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Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: Smoky14] #4975985 01/11/19 12:17 PM
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It's also worth understanding monthly data caps of your internet service, if any. With a family where multiple HD or 4K streams run concurrently, hitting your cap might be a concern.

BTW, I officially cut the cord today. We already have Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, plus a few local channels from the antenna and a ton of free content on Roku. I think we're set.

Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: Smoky14] #4975990 01/11/19 12:20 PM
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Philo and Youtube tv together for 40+16 =56$ will give you everything you need. AND if you can get someone to go half on it with you , two people can stream for 28 bucks a month each. Get a roku and play with it . Figure on about 1gb an hour data usage . If you have a 500gb data cap you should be ok. Charter has no data caps but youre looking at 60 for internet and 56 for a solid package so what are you really saving?

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Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: Smoky14] #4976046 01/11/19 01:02 PM
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To the OP, it looks like the channel dispute was resolved, you might want to check to see if those channels are back, I just saw they resolved it...

Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: saginawmale50] #4976052 01/11/19 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by saginawmale50
Philo and Youtube tv together for 40+16 =56$ will give you everything you need. AND if you can get someone to go half on it with you , two people can stream for 28 bucks a month each. Get a roku and play with it . Figure on about 1gb an hour data usage . If you have a 500gb data cap you should be ok. Charter has no data caps but youre looking at 60 for internet and 56 for a solid package so what are you really saving?


I have hulu live tv and philo for $56 (have firetv 4k so cant use youtubetv.) Philo works great and is worth the $16 for 40 channels. During spring and summer I cancel the hulu live tv as I don't watch much tv or sports during that time.

I already pay for internet for other purposes, so compared to directv, dish or cable, 56 for TV is not a bad price at all. Plus no contract and you don't have to worry about that dumb contracts.

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Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: Smoky14] #4976086 01/11/19 01:38 PM
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If you need to upgrade your router:

After paying $150+ for an AC1900 Nighthawk (a few years ago), I came to the conclusion that more router power than Internet vendor speed is a waste of money. IMO an AC1200 router is more than enough. You get both bands and I've bought two different routers for others with no problem and a dozen or so devices running. Was able to pick up a discounted Tenda from Amazon for under $30 for my girlfriend.


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Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: BigD1] #4976101 01/11/19 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by BigD1
How far are you away from the TV broadcast towers? With the right antenna and preamp if needed, you can reliably receive signals at 60 miles. I know there are exceptions like a mountain between the broadcast signal and the receiver.

Right...I'm 165 mi. from the TV broadcasters antennas and get great TV with an expensive antenna. 5 channels and then use fiber for apple TV and Netflix piggybacked on relatives accounts.


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Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: Smoky14] #4976188 01/11/19 03:07 PM
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There is also IP TV services on Android Boxes. They are super popular here among our friends/family because naturally we get hosed for cable.

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Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: Smoky14] #4976422 01/11/19 07:35 PM
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I’m rocking smart TV’s, but we cut the cord back in June. Have not missed that $130 a month DTV bill. Using Comcast for internet, 25mbps download, is more than enough for 2 1080p streams at once while playing Xbox online. I’m using an Apple AirPort Extreme router, functions way WAY better than my Netgear AC1750 ever did.

We use YouTube (the free version), Hulu, and Netflix.


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Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: bullwinkle] #4976503 01/11/19 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by bullwinkle
I will add-GOOD internet is required, you’ll need at least a decent DSL provider, fiber would be better, to be able to stream without interruption, esp. in 1080p or 4K. That’s where my problem is, good broadband alone isn’t that much cheaper than a bundle, then have to add Hulu, or Sling, etc.



I measure 25 mbs from testmy.net, and get FireTV 4k just fine. FYI.

Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: Smoky14] #4976710 01/12/19 07:13 AM
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My closest TV is 120mi with mountains in the road. The feed in dispute is over 200 with BIG mountains between.
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Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: saginawmale50] #4976737 01/12/19 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by saginawmale50
Figure on about 1gb an hour data usage.
Not sure about other HD streaming sources, but Netflix, for example, streams at around 5 Mbps, which is 2.25 GB/hour.

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One thing to check into is read your internet agreement. A lot of internet providers will automatically bill you if you go over a certain amount of data. Sometimes they use the term "unlimited", but it could be a trick....yeah, unlimited until you hit a certain amount and then BAM....they add to your bill. Also, it's not only that you need really good internet, but check your signal strength throughout the day. You may get great signals in the morning, but as the evening rolls on and people get home and start cranking up their internet use, you may have a way weaker signal.


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Re: Help an Old Man Cut Cable [Re: Schmoe] #4978841 01/14/19 11:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Schmoe
You may get great signals in the morning, but as the evening rolls on and people get home and start cranking up their internet use, you may have a way weaker signal.
You're mixing up signal strength with network congestion, but your overall point is valid - it's worth checking if you're getting the advertised speed at all times of the day.

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Originally Posted by Quattro Pete
Originally Posted by Schmoe
You may get great signals in the morning, but as the evening rolls on and people get home and start cranking up their internet use, you may have a way weaker signal.
You're mixing up signal strength with network congestion, but your overall point is valid - it's worth checking if you're getting the advertised speed at all times of the day.



It's very rare with most providers to get maximum speeds consistently-throughout the day.

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