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Old 03-25-2016, 05:21 PM   #1
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sick and tired of direct tv and all the cable companies ,what do I need to buy to watch tv local channels? or internet tv .an antenna? hulu? roku? voodoo? whoodoo?youdoo? be specific I am not very computer literate please help.......
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:27 PM   #2
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I'm right there with ya. Just spent 45 minutes on the phone with those yay-hoos trying to get my bill back down to earth. First they get you all hooked up and charge you just enough to tolerate it. Then they start easing the bill up a dollar or two a month or give you some "special" rate that expires in 6 months whereupon your bill shoots over $200/month. I'll admit I said some bad words to the poor middle eastern feller at some point in our negotiations. There's got to be a better and cheaper way....
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Old 03-25-2016, 05:27 PM   #3
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grab a pitcher sweet tea, read this thread and take notes

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Old 03-25-2016, 05:28 PM   #4
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I'm with you. If it wasn't for my kids and wife, I wouldn't have it
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:31 PM   #5
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I with you Direct TV bill just keeps going up. I watch mostly sports, so I am limited. All the streaming stuff is pretty much movies and stuff I don't watch. Think I will cancel it and switch to Dish and ride the discount for a while.
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Old 03-25-2016, 06:59 PM   #6
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:21 PM   #7
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thanks blake ,
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:30 PM   #8
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Sling tv is a web based tv that's pretty cheap

We currently just have Apple TV and Netflix. $8 a month is all we pay. Took a little bit to get used to not having "regular" tv but we are also not paying $100 or more a month for watching 3 channels
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Old 03-25-2016, 07:58 PM   #9
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http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-TV...ywords=fire+tv

get that, load kodi (www.kodi.tv) anything and everything you could ever dream of watching for free, past and present every movie, every tv episode ever made.

if not enough, subscribe, to netflix hulu hbo ect.
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:36 PM   #10
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Thought about this a lot lately. Following.
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Old 03-25-2016, 08:56 PM   #11
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An android box is the way to go. Pretty much any movie, tv show or sports game can be streamed from the internet, no added expense. This is the box I'll be going with next http://www.amazon.com/Matricom-G-Box...ds=matricom+g2 . As mentioned above load Kodi first and you'll be good to go.

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Old 03-25-2016, 09:00 PM   #12
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A lot of guys around here are going with Omnilyfe. They swear by it, no contracts, about $28 bucks a month and over 300 channels. I have not made the move yet but am thinking hard about it.
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:07 PM   #13
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jail broke fire stick-your welcome
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:12 PM   #14
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http://www.amazon.com/Amazon-Fire-TV...ywords=fire+tv

get that, load kodi (www.kodi.tv) anything and everything you could ever dream of watching for free, past and present every movie, every tv episode ever made.

if not enough, subscribe, to netflix hulu hbo ect.

Did this about 1 1/2 years ago or so. Haven't looked back since
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:04 PM   #15
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An android box is the way to go. Pretty much any movie, tv show or sports game can be streamed from the internet, no added expense. This is the box I'll be going with next http://www.amazon.com/Matricom-G-Box...ds=matricom+g2 . As mentioned above load Kodi first and you'll be good to go.
save your money. the matricom build sucks. I've run kodi on every single type of device out there and several different android boxes. the cheap $30 sticks and boxes work better than the matricom.

the absolute 2nd best experience is the amazon fire tv. even the fire sticks work well with custom advanced settings. never any buffering once doing the advanced settings.

the best best experience is using a pc. i use a raspberri pi $35 with a keyboard remote and its flawless.

avoid the matricom though-its junk.
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Old 03-25-2016, 10:42 PM   #16
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A lot of guys around here are going with Omnilyfe. They swear by it, no contracts, about $28 bucks a month and over 300 channels. I have not made the move yet but am thinking hard about it.
Was just looking on their website. Looks great
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:49 AM   #17
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:30 AM   #18
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sick and tired of direct tv and all the cable companies ,what do I need to buy to watch tv local channels? or internet tv .an antenna? hulu? roku? voodoo? whoodoo?youdoo? be specific I am not very computer literate please help.......
I quit cable tv about 5 years ago. I use the fastest internet that at&t has to offer., about $85/month. We have up to 3 computers streaming at one time.

Bought a set of rabbit ears with amplifier for each tv at about $40 each I think.

I have two monthly subs for Netflix -one to stream and another for one DVD at a time for about $20.00/month.

Only thing(s) i miss are no fox sports SW, discovery, history, and a few other select channels.

Not sory I quit that bill.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:55 AM   #19
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Is there a 'real' difference between Amazon Fire TV and Roku 3?
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:25 AM   #20
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Is there a 'real' difference between Amazon Fire TV and Roku 3?
you can put kodi on amazon, but not on roku.
roku has 3rd party channels though.
imo kodi > 3rd party channels.
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:34 AM   #21
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How can you get PPV events with one of these?
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:42 AM   #22
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How can you get PPV events with one of these?
once you get kodi there's a few add on for it that stream the ppv events
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Old 03-26-2016, 08:49 AM   #23
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For local TV, get an antenna. Remember those rabbit ears? For Netflix and Hulu, etc you will need internet access. You'll be able to connect and watch movies directly from your smart TV or DVD player, etc.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:09 AM   #24
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Use a smart TV or Blu Ray and get Netflix and Hulu. That along with YouTube and other Web based shows should be all most people need.

