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      01-04-2018, 08:14 PM   #1
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Cord Cutting - Blogging My Experience...

So I wanted to start this little thread to capture some of the stuff my wife and I are going through with trying to cut the cord. Of course I say "my wife and I" but it is really "me, trying my best to get the wife to come aboard".

Current Setup:
Cox Communications
140+ Channels - $134.59
150mbps internet - $77.99
Bundle Discount - $45.99
Total after Taxes: $182.24

My Requirements
NBC Sports Boston (for my celtics games)
TBS
USA
TV Land
Spike (would be nice)
Velocity (would be nicer)

My Wife's Requirements
Food Network
Cooking Channel
HGTV
Bravo
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Oxygen

What I Am Testing (Chromecast + Roku Premier+)
Sling TV (current)
DirecTV Now
PS Vue
Youtube TV

===== Trial 1 - Sling TV
Setup was very easy with this guy. It was my first streaming service, so- so far so good. I dont watch much TV, so immediately I was content with the quality and the selection. Here is the package that we got:

Trial period for 7 Days Free $0.00
Trial period for Sling Blue $0.00
Trial period for Comedy Extra $0.00
Trial period for Lifestyle Extra $0.00
Trial period for 1 Stream $0.00
Trial period for FOX RSN-YES 1 $0.00
Trial period for Cloud DVR

Total once the trial is over is $40 plus whatever taxes.

I initially started with streaming over the chromecast, and while it connected and streamed without issue at first, it was very intermittent. It seems that the chromecast just doesn't have the backbone to really live stream 1080p continuous over a long period of time. Also, it would be nice only if you had a dedicated android device just to stream vs a phone.

I ended up getting the Roku, and today the streaming has been flawless! The quality is damn good, .... my wife didn't even realize we were watching Sling lol.

As this trial goes on, I will keep updating. The key for me is to see what the wife thinks.

PROs
Great quality
DVR
- Really neat feature where you can see a preview of the jump forward. And you can adjust how far to go
- No more wife clicking jump forward on the remote and FFing 5 mins into the show after commercial
Has most of the channels my wife watches

CONs
Random channel freezing
- Sometimes during streaming the channel freezes up. I need to change the channel and then change back.
No local channels - this is a huge bummer. My wife watches NBC/ABC/CBS. And so far Sling only carries NBC Connecticut.
No NBC Sports Boston - BOOOOOO, i cant watch my celtics

===== Trial 2 - Hulu

Easy peasy setup here as well. Takes paypal which is great. Already had a hulu account from free streaming, so I just added the TV package which came with the limited commercial subscription. Cost is going to be

Live TV $38.99/mo
TRIAL ENDS 01/15/18

Limited Commercials $7.99/mo
TRIAL ENDS 01/15/18

Bundle Discount -$6.99/mo

PROs
Bundle deal with the limited commerial pack
Some local channels!
DVR
NBC Sports Boston (WOO WOO)

CONs
Lots of buffering
14.99 each for enhanced dvr (200hours, FF commercials), and unlimited device streaming

===== Trial 3 - Youtube TV

Already a google member, so it used my payment preferences (paypal) to sign up.

Live TV $35.35 /mo ($35.00 + 0.35 tax)

PROs
Google backed (im a fanboy)
Unlimited DVR
Hovering over a channel gives you a live preview of what is playing

CONs
Missing a lot of our channels
No roku app

===== Trial 4 - PS Vue

Giving this one a shot at a recommendation from this thread. So far it has all of the channels we are looking for which is a good sign, although a bit on the expensive side because of the channel selection we "need" (read: the wife)

Live TV $54.99/mo

PROs
Channel lineups rival that of Hulu trial
Buffering is non-existant! (so far..)

CONs
Expensive compared to Hulu
Guide loading is a bit long sometimes


Cord cutters, let me know your experiences! Would love to hear some tips/tricks, setups, etc.
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Great write up, thank you. I use DIRECTV for Sunday ticket reasons (Eagles)!, and will consider an alternative if I can get Sunday ticket. DIRECTV now didn't offer a Dvr at first launch, which I guess is a deal breaker for now. But as stated, most of these channels are useless, I only actually use about 10.
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get an indoor antenna for the local Networks. Looks like you are in a metro area, should be able to get NBC/CBS/ABC/Fox...plus like 20 spanish channels lol
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Great write up, thank you. I use DIRECTV for Sunday ticket reasons (Eagles)!, and will consider an alternative if I can get Sunday ticket. DIRECTV now didn't offer a Dvr at first launch, which I guess is a deal breaker for now. But as stated, most of these channels are useless, I only actually use about 10.
My coworker likes DTVNow the most out of all of the streaming networks, but to your point, right now they dont have DVR. I actually have a show that i set to record tonight on Sling TV to test out the DVR service (Superstore, such a good show). I'll report back what i see in regards to the DVR quality.

