Just cut cable. Whats next?

ARK

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We just cut cable last week but still have Comcast Blast internet. So what are you guys doing for TV? I bought a Mohu50 antenna so we get the local stations through the tv. I also upgraded to the AppleTV 4 and have been checking out some threads here. I don't have a library of movies, shows, etc. so Im interested in finding out options I can do to supplement Netflix. Ive heard of Plex, Tablo, HDHomeRun, Channels app, there seems to be lots of options. Which are the best ones and what would you recommend? We have 2 kids so we don't watch a lot of tv anymore. Just a few shows here and there including of course - Walking Dead, Fear of Walking Dead and of course Talking Dead. lol
 

besler3035

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AMC absolutely sucks at making its shows available through streaming services. Fear the Walking Dead is on Hulu Plus, but none of the other shows are, for whatever reason. I've tried Airplay'ing from my iPad and it's super buggy and always cancels out. Your best bet is to either wait til it's on Netflix, or buy on iTunes.
 

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For amc you need a friends amc login tbh.
You can get s1 of fear the walking dead on Hulu but not walking. I believe none of them have amc shows.

I have Hulu plus, Netflix and Amazon plus super basic cable since it was cheaper for me to have it than eliminating it.
I use Hulu plus more than the rest since many of the shows I like that are currently running are shown there.
You can also stream more dubious sources for free for everything using kodi addons on the atv4
 

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I have to agree about AMC. It's horrible. We're all caught up on WD until the finale Sunday. We go to the AMC.com website and login then stream via AirPlay. I'm thinking iTunes will be the way to go next season unless someone has another idea.

A friend of mine does Tablo so I'm curious about those kinds of devices. I just read about the HDHomeRun and that seems interesting since we have an OTA antenna now.

How does Kodi and Plex work? We don't have a library of titles so I'm guessing that won't do anything for us?
 

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What's next is first frustration that you can't watch TV like you did before. Hopefully, you'll next realize that real life is far better that the crap that's on TV. You'll get out of the house and enjoy life far more that you ever did before you cut the cord.
 
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What's next is first frustration that you can't watch TV like you did before. Hopefully, you'll next realize that real life is far better that the crap that's on TV. You'll get out of the house and enjoy life far more that you ever did before you cut the cord.
I completely agree with this statement. It will literally free up hours a week, and you will truly choose the best available shows instead of watching what's on TV. I am a reader, and last year I was able to read over fifty books, mostly non fiction; something I had never done before.
One extra benefit is flexibility. You can cancel the services whenever you want, instead of having to pay for X amount of years.
 

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You guys did read that we have kids right? A 2 year old and a 4 month old. Do you know what kids do to your life? Lol We haven't sat down and watched a show for a long time now. You don't get time to go read a book. The only show we follow now is the Walking Dead and beyond that we have kids shows on in the background via Netflix.

What I'm looking for is info one what is Kodi, ways to handle OTA broadcasts, through an app like HDHomeRun, home dvr setups for the occasional show or sporting event, etc. We already barely watch stuff now.
 

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We just cut cable last week but still have Comcast Blast internet. So what are you guys doing for TV? I bought a Mohu50 antenna so we get the local stations through the tv. I also upgraded to the AppleTV 4 and have been checking out some threads here. I don't have a library of movies, shows, etc. so Im interested in finding out options I can do to supplement Netflix. Ive heard of Plex, Tablo, HDHomeRun, Channels app, there seems to be lots of options. Which are the best ones and what would you recommend? We have 2 kids so we don't watch a lot of tv anymore. Just a few shows here and there including of course - Walking Dead, Fear of Walking Dead and of course Talking Dead. lol
First look at AntennaDeals.com and then look at the FCC TV transmission locators to see where to point the antenna!

Then get all three TV boxes Apple TV, Roku and NVidia Shield and don't act fanboy on boxes!

On the Apple TV get the Tablo for DVR capability!
 

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You guys did read that we have kids right? A 2 year old and a 4 month old. Do you know what kids do to your life? Lol We haven't sat down and watched a show for a long time now. You don't get time to go read a book. The only show we follow now is the Walking Dead and beyond that we have kids shows on in the background via Netflix.

What I'm looking for is info one what is Kodi, ways to handle OTA broadcasts, through an app like HDHomeRun, home dvr setups for the occasional show or sporting event, etc. We already barely watch stuff now.
I have two kids, although mine are now bigger. YouTube is a lot of fun for them, there is plenty of content for kids there. Hulu has a decent selection and so does Netflix. Truth is your 2yo will probably watch anything, and your 4yo won't be much different. Just wait until they're 8 and 10!!!!
 

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AMC absolutely sucks at making its shows available through streaming services. Fear the Walking Dead is on Hulu Plus, but none of the other shows are, for whatever reason. I've tried Airplay'ing from my iPad and it's super buggy and always cancels out. Your best bet is to either wait til it's on Netflix, or buy on iTunes.
What are you talking about, AMC had a deal with Netflix for all of their original series. That deal expired and Hulu secured the rights to all new series (for some period of time). The first series to fall under that new deal was Fear the Walking Dead. Netflix still has the rights to the older series, such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul.
 

