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glockmail
10-24-2013, 02:49 PM
Here's my situation:

At home I have internet through Time-Warner cable with download speeds of about 16 mbs, cost is $50/ month. For television I have Dish, $55/ month. I watch Velocity, History, USA, FNC, and occasionally my wife watches HGTV. The HD picture quality is excellent. We never watch network TV. Twice a year my Dad visists for a few days and watched professional sports constantly, any Boston team.

At our little cabin we have internet through Charter cable with their cheapest broadband service, about $20/ month. I have a flat screen TV with a dedicated PC and video card. Streaming video quality is good, no hesitation issues, but not HD like Dish at home. Charter must have excess capacity because this service guarantees 1 mbs but we get 30. We have no TV service at all. When I want to watch news I go on the FNC website, and that lets me watch a handful of latest videos, and generally gives me my news fix. It won't let me watch live video. History's website lets us watch several shows as well. DishAnywhere is disappointing. I have Amazon Prime ($80/ year) and that isn't bad.

Can I get by at home without Dish? Has anyone done this, and if so how is your experience?

fj1200
10-24-2013, 03:04 PM
Can I get by at home without Dish? Has anyone done this, and if so how is your experience?

We get by without cable and Dish and have plenty of network options but in general watch little TV outside of the kids and they can get by with Netflix and PBSkids. It's worth it to not have to deal with all of the commercials that the kids would get inundated with if watching Nick, Disney, Cartoon Network, etc.

Oh yeah, we do streaming through the Roku which gives a few more options than you mentioned.

glockmail
10-24-2013, 03:22 PM
What is a Roku. I've heard the term before.

aboutime
10-24-2013, 04:12 PM
Here's my situation:

At home I have internet through Time-Warner cable with download speeds of about 16 mbs, cost is $50/ month. For television I have Dish, $55/ month. I watch Velocity, History, USA, FNC, and occasionally my wife watches HGTV. The HD picture quality is excellent. We never watch network TV. Twice a year my Dad visists for a few days and watched professional sports constantly, any Boston team.

At our little cabin we have internet through Charter cable with their cheapest broadband service, about $20/ month. I have a flat screen TV with a dedicated PC and video card. Streaming video quality is good, no hesitation issues, but not HD like Dish at home. Charter must have excess capacity because this service guarantees 1 mbs but we get 30. We have no TV service at all. When I want to watch news I go on the FNC website, and that lets me watch a handful of latest videos, and generally gives me my news fix. It won't let me watch live video. History's website lets us watch several shows as well. DishAnywhere is disappointing. I have Amazon Prime ($80/ year) and that isn't bad.

Can I get by at home without Dish? Has anyone done this, and if so how is your experience?

Glock. We have DISH, limited as it is to stay cheap. But having Dish when the weather is bad, like heavy thunderstorms, or snow clouds usually means NO Connection with the Satellite.
My Internet is with COX Cable, and it has never gone down as long as I have used it. Going on 10 years now. We thought about DISH Internet connections. But the weather would completely shut us off from everything that way.
We watch BASIC with the 5 local channels. All we want, and can afford at around 55 a month.

red states rule
10-24-2013, 04:18 PM
I have Direst TV and if you sign up they may give you the NFL Season ticket for FREE

They may offer other perks

aboutime
10-24-2013, 04:24 PM
I have Direst TV and if you sign up they may give you the NFL Season ticket for FREE

They may offer other perks

We tried Direct TV before going to DISH. Got tired of speaking to broken English people in the Phillipeans, and India who basically had no idea WHY we were talking to them.
And the lures of FREE stuff, only lasts for a few months BEFORE...your monthly charges increase.

red states rule
10-24-2013, 04:25 PM
We tried Direct TV before going to DISH. Got tired of speaking to broken English people in the Phillipeans, and India who basically had no idea WHY we were talking to them.
And the lures of FREE stuff, only lasts for a few months BEFORE...your monthly charges increase.

I got 12 months of freebies and after that it was a minor increase AT

I am pleased with the service and the package I have

aboutime
10-24-2013, 04:27 PM
I got 12 months of freebies and after that it was a minor increase AT

I am pleased with the service and the package I have


Good to hear. What I described took place many years ago. We're stickin where we are. The two companies are always trying to OUTDO each other. That's how business goes.

tailfins
10-24-2013, 04:29 PM
What is a Roku. I've heard the term before.

