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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
Checking out Tablo and looks like that's the better way to go than Tivo if you just want OTA channels. Plus it apparently works on Apple TV and would have its own integrated channel guide.
Eta: read that their Appletv app isn't ready yet, but will be soon.

Holy cow. If Sling ever gets an appletv app that'd be the perfect set up. Except the whole only being able to use one login at a time would still suck ass.
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
My Tablo comes in at the end of the week


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Says you can connect up to 6 devices to it which is cool. I wonder how many can use it at once?

Definitely keep us posted how you like it. Seems like the big gripe I'm seeing in the Amazon reviews is the buffering since basically everything you watch is really being streamed. I'd imagine a hard wired connection the Tablo hub and having your peripherals hard wired in as well should eliminate that though.
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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'm intrigued by the OTA antenna combined with Tivo and the mini boxes option. I'


I have an HDHomerun box that connects to my antenna coax. The HDHomerun has a cat5 connection that you connect to your router. Once you do that then any device connected to your network...I.e. Firestick, laptop...can access OTA channels. I have my KODI setup so I can watch OTA in KODI. To do this you have to download and setup WMC PVR (Windows Media Center PVR) on a computer running Windows Media Center and a client pvr on Kodi. I can record OTA shows through this setup too.


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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
you can get a tablo dvr to record the antenna. i set the in-laws up with one and they like it


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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
Getting fireTV this weekend before walking dead starts. Only question is should i get the HD antenna combo at best buy. Is the antenna the only way to get free locals or can i get those through an app as well?

HBO NOW- will I be able to stream live GoT or will i have to wait til the next day?


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You can get the locals for free on KODI with USTV Now, but try the antenna first. Way more convenient.

Yes, HBO Streaming service is similar to watchESPN in that it streams live content.


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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
This is my setup so far. I have not cut the cord yet. Getting wife acclimated.

- Cox 100Mbps internet
- Motorola SB6141 Modem
- Netgear Nighthawk R6700 Router
- Amazon Fire TV stick
- Kodi with Phoenix, Genesis, Velocity, Salts and Sportsdevil add ons.
- FIL DirecTV account number for HBO,Starz, Cinemax, Encore and ESPN
- Amazon Prime TV
- Netflix (rarely use now since Prime)


Hope to get:
- Antenna
- Sling TV if required
- Hulu if required
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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Says you can connect up to 6 devices to it which is cool. I wonder how many can use it at once?
I think the limit of 6 devices IS at once. I'm pretty sure there is no limit to the actual number of devices that can connect to it.


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Oh shite yeah. At this point my only reservation would be the one login watch at a time for Sling then.


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Can we get a separate group of options for households with more than one TV. Seems like most of these options are for the college dorm type people with one TV. What about households with 6 TV's? We need some setups that show centralized devices that run to all the TV's, or is buying 6 ROKU/Firesticks the way most people go?


Also, will everyone stop saying they are cord cutters if they mooch a password from friends and family? That is not cord cutting, that is paying for the service as intended, but using the paid for service in a different location. Your mamma is still paying $200/month for those pay channels.


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I agree, using a password that's not your own should be excluded.


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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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Can we get a separate group of options for households with more than one TV. Seems like most of these options are for the college dorm type people with one TV. What about households with 6 TV's? We need some setups that show centralized devices that run to all the TV's, or is buying 6 ROKU/Firesticks the way most people go?
I don't think there's any other way to do it other than having some sort of device/box stationed at each TV. Without a device, you are limited to using whatever features/apps your smart TV has (yuck), or just watching whatever is coming in live via the antenna. If you want to stream and/or watch recorded shows, you're gonna want a Roku/firestick/whatever at each TV.

I think the Tivo and Tablo are the "centralized" devices you are asking about. With Tivo, you'll need one DVR box at the main TV, then a "mini" Tivo box for each additional TV. The mini boxes just need a network connection to stream recordings or live TV from the main box. Tivo is probably the best "experience", but it's expensive upfront and ongoing. The Tablo can go anywhere in the home since it just needs to connect to the network and not a TV. You access what the Tablo has recorded via Roku app, phone app, etc. The Tablo is cheaper than Tivo, but the experience apparently isn't as "seamless" or whatever you'd like to call it.

Another option is HDHomerun. I'm not very familiar with it, but I believe how it works is it just tunes in stations and puts them directly onto your network. You can then watch live TV using a computer, smart TV, phone, etc. (but not directly with a Roku, apparently). With HDHomerun, in order to DVR stuff you would probably have to set up a computer to do so, so it's more involved than the Tivo or Tablo.


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I agree, using a password that's not your own should be excluded.


Yeah. Not only on principle, but also because the content producers need to realize that we don't want to have to go through a cable company to access their content. If everybody just "borrows" passwords for everything, they're just going to keep doing what they're doing because it's working. Which means it's just going to continue to be a clusterfrick of streaming options where certain shows and episodes can be streamed while others can't. It's maddening.


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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
I've cut the cord and have multiple tvs.

I do use my MIL password, but I use it for my kids, and it's not a necessity, it just makes it easier for me.

