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  1. CraigerM

    CraigerM Well-Known Member

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    Sorry I forgot if you don't do 4k the HS-17 does 7 HD streams. DTV over IP could be the same way. Also people who use DTV Now are saying that the PQ is 1080p. Also they just add Dolby 5.1 to a lot more channels.

    DIRECTV NOW Expands 5.1 Audio to More Channels - Cord Cutters News
     
  2. KyL416

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    It's not real 1080p, they just deinterlace the 1080i channels before they get to you because dynamic bitrate streaming doesn't work with interlaced content. They do the same thing with the SD only channels like MTV Classic and Boomerang, they're deinterlaced and sent at 480p instead of 480i.
     
  3. slice1900

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    Technically that is "real 1080p". All 1080i content these days starts as 1080p30, is interlaced and broadcast, then the TV deinterlaces it and displays the original 1080p30. There is no "real 1080i" these days - i.e. where the two fields aren't from the exact same frame - like there was when interlaced content originated.
     
  4. Rich

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    Services such as D*NOW and PS Vue call themselves Cable Replacement Services. I didn't make that name up. It's pretty specific and it doesn't include NF or AP. What you wrote would seem to be a generalization that I would agree with. But it would cause confusion to lump all the various services together like that. I think.

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    I've been streaming hard for a long time and in our home we've never had a problem related to how many streams are allowed. Four people in my home. Never a conflict with any streaming service.

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  6. CraigerM

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    Just had 10" of snow in St. Louis yesterday and 2" more today and Satellite is out and I am watching DTV on my laptop. I can't get both HD and SD channels. However, can't get the locals on it.
     
  7. James Long

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    Whether you are confused or not it is the reality of the situation. People who drop cable for something else are using that "something else" as their cable replacement service. I am not writing those words with a (TM) or (SM) mark or quoting a specific service's use of those words. I am using those words for what they mean in plain English.

    It is just like how "cord cutters" have in reality become "cord swappers". Few have left the content viewing community completely or even cut everything except OTA. They have simply swapped one cord for another. Swapping a TV coax for an Internet connection does not cut the cord. The viewer still must have ties to some programming service to get content (unless they are a thief).
     
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  8. NashGuy

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    Fine, but there's an important semantic distinction to be made between the following two categories of streaming services:

    • Those that basically replicate traditional cable TV by offering bundles of the familiar linear channels that can be watched live and recorded to DVR. Examples are DirecTV Now, YouTube TV, PS Vue and Philo. When someone refers to a streaming subscription that is a "cable replacement service," this is probably what they mean. The technical industry name is "virtual multichannel video programming distributor," or vMVPD, while traditional cable and satellite TV services are known as MVPDs. So the industry nomenclature clearly conceives of these types of services as direct competitors to and replacements for traditional cable TV.
    • Those that mainly offer on-demand content and do not attempt to replicate traditional cable TV. Examples include Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu (basic) and YouTube.

    Yes, one could, as you're doing, refer to both types of service as "cable replacement services" but many, maybe most, folks who have Netflix, Prime Video or Hulu use them as supplements to cable/satellite TV, not replacements. And then there are "cord-nevers," young adults who subscribe to Netflix, etc., but not as a replacement for cable TV since they never had it to begin with.
     
  9. b4pjoe

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    Same area. I never lost satellite until this morning. Cleaning snow from the dish fixed it instantly.
     
  10. Rich

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    This article might help: Video Streaming Services That Will Let You Cut Cable TV
    It's in clear English, not hard to understand. And it's legal.

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  11. Rich

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    I think I might sub to a cable replacement service just before the Super Bowl. With my luck...

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  12. veryoldschool

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    jumbo shrimp,

    military intelligence.....

    Say What????
     
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