I work for a small Internet CATV provider and the rates that we pay broadcaters(the large company's that own the TV networks) is growing at a staggering rate. We absorb some of the cost but are forced to pass some on to the customer. I believe that in 5-10 years traditional television will be almost non exsisitant.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:23 AM   #25
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Quit cables years ago... HD rabbit ears.. Get local channels and about 30 other channels. I found that the tv just kept me away from the wife. Half tempted to get rid the tv all together. Back to the basics men. God, family, other thing else God will put into place for you. Be blessed.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:25 AM   #26
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Check to see what restrictions you have from your internet service provider. Mine is capped at 300gb/month then have to pay if I go over that. When my kids were home at Christmas break from college I went over the 300gb for Dec and Jan. The snap chat and Netflix ate up a lot of data. I'm all for cutting the cord but if everything is to be streamed over the internet be prepared for your internet bill to go up too. I would recommend an antenna along with streaming. http://www.dennysantennaservice.com/ is a good source for everything OTA (over the air) broadcasting, just realize he is in the business of selling antennas so take it for what its worth.

My goal would be have a dual or quad OTA DVR setup to broadcast over my wifi network so that I could watch OTA shows over chromecast or smart TV. Looking into this, http://mymediaexperience.com/dvr-guide/ .
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:32 AM   #28
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To answer the OP question, you can buy a digital tv antenna and converter box for your tv.

There are multiple web sites that will estimate what local signals you can pickup at your home, here's one.

https://transition.fcc.gov/mb/engineering/dtvmaps/

You need a special antenna on your roof, they look something like this. Disclaimer- I looked into it and just did my regular stop Direct TV and switch back to Uverse and back and forth.

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Old 03-26-2016, 09:43 AM   #29
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Go for it dude. I left that sorry BS behind about three-four years ago. We have two young girls at home and are proud to say that they would rather play outside than watch the idiot box.

Get some rabbit ears and Netflix. You'll never regret the decision.
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For yall running kodi on a jailbroken firestick, what all does it entail, do the programs/movies update themselves or do I need to do anything to get new shows?

Really interested in one.
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Old 03-26-2016, 07:29 PM   #31
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For yall running kodi on a jailbroken firestick, what all does it entail, do the programs/movies update themselves or do I need to do anything to get new shows?

Really interested in one.
if set up correctly the programs, add ons, and movies/shows all update themselves.

dont buy one that someone else jailbreaks for you. do it your self so you know its set up right. it is not hard.
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if set up correctly the programs, add ons, and movies/shows all update themselves.

dont buy one that someone else jailbreaks for you. do it your self so you know its set up right. it is not hard.
Got a link to a good tutorial on how to do it all properly? I'm gonna order one soon if it's easy to do myself.
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Old 03-26-2016, 09:49 PM   #33
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I cut probably 9 years ago.
1)I use a dedicated Home Theatre PC (HTPC), with DVD drive. 15MBPS down.
2) Buy a 2 channel TV tuner card, so you can record and watch different channels. Windows Media Center was discontinued in W10, so you will have to preview the 3rd party programs for this, your computer will be like a TiVO
3) Use a mounted antennae like posted above. Don't use a small set top one.
4) Back up all of your family photos on the HTPC. Set your screensaver to photo show, you get to see all your family/hunting photos daily on the TV when you are not watching.
5) Netflix and Amazon Prime video are your friends.
6) With a HTPC, you can still stream some fox news, espn, and pirate channels if you like.
7) Logitech DiNOVO is a MUST!!!

In my opinion, this set up DOMINATES Roku/smart tv/smart blue ray. I use this in living room, and the smart tv/players in other rooms that need only limited functionality.
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I'm all for this, but my crutch is football season. Suggestions?
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Well here we go.......we have Amazon prime, Hulu, Netflix, and Roku. I have tried the "Leaf" HD antenna to no avail. $100 bucks down the drain. Other than that, satisfied with everything else.
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Subscribe to SlingTV. The basic package is about 20 channels for $25/mo + $10 more for their ESPN sports package. I get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN U, ESPNews, SEC network (for Aggie games - whoop!) + a few other random sports channels.

This is a streaming service, so there a couple of different ways to watch it. YOu can watch on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and also get a box to plug into your TV. I bought 3 months or service up front and they gave me a Roku 3 box for half price. Once I got the box set up we also subscribed to Hulu and Netflix ($8 each) so now we get more recent TV shows & movies.

