Great article comparing all the streaming options for cord cutters and folks thinking about it

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  1. Sep 3, 2019 #221 of 263
    SledgeHammer

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    The channels I listed are channels I watch. I do only watch one show on MTV though lol.
     
  2. Sep 3, 2019 #222 of 263
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    Exactly. Multiple providers, multiple bills, multiple user interfaces, multiple tech support. Plus you have to buy streaming devices. They are swapping one cord for 10.
     
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    Yep, that’s the downside of streaming. It takes managing the various subscriptions a part of your viewing pleasure! :)
    I’m using an AppleTV and the TV app on it as much as possible because it gives a bit of unity though not all services are supported yet. Notably Netflix and Sling in my case. Need to test to see if some of the free ad supported streamers are as their UIs are a real mess!


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  4. Sep 3, 2019 #224 of 263
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    Ok, so again, it’s not for you. Personally, I’d simply move on from the discussion if it is something I had no interest in.


     
  5. Sep 3, 2019 #225 of 263
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    As should the folks who cancelled their DirecTV service, yet still find the need to hang out on a satellite forum trying to convince themselves and others that they made the right decision ;). Time to head over to streamingtalk.com?
     
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    Welcome to the digital bit stream. :)
     
  7. Sep 4, 2019 #227 of 263
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    :)

    General DISH™ Discussion
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    Granted, ISS is much newer, but the Cable forum has been around for a long time and its pretty much a ghost town over there ;). As is the ISS forum.

    Most people think DBS stands for something else :D.
     
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  8. Sep 4, 2019 #228 of 263
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    Then maybe the OP should have opened this discussion in the other section instead of within the D* discussions? Oh wait........ ;-)
     
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  9. Sep 4, 2019 #229 of 263
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    Don't think Netflix will show up there any time soon as Apple and Netflix don't like each other.
     
  10. Sep 4, 2019 #230 of 263
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    Why? The article was intended to show that streaming is overrated and has a bunch of gotchas and costs more and is more hassle and you end up getting less :D.
     
  11. Sep 4, 2019 #231 of 263
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    And I’ve been saying for quite awhile that the only way to save any significant money with streaming is to get less. In my current experiment here’s what the financials really look like.

    Current setup - Cable
    $197 now for all their channels w/internet & Premiums
    $250 approximately for that at full retail
    $150 if I take out Premiums and extra packs

    Streaming -
    $100 for internet+$30 Sling Blue = $130 which includes the OTA
    If I added Premiums = $45, making the total $175. Note that this config would still have vastly less channels than cable many of which I would watch on some occasions.

    Non financial considerations. No matter how I look at it, cable/sat is vastly easier to deal with. Nice guide, great DVR and a single point of usage vice streamings using different apps, all with their own UI’s and would take at least 2 boxes to do it. Tivo OTA or something similar and a streaming box.


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    Streaming -
    $100 for internet+$30 Sling Blue = $130 which includes the OTA
    If I added Premiums = $45, making the total $175. Note that this config would still have vastly less channels than cable many of which I would watch on some occasions.


    So you have no internet now since you have cable? And if you were to start streaming you would have to add internet for an additional $100?
     
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    No, I have internet now that is part of my cableTV bundle. But to make a fair comparison between cost of cable+internet vs streaming+internet the internet cost has to be in there too.
    IOW, cable+internet w/no premiums = $150 as noted
    Streaming+internet w/no premiums = $130 as noted.

    While streaming turns out $20/month cheaper now, it doesn’t include anywhere near the number channels I would watch and is not nearly as convenient to use/record.


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  14. Sep 4, 2019 #234 of 263
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    Your expensive ($100) internet is the reason you don't see a larger savings from streaming. From reading responses here it's obvious that internet pricing is all over the place. If cable is your only source for internet and they charge $100 for a speed required for streaming, then you probably are not a good candidate for streaming until cheaper internet become available to you.
     
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    I don’t follow your logic. Cable portion could be $50/month now, streaming would be $30. Same $20 difference regardless of if you count the internet in or not.
    For the speed I’m getting, $100 isn’t on the horrible side of pricing (200/20). But I don’t sub at that level for the speed but because of the way they do their data caps. Cable isn’t my only way to get internet, but it is one of the 2 ways to get enough speed to stream. For that same $100 I could get 20/2 from Wisper Internet with no data caps too. Now that I’m finished watching as much as possible in 4K I might be able to cut the internet bill down a bit. I’ll know by the end of my experiment where I stand on worst case data use.


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  16. Sep 4, 2019 #236 of 263
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    I see that your options are limited in terms of pricing. Don't know if you are renting the cable modem or router. I bought my own modem for a $10 savings per month. If you don't need a modem that includes phone service they sell for about $75.
     
  17. Sep 4, 2019 #237 of 263
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    Yep, got my own modem and router a long time ago. I live in a fairly rural part of the country in a town of about 12K that is one of the bigger towns in the area.

    Cable phone service is not ever needed these days IMO. Who doesn’t have a cell phone. Of course the cable company keeps trying to sell me on the idea, even offering a free year of it. Then it jumps to $49/month!


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  18. Sep 4, 2019 #238 of 263
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    TV_Guy has a good point about Internet pricing being all over the place. I get 300/35 with no data caps for...I think it's either $79 or $89 a month, will check the next bill...just checked, $98 a month. I keep reading 25 down is enough to stream 4K content but I gotta wonder about that. I have no way of trying that.

    In any event, the only way I can see to save money is to have one streaming video service active at a time. We're not tethered to linear TV anymore and one streamer at a time would be sufficient. Without counting the cost of Internet service my bill would be the cost of that single streamer. That is doable...for someone who really wants to save some money and still enjoy TV.

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    Interesting question. Might make an interesting thread...give me a moment...here it is: Who Doesn't Have A Cell Phone?

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  20. Sep 4, 2019 #240 of 263
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    25 down will work fine for one 4K stream. I confirmed that quite awhile back when I had that level of service at my old house.
    If I went to streaming, and during this testing, only one streaming service is used that wouldn’t be subscribed to regardless. But just having one streaming service subscription at a time just wouldn’t work for me. I can’t imagine a month with only Netflix for example and that would hold true for any of them IMO. Yes, you could save considerable money but you lose so much.


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