Sling tv for bama ball?

RTR91

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I have YouTubeTV, but it is paused until football season starts. No need for me paying for something I don't watch. I'll pause it again January. Seemed very good and very crisp and clear. Good local stations, too. I'm interested if it buffers any when the games come on due to network traffic.
So far I have not had any issues when watching sporting events. We'll see how it goes with college football in less than 45 days...
 

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I dropped AT&T U-Verse and went with DirecTV Now. I was an early adopter of the service and locked in a great rate for the package I received. Initially CBS wasn't included in the local changes, so I purchased CBC All Access for $5.99/month. Of course, I didn't mind spending the extra $6 for CBS since I dropped AT&T U-Verse and its $250 price tag. My DirecTV Now subscription also allows me to stream ESPN.
 

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I have YouTubeTV, but it is paused until football season starts. No need for me paying for something I don't watch. I'll pause it again January. Seemed very good and very crisp and clear. Good local stations, too. I'm interested if it buffers any when the games come on due to network traffic.
I have never had buffering issues with Hulu. As has been stated there is a slight delay (about 5-10 seconds).
 

claybamaman

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Last year I had Hulu TV for the 1st time during football season. Me and my brother always text after a Bama touchdown when we aren't watching it together. He has Directv through the satellite. He was always about 30 seconds to a minute ahead of me so sometimes I would know it way before it happened. I hope that it isn't as bad as last year on that, but very clear rarely buffers.
 
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DzynKingRTR

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Last year I had Hulu TV for the 1st time during football season. Me and my brother always text after a Bama touchdown when we aren't watching it together. He has Directv through the satellite. He was always about 30 seconds to a minute ahead of me so sometimes I would know it way before it happened. I hope that it isn't as bad as last year on that, but very clear rarely buffers.
I noticed the 30 second delay on some games but not all.
 

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So far I have not had any issues when watching sporting events. We'll see how it goes with college football in less than 45 days...
I haven't commented on this thread for a while, but I had massive issues with it buffering last year. I think it may have had more to do with the Roku I have; I never determined with any certainty. Anyway, I cancelled YouTubeTV and am considering Hulu for this season. I now have AT&T Fiber for Internet service since we moved, and am getting legit 300 to 400 mbps DL speeds over WiFi, so that side of the equation isn't going to be a problem. I may retry YouTube, we'll see.
 

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When I had the Roku + Sling, my buffering issues were due to lower Internet speed + router placement in the house relative to the Roku stick. Since we moved, the router is in the same room as Chromecast, and we switched over to YouTubeTV to be able to watch our channels on the same setting as the local channels. Plus, I've been able to watch more of my other sports teams games on YouTubeTV and the channels don't exist on Sling. Overall, we've been very pleased.
 

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I want to cut the cord so badly. Just can’t take the plunge.
Live sports is really the hardest thing to deal with. Without ESPN you are missing a lot, and to get just ESPN it starts at $25 a month and works its way up from there.

But, I will say in general it's kind of fun for me to figure out all the other options. I just got an Amazon Recast (with easily expandable storage), and while I didn't really need it, the live broadcast TV/DVR on my phone/tablet/what ever I want it on is neat Also I'm getting used to using Pluto more, in my hotel room I was watching Misfit Garage on Discovery, come home and find Misfit Garage on Pluto's Cars channel.

If you just ignore the elephant in the room, live sports, having something like Netflix, OTA DVR, and things like Pluto and you're gonna have about as much TV as you can care to watch.
 
Live sports is really the hardest thing to deal with. Without ESPN you are missing a lot, and to get just ESPN it starts at $25 a month and works its way up from there.

But, I will say in general it's kind of fun for me to figure out all the other options. I just got an Amazon Recast (with easily expandable storage), and while I didn't really need it, the live broadcast TV/DVR on my phone/tablet/what ever I want it on is neat Also I'm getting used to using Pluto more, in my hotel room I was watching Misfit Garage on Discovery, come home and find Misfit Garage on Pluto's Cars channel.

If you just ignore the elephant in the room, live sports, having something like Netflix, OTA DVR, and things like Pluto and you're gonna have about as much TV as you can care to watch.
Yeah, I got you on that. But the size of the elephant in the room in my household is a bit on the extremely huge side. We watch a lot of football and basketball. I do believe that after this football season I’m going to take the plunge into stream only.


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When I had the Roku + Sling, my buffering issues were due to lower Internet speed + router placement in the house relative to the Roku stick. Since we moved, the router is in the same room as Chromecast, and we switched over to YouTubeTV to be able to watch our channels on the same setting as the local channels. Plus, I've been able to watch more of my other sports teams games on YouTubeTV and the channels don't exist on Sling. Overall, we've been very pleased.
I have started having buffering issues too since more homes have been built in this neighborhood. I will see if I can move my router like you did. Is there another way to make my internet signal stronger in the other parts of my house?
 

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I have started having buffering issues too since more homes have been built in this neighborhood. I will see if I can move my router like you did. Is there another way to make my internet signal stronger in the other parts of my house?
In my experience, it all depends on the speed coming into your house. Before we moved to our current house, there was only one place the Internet came into the house, and that was in the master bedroom. Our current house has multiple places where the Internet comes into the house now. If you have multiple devices using the Internet through the wifi, you may want to see if you can get a router that video gamers use; it would give you more bandwidth from which your devices can use. I do think it helps that our wifi has 2 settings, so we're able to use some of our devices on the 5 GHz and others on the 2.4 GHz.
 

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Live in the Atlanta market. Have AT&T Fiber optics for internet only. Service is exceptional never fails. I do not have cable. I use an antenna works for me all locals full HD free. I tried all the options finding for me Roku +Sling was best and easiest to use. Buffering issues are solely due to a slower internet speed. I run 100+ so buffering no issue. Also cost, my Sling with all sports is $30/month. YouTube was pushing $50+ HULU did not perform well for me. My internet plus Sling is under $80/month
 

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