What is the best non-cable tv option?

donquijote

Legend
I pay 35 dollars for unlimited internet and Netflix.
I watch live sports from streaming sites or highlights after the match. I don't have time anyway to spend so much time on live sports. I don't watch the news and don't need it.
My internet provider had basic TV and plus sports for 40 dollars but I don't want it.
 

thehustler

Semi-Pro
I pay $50 a month for YouTubeTV. So great. Up to 6 accounts per household. Unlimited storage DVR. Shows are kept for 9 months, but if the show/episode is played again then it records that and it's 9 months from that point. I pay $15 for Netflix and $14 for HBO Now. Paying $50 a month right now for Internet as well, so total bill is $129. Local channels with YouTubeTV, interface is easy to use, adding a recording is super simple. I tried sling before, but it was always buffering even when Netflix and others didn't. They of course think it was my internet connection, but since everything else worked I dropped them. I can never go back to cable/satellite. Watching a show on my phone and suddenly being able to watch it from where I left off on my tv, or from live is great.
 

SystemicAnomaly

Talk Tennis Guru
Gets your hands on a decent digital antenna. An outdoor model is usually better and the indoor ones that attach directly to the back of your set. You'll need to figure out the best orientation of that antenna to maximize the number of stations that you can pull in.

Do you have a decent Wi-Fi signal in your home? If so, add a Roku or a similar device from Apple or Amazon (Fire stick) to an HDMI port on the back of your set. You will get a fair amount of free content with such a device. But you will likely need to subscribe to few things to get exactly what you want. There are a couple of Sling TV options that will get you quite a bit additional content.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I pay $49.99/month for internet access. I watch ESPN-2 for free from Comcast, Streaming chess on Twitch. YouTube videos and text chat with traders. For $75 I can get cable TV and internet. Maybe even a bit less than $75 for a promotion.

How do you pay $200 for television? Could you just cut back on what you have now to save money? $200/month is a new racquet every month.
 

mikeler

Moderator
I pay $50 a month for YouTubeTV. So great. Up to 6 accounts per household. Unlimited storage DVR. Shows are kept for 9 months, but if the show/episode is played again then it records that and it's 9 months from that point. I pay $15 for Netflix and $14 for HBO Now. Paying $50 a month right now for Internet as well, so total bill is $129. Local channels with YouTubeTV, interface is easy to use, adding a recording is super simple. I tried sling before, but it was always buffering even when Netflix and others didn't. They of course think it was my internet connection, but since everything else worked I dropped them. I can never go back to cable/satellite. Watching a show on my phone and suddenly being able to watch it from where I left off on my tv, or from live is great.
I was at a friend's house with Tennis Channel playing on YouTube TV. You'd never know it wasn't cable. The picture was perfect. When I get out of my TV contract, I will look at switching to it. The only slight problem I have with it is I also like to watch college football and it doesn't have all those obscure channels which may show my team.
 

QuadCam

Professional
I've been so interested in cutting the cord but I'm a constant channel switcher. I have this worry that I'm going to be trying to switch services to find what i want.... Only to get frustrated. I watch the locals, all the ESPNs, tennis channel, amc, tnt, Discovery, history, and a few other randoms. Obviously, I'm a tennis fan. I love that DirecTV has 6 channels if full coverage if the first week of each Grand slam; it's awesome... And i don't think anyone else has that.
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
I've been so interested in cutting the cord but I'm a constant channel switcher. I have this worry that I'm going to be trying to switch services to find what i want.... Only to get frustrated. I watch the locals, all the ESPNs, tennis channel, amc, tnt, Discovery, history, and a few other randoms. Obviously, I'm a tennis fan. I love that DirecTV has 6 channels if full coverage if the first week of each Grand slam; it's awesome... And i don't think anyone else has that.
You could buy disney or comcast and pay for your subscription from dividends.
 
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Chadalina

Guest
That depends, do you wanna do things perfectly legal? Because iptv is the cheapest option.
Vader got shut down because they stored movies, ccloud won their lawsuit to stream.

Mine was $49.99 for a year, 3k channels, all the ppv's and like 70 hbo's. Watching the hockey game on cbc calgary now, canadian commericials can be weird
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
If you already have wi-fi, uses free Tubei, YouTube! They have 1000s of different TV shows, movies, docs, reviews and news, lifestyle podcasts. Get a HDTV antenna ($10.00) and get 50-100 channels free. Many are subchannels for older viewers and are getting 720p to 1080p resolution ahead of the 4K broadcasting in end of 2020. Network broadcasting over the air broadcast has higher resolution the the compress cable screen resolution and no 10-15 second delay either. Free, free, free for only $10+ for HDTV flat paper antenna.

If you like more recently stuff, Direct TV, Sling TV streaming is around $50. Netflix is $12-$15. Prime is $100 a year including free shipping for Amazon stuff.
 
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Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
I was at a friend's house with Tennis Channel playing on YouTube TV. You'd never know it wasn't cable. The picture was perfect. When I get out of my TV contract, I will look at switching to it. The only slight problem I have with it is I also like to watch college football and it doesn't have all those obscure channels which may show my team.
Get ESPN+
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
Vader got shut down because they stored movies, ccloud won their lawsuit to stream.

