Playstaion Vue and Fubo have NESN and have an app on Amazon Fire. About the antennas, there are so many variables that it's hard to say. You might want to say where you live in case there is a member who lives near you and has a better idea of what channels you could get.qvc has a special on the fire tv thing. 50$ today. I got one, I am new to this. I have FOUR cable boxes and am trying to get away from that. So keeping 3 --until I find my roku-- then going to 2 boxes. Will nesn be available on Amazon? I subscribe to mlb but of course I am blacked out for sox games so that would not be an option. I am in CT. Also what is the deal with the antenna for free local channels. Are they any good for local stuff? (not nesn)
Go here.I am in CT. Also what is the deal with the antenna for free local channels. Are they any good for local stuff? (not nesn)
Our contract is up at the end of the month and I went back and read through the last few pages here and it's been super helpful.
We currently have FiOS triple play with low tier channel package (preferred) + HBO and 100mbps internet for about $155/mo, which honestly isn't that bad. We can continue month to month for a year at this price or lock it in for 2yrs with a new 2yr agreement.
The cord cutting option for us would mean PSVue Core package which is the only one that checks all of our channel boxes + HBO. So that's $60 + probably $45-$50 for stand alone internet which would still save about $45/mo. The stumbling block seems to be "flipping anxiety" from Mrs. B who likes to channel surf. She also wants live PBS for some reason and doesn't feel like just using the PBS app is going to do it for her (I have to admit I don't understand this one). A lot of the appeal to going with 100% streaming option is that everything would go through the Roku, but adding an antenna means still flipping inputs and cuts into the bottom line savings with the antenna purchase.
Anyway, I guess this is more of just a rant but does anybody have any advice about fulfilling the PBS problem or opinions about adding the antenna option. I have a feeling I am going to cave in and just keep paying the extra $45 with status quo for simplicity but would really love to cut the cord.
We could go with the antenna but was hoping to avoid it. I was also looking at the PBS Passport option but I don't think it supports live streaming. The issue is she prefers to have the option to watch live. It's something they are working on but this article explains some of the stumbling blocks.Can you not get pbs OTA with a cheap antenna? You can buy the pbs passport on the app for $5 a month. I’m thinking of doing this.
Savings depends on what package you take from which provider. I was paying about $235/mth from xfinity - it was a promotional deal an employee I knew got me, basically every channel, highest speed internet and phone. Well, we don’t have a house phone (I honestly have never even known what the number is), we don’t need business class internet to watch Netflix and we don’t watch live outside of sports, everything else is streamed or can be found on an app via roku. I tried multiple times to lower my bill by dropping stuff, down to my last attempt which I literally said ‘get rid of phone, drop down to basic digital with hbo and drop down to lowest internet’ and their response was ‘sure, that will save you $18 a month’. Their excuse was that since I was grandfathered into my deal under employee pricing, they’d have to kick me out and couldn’t offer new customer.Honestly the savings isn't huge. PS Vue Core is going up to $50/month, or $65 if you have HBO.
In my area standalone 100mbps with FIOS is $70/month.
I am switching to YouTube TV for $40 but still will be paying a combined $110/month without HBO.
Seems like the market is starting to equalize where it's not a huge cost difference either way with some of these packages.
Vietnam you can stream on PBS Passport ($5/month)I’m thinking of dumping DirecTV for DirecTV Now or YoutubeTV but two hangups:
1) I have a lot on my DVR I haven’t watched but want to (Ken Burns’ Vietnam, etc)
2) I have Comcast and fear it going out and losing access to watching the Red Sox or some program my wife wants to watch. Having a non-Internet tv is my binkie, I guess.
Are these rationale issues?
Hulu premiered that a few months back (and it's not just on Roku). It is one of the most horrible redesigns I have ever seen. And they seem proud of it. The old version wasn't great but it was navigable.We use a Roku Premiere in living room and also just added Hulu (she wanted to watch Handmaid’s Tale) and holy shiznits that interface sucks. I almost think I’m doing something wrong, it seems like it takes six clicks to get to an episodes listing.
Google Wifi is an IP router & stateful firewall. I don't have one, but I just looked quickly at the Android app options for Google Wifi - it does port forwarding, DHCP reservation, DNS servers can be configured as you like (probably defaults to google's 126.96.36.199 group). Presumably it is also a NAT, since it has WAN/LAN ports, though it appears the address space is locked to a specific class C (usually not a concern for most people).This is a question I really should know the answer to, but oh well...
We have google wifi.. with the ONT ehternet options discussed above where verizon (and comcast?), can you just run ethernet directly from the box to the google wifi? is this a bad idea (i got it for the mesh, but no idea about it's capabilities as a firewall, dealing with dns, etc). or do you still need some kind of access point in between?
Thank you! This is exactly what I was looking for.Google Wifi is an IP router & stateful firewall. I don't have one, but I just looked quickly at the Android app options for Google Wifi - it does port forwarding, DHCP reservation, DNS servers can be configured as you like (probably defaults to google's 188.8.131.52 group). Presumably it is also a NAT, since it has WAN/LAN ports, though it appears the address space is locked to a specific class C (usually not a concern for most people).
So, you can just use an ethernet cable from the ONT modem to the WAN port of Google Wifi - cat6 cable would be advisable.
I am hitting the fall season for the first time as a YouTube TV user. How does it do recording when over runs are needed? I know I plug in what I want recorded but it doesn't look like I can extend a record. Will it pick up if football or something runs long and into the scheduled recording?
I have the elite package. The cost of that package is $59.99. My monthly bill is $59.99. So no hidden fees or taxes for me. I live in Maine so it could be different for you.Welp, Verizon ended up bumping my rate by $20/mo so I'm back to exploring my options. Just a straight switch to Xfinity would save some money and not that much more expensive than Internet only + PSVue until I started factoring in taxes and fees from Comcast. Are there any hidden costs with PSVue or are the package prices all in?
Yeah I had this planned too with the bedroom tv but got vetoed; so just pulled up the app on iPad and toggled volumes when needed. Butt it definitely is not a daunting task compared to trying to do it with cable boxes.A nice bonus to cord-cutting? I was able to bring my basement TV upstairs last night and set it up next to the living room TV in order to watch both the Sox and Pats games simultaneously, no worrying about splitters or any other technical obstacles. It was a simple as unplug, move TV, plug.
Over the air antenna is still connected via coax. Excellent picture and sound if you haven't tried it.I was going thru a box of stuff last night, and I found a few 4' lengths of coax. I was about to save them when it hit me: with HDMI, is there any reason to save coax, even if it's a high end cable? (assuming there are no older devices without HDMI in the house)