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[#] Fri Feb 03 2017 10:45:35 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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I am more amazed that phrase was "invented"



[#] Sat Oct 14 2017 14:27:34 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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After enjoying a Netflix trial for a couple of months, my wife has consented to letting me "cut the cord" on our TV service. She seems to understand that paying for cable funnels money to ultra-evil entities such as CNN and ESPN even if we don't watch them. It will also save us somewhere between $50 and $60 per month ... possibly more, but eventually you get into a point of diminishing returns where "just Internet" costs more than a bundle.

So let's say we have a $50 budget for over-the-top services. Some of that will go to a Netflix subscription. We probably need something else to supplement it. Dear Lazyweb: which service would be a good replacement? She likes mysteries and sci-fi. I don't watch TV, and the kids don't care. The only requirement is that any OTT service we purchase must NOT funnel money to CNN or ESPN.

I would also prefer services that are compatible with ChromeCast, which we already have on every screen, but that's not a strict requirement.

[#] Mon Oct 16 2017 15:48:34 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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Check out Directv Now. $35 a month, no contract.

[#] Mon Oct 16 2017 15:49:01 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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2017-10-16 15:48 from Ragnar Danneskjold @uncnsrd
Check out Directv Now. $35 a month, no contract.



Should have read further. It has CNN.

[#] Tue Oct 17 2017 07:08:54 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I think you'll find it hard to avoid those two networks when everyone bundles them in with a bunch of other stuff.

Unless you want to completely unplug from all of the content from the major carriers and go with alternative content from smaller players, I don't see much hope of getting away from giving those two a little money.

[#] Tue Oct 17 2017 11:15:42 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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"Thirteen channels of shit on the TV to choose from..."  -Pink Floyd 1982

"Over 120 channels of shit on the TV to choose from...." updated lyrics for 2017

I looked at the basic package, out of the sixty I might watch seven.



[#] Tue Oct 17 2017 13:54:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Also "57 channels and nothing on" (Bruce Springsteen, a former musician, in 1992)



[#] Tue Oct 17 2017 16:02:33 EDT from Haven @ Uncensored

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Some people like SlingTV due to the channels they include in their packages.  DirectTV has a streaming package as well.  That is for live TV.  There is also Hulu for after the fact TV.  Youtube TV, Youtube Red and a couple more I can't remember right now. 



[#] Wed Oct 18 2017 09:30:24 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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Wait... when was Bruce Springsteen a musician?

[#] Wed Oct 18 2017 09:31:31 EDT from fleeb @ Uncensored

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I looked at YouTube TV's offering on IG's behalf.

It doesn't fit his specs.

It has a number of channels, but ultimately, you'd wind up supporting ESPN if you pick up the service, as that gets bundled in with the other channels.

[#] Wed Oct 18 2017 11:15:39 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Wait... when was Bruce Springsteen a musician?

I vaguely recall him being relevant in the music business in the 1980's.
People from New Jersey went to his shows in a futile attempt to consider New Jersey a real state.

[#] Wed Oct 18 2017 11:21:51 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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SlingTV is apparently just the online version of Dish Network.

Hulu might make sense. Does it have shows that were "on cable" or only the broadcast networks? We're probably going to keep our broadcast networks, because they are viewable without the expensive set top boxes, and dropping TV entirely would actually cost more. Damn bundles.

[#] Fri Oct 20 2017 14:04:54 EDT from Haven @ Uncensored

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Here is a comparison.  I haven't read the article yet, but there is one. 

 

http://www.businessinsider.com/streaming-services-comparison-hulu-youtube-tv-sling-directv-now-playstation-vue-fubo-2017-8

 

 



[#] Sun Nov 05 2017 16:25:27 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Gonna have to have a discussion with the wife about how much TV she really wants. I'd prefer to just get Hulu and cut the whole TV package entirely, but if that's not going to provide enough TV, I found a channel package from Verizon that doesn't include CNN or ESPN. If I switch to that one and get rid of the set top box in our home theater (which, remarkably, we *never* use), the savings will pay for Netflix and stop our $$$ from heading into the coffers of the two most egregiously bad channel providers.

[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 10:53:31 EST from fleeb @ Uncensored

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"enough TV"...

*shudder*

[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 11:38:55 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold @ Uncensored

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My daughter just got Sling. $20 a month.....

[#] Mon Nov 06 2017 20:33:17 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Sling is basically Dish Network delivered over the Internet instead of satellite.

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 18:22:47 EST from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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My wife is currently watching the one movie they have on the Hallmark Channel.

You know the one ... with the somewhat roundabout love story, and the cute kid, the small town, and no major plot complications.  It's the only movie they show, but they've made the same movie hundreds of times.

According to Business Insider, they churn these out in about three weeks with a budget of about $2 million.  And they consistently achieve high ratings (way higher than CNN or ESPN), despite the fact that they don't bother trying to position themselves on social media.

I personally find it too insipid to watch, but I've gotta hand it to them ... they have a winning formula.  People don't want to be force fed the debauchery the big networks are shoveling out, and they turn to Hallmark Channel as an alternative.  Bravo to them.



[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 18:26:52 EST from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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Uhm. So we should go watch Bravo?

[#] Mon Dec 04 2017 21:21:18 EST from zooer @ Uncensored

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Holy crap.... We celebrated Thanksgiving a week early, while family was up visiting for "Thanksgiving" someone turned on the Hallmark channel. I don't watch TV, I think the TV was on all day, I would walk into the room and ask "This movie is still be on?"  One of the people staring at the screen would say, "no this is a different movie."  They were all the same idea.

Someone wanted to do something special, make the cranky old person be happy, save some Christmas tradition and fall in love.  It happened every episode.



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