Cable cutters, rejoice

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by AndyMarquisLive, Jun 25, 2016.

  1. 2 Sweet

    2 Sweet Legend

    I would like to, but I haven't for the reasons Bobby stated.....

    <$20 a month for IPTV is great, but I don't want to keep hunting for the next one every couple months when my current service gets shut down. As far as the more "legitimate" services, I have looked into PS Vue, DirecTV Now, Sling, etc. and they seem fine, but for the channels I want, it's barely cheaper than my cable package once you factor in the price for internet.

    I have an "unlocked" Firestick (two of them actually) but don't use them much simply because I can't find a reliable source for anything. Kodi has always been a glitchy POS for me. TerrariumTV was great for movies and TV shows but now it's gone, and I've never found a decent live sports streaming option outside of an IPTV provider or a paid cable subscription app.

    Cable just can't be beat when it comes to reliability and convenience. Sucks to say, but it's true. There are other options out there I want to look into (Hulu Live?) so I'm not giving up just yet. I have 6 TV's, two Firesticks, two Roku devices....so when the time comes and I finally decide to cut the cord, I'll already be good to go.
     
  2. Brentford

    Brentford Team Owner

    When I still had Internet and was giving all the streaming options a go, I tried Hulu live and I hated it. Maybe it was my Internet connection, but it was way more glitchy and froze way more often than all the other streaming options did. I do love the original Hulu though.
     
  3. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    I had the initial service go down that I was on. It took all of 15 minutes to be up and running under my current service. Occasionally I check out other services to see what they offer. In two months it will have been a year since I cancelled my Dish Network service. My savings have now totalled $1350. I was paying $150/month for my setup. Now it's $15/month.

    I only mention the iptv options from time to time to give a heads up for people to save some $'s.

    I did try Vue initially. They were $29/month last February. The same package is now $43/month. Unfortunately those services like Vue, Hulu Live, Yahoo TV, etc continue to raise their prices to the point where they are now comparable to Cable. That's a shame as they were a huge savings as well but they are now as greedy as the rest of them.
     
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  4. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Vue could be a comparable option for you. About the same price. Very reliable and a great DVR section. Their on demand options work well too. Smooth streaming and damn good quality.
     
  5. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Sorry, I justjust re- your last paragraph. My experience differs from what you mention. The reliability had been comporable to every service I've previously had. The convenience has been equally comporable. The portability of the service is probably 2nd only to satellite. I take a fire stick with us when we travel. Any location we have an internet connection we have access to everything that we have from home. It's great to be able to watch our favorite teams regards of where we are. We're huge sports fans though. That may not be important to others but it is too us.

    We recently purchased four Toshiba TV's with fire TV built in. They are now hung on the man cave wall. Those for along with our big screens are all streaming or pulling in OTA each and every NFL Sunday. They've been a great addition to the basement.
     
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  6. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Anyone who knows me knows I'm a stubborn yankee who doesn't put up with sh!t. So, I'm owed a good bit of money and my DIRECTV bill is behind a little because of it, but it's not behind payment until January 3rd. But they shut it off five days ago, so I'm gonna call them up and cancel. Only have two months left on my contract anyway.

    Trying YouTube TV now. I don't like the layout or quality at all, and HBO is absolutely unavailable, but I do get local TV channels. I'll try it a couple more days, but so far, aside from having the local channels, it's sh!t.
     
  7. Brentford

    Brentford Team Owner

    But you get Youtube Red! Isn't that the highlight of a Youtube TV subscription?
     
  8. Bobw

    Bobw Team Owner

    This is like the Twilight Zone. The same discussion is going on in another forum. The ever increasing costs, lousy service and with a bazillion channels save for a few shows ''there's never anything good on.''
    Then there's the list of never ending options like Hulu, firestick, YouTube, Vue. Then there's the services playable through Xbox and the like.
     
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  9. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    For me, I only want cable to watch the races and cable news, plus the occasional TV show (Supergirl:wub:, AHS).
     