Total bill with Sling and streaming services is about $55/mo + internet service. I kept AT&T internet but dropped the Uverse TV service and I'm saving $100 every month. We do have an HD antenna for local news & cop shows, etc. NBC & ABC come in clearly, but CBS is spotty and I have to move the antenna around to pull in a good CBS signal - so we don't watch it the channel much anymore.
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Subscribe to SlingTV. The basic package is about 20 channels for $25/mo + $10 more for their ESPN sports package. I get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN U, ESPNews, SEC network (for Aggie games - whoop!) + a few other random sports channels.



This is a streaming service, so there a couple of different ways to watch it. YOu can watch on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and also get a box to plug into your TV. I bought 3 months or service up front and they gave me a Roku 3 box for half price. Once I got the box set up we also subscribed to Hulu and Netflix ($8 each) so now we get more recent TV shows & movies.



Total bill with Sling and streaming services is about $55/mo + internet service. I kept AT&T internet but dropped the Uverse TV service and I'm saving $100 every month. We do have an HD antenna for local news & cop shows, etc. NBC & ABC come in clearly, but CBS is spotty and I have to move the antenna around to pull in a good CBS signal - so we don't watch it the channel much anymore.


This is what we did earlier this month minus the antenna. Looking forward to the savings.
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How can you get PPV events with one of these?
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once you get kodi there's a few add on for it that stream the ppv events
That's stealing.
Might want to delete since we have so many LEO on here.
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Subscribe to SlingTV. The basic package is about 20 channels for $25/mo + $10 more for their ESPN sports package. I get ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN U, ESPNews, SEC network (for Aggie games - whoop!) + a few other random sports channels.

This is a streaming service, so there a couple of different ways to watch it. YOu can watch on your laptop, tablet, or smartphone, and also get a box to plug into your TV. I bought 3 months or service up front and they gave me a Roku 3 box for half price. Once I got the box set up we also subscribed to Hulu and Netflix ($8 each) so now we get more recent TV shows & movies.

Total bill with Sling and streaming services is about $55/mo + internet service. I kept AT&T internet but dropped the Uverse TV service and I'm saving $100 every month. We do have an HD antenna for local news & cop shows, etc. NBC & ABC come in clearly, but CBS is spotty and I have to move the antenna around to pull in a good CBS signal - so we don't watch it the channel much anymore.

How much do you pay for internet each month?
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:41 AM   #42
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I did a DIY thread here a couple yrs ago (?) of an antenna build I did. I currently get 44 channels in real good of free, OTA television! We love it!!!
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Old 03-27-2016, 08:46 AM   #43
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It seem like all of these options rely on a good high speed internet connection. I live in an area where digital antennas work like antique rabbit ears with poor quality pictures, broken reception and constantly having to adjust its position. I am also limited to the amount of monthly data streaming at 15Gs. So to be able to get even decent local channel I had to go with a satellite provider. It sucks but with out good internet there are not many options.
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:02 AM   #44
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It seem like all of these options rely on a good high speed internet connection. I live in an area where digital antennas work like antique rabbit ears with poor quality pictures, broken reception and constantly having to adjust its position. I am also limited to the amount of monthly data streaming at 15Gs. So to be able to get even decent local channel I had to go with a satellite provider. It sucks but with out good internet there are not many options.
Check into an antenna booster/pre-amp. I have one I purchased for ours but it is too strong and kills our local channels if you are interested. BTW, I'm in the middle of town and have strong local signals.
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Old 03-27-2016, 09:07 AM   #45
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A lot of guys around here are going with Omnilyfe. They swear by it, no contracts, about $28 bucks a month and over 300 channels. I have not made the move yet but am thinking hard about it.
I was just looking at their website. How does their service work when you have several TVs?

I'm sick of paying Directv $158.00/month.
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Old 03-27-2016, 01:21 PM   #47
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That's stealing.
Might want to delete since we have so many LEO on here.
I don't use kodi, but if they were really worried about it, or considered it stealing, it's all over the internet and has been for atleast 7-8 years that I know of. Besides he never said you were streaming it for free, he just said once you get it, you could stream ppv on it.
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Old 03-28-2016, 12:44 PM   #48
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I cut the cable about a year ago. Been through a couple of digital antennas and I'm still not satisfied with it. We have a couple of "smart" TVs, a "smart" bluray player, and an apple TV. We have an Amazon Prime membership and stream netflix. When we cut the cable, we switched internet providers from AT&T to Charter. Charter was 3 times faster and half the price. No buffering at all.

The only issue I have is not being able to watch the Rangers. I spent last season listening on the radio to most of the games. I could watch highlights online. No big deal really.

My next step is the put an OTA antenna in the attic then I am going to get a fire stick or fire box and load kodi.
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Old 03-28-2016, 01:12 PM   #49
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Newsflash......you didn't 'cut the cable", which is the dumbest phrase ever, if you still have a cable modem. You just replaced the splitter with a ground block.

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Old 03-28-2016, 01:18 PM   #50
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I did a DIY thread here a couple yrs ago (?) of an antenna build I did. I currently get 44 channels in real good of free, OTA television! We love it!!!
I need to find that thread...I'm sick of giving direct tv so much money. I watch very little tv, but what i do watch is usually on Discovery or History channel. Any way to still get these with any of these methods above?
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