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So those of you who cut the cord and use Roku, Fire TV, etc - what's the point if you still need

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by sbi, Jul 18, 2018.

  1. sbi

    sbi NES Member

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    an account with a TV Provider in order to watch 'premium' content? If I need to keep my TV provide, I might as well just keep the cord, isn't it?
     

  2. jpk

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    Go look at the one time cost of Roku and the monthly cost of one of the online streaming content providers like Sling......you'll save $$$$$ in most cases and have no contract
     
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    and you can get caught up on all of the useful news here on NES :)
     
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  4. mlaboss

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    Depending on the "premium" content you're interested in you can access it without needing a traditional TV provider. I get my internet access through Charter, but all the content I want I get through a combination of Youtube TV, Netflix, and HBO Now (which I only subscribe to when a show I want to watch is airing). Once Youtube TV got NESN there was no reason for me to keep the regular cable TV service.
     
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    Find a sucker who still has cable and ask them for their userid and password.
    Solved.
    I have internet, a TV antenna, and pay for Hulu, which has a ton of stuff.
    I have other methods which I won't post here, but my "bill" for having television went from $100/month to $10, or whatever hulu is. I am subtracting the $54 I pay for my FiOS internet.
     
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  6. DarthRevan

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    As much as I hate giving YouTube money, it's worth it to watch the Bruins.
     
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  7. Varmint

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    Not sure what you mean. You can get Live TV from Hulu, from Youtube, fubo, Direct TV Now. You can do all these with just a TV and a Roku.
     
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  8. sbi

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    Right, but not all channels, only select ones, many of the channels that I watch (OK, not 'many', but few of the channels that I watch) are not there.
     
  9. Al458

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    Comcast jacked my bill up a crazy amount, so I bought a roku ultra, direct tv now and netflix (had to keep comcast because it's the only internet provider I can get) Internet (like $105? a month) direct tv now ($60 for 105 channels) and Netflix($11). So for $176 a month I had way less channels, and had to move the roku around if I wanted to watch on a separate tv (I have a sweet set up in my detached garage) So in the end I just got a comcast account in my fiancee's name for 172 with with 2 cable boxes every premium channel and their fastest internet. If you watch local channels and dont need fast internet its easy to cut the cord, but otherwise companies like hulu netflix and direct tv now are jacking their prices up and your not getting much savings, at least in my case I certainly didnt
     
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    I got the cheapest Comcast internet, like 70Mbit, cause one time they raised my speed a lot and I couldn’t tell the difference. Still can’t tell no matter what I do, browse, stream 4K. Maybe downloading huge files is slower but I rarely do that and if so it’s usually not an urgent file.
     
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    70 is plenty fast and you are not likely to notice. But they do have slower, it just isn't advertised. They call it "economy" and was 3Mbps when I last checked. That actually is too slow. I pay for that service for my mother since she only knows how to look at house porn on realtor.com, and puppies on petfinder.com. So that is fast enough.
     
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    Umm netflix, hulu and amazon prime.. all set cut the cord 2 months ago for cable. I have not my self used cable since october.
     
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    I cut the cord in 1999, when I was newly single (again). I had a good video library, plus rentals, to keep my sons entertained (not that we spent much time watching TV... I was mostly taking them to visit their grandparents, and doing other fun stuff).

    When I got remarried, we agreed that with four kids between us, TV would be a good idea, so I did a self-install of DirecTV. 16 years and 1,700 miles away, we are still with DirecTV, but Spectrum (Time-Warner) cable internet.

    I would happily ditch the TV completely, because everything I want to watch is available by streaming.
     
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    My cable company doesn't offer HD service unless I've got "expanded basic". Basic cable is $25/month, but expanded basic is $69.99/month. HD adds $18 to the $69.99. The picture quality on basic is horrible. Watching the world cup or football games is terrible, especially if the players are wearing red uniforms, when we get ghosts. Both TVs do the same thing. The cable guy says there's nothing they can to, but we can upgrade.

    I'm looking at fubo.tv to see if that's going to work.
     
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    Economy Comcast internet is $30 a month.
     