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get an indoor antenna for the local Networks. Looks like you are in a metro area, should be able to get NBC/CBS/ABC/Fox...plus like 20 spanish channels lol
Very true. Now the catch there is that, my wife DVRs most of her shows from the local networks heh, so I'll have to figure something out if we go that route.
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Very interesting.... I just came across this after checking some blogs about how to record OTA to a DVR

https://www.amazon.com/Tablo-HDTV-An...210fd2de33c98a

Got a ton of amazon reviews... might have to start watching some youtube to see if it does multistream DVR (record multiple 'shows' at once)
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I ditched my cable TV and got YouTube TV. 40+ channels including ABC/CBS/FOX/NBC plus cloud DVR for $35.
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I wanted youtube tv, because im a huge google fanboy, but one thing that made me sad was the lack of TBS. But i suppose if i go the route of supplementing with an hd antenna that would be moot. Ill add it to my list to check out thanks!
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Have you looked into Hulu Live? Local channels, DVR and unlimited devices to stream.

Total cost is like $40-60 for the package...

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My problem is that "just internet" through my provider is pretty expensive vs. going with their entire bundle.
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My problem is that "just internet" through my provider is pretty expensive vs. going with their entire bundle.
Same here. Adding 100 or so channels takes the cable only bill from something like $50 / month to more like $65. This is prior to 101 taxes and fees of course ending up w/ a monthly payment of about $90. I like tech and am a DIYer but for that little difference I just go with it.

I have a lifetime subscription Tivo that's still going strong after nearly 10 years. We are still 1080 not 4k though The Tivo, the TV, etc.) and we are fine with that for now. We record what we want and stream the rest through Netflix and Amazon.

Probably not the best solution but it works for us. Am also interested in what others do.
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My problem is that "just internet" through my provider is pretty expensive vs. going with their entire bundle.
Is that still the case even after the 'promo' period? I had a great deal for a first time subscriber. Granted I only do TV/Internet (not all 3), but after the promo period expired, and after multiple years of the call/ask for deals, its almost leveled off where i may still make some savings.

They told me that the Internet only @ 300mbps would run me about 80 before taxes.

The good thing is that im not in any "rush" so to speak. I am off contract so I wont get hit with a penalty, so I can realy take this time to do the math and see if it makes it at all worth it.

Im thinking that at the end of the day, we would be comparing a streaming service + hulu (essentially minimizing the need for a DVR) + hd antenna (one time cost) vs the TV bundle from Cox
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300mbps
That's pretty quick. We do 50 and have never had a (1080) streaming problem, it's double Netflix's recommendation for 4k as well. It's a nice speed for sure but if you're undertaking this whole endeavor to save a few bucks, that might be a place to look unless you have other requirements that need it.
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fantastic point. Im a huge tech guy so i operate under "moar is bettar" but honestly, i dont PC game, and when i do game, its usually single player xbox games (i just dont have the patience for MP COD style games anymore lol)
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Any recommendations for a good digital antenna for local stations? Thank you for creating this thread OP, just this weekend we were talking about 'cutting the cord'. we're now just jotting down the stations we use on a regular basis to see what our best option is. Anyone here using Apple TV or Roku?
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I don't watch much TV other than the news and occasionally ESPN and TNT for sports, but my wife is a huge fan of the channel 'lifetime.' Any cord cutting options that include lifetime tv?

We're paying around $160-$200 month currently and it's very difficult to justify given that 90% of our collective TV watching experience is my wife binging lifetime movies in the bedroom.
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I cut out COMCAST about a year ago, as SONIC offered Gigabit internet in my area. I have been using PSVUE as my streaming TV service, it has been ok but im looking at Sling now as there are some channels not offered on PSVUE. Don't miss Comcast at all.
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Kodi + OTA antenna. You are welcome.
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Any recommendations for a good digital antenna for local stations?
There are websites dedicated to it. I.e. https://www.channelmaster.com/Antenn...tion-a/134.htm

You can get a rough idea of what you need and go from there. Placement is huge, doesn't take much to block the signal so you (might) need to be OK with either something quite visible or a bit of work to hide it.
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There are websites dedicated to it. I.e. https://www.channelmaster.com/Antenn...tion-a/134.htm

You can get a rough idea of what you need and go from there. Placement is huge, doesn't take much to block the signal so you (might) need to be OK with either something quite visible or a bit of work to hide it.
I literally attached a coax cable and was able to pick up loads of channels...
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