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Pickle_Weasel
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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If you want the simplest, most dependable service, you still need cable. And you don't really save a ton of money unless you're willing to get dirty and use pirated streams, etc.


I think if you're wanting everything in one place, then you have a point. My setup:
1. PS Vue
2. OTA Antenna with Tablo

PS Vue is the most rock solid of the streaming services. I have tried DirecTV Now, and it isn't stable at all. Sling is way too expensive. YouTube TV isn't available in my area, so I can't comment on that.

The one problem I ran into with PS Vue is that they do not carry any of my local stations. So I purchased an antenna (CM 4228HD) and mounted that up on a pole, and that runs to my Tablo. The Tablo is a network device that allows you to connect to it from pretty much any device. The model I got was the 4 tuner, and you can connect an external HD to it so you have DVR functions. So I get all of my locals (CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, CW, etc...) in crystal clear HD.

We also have Netflix and Amazon Prime.

One thing that I'll probably end up adding to my setup is subscribing to PhiloTV ($16/month) so I can get the Viacom stations that PS Vue doesn't have.

Overall, I'm still saving money each month versus what I was paying for with DirecTV. The only inconvenient item is that there are multiple sources to watch TV and we would have to jump between apps to see what we had recorded. To get around that, I wrote a desktop application that allows you to enter in all of the shows that you watch, and it will automatically send email reminders on what shows we have coming on for today (show name, which network, what time, and synopsis) as well as what all comes on tomorrow.

With cutting the cord, you can make it as simple (or as complicated) as you want. My wife isn't a techie at all, but she doesn't have any problems navigating things. As an added bonus, it's super easy to setup a TV on the back deck during football season without having to move a cable box/receiver outside to go with it.



nchawg
Arkansas Fan
North Carolina
Member since Sep 2011
119 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
I was a Directv customer since the late 90s. Cancelled the service after trying out Directv Now.

1. Directv Now is an inferior product to Directv when it comes to features, navigation, interface and DVR.
2. I miss the channel numbers, which I got use to. Easy to type 206 on the remote and go to ESPN.
3. Recording shows and series on Directv Now can be wonky. Some series will not record.
4. No option to add an extension to live events you are recording.
5. Getting to the guide with the Fire remote takes a few extra steps. No button to just pull up the channel guide.
6. Can no longer rewind live TV. Have to record the show then you can.
7. Even though they offer my local channels, they give me locals from another city. I have opened two tickets and still have been waiting weeks for a resolution.
8. App gets flaky sometimes. I had to clear the cache for the directv Now app on my Fire TV the other day to get it to load.

All that said, I'm not going back to cable or Directv. I'm saving $70 a month, I have the same channels, and it is good enough. I have hope that they will improve the service and get it much closer to the original Directv. If not, I can try out other streaming services.


LouBega
Member since Dec 2017
721 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
What's the most up to date add on for Kodi movies/tv? I feel like every 6 months I need to download a new one.


drdoct
LSU Fan
Atlanta, GA
Member since Oct 2015
609 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
gaia has been rocking it so far.


EarlyCuyler3
Alabama Fan
Appalachia
Member since Nov 2017
1930 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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gaia has been rocking it so far.


Gaia for sure. Although I installed the reaper build from reddit and it made my sources go winky yesterday. Got to reinstall today and see what happens.


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ShoeBang
New Orleans Pelicans Fan
Member since May 2012
8826 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
PS Vue is now available on Roku by the way. Might want to update the info


Topisawtiger
LSU Fan
Mississippi
Member since Oct 2012
2053 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
I was paying $199/month for ATT internet and DirecTV and like most only watch select channels so I decided to cancel DirecTV and went to YouTubeTV for $40 a month. Well, after cancelling my service, which took me through three CSR's to get it done, I get a call the next day from someone higher up. Turns out they reduced my rate by $85/month for 12 months with no contract. My wife was ecstatic as she didn't like the layout of YouTubeTV. So, now our bill is $115/month instead, only $15 more than what YouTubeTV/internet would have been with 240+ more channels.
Btw, would have gone with DirecTVNow but they only carry the local NBC channel in our area.
Couldn't pass this deal up. Will try to cut the cord again next year. Good luck guys......

p.s. I feel a little guilty for caving.


