Subscribing to pay TV for Apple tv

Discussion in 'Apple TV and Home Theater' started by Bozley0621, Nov 15, 2014.

  1. Bozley0621 macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone subscribed to cable or satellite to be able to log into the Apple TV apps without actually wiring the service to the house or using a cable box?

    I wouldn't mind if I could find a cheap enough package to add onto my internet service.
     
  2. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    HBOgo and CBS have both announced that next year they'll be offering stand alone packages.

    this all happened about a month ago, so i'm guessing others will follow suit, although they may wait to see how those 2 do.
     
  3. orestes1984 macrumors 65816

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    For a full list of what's currently available directly through your Apple TV without subscription to a traditional cable provider see https://www.apple.com/appletv/whats-on/
     
  4. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    and make sure to check out the 27 foot notes, cause most of them don't say up front that they need a subscription.
     
  5. Bozley0621 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, but we've been using the Apple TV for our sole entertainment for two years on all of the TVs. I was thinking about subscribing for History, A&E, and ESPN.
     
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    HBO and showtime will offer stand alone service next year. CBS is already live. It's $4.99
     
  7. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

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    So you want to subscribe to cable just to get the login details to use on apple tv for their apps? If you are going to pay that much money a month, you might as well just get a DVR and get the full experience. You'll be paying a lot of money for a gimped experience and the online streams are not as good quality or stable as cable.
     
  8. orestes1984, Nov 17, 2014
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    orestes1984 macrumors 65816

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    It doesn't have to be either, or you go the other way and cut the cable entirely and get a media player with a Plex/XBMC front end. You will still received gimped quality TV but at least it will be free from a cable subscription.

    You can use your Apple TV if there are some subscription services you want, e.g. NBA League Pass, NFL game pass, or etc in full quality. This might help cut your cable bill in half, add Netflix and you've got an adequate alternative for Showtime movies, and etc if you don't want to be bothered with downloading.

    For all your other channels you can either go over the air or the first option with Plex/XBMC in finding IPTV channels that will meet your needs. The biggest drawback with Plex/XBMC channels is that you don't get the replication of a channel surfing experience and it can be a little more painful to find what you want, but most of it IS there.
     
  9. StinDaWg macrumors 6502

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    I've yet to not find something I'm looking to watch via "alternate sources". Anything can be found on the internet in high quality these days if you're willing to sail the high seas.
     
  10. perezr10 macrumors 6502a

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    We kind of did that. We subscribe to the cheapest comcast package just so that we could get the major networks on our Apple TV. We pay for standard definition but they come through on the Apple TV in 1080P:cool: The quality of SD cable is dreadful, so right away we knew we never wanted to use it.

    It didn't cost us any more either because we bundled our phone, internet, and cable. The cost of phone and internet was literally the same. The cable providers are desperate to keep you from cutting the cord.
     

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