  10. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    You talked about Vue a while back. Did you ever try them? HBO is available through them as well as locals in most areas. Races too. Problem is, they have gone up in price over the past year. Their interface varies depending on what source you use. It is much more user friendly on Roku vs a Firestick. Both work well though.
     
  11. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    I used to have Vue. When I moved to Kenly for a year and couldn't get internet, I signed up with DIRECTV. I'm going to try out a few more streaming services and see what I want to use.

    I was going to go with DIRECTV Now but DIRECTV Now won't let me use the guaranteed discounts I get for being an AT&T Unlimited subscriber. I love AT&T phone service, hate DIRECTV altogether.

    Neither Playstation Vue nor DIRECTV now offer local channels around here. YouTube has WCTI, WNCT and WITN so I might stick with them. But I can't get HBO at all with them.
     
  12. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    What about HBO GO or HBO Now? I'm always confused on which one would apply.
     
  13. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    HBO Now is standalone.

    I'm going to stick with YouTube TV. It has the locals, plus NBCSN, FS1, MSNBC, Smithsonian and Olympic Channel. Only thing it doesn't have is MAVTV.

    Might do HBO Now and Lucas Oil TV, but man this can add up fast. I already have Netflix, DC Universe, now YouTube TV. HBO is $15/month and Lucas Oil TV is pricey as sh!t.

    DIRECTV can suck it. I spend most of my TV time watching Netflix anyway.
     
  14. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    Also on YouTube, the app is much friendlier than the other streaming services. It uses the standard YouTube configuration. Easy to watch on a tablet too.

    I need to get some new Roku devices and hook the other TV up.
     
  15. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Roku's are nice but an Android device like Fire Stick will give you an open architecture allowing for a much wider range of available apps, especially IPTV apps. I have repeated many times on here the cost savings it can provide. It would also give you all of those extras you're looking for.
     
  16. Michfan

    Michfan Team Owner Contributor

    So when you add in all the streaming services do you really save much than just going with cable. I pay like 170 a month for internet and cable. That's with HBO, showtime, starz, and redzone.
     
  17. AndyMarquisLive

    AndyMarquisLive Short Track Fanatic

    It can add up. But at the same time, cable is going the way of the dinosaur. More and more of the cable networks are moving a good chunk of content to streaming-only services, so you'd have to pay for them anyway on top of cable.

    Right now, I have Netflix ($10/month), DC Universe ($8/month), YouTubeTV ($40/month) and will probably add in HBO Now ($15/month). But all that combined is still cheaper than DIRECTV ($135/month and was going to increase in March to $165/month).

    I kind of wish AT&T would put HBO Now, DC Universe and the other streaming service they're about to launch and package it together, but this company is greedy as ****.
     
  18. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    An IPTV is by far the cheapest route. One app, all channels. I'm paying $15/month.
     
  19. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Cable bill is going up: Comcast, Dish, DirecTV to raise TV prices to counter cord-cutting

    Another year, another increase to your monthly pay-TV bill.

    Giants including Comcast, Dish and DirecTV plan to raise rates again in the new year, a move that could boost revenue but risks alienating subscribers who have been ditching their traditional TV subscriptions in record numbers.

    Cable and satellite providers are hoping to squeeze more money from consumers who remain loyal to their packages with hundreds of channels, Philip Cusick, a JPMorgan Chase analyst, said in a note this week, even though "this strategy could accelerate video sub declines."
     
  20. Bobw

    Bobw Team Owner

    People are dropping premium channels and dropping program tiers, from platinum to gold to silver to bronze to lead tiers to contain costs. To combat this cable companies raise rates to squeeze every friggen nickel out of ya. Bastages.
     
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  21. dpkimmel2001

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  22. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    PlayStation Vue is On Sale (Ends Soon)

    Today Sony started a new sale on PlayStation Vue. Right now the PlayStation Vue’s Core Plan, typically $49.99 a month, is on sale for just $29.99 a month for the next two months. All new subscribers can get the deal, and it looks like if you don’t have the Core Plan, you can upgrade and get the sale. If you want this deal you better hurry as it will end January 20th, 2019.

    https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/playstation-vue-is-on-sale-ends-soon/
     

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