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Can you help me get started with possible cord cutting?
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Hello everyone! I live in an apartment complex which is one of many owned by a property management company. They do not offer the choice any of the major local cable or satellite providers; rather, they use a subset of channels powered by Dish Network (there are satellite dishes on the property). We don't get cable boxes, digital content, DVR capability, or other benefits many of the big names offer.

Even though the service is relatively cheap, I'm annoyed with the quality of many of the channel broadcasts, the outages or even random replacement of channels I like with others, and of course not being able to record anything - I'm a busy person and it's not possible to rearrange my life due to program schedules.

What would you recommend I look into? What works best for you?  I've looked into Sling TV and Roku but none of them have all the channels I want, and I don't ask for much...some of my must haves include AMC and Comedy Central. One big omission from Sling TV seems to be Discovery Network channels and while I could live without them, I wish I didn't have to.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide. If a missed a link to a thread with all of these questions already answered, my apologies!


AprilChild17

"If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?" ~ Abraham Lincoln
 
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I've been a cord cutter for 3 months.   I've been pleased with PS Vue powered by Amazon Fire Stick.  I tried Sling and but was too much like satellite with the same attitude that chased me from them. Hulu was good just lacking some of my local channels.  If they appear in Hulu I'll seriously consider going back.  Use all the free trials and check out their variety of channels through each web site.  Cord cutter news been extremely helpful in getting me started streaming.  Good luck.  By the way I spent about 2 month researching all providers with the help of Cord Cutters News
 
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(09-28-2017, 06:35 PM)MailmanRC Wrote: I've been a cord cutter for 3 months.   I've been pleased with PS Vue powered by Amazon Fire Stick.  I tried Sling and but was too much like satellite with the same attitude that chased me from them. Hulu was good just lacking some of my local channels.  If they appear in Hulu I'll seriously consider going back.  Use all the free trials and check out their variety of channels through each web site.  Cord cutter news been extremely helpful in getting me started streaming.  Good luck.  By the way I spent about 2 month researching all providers with the help of Cord Cutters News

Thank you for your reply!  Good idea, doing the free trials  Smile


AprilChild17

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You should start off with the basics. Do a little research on a television antenna. Get that hooked up and ready to roll. You can even do this while you have your cable subscription. I'll assume you have an internet connection so the next step would be to select a streaming device. The 4 major ones are Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Google Chromecast. The first three are really easy to use and the Chromecast has the advantage that it is inexpensive. Read up on these streaming devices, select the one that fits your lifestyle and budget. Then once you have the basics you might want to look into a DVR device for your antenna. There are computer cards and USB devices that cat record Over-The-Air (OTA) programming and allow you to watch later. If you have a spare computer not doing anything you can look into Plex software which will allow you to watch you recorded shows just about anywhere.

Hope this helps!
 
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You should check out our Cord Cutting 101 guide here: http://cordcuttersnews.com/cord-cutting-...7-edition/
 
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I'm new to all this cord cutting but im sick of my cable bill being in the hundreds for crap I dont even watch, I came across http://settv.co/ but it sounds to good to be true, 500 channels for 20 bucks has anyone heard of them or used em, they claim to have 500,000 subscribers ..HELP !!!
 
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COMCAST is Evil.
 
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(12-15-2017, 02:53 AM)jimmyboy Wrote: I'm new to all this cord cutting but im sick of my cable bill being in the hundreds for crap I dont even watch, I came across http://settv.co/ but it sounds to good to be true, 500 channels for 20 bucks has anyone heard of them or used em, they claim to have 500,000 subscribers ..HELP !!!

Go check out a Tigerstream TV Box You buy the box and there are no monthly fees. You have live TV, spots, news, movies, TV shows, you-tube videos, and musiic. The content blows what is found else on the marketplace...
 
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(12-15-2017, 02:53 AM)jimmyboy Wrote: I'm new to all this cord cutting but im sick of my cable bill being in the hundreds for crap I dont even watch, I came across http://settv.co/ but it sounds to good to be true, 500 channels for 20 bucks has anyone heard of them or used em, they claim to have 500,000 subscribers ..HELP !!!

that is one of those "grey market" services, there is obviously no way they are paying licensing fees to distribute the content they have, also if you look closely at the channel lineup you will note many channels are repeated many times.

(09-24-2017, 05:55 PM)AprilChild17 Wrote: Hello everyone! I live in an apartment complex which is one of many owned by a property management company. They do not offer the choice any of the major local cable or satellite providers; rather, they use a subset of channels powered by Dish Network (there are satellite dishes on the property). We don't get cable boxes, digital content, DVR capability, or other benefits many of the big names offer.

Even though the service is relatively cheap, I'm annoyed with the quality of many of the channel broadcasts, the outages or even random replacement of channels I like with others, and of course not being able to record anything - I'm a busy person and it's not possible to rearrange my life due to program schedules.

What would you recommend I look into? What works best for you?  I've looked into Sling TV and Roku but none of them have all the channels I want, and I don't ask for much...some of my must haves include AMC and Comedy Central. One big omission from Sling TV seems to be Discovery Network channels and while I could live without them, I wish I didn't have to.

Thanks in advance for any advice you can provide. If a missed a link to a thread with all of these questions already answered, my apologies!
 
I advise referencing a website called suppose.tv it has a really cool feature where you can tell it what channels you want and it will tell you what services have the channels, you can even specifiy if you want a DVR and it will adjust pricing to account for DVR costs (if applicable) once you find the service that offers the content you want then research what devices are supported and get one of them, I STRONGLY advise not cheaping out on the device, many of the "sticks" are rather underpowered to handle live streaming, for example my dads first gen Fire stick suffered lots of constant buffering with DirecTV Now, swap it out for a 2016 Roku stick with a Quad Core and the buffering went away (for the most part), so for your main TV buy the best device you can afford that works on your service, also consider some of the device offer trials out there, back in March of 2016 when I signed up for Vue I also did a 60 dollar prepay (for 3 months of Sling) to get 50 dollars off of a Fire TV 4k box, and I was gonna have both services anyway because I needed both to cover my channel lineup.

if you don't need News, Sports or Locals I HIGHLY suggest Philo, the Roku app leaves a LOT to be desired, but the service is ROCK SOLID and hasn't let me down yet.

(01-02-2018, 10:38 PM)grillmycablebill Wrote: Go check out a Tigerstream TV Box You buy the box and there are no monthly fees. You have live TV, spots, news, movies, TV shows, you-tube videos, and musiic. The content blows what is found else on the marketplace...

that looks like a box preloaded with a bunch of illegal streaming Kodi addons, general rule of thumb, if you are getting commercial free content that should be paid content then odds are it's illegal and it's only a matter of time before it gets shutdown, also those boxes are running a skinned for TV Android Mobile build not a true Android TV, which means a LEGAL service like Playstation Vue is going to give you the mobile app instead of the proper TV app
 
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