Cutting Cable

Discussion in 'Reality Check' started by Scott, Apr 5, 2014.

  1. JoeLouie

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    What phone or what app? I'm using the old S3, and pretty much anybody I want to talk to I just use FB Messenger. :shrug: I don't really talk to that many people lol.
     
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    App. Good to know
     
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    So visually Sonarr is really nice, but man trying to control past episodes. I tell it not to grab, next thing I know i've got 7 seasons of X-files downloading O_o
     
  4. BenFrank

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    Anyone using Exodus on Kodi yet?

    Another 30 minute call with Bell - they've got you by the short and curlies I think they're catching on to people ditching cable in lieu of streaming services... I've got 300/150 internet in my 3 service bundle - if I drop cable it's only 100/50.
     
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    I started using Exodus, so far so good! I wouldn't say a huge improvement over the others yet.
     
  6. TheOldskoo

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    Kinda looks to me like 116+tx vs 176+tx...
     
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    Yeah you can still get the higher speeds for standalone internet but you'll pay a premium for it
     
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    We haven't had cable for many years now, Apple TV and stream anything we want online through various sites. Recently picked up a cheap HDTV antenna and am able to get Global, CBC and CTV in HD quality and we live 50-60 kms outside of Edmonton. Simple plug and play for a couple free channels.
     
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    I've only ever been able to pick up CBC OTA, but the antenna I picked up was super cheap from the Dollar Store.

    It's been a few years without cable here - Roku playing Netflix/Hulu/Plex/NHL GameCentre covers most of it. I find we use Plex mostly for movies we actually own, but it's easier to download the movie and have in on Plex than deal with finding the DVD - mostly watching older movies with the kids that don't happen to be on Netflix.

    We also use Unblock-US - so far, the threat of Netflix shutting down VPN access hasn't affected our Netflix experience.
     
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    Paypal has stopped accepting payments from some VPN services. It looks like the "threat" has started.
     
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    http://globalnews.ca/news/2522834/p...k-us-amid-netflix-crackdown-on-vpn-providers/
     
  12. Wayne

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    They've known a long time, so long in fact most of them already have infrastructure in place now to offer their own streaming services, although they may not be available yet.
     
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    I have the $store RCA antenna as well and I get CBC, Global and CTV. The weather often disrupts them but a couple of adjustments usually fixes it.
     
  14. JoeLouie

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    https://www.tvfool.com/?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=29
    Punch your address in here and it will show a map and tell you which stations are available in your area and what kind of antenna you'll need to pick them up. I don't have an antenna anymore, but when I had one I could easily pick up CTV and CBC, but Global was kinda hit or miss. If I was to mount something outside on the other side of the house I'd probably have better luck, but just never bothered with it.
     
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    Yeah, I've looked at that before - the rating for CTV and Global has increased since I last tried - maybe I just need to try again.
     
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    Yep, blocking payments from PayPal - I was using VISA anyway. So, they're not blocking the VPN IP's yet, but taking a back door approach to try and bite into Unblock-US profits. Unblock-US knows the lion's share of its profits come from Netflix use, so I can't see this doing much. Hopefully, it's some hot air that will blow over.
     
  17. Scott

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    yeah, The Verge wrote a piece about it the other day. Basically Paypal is shooting itself in the foot here, as these sites will just go the CC route instead.
     
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    I went looking for the fabled dollar store HDTV antenna - even asked an employee there - he laughed at me.

    FYI - starting March 1st (I think) cable companies have to offer a basic package of channels for like 20 bucks a month - plus a pick and pay option.

    I might hold out until then... the supervisors call I was promised from bell last night didn't happen.
     
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    Any antenna should work. It doesn't need to be an "HDTV antenna". I had a piece of coax screwed into the back of the TV, and hung off the curtain rod, and I picked up CTV and CBC :lol:

    I've had a few customers ask me about this basic package thing that's supposed to start, but they don't usually tell us about anything until a few days before it starts.
     
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    Yeah I'm really curious as to what will be available with those packages and how they will manage to screw us now :lol:
     
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    No worries man, they haven't told us folks on the inside either. I'll try and remember to update when it's available.

    I'm going to go ahead and assume that all providers of any decent size will collude and the packages will be identical.
     
  22. JoeLouie

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    I foresee people complaining that they still have to pay to rent a receiver for the basic package.
     
  23. Stang

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    Stuck an old pair of rabbit ears on the Samsung Smart tv and now get CBC and CTV in amazing quality.

    What is the secret to getting Global in the HRM ?
     
  24. JoeLouie

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    Bigger antenna, or move closer to wherever it's broadcasting from.
     
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    From my experience, bigger antenna does shit all unless you plan to mount on the roof. $3 RCA from the $store worked better than the $90 power amplified antenna purchased from Futureshop (rip)
     
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    Try moving into different spots, within a 6 foot radius I can go from 3 crystal clear channels, to 2 or 1 or even none of them working.
     
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    there was a really good post on r/halifax about the basic package with bell, apparently its only going to be availiable with internet, not stand alone. i just looked for the post but cant find it.
     
  28. TheOldskoo

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    This one?

    https://www.reddit.com/r/halifax/comments/466lpy/excited_about_the_new_crtcmandated_cable_rules/

    Yeah, I knew about that already.. I have no idea if that's 100%. Seems like something Eastlink would also do... I guess I'm more interested in finding out what's actually in that skinny pack, for some reason.
     
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    thats the one
     
  30. Cheddar

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    Does it really matter? You should already know that anytime the crtc puts out a ruling to "help" Joe public, the providers are one step ahead and fuck us harder.
     
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    Amen.
     
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    These preloaded xbmc/kodi boxes have been around forever. First time I've seen anything about them in mainstream media though. They seem to be popular for the older generation (and lazy asses like myself) that wants plug and play.

    I may pull the trigger on a replacement for the boxee box soon (although it still works great as a netflix machine)
     
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    I\m not sure how they would. Although I'm sure they'd try.
     

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