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Old 08-12-2019, 06:29 PM
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was looking to test drive it for the $44 mos plan.
But Iím signing in thru vizio smart cast. My 70 downstairs is a Smart Tv. I have a large LG non smart TV and 2 Vizio non smart TVís.
Do I have to replace TVís???
Old 08-12-2019, 09:10 PM
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If you like your TV you can keep your TV. Simply add a streaming device. An Amazon Fire Stick is an economical choice. Apple TV works if you're an Apple fan for about five times the cost.
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Originally Posted by HDRyder999 View Post
If you like your TV you can keep your TV. Simply add a streaming device. An Amazon Fire Stick is an economical choice. Apple TV works if you're an Apple fan for about five times the cost.
Roku stick also. Op, don't know how old the other TVs are but keep in mind that all the streaming "sticks" require an open hdmi port on the TV. If hdmi is an issue Roku also has streaming boxes with alternate, non-hdmi connections.

Getting VERY close to cutting the cord myself and am doing a lot of research. In the end it seems that when you add the cost of high speed internet and the streaming subscription(s) you still spend too much.
Old 08-13-2019, 04:30 AM
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I have Hulu tv ,Sling and internet and I still pay FAR less than I paid for cable. Takes a little getting used to as the UI is different. Go for it!
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We cut cable 2 or 3 months ago and signed up with Hulu. Haven't regretted it at all. Save $100 a month and with Hulu you can cancel at any time. No contract.
We already had internet so the savings is just the difference in Dish and Hulu.
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I have a Vizio and a TCL Roku TV. I'll take the TCL Roku TV all day. Having said that, you can just buy a Roku or Fire Stick for the dumb-TV's.

Look into YouTubeTV. I didn't believe it until someone mentioned it on here. Looks pretty reasonable. You get a ton of live TV channels with a cloud DVR which you can use on multiple TV's.
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Roku stick also. Op, don't know how old the other TVs are but keep in mind that all the streaming "sticks" require an open hdmi port on the TV. If hdmi is an issue Roku also has streaming boxes with alternate, non-hdmi connections.

Getting VERY close to cutting the cord myself and am doing a lot of research. In the end it seems that when you add the cost of high speed internet and the streaming subscription(s) you still spend too much.
weíre over $300mos for cable. It has to end. Thatís awesome to know about the fire stick!!! Thank you.
I was looking at youtube TV too. TONS OF CHANNELS.

One my issues is I need Nfl network. I donít think anyone carries them streaming
Old 08-13-2019, 08:40 AM
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My HuLu gripe is that you have to press the down button to change channels, even if the channel you want is Up. On Pluto, you can just press down or up and go to the next channel. On HuLu, you have to go to the guide first. So Hulu is 3 clicks to move 1 channel. Pluto is just one.
Neither show what is on further then the next hour.
Neither show the full info about the movie (actors, year, etc).
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I have amazon prime. I got 2 firesticks for our 2 tv's for under $20 a piece. The firestick is just like a android phone so I have plenty of apps on mine. Just put the paramount app on it just so I could watch the show Yellowstone a little clearer than I was watching it on the cinema HD app. We do have netflix and hulu so we pay for those monthly but its not close to what we paid with the dish.
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Roku stick also. Op, don't know how old the other TVs are but keep in mind that all the streaming "sticks" require an open hdmi port on the TV. If hdmi is an issue Roku also has streaming boxes with alternate, non-hdmi connections.

Getting VERY close to cutting the cord myself and am doing a lot of research. In the end it seems that when you add the cost of high speed internet and the streaming subscription(s) you still spend too much.
I cut the cable several years ago and at the end of the day the only real money you ultimately save - unless you materially alter the level of service you get - is in equipment and DVR fees.

The goods news is that the equipment and DVR fees were pushing $40 a month, so I've saved a ton of money long term. That, and I'm not calling Comcast every 6 months to argue about a bill.
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At risk of derailing.... what speeds are people seeing as necessary for streaming (2 TVs and 2 cell phones). I'm currently at 1 gig with my package but if I cut the cord I'd like to drop to ~40 mb. According to "experts" that should get it done.
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At risk of derailing.... what speeds are people seeing as necessary for streaming (2 TVs and 2 cell phones). I'm currently at 1 gig with my package but if I cut the cord I'd like to drop to ~40 mb. According to "experts" that should get it done.
Depends on quality.