Mine was $49.99 for a year, 3k channels, all the ppv's and like 70 hbo's. Watching the hockey game on cbc calgary now, canadian commericials can be weird
Tim Horton rulz
 
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Chadalina

Guest
I was at a friend's house with Tennis Channel playing on YouTube TV. You'd never know it wasn't cable. The picture was perfect. When I get out of my TV contract, I will look at switching to it. The only slight problem I have with it is I also like to watch college football and it doesn't have all those obscure channels which may show my team.
With an iptv you get the ncaa football package. Watch any game you want with 2 feeds (homer commentary). Also get the nfl ticket, mlb, nba, nhl packages. They have their own catagories

This is the ppv section on a sat night, they organize the events for you in one section, games will be labeled the same way. Thats on tablet (portable hd tv) but you can put it on your living room tv with a fire stick or nvidia shield (the best i own a sheild)

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Deleted member 763024

Guest
SlingTV is pretty good at $25 for their basic package. Their sports extra for $9.99 includes Tennis channel.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
I may try iptv but get a little confuse as to streaming boxes like Roku, AppleTV and Samsung Smart TV. None of the iptv provide any channels other then small chart. I have all of theses options above!

Any suggest as which iptv providers I should be looking at?
 

thehustler

Semi-Pro
I was at a friend's house with Tennis Channel playing on YouTube TV. You'd never know it wasn't cable. The picture was perfect. When I get out of my TV contract, I will look at switching to it. The only slight problem I have with it is I also like to watch college football and it doesn't have all those obscure channels which may show my team.
I think they have the SEC channel and a couple others. I was at a hotel last year during the Wimbledon final. Picture on the tv in the room was horrible, just horrible, looked like an old VGA picture at 800x600 on a newer LG flat screen. Watched the final on my phone, picture quality was great.
 

thehustler

Semi-Pro
I've been so interested in cutting the cord but I'm a constant channel switcher. I have this worry that I'm going to be trying to switch services to find what i want.... Only to get frustrated. I watch the locals, all the ESPNs, tennis channel, amc, tnt, Discovery, history, and a few other randoms. Obviously, I'm a tennis fan. I love that DirecTV has 6 channels if full coverage if the first week of each Grand slam; it's awesome... And i don't think anyone else has that.
Yeah I don't think anybody else has that either. But why pay the outrageous prices for DirecTV for just 4 times a year of extra tennis for a week? Not worth it to me and I had DirecTV.
 

thehustler

Semi-Pro
I may try iptv but get a little confuse as to streaming boxes like Roku, AppleTV and Samsung Smart TV. None of the iptv provide any channels other then small chart. I have all of theses options above!

Any suggest as which iptv providers I should be looking at?
I don't know about iptv, but I have the Roku Ultra. Love that thing. Easy to use and has a USB drive which is perfect for me. I had converted a lot of my DVD's to digital mkv's and had a special box that would play them with the attached USB HDD. Well the Roku Ultra plays them as well. I'm now down to just one remote and it's awesome. I guess I can even stream from a network share, but I haven't gotten around to trying that yet, but if I can get that to work then I will be a very happy guy.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
I don't know about iptv, but I have the Roku Ultra. Love that thing. Easy to use and has a USB drive which is perfect for me. I had converted a lot of my DVD's to digital mkv's and had a special box that would play them with the attached USB HDD. Well the Roku Ultra plays them as well. I'm now down to just one remote and it's awesome. I guess I can even stream from a network share, but I haven't gotten around to trying that yet, but if I can get that to work then I will be a very happy guy.
You should a get a HDTV antenna! It is a flat sheet 5X7 for $10 or larger 8X10 for $20 and get all your live content- all network channels and their embedded sub-channels around 35-60 channels for completely free, network channels are 1080p uncompressed too! Sharp if you have large 4K TV - 82” or bigger size!

I am curious as to iptv which is streaming content in 5 second amounts at a time and doing it that way, it not stealing content!

I have Direct TV Now but have to pay $55 - 200 channels and additional for premium channels. I rather have all the premium channels worldwide and additional 6,000 channel to view of content worldwide for $30 a month. I just kind of still shopping and not understanding all the choices of the iptv providers yet!
 

thehustler

Semi-Pro
You should a get a HDTV antenna! It is a flat sheet 5X7 for $10 or larger 8X10 for $20 and get all your live content- all network channels and their embedded sub-channels around 35-60 channels for completely free, network channels are 1080p uncompressed too! Sharp if you have large 4K TV - 82” or bigger size!

I am curious as to iptv which is streaming content in 5 second amounts at a time and doing it that way, it not stealing content!

I have Direct TV Now but have to pay $55 - 200 channels and additional for premium channels. I rather have all the premium channels worldwide and additional 6,000 channel to view of content worldwide for $30 a month. I just kind of still shopping and not understanding all the choices of the iptv providers yet!
We tried an antenna. Drove us nuts. There's just too much stuff out there that my wife and I like to watch that an antenna can't pick up. I need my sports, need my tennis. Antenna isn't picking that up anytime soon.

For what I have I'm happy. Plenty of content. I think I could add Starz and Showtime to YouTubeTV for $7 a month each. Not bad.
 

rushhr

Rookie
another vote for youtube tv here. crazy easy to auto download stuff to its cloud. especially nice with tennis matches to zip through commercials the next day.

price is not cheap but is cheaper than cable. some programs are lower video quality than cable (ie: nba finals) but most stuff is on par video quality wise.
nice to be able to watch it anywhere, stream at friend's places, or give free access to friends/family.

works well for my family but if there's a package with the channels you want for cheaper, i'd go for it.
 
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