Time-Warner has a ROKU app, so perhaps Time-Warner is portable via ROKU.

This is ROKU:

http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_query=ROKU&Find=Find&search_constraint=0

red states rule
10-24-2013, 04:31 PM
Good to hear. What I described took place many years ago. We're stickin where we are. The two companies are always trying to OUTDO each other. That's how business goes.

Competition is the name of the game

Very happy with Direct TV. They tried to sell me the NFL package but I am not paying that much for it

glockmail
10-24-2013, 05:08 PM
Time-Warner has a ROKU app, so perhaps Time-Warner is portable via ROKU.

This is ROKU:

http://www.walmart.com/search/search-ng.do?ic=16_0&Find=Find&search_query=ROKU&Find=Find&search_constraint=0

So basically, its a bare bones computer with a web browser, right? Which of these services that they mention will give me the channels that I want? Will it be HD with my 15mbs internet connection?

fj1200
10-24-2013, 06:22 PM
So basically, its a bare bones computer with a web browser, right? Which of these services that they mention will give me the channels that I want? Will it be HD with my 15mbs internet connection?

It's like Apple TV if you're familiar with that one. It basically streams internet over your TV but is not really a browser in that you can't just open up Chrome and browse away. I think it makes more sense to look at the channels you can get through Roku to get an idea of what it does. You can do a lot of what Roku does on a computer but Roku will streamline it IMO. Channels like Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Amazon Prime, etc. are probably the biggest channels.

http://www.roku.com/

gabosaurus
10-24-2013, 06:26 PM
What is a Roku. I've heard the term before.

Roku is a streaming player where you can get Netflix for movies and all sorts of other channels. You can get one for as low as $60. We now have one because even basic cable is up to around $80-90 per month here. You do need a fast internet connection. I would recommend a Roku 2. You can get one at Wal Mart or Target.

fj1200
10-24-2013, 06:28 PM
You do need a fast internet connection.

Define fast. We get by with 3? mpbs; he has more than enough.

aboutime
10-24-2013, 07:13 PM
I have a Cox Cable Internet connection, 50mbps, and it's really fast for me. Downloads of pretty large programs in a matter of seconds. Not minutes like the old DIALUP with a phone line, and the funny noises of tuning into a Modum.

I have no problems with it. Works every time.

glockmail
10-24-2013, 08:26 PM
Roku is a streaming player where you can get Netflix for movies and all sorts of other channels. You can get one for as low as $60. We now have one because even basic cable is up to around $80-90 per month here. You do need a fast internet connection. I would recommend a Roku 2. You can get one at Wal Mart or Target.

Based on your recommendation I'd get a Roku 3. It's ten dollars more. :slap:

gabosaurus
10-24-2013, 10:53 PM
Based on your recommendation I'd get a Roku 3. It's ten dollars more. :slap:

I believe Roku 2 is $79 and Roku 3 is $99. Still not much of a difference. Amazon Prime streaming has current TV programs you can play commercial free for $1.99 each. Good for the shows that come on at 10 pm here. Also you can rent movies without leaving the house.

PostmodernProphet
10-25-2013, 12:02 AM
I hate the way the companies set up their channel packages........if I go with basic I can't get Fox......to get Fox I need to add 24 channels I don't watch.....then I need to add ten more to get the Big10 Network........beyond that, KickAss Torrents......

aboutime
10-25-2013, 03:53 PM
I hate the way the companies set up their channel packages........if I go with basic I can't get Fox......to get Fox I need to add 24 channels I don't watch.....then I need to add ten more to get the Big10 Network........beyond that, KickAss Torrents......


So, that explains why WE don't get the Big Fox channel. But we do get the local Fox affiliate.
Gotta give up some things in order to afford others.

Said1
10-26-2013, 09:07 PM
Roku is a streaming player where you can get Netflix for movies and all sorts of other channels. You can get one for as low as $60. We now have one because even basic cable is up to around $80-90 per month here. You do need a fast internet connection. I would recommend a Roku 2. You can get one at Wal Mart or Target.