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    I havent had cable tv for a few months, i pay for hulu tv which is 40 and my wife gets to watch 90% of what she did when i was paying 140 for satellite tv, I actually found out when I quit watching NFL that theres actually nothing on tv that I need to see. I watch a few programs on youtube but thats about it.
     
  18. Len-2A Training

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    I don't follow sports, so my question is:

    Are these games broadcast OTA or strictly with some cable/pay alternative?

    If OTA, check out the quad antenna that BJs sells for $100 (often discounted to $80). I set it up in my basement (my house has a good elevation) screwed to the floor joist and run thru an amplifier. Except when weather is bad, all OTA channels come in great in HD. We don't watch any real cable channels but have double-play with Basic Digital since it justifies our lower cost plan thru Comcrap (no other options here for internet).
     
  19. slugworth

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    I use PlayStation VUE so I can watch the Bruins. It's the only one that I found to have NESN. When it's the off season I downgrade my package and save $10.00 till next season.
     
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    How much is Vue?
     
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    Subscribe to the minimum package your cable TV provider offers so you can watch live news and sports, and then augment with subscriptions to the streamers of your choice (Netflix, Hulu, HBO, etc.) Buy a couple of low-cost dongles (Google Chromecast, Amazon Firestick, Roku). When they go on sale they can be as cheap as $20 and are cool little devices. Your total spend may not be much less, but you now watch what you want when you want without having to worry about DVR'ing. Your cell phone becomes your remote control. The companion mobile apps are elegant and work well.
     
  22. Dennis in MA

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    Until someone figures out a way to bundle it all together and get DVR capability. . . .EASILY, you won't see the masses switch.

    I recall years ago and some people were using an old PC to be their DVR. I'm sorry. I don't need to learn 598 things and have to work to just watch TV when I want.

    Sling looks like it's trying to do all of that. At some point, they need to put up a "pick 40 channels out of these 120" system. I'd be in for that. Go online and add-swap as needed. (Maybe old Aunt Betty is visiting for a month and you need The Quilting Channel or something.)

    The reason to stick with cable is that it's already seamless. The rest aren't.
     
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    I had Vue and switched to YouTube TV. YTV is a superior product, in my opinion, and it also carries NESN.
     
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    $54.99 drops to $44.99 when I drop NESN in the off season.
     
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    Nice I'll look into that!! What's it cost??


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    It's $40.00 a month. That's cheaper then VUE. I migit be switching!!!
     
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  26. DarthRevan

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    It might be worth it to stick with Vue since it isnt a Google company (yet)
     
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    Yup - watching the playboy channel that was still scrambled as a youth in the 80s served me well by allowing me to cut the cable and still enjoy shows.
     
  28. Dennis in MA

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    LOL. "Is that a boob or a doorframe?. . . wait. You can see everything, it's barely scrambled. . . she's going to take off her OH DAMNIT NOW IT'S OVERSCRAMBLED!!!!!"

    My folks place in Falmouth had cable, but just basic. And just a small color tube TV with a selector dial. No HBO. Cable box was pretty basic. And stopping you from watching pay TV was just a function of them programming the box to not go to certain channels.

    HBO was Channel 2 in Falmouth back then. You could set the cable box on 3 and then turn the dialog the TV to 2 and pick up free HBO. We did that for over a decade until equipment updates stopped it. LOL.
     
  29. sbi

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    Actually, all stream services offer some kind of DVR, YouTube TV being the one offering the best one of all of them (unlimited storage). The problem is that there are gaps of channel coverage between all these services: YT has the best DVR but they miss channels that I watch. Another service offer these channels but limit number of simulcasts, so there is no 'perfect' cord cutter for me at this time.
    One thing I can say after playing with the Prime Day TV Sticks that I got - not impressed at all. The interface is not user friendly, to say the list, options are limited (you can install Youtube TV on it, only through a browser), etc. I have a higher-end Android streamer in the basement which is much better and I can install anything I want on it.
     
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    If your willing to do the leg work, Kodi 3rd party addons. There are plenty of other treads about this, search for "Kodi".
     
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