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OT - Cutting the cord

cheeaacheeaa Posts: 299
edited July 2017 in EggHead Forum
So, we're finally getting ready to cut the cord and are looking for the best options. Luckily for me, the wife is redecorating both living rooms so soon we will have 2 new 4k tv's to help.
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  • Hans61Hans61 Posts: 3,409
    Do you mean ditch cable for streaming?

    netflix Hulu and hbo now
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  • cheeaacheeaa Posts: 299
    I have a much bigger post but it's not all posting for some reason. But yes, that's what I mean
  • cheeaacheeaa Posts: 299

    Now, as far as channels go, we have a 5 and 1 year old, so kids channels are a must. Like Disney, Disney Jr., Nick, etc.

    I like golf channel, hockey and baseball. I think mlb.tv will cover me for baseball, but I'm not sure about hockey. I guess game center would work but what do i do for local blues games? Are the regional fox sports channels available in any streaming services? I havent seen any mentioned on the ones ive checked out, but if they are, that would cover me for both blues and cards games. 

    As far as regular tv goes, we don't watch a ton, but we would want food network, discovery network, fx, basically just basic cable channels. 

    I've read a bit lately, but really would like some opinions from real world. So, based on what I have above, what do you guys think are the best options? What do you guys do? What do you like or not like about your setup?

    I appreciate it in advance
  • SoCalTimSoCalTim Posts: 2,155
    If your serious about cutting the cord AND need your sports, look into Kodi. 
    I've slow smoked and eaten so much pork, I'm legally recognized as being part swine - Chatsworth Ca.
  • If you have Amazon Prime check into their stuff. It is included with your prime account.
  • sumoconnellsumoconnell Posts: 1,422
    Fyi, there is a Kodi crackdown underway in UK, and it will probably spread.  This is/was the most popular option for users that wanted pay content without paying.  It has integrated add-ons for legit services, but  that's not what most people  got it for.. It's popular for watching movies that are in theatres and watching pay cable tv for free, and it's super easy to install and use.  I used it for a while, is not bug free, or glitch free, but it is the best out there.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.dailystar.co.uk/tech/news/628054/Kodi-crackdown-government-IPO-illegal-streaming-services/amp


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  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,951
    edited July 2017
    Pick up a good HD over the air antenna to get your local stations. 

    Here's a coverage listing 

    https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps
  • Hans61Hans61 Posts: 3,409
    For sports Hulu has a live option now that's specific to region 40/month still cheaper than most 
    “There are three rules that I live by: never get less than twelve hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body.”
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  • TN_Sister_StateTN_Sister_State Posts: 1,130
    I had my firestick side loaded with Kodi and now it's gone so the crack down is far and wide. And it's gone from my fire TV as well.
    Franklin, Tn
    LBGE - Cast Iron Grate - Flameboss 300 - BGEtisserie

  • TN_Sister_StateTN_Sister_State Posts: 1,130
    Wait till later this summer for the mohu airwave for local love tv ota.
    Franklin, Tn
    LBGE - Cast Iron Grate - Flameboss 300 - BGEtisserie

  • cheeaacheeaa Posts: 299
    SoCalTim said:
    If your serious about cutting the cord AND need your sports, look into Kodi.

     I guess it has a lot of sport streams?
  • cheeaacheeaa Posts: 299
    If you have Amazon Prime check into their stuff. It is included with your prime account.
    Yeah Amazon is probably one if the front runners for me at this point. 
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,951
    I looked up my house and I get 11 stations with a strong signal over the air. I might have to look into this now. Couple all the local stations with AP or NF and you'd be set. 
  • cheeaacheeaa Posts: 299
    I looked up my house and I get 11 stations with a strong signal over the air. I might have to look into this now. Couple all the local stations with AP or NF and you'd be set. 
    You have to get an antennae right?
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,951
    cheeaa said:
    I looked up my house and I get 11 stations with a strong signal over the air. I might have to look into this now. Couple all the local stations with AP or NF and you'd be set. 
    You have to get an antennae right?
    Yes but they are very reasonably priced. Some are even 4K compatible for well under $100. 
  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 1,675
    We ditched Dish and went with PS Vue. All the local channels, Disney, HBO, Showtime, etc for $65/month. You can load it onto your Amazon Fire Stick - works great. Running it on 5 TV's in the house. 
    MMBGE / Large BGE / XL BGE (Craigslist Find) / SF30x80 cabinet trailer - "Ol' Mortimer" / Outdoor kitchen in progress.  