But I thought you're husband was rich? :poke2:

aboutime
10-26-2013, 09:44 PM
But I thought you're husband was rich? :poke2:



Said1. Looks like you just caused gabby to take a huge gulp, and think "Uh oh. I messed up!"

fj1200
10-26-2013, 09:58 PM
Here's my situation:

I watch Velocity, History, USA, FNC, and occasionally my wife watches HGTV.

Just another thought about whether to dump Dish. Can you replace what you want to watch or can you get by without it? Most series get to Netflix eventually or Hulu+ more quickly but some don't really make it there AFAIK. I used to watch plenty of networks but have just gone cold turkey because I can't really replace the Golf Channel.

red states rule
10-27-2013, 07:01 AM
But I thought you're husband was rich? :poke2:

It's that damn Bush depression that is causing Gabby to pinch pennies now

It could also be given all the tax increases rammed through by her Gov Moonbeam - Gabby may be close to paying her fair share in taxes - thus she has to cut back in other areas

glockmail
10-27-2013, 01:24 PM
Just another thought about whether to dump Dish. Can you replace what you want to watch or can you get by without it? Most series get to Netflix eventually or Hulu+ more quickly but some don't really make it there AFAIK. I used to watch plenty of networks but have just gone cold turkey because I can't really replace the Golf Channel.

I can't find Velocity on Hulu, Netflix or anywhere. Yeah I could probably substitute for other car shows, but sometimes you need to watch news, and Fox is the only trustworty network. They only stream 1 hour/ day (I think its 11am to noon).

What service provides live baseball/ football? When my dad visits he has to see his Red Sox and Patriots.

glockmail
10-27-2013, 01:34 PM
But I thought you're husband was rich? :poke2:A large income doesn't preclude you from pinching pennies.

I'm constantly evaluating which service I can reduce or omit, hence this thread. Or saving with coupons or discounts. I'll give some examples of discussions that my wife and I have had just this weekend. One was a refi on our second home, and we figured that we can save about $8000 if we can get a 15 year at 3.25%. The second was my fax service, which costs $10/ month. I'd love to get rid of that recurring bill. We signed up for a seminar on ways to save energy in our home. I've got an Ace Hardware coupon for 20% savings for next Saturday only that I've entered into my phone calendar.

fj1200
10-27-2013, 02:01 PM
I can't find Velocity on Hulu, Netflix or anywhere. Yeah I could probably substitute for other car shows, but sometimes you need to watch news, and Fox is the only trustworty network. They only stream 1 hour/ day (I think its 11am to noon).

What service provides live baseball/ football? When my dad visits he has to see his Red Sox and Patriots.

I can't say I can answer that last one but I imagine it's out there somewhere. It was definitely worth the trade off for us not to have cable.

red states rule
10-27-2013, 03:02 PM
Glock, looks like Direct TV has a decent intro offer. TV and internet for under $50

I do not know if they have all your favorites in the intro package but you may want to check it out

aboutime
10-27-2013, 04:46 PM
Glock, looks like Direct TV has a decent intro offer. TV and internet for under $50

I do not know if they have all your favorites in the intro package but you may want to check it out



red states rule. Haven't seen the add but...if it's like many others they have tried lately. That under 50 Dollars trick, probably only lasts a few months, and with a CONTRACT signup that eventually wishes you had taken out a 2ND Mortgage to pay for ALL THE GOODIES.

glockmail
10-27-2013, 08:09 PM
Glock, looks like Direct TV has a decent intro offer. TV and internet for under $50

I do not know if they have all your favorites in the intro package but you may want to check it out

Intro smintro. Dish's into price was $30. After a year it went up to $45 and was still a better deal than cable. Then my wife wanted to watch Olympic sports so we got the next step up to $55. With that step Velocity appeared and now I'm hooked.

red states rule
10-28-2013, 03:20 AM
red states rule. Haven't seen the add but...if it's like many others they have tried lately. That under 50 Dollars trick, probably only lasts a few months, and with a CONTRACT signup that eventually wishes you had taken out a 2ND Mortgage to pay for ALL THE GOODIES.

For me there was a minor price increase - and I am happy with the service.

They tried to sell me NFL Sunday Ticket but I would pay the price. Other then that no issues with Direct TV

Regarding all the goodies - just say NO