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Old 07-07-2015, 05:24 PM
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I'm looking to move from an expensive cable package to just streaming plus major networks for news.

Who has done this, how did you configure it and what are you paying?

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Old 07-08-2015, 05:39 AM
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I did this. I pay $34 bucks a month for basic internet through Comcast, I get my local channels through an antenna and a I stream Netflix, amazon, & HBO, Showtime ...etc.

I stream through Roku boxes on all TV's & also use Chromecast. I had to purchase some harware but now I own all the equipment.
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I have an HD antenna and it works great, Netflix cost me $9 a month.
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Old 07-08-2015, 05:59 AM
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How do you guys watch sports? a lot of the streaming apps require a cable service to watch ESPN.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:17 AM
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Haven't hooked up cable in the new house but this is what I am thinking of doing. How does the chromecast and Roku work? I guess I just missed the boat on how all this stuff works. Guess I need to figure it out.
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I stopped watching sports when even golf became a reality tv program! The corruption, the cheating, the stealing, the rapes,.......oh wait, that was just J. Winston, my bad!
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Apparently internet providers are going to start capping data and charging overages because so many people are dumping cable.
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Old 07-08-2015, 06:26 AM
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Originally Posted by GH02050 View Post
I did this. I pay $34 bucks a month for basic internet through Comcast, I get my local channels through an antenna and a I stream Netflix, amazon, & HBO, Showtime ...etc.

I stream through Roku boxes on all TV's & also use Chromecast. I had to purchase some harware but now I own all the equipment.
I really haven't looked at Roku, but is that how you are getting HBO, Showtime, etc?

We have Amazon and TV has that app on it as well as Netflix (don't have yet, but may do it).

Paying $170/mo now....would like to reduce that some. Have cut HBO out (GoT is over for now) and lowered my internet speed which hasn't seemed to hurt much. Will probably be switching to AT&T U-Verse once they "flip" whatever switch it is they keep telling me about...lol.
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Very doable if your not a sports fan, not all areas have over the air reception either. Check on the fcc website to see if you have coverage. I have Netflix and Amazon video in addition to our cable package, to me it's not a replacement for but an addition to an entertainment package. I'm not a huge tv guy but I like sports and there are some great shows on history and such, so I see cable tv as a luxury. Plus I have all these nice tv's it would be a shame if all I could do is watch deadliest catch reruns. The telecom industry is changing my guess is in the near future there won't be bundles just a 120-150 internet bill in which you can add video options to. Then we will be discussing the good old days where you could get 200 tv stations all through one provider. Or the government will completely take it over and it will suck even worse than now your bill in the suburbs will subsidize urban areas free HBO.
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Look at sling tv. $20 a month gets you some espn channels and others. I think I am going with that, a hd antenna for locals, my current prime tv and a roku3. You can get 1/2 off the roku when you sign up with sling tv.
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Look at sling tv. $20 a month gets you some espn channels and others. I think I am going with that, a hd antenna for locals, my current prime tv and a roku3. You can get 1/2 off the roku when you sign up with sling tv.
This is exactly what we did . amazon fire tv , with sling tv app , Netflix , ect . get lots of good channels with sling. plus locals on hd antenna . pay 29.00 a month for sling and that's it . Oh and 8 or 9 for Netflix. basic sling tv doesn't get you a lot of sports add the sports pack for 4.99 and you get ALOT more
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Originally Posted by jkapl001 View Post
Haven't hooked up cable in the new house but this is what I am thinking of doing. How does the chromecast and Roku work? I guess I just missed the boat on how all this stuff works. Guess I need to figure it out.
It's pretty much explained in the directions when you buy a Roku. If me and the boss figured it out, anyone can.
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Originally Posted by reelin in the keys View Post
This is exactly what we did . amazon fire tv , with sling tv app , Netflix , ect . get lots of good channels with sling. plus locals on hd antenna . pay 29.00 a month for sling and that's it . Oh and 8 or 9 for Netflix. basic sling tv doesn't get you a lot of sports add the sports pack for 4.99 and you get ALOT more
SO what does the Amazon fire TV give you? I was thinking we need the following. Sling TV, Netflix, and Hulu Plus. I have a smart TV that I think communicates with all those??? I am sure it will be simple just seems a little confusing.
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What options are there for the SEC channel?
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I have a good cable/internet deal right now, but I have a suspicion it will go up next month as it has been 1 year that I've been on my current "special promotional rate". Normally when it goes up and I call to cancel they magically find another promotional rate to bring my bill back down, but in talking last week with one of my neighbors he was in the same situation and said they wouldn't play ball and stuck it to him pretty good. If they do that to me I'm telling them to come pick up the boxes for real this time.

I currently have 1 smart tv and 1 roku along with a netflix account. About to research sling tv now as I've never heard of it.

Is it now an option to stream hbo and showtime without a cable subscription?

Are you guys able to get all the local news channels through an HD tv?

Edit: just got done reading up on Sling, I may just cancel my cable anyway, pretty neat deal and already supported on my roku.

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SO what does the Amazon fire TV give you? I was thinking we need the following. Sling TV, Netflix, and Hulu Plus. I have a smart TV that I think communicates with all those??? I am sure it will be simple just seems a little confusing.
If you are a amazon prime member you get access to thousands of free movies and tv series that are included in your prime membership. There are a TON !!! also the fire tv will allow you to download apps,games, ect on to your television. These include Netflix , sling , ect. The sling tv is just a app that gives you TV programming . Go to sling website and you can see all the channels . It really is a great set up along with a good HD antenna The whole thing is super easy . plug the fire tv to an outlet and to a HDMI and follow instructions from there . best 80 bucks I have spent in a while and saved me over 150.00 a month from direct tv .
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What options are there for the SEC channel?
Sling tv
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I just dumped cable TV and tried an expensive indoor antenna which only gave me 4 OTA channels. I sent it back and bought a cheap attic/outdoor antenna - now I have more than 30 channels. For $35 you even get a remote to rotate the antenna.
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My TV lets me get VUDU, Amazon, HULU, YouTube, Netflix, Flicker, Facebook and more. But I did get the TVFire Stick for the guest bedroom TV so I don't have to run an antenna wire to it. The TV Fire also lets you get ESPN.

I had a TIVO with cable so I could zip past commercials which I still use for OTA recording.

We do have Prime and Netflix but no more cable TV.
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I really haven't looked at Roku, but is that how you are getting HBO, Showtime, etc?

We have Amazon and TV has that app on it as well as Netflix (don't have yet, but may do it).

Paying $170/mo now....would like to reduce that some. Have cut HBO out (GoT is over for now) and lowered my internet speed which hasn't seemed to hurt much. Will probably be switching to AT&T U-Verse once they "flip" whatever switch it is they keep telling me about...lol.
I recommend staying away from Uverse. We bought into it about 4 years ago - internet sux, no slow-mo, jack your price up every year, PIA cust. svc., etc.
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I recommend staying away from Uverse. We bought into it about 4 years ago - internet sux, no slow-mo, jack your price up every year, PIA cust. svc., etc.
my GF has had it for 4 or so years until we moved...she loved it. We have the fiberoptic cable in hood (not sure if that is universal now). The only one she hates is the usual Comcast...

Right now, we have WOW and it is antiquated...older tech. No contract, though, and can drop/add whatever whenever.
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