A cord cutting experiment

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  1. Sep 15, 2019 #41 of 114
    Getteau

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    We had 3 dogs that paid no attention to the TV. I would turn on dog TV when it was on free previews and they would never even look at it. Then we fostered a dog that would actually watch TV. It was amusing at first, but got old real quick when she would start barking at every dog on the TV. You don’t realize how many dogs or dog sounds are on TV until you are grabbing the remote every 10 minutes to hit mute.
     
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  2. Sep 15, 2019 #42 of 114
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    Help me understand this, for YTTV; aren't ESPN, FOX and others broadcasting at 720p, still? I see where YTTV stats tell me it's at 1080p, but is it just up-scaling the native broadcast?
     
  3. Sep 16, 2019 #43 of 114
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    Correct
     
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    What are you using for YTTV? An ATV or a Fire TV device or a Roku?

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  5. Sep 16, 2019 #45 of 114
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    If you think your phone is going to give you an accurate weather forecast....
    Social media is not news.

    This is why we have problems. Streaming cuts off people from locals and what's really going on.
     
  6. Sep 16, 2019 #46 of 114
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    Huh? I use the Weather Underground app on my phone. In my experience the forecasts are much more accurate than some tv channel that is 40+ miles from where I live. Their are several other apps that provide very accurate “hyper local” weather forecasts. The farmers here where I live don’t pay any attention to the tv weather forecasts anymore.
     
  7. Sep 16, 2019 #47 of 114
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    Yeah, I do think I get an accurate weather report on my phone's weather app. This is the only "social media" I take part in.

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  8. Sep 16, 2019 #48 of 114
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    Yup, my AccuWeather app is much more dependable than anything I've ever used. I've tried a couple other weather apps, most recently the NOAA app, and they seem to be as dependable. Hard to explain this to folks entrenched in "normal" TV.

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  9. Sep 16, 2019 #49 of 114
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    Since my Sling subscription has until the end of the month before it runs out I thought I’d play around a bit. So here’s the setup I’m using with streaming and OTA:
    1. OTA - Tivo with an indoor antenna. I can get ABC, Fox and some subchannels with this. Missing is CBS and NBC. CBS is covered well with CBS All Access subscription, NBC is covered with NBC On Demand with Sling Blue.
    2. Cable type channels - All I need with Sling Blue, missing is ESPN and some others, none of which are of much importance.
    3. General Paid Streaming - Netflix, Hulu no ads, Amazon Prime, CBS All Access, Disney+ (Nov 1st). Netflix and Hulu on monthly payments, Amazon, CBS and Disney on at least 1 year payments.
    4. Unpaid Streaming - IMDb (from Amazon), Tubi, Crackle, Pluto and probably some others I’ve forgotten. All with ads and not way to get rid of them.

    Cost comparison for only those thing I would pay in addition to what I already pay with cable and some streaming services.

    Sling Blue w/DVR : $30/month
    Cable. : $46/month approximately

    Essentially a $16 additional cost over streaming to get convenience, auto ad-skipping, whole home sharing and a true unlimited time DVR and more DVR space by a lot. Both costs do not include Premium channel subscriptions as I turn them on and off when something strikes my fancy for binge watching.

    I’m going to continue the experiment until the 24th of the month as that’s when the internet bandwidth metering switches to the next month. I’ll have enough time in to see whether bandwidth cap would be an issue. Current usage is 738Gb @22 days in so it should be OK.


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  10. Sep 16, 2019 #50 of 114
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    Coming from someone who worked in local broadcast news for seven years, sometimes the phone is just as reliable as the local meteorologist. ;)

    Streaming isn't cutting people off from locals; many of the major services are incorporating locals (I live in market 174 and have all four broadcast locals via YTTV.) Three years ago, I would have agreed with that statement. It's now more of a lack of interest in people to watch local news, and or simply not pay attention.
     
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  11. Sep 16, 2019 #51 of 114
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    Yep, some cable/sat replacement streamers have the local channels available though not all of them do. But even if you don’t have the local channel in the streamer,most channels have a website...


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  12. Sep 16, 2019 #52 of 114
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    Yeah, I have the AccuWeather app loaded on all my streaming devices. I’ve found it to be spot on and it’s local to me not 40 miles away like the tv news channel weather. Some people still want a weather person to read the weather to them. I don’t get it but different strokes for different folks as they say.
     
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  13. Sep 16, 2019 #53 of 114
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    Not everything on our phones is "social media". I have several national and regional news apps on my phone, including the local newspaper. For weather, I use the NOAA Weather App Pro. The forecasts and radar come directly from NOAA and are optimized for my current location. I've found the accuracy to be very good...
     
  14. Sep 16, 2019 #54 of 114
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    lol at all the people who live with their nose in their phones and defend the confusing mess that is streaming.
     
  15. Sep 16, 2019 #55 of 114
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    You didn't mention PBS/WSIU (yea I went there and worked in the station). I remember when my grandparents were in that neck of the woods a rotator was necessary to pull the major networks in since they were all coming from different directions (Harrisburg, Paducah, Cape Giardeau, FOX didn't exist back then).
     
  16. Sep 16, 2019 #56 of 114
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    No it doesn't. The locals in my city boldly advertise their availability on streaming services.

     
  17. Sep 16, 2019 #57 of 114
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    I don't live with my nose in my phone, except maybe when I'm reading a book. I do use it as a valuable multi-tool though, for making calls, setting up my portable sat dish, converting units of measure, checking the weather, making payments, checking gas prices, and other uses that otherwise require a variety of devices. I have no social media apps like Facebook, etc, on my phone. Just an email app...
     
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  18. Sep 16, 2019 #58 of 114
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    It isn’t that bad now after they switched to digital. With a decent outdoor antenna and no rotor I would be able to get PBS/WSIU and 6 which is CBS. 12 is off angle and over in Cape Girardeau so it is more problematic.

    Edit: oops! 6 is NBC, 12 is CBS.

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  19. Sep 17, 2019 #59 of 114
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    I just tried NOAA and liked it. Very detailed.

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  20. Sep 17, 2019 #60 of 114
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    Why anyone would mock having a computer in your pocket is beyond me. Seems like we see a lot of mocking these days...kinda like the fake 4K thing a couple years ago. Now damn near everyone has a 4K set and the mocking on that subject has completely stopped.

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