Netflix says 5Mpbs for HD, but 25 for UltraHD and that's pretty consistent with what I saw when I was setting up the home network.

Unless there's a real price difference, I'd stay north of 100 anyways.
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I’d get a roku I have both and amazon fire sticks and firebox and there tv suck big time. Never understood the amazon koolaid
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Originally Posted by STEELA View Post


weíre over $300mos for cable. It has to end. Thatís awesome to know about the fire stick!!! Thank you.
I was looking at youtube TV too. TONS OF CHANNELS.

One my issues is I need Nfl network. I donít think anyone carries them streaming
I believe Sling TV gets the NFL network. I was just on their site.
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Originally Posted by STEELA View Post


weíre over $300mos for cable. It has to end. Thatís awesome to know about the fire stick!!! Thank you.
I was looking at youtube TV too. TONS OF CHANNELS.

One my issues is I need Nfl network. I donít think anyone carries them streaming
And I'm guessing somewhere north of $50 of that is equirement and DVR fees. Those are what you'll really be saving on.

PS Vue has the NFL Network too.

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We did just this (cut cable, got Hulu Live) like 3 weeks ago and it's great. Honestly, with the way we watch TV, I don't even notice we don't have cable. We didn't do it for a long time because the wife and I wanted live sports and general tv/news, but now it's whatever we want. For background TV we can put on any mindless live show or news and any shows we want to watch are all on demand, whether it's Hulu, Prime or HBO. Cutting the cord and getting Hulu on Firesticks for our non-smart TV's saves us ~$75 a month. It adds up for sure and I'm happier not having my money go to the cable scam. We're on an island, so we really only have one option of internet, which still runs us $95 a month.

I'd say do it. We actually got the free Hulu week-trial and ended up doing it for like 2 months (both Hulu and cable), but tried to not use the cable and see if we really actually liked it and we did. I did have to get a repeater to get the 5G speed internet to all the TV's, but that was about a $30 one time purchase.

Good Luck
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We are big TV watchers. Dumped cable and got HULU live. Been happy and had everything we watch. The interface could be improved but not a deal breaker. We have them on Fire Sticks. I am of the opinion there is no worse company in existence than Comcast. Still stuck with them for internet.
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Need more Ice and Calm, thanks for those posts. Very helpful. I plan on streaming Sunday ticket next year when we move. We currently have a DTV Dish but the system is off until football season starts, then off again post regular season.

I like the idea of taking Hulu for a test ride before telling comcast to go suck a fat one. We have 8 TV's which includes the 2 outside
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Originally Posted by Need More Ice View Post
We did just this (cut cable, got Hulu Live) like 3 weeks ago and it's great. Honestly, with the way we watch TV, I don't even notice we don't have cable. We didn't do it for a long time because the wife and I wanted live sports and general tv/news, but now it's whatever we want. For background TV we can put on any mindless live show or news and any shows we want to watch are all on demand, whether it's Hulu, Prime or HBO. Cutting the cord and getting Hulu on Firesticks for our non-smart TV's saves us ~$75 a month. It adds up for sure and I'm happier not having my money go to the cable scam. We're on an island, so we really only have one option of internet, which still runs us $95 a month.

I'd say do it. We actually got the free Hulu week-trial and ended up doing it for like 2 months (both Hulu and cable), but tried to not use the cable and see if we really actually liked it and we did. I did have to get a repeater to get the 5G speed internet to all the TV's, but that was about a $30 one time purchase.

Good Luck
We did it about a month ago. Is anyone having trouble with their firestick losing "connection"? It seems like more and more frequently mine is buffering and having to be restarted. That only started about a week ago and it seems to happen more frequently.
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Make sure you have solid WIFI coverage to all the TVs for good quality and reliable streaming.

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