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    Re: cutting the cord / streaming tv thread

    At my wits end with Frontier/ Verizon and am considering cutting the cord. A few questions for those who have successfully cut the cord:

    1) What HD atenna you recommend? I might be mistaken, but from what I am reading this is a neccessity for local channels.

    2) Did you need to increase wireless speed and or upgrade to new router? If so, which router? My wife is not tech savvy and I travel every week... one instance of buffering and we are reconnecting the cord!

    3) I already have apple TV and Roku. What streaming service do you recommend? We watch local, ESPN, Fox News, Smithsonian, History channel and a few others.

    Thank you,

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    My 2 Cents, I have used a combo since ATT kicked most of its customers off U-Verse by raising the price to unheard of levels to clear bandwidth. They offered directTV so low I couldn’t pass it up, plus I have Roku, smart TVs and a Fires-tick with Kodi(not used often due to quality) all with Amazon prime and shared Netflix
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    Re: cutting the cord / streaming tv thread

    Quote Originally Posted by DzynKingRTR View Post
    I have heard bad things about Sling. I keep hearing conflicting comments as to whether or not Hulu supports sports.

    I am just done with comcast cable. I am finally fed up. I am currently having an issue with my cable. It has suddenly zoomed and everything is huge even the guide. Everything else is fine, it is only for cable. I called comcast and they said they could "check my cable box and remote" They claimed to do this and everything was "working properly". Here is the problem, I do not and have never had a X1 voice remote. In fact the remote I did have was just the cheap nothing remote. I no longer have the cheap xfinity remote. It was damaged when it was flung across the room and against a wall in January of 2017. I am currently using a universal remote that I bought and programmed myself. So how did they "check my remote"? They had no answer for that and continued to tell me it was my TV that was the problem.

    My only reason for even having cable is sports. I do not care about network TV shows and I am caring less and less everyday about some of these cable shows.
    Crappy OEM DVRs is why I've been a TiVo customer for years. I own my modem, my DVR, and all related equipment so I don't pay Comcast an extra penny for any equipment. Owning my own equipment has paid for itself several times over and eliminated most of the common headaches people have with their OEM equipment. It's a little bit of a headache getting the CableCard reactivated when I move but that's been a once-every-few-years kind of thing, so not that big of a deal.

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    Re: cutting the cord / streaming tv thread

    Quote Originally Posted by DzynKingRTR View Post

    My only reason for even having cable is sports. I do not care about network TV shows and I am caring less and less everyday about some of these cable shows.
    YoutubeTV is $40 a month and has the local 4 channels (at least here in Alabama) and all the sports channels including SEC network. NFL network may be the only sports channel it doesn't have. Not a deal breaker for me.

    Hulu live had all the sports channels. But it only had fox and Nbc local channels and no CBS or ABC. That is why we ditched that idea.
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    Re: cutting the cord / streaming tv thread

    Quote Originally Posted by 64met View Post
    At my wits end with Frontier/ Verizon and am considering cutting the cord. A few questions for those who have successfully cut the cord:
    1) What HD atenna you recommend? I might be mistaken, but from what I am reading this is a neccessity for local channels.

    I would check to make sure you can get the channels through an antenna. We are too far away and couldn't. If you can, then Amazon has a bunch to choose from.

    2) Did you need to increase wireless speed and or upgrade to new router? If so, which router? My wife is not tech savvy and I travel every week... one instance of buffering and we are reconnecting the cord!

    I couldn't help you on the required speed. I just know we have At&t Fiber Internet and it works fine.
    3) I already have apple TV and Roku. What streaming service do you recommend? We watch local, ESPN, Fox News, Smithsonian, History channel and a few others.
    If it is a newer Apple TV then most streaming will work on it. And of course the Roku is a great option for all of the streaming services. I would just check each of the streaming services and see which channels fit you the best. Honestly, we chose youtubetv and Philo (because we wanted channels like Nickelodeon, HGTV, A&E..etc) So we are paying $56 for the two. Still about $100 in savings for us each month.
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    Re: cutting the cord / streaming tv thread

    On Hulu Live I seem to have all sports I want to watch. We also have all the local channels but they may be a market by market thing.

    The good news is you can do free trials on most of these services and switching is nothing more than canceling and subscribing on a device or web site. No scheduling a technician or waiting for different equipment. The services are constantly evolving. Pick the service that has the best UI and best combination of channels you want.

    One key thing to realize. How you watch TV today will change significantly in 6 months. You'll find series with seasons of episodes and watch them. Even some old classics like Taxi or Frasier. The idea of network shows at 8p on Tuesday will not even be a thought.

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    Re: cutting the cord / streaming tv thread

    Quote Originally Posted by IndyBison View Post
    On Hulu Live I seem to have all sports I want to watch. We also have all the local channels but they may be a market by market thing.

    The good news is you can do free trials on most of these services and switching is nothing more than canceling and subscribing on a device or web site. No scheduling a technician or waiting for different equipment. The services are constantly evolving. Pick the service that has the best UI and best combination of channels you want.

    One key thing to realize. How you watch TV today will change significantly in 6 months. You'll find series with seasons of episodes and watch them. Even some old classics like Taxi or Frasier. The idea of network shows at 8p on Tuesday will not even be a thought.

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    Great points.

    Yes, the availability of local channels is definitely a market to market thing. I think it is this way for most of the streaming companies. That is why the free trials are a great way to find out what works for you.
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    Re: cutting the cord / streaming tv thread

    Does anyone know if WVUA TV (Tuscaloosa) programming is available on any streaming channels? Specifically looking for “Hey Coach” and “Tider Insider” TV shows. I have Roku and Youtube TV presently.
    I’m pretty sure I could pick it up over the air as a back up. Thanks.

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    Hulu does locals. They have a tool to see if they have your locals.
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    Re: cutting the cord / streaming tv thread

    You do not need a HD antenna. Iím using a 30 year old VHF/UHF antenna and pick up the signals from Bíham just fine. I have the antenna sitting in the rafters of my house and only have weather related issues sporadically.
    Whatís weird, years ago, before HD, my grandmother (who lives 100 yds to my north) had a set of rabbit ears on her tv and picked up everything from Huntsville and Birmingham. Itís weird. Iíve never been able to pull that feat off with my giant aerial antenna.

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    Re: cutting the cord / streaming tv thread

    Quote Originally Posted by AlistarWills View Post
    You do not need a HD antenna. I’m using a 30 year old VHF/UHF antenna and pick up the signals from B’ham just fine. I have the antenna sitting in the rafters of my house and only have weather related issues sporadically.
    What’s weird, years ago, before HD, my grandmother (who lives 100 yds to my north) had a set of rabbit ears on her tv and picked up everything from Huntsville and Birmingham. It’s weird. I’ve never been able to pull that feat off with my giant aerial antenna.
    True. Only one of our sets is on a box and the air sets don't have fancy antennae...
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