    Southeastern CT. 
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 3,065
    I've never had cable or satellite..... we get about 20 stations off an antenna.  Before we had a decent internet connection for streaming, we had a dvr / TiVo kind of deal to record the various shows.  Now that we finally have high speed for the last year, Amazon prime is great.  Our nanny has her Netflix account on all the tvs, plus turned us on to kodi on the firestick......wow, been missing out on that for years!
  • TN_Sister_StateTN_Sister_State Posts: 1,130
    CTMike said:
    We ditched Dish and went with PS Vue. All the local channels, Disney, HBO, Showtime, etc for $65/month. You can load it onto your Amazon Fire Stick - works great. Running it on 5 TV's in the house. 
    The only issue with PS Vue is not ALL markets get live local channels so anyone signing up need to check that first. 
    Franklin, Tn
    LBGE - Cast Iron Grate - Flameboss 300 - BGEtisserie

  • RRPRRP Posts: 22,050
    We are on cable for internet, TV and telephone and I am satisfied. One thing that I had done when we built our home long before cable was here was to have a huge TV antenna installed in the highest part of our attic and then wires run to several outlets in our home. Now of course they are dormant, but if a new buyer comes along and wants to cut cable for sake of TV they are all set! 
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    And oh yes...also a 17" BlackStone gas fired griddle! 
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
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  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 1,784
    I cut the cord years ago. Antenna, Netflix, Sling, and Firestick serve up all I need
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,771
    Unfortunately for me, my viewing habits are live sports and news.  I couldn't care less about other programming.  As near as I can tell, I need to wish for al a carte pricing for any chance of savings (Directv here).
    Please correct me if I have it wrong.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 1,784
    @lousubcap

    Sling blue for $25/month offers ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, NFL network, etc..

    https://www.sling.com/programming/sports
    Two large BGE, KJ Jr, 36" Blackstone, FlameBoss 300
    Follow me on Instagram @ hoosier_egger
    Bloomington, IN - Hoo Hoo Hoo Hoosiers!
  • saluki2007saluki2007 Posts: 3,790
    Also talk to friends/family with cable/satellite and see if they would be willing to share login info for apps with live viewing.  
    Large and Small BGE
    Morton, IL

  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,951
    lousubcap said:
    Unfortunately for me, my viewing habits are live sports and news.  I couldn't care less about other programming.  As near as I can tell, I need to wish for al a carte pricing for any chance of savings (Directv here).
    Please correct me if I have it wrong.
    As long as Direct TV has the Sunday Ticket, I'm not going anywhere. 
  • NsdexterNsdexter Posts: 195
    All I. Want I see a pvr type thing for hockey and I'd be a happy camper
    HFX NS
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 16,771
    @ColtsFan - thanks for the link.  Will have to do my homework now.  
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer.  
  • mtaskermtasker Posts: 65
    ps vue and chromecast on 3 TV's.  get everything I need and saving $100 a month after dropping cable.
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 14,013
    PS Vue for me. Gives me hockey and MLB. I don't have certain channels, but am am able to stream with the channel's app and cast to Chromecast for viewing.
  • EggMcMicEggMcMic Posts: 310
    We cut the cord three years ago and haven't missed the bills. We have Hulu, Prime, and Netflix. For us that works well...but I do not have small children.
    EggMcMcc
    Central Illinois
    First L BGE July 2016, RecTec, Traeger, Weber, Campchef
    Second BGE, a MMX, February 2017
    Third BGE, another large, May, 2017
    Added another griddle (BassPro) December 2017
  • blastingblasting Posts: 5,502

    Bit torrent has worked well and cost me zero over the last dozen years.  Movies, TV etc.  I've added a VPN the last couple years in order to be totally anonymous.  This cost somewhere around $40 per year.

    Some sporting events and local news may be an issue.  But there are solutions for those too.

    Phoenix 
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