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    Re: How Do You Watch The Tide On TV? (Sling TV Was Awful This Year - Advice)

    Agree with all the comments IRT why streaming services aren't a better option than traditional cable / satellite. I pay $80/ month with Direct TV for 3 TVs, HD DVR, can watch any channel on phone or tablet, etc. Every year they jack my price up to $120 then I call and say I want to cancel and they give me $40 off for 12 months. The fact you have to call once a year and go through that process is the only drawback. Every time I've looked into switching to a streaming service it doesn't seem like it really saves me much money and I would lose a great deal of functionality. Most streaming services start out around $30/month but by the time you add a sports package, a kids package, multiple TVs etc it ends up anywhere from $50-$70/month. It just isn't worth it to me to save $20/month. I also think a lot of people trick themselves into thinking they are saving money. You should lay out the total price of the streaming service (with all the options and extras) and compare that to the promotional price of cable / satellite. The reason to compare it to the promotional price is that you can always get that price re-instated if you call and threaten to cancel. Sure, if you compare a $30 bare bones streaming service to a non-promotional cable rate of $150 it looks like you're saving money. But by the time you add all your extras to that $30 and then compare it to the cable promo rate you're probably saving around $20 /month. I see people say they're saving $150 / month by "cutting the cord" and I just don't see how that's possible if you compare realistic numbers.

    To answer the question in the OP - I would sign up with a cable or satellite provider and just go through hassle of calling once per year to get the promotional rate re-instated. In the end it's just about the same cost as streaming but with less headaches..

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    Re: How Do You Watch The Tide On TV? (Sling TV Was Awful This Year - Advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by TideWatcher View Post
    You tube tv is what I am planning on trying myself. I have had Dish for years, but ready to switch. Any negatives on You Tube tv would be appreciated, like if it has delay, freezing, or other issues people have listed with other services. You Tube Tv has all the channels I really ever watch. It includes all the espn channels and sec network for 35 a month.
    So far, no freezing... I also like the fact that it has all my local channels as well... ABC, CBS, NBC which means I can catch the local news.

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    the streaming companies better get on the ball quick and fix their services. I paid for Sling and a couple times when it didn't work well I went and found a couple of streams being made available elsewhere that both had no perceptible delay and worked a heck of a lot better than the stream I was paying for. Didn't watch them of course as that would be illegal but when the illegal stream is far better performing than the legal ones that is a situation ripe for issues. FWIW I would also try the WatchESPN APP on Roku with mixed results. Sometimes it worked well, others not so much
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    Quote Originally Posted by jme View Post
    I have Sling and other than being a tad behind mine works great . I have a antenna and a roku with Charter internet it saves me $100 a month by streaming
    I save over $100.00 per month also. Antenna, Roku, Netflix and ATT-Uverse internet. I am old school and I don't mind the lag. I'll take Lag and $100 for Savings, Alex.
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    To do Sling, Netflix, and antenna, it's costing me $35/month, not including what I pay for Internet. I'll take that all day. Especially since we don't watch that much TV to begin with.
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    Re: How Do You Watch The Tide On TV? (Sling TV Was Awful This Year - Advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood Forrest View Post
    I save over $100.00 per month also. Antenna, Roku, Netflix and ATT-Uverse internet. I am old school and I don't mind the lag. I'll take Lag and $100 for Savings, Alex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood Forrest View Post
    I save over $100.00 per month also. Antenna, Roku, Netflix and ATT-Uverse internet. I am old school and I don't mind the lag. I'll take Lag and $100 for Savings, Alex.
    Quote Originally Posted by CaliforniaTide View Post
    To do Sling, Netflix, and antenna, it's costing me $35/month, not including what I pay for Internet. I'll take that all day. Especially since we don't watch that much TV to begin with.
    I have U-Verse TV and Internet. If I get rid of the TV, my internet goes up an extra $10 a month. After I pay for any services, I save maybe $20 a month.

    RF, how do you say $100 a month if you have U-Verse internet?

