Cable Providers with Hidden, Wireless, Cable Boxes

Hambone

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I have a friend moving into a new house that isn't wired for cable. She used to have Directv, but that was mainly for the ex-husband to get the football package.

She doesn't give a damn about price. She just wants the best non-Directv solution to keep cable boxes out of sight and easily be able to change channels and access streaming apps (which I guess sometimes she does via her Comcast cable at the place she's renting).

Also don't think she's ready to cut the cord and go with YTTV or something like that, as finds it easier to flip through channels with a traditional cable box.
 

Humphrey

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There is no need to have a cable box if you have a smart tv. But, of course, you need the internet in some way, shape or form. Does she care more about no wiring or more about no cable box?
 

Max Power

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Jul 20, 2005
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Comcast has an app for smart TVs that mimics a cable box. The only annoyance is that you can't use the numbers on the remote to change the channel. It's all arrows on the guide.
 

Hambone

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I think mainly no cable box. She just wants it to be easy and look pretty. She'd probably be open to new TVs (and I think the old ones stayed with the old house) if it made things easier.
 

Hambone

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Comcast has an app for smart TVs that mimics a cable box. The only annoyance is that you can't use the numbers on the remote to change the channel. It's all arrows on the guide.
Good to know. Thanks
 

JCizzle

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I have a friend moving into a new house that isn't wired for cable. She used to have Directv, but that was mainly for the ex-husband to get the football package.

She doesn't give a damn about price. She just wants the best non-Directv solution to keep cable boxes out of sight and easily be able to change channels and access streaming apps (which I guess sometimes she does via her Comcast cable at the place she's renting).

Also don't think she's ready to cut the cord and go with YTTV or something like that, as finds it easier to flip through channels with a traditional cable box.
FWIW, I have an LG TV and flip through YTTV with the TV remote like I'm using a cable box with a channel guide and such. It felt much more like traditional cable to me than I was initially expecting and having absolutely no cables is really nice. My parents couldn't get into YTTV though so I completely get why it might not be an option.
 

Hambone

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FWIW, I have an LG TV and flip through YTTV with the TV remote like I'm using a cable box with a channel guide and such. It felt much more like traditional cable to me than I was initially expecting and having absolutely no cables is really nice. My parents couldn't get into YTTV though so I completely get why it might not be an option.
Thanks. Definitely worth noting. I feel like she wants to be able to enter in channels and flip around more easily, but I'll make note in my report. I think she wants more channels than YTTV offers too.
 

Dan Murfman

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Comcast has an app for smart TVs that mimics a cable box. The only annoyance is that you can't use the numbers on the remote to change the channel. It's all arrows on the guide.
And after a week of that I went to the Comcast office and got the f'n box because it was too annoying to change the channels with the app.
 

RIFan

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Jul 19, 2005
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If you have a primary DVR box with Fios you can get wireless receivers for other TV's as long as you have their internet service. The boxes are fairly slim and unobtrusive. Stash the main box somewhere out of site and use the satellite boxes where you need them.