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I'm about to cut the cord - any advice?


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#21 OFFLINE   Reaper

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 12:39 PM

sure, but see post # 2 and use URL from it to get a grip of price change in next two years (a hint - price trend of its older cousin: HDT-610R)

 

I'm not disagreeing with you. I think the Channel Master DVR+ is already a good deal.



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 12:46 PM

And you can buy it from walmart for $150

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but you can't use it without sub !

 

why not to be honest up to all fee amount ?



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 02:40 PM

but you can't use it without sub !

 

why not to be honest up to all fee amount ?

 

Well, it kind of goes without saying, doesn't it? Retail for TiVo service is either $14.99 per month or $499.99 lifetime.

 

BTW, Walmart.com shows the low end Roamio for $199 and not $150, and it's out of stock online, though it's reportedly in stock at several stores near me.


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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:14 PM

On the shelf right now in MT Pocono Walmart. $149.99

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 07:22 PM

On the shelf right now in MT Pocono Walmart. $149.99

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plus $180 per year

if one year is min sub, you'll pay $330 for it; DVR+ is $250 + $39 for 500 GB drive/$59 for 1TB ie $310 pops



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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:23 PM

Um ok it cost me $520 a year now for just equipment, so what's the difference?

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:42 PM

that's your money and it will be your choice

 

if you need gold plates and pans with swarovski  crystals - go for it; nobody care


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 09:16 AM

Looking over my current Series Manager and most shows are from the broadcast networks, the rest are available via Hulu. Sunday Ticket remains my biggest concern.

While you may not have series links set up for "cable channels", there's a pretty good chance that your watching them. Hulu Plus covers many series but they don't deliver live event programming.

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 10:14 AM

While you may not have series links set up for "cable channels", there's a pretty good chance that your watching them. Hulu Plus covers many series but they don't deliver live event programming.

 

My "go to" live event channels are ESPNNews, CNN, and Palladia.  I will miss them.


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 05:20 PM

Come back here to let us know haw its working for you when you cut the cord.


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 11:10 PM

Come back here to let us know haw its working for you when you cut the cord.


I'll stick around to keep up, because I'll probably just suspend at first and see how it goes. I'm not out of contract for another month anyway. I have a feeling I'll be back for Sunday Ticket, especially if they give incentives. It's tough to let go of something I've actually fought for to keep for 18 years. I needed my lawyer write into my condo bylaws the right to have a dish. But times are changing, so we'll see. I know I'll never return to cable though!
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:48 PM

With Hulu/Netflix you got all your local tv shows and movies.

 

For sports you got MLB.tv,NHL Game Center,and NBA League Pass broadband

Ofcourse ESPN 3 is free.There are some streaming sites that stream sports programming including PPV.


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:29 PM

Live sports are the main reason that many (including me) find it difficult to completely cut the cord.  I can't speak to NBA or NHL access (not my thing), but I did check into some options not that long ago.  My interests are Big 10 (Purdue), NFL (Bears), and MLB (Twins).  I was not able to find options that supported my viewing games live streamed, even on a subscription basis, without some sort of subscription television (satellite, cable).  To be fair, I get decent OTA and could see a number of the Bears games each season for free (I live in NFC North territory).  I could get about 2 Twins games a year, 1 Purdue football and 2 Purdue basketball games (all vs. Univ of MN).  But that was too short a list.

 

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You can't watch live home territory MLB.tv games - they are subject to blackouts but can be viewed approximately 90 minutes after game conclusion.  See http://mlb.mlb.com/m...aq_blackout.jsp for details on MLB.tv blackouts.

 

Re: ESPN3 (WatchESPN), it's not free unless you are a US college student or US military personnel.  From the WatchESPN website (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/about):

 

"Live streams of all the WatchESPN Networks are available at no additional cost to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV subscription through participating TV providers.

 

Access to live programming on the ESPN3 channel of WatchESPN.com is available at no additional cost to fans with subscriptions to participating high speed internet service providers. Click HERE to view a complete list of participating providers.

 

ESPN3 is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel on computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks."