    We have pretty solid internet, but I get leery of cutting the cord when reading some of the comments about the signal going in-and-out based on the internet quality.
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    Re: How Do You Watch The Tide On TV? (Sling TV Was Awful This Year - Advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by Redwood Forrest View Post
    I save over $100.00 per month also. Antenna, Roku, Netflix and ATT-Uverse internet. I am old school and I don't mind the lag. I'll take Lag and $100 for Savings, Alex.
    Quote Originally Posted by RTR91 View Post
    I have U-Verse TV and Internet. If I get rid of the TV, my internet goes up an extra $10 a month. After I pay for any services, I save maybe $20 a month.

    RF, how do you say $100 a month if you have U-Verse internet?

    We have pretty solid internet, but I get leery of cutting the cord when reading some of the comments about the signal going in-and-out based on the internet quality.
    Yea, please provide a price breakdown on the $100 / month savings. My total Direct TV bill is $80 so I'm curious what you were paying for satellite / cable..

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    Re: How Do You Watch The Tide On TV? (Sling TV Was Awful This Year - Advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    the streaming companies better get on the ball quick and fix their services. I paid for Sling and a couple times when it didn't work well I went and found a couple of streams being made available elsewhere that both had no perceptible delay and worked a heck of a lot better than the stream I was paying for. Didn't watch them of course as that would be illegal but when the illegal stream is far better performing than the legal ones that is a situation ripe for issues. FWIW I would also try the WatchESPN APP on Roku with mixed results. Sometimes it worked well, others not so much
    I agree about the Watch ESPN app. I have 2 TVs in my office area. One is hooked up to Direct TV and the other has an apple TV which I'll stream a game on if there's 2 good games at the same time. I have giga-bit internet which I get about 300 mbps up / down through wifi and I still have buffering and quality issues with watch ESPN..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole Man Dan View Post
    ATTUVERSE.
    Not as cheap as some of the others, but it is dependable, with a great picture.
    I've thought about cutting the cord, but I'm not sold on doing so.
    Maybe in the future...
    Same here have fox spts. 1&2 all the espn channels , cbs spts. great picture, little or no interruptions, , 24 meg internet, no complaints, except the the base price is $133, after the govt. gets thru $147! I would have DTV, if I lived in the desert, but not otherwise, I've had Dish NW, and DTV twice, ATTUVERSE for me, but I'll still be looking!

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    Re: How Do You Watch The Tide On TV? (Sling TV Was Awful This Year - Advice)

    For those that have cut the cord completely, what's your internet situation...cable or fiber? Cable is my only viable high speed option, and sling freezes repeatedly during peak hours. Staying with Dish for now, at least until they upgrade to fiber in our town- which is coming at some point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EscaTider View Post
    For those that have cut the cord completely, what's your internet situation...cable or fiber? Cable is my only viable high speed option, and sling freezes repeatedly during peak hours. Staying with Dish for now, at least until they upgrade to fiber in our town- which is coming at some point.

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    I have AT&T's Giga-Bit fiber network which is 1000mbps up / down when wired in and about 300 mpbs up / down on wifi and I still get lag and quality issues on pretty much every sports streaming app. The streaming issues aren't perpetual but enough that I wouldn't want that to be my only means of watching live sports. The AT&T fiber internet is $90 in my area. It's price locked for life and doesn't have data usage cap..

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    Re: How Do You Watch The Tide On TV? (Sling TV Was Awful This Year - Advice)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jon View Post
    the streaming companies better get on the ball quick and fix their services. I paid for Sling and a couple times when it didn't work well I went and found a couple of streams being made available elsewhere that both had no perceptible delay and worked a heck of a lot better than the stream I was paying for. Didn't watch them of course as that would be illegal but when the illegal stream is far better performing than the legal ones that is a situation ripe for issues. FWIW I would also try the WatchESPN APP on Roku with mixed results. Sometimes it worked well, others not so much
    I have observed the same situation with Sling and AT&T 2 wire internet. The Bama game would not stream on Sling or Watch ESPN. Just by accident I found someone was streaming the game over YouTube and it streamed perfectly.

    Watch ESPN has not streamed well for me under the very best possible circumstances.

    This leads me to suspect that Google/YouTube has much more infrastructure and capability for streaming than does Sling or ESPN. I could be way off on this from a technology standpoint but it causes me to look favorably to trying YouTube TV.

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