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« on: March 18, 2015, 06:05:07 PM »

Pretty neat tool and I could potentially cut my bill down to 60 bucks using Amazon, Netflix, HBO Go and Hulu Plus.  Only thing I would miss would be CBS services which I really don't care about. Cutting Tool

That's pretty awesome as I'm currently pays close to 180 a month cause I go caught in a two year contract with Comcast
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« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2015, 08:37:38 PM »

I had never heard of Playstation Vue.  Sounds like a great idea...if it weren't 50 bucks for the lowest plan.  I'll give the free trial a try, but there's no way I'm going back to paying almost cable level costs for tv again.
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« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2015, 09:01:25 PM »

Do it.  Dropping comcast and their crap bundle dropped me down from $190 to $60.  I'll never go back to that nonsense.
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2015, 10:35:55 PM »

I want to cut them, but with with NBC owned by Comcast, I am out of luck. As soon as I can watch soccer without NBC Sports I am done with cable. Unfortunately, not going to happen.
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« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2015, 11:35:33 PM »

Thanks for the link, I'm socializing it around my workplace too (Directv).  Will be even more interesting to see what happens if/when Apple enters the game.
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2015, 04:22:27 PM »

Spoiler for 10 bux, onetime cost:
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2015, 05:23:59 PM »

My problem with something like Sling TV is that there is no way to record the program.  So you can watch it, but only real time.  That doesn't work with my lifestyle.

I'm still looking into combining OTA with Netflix + Amazon (I hate Huluplus ads), but probably won't get around to it until May.
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« Reply #7 on: March 19, 2015, 06:23:40 PM »

Lee,, I share your pain regarding the only thing keeping me with one of the worst companies on earth, Comcast, being soccer on NBC.

There are options, though none are dvr friendly. 

If you ever figure anything out let me know.   

I can easily find an HD stream on Saturdays and Sundays to watch soccer, and need to figure out how to make my computer record said stream.  Then, I'm officially done.    I never wanted to go back to Comcast and look forward to when I can give them the finger and move on.
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« Reply #8 on: March 19, 2015, 06:29:09 PM »

Quote from: Eco-Logic on March 19, 2015, 06:23:40 PM

Lee,, I share your pain regarding the only thing keeping me with one of the worst companies on earth, Comcast, being soccer on NBC.

There are options, though none are dvr friendly. 

If you ever figure anything out let me know.   

I can easily find an HD stream on Saturdays and Sundays to watch soccer, and need to figure out how to make my computer record said stream.  Then, I'm officially done.    I never wanted to go back to Comcast and look forward to when I can give them the finger and move on.

Well on the bright side you don't have to worry about watching the Champions league for the rest of the year.  dude
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« Reply #9 on: March 19, 2015, 06:42:54 PM »

Actually, that's now my issue.  MLB starting and I can only watch the O's on MASN except when they're on the local OTA affiliate on Sundays, so I doubt I can leave cable, but I will be decreasing my bill by getting rid of HBO, Starz and Encore
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« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2015, 07:18:11 PM »

LOL, ouch Scaper. Exciting end I guess.

I have never tried the streams Eco, when I had looked in the past many of the sites seemed pretty iffy, so I avoided them. You haven't have any problems? I get up for all the games. Match on at 0430? I am up.
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« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2015, 07:31:33 PM »

True Scraper!  Unfortunately , though our performance in the final leg was good, the first leg was just abysmal. 

Lee, I had no issues with the streams back when I used them, like anything, you get to know the right sites to use.  I realized quickly though, it was far easier using my Dad's comcast login.     Though, if you ever get to where you want to stream let me know and I'll share my reliable boomarks, and they were reliable with one catch, sometime the commentary isn't English (more often than not it is though).
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« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2015, 08:03:52 PM »

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Lee, I had no issues with the streams back when I used them, like anything, you get to know the right sites to use.  I realized quickly though, it was far easier using my Dad's comcast login.     Though, if you ever get to where you want to stream let me know and I'll share my reliable boomarks, and they were reliable with one catch, sometime the commentary isn't English (more often than not it is though).

Thanks, but I am not sure I am ready for that. I am sure eventually Comcast will piss me off enough to do it. If I could just pay however much, I would be perfectly happy. Although NBC's coverage is quite good, I hope they lose the contract and to show games and someone who is willing to put the games online for a fee will pick it up.

I heard today that with HBO Now, you won't be getting it through HBO, but a third party provider. Apple at first, but after that if you want it, you pay your local cable company the money. Comcast still gets their money out of it.
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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2015, 11:37:42 PM »

It's kind of weird, a week ago I was kind of freaking out at the prospect of satellite TV dying a quick death in the next 5 years or even sooner, but now when I see all these crazy packages, I'm starting to wonder if they won't all end up cannibalizing each other instead of killing cable/sat.  Maybe that's not the right word, it's more just this general sense of confusion and inconvenience in terms of how do I get all the content I want access to.  OK so maybe I save $20/month putting together a package of OTA + Prime + Netflix + HBO Now + Apple? + Vue or whatever (just a random example), but is it really worth the hassle?  From a pure financial standpoint obviously the answer is yes, but when you consider everything else maybe not.  Particularly not if I need a PS3/PS4, Apple TV, OTA tuner box and Chromecast or whatever too.  Multiple hardware platforms, multiple remotes, multiple UIs to deal with, multiple bills to pay; I don't think this is the direction people want to go in the long run.  

