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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. KDallas

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    Cutting the cord may not be for you then :)

    I cut the cord when my ex and I split 4 years ago and I moved into my own place. I don't really watch much TV – there are a few shows I make a point to watch and other than that, it's background while I'm doing other stuff around the house. I'll rent a newer movie once or twice a month.

    I have a Hulu subscription for $7.99 per month. I've got an HD antenna that gets me local channels for news (and Patriots games!). Someone special in my life has been generous enough to add me as a "family member" on his YouTube TV subscription so I have some DVR capability for other shows and movies not available on Hulu. When I get a hankering to watch a newer movie, I rent from iTunes or Amazon. I do have Comcast for internet only since I need it for work anyway.
     
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  2. Prepper

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    It's been great for me. We just have internet through Comcast.

    The phone is free via an Obi 200 device and Google Voice. (And it is rather nice... when someone leaves a voice mail, it sends me an email with the transcript of what they said. It usually works and I rarely have to actually play any voice mails. Well, except when someone with a Filipino accent calls, then you end up with a hilarious translation.)

    I have a Roku on each TV, and I only pay for Netflix (is it $14/month now?) That gets most of the TV shows I would want to watch. I don't do sports ball, so live streaming of sports is not an issue. We sometimes rent a movie on the Roku from Amazon Video (if it isn't free with Prime), for $3 to $5 each. Most movies are available for rent now. And youtube can be streamed through Roku. If something isn't on Netflix and not downloadable as a rental, if it is recent enough to have people keep the torrents active for them, then you can download them and play through the Plex server that you install on your PC... that streams to Roku and works great (with some minor glitches). Of course, doing that you better get a VPN to protect your IP address... I pay $5/month for a VPN that I turn on as needed.

    A few months back, I tried a 1 month trial of Comcast's "new" streaming service that doesn't require paying for their regular TV service.... $18/month was it? It shows the broadcast channels plus some others. It worked okay I guess, but it was SO EFFING BORING! I had forgotten how incredibly boring it was to just be able to watch live channels and flip through them.... there was nothing I wanted to watch. The few things I would want to watch were already on Netflix (or Plex). So, I canceled that.
     
  3. sbi

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    I have Kodi on said high-end streamer that I mentioned earlier.
     
  4. slugworth

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    YouTube TV isn’t available in MA. Yet......
     
  5. slugworth

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    Says it’s not available in MA.??
     
  6. Prepper

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    Ummm. Isn't youtube on the internet, which is everywhere? Do they restrict by billing address or IP or something? Maybe there is a way to spoof that with a VPN.
     
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    I'm in MA and have YouTube TV, so not sure what's going on there.
     
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  8. DarthRevan

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    I use it every day and I'm in Lynn so...
     
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  9. Dennis in MA

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    I'm the opposite. I'm old-school. I like to watch things as they come. Gimme 15 episodes of XYZ dropped in one day and I might watch one or two. It's a slog to get through for some reason. Put them one-show-a-week and I'll DVR them and watch one a week at my own pace, racing through commercials (see below).

    I just grew up with "It's 7pm on Sunday - DISNEY!!!" There is plenty I COULD watch on Netflix et, al, but I don't have the patience most times to sit through things. I'll sit through more dreck on TV than inter webs. ????

    Stuff like that is just so odd. "Oh we don't wanna be here."

    I'm sure it has to do with broadcast rights of local stations and such. Just like back-when sat-TV didn't include your local channels. Of course, in 2018, I watch LESS local stuff than more. So I really wouldn't' care.
     
  10. mlaboss

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    If Youtube TV could just open up to everyone everywhere they would, but as you said they have to work out deals with all the local and regional networks so they can carry them. My Youtube TV subscription includes all the local Boston networks (channels 4, 5, 7, 25, etc), and the big one for me which is NESN.
     
  11. slugworth

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    Ok it seems local channels are not available in my area. That’s not what it says but I’m guessing that’s what they mean. lol
     
  12. lazypengu1n

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    I host my own Plex Media server that streams to 3 of my Roku TVs at home, Xbox, iOS and Android and Web. I shared with friends and family. I have HDHomeRunner that pulls OTA and Plex does the guide and I am able to view watch 2 streams at anytime. Given OTA can be iffy where I am, I am trialing YoutubeTV to see as it allows 6 users and up to 3 simultaneous streams (perfect for the TVs). I supplement this with NetFlix with up to 4 simultaneous streams. YouTubeTV mostly for the Sports content. Total cost is about $55 a month for me.

