Cutting The Cord on Cable/Satellite TV Service?

Bunt4aTriple

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I agree the Fubo reviews have been a great help. Thank you all for your input. I am very pleased with YTTV, other than dropping NESN. The unlimited DVR, and ability to say “record all of xyz” is one of those things you never knew you needed, but now hate to do without. Change of schedule, rain delay, extra innings, no problem.

That said, I’m going to give AT&T Now a trial run soon. Must watch for my family includes Sox, Celtics, Pats, and CNN. This seems like my only option to provide all of these. I will give some feedback once it try it out.
You're a dirty liar Bertha. :)

Now I DO know what I'm missing after watching this weekend's games on Fox and ESPN and I'm dying to get NESN back. Anyone using AT&T TV? If I get the choice package, it's $85 and includes a year of HBO Max which we're paying for anyhow, so it ends up being $5 more for NESN. That's with 20 hours of cloud dvr, which is pretty much pointless though. So I'd probably end up paying for the unlimited cloud DVR which is another $10.

So era of cord cutting is pretty much junk, but at least I'm not turning in equipment, paying hookup fees, waiting for appointments for techs or, like last year, digging up a cemented satellite mount.
 

Bertha

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You're a dirty liar Bertha. :)
I did lie about AT&T, sorry. I completely forgot about them, due to their ineptness. Their IT issues were so bad I could not even get a trial. I then tried to subscribe, and their system would not allow me to pay. This happened over a few days, both on PC and mobile devices. Kept getting “sorry, please try later”.

I went VPN/MLB while keeping YTTV. It cost more than I wanted, but keeps everyone in the family happy.
 

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I did lie about AT&T, sorry. I completely forgot about them, due to their ineptness. Their IT issues were so bad I could not even get a trial. I then tried to subscribe, and their system would not allow me to pay. This happened over a few days, both on PC and mobile devices. Kept getting “sorry, please try later”.

I went VPN/MLB while keeping YTTV. It cost more than I wanted, but keeps everyone in the family happy.
I’m on YTTV also and have missed NESN - although the radio is a event substitute. I’m thinking of breaking down and doing something similar (MLB) but is there any chance that I don’t need a VPN if I use Roku? I know that Roku’s don’t transmit location.

Thanks in advance
 

gtmtnbiker

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I’m on YTTV also and have missed NESN - although the radio is a event substitute. I’m thinking of breaking down and doing something similar (MLB) but is there any chance that I don’t need a VPN if I use Roku? I know that Roku’s don’t transmit location.
I believe you still need a VPN with Roku as MLB will know your IP address and from that, infer your location.
 

jayhoz

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I believe you still need a VPN with Roku as MLB will know your IP address and from that, infer your location.
In order to use the Roku you will need to configure the VPN on the router itself since the Roku doesn't have a way to do it. Much easier to use a VPN on your laptop and then cast to your TV.
 

Bunt4aTriple

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I did lie about AT&T, sorry. I completely forgot about them, due to their ineptness. Their IT issues were so bad I could not even get a trial. I then tried to subscribe, and their system would not allow me to pay. This happened over a few days, both on PC and mobile devices. Kept getting “sorry, please try later”.

I went VPN/MLB while keeping YTTV. It cost more than I wanted, but keeps everyone in the family happy.
Thanks. I'm gonna give it a shot.
 

orgoman

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Can anybody interpret this for me? Does it mean that YTTV will stop working on my Roku or not? I can't really tell.....

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Dear Roku Customer,


We are disappointed to share the news that Google has chosen to let the YouTube TV contract expire.

While this news is unfortunate, we wanted to let you know that we are taking an extra step to ensure existing Roku users like yourself retain access to YouTube TV while we work to reach an agreement.

We will always stand up for our users, which is why we cannot accept Google's unfair and anticompetitive requirements that would allow for the manipulation of your search results, impact the usage of your data and ultimately cost you more.

Our commitment is to always put your interests first and therefore we will continue to offer existing users access to YouTube TV unless Google takes actions that require the full removal of the channel. New subscribers will not be allowed at this time. It is also important that you do not delete the YouTube TV channel as it will not be available for download to Roku devices.

We remain committed to reaching a good-faith agreement with Google that preserves your access to YouTube TV, honors your desired search preferences and protects your data. We hope to update you soon.


Thank you,
Roku
 

soxhop411

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Can anybody interpret this for me? Does it mean that YTTV will stop working on my Roku or not? I can't really tell.....

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Dear Roku Customer,


We are disappointed to share the news that Google has chosen to let the YouTube TV contract expire.

While this news is unfortunate, we wanted to let you know that we are taking an extra step to ensure existing Roku users like yourself retain access to YouTube TV while we work to reach an agreement.

We will always stand up for our users, which is why we cannot accept Google's unfair and anticompetitive requirements that would allow for the manipulation of your search results, impact the usage of your data and ultimately cost you more.

Our commitment is to always put your interests first and therefore we will continue to offer existing users access to YouTube TV unless Google takes actions that require the full removal of the channel. New subscribers will not be allowed at this time. It is also important that you do not delete the YouTube TV channel as it will not be available for download to Roku devices.

We remain committed to reaching a good-faith agreement with Google that preserves your access to YouTube TV, honors your desired search preferences and protects your data. We hope to update you soon.


Thank you,
Roku
If their spat with spectrum is any indication. Yes. They will kill The app even if you have it installed
 

johnmd20

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Can anybody interpret this for me? Does it mean that YTTV will stop working on my Roku or not? I can't really tell.....

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View online


Dear Roku Customer,


We are disappointed to share the news that Google has chosen to let the YouTube TV contract expire.

While this news is unfortunate, we wanted to let you know that we are taking an extra step to ensure existing Roku users like yourself retain access to YouTube TV while we work to reach an agreement.

We will always stand up for our users, which is why we cannot accept Google's unfair and anticompetitive requirements that would allow for the manipulation of your search results, impact the usage of your data and ultimately cost you more.

Our commitment is to always put your interests first and therefore we will continue to offer existing users access to YouTube TV unless Google takes actions that require the full removal of the channel. New subscribers will not be allowed at this time. It is also important that you do not delete the YouTube TV channel as it will not be available for download to Roku devices.

We remain committed to reaching a good-faith agreement with Google that preserves your access to YouTube TV, honors your desired search preferences and protects your data. We hope to update you soon.


Thank you,
Roku
It is worth mentioning that you can use the Youtube TV in the Youtube app. Google added that option in May when this was blowing up. Taking down the YTTV app won't effect many people. Taking down Youtube. . . .now there is something that isn't an option for Roku.

edit to add: https://www.theverge.com/2021/5/7/22425035/google-youtube-tv-roku-app-feud
 
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Time to Mo Vaughn

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I’m on YTTV also and have missed NESN - although the radio is a event substitute. I’m thinking of breaking down and doing something similar (MLB) but is there any chance that I don’t need a VPN if I use Roku? I know that Roku’s don’t transmit location.

Thanks in advance
It's done by DNS requests to determine your location. You can hack this by changing the DNS settings of your router, if you're comfortable technically. I did this a few years ago before the NESN Roku app, but it was kind of a pain in the ass:

https://unlocator.com/channel/mlb-tv/