Cord cutter/streaming apps

Discussion in 'Apple TV Apps' started by randy98mtu, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. randy98mtu macrumors 65816

    randy98mtu

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    I recently cut the cord (TV only, still need a cord to get content). I have tried Hulu (all variants), Directv Now, Sling, I have Netflix and Prime Videos, and I am trying PS Vue now. Is it always such that you can get all but 1 or 2 channels you want? DirecTV Now I find to be cumbersome and not work very well. Hulu is my favorite so far, but doesn’t grant me access to log in to the Discovery Go app. PS Vue gives me Discovery Go, but then I can’t get Nick Jr for my kids. I’m keeping DTV Now just because with my AT&T account I get it for $10. I didn’t care for Sling, but maybe I need to give that another look. Hulu is great, but like I said, I can’t get Discovery Go.

    I recently upgraded my internet to get 150 Mbps (usually tests at 175ish) and unlimited data (Xfinity limits you to 1 TB, and with streaming all content and 4 kids and my wife, we were using right at the 1 TB every month and going over 3 out of 5 months. I chatted with Comcast last night and basically I could keep my speed and unlimited and get the normal 140 channel package for about $35/mo more than I’m already at. I’m paying $44 for Hulu without commercials. PS Vue is $40. I guess at this point the best option is Hulu + Comcast with no Comcast boxes. The one thing Comcast doesn’t give you is the ability to log in to the Nick Jr app; only seems Hulu works for that. Crazy how all these guys work.

    Interested in hearing other people’s experiences with switching to all streaming.
     
  2. AL2TEACH macrumors 6502

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    https://www.streamingobserver.com/sling-tv-channel-list/
    a link for Sling packages and channels in those packages. the problem with Discovery Go is that a cable subscription is needed.
    you also need to know the thing about cutting the cord is more about losing most of the channels and not getting cable tv for less.

    I cut the cord about a year ago. I have an Apple TV, Roku, and OTA. It all fits my needs/wants, lol, but your needs are a tad different. If you could do without the Discovery Go channel, you should be okay.
     
  3. randy98mtu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks. I did try PS Vue and it did give me access to Discovery Go. Then I read something on some cable cutter site that made me realize; just buy the 2 shows I like from Discovery on iTunes. So instead of $40 a month just to get access, I paid $50 once to get full seasons of the shows I like. So I think I’m good with Hulu as my main provider still. The kids love it because they’ve found a ton of shows they like on Netflix Kids and Hulu Kids. So I seriously doubt they miss cable at all. They always watched stuff off the DVR anyway.
     
  4. Sciomar macrumors regular

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    I was an early adopter with DirecTV Now, so we got that go big package for the $35 which has turned out to be great, we keep getting more channels added to the lineup and have HBO free for at least 6 more months due to earlier hiccups in service. I think we're set up ok with that, Amazon Prime and a shared Netflix account. The only thing I miss are the old days of cheaper internet plans, $85 for 150 Mbps (only one company in the area so no competition).
     
  5. oldhifi macrumors 65816

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    I cut off my Uverse TV (too many $$) and went with Direct TV and Amazon Prime. I might get Netflix soon
     
  6. randy98mtu thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I hear ya. I think my bill is about 115 and I get 175 Mbps and unlimited data.
     
  7. oldhifi macrumors 65816

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    I cancelled Sling TV and got Netflix. I will check it out for a few months..I use to have the DVD version before all the streaming..
     
  8. nburwell macrumors 601

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    My wife and I have PS Vue, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Video, HBO and STARZ.

    HBO is included in our internet deal we got (100mbps for $88/month).
     
  9. eyeseeyou macrumors 68030

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    Has anyone found that buying the seasons for shows you watch is cheaper or is acceptable than paying for a cable subscription?
     
  10. elemenohme macrumors regular

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    I just ditched my cable internet along with my cable TV, since it was $110/mo for basic TV (broadcast and shopping channels) and 20 Mbps internet.

    I'm just going to use my iPhone's Verizon Wireless unlimited plan and tether for a while to see how that works. Between Netflix and iTunes I get everything I need for *way* less than $110/month.
     
  11. richpjr macrumors 68040

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    I have an nVidia Sield in addition to my ATV and signed up for the week free trial of YouTube TV and I have been very impressed. The native ATV app for it should be released shortly. I live in an area where the local channels are available and the $35 a month is a lot less than the $119 a month I am paying for Directv. The only channel missing that I regularly watch is the History channel, but I can buy a season of Vikings from the store for $30. When the native ATV app comes out I’ll likely switch to it.
     
  12. jeniferkey macrumors member

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    We have Netflix, Hulu, Acorn, Dramafever and PSVue. The PSVue will get cancelled when football season is over. We only keep it during those months. We also have a HDHomeRun dvr with an OTA antenna to record shows that aren't on Hulu and use the Channels app for the dvr and time skipping/pausing. We buy the occasional season or show from iTunes when it's not a part of one of the packages. When we had satellite we had the first 4 streaming packages also. Football was the hard part, and the PSVue month by month option has fixed that.
     
  13. CjonesHouston macrumors 65816

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    Are you getting unlimited with Comcast or Xfinity? I thought they were the same?
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    I talk to Xfinity. They told me it’s $50 for no data cap. That would bring my 250mbs plan to $110 ish. From $60 ish. I was paying a $100 for Directv. I switch to directv Now for 35 $ plus 5$ HBO. Switching to Directv Now is only gaining me $10. With no dvr.
     
  14. jeniferkey macrumors member

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    We finally cancelled our very slow DSL and telephone service. Another cord cut, and added a Nighthawk hotspot to our AT&T unlimited plus cell plan. It has an ethernet out that connects to our router. We're in the country, and for $20 more added to our plan (plus the device cost) we've been getting unlimited data in the 30 mbs range (up to 70) for the past few months. We also set our parents up on one to cut their internet costs. The small print says they will slow the rate if we go over a certain amount, but if they are, it's still not slower than the 3 mbs we were getting on DSL. After we changed out the low power USB charger that came with it, it's given us great service.
     
  15. Scott549 macrumors regular

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    Signed up for PS Vue a couple months ago. It's pretty good, although the interface with Apple TV is a little clumsy. Two most important factors, in addition to the obvious one of having the channels I wanted: (1) DVR, which isn't really DVR, just the ability to save programs for 30 days, which works pretty well; and (2) frame rate of 60 fps for sports. The latter is very important. Many services and channels stream at 30 fps. For sports, this looks terrible -- kind of a jerky motion that is far inferior to cable. But streaming at 60 fps looks fine. For some reason they don't like to publish this. I tried Hulu and DirecTV Now and most of it was streaming at 30 fps. PS Vue usually gives me 60. Sometimes it takes a minute or so of buffering, but the difference is night and day, and I'd never cancel cable to go with 30 fps streaming. It's good that these services have free trials.
     
  16. LCC0256 macrumors member

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    How is your strategy working out ?
     

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