Cutting Cable

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  1. Scott

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    So what are the options if you still want your regular shows? things like Criminal minds, ncis, Arrow, etc? Wife & boy likes HGTV, tlc, and a few others. then there is AMC or HBO for shows.

    Chromecast is pretty limited, but great for youtube & netflix.

    Roku stick? Boxee?

    I could probably do mlb.tv for jays games, and nhl game center for nhl.

    I don't have a dedicated home PC, although I could probably get an old one from work, but Ive got a ps3 & wii if that matters.

    overall I'd love to cut my EastLink bill back some. We dvr most things, but I want to be able to get those regular shows when we want.

    Suggestions?
     
  2. Mitch

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    I have jailbroke Apple TV 2, has an "app" called ustvnow and that streams ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, City TV all perfectly.
    Hgtv and a few others are iffy for streaming. But most the shows are up on 1channel and such to watch later that day.
     
  3. hank

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    Avoid Boxee. There is no support for them anymore.
     
  4. ree

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    Mitch did you jailbreak it yourself? Have been looking into that.
     
  5. Mitch

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    No paid someone off Kijiji, I did it but wasn't working right. They did it and it works perfect
     
  6. HairyAss

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    We cut the cord at least 6 months ago now and honestly we don't notice it. My wife did want to keep it for things like HGTV, but when I showed her the savings, she caved.

    I have a PC (well, Mac Mini) sitting attached to the TV. It's running Plex Server and has the Plex client as well. There's a 2Gb hard drive hanging off it for the media. We use BitTorrent to get most TV shows we watch that aren't on Netflix. We used to use a program that would automate getting new episodes of the shows we watch, but I kind of got away from it. I should really fix that.

    With Plex, aside from watching directly through the PC attatched to the TV, it's available on the PS3 and through the iPad Plex client.

    On top of that, there's Netflix (which we use a LOT) and I use hockeystreams.com to stream hockey (quality is up and down with it - was perfect when I got it, has been spotty lately). My wife was also streaming a lot of shows through network websites - CTV.ca, for example, but she said they just shot that one down.

    Oh, I also have an HD Antenna plugged in. At the moment, it only gets CBC, but I haven't really tried to get more. I should be able to pull in Global and CTV as well. I just have an antenna from the dollar store at the moment.
     
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    Oh, and I guess every once in a while we'll rent a movie through iTunes on the Mac Mini, but only used that maybe once or twice.
     
  8. Mitch

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    Also I plugged my coax right to my TV and I get slot of channels coming in after my tv did auto program.













    Side note, thanks cheddar for that special screw driver tool.
     
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    I might bite the bullet and try playon. There is a "channel" for it for plex. Reviews seem good.
     
  10. HairyAss

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    Mitch - If you're with FibreOp for Internet, your house is acting as your antenna - works for some people, I didn't have any luck.

    If you're with Eastlink, you're just getting their basic cable package.

    Is it HD?
     
  11. Mitch

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    Eastlink, and no HD

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    Hgtv comes on so wife is happy
    I get sportsnet and tsn discovery AE few more
     
  12. HairyAss

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    Yeah, it was one reason I considered not going to FibreOp - you don't get the free basic cable when you cancel TV with FibreOp since it's all delivered over the network.
     
  13. Mitch

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    There's no fibre op in my end of Bedford so eastlink it was.
     
  14. never_be_sold

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    We haven't had cable for almost 4 years. We do have Netflix and a jailbroken Apple TV, but rarely use either. Most of the shows or movies we watch we just stream via movie4k or stream-tv, usually up an hour or two after they air.
     
  15. Lex Lucas

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    How much do you pay for ustvnow?
    Do you need to do anything with your IP to get it to work here?

    Anyone able to get hulu plus working here?
     
  16. Muricane

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    Teach the family to use usenet. :o

    Wife was watching grimm 10 min after it finished yesterday.
     
