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  • #46
    Re: ROKU??? - what is this? help mookie out, please

    I am a proponent of Roku over its competitors because it is agnostic to services - you can get anything that isn't Apple. It has a "cast" function that is comparable to Chromecast, and a decent smartphone app that allows you to throw your local videos up. The Roku 3 is a great piece of hardware. The 2 has some issues crashing, though.
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    • #47
      Re: ROKU??? - what is this? help mookie out, please

      Originally posted by ExileOnDaytonStreet View Post
      My love of sports (and a potentially significant set of incentives from ATT) are likely to keep me in the ****hole world of cable for at least another year, but I'm going to be keeping this stuff in mind. As soon as there are more options (besides watchESPN) for watching sports, particularly Badger hockey, I'm leaving cable and never coming back.
      I watch about 4 TV shows (none are network), the rest is sports. Sure, I might randomly watch some other semi-crappy/semi-good shows, but only because I want something in the background. I also have Netflix Streaming and Netflix One Disc plans.

      That being said, I did a cost-analysis of cable (with sports package, but no HBO or anything)

      vs.

      Buying eps of my shows the day after they premiere (via Amazon) AND going out for every Gopher hockey game for 2 beers and a burger (I already go to Old Chicago for noon NFL games every Sunday, that cost was not entered into this).

      For the college hockey season, I'd save about $400 or so. That's just for the season. Off-season, I'd save even more (and 3 of my shows' series finales are this upcoming season).


      Needless to say, my decision was easy. Bye-bye cable.

      After about 2 months cable-less, I don't even miss it one bit.
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      • #48
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        Originally posted by Brenthoven View Post

        After about 2 months cable-less, I don't even miss it one bit.
        Yup...cable tv and Dish is a huge scam and there are ways (both legal and illegal) to get everything you want anyways at cheaper prices. I mean I didnt have cable but streamed Gopher hockey in Seattle to my laptop multiple times.

        And if you know someone with cable you can have access to everything anyways with an email address as well
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        • #49
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          OK, we've pretty much settled on the roku after giving Chromecast a trial over the weekend. There was a bit too much buffering while streaming Draft Day from my tablet (good movie by the way).

          The other issue with Chromecast is that it doesn't support NHL Game Center Live. That leads to another question -- does game center give you both home and away games for each team, or just home broadcasts? Trying to decide on dumping Center Ice to be able to watch on other than our TV
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          • #50
            Originally posted by SteveP View Post
            OK, we've pretty much settled on the roku after giving Chromecast a trial over the weekend. There was a bit too much buffering while streaming Draft Day from my tablet (good movie by the way).

            The other issue with Chromecast is that it doesn't support NHL Game Center Live. That leads to another question -- does game center give you both home and away games for each team, or just home broadcasts? Trying to decide on dumping Center Ice to be able to watch on other than our TV
            Home and road. Leafs broadcast team or Islanders? Always go Canadian is my rule.
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            • #51
              Re: ROKU??? - what is this? help mookie out, please

              Originally posted by SteveP View Post
              OK, we've pretty much settled on the roku after giving Chromecast a trial over the weekend. There was a bit too much buffering while streaming Draft Day from my tablet (good movie by the way).

              The other issue with Chromecast is that it doesn't support NHL Game Center Live. That leads to another question -- does game center give you both home and away games for each team, or just home broadcasts? Trying to decide on dumping Center Ice to be able to watch on other than our TV
              Home and road, but with the usual blackout restrictions.

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              • #52
                Re: ROKU??? - what is this? help mookie out, please

                As pointed out, you get both feeds (and all in HD!) on Game center Live.

                But, the blackouts are kind of ridiculous. If you are in the teams designated market (judged by Zip Code) or if the game is on NBC, NBCSN, or the NHL Network you are blacked out from watching that game (or it's replay) for 48 hours.