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What are you talking about, AMC had a deal with Netflix for all of their original series. That deal expired and Hulu secured the rights to all new series (for some period of time). The first series to fall under that new deal was Fear the Walking Dead. Netflix still has the rights to the older series, such as Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul.
I meant make shows available shortly after their premiere. For instance...I can't watch TWD until the season is over on Netflix. If AMC made an app for AppleTV, or fixed their Airplay, it'd be better.
 

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If you have a relative or close friend that has cable, you can use their credentials to log into a bunch of network apps- they provide a bunch of on demand content and some even have live broadcasts (nick, nick jr, disney, disney jr for the kiddos- disney apps let you watch live tv as well as on demand content). I use my parents fios info to airplay walking dead, etc from the AMC app on my iphone.... like others have said its a little buggy. the ads cause it to stop working so I watch the ads on my phone then turn airplay back on when the show resumes. I have a mohu leaf HD antennae for local broadcasts but since I got my ATV (I primarily just use netflix and my parents fios p/w for network apps) I haven't used it.
 

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I have several streaming devices to cover all the possible apps as no one device gets them all. Roku, chromecast, shield tv, xbox, etc. I use a tablo and antenna to DVR local channels. I have various logins from family/friends for other apps/channels. And a netflix and amazon sub.
And finally sonarr and plex for everything else.
 
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If you have a relative or close friend that has cable, you can use their credentials to log into a bunch of network apps- they provide a bunch of on demand content and some even have live broadcasts (nick, nick jr, disney, disney jr for the kiddos- disney apps let you watch live tv as well as on demand content). I use my parents fios info to airplay walking dead, etc from the AMC app on my iphone.... like others have said its a little buggy. the ads cause it to stop working so I watch the ads on my phone then turn airplay back on when the show resumes. I have a mohu leaf HD antennae for local broadcasts but since I got my ATV (I primarily just use netflix and my parents fios p/w for network apps) I haven't used it.
We do and thats how were watching AMC shows at the moment.
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I have several streaming devices to cover all the possible apps as no one device gets them all. Roku, chromecast, shield tv, etc. I use a tablo and antenna to DVR local channels. I have various logins for other apps/channels.
And finally sonarr and plex for everything else.

How do you like your Tablo? Would you do it again?
 
What I did after I cut cable was get a list of all the shows I do watch, and bought the season passes on iTunes, I'm still saving a boatload of money. I had Hulu but couldn't justify forking out $8 and still getting commercials. HBO Now and ShowTime Now did good for a while, but now that I've figured out what shows I want to watch on them I just get them the month after the shows finish and binge watch them over a few weekends. Same thing with ShowTime. Outside of that I stick with Netflix as I haven't seen much else that compares to their library.
 
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How do you like your Tablo? Would you do it again?
No. It doesn't have surround sound and after waiting more than a year it seems they won't add it. Which is a deal breaker for me.
And for some reason on some shows something craps out and it tries to correct by using the other tuners to get the remaining show. So I end up with several entries for a show. One with most of it, another with 4 minutes of it, another with 1 minute of it. Maybe it's just my antenna signal crapping out. Maybe it's the box. Don't know. It only happens sometimes. Though it is trying to get what it can of the show.

So if surround sound isn't a concern for you then go for it. I can use it to watch my shows or live tv on my phone or tablet at work too. So that's nice.
Though at this point i've transferred more of those shows over to sonarr.
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What I did after I cut cable was get a list of all the shows I do watch, and bought the season passes on iTunes, I'm still saving a boatload of money. I had Hulu but couldn't justify forking out $8 and still getting commercials. HBO Now and ShowTime Now did good for a while, but now that I've figured out what shows I want to watch on them I just get them the month after the shows finish and binge watch them over a few weekends. Same thing with ShowTime. Outside of that I stick with Netflix as I haven't seen much else that compares to their library.
Hulu added another tier quite awhile ago that gets rid of the commercials. For most shows. Though they still don't have surround sound which is why I don't use them.

And correct me if i'm wrong but doesn't hulu only let you watch the last few episodes of a current season? I tend to let an entire season pile up and then binge watch it.
 

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Hulu is owned by several of the networks. I don't see them selling hulu. At most shutting it down and licensing the content to netflix. However netflix cares less about licensing content anymore and more on creating their own.
 
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So I use hulu, netflix and some key websites online that have shows I watch like Gold Rush and such.
 

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Just an update. Been over a month without cable and doing great. Im using a HDHomerun and Channels app for live tv, Netflix, AirPlay and playing classic games on Provenance. We couldn't be happier. I may add Starz app for movies when we feel like sitting and watching instead of renting a movie from iTunes.
 

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Just an update. Been over a month without cable and doing great. Im using a HDHomerun and Channels app for live tv, Netflix, AirPlay and playing classic games on Provenance. We couldn't be happier. I may add Starz app for movies when we feel like sitting and watching instead of renting a movie from iTunes.
Yup, I will never go back to cable, I don't really order any movies only a few times when someones given me a gift card.
I will have to look into the starz app? Is it free?