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8 hours ago, Payne said:

You were paying $80 for internet and THEN $150 for DirectTV? I was paying $205 for cable and internet. Internet only = $80. Youtube = $50. $130 total.

Walked in to Xfinity store, dropped off my boxes and modem (bought my own) and asked for internet only quote. Immediately offered me internet and channels for $145 with taxes. $10 more for Starz (wife likes Outlander). So $155 compared to $130 to stream Youtube. Youtube also didn't have every channel we liked and, as I said, the stream was a bit jumpy.

I don't think cutting the cord is as big of a savings as it once was. And my wife refuses to use Kodi.

It depends on your situation how much you can save but one big lure for me is no contracts. 

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5 hours ago, JoeSteeler said:

I don't think cutting the cord is as big of a savings as it once was. And my wife refuses to use Kodi.

I agree.  The cost of all the streaming services to get a good mix of shows is getting almost as bad as cable was.  

As a substitute for Kodi, I might suggest Plex.  I have recently added a tuner to my plex server and it does a nice job on the TV/DVR and its all in the same place with your movies and such. I also dropped netflix and hulu as the kids are watching youtube more than anything lately.  I instead have fired up the VPN again dusted off the old pirate hat.  It's just easier and you get everything, sports, movies, tv series, books.

Maybe cable will go back to being the best way, but I am liking this setup currently. 

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14 hours ago, Payne said:

I don't think cutting the cord is as big of a savings as it once was. And my wife refuses to use Kodi.

Just depends what programming you absolutely 'need'.

I think I'm paying as much now for Philo + Pluto + Youtube + Hulu ($18/mo total) as I did in the bullshlt charges Directv tried to throw at me in the past. Always can find free trials of some service anytime I have a desire to watch sports anymore. 

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I don't have any IPTV, and I don't have a working antenna.

Any way to stream the Super Bowl?  I think I got it last year though a CBS Sports app or something.  Will the Fox Sports app work today, or will it ask for my cable company credentials?

ETA: Pregame coverage isn’t asking me for any credentials.

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1 hour ago, Tick said:

I don't have any IPTV, and I don't have a working antenna.

Any way to stream the Super Bowl?  I think I got it last year though a CBS Sports app or something.  Will the Fox Sports app work today, or will it ask for my cable company credentials?

ETA: Pregame coverage isn’t asking me for any credentials.

I believe they are offering it for free over the app.

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1 hour ago, Tick said:

I don't have any IPTV, and I don't have a working antenna.

Any way to stream the Super Bowl?  I think I got it last year though a CBS Sports app or something.  Will the Fox Sports app work today, or will it ask for my cable company credentials?

ETA: Pregame coverage isn’t asking me for any credentials.

On my fireTV home screen today, when I selected the super bowl it showed the Fox Sports and NFL apps as free to stream the game

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Not gonna read the whole thread, but I see some mentions of YouTube TV and curious of the experience.

Just initial research looks pretty nice.   $50 per month and still get live TV and sports from all the main channels that I'd care about.    No equipment but still can record shows on a cloud DVR. One little thing I read was how each family member has own account and each can go to their own personal DVR area so only sees shows they recorded or care about  (so I'm not seeing 25 episodes of Miraculous LadyBug and Ellen DeGeneres Game show!).

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8 minutes ago, offdee said:

Not gonna read the whole thread, but I see some mentions of YouTube TV and curious of the experience.

Just initial research looks pretty nice.   $50 per month and still get live TV and sports from all the main channels that I'd care about.    No equipment but still can record shows on a cloud DVR. One little thing I read was how each family member has own account and each can go to their own personal DVR area so only sees shows they recorded or care about  (so I'm not seeing 25 episodes of Miraculous LadyBug and Ellen DeGeneres Game show!).

Give the free trial a shot. I did and found my stream to be a bit jumpy. Watching basketball was a nightmare. 

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13 minutes ago, Payne said:

Give the free trial a shot. I did and found my stream to be a bit jumpy. Watching basketball was a nightmare. 

Ah yeah, that wouldn’t be worth it then. I’ll check the trial out. 

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On 12/16/2019 at 11:20 AM, ChiefD said:

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

 

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. 

OK, so what about Redzone? what streamer has that?

 

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29 minutes ago, bicycle_seat_sniffer said:

 

OK, so what about Redzone? what streamer has that?

 

Sling TV, and Fubo TV have rezone included with their sports add on packs.  I just watch for free at nflbite.com.

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2 minutes ago, tonydead said:

Sling TV, Plastation Vue and Fubo TV all have rezone included with their sports add on packs.  I just watch for free at nflbite.com.

Sling was a huge disappointment for me. 
 

ETA: isn’t Vue toast?

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3 minutes ago, Osaurus said:

Sling was a huge disappointment for me. 
 

