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  • Spartanforlife4
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    Originally posted by Kepler View Post
    OK, I am finally considering cutting the cord. I have the Olds so please bear with me.

    On tv, which is Fios, I watch TCM. My wife watches those stations that do crap like Granite Countertop shows -- HGTV, that sort of sh-t. Other than that we watch all our stuff on Netflix, HBO, Amazon, and AppleTV.

    I'm pretty sure we can get rid of our cable and still do everything we want, but I am an idiot so: (1) wait, my internet runs through Fios, how do I keep that -- is that separate from "cable service"? (2) That loose change crap on the idiot box (TCM; Kitchen Island network) is still important, so how do I pick that sh-t up post-cord?

    I'm convinced cable : 2020 :: landline : 2000. Help me jettison the former as I did the latter.

    The first step is deciding what you channels are actually important to you. Pretty much no streaming service will include everything that you're already getting, so you'll have to make some sacrifices. Right off the bat, it looks like Sling and Philo, two of the cheapest options, don't carry TCM, so if that's your favorite channel, then you can take them out of consideration.
    Sports? The "big boys" like Hulu, Youtube, and Fubo have a lot, but not all. Hulu doesn't have the professional leagues, Fubu doesn't have MLB and NBA, Youtube doesn't have NFL or NHL.
    Local affiliates? Not all services carry all local affiliates. You can get around this with a regular antenna, but depending on signal strength and location you may not get all of them over the air.

    Next is what platform will you be streaming on? Firestick, Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV? Most are carried on pretty much every platform, but there are exceptions and they can have different interfaces which are better or worse depending on the format.

    That's about it. Comparing the channel lineups is probably the most annoying part. With no contracts and free trial periods, it's pretty easy to shop around and see what you like best.

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  • bronconick
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    Originally posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    YouTube TV is going from 50 to 65 per month after adding Viacom channels. Might have to consider shopping around now. Comedy Central is the only channel I’d watch that they just added and I’ve gotten by without it for the last few years since moving to streaming cable.

    Especially with so few sports at the moment it’s hard to justify paying that much when a lot of the content can be found on Netflix or Hulu.
    Fubo adds Disneys, ESPN while losing TNT, TBS, CNN and hikes up to...... $65 as well. Lame.

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  • Kepler
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    OK, I am finally considering cutting the cord. I have the Olds so please bear with me.

    On tv, which is Fios, I watch TCM. My wife watches those stations that do crap like Granite Countertop shows -- HGTV, that sort of sh-t. Other than that we watch all our stuff on Netflix, HBO, Amazon, and AppleTV.

    I'm pretty sure we can get rid of our cable and still do everything we want, but I am an idiot so: (1) wait, my internet runs through Fios, how do I keep that -- is that separate from "cable service"? (2) That loose change crap on the idiot box (TCM; Kitchen Island network) is still important, so how do I pick that sh-t up post-cord?

    I'm convinced cable : 2020 :: landline : 2000. Help me jettison the former as I did the latter.


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  • Spartanforlife4
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    YouTube TV is going from 50 to 65 per month after adding Viacom channels. Might have to consider shopping around now. Comedy Central is the only channel I’d watch that they just added and I’ve gotten by without it for the last few years since moving to streaming cable.

    Especially with so few sports at the moment it’s hard to justify paying that much when a lot of the content can be found on Netflix or Hulu.

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  • Deutsche Gopher Fan
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    I just got hbo max for free from ATT. I have been on an old plan for years with 10x the data I need or use- so I saved $20 a month and got hbo max by changing.

    Another bonus, lowered my xfinity bill by $60 a month by selecting a new plan online, didnít even have to talk to a person

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  • St. Clown
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Originally posted by RaceBoarder View Post
    Has anyone here pulled the trigger on HBO Max? Any initial thoughts?
    I had the HBO add on for Hulu, which immediately gave me the HBO Max product. I need to see if the price increased. If not, the I’ll keep it.

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  • RaceBoarder
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    Has anyone here pulled the trigger on HBO Max? Any initial thoughts?

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  • aparch
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    If you're a Verizon Wireless user and have unlimited data, the first year of Disney+ is free.

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  • The Rube
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    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    I'd be careful with streaming services, especially if time and money are issues. They add up quickly on both.
    Yep. 10 bucks here, and there, and all of a sudden, you're paying 100/mo.

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  • dxmnkd316
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    I'd be careful with streaming services, especially if time and money are issues. They add up quickly on both.

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  • MissThundercat
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    As it turns out, Netflix and Hulu are part of the Microsoft Store on my laptop. Got them both. I'm a little hesitant on Disney+ because with grad school and work, I don't want to spend all my time watching TV again. Grad school is basically job #2.

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  • The Rube
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Originally posted by MissThundercat View Post
    Okay. I have Amazon Prime and between Good Omens, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Fleabag, I'm loving it. In fact, I'm watching the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel when I should be doing my grad school stuff. But I want to add another streaming service, and I'm torn between Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. Maybe you can help?
    I have Netflix streaming, and love it. I'm more of a movie guy, though. They do have a lot of TV shows, although usually not the current hits.

    I also have Disney+ (thanks to a friend adding me to their account), but that's pretty much only for the Mandalorian series and the old school Disney movies (Bambi, Lady And The Tramp, etc). I wouldn't pay for it, though, on my own.

    I did a Hulu free trial just for Letterkenny, and once I burned through that, I was done with it. Didn't really explore outside of that.

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  • MissThundercat
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Okay. I have Amazon Prime and between Good Omens, Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Fleabag, I'm loving it. In fact, I'm watching the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel when I should be doing my grad school stuff. But I want to add another streaming service, and I'm torn between Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+. Maybe you can help?

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  • Kepler
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Originally posted by Transplanted Tiger Fan View Post
    ....and donít forget SlowTV! I actually sat and watched ~45 minutes of a train running through southern Germany one day. I simply could not turn away!

    As I check-through the updated line-up (on the phone app), Iím a little bummed to see ConTV is no longer there. While almost all of the content on that channel was awful, I used to love catching the MXC Ďmini-marathoní on Mondays.
    10 hours to the arctic circle in Norway.

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  • DonaldD
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    We have Fire Sticks. Best purchase ever! Me and my husband don’t have cable at all but we got 2 Fire Sticks and watch everything.

    Make sure you jailbreak fire stick and use Kodi titanium build for a bunch of TV shows and movies. Look up on google for easy steps.

    For live tv I use another jailbreak app called Livenet TV. Once again there’s some really easy steps online to download.

    You definitely won’t need cable if you use the right jailbreaks.
    Last edited by DonaldD; 04-05-2020, 07:51 AM.

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