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  1. compnurd

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    Yeh I have never seen a buffering issue with AP. Netflix Hulu or the directvnow trial I had to get the free ATV. I have 400 down/25 up

    My friend down the block has Hulu live and also has never seen buffering
     
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    One thing to be clear here also is The cost for Directv I have no problem with. I didn’t switch to Dish to save money. I consider Directv a premium tv service and with that I get the largest amount of HD channels and probably the best PQ
     
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  3. raott

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    I have fiber and netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime etc and tried Directv Now......never once had an issue with lag and buffering.

     
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    I agree the SD is pretty good quality (and unencrypted if you wanted to watch for free in say a bedroom/basement/workout TV) and with most movies I can 'zoom' 4:3 content to fit and cutting the top and bottom off the picture doesn't matter (but I have to remember to undo it if I watch something on Amazon Prime, the Tivo app for which strangely obeys the zoom even with widescreen content...)

    My point wasn't that "Mediacom sucks" just that there are downsides to every provider. I may pay only $1.99 for a cable card, but my bill is still over $100 even though all I have is expanded basic, no extra packages at all.
     
  5. lparsons21

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    I never use the zoom features and the only SD shows I see are some during the day that are on an HD channel. I have nearly every channel they have including all the premiums and 200/20 2Tb internet and my bill is $176 with all the additional fees and taxes. Since the 200/20 would cost me $99/month I figure my TV service is the $76 which is really good. Increases $20/month each year until it hits the full retail but it is the old "double-play" subscription which doesn't show on their current rate card so I don't actually know what the "double-play" retail is.
     
  6. Rich

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    You must be talking about cable replacement services such as Slingbox or D*Now rather than streaming video services. I see no lag, chop or buffering on the video services such as Amazon Prime or NetFlix.

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    I don't think he was talking about Amazon Prime or any streaming video service. I don't see anything like that on any streaming video service and we have a lot of them active. HBO NOW, Showtime, Starz, CBS AA, NetFlix, AP, DAZN, Hulu, Hallmark and ESPN +and iTunes (movies and TV shows). No similar problems on any of them. Don't have a cable replacement service.

    Rich
     
  8. Microphone

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    There better not be. You'd be evicted!!!!
     
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    Can't tell you how much it bothered me to include that channel. Can't wait til she sees the new bill for D* (no credits). That channel is gonna be very expensive.

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  10. SledgeHammer

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    Yeah, I'm looking at other providers and its the same situation. These random channels that I watch DIY and Science are in higher tiers on both Cox and DISH.
     
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    I used the DirecTV OTA AM21 before it failed, but found DirecTV's guide only gave me a few of the OTA subchannels, so I couldn't record some of the more interesting vintage networks. It also didn't provide all the local channels.

    Years ago I solved the guide problem by buying a couple HDHomeRuns and feeding one to a Windose 7 media server running on an old PC and the other to Myth TV running on an old MAC. I could have fed both to one computer, but thats just how it worked out. Guide data is still currently free on the Windose machine, but cost $20 a year on the Mac. You can add as many tuners as you want, although there may be a point where recording on everything the performance may lag. I have two HomeRuns because I have stations clustered in two compass directions and need high gain/narrow beam width antennas to pick them up reliably. So I have two antennas, one optimized for one cluster and the second for the other.

    The HomeRun picks all the subchannels if there is enough signal, and the guides seem to include them all.

    By the way I also stream over Fibre and see no lag of other issues with a number of streaming services. There are GUI quirks and PQ differences, however.

    I pull the OTA recordings I want through a commercial and watermark extractor and load them into iTunes for all to view. PlexTV I think now offers a nice server App capability, but their guide subscription may be a little more $$. There are a couple others.
     

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