ETA: isn’t Vue toast?

whoops my bad, i guess so

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5 hours ago, offdee said:

Ah yeah, that wouldn’t be worth it then. I’ll check the trial out. 

I have been using YouTube TV since it came out and have experienced very few issues.  Usually any streaming issues are related to your internet service and/or your streaming device.

Usually, using a Smart TV as your streaming device will give a poor experience. I use two Apple TV 4K boxes, but Nvidia Shield and the better Rokus also work well.

Hard wire your boxes if possible as opposed to using WiFi.  I have 300MB Fiber internet service now, but had no problems when we had 60MB service previously.

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6 hours ago, offdee said:

Not gonna read the whole thread, but I see some mentions of YouTube TV and curious of the experience.

Just initial research looks pretty nice.   $50 per month and still get live TV and sports from all the main channels that I'd care about.    No equipment but still can record shows on a cloud DVR. One little thing I read was how each family member has own account and each can go to their own personal DVR area so only sees shows they recorded or care about  (so I'm not seeing 25 episodes of Miraculous LadyBug and Ellen DeGeneres Game show!).

5 hours ago, Payne said:

Give the free trial a shot. I did and found my stream to be a bit jumpy. Watching basketball was a nightmare. 

 

I switched to youtube tv when psvue announced it would be ending and have been happy with it so for.  Good quality picture, no buffering issues.  The only downside was no NFL network, but the only current services that have NFL network as an option are Sling and Fubo.  Was not happy with sling at all as it was a very poor picture and Fubo doesn't have the other channels that the wife wants.

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Cord has been cut!

After not carrying NBC for about 6 months last year, Uverse essentially told me they were raising my monthly rate $50/month when my promotions ran out.

My setup is currently:

- $46/month for internet with Spectrum

- Antenna for local channels

- Fire TV recast

- Amazon Prime ($50/yr), Netflix ($13/month) (had anyway, even with cable)

- Local sports teams mostly suck, so not worried about it. Using a torrent to stream an occasional college BBall game.

 

May have to do something for AMC when the new season of Better Call Saul comes out. Thinking Philo.

Saving about $130/month. Loving it.

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On 2/3/2020 at 7:09 PM, nysfl2 said:

Cord has been cut!

After not carrying NBC for about 6 months last year, Uverse essentially told me they were raising my monthly rate $50/month when my promotions ran out.

My setup is currently:

- $46/month for internet with Spectrum

- Antenna for local channels

- Fire TV recast

- Amazon Prime ($50/yr), Netflix ($13/month) (had anyway, even with cable)

- Local sports teams mostly suck, so not worried about it. Using a torrent to stream an occasional college BBall game.

 

May have to do something for AMC when the new season of Better Call Saul comes out. Thinking Philo.

Saving about $130/month. Loving it.

Philo is good. I like it. All "live" shows start from the beginning like you had it on DVR. You can also choose to jump to "live" as well.

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Just got a Facebook reminder that we cut the cord 5 years ago today.  :thumbup:

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We have been using Vue (started @ $30/month, ended @ $50/month), and now Fubo ($60/month) for locals/cable stations, but recently came across Locast to get live locals. Now I'm attempting to replace Fubo with a cheaper service that doesn't include locals. Hulu doesn't cut it, the available Bravo shows, if they exist, are a whole season old (deal breaker for my wife).

It's irritating that cutting the cord has turned into "streaming cable" with the same locked in options and very little ability to pay for only what you use.

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22 minutes ago, Dragons said:

We have been using Vue (started @ $30/month, ended @ $50/month), and now Fubo ($60/month) for locals/cable stations, but recently came across Locast to get live locals. Now I'm attempting to replace Fubo with a cheaper service that doesn't include locals. Hulu doesn't cut it, the available Bravo shows, if they exist, are a whole season old (deal breaker for my wife).

It's irritating that cutting the cord has turned into "streaming cable" with the same locked in options and very little ability to pay for only what you use.

Whoa. Is Locast legit?

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3 minutes ago, Uruk-Hai said:

Whoa. Is Locast legit?

Do you mean legal? They have apps on all the stores and appear to be publicly opening area by area.

If you mean, does it work? Channels come in clear for me. No DVR that I can tell, but my need for locals does but require dvr

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Just now, Dragons said:

Do you mean legal? They have apps on all the stores and appear to be publicly opening area by area.

If you mean, does it work? Channels come in clear for me. No DVR that I can tell, but my need for locals does but require dvr

Yeah, I meant legal. I can't believe the big cable providers haven't tried to run them off.

That could be a game-changer for me. Where I live, I can't get locals with an antenna so I have a basic cable/phone/internet bundle (cheapest route to get locals). Neither Hulu or Sling ever had all of my locals. Now, I can ditch that bundle and get internet-only at double the speed and 1/3 the price. Plus, I can nuke Hulu live.

