Cutting The Cord on Cable/Satellite TV Service?

TomTerrific

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They all have various free trial periods; from 3 days to two weeks. Sign up, use on your smart TV, set reminder to cancel before it's up. Profit.
Yeah, this seems to be today's solution. I'm going to go the YTTV 1-week trial route just because it was the easiest to do quickly.

However, thanks for all the suggestions, yet another reason why I love SoSH so much. I would have gone the way Zedia suggested (TNT app) but they don't have a version yet for Samsung TV's. I have a Roku, which they do make an app for, but that was accidentally left down on the Cape and I am loathe to retrieve it just for this.

And thanks to the amazingly-informed SumnerH for pointing out the existence of HDMI transmitters--I had no idea such things existed. Makes sense that they use a 5G connection mechanism, though.
 

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Yeah, this seems to be today's solution. I'm going to go the YTTV 1-week trial route just because it was the easiest to do quickly.

However, thanks for all the suggestions, yet another reason why I love SoSH so much. I would have gone the way Zedia suggested (TNT app) but they don't have a version yet for Samsung TV's. I have a Roku, which they do make an app for, but that was accidentally left down on the Cape and I am loathe to retrieve it just for this.

And thanks to the amazingly-informed SumnerH for pointing out the existence of HDMI transmitters--I had no idea such things existed. Makes sense that they use a 5G connection mechanism, though.
You cannot watch the TNT app without a cable /satellite subscription.
 

SumnerH

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And thanks to the amazingly-informed SumnerH for pointing out the existence of HDMI transmitters--I had no idea such things existed. Makes sense that they use a 5G connection mechanism, though.
There are various radio/wifi connections, you can dig through Amazon for them.
 

cgori

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And thanks to the amazingly-informed SumnerH for pointing out the existence of HDMI transmitters--I had no idea such things existed. Makes sense that they use a 5G connection mechanism, though.
FYI, I think it's actually 5GHz band, not 5G (a bit of translation failure, or marketing hype, depending on how charitable you want to be). It would be a bit surprising to me (right now) if something so simple used 5G, since chips for doing this at 5GHz are $10-11 each.

5G actually transmits on (up to) 3 different frequency bands, none of which are centered on 5GHz :) - and would generally require a higher-priced/fancier chipset to do so.

Also, that specific product seems to have a local HDMI loop-out so you might not even need the splitter - at least one review suggests that both local and remote devices can be active at the same time.
 

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FYI, I think it's actually 5GHz band, not 5G (a bit of translation failure, or marketing hype, depending on how charitable you want to be). It would be a bit surprising to me (right now) if something so simple used 5G, since chips for doing this at 5GHz are $10-11 each.

5G actually transmits on (up to) 3 different frequency bands, none of which are centered on 5GHz :) - and would generally require a higher-priced/fancier chipset to do so.

Also, that specific product seems to have a local HDMI loop-out so you might not even need the splitter - at least one review suggests that both local and remote devices can be active at the same time.
OK, that's interesting. I had just presumed that it was the availability of 5G chipsets that made this possible, but it sounds like you are saying a) true 5G chipsets aren't that cheap, and b) this is just using the 5 GHz wireless band that's already available through 802.11ac, which now that I look at the definition is also called "5G Wifi", which is probably what they mean by "5G Wireless".
 
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https://www.locast.org/ is not available in all cities, but it is free and offers the local stations you would get with an antenna. For Boston, that amounts to 21 channels.
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You cannot watch the TNT app without a cable /satellite subscription.
TNT app sound quality on Fire TV is terrible. Need to turn volume to 75+
 

cgori

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OK, that's interesting. I had just presumed that it was the availability of 5G chipsets that made this possible, but it sounds like you are saying a) true 5G chipsets aren't that cheap, and b) this is just using the 5 GHz wireless band that's already available through 802.11ac, which now that I look at the definition is also called "5G Wifi", which is probably what they mean by "5G Wireless".
Yea, it's a terrible, awful mess of terminology - "Wifi 5" is the marketing name for 802.11ac, which (coincidentally) runs in the 5GHz band. "Wifi 6" is 802.11ax, just really coming into the market now, it runs in the 2.4+5GHz bands. 5G LTE is completely different, even though the name sounds similar, and it has 3 sub-bands. The really fast 5G band that I think most people think of when you say "5G" is up around 30GHz - sometimes called millimeter wave band, and the mid-band is 2.5-3.7GHz. The low-band might not even roll out in some countries. I believe that mm-wave has poor ability to go through walls/objects as well, making it not ideal for this kind of use case.

5G (LTE) hotspots are priced around 400-650 right now, I think there are 2-3 chipsets from Qualcomm available that implement it at the moment, and probably something from Samsung and/or Huawei. That kind of pricing is why I'm pretty sure that a pair of devices for ~120 bucks are more likely 802.11ac (5GHz / Wifi 5).
 

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AT&T Chief Executive Officer John Stankey confirmed coming in '21, an ad supported tier on HBO Max. Not all of the programming will be on there. But probably better off that way in some cases. When they are available on Roku and Amazon devices, Stankey says he believes the situation “will resolve itself in relatively short order,” and that when one of the platforms makes a deal, the other will follow soon after. "
 

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I went to cancel Fubo after my trial and they automatically offered me a retention rate of $14.97 for 30 days. I took it.

After just over a month using Fubo, I’m not terribly impressed. The picture quality and performance are very good (which, in fairness, is critically important). But the lack of ABC and TNT stinks. The search UX on Roku is slow and unintuitive. Another feature I really miss from YouTube.TV: the ability to set the DVR by team. On YouTube.TV I can set recordings for the Sox, Pats and Cs and it’ll record games on any channel. Best I can tell, I need to DVR each individual game on Fubo. For a service that began catering to sports fans, that’s baffling.
 

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I cut the cord on cable last week, although, at least temporarily, I'm stuck with Comcast internet. Went Fire Stick, YoutubeTV, Netflix. I'm already an Amazon prime customer, so I'll also get prime video. Between those, and the other free streaming apps, I've got enough entertainment for my needs, and have had no issues at all with the streaming/picture quality. The X-1 triple play(and I never once made or took a call on the home phone) was running me around 275.00/month. I'm now down to 195.00/month, but at some point hopefully this fall or early spring, my city's gas and electric company 1G internet service will be available on my street. That will save me another 40-45.00/month, and allow me to say goodbye to Comcast completely.
 

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I am currently going without any live streaming service, and I can't say I'm really missing anything. I've even been able to watch the Pats through Yahoo or whatever. Current bill is just my $54.99/month internet and $6.99/month Disney+. Bumming Netflix from my brother, and have Prime video through my Prime account. It's pretty great not spending much every month.
 

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I've been using Sling for the Bruins and Celtics' playoff series (had to switch packages when I realized the Celtics were exclusive to ESPN for the ECF). The funny thing is, I don't use it at all if I'm not watching the Celtics. I've scrolled through a couple times late night and nothing jumps out. I don't miss cable at all.

Once the Celtics win it all, I'll be totally content getting rid of it and going back to life with just Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon. I'm still paying $75 for shitty WiFi through Spectrum, but there doesn't seem to be much I can do about that.
 

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Sling lost several Fox channels. In Florida, I can't watch on MLB.TV if the Red Sox play TBR or MIA. I just spent a week with no access to the games. MLB.TV blacked them out and Sling gave up on the two Fox affiliates who broadcast TBR and MIA. I have to keep paying for the extended sports package however, if I want to get Golf channel and MLB network. No price change though.