                Also, GCL is one sometimes two minutes behind Live. So try not to refresh Twitter too often.
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                • #53
                  Re: ROKU??? - what is this? help mookie out, please

                  Originally posted by aparch View Post
                  As pointed out, you get both feeds (and all in HD!) on Game center Live.

                  But, the blackouts are kind of ridiculous. If you are in the teams designated market (judged by Zip Code) or if the game is on NBC, NBCSN, or the NHL Network you are blacked out from watching that game (or it's replay) for 48 hours.


                  Also, GCL is one sometimes two minutes behind Live. So try not to refresh Twitter too often.
                  Thanks for the info guys. We're three hours from Pittsburgh but still in the Pens' market. And I rarely refresh Twitter when I'm watching a game. Learned my lesson during Game 7 of Leafs-Bruins while we were in Arizona.
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                  • #54
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                    Originally posted by SteveP View Post
                    Thanks for the info guys. We're three hours from Pittsburgh but still in the Pens' market. And I rarely refresh Twitter when I'm watching a game. Learned my lesson during Game 7 of Leafs-Bruins while we were in Arizona.
                    Along with the Leaf's defense?
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                    • #55
                      Re: ROKU??? - what is this? help mookie out, please

                      Originally posted by joecct View Post
                      Along with the Leaf's defense?
                      We were at my in-laws on vacay. We recorded the game on NBC while we went out to dinner. Turned off the phone when a buddy tweeted me asking if I saw what was happening. When we got home I watched the game and the recording stopped with about 5 minutes left in the 3rd (IIRC just after the Bruins narrowed the lead to 3).

                      I sat on the couch for about 10 minutes before I turned on my phone and saw what happened.
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                      • #56
                        Re: ROKU??? - what is this? help mookie out, please

                        Originally posted by aparch View Post
                        As pointed out, you get both feeds (and all in HD!) on Game center Live.

                        But, the blackouts are kind of ridiculous. If you are in the teams designated market (judged by Zip Code) or if the game is on NBC, NBCSN, or the NHL Network you are blacked out from watching that game (or it's replay) for 48 hours.


                        Also, GCL is one sometimes two minutes behind Live. So try not to refresh Twitter too often.
                        Watched the TSN Leafs/Avs game tonight. The picture quality was less than HD until the third period when the feed " buffered" several times and then the quality was much clearer. We have 6mb download speed, but wonder if using an Ethernet connection rather than Wi-Fi would help.

                        The commercials were blacked out (good) but so were the intermissions (not good). Not so when we switched over to the Altitude feed. I wonder if that has something to do with the Rogers deal?

                        And I need to turn off my notifications. You're right about the delay.
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                        • #57
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                          Originally posted by SteveP View Post
                          Watched the TSN Leafs/Avs game tonight. The picture quality was less than HD until the third period when the feed " buffered" several times and then the quality was much clearer. We have 6mb download speed, but wonder if using an Ethernet connection rather than Wi-Fi would help.

                          The commercials were blacked out (good) but so were the intermissions (not good). Not so when we switched over to the Altitude feed. I wonder if that has something to do with the Rogers deal?

                          And I need to turn off my notifications. You're right about the delay.
                          Ethernet would help, especially if you have other devices on the wi-fi. I've noticed sometimes that backing out of the game, and re-selecting the game helps re-buffer to better quality. I've been impressed this year as the games so far haven't dropped to a lower quality as often. Then again, I have Comcast's Blast! package and get 25+ mbps. The feed has been equivalent to watching regular Comcast HD broadcasts.

                          I'm also sure that some more "popular" games have heavier draws on NHL's streaming servers, causing some games to have more issues than others.

                          Commercial/intermission blackouts are hit and miss. Fox Sports games aren't, TSN's are, Sportsnet's is hit and miss. Don't think it's related to the Rogers deal as it was the same way last year.
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                          • #58
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                            Watching Leafs and Wings using an Ethernet connection with no change in video quality. Very disappointing for what we're paying.
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