep Verizon Internet and upgrade to 100/100mbs for $40/month + $7/month router + taxes and fees = $50
  • FUBO TV = ($55) + Disney+ ($7) = $62 month for content

That's $112/month

That's a savings of $42/month, but only if I'm really avoiding the taxes, fees and surcharges ($16) and the cost of two set top boxes ($24).  So... am I really avoiding those fees if I cut? 

Overall, FUBO actually has more of the sports channels I'd watch, I don't think we lose anything the others in the fam use, and our internet speed would be slightly higher as well.  I'm not seeing any downside at all outside the initial hassle -- am I missing anything?

(We'd be adding some sort of digital antenna as well, but I'm leaving that out of this calculation since it's pennies a month over time.)

 

First step in cutting the cord is taking all the cable company's equipment back and dropping if off on their desk.  Modems and routers and streaming devices are dirt cheap now days and paying rent for something like that tops the how cable companies screw you list.  Plus it feels good plopping all that crap down and telling them you're done.

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On 1/12/2020 at 9:54 AM, Payne said:

Gave YouTube TV a trial run and found the stream jerky. I have 300Mbs internet too.

Internet is $80 alone and YouTube is $50. So $130.

Got my cable bill down to $150 and I'm sticking with it. 

Looking at YouTubeTV... Currently using Hulu, Prime, NetFlix and using 1 month free trial of CBS.  

Spectrum Bill was $238/month

Current Google Fiber 500MB package with streamers above = $158          +$10 when CBS is no longer free

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The baby is almost 9 now. Wow 

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