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Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by anex80, Apr 8, 2013.

  1. Apr 10, 2013 #41 of 120
    anex80

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    So I'm going to take the plunge. I will really miss the ESPN family and Sunday Ticket, but I just did the math and realized I can save almost $1000 a year by switching to a Netflix only plan with a TiVo OTA receiver. I'm a huge sports nut but I just don't think it's worth the $83/month I'd have to pay to keep the channels and packages I want.
     
  2. Apr 10, 2013 #42 of 120
    joshjr

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    Seems like most are not happy with just Netflix as a replacement. They end up needing Hulu, some stuff off Amazon or iTunes, better internet more frequent Red Box visits, etc. Not to mention alot of internet providers now days have caps on their plans. Streaming much in HD can eat through that cap pretty quick. Good luck to you, I hope it works out just the way you want it too.
     
  3. Apr 10, 2013 #43 of 120
    anex80

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    Thanks JoshJr. I'm a little nervous since I've never been without some form of pay TV subscription before. I figure with Netflix and TiVo to record my OTA channels I will be fine. I doubt I'll miss it at all until football season, that will be the real test. We'll see how it goes.
     
  4. Apr 10, 2013 #44 of 120
    Volatility

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    I agree, it sounds like a good idea but once one crosses that bridge it typically isn't. It could work if your internet doesn't have a data cap and you are okay with having to wait some days for a new episode to be made available once it airs. I personally could probably do it as i do not watch much television cause content these days are lacking lol.
     
  5. Apr 11, 2013 #45 of 120
    hallrk

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    For this year they don't show the FOX and ESPN Sunday night game live. It is available after the game is over in their archives. Which is another good reason to have MLBTV. You can go back and watch any game that you may have missed or just want to watch again. Also I think the blackout for FOX games ends next season and maybe the ESPN Sunday game too?
     
  6. Apr 11, 2013 #46 of 120
    Rich

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    I tried about a year ago. It was a time that, for whatever reason, I was watching NetFlix most of the time. The idea went down the tubes when I gathered everyone around and told them what we could do with BD players, Rokus, Apple TV, etc.

    First words out of my wife's mouth were, "How are you gonna watch the Yankees?" Yet another of my grand schemes went quickly down the toilet. She had a lot more to say about my scheme, but I quickly gave up.

    Rich
     
  7. Apr 11, 2013 #47 of 120
    Rich

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    If it wasn't for the scripted shows on the movie channels, I'd drop the Premier package. Those shows are so good it's almost worth the cost of the package. I rarely record movies from that package and if I do, they usually sit there in my UPL unwatched.

    I think the 10-13 episode scripted shows on HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and Starz are exceptional. I kinda wish the networks would follow this model instead of the 23 or so episodes a year. Go for quality instead of quantity. And we'd get more shows out of it.

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  8. Apr 11, 2013 #48 of 120
    Rich

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    Yup, 720p on ESPN. I do think the PQ is a bit better than Fox channels, but it's really annoying and very noticeable. A few weeks ago, I started watching The Vikings on the History channel. First scripted series on History and it's really good. Well cast, well written and it's in 720p. Watched the first episode and about 10 minutes in I was reaching for my TV remote and sure enough, 720p. What a waste of a very good show. Same thing with Justified. Very good series, but 720p.

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  9. Apr 11, 2013 #49 of 120
    Cyber36

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    Oh whoa is you!! Stop & think about ALL the elderly who live on fixed incomes(which obama is about to whittle down again)who have to decide if their going to pay their heating bill this month, or eat. NOW THAT'S DEPRESSING!! TV is just a luxury MOST of us can do without.......
     
  10. Apr 11, 2013 #50 of 120
    Rich

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    NF, by itself, is definitely not the answer.

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  11. Apr 11, 2013 #51 of 120
    omartinjordan

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    You can always just be a season behind and wait until they release the season on dvd or netflix.
     
  12. Apr 11, 2013 #52 of 120
    Rich

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    It is a luxury, no doubt about it. I've often wondered how folks with fixed incomes deal with it.

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  13. Apr 11, 2013 #53 of 120
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    I tried that argument and it failed miserably.

    Rich
     
  14. Apr 11, 2013 #54 of 120
    DawgLink

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    Really, you want to get into politics about this? If you want to blame Obama, feel free to glance in the mirror
     
  15. Apr 11, 2013 #55 of 120
    TBoneit

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    Trust me, It isn't sports keeping paying for TV service it is all the non OTA channels that I watch.

    I disagree that a DVR is no good for sports too.
    Is it really that important to watch it live with all the advertisements and time wasting in the home.
    Just DVR the Game and start watching it near the end of the game, They all run over anyway. That way you can skip the advertisements and so forth. I could watch a football game that way ib approx 50 minutes and that much more free time for other things that are important like family.

    I expect I'll get flack about my heresy as regards not watching a sporting event live.

    TB
     
  16. Apr 11, 2013 #56 of 120
    omartinjordan

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    Sports is why I would like the genie. I use the double play feature every saturday during college football. If I could switch between 5 college games at the same time I wouldn't know what to do. It would be like pure heaven.
     
  17. Apr 12, 2013 #57 of 120
    CCarncross

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    I dont believe it will buffer all 5 tuners at the same time. There is no "quintuple play" feature yet. :)

    You still only have double play, even with the 5 tuners.
     
  18. Apr 12, 2013 #58 of 120
    hallrk

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    I would rather watch most sports events off the DVR. I find the NFL nearly unwatchable with all the commercials they have now. Nearly the same for the NCAA tournament games too. Most times I will pause games,go do something for a few minutes,come back and pick up the game. Scroll right through the commercials. You can watch a game in about half the time.
     
  19. Apr 12, 2013 #59 of 120
    anex80

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    I understand everyone's points about DVR on sports. I do that too, but still only during the game like many have stated here. I can't go several days without watching the event and then watch a recorded version, however.
     
  20. Apr 12, 2013 #60 of 120
    hasan

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    I'm just the opposite. I never watch sports live. If I have a vested interest, I wait to see if the outcome pleases me. If it does, I'll watch the event several times. If not it gets deleted without watching. If I have no investment in who wins, but the game appears to be entertaining, I'll watch it later. I haven't watched a live sporting event in years...same with ordinary programming.

    TV is too expensive, to be sure, and it's getting worse. I'm looking for local alternatives but a DVR must be part of the solution. We have fiber coming out here to the country soon and the local telephone company is going to offer TV and internet services. We are going to look very hard at this option, as it would be nice to keep the money locally (or more locally). Been with D* for a very, very long time, but enough is becoming enough.
     

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