Ultimately I think the killer would be a single platform that can take everything in but uses one universal UI, plus only pay for the content you want.  Maybe somewhat packaged but not the way it is now where you get 1000 channels and only watch 20 of them.  I suspect this is what Apple is aiming towards but still having trouble securing all the content rights.  Content is a crazy game.
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« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2015, 01:21:47 PM »

I think Roku and Chromecast come closest.  You still have to pay the separate bills, but that is super easy with recurring payments.  The rest is handled nicely through just choosing the right app on, say, the Roku where I can watch Netflix or Amazon or Crackle or whatever - all with the same remote.
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« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2015, 05:38:36 PM »

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I think Roku and Chromecast come closest.  You still have to pay the separate bills, but that is super easy with recurring payments.  The rest is handled nicely through just choosing the right app on, say, the Roku where I can watch Netflix or Amazon or Crackle or whatever - all with the same remote.

But nothing with live content yet, right?  I think that's the "holy grail" - to merge live and VOD content seamlessly in the same interface and same box with a "pick and choose what you want" package.

BTW, rumor is Apple is announcing a new Apple TV in June...
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« Reply #16 on: March 21, 2015, 10:25:06 AM »

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Quote from: stessier on March 20, 2015, 01:21:47 PM

I think Roku and Chromecast come closest.  You still have to pay the separate bills, but that is super easy with recurring payments.  The rest is handled nicely through just choosing the right app on, say, the Roku where I can watch Netflix or Amazon or Crackle or whatever - all with the same remote.

But nothing with live content yet, right?  I think that's the "holy grail" - to merge live and VOD content seamlessly in the same interface and same box with a "pick and choose what you want" package.

BTW, rumor is Apple is announcing a new Apple TV in June...

Tivo just changed their season pass option to do that (or what I think you are describing).  It goes out and finds everything - VOD, live, whatever - and lets you put it in folders for viewing now or later.  It's called OnePass.  We haven't gotten the UI upgrade yet to do it, but it sounds great.
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« Reply #17 on: March 23, 2015, 05:13:04 PM »

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Quote from: stessier on March 20, 2015, 01:21:47 PM

I think Roku and Chromecast come closest.  You still have to pay the separate bills, but that is super easy with recurring payments.  The rest is handled nicely through just choosing the right app on, say, the Roku where I can watch Netflix or Amazon or Crackle or whatever - all with the same remote.

But nothing with live content yet, right?  I think that's the "holy grail" - to merge live and VOD content seamlessly in the same interface and same box with a "pick and choose what you want" package.

BTW, rumor is Apple is announcing a new Apple TV in June...

Tivo just changed their season pass option to do that (or what I think you are describing).  It goes out and finds everything - VOD, live, whatever - and lets you put it in folders for viewing now or later.  It's called OnePass.  We haven't gotten the UI upgrade yet to do it, but it sounds great.

That's fantastic, actually even better than what I was describing since it looks like it seeks out all sources for you.  I was just thinking a universal umbrella UI so I didn't have to go back and forth between live TV and Netflix. 

Only caveat is that you have to buy a Tivo machine + pay $15/month.  And unfortunately for me, I don't think it will be part of the Directv custom Tivo box frown   I guess the good news is that the technology is all ready to go,
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« Reply #18 on: March 24, 2015, 04:31:07 PM »

Yeah, I doubt DirecTV will let that software upgrade through.  smile

While you are right about the $15/month, if you get the lifetime subscription, it generally pays for itself in about 31 months - less than 3 year.  So all you have to do is bet your unit lasts that long as the subscriptions are tied to the hardware.  We had DirecTV for 8 years and only changed when the DVR died and we found they had discontinued the DirecTV Tivo boxes due to a dispute.  We went with cable and our own box and it's great (although that's clearly not an option for everyone).  The best part is that we can go OTA and use the same Tivo box.

We hit 3 years with the Tivo box in February and are still loving it.  Adding new hard drives to expand storage is great too - 2000 SD shows is a lot of shows!!!!!
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« Reply #19 on: March 30, 2015, 11:47:54 PM »

Cable is here only for the internet and watching sports.  Most tv shows wind up acquired and watched via Plex through a Roku.  Most hockey - Roku.  Missed an NFL game - Roku via NFL Rewind via the NFL Channel on Plex.  Missed some games on ESPN - Roku.  Problem is watching live events not on ESPN, live NFL games, live NHL games airing on NBCSN/NBC/NHLN.  Most of college games are usually available via the ESPN channels on the Roku.  Problem is those on the regular OTA networks.  So cable serves a minor purpose.  At least it isn't what I've read some of you are paying at 136 for me.  Still don't like being forced to pay extra for HD, but sports suck without it.  That's one big scam, IMO.

Anyway, close to being a cord cutter, but can't live without sports and that cord-cutting tool doesn't really address OTA network sports stuff.
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