[HULU PRICE HIKE] The streaming "free ride" continues to dwindle...

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  1. lparsons21

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    Yeah 4K PQ is great but many shows really aren’t enough better if you’re banging up against bandwidth caps and extra fees. For me at 12 ft away from a 75” Sony the differences appear slight to my 75 year old eyes on most shows.
    Right now I need to scale back the streaming a bit as I’m at 800Gb of a 1TB cap with 7 days to go before it resets.


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  2. Rich

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    (1) Cost is always a factor, I didn't mean it wasn't. I said I didn't think it was the primary concern for most folks here. All the folks here that have complex setups, multiple DVRs and multiple TVs seem to be if not well off at least financially comfy.

    (2) Yes, I agree. The Originals we see on streaming sites are much better than the series on the networks. Glad to see this mentioned.

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  3. Rich

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    How much do they charge you if you go over the cap? We use Verizon for our cell phones and we did go over the cap from time to time. Only cost us $15 each time it happened. We signed up for the cap-less service the last time we bought new phones. Got rid of that hassle, don't know if we saved any money.

    I bought the 4K sets for the upscaling, I don't look for 4K content.

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  4. lparsons21

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    It’s $10 for 50Gb over. I’ve decided to watch each day as I have been and see what the data does. If it gets too close I’ll just bump up to the next tier which gives me a 2TB cap and costs either $10 or $20 more per month depending on their mood when I call...

    I’ve got my ATV set to 1080p which should reduce the usage, hopefully enough to make me not have to bump up the service level.

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  5. Rich

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    Got it, thanks. Verizon was bumping us $15 when we went over the cap and we got a barrage of notifications each time it happened. Upgrading to no caps just made sense.

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  6. lparsons21

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    No caps is not an option with Mediacom unfortunately.


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  7. Rich

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    Not gonna say I'm thrilled with Altice but they do have the no cap option and they are a lot better than Cablevision was. I don't have any other options here.

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  8. Jhon69

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    Exactly! The 4K UHDTV's upconvert and so do alot of the 4K streamers,like the Roku Streaming Stick+.
     
  9. SledgeHammer

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    Not when no caps costs $50/mo lol.
     
  10. Andrew Sullivan

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    There is a monster out there lurking and waiting to pounce. That is Disney. Disney is offering Disney + for $69 yr or less if you go for the three year package. That's around $5mo. (3yr pkg). Disney owns HULU. Less than 30 days after Disney + launches Disney raises the HULU Live rate a lot. Disney bundles standard HULU and ESPN+ and national Geographic (Disney also owns ESPN) for $12.99mo. Disney says they are working on a bundle pkg that will include HULU Live. Disney offers quite a bit of 4K programming at no up charge. Look up what Disney owns. It's staggering.
     
  11. Rich

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    I hope they do this as well as they seem to do everything. With Apple and Disney in the mix streaming should get even better.

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  12. B. Shoe

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    Gosh, I steer clear of the boards for a weekend and the lid gets blown off the pot.

    I'll continue to say what I've said from day one of my experience with streaming; it's the ultimate YMMV situation. I was never unhappy with my service with Directv. But I am happier, overall, with my current experience with streaming. I know others haven't, and we've had great discussion about the pros and cons within this part of the forum on that. Learning how others enjoy their viewing experience, what matters to them, etc., is part of what makes the streaming conversation interesting.

    Yes, the streaming costs are likely going to increase at some point. And when it does, I'll determine at that point whether it's the best choice for my budget, or if I need to make other adjustments. But for the time being, I'm happy to continue championing the streaming life for anyone willing to listen. This isn't a case of who's right and who's wrong...it's a case of what's right for YOU. We continue to miss the point on this.
     
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    That's where I'm at right now. With Xfinity, no cap is $50/month extra. If I go over my 1T limit, it's $10 for each additional 50G. We usually hover right around the cap each month. However, we don't go over consistently enough to justify the extra $50/month. Sure there are a couple of months each year where I get hit with $60 or $80 of overages. However, there are more months where we don't have any overages or only $10 or $20's worth. So the pay as you go extra works well for us.
     
  14. lparsons21

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    That’s where I’m at. I’m pushing against my 1TB cap each month. I can move up to the next tier which gives a 2TB cap for $10/month more. I may do that soon.


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    You can sign up for the xFi Advantage plan where you rent a cable modem for either $15 (competitive east coast markets) or $25, and it includes unlimited data.

    You can have the modem put in “bridge mode” to disable all the wireless and hotspot features.
     
  16. Gordon Shumway

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    Cost is always a factor, but not always in pure dollars and cents. Sometimes the cost just doesn't make sense whether you can afford it or not. I could have just turned my head and easily kept paying DirecTV with no financial impact. But I didn't get financially comfy by ignoring cost/benefit analysis. As I get older the cost of DirecTV keeps going up while my desire to watch TV keeps going down. At some point it just doesn't make any sense no matter what you can afford. My northern New England yankee upbringing hasn't gone away just because I've lived in the south for the last 37 years. :tearsofjoy:
     
  17. Rich

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    I hear that. I'm struggling with trying to stay with D* for sports and maintaining a full suite of video streaming services. I keep telling myself, "this is a luxury, this is a luxury". Rather expensive luxury. Unfortunately, I've always had a TV addiction, I can't stop watching.

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    Luxury is always expensive.
     
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  19. Rich

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    Yup, with the MLB season over with I'm getting antsy about the D* bill. I'll be okay until the football season is over. Just have to wait it out until late March. I thought about putting the account on suspension but that would entail a phone call and I haven't had any luck with that recently. I don't want to think of how many ways suspending service might screw up my account.

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  20. wmb

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    T-mobile gives away the MLB.TV streaming service every spring to subscribers. I got it free the past two years. You can log in n any device.

    T-Mobile Customers Score FREE MLB.TV

    For me, ESPN+ was cheaper for the year than MLS DirectKick was from D*.

    The only difficult sport to stream is out of market NFL.


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