EarlyCuyler3
Alabama Fan
Appalachia
Member since Nov 2017
1930 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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p.s. I feel a little guilty for caving.


Don't. You saved a nice chunk of change and kept the wife happy. Sounds like a win.


OweO
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
Just want to add that today the Direct TV guy came out and installed it. On Monday AT&T will be out to install internet, but I decided to switch to DirectTV/AT&T because there was no way I should have been paying what I was.

I had the bundle (internet, cable and landline). The sports package was added to my cable (SEC network, NFL, NBA, MLB networks, ESPNU, etc) as well as HBO & Showtimes (there are quite a few shows I watch on both)

It was costing $320 a month. Had been thinking about looking into switching to something else for awhile and just never got around to doing it, until a few weeks ago. Looked into DTV/AT&T and gave them a call. I told them what I have now and I was told they could offer everything I have now for $148/month. The NFL ticket free for 1 year and a $100 gift card. So I finally decided to get rid of Cox.

Looking back at it now, I will be paying $172 less a month.. I should have switched a long time ago.


t00f
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Member since Jul 2016
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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PS Vue is now available on Roku


Nice, about time


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cajunangelle
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
I pulled the plug, new construction and it took Spectrum 3 months to construct drop and bury cable.

I learned to live with antenna TV and wi fi hotspot internet with my mobile carrier. At the last minute AFTER my cable was dropped and buried got internet only.

I need advice on whether to go with Hulu or Sling. The reviews on this make it far better than firestick.

I got Roku Streaming Stick+ 4K HDR UHD Streaming Device with Voice Remote.
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cajunangelle
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
I just found a great page breaking down the different streaming available.

Hulu Live vs. YouTube TV vs. Sling vs. Vue vs. DirecTV Now: Face-Off!
LINK

LINK
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Al Bundy Bulldog
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
YoutubeTV is almost perfect it is only lacking the NFL Network.


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CCTider
Alabama Fan
Bama
Member since Dec 2014
19257 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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It was costing $320 a month


Holy shit!

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Looking back at it now, I will be paying $172 less a month.. I should have switched a long time


For an extra $2k per year, definitely. Just remember to shop around after the contract expires. Telecoms don't reward customer loyalty, only people that shop around and ask for deals.
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cajunangelle
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Member since Oct 2012
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re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
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Telecoms don't reward customer loyalty, only people that shop around and ask for deals.
ain't this the truth! TWC now Spectrum, now whoever bought them...charged me an install fee of 49 bucks because I just got internet wifi. I was a loyal customer of 20 plus years they didn't GAF in any deal before I cut off their triple play rip off.

I have an antenna and Roku with Spectrum internet/wifi.
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EarlyCuyler3
Alabama Fan
Appalachia
Member since Nov 2017
1930 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
Switched providers to Rushmore TV to try them out for a bit. Pretty good far, lot less channels than Vaders but who cares, I only watch sports anyway. $9/month, so cheaper. Got it running through Kodi right now. Anyone know of an easy way to run it through Plex?


Maximus
Florida A&M Fan
Member since Feb 2004
76862 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
PS Vue added WBRZ overnight apparently. So now there are 2 locals.


pioneerbasketball
Arkansas Fan
Team Bunchie
Member since Oct 2005
83891 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
has the watch espn app been worthless to anybody else? Been using it on roku.

Tried cutting the cord during football season but the app constantly freezes,skips, and lags.

May try one of the OTT


Brettesaurus Rex
New Orleans Saints Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2009
35126 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
I'm using an apple 4k TV and have been doing 4 games split screen all morning with no issues. I also have gigabit internet though.


Brettesaurus Rex
New Orleans Saints Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2009
35126 posts

re: Updated Cord Cutting Thread | Compilation of Set-ups posted in post after OP
Also, I've moved to a setup of the following and have loved it:
ATT gigabit internet for $100 with DirecTV Now $50 tier with HBO and 20 hours of cloud dvr
Google mesh wifi
3 apple tv, 2 4k, regular

There really hasn't been anything I want to watch that I can't since I completely switched over a couple weeks ago and my bill with no discounts total will be $155/month.
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