Following Launch of New App, Spectrum Users Can Get Apple TV for $7.50 per Month

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  1. w5jck macrumors member

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    Wow, you really need to read all the posts before responding to earlier ones. All of your questions and comments have been long since answered and discussed pages ago. To reiterate for the zillionth time, there is NO DVR nor Cloud DVR if you use the app only. The ONLY DVR service is if you rent a DVR cable box from them.
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    A few people are posting what they learned from Spectrum CSR or their Retention department, but this is a good example of why we shouldn't take those posts for granted. I guarantee that if you call Spectrum 5 times in a row and ask the same question you will likely get 12 different answers. Don't trust them. And since there are many different Spectrum cable TV systems across the country due to Spectrum buying out other systems and services, don't expect you area to have exactly what any other area has.
     
  2. RUQRU macrumors regular

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    True, enough, but when I spoke to Retention today they verified what another CSR told me. She even created an order and gave me the order number so tomorrow I will be turning in my cable boxes but keeping my Triple Play package.

    I get that you often get different stories from different CSRs - happened to me many times. But the people in Retention usually know what the deals are and what offers can made.

    It is important to realize, this is a change in prior policy and is a recent change with release of the Apple TV app.
    Before you could not keep a Triple Play without a cable box. Now that has changed so I guess not all CSRs are up to speed.
     
  3. Shawn Llewellyn macrumors newbie

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    Ok Im back from returning my boxes! As was stated earlier In my market no one seems to have a clue about the boxes so I was told to hold onto at least one box until theApple Tv becomes available with in the next month. They told me to wait until they have a commercial on then give them a call :(.
     
  4. RUQRU, Jan 7, 2019
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    Thanks for the update.
     
  5. deviant macrumors 65816

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    it's super precise if you don't swipe but just tap in different directions. PLUS you have the ability to really QUICKLY browse when needed (big lists). , can't you really feel the glossy side vs the matte side? I can tell just by touching it
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    you didn't talk about your experience and opinions. you said that whoever put the trackpad in there should be fired. it's not the same as "I don't like it but maybe you will".
    plus, you didn't even know that you could navigate by tapping in different directions instead of scrolling, so how the hell can you even judge it? look who's here, the super adult mature guy. yeah..sure.
     
  6. RUQRU macrumors regular

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    Also, in Settings you can reduce sensitivity to "slow."
     
  7. w5jck macrumors member

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    Well here is a break down of my latest Spectrum Billing Statement. Note I have Internet, WiFi, and a modified Silver Package minus the Premium channels. I also wheeled and dealed with them to get a $30 discount on the TV package and I get a $6 discount on the Internet because it is bundled with the TV. I have one cable box and the Digi Tier 1 option. I made this deal a year ago, and it runs out after this month. I made the deal after telling them to cancel my TV services because it was too expensive. Once this deal expires next month, I will be paying $187/mo for the same services. That amount is not an option for me, so I will have to make a change.

    Spectrum TV Service
    $64.99 Spectrum TV Select Basic TV & Expanded TV Services
    -$30.00 Promotional Discount
    $7.50 Digital Receiver & Interactive Services
    $12.99 DVR Service
    $12.00 Digi Tier 1
    -----------------------------------------
    $67.48 Spetrum TV Total

    Spectrum Internet
    $70.99 Internet Service with WiFi
    -$6.00 Internet Service with WiFi Bundled Discount
    -----------------------------------------
    $64.99 Spectrum Internet Total

    Other Charges
    $9.95 Broadcast TV Surcharge
    -----------------------------------------
    $9.95 Other Charges Total

    Taxes, Fees, & Charges
    $10.08 Sales Tax
    $0.06 FCC Admin Fee
    $4.11 Franchise Fee
    $0.86 Municipal PEG Access Fee
    $0.43 State Cost Recovery Fee
    -----------------------------------------
    $15.54 Taxes, Fees and Charges Total