I have Cox 100mb/s, SB6141 modem, Netgear AC1750 router

-Living Room TV is a 55" Sony Android TV. Negative of an android tv is that a good bit of apps don't support it, such as WatchESPN, and 1 or 2 of the major networks. It does have Kodi on it though, but havent' played with it yet.
I put a Roku3 hardwired in. Also have the Clearstream OTA Antenna in the attic hooked to just this tv. I'm in Baton Rouge and catch all the channels clearly. Channel 2 seemed to be the most finicky at first.
Haven't seen what happens in bad weather yet though.

-Kitchen TV is a small LED tv that has a Roku stick on it and also has the small mohu leaf OTA antenna which is placed in a window. Kids mainly watch this in the morning, and i watch it when i'm cooking.

-Kids playroom tv has the roku2 hardwired in. Got this for free for prepaying 3 months of slingtv.

-kids bedroom tv is a POS vizio smart tv that i hardwired into. I hated this tv but since i've hardwired into it, it has performed much better. They only watch netflix and vudu on this one. I am waiting for my next 3 months of Slingtv and I will use my wife to sign up for it to get another Roku2 for free in this room.

-Office tv has a firestick on it, I usually leave it on ESPN while i work.

-bedroom tv has a Roku stick on it.

I think by far the Roku is the best option over anything else for cord cutters. There's a big difference between hardwiring it and wifi.


What i subscribe to:
1. Netflix - had it before i cut the cord $8/month. Can only watch on two tvs, and haven't had a problem yet.
2. Prime - wife had it before b/c she has a problem buying crap off amazon $8/month
3. Hulu - I got Hulu b/c i was looking at buying a Tabloo or Tivo. The Tablo seemed to be the better choice b/c of the lifetime subscription but all together it was going to cost close to $500. With Hulu, i can watch all my shows for just $11/month, just have to wait a day to watch them, which i did anyways b/c i have two toddlers in my house every evening.
I think Hulu replaces a DVR easily.
4. SlingTv - $25/month for all of the ESPN's, TBS, TNT, AMC, IFC, HGTV and more. Getting SlingTV is the easiest way to watch the Walking Dead for cord cutters, but you have to watch it live. Outside of that, you can purchase episodes for $3 on Prime. I've also noticed that after about an hour of watching ESPN on sling, it freezes up and i have to touch a button to continue. Kind of aggravating. It sucks you can only watch on one tv, but haven't had an issue with that yet either. I could see an issue arise with an LSU game on ESPN wanting to be on in the living room and the kitchen, but i can still use my MIL's log in for the watchespn app if i needed to.
5. MIL passord for NickJr and DisneyJr - We use her password for these two apps for the kids, as opposed to us just buying episodes on VUDU or Prime, which we still do anyway, just not as much, b/c then i can download them to the tablets that we use for them in the car for long trips to grandmas.
Could use it for Showtime/Starz/Encore but really don't care to.

The only negatives i have so far are CBS not allowing you to watch their shows on their app without a $5.99 subscription and any shows on AMC that you may watch.


I have not done anythign with Kodi, but would like to learn so i can watch CBS shows without the subscription.

One thing i want to do, and not sure if or how it will work has to do with my network hard drive. I have a 2TB harddrive hooked up to my router, so everything connected to it can see it. We have a shite load of DVDs, a lot of them kids DVD's. I've burned many of them onto my computer and just need to transfer them to the hard drive. Trying to find a way to play these movies from each tv in the house. That would be golden for the kids. It would be nice if i could do it through an app on the Roku, but i have a feeling i'll have to watch it on a phone or tablet and then mirror it to the Roku.



So today, i'm paying $36/month as a cord cutter, not including netflix and Prime. I was paying $125 to Directv, not icluding Netflix or Prime. $90/month in savings.
I paid $100 for the Clearstream OTA antenna, $30 for the Mohu OTA anteanna, $100 for the Roku3, $100 for the 2 Roku sticks. I used the Directv cables for the antenna, and spent $30 on 3 ethernet cables and ran them all myself. Spent $360 on the set up, although i could have easily gotten by spending probably $150 and being patient with Slingtv and getting the Roku's free. Anyways, after 3 months i'll have recovered my upfront costs and will be saving $90/month from there on out.

To me, I looked at my Directv, which i loved, as $125/month for live sports, DVR service, and background noise. Slingtv and the OTA antenna solves the live sports and background noise problem, and Hulu solves the DVR problem. The only thing i don't have now that i did before was the ability to rewind live sporting events, and having to watch AMC shows live on sling without being able to record it, but i'm sure i could find that on Kodi.


Sorry for being so long. TWSS


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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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One thing i want to do, and not sure if or how it will work has to do with my network hard drive. I have a 2TB harddrive hooked up to my router, so everything connected to it can see it. We have a shite load of DVDs, a lot of them kids DVD's. I've burned many of them onto my computer and just need to transfer them to the hard drive. Trying to find a way to play these movies from each tv in the house. That would be golden for the kids. It would be nice if i could do it through an app on the Roku, but i have a feeling i'll have to watch it on a phone or tablet and then mirror it to the Roku.

You might want to consider running a Plex server on a computer and let it serve up the media on the network drive. Then you could use the Plex app on the Roku to watch your stuff.


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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
Cut Cox cable last week, but still using their internet.

I still get local channels in HD.
Using Sling TV through Roku 2 with sports package for past 2 weeks for $25. It has worked great (50 Mbps download). Only complaint is that I can't pause ESPN channels.
GF is testing out Hulu.. Not sure if we'll keep it.

Already had Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Saving about $70 a month


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