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Old 09-06-17, 06:07 PM
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Sometimes being a cord cutter sucks

like tonight i cant watch agt becuase it aint comeing in antenna just cant do it tonight
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Old 09-06-17, 06:17 PM
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I never had cable TV in my life. Always used rabbit ears for free TV. Sure, I might not be up to date on the latest shows, but that's more time for bike riding
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Bahhh! You all can live off the grid all you want.
But I like like living on the grid.
I like having cable, internet, hot and cold running water, and a stable source of electricity...
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Old 09-07-17, 11:53 AM
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Old 09-07-17, 07:05 PM
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Kodi.

As long as you have decent internet, you don't need cable for anything anymore. Though user interface can be much more cumbersome.
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Old 09-11-17, 07:09 AM
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I cut the cable cord a few months ago, and am happy using a free movie/tv show streaming service called tubitv here in Canada. Sports are another problem though-with licencing agreements and whatnot, it's a total gong show here in Canada. I like watching NFL but the only streaming service up here, dazn, has tons of streaming issues...freezing up, audio mismatch, etc.

Overall I'm happy about cutting the cord, but there are some days I get pretty frustrated with the streaming services

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Old 09-11-17, 07:23 AM
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I am still waiting for a convenient centralized solution to watching network shows without having to download as many network apps. Certain special events and sporting items can be a pita to get online, free as well. IMO, even cutting cable and keeping something like Netflix or the like is great for the user interface...it just stinks now bad most of the programming is. Although that isn't only on any specific service, tv programming content is suffering across the board, much like movies.

I find most of my "tv" watching time now is spent watching short YouTube videos.

Where Kodi is a neat solution to the tech savvy and morally flexible, it doesn't offer a mainstream solution to viewing nirvana.
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Old 09-11-17, 08:05 AM
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I cut the cable TV cord years ago, and went to satellite TV, since the cable company at the time was overselling the number of household subscriptions for their cable line's capability, making for poor TV picture quality.
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Old 09-11-17, 04:15 PM
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AGT is on NBC. Get a $30 Roku Express. NBC's free Roku channel offers the last couple episodes of most shows for free. For some shows, complete runs are available. Same with ABC, CW. Probably the same can be done with other products equivalent to Roku (Amazon firestick? Google Chromecast? etc)?

And/or just try going to NBC website to check if recent episodes can be watched for free.

(And of course, anything 'free' has embedded, unskippable commercials)

Also, decide not to care about what you miss. You always miss something, and there's always more content available than you possibly could (should) consume. Pre-cord-cutting, we couldn't see any of the great Netflix original content (House of Cards, Kimmy Schmidt, Stranger Things, etc etc) (Yes, I realize we could have had Dish AND Netflix, but I put my foot down. No Netflix until we ditch the Dish). Now, post-cord-cutting, we will miss some shows until/unless they show up on Netflix/Hulu. Walking Dead we will just wait a season and pick it up again. People of Earth and Last Man On Earth looks like we just lose altogether. Life goes on.

In my house we haven't watched any singing/dancing/talent competition shows since maybe season 5 of American Idol; and even then we only watched the first few episodes to laugh at terrible singers with Simon.

We did watch Survivor and Amazing Race until the cord was cut though. In our new post-cable life, we lost CBS altogether. It's been all summer when the kids did nothing but sit around and watch TV, and no complaints.

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Old 09-18-17, 07:35 AM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
...People of Earth and Last Man On Earth looks like we just lose altogether. Life goes on...
Last Man on Earth is on Hulu if you have it.

I cut the cord just about a year and a half ago. No regrets from me.
I pay for the highest speed internet available in my area. My own router and modem to avoid equipment rental fees as well. I built a Home Theatre PC for my living room, and have Firesticks on the other TV's through out the house. I mostly rely on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I do have Kodi on those as well, though I hardly use it. Only for stuff that's harder to find and I'm desperate to watch. I also have Plex on all the devices. Whatever I get on the main HTPC can be streamed to the other TV's if need be. I still buy Blu-Rays of movies I really like. Most come with Digi downloads as well to store on the HTPC. With that combination, I get by rather well and I'm saving more than 1/2 the $.
The down fall for me is...It's not entirely wife friendly in my case. She can't keep up with the different multiple user interfaces between the services. She also can't keep track of what show was on what provider. With that, I'm now in total control of the remote, but also have drop what I'm doing to assist her often. Worth it though.