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 08:57 PM

 

Live sports are the main reason that many (including me) find it difficult to completely cut the cord.  I can't speak to NBA or NHL access (not my thing), but I did check into some options not that long ago.  My interests are Big 10 (Purdue), NFL (Bears), and MLB (Twins).  I was not able to find options that supported my viewing games live streamed, even on a subscription basis, without some sort of subscription television (satellite, cable).  To be fair, I get decent OTA and could see a number of the Bears games each season for free (I live in NFC North territory).  I could get about 2 Twins games a year, 1 Purdue football and 2 Purdue basketball games (all vs. Univ of MN).  But that was too short a list.

 

BTN2Go (Big Ten To Go) - Only available to customers of participating TV Providers.  See http://www.btn2go.com/btn2go/FAQ.jsp

 

You can't watch live home territory MLB.tv games - they are subject to blackouts but can be viewed approximately 90 minutes after game conclusion.  See http://mlb.mlb.com/m...aq_blackout.jsp for details on MLB.tv blackouts.

 

Re: ESPN3 (WatchESPN), it's not free unless you are a US college student or US military personnel.  From the WatchESPN website (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/about):

 

"Live streams of all the WatchESPN Networks are available at no additional cost to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV subscription through participating TV providers.

 

Access to live programming on the ESPN3 channel of WatchESPN.com is available at no additional cost to fans with subscriptions to participating high speed internet service providers. Click HERE to view a complete list of participating providers.

 

ESPN3 is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel on computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks."

 

If you google first row sports or vipbox tv then you can watch any game including home/local games.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:50 PM

If you google first row sports or vipbox tv then you can watch any game including home/local games.

I dont think those sites are even legal.  Just because you can find it on the internet, doesnt make it ok.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:43 PM

I'm considering the same thing I'm recently retired and having to trim the household budget. I've been with Directv since it's inception but I'm paying $110 a month and thats with no sports packages or movie channels just 2 HD dvrs. I would miss my local sports on ESPN but otherwise most everything else I could get through OTA or HULU and Netflix.Probably $20 or more a month are taxes. I also have Play ON which allows me to play on TV shows I download on my computer. I figure even with an OTA dvr like TIVO and add ons like Hulu I can still get my costs down below $50 a month. Next to go is my land line phone and switch to something like Basic. Any one with any additional tips for lowering costs or alternatives I would appreciate the input.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:31 AM

If you google first row sports or vipbox tv then you can watch any game including home/local games.

With really poor PQ and if too many people try to stream they start shutting people off.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:49 AM

I dont think those sites are even legal.  Just because you can find it on the internet, doesnt make it ok.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:53 AM

I'm considering the same thing I'm recently retired and having to trim the household budget. I've been with Directv since it's inception but I'm paying $110 a month and thats with no sports packages or movie channels just 2 HD dvrs. I would miss my local sports on ESPN but otherwise most everything else I could get through OTA or HULU and Netflix.Probably $20 or more a month are taxes. I also have Play ON which allows me to play on TV shows I download on my computer. I figure even with an OTA dvr like TIVO and add ons like Hulu I can still get my costs down below $50 a month. Next to go is my land line phone and switch to something like Basic. Any one with any additional tips for lowering costs or alternatives I would appreciate the input.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 05:40 PM

I'm considering the same thing I'm recently retired and having to trim the household budget. I've been with Directv since it's inception but I'm paying $110 a month and thats with no sports packages or movie channels just 2 HD dvrs. I would miss my local sports on ESPN but otherwise most everything else I could get through OTA or HULU and Netflix.Probably $20 or more a month are taxes. I also have Play ON which allows me to play on TV shows I download on my computer. I figure even with an OTA dvr like TIVO and add ons like Hulu I can still get my costs down below $50 a month. Next to go is my land line phone and switch to something like Basic. Any one with any additional tips for lowering costs or alternatives I would appreciate the input.

 

I suggest the Channel Master DVR+ as an alternative to TiVo. Lifetime for a DVR+ with a 500 GB hard drive is about $300 while the low end TiVo Roamio would run $700 for lifetime at retail price.

 

For home phone I suggest Ooma. There are upfront hardware costs but then the monthly fees are minimal. The deal referred to in the link has ended but the author gives a good overview of his experience with Ooma.

 

Also for free wireless Internet, FreedomPop is the bomb. Instead of having an iPhone and a $90/month phone bill, I have an iPod Touch and a FreedomPop 4G hotspot. I pay $5/month to have the full, unthrottled 4G speed. They also have Android phones starting at $119 with no contract and completely free plans. Most recently they've added a for-home wireless router. It's hard for some to believe that FreedomPop is for real but they are.


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