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Offline Minty Fresh

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #150: March 02, 2017, 03:57:21 PM »
the biggest saving that I see is the box rentals and the random tack on fees

This.  With DirecTV we are paying $45 a month just renting DVR's.

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #151: March 02, 2017, 03:59:30 PM »
the biggest saving that I see is the box rentals and the random tack on fees
This.  With DirecTV we are paying $45 a month just renting DVR's.


I get that, but dropping the TV portion doesn't reduce the price enough for it to come out worthwhile, even with the two boxes.  Then again we don't have DVRs so maybe that's the tipping point.  70% of the cost is having any kind of service with them whatsoever.

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #152: March 02, 2017, 04:23:58 PM »
I guess I should rephrase:

For what they're offering, 35 bucks a month isn't enough to get me off of a traditional TV plan.  I doubt you'd even save any money by the time you're done.  I'm paying 101 a month for FiOS 100/100 and basic TV with Verizon's router and two TV boxes.  A quick check of the FiOS website shows 65/mo for that speed internet only.

I feel the same way about this as I do Sling and others...  you're putting up with a lot of extra hassle just to save 10 or 15 bucks, if that.  Nevermind teaching non-techie family members how to use a non-traditional TV delivery service.  Hard pass.
I get that. My situation is a bit simpler that. I'm not eligible for some of the bundle offers. If I were, that might change my equation, but when you include Internet and sling, I come in under $70. During baseball season, add another $25 to it, which was less than what I paid a month for Extra Innings when I had DirecTV. I live by myself, so I don't have to worry about any of those other technology obstacles some might face if they've got tech adverse family members.

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #153: March 02, 2017, 06:17:04 PM »
I get that, but dropping the TV portion doesn't reduce the price enough for it to come out worthwhile, even with the two boxes.  Then again we don't have DVRs so maybe that's the tipping point.  70% of the cost is having any kind of service with them whatsoever.

PS Vue comes with the DVR feature without renting anything. 

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #154: March 02, 2017, 06:19:33 PM »
Unless it spits out cash it doesn't make up for the basic point I'm making ;)

I just wish "internet only" plans were priced in a more worthwhile manner, but obviously that's not in the cable company's interest.  If I were going to cut the cord right now I'd just get a set of rabbit ears and deal with it.  None of the current IP-based TV solutions offer enough value (in my opinion only, of course) to be worth any cost at all on top of the already-high cost of cableco/fios-provided internet.

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #155: March 03, 2017, 06:44:30 AM »
You can always just get a Firestick and jailbreak it.

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #156: March 03, 2017, 08:53:19 AM »
LOLz at you suckers stuck in the non-commie fiber world.

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #157: March 28, 2017, 11:13:11 AM »
Anyone familiar with this one?

https://layer3tv.com/

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #158: March 28, 2017, 12:33:29 PM »
Less content, lots of money, more "service." I mean, it looks like they come to your house in an expensive car instead of a van. That's gotta be good, right? (No. No it doesn't.)

Specifically, no Discovery or Velocity, so I'm out. And, it appears, no MASN.

Anyone familiar with this one?

https://layer3tv.com/

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #159: March 28, 2017, 12:35:46 PM »
Same content, same money, more "service." I mean, it looks like they come to your house in an expensive car instead of a van. That's gotta be good, right? (No. No it doesn't.)

How cool would it be to have the cable guy show up in a Beemer?  :rofl:

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« Reply #160: March 28, 2017, 12:40:29 PM »
I'd rather have a guy in a van that carries a ladder and can actually manage to install the service... then again, layer3 requires that you have internet already, so what's to install?

It's $89 after the first three months.

No MASN. Nats baseball is the only thing keeping me from cutting the cord.

Pass.

How cool would it be to have the cable guy show up in a Beemer?  :rofl:

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #161: March 28, 2017, 12:41:45 PM »
I'd rather have a guy in a van that carries a ladder and can actually manage to install the service... then again, layer3 requires that you have internet already, so what's to install?

It's $89 after the first three months.

No MASN. Nats baseball is the only thing keeping me from cutting the cord.

Pass.
That's as much as cable.

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #162: March 28, 2017, 12:42:40 PM »
I'd rather have a guy in a van that carries a ladder and can actually manage to install the service... then again, layer3 requires that you have internet already, so what's to install?

It's $89 after the first three months.

Pass.


But that includes DVR service as well. FiOS is kick ass but it's killing me.  I pay around $400 a month for tv, internet, 3 iphones and 2 ipads.  :hang: :crazy: :money: :whip:

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #163: March 28, 2017, 01:15:02 PM »
But that includes DVR service as well. FiOS is kick ass but it's killing me.  I pay around $400 a month for tv, internet, 3 iphones and 2 ipads.  :hang: :crazy: :money: :whip:

And if you cut cable, they'd increase the bill somehow. Any change you make costs more money (or not less, anyway).

And if those three phones total $180 (which they probably do), you're internet/cable bill is lower than my Comcast internet/cable bill, and I don't have anything fancy.

Let's face it, they've got us all bent over.


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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #164: March 29, 2017, 08:03:16 PM »
Anyone use PS Vue? Search function Q, probably... :whip:

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #165: March 30, 2017, 04:43:16 AM »
Here's a good article on setting up a VPN to get around the Internet ISPs efforts to sell one's browsing history

https://medium.freecodecamp.com/how-to-set-up-a-vpn-in-5-minutes-for-free-and-why-you-urgently-need-one-d5cdba361907

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #166: April 04, 2017, 01:19:04 PM »
Does anyone have a way to get access to the MLB Network without having a cable account? Is there a video add-on or something for Kodi and the Amazon Firestick?

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #167: April 04, 2017, 02:15:47 PM »
Only online availability I know of is Playstation vue.

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #168: April 04, 2017, 02:32:38 PM »
Only online availability I know of is Playstation vue.

And that's a recent add.  When I first subscribed to PS Vue they didn't have MLB Network - it was just added about two weeks ago.

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #169: April 04, 2017, 02:33:04 PM »
Anyone use PS Vue? Search function Q, probably... :whip:

I have it.  I love it!

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #170: April 05, 2017, 02:35:11 PM »
YouTube! TV launches: 50+ channels for $35 a month, very limited availability initially:

https://www.recode.net/2017/4/5/15191226/youtube-watch-live-tv-google-streaming

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Re: Cutting the cord
« Reply #171: April 05, 2017, 02:58:17 PM »
What are parental controls like on the PS Vue? Sling does a pretty good job with 'em. Last I had seen Vue didn't have much in that regard. I want to try it, but won't until that gets addressed.