Cable and Satellite TV is going down. Internet based television is the future, and they (cable providers as well as Streaming providers) know it. Customers cut the cord, costs go up for those who remain, and repeat. Until costs are totally absurd and something gives.
We're still a bit off from it being mainstream yet, but it's going to happen. There still needs to be easier alternative methods perfected so to speak. Smart TV's are making it easier with built in Roku, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other streaming apps integrated in their menu.
Another reason Cable is headed out is providers cutting out the middleman.
Disney, for example, is putting together it's own streaming service currently. Along with that, they are pulling their IP from other sources. Such as removing Disney owned content from Netflix or non Disney oriented or related stations and providers. To watch a Disney owned property, you will soon have to use a subscription Disney App. This will also likely include Star Wars and Marvel IP's as the House of Mouse own's those as well.
Once Disney proves successful, other big production companies could very well jump on board with similar actions. Eventually leaving cable nothing to air but PBS and local news.
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Old 09-18-17, 08:06 AM
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^ One thing I am looking forward to becoming mainstream on the "smart" tv is for them to sync to normal keyboards. That alone would be a world of improvement.

I personally use PC for all my TV as a supplement to additional content and ease of access to it. Knowing what I know now, I would not have wasted money on the smart aspect on my current "big" TV.
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Originally Posted by Karmajack View Post
Last Man on Earth is on Hulu if you have it.
Sweet, will be getting Hulu in a few weeks, when our cancellation of Sling takes effect. Sling was OK as a crutch, a lot like cable now that they have the 'Cloud DVR' feature, but service was bad. We could stream netflix to 2 tvs and youtube to a computer all at the same time, but trying to get through a sling program without freezing or buffering or resetting was always a roll of the dice.

Cable and Satellite TV is going down. Internet based television is the future, and they (cable providers as well as Streaming providers) know it. Customers cut the cord, costs go up for those who remain, and repeat. Until costs are totally absurd and something gives.
Well, I think the content providers will find a way to get their pound of flesh; the cost of streaming will go up.
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they got you..

Spectrum/Charter has a Mobile Phone offer,
but dropping the land line is not allowed..

Roku use, is also requiring at least 1 cable box be retained ..






...

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Old 11-24-18, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by SammyS View Post
It has been about three years now since I "cut the cord" and I have not regretted it at all. For as many years as I did have cable, I will never be happier to have left it. I bought a FireStick and installed some great movie addons that give me access to movies and TV-shows. As I want to keep my streaming private, I also use VPN.
Yeah, us too. We are still mining the inexhaustible resources of Netflix. We have Amazon Prime too now and are just getting started watching stuff there, but that's probably <20%. Still have never felt the need to turn on Hulu.

As for network, the family kept up for a while with The Middle and Fresh off the Boat and Speechless on the ABC Roku channel (with commercials) but now the only network anybody watches is me keeping up (months after the fact) with SNL on the NBC Roku channel.
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Old 11-24-18, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by Karmajack View Post
Kodi.

As long as you have decent internet, you don't need cable for anything anymore. Though user interface can be much more cumbersome.
There it is, right there... My wife, a pencil and paper water color artist, has a hard enough time with just a TV remote, much less a TV remote and a cable remote... If I were to suggest that all her viewing would have to be done via a computer interface... well I suspect the response would be less than pretty.

Yes, over the years I have tried to show her really how easy it is to use the remotes... how Pause (two vertical bars) and Play (right facing arrow) and FF and RW (double arrows in the proper direction) tend to look the same, whether it is on a remote, or on the device itself. 30 plus years of trying to convey this message... she still gets flummoxed by the notion of more than one remote and having to select an input. 30+ years of one remote and just four channels has become just too entrenched.

Heck, her step mom called me at least once a week so I could walk her through the instructions of how to use the VCR.

For some, technology is a burden, not a blessing.