    YouTubeTV I have is the Boston area channels.
     
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    No need for KODI anymore, APK's like Terrarium, LiveLounge etc available that are easier to use and not constantly being shut down.
     
  15. slugworth

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    I just tried to sign up within the app. As soon as I put in my zip code it says not available in ma. yet. So I try to sign up from the website and when I sign in with my google account it says. “Sorry branded accounts are not allowed with you tube TV. Please sign in with your, and it shows my name .” I only,have one google account.
     
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    Couldn't believe it when I found the NES app on Roku. SO much easier to read Calsdad's posts on a 60" display!
     
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  17. DarthRevan

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    I was using it this morning. Dunno what to tell you.
     
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  18. slugworth

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    So I made my YouTube/ google account unbranded and I was able to get a little farther on the site. But as soon as I type my zip code in it’s says unavailable in my area. So I’m guessing your good in your area if your using it.
     
  19. SeanC77

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    Between Netflix, HULU, and the library system we're never without something we want to watch. Sports mean nothing at my house and the occasional UFC fight that interests me I can usually catch within the next day or two on YouTube. For our household it works fine. If you're really into live sports broadcasts, it might not be your best bet.
     
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    beets CNN anyday!
     
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  21. K98

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    As a Comcast customer, I am thinking of trying to cut the monthly cost of $230. That includes internet service of 250mb, phone, "Premier Digital w/DVR", and 2 boxes. If I cut back to just internet and phone, the monthly bill would be $131. Is it really worth pursuing Amazon FireTV with Direct TV for local lineup? Seems to be likely more work than it's worth.
     
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    It's because your in western MA. It has to do with contracts to show Broadcast TV. Try a Boston zip code.
     
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    Jesus, life’s too f***ing short to get this worked up. We have Verizon Fios with just about every imaginable station you’d ever need, including high speed internet access and a land line Madame insists we keep all for $231/mo. Another ten bucks and we have Netflix. Also have Amazon Prime which I watch more than just about anything else (has live NFL games now if anyone’s still watching that). From what I’m reading here, I could jump through a lot of hoops, buy a few gadgets, and save $50-$75/mo for a less content? I can stream whatever I want whenever I want wherever I am on my phone or tablet, can dvr whatever I want, her two daughters and my ex have our Fios/Netflix logins and can watch whatever they want, whenever they want wherever they want. I piss away more than I’d be saving on sushi lunches every month. Oh, and I use the land line as an outgoing fax line for my home office printer/scanner/fax. If I use that a few times a month it’s well worth it.
     
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  24. namedpipes

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    I'm not sure what we pay for cable/internet but I think it's a couple hundred give or take.

    If it came with a landline it's dead ended in the basement. (sometimes packages are cheaper even if you don't use the landline). Haven't had one of those in over a decade.
     
  25. Lip

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    I have roku's on all my TVs no cable just internet. I am thinking Amazon fire so I can change channels via alexa.
     
  26. BaldAssCat

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    I can't stand my Amazon fire. I have that in the living room and the ruko in the bedroom and I have a much easier time with the roku, but that just preference I guess. I think the new roku's have voice on the remote though.

    I pay for a few subscriptions but will probably drop everything except Philo and Netflix. Amazon prime I was buying anyway and HBO came with my cell phone plan so I'm not counting those.

    I'm saving about $130 a month this way and what's better is without the scrolling browser the kids read books instead of watching tv.
     
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    I have had roku's for years no issues, but it would be nice to link them to alexa.
     
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    roku's, amazon fires, youtube tv's, hulus, netflixes, kodi?
    What are you people doing? An internet connection and a few reddit bookmarks is ALL you need to cut the cord. Well unless you want to watch the local news, then you need an antenna.

    At 1 pm Im going to fire up the living room computer, go to reddit and in 3 mouse clicks watch the patriots game.
     
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    I've done that path before but I prefer the better buffering on youtube for the bigger games.
    It worked great when Pastavision was still broadcasting B's games
     
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    I dropped Hulu way back when, when they started adding commercials before Netflix was even streaming.

    But, they currently have a deal for new users at $0.99/mo for 12 months ($7.99 after that, cancel any time). I just signed up again.

    The deal ends at midnight 11/26.
     
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