  17. Muricane

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    We keep meaning to try hulu but keep forgetting.
     
  18. Wayne

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    #1 reason I can't switch my cable off...live sports.

    I've yet to find a place with good streams of live sports.
     
  19. Muricane

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    Depends what you want. I'm watching F1 right now. You can get pretty much anything you want, if you know where to look. :o
     
  20. bnguitarman

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    where are you watching it? stream I assume?

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  21. Muricane

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    Yeah. Skysports stream.

    Major NA sports leagues will sell you their streams which are cheaper than cable. :shrug:
     
  22. Muricane

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    I've watched more nfl since canceling cable since I can choose which game I want to watch. Not stuck watching the bills.
     
  23. HairyAss

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    Same for me, but with Hockey. I used to only watch Sens games, but now I'll stick any game on, and I can choose to stream from either team's "home" stream when I'm watching, which is kind of cool, too.
     
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    I'm really looking forward to when there's an option to subscribe to live TV via the internet. USTVNow seems like a start, but it's way too expensive to get channels that I would want to watch.
     
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    Free for the basic 6 channels
     
  26. Scott

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    Everything seems so complicated now.

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    How are you doing this, or what service is it? NHL is basically the only reason I even have a cable subscription.
     
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    It's not an easy road princess, but worth it.
     
  29. Muricane

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    NHL.com offers a subscription package I believe.
     
  30. MRA

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    just install XBMX on a PC.....or APPLE TV2...every show/movie you could ever want is viewable on the 1Channel app
     
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    With Playon....they have plugins for FirstrowSports and VIPbox. Firstrow seems to work well....it shows proper listings....but I haven't paid for playon yet (30 bucks a year)...so not sure if the feeds actually work.

    The plugins for those two are why I would choose Playon over Plex.



    Edit...of course playon also has channels for all the major networks....but I download all my TV shows....so don't really need them.
     
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    There are two options: NHL Centre Ice from the NHL or hockeystreams.com. Both are about $100 for the season, then you can stream the games anywhere. I went with hockeystreams because Centre Ice blacks out games "in your region", which means you're pretty well fucked for watching most Sens, Leafs, or Habs games.

    I think hockeystreams is getting pressured to black out as well, but the nice thing is that they pretty much provide 2 feeds per game - one for each team's broadcast. The last few Sens games I've watched, the SportsNet feed wasn't working, but I could watch the other team's feed.

    Quality is perfect on my iPad, laptop, etc. it was perfect running on the Mac mini connected to my 46" TV but it's deteriorated lately. Netflix still looks perfect so I don't think it's the computer.
     
  33. David Puddy

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    I refuse to pay for cable. I'm currently shopping for a good deal on Internet. If I could find an unlimited data for my phone that would be ideal. Then I could just wifi hotspot
     
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    I got rid of cable a long time ago. Usenet is the way to go, if you ask me. I have SABnzbd+, and Sick Beard running on my computer, and it just automatically downloads all of my shows, and then I just stream them to my WDTV in the bedroom. I still use uTorrent for the one or two shows that never seem to download correctly from usenet, but other than that I don't have to do anything other than tell it what shows to download, and then just watch them about half an hour after they've aired. I can download a half hour show in 720p in about a minute and a half with my 50Mbps Fibre Op, and a movie typically takes 10 minutes. That's way less time than it takes me to fire up Netflix and decide what I want to watch lol.

    Netflix is great too, but of course you don't have recent episodes of shows on there. US Netflix has way more stuff than the Canadian one, but there is decent stuff on Canada that's not on US. For that, I use this site (http://netflixcanadavsusa.netflixable.com/). Also, getting the US Netflix is just as easy as changing your DNS server. I used to pay $5/month for Unblock-US, but got rid of it when I realized I could do it for free.
     
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    firstrowsports.eu...........xbmc has a plugin called sportsdevll that links up to that site...works everytime I've used it
     

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