My wife was fascinated recently when I took control of the TV with my phone, and showed her some vacation photos... like it was "magic."
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@genec

We have an Apple TV (2nd gen) and a Roku, both of which have very user-friendly GUIs. We have a Harmony Smart remote with a stand-alone Ultimate hub that the remote communicates with via RF, thus removing the potential problem of not aiming the remote at the receiver while pressing the single button required to activate an "activity." My wife has a Ph.D. from one of the world's leading institutions (in viral immunology) and can operate and trouble-shoot multi-million dollar laboratory equipment.

She can't operate the remote. It's a Y-chromosome locus.
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@genec

We have an Apple TV (2nd gen) and a Roku, both of which have very user-friendly GUIs. We have a Harmony Smart remote with a stand-alone Ultimate hub that the remote communicates with via RF, thus removing the potential problem of not aiming the remote at the receiver while pressing the single button required to activate an "activity." My wife has a Ph.D. from one of the world's leading institutions (in viral immunology) and can operate and trouble-shoot multi-million dollar laboratory equipment.

She can't operate the remote. It's a Y-chromosome locus.
That "not aiming the remote" thing is an ironic mention. Of course my wife aims the cable remote at the TV... right... to her that is the thing she is controlling. In one room I have placed the cable box in such close proximity to the sensor on the flat screen monitor (I really hate calling modern screens "TVs...") that there is little difference in the aim.

In my office, the cable box is in a credenza, removed somewhat from the LCD monitor such that one has to be precise with the aim of the proper remote. That monitor I also use as the third screen of my computer... for various uses... the fact that the computer can "be on the TV," just amazes her. I also control the computer with a second, wireless mouse on my side of the couch... "How do you do that?" GRIN

Of course, at one time in my life, I taught engineers how to use certain design CAD tools... time and time I would get phone calls from them telling me they were stuck. Without actually seeing their screen, and just visualizing their problem, I would talk them through their issue.

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Old 11-24-18, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
Sweet, will be getting Hulu in a few weeks, .
We had a TV shoot in my theater complex 2 weeks ago. I was told in advance it was for something called "Hulu"

I had no clue. It was one of their TV shows. I've still no clue.
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It's another netflix.
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She can't operate the remote. It's a Y-chromosome locus.
I was wondering that with the difficulties my GF had with Chromecast until I tried it. I'm a little more technical than her, but I couldn't do any better and we just avoided it for a while. It wasn't until later that I realized the problem was due to her iPhone not being compatible with the Chromecast software. Apparently, both Apple and Google are so confident you'd never use a different technology that they didn't feel it was necessary to mention this wouldn't work.
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I cut the cable almost four years ago. Only channel I miss was TCM. I love the old movies. There’s some on the .2, .3 channels but they are pretty bad most of the time.

I used to to get sling during the fall just for espn, But my favorite teams conference signed with Fox Sports instead of espn, so I now see my team on Fox or our local ABC affiliate.

Beleive it or not, most of what I watch is on YouTube. Tons of documentaries there, and thats what I like.
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Another mainly Youtube watcher here. The content some people are putting out and the videography they are doing is far better than anything I would watch commercially.

I got divorced and displaced homewise for 2 years in 2015. I had no TV or anything. Signed up with Netflix and watching that and Youtube on a 15 inch laptop was my TV viewing.

Bought my place after 2 years in 2017. Still only watching Youtube and Netflix. A handful of stuff on various cable networks I also watch, but you typically need a login for your cable or satellite provider. I log into it with my mother's account and can watch The Walking Dead on AMC or Alone on the History channel.

I didn't watch a whole lot of TV when I was married. Now on Netflix, I've watched a lot of shows I never previously watched. Breaking Bad, Lost, Sons of Anarchy, never watched any of them. Watched them all now. Still have a lot of stuff on Netflix I haven't watched previously. Currently watching Hell on Wheels. Great show. I don't know how I never watched any of these (well, had a wife that took over the TV, so that's why...)

My sport of choice is hockey, which isn't on OTA network channels. Occasionally I can watch a game of my team on the NBCSports app, or I can watch a fair amount of other teams. I have streaming sources that aren't legitimate though. You just have to watch because during a commercial, the screen just blanks out with a graphic that says "Commercial Break." I get up to hit the bathroom, grab a beer out of the fridge, see something to clean up in the living room and then realize it's still on Commercial Break for 20 minutes. Have to stop and restart the stream often.
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