    $157.96 GRAND TOTAL for Internet, WiFi, and Cable TV

    ALTERNATIVES

    If I drop the Spectrum TV portion but keep the Internet and WiFi and get Hulu with Live TV and their Entertainment add-on option I would be paying this amount:

    Spectrum Internet & Hulu with Live TV
    $70.99 Spectrum Internet Total
    $47.98 Hulu with Live TV and Entertainment Add-on
    $9.82 Estimated Tax
    -----------------------------------------
    $128.79 Total

    If I drop the Spectrum TV portion but keep the Internet and WiFi and get DirecTV Now Go Big package I would be paying this amount:

    Spectrum Internet & DirecTV Now Go Big Package
    $70.99 Spectrum Internet Total
    $65.00 Hulu with Live TV and Entertainment Add-on
    $11.88 Estimated Tax
    -----------------------------------------
    $147.88 Total

    The DirecTV Now Go Big package option will give me all the channels I want to watch, but it has a reputation for not be as reliable as other streaming services. I tested it a few months back and it is okay, but not stellar. The Hulu with Live TV and their Entertainment add-on option gives me all but two the channels I want to watch. I won't get BBC America or the Weather Channel, but I only watch a little on the BBC America, mostly Top Gear, and now that Matt LeBlanc is leaving the show I won't be watching it. Most of the other BBC America programming is available through Hulu on demand and the internet. The Weather Channel is available on the internet along with a lot of other good weather sites, so no big deal here either. I currently have the regular Hulu and tested their Live TV out a few months ago and it was very good and very reliable. I think I'm probably going to go with the Hulu with Live TV option, unless Spectrum makes me a heck of a good offer, which I seriously doubt they will. If Spectrum offered a decent cloud DVR system for free then that might be an option, but I suspect that even after dropping the cable box their service would still be way too expensive.
     
  8. nsayer macrumors 6502a

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    To paraphrase Peter Gibbons, "I wouldn't say I missed it, Bob."
     
  9. w5jck macrumors member

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    I just called and talked to Spectrum and tried to wheel and deal again on the TV service, but I got the royal run around and bottom line is my bill will go up quite a bit next month, so bye bye to their TV service. They did say their 200 Mbps internet plan has no data limit nor a data cap (after which it gets throttled), so there shouldn't be an issue with TV streaming services. That will probably change if net neutrality gets final approval and survives the court challenges and gets implemented. I like their internet service even though their TV service sux these days.

    I asked the Spectrum account representative about the Apple TV offer and was told she had no information on it but sooner or later they will send out a flyer in the mail. I'm not interested in the Apple TV 4K or 4th gen., but I thought I would ask and pass along what I learned, and I learned they are totally clueless in my location, as usual....
     
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  11. w5jck macrumors member

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    If you mean does the picture quality in Spectrum app on the Apple TV look better than the cable box picture, then I can only say what I see in my Roku Spectrum app and that is the quality of each is about the same. I assume the app and the cable box both stream at 720p and are then upscaled for your HD TV. The Apple TV should look about the same as my Roku.
     
  12. tripleh3lix, Jan 8, 2019
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    tripleh3lix macrumors 6502

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    Got my Apple TV ordered this morning from Spectrum. They said 3-5 business days but it’s being delivered tomorrow!
     

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  13. Quake1028 macrumors member

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    Did you call in?
     
  14. tripleh3lix macrumors 6502

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    Yep :)
     
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  16. w5jck macrumors member

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    Very nice! I hope it works out for you. Strange how Spectrum in Fort Worth wouldn't even discuss the Apple TV 4K offer with me a few days ago saying it wasn't available yet. They did say I could return my cable DVR box and just use my Roku with their TV service. That is no longer an option for me though as I cancelled my Spectrum TV services opting to go with Hulu with Live TV via Roku instead. I still have Spectrum's overpriced internet service though. I'm now officially a cord cutter, albeit a less creepy one than the couple on the Sling commercials! And I'm saving over $50/month too.
     

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