title says it all. have you completely severed ties with cable or sat? are you an internet only tv person? how does it work? how is the quality? i am looking at it but here are my lists of musts:
have to get sports, particularly nba and boxing on hbo and showtime. how do i go about getting the cats?
have to be able to change channels pretty easily.
do not want to "hunt" around the interwebs for different shows. things need to be in one or two places.
quality HAS to be the same. no grainy, choppy, buffering feeds mired with pop ups or forced to watch commercials.
cost has to be significantly cheaper. like all in for less than $30-40 per month. if not, i will gladly pay $85 for the conv. of direct tv.
11-16-2013 05:35 PM
i do not have tv, only pay for internet. it definitely saves me money, but there are certain downgrades.
for internet, i have the highest setting, which here is 50 dollars a month, split between my roommates.
for basketball, i'm using a streaming service called ballstreams. i'm not sure about the legality, but the quality is great. hd and can watch any game, local or national, live and also on-demand. they also show more marquee college games. i plug my laptop into my living room tv with an hdmi cable and it works great, just like watching tv. that's 80 bucks for a year.
i also bought a 20 dollar antenna and it works fine. pick up about 7 channels, including fox and cbs for football sundays, and nbc streams their games, so i plug my computer in for that.
i also have netflix, which has lots of interesting shows and movies, but can get old. i stream that to my tv through my ps3, which also has other applications for watching things - MLB, Crackle (like netflix, but free with commercials), and i get a lot of free movies through my work for a VUDU account.
there is no changing channels and you have to actively make a choice about what you are going to watch, which takes away from the passive pleasure of tv. you are not gonna be able to flip over and see oh shit, terminator 2 is on fx, let me watch that for a bit. that is something i really miss but i am not willing to pay the prices. i've gotten used to it, but you will definitely miss that aspect.
that was really helpful adam. it seems like i am not ready to go with out cable. we don't watch a ton of movies and really enjoy the passiveness of cable. once the kiddos are too bed, it is nice to just jump on the dvr and start plowing through stuff. i don't want to log on etc.
i can see in the future, a cable company skipping the hard cable and going with a broadcast wi-fi system that pushes tv. internet plus tv, you pay a bandwidth rate.
12-04-2013 10:07 PM
Last week I took steps towards cord cutting... It's really more like cord "shaving"
This is what I did:
- Dropped HBO
- Returned DVRs to the evil offices of Time Warner
- Bought a Roku 3
- signed up for Amazon Prime ( I now have Hulu, Netflix & Prime )
- Reduced TV package from preferred to standard ( This allows me to still get SportSouth through the Time Warner Roku App )
- Increased my internet package by $20/month ( more speed )
- Bought an indoor Antenna for local HD channels
- Bought a modem so that I could stop leasing my modem from the rat-bastards at Time Warner
12-09-2013 03:22 AM
Roku is just amazing.
12-09-2013 06:16 AM
Originally Posted by iCaptainn
Roku is just amazing.
It absolutely is. I highly recommend it for anyone looking at cutting or reducing cable
Here is another service that looks promising for those that don't want to fight with antennas --> https://aereo.com/
When it makes it to Charlotte, I plan on giving it a try.