I just checked it out. The picture, for me, isn't as good as my cable feed (it also lags about a minute) but it's still good. DVR isn't a concern for me.

Thanks for the tip!

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6 hours ago, Uruk-Hai said:

Whoa. Is Locast legit?

Why wouldn’t it be legal? It is nuts OTA channels

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Sinclair being dropped from YoutubeTV.  So angry, no more fox sports regional channels or Yes network

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7 hours ago, Dragons said:

We have been using Vue (started @ $30/month, ended @ $50/month), and now Fubo ($60/month) for locals/cable stations, but recently came across Locast to get live locals. Now I'm attempting to replace Fubo with a cheaper service that doesn't include locals. Hulu doesn't cut it, the available Bravo shows, if they exist, are a whole season old (deal breaker for my wife).

It's irritating that cutting the cord has turned into "streaming cable" with the same locked in options and very little ability to pay for only what you use.

In about 17 cities. Not in Austin yet.

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26 minutes ago, SofaKings said:

Sinclair being dropped from YoutubeTV.  So angry, no more fox sports regional channels or Yes network

Latest report is temporarily available yet, were supposed to be dropped today.  Biggest reason I have a streaming service is for the fox sports channels to watch my Twins games.  Sling doesn't have them,  Dish Network doesn't have them.  I knew it would eventually come to this when we dropped the cable, the streaming services are almost getting to the point of cable cost.  Right now I am saving $15 per month by going with Hulu live as opposed to a cable tv/internet package from my local provider.

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7 hours ago, Uruk-Hai said:

Whoa. Is Locast legit?

Need the Tulsa OK or Joplin MO markets to make it useful for me.

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Late to the game, but I think I'm going to take the plunge and cancel our DirecTV (customer for 20+ years) to make the switch to YouTube TV.  They have (1) local channels, (2) the cable channels I care about, and (3) DVR capabilities all-in-one for $50/month.  Honestly the biggest thing for me will probably be getting my wife comfortable with using it.  We've got one new enough TV that we'll be able to install the app on it, but the others I'll be using a Roku Streaming Stick+.  If anyone has any recommendations/tips or something they'd recommend doing differently, please let me know.  I figure with the money I'm saving on DirecTV, I'll probably be able to buy a new top-of-the-line TV within a year too.  

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We were reluctant Time Warner cable customers for 15+ years.  Switched to DTVN about 2 years ago but dropped them after two quick price increases and beta level performance.  For about last 8 months we have been using Spectrum TV-basically streaming the cable channels. Retail cost is $44/mo but you should be able to mildly negotiate a lower rate. No contract, using on 4 apple tv boxes, includes lots of channels, ESPN, local channels, HBO/Showtime, on-demand. Service is excellent with no outages.  We did get one box for dvr. App is available on most platforms. We also have their standard 400 mb internet service but assume you can just get the streaming service.

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Some of these services are gonna lose a lot of customers (at least temporarily). W/o sports, there's not a whole lot of reason to pay extra right now over something like Philo. Sports is what makes these packages pricey. 

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Looking to get 200 mbps innerwebs from Frontier at the moment. I am currently at 100 mbps. Should be interesting

Update: Frontier offers 100 mbps and then it jumps to 500 mbps. Extra cost per month is $20. With 2 of us working from home starting next week for a month, this will come in handy. I am still paying way less than half of what I used to pay with cable.

Update 2: Seeing WiFi speeds at 460/396 now and at the router it’s 500+/500+. Glad I spent the extra :moneybag: for the upgrade. 

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So far, so good with our switch from DirecTV to YouTube TV.  We've been getting used to YTV for the past 3 days and there's been a little bit of a learning curve, but the picture quality and DVR are working as expected.  My biggest issue at the moment is trying to figure out how to sign in to HBO Go utilizing our AT&T Wireless Unlimited plan (includes free HBO) since I'll be cancelling DTV in the next few days.  I've read through multiple forums and nothing has worked so far.  I'm probably just going to have to call AT&T and cross my fingers.

 

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1 hour ago, PlayaHata said:

So far, so good with our switch from DirecTV to YouTube TV.  We've been getting used to YTV for the past 3 days and there's been a little bit of a learning curve, but the picture quality and DVR are working as expected.  My biggest issue at the moment is trying to figure out how to sign in to HBO Go utilizing our AT&T Wireless Unlimited plan (includes free HBO) since I'll be cancelling DTV in the next few days.  I've read through multiple forums and nothing has worked so far.  I'm probably just going to have to call AT&T and cross my fingers.

 

What type of device are you using to access YouTube?  If using a Roku just download the app to the homepage and sign in from there.

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