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We got MLB.tv premium on June 20. In the days since more often than not we end up with either this or "Error 3." Ending the cast and starting over again sometimes helps for a few minutes, but it just keeps coming back. Netflix works fine on the Chromecast. Heck everything else works fine on the Chromecast. And mlb.tv works fine on the laptop. Just mlb.tv streaming on the Chromecast doesn't work. Any suggestions? 

(We also have a Roku I haven't tried yet. Has anyone had similar issues on Roku?)
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+Lou Whiteman I've got an Apple TV that has mlb.tv but I don't have a subscription so I wasn't able to test. Without a subscription, I was just able to view sports scores and standings.

Anyone used mlb.tv on set top box (ChromeCast, Roku, Apple TV, etc)?
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I won't pretend to know all of the technical details that are needed to figure out who's to blame.  But I will say that I tend to not believe Verizon on this issue, if for no other reason, because of their track record.  Also, if Netflix is truly the cause of these slowdowns, then why do I experience buffering on all other video streaming services?  Is it easier to believe that all these services are purposely using only congested networks or rather that the underlying common denominator for all these issues is my ISP?
Netflix and Verizon have been playing the blame game for months, and despite an April agreement to alleviate the situation customers are still seeing
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I call bullshit on Verizon's statement.   I've given up on streaming a lot of media from various content delivery networks.  They are all suffering buffering.   Verizon's Answer was to tell me I needed more bandwidth and that it must be because I have too many devices using my connection.

I explained that I was here on my own and I can't use more than a couple of devices at any one time and my router tells me what the download speed has been and when I stream Netflix it is been streamed at less than 2 Mbps for most of the movie.  A couple of spikes going to 4 Mbps but that is will multiple devices active and even then I can do a speedtest on more than device and it will show 84Mbps download speed which means that there is no impact to the service so why would I have to increase my internet speed?

On top of that it is happening to all content providers from Youtube through to even the likes of Dailymotion, Flosoft.biz and ustream etc

I am sure that this originally started out as Verizon trying to push customers that complained about buffering onto even more expensive data packages persuading them that it will fix the problem and it does for a day or two.

In fact I didn't have any buffering problems when I also paid for their overpriced TV service (the set top boxes are the bulk of that overpriced service) but as soon as I cancelled I had more and more buffering problems.  Now there are some things that I rarely stream.  It's more trouble than it's worth.  I've seen Netflix streaming on Time Warner Cable on a limited 20Mbps service with far more devices active at the same time have less buffering and Time Warner Cable is the pits of a service locally.
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I decided I was sick of spending crazy amounts of money for video content I could get for free, or for far less using various streaming services. #cabletv   #broadcasting   #streamingvideo   #cordcutting   #tivo   
Summary: I decided I was sick of spending crazy amounts of money for video content I could get for free, or for far less using various streaming services.
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+Daniel Luck I guess if you've got kids in tow, a pizza place is a good choice.
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Forbes article on why it is time to cut your cable subscription. Artículo de Forbes sobre por que ya es tiempo de quitar el cable.
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Another option that's not mentioned, for the more tech-savvy among us, is a home theater PC. With my HTPC, a tuner card with remote, and XBMC running the UI, I can get:

- Local OTA broadcasts with complete, cable-like DVR and channel guide

- Local weather forecasts from Weather Underground

- Access to major Internet video services, including Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu (although now they must run through a separate web browser instance because of recent choices made by the companies not to allow access otherwise - but it still works fine and mostly seamless if you set it up right)

- Hundreds of free internet-based streams, including YouTube, ESPN3, etc.

- Music services like Pandora, iHeartRadio, TuneIn radio, etc.

- Pictures and slideshows from sites like Google Images, Picasa (where all the photos I take with my cell phone get instantly uploaded to), etc.

- Local content like your DVD's, any video/audio/picture files stored on your computer, etc.

- Access to any programs installed on the computer, such as video games, office software, web browser, etc.

... all from one really slick, easy to navigate interface.

You can control it with a standard IR remote, mouse, keyboard, web browser interface, or cell phone/tablet app. And aside from the hardware (I just repurpose an older computer for the job) and paid subscription to Netflix or whatever you choose, it's all free, as XBMC and it's add-ons are open source. And if you don't like XBMC, something similar can be done with Windows Media Center, or you can just use various separate programs and interfaces to fit your own needs.
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Cut cable off in February. We have enjoyed our TV's more than ever with a pair of ROKU 3's. Savings is around $80 a month with 4 subscriptions. Netflix, HULU, Amazon and Redbox. Local channels in 1080p via small antenna for news and some football. Since I work Sundays, football  is not a big issue but it may be to some.
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+Bryan Lutz honestly Bryan, I don't usually cast much with my Roku 3's on the same tv's. In fact, I've probably only tried it just to see how it was. I can say that I've never had an issue doing it, I just don't need to very often. The only time I use my chromecast is when I'm on my tablet and I find a YouTube that I want to see on the tv. And even then half the time I pick my Roku to cast to since I'm already on the input. I like the chromecast, but I really never use them. I'd rather have a remote in hand. Keep in mind, Tablo has a Roku app so it's much easier to just use that.
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+DK Stanford shared a good way to pause and resume a YouTube video using Plex
 
One of my big complaints about YouTube on GTV (or Roku) is the inability of the app to resume a video where you left off (like what Netflix or Amazon Prime Instant Video does).  The lack of this feature really impaired my ability to watch long-form YouTube videos since I couldn't always commit to watching them all in one sitting.

So I finally figured out that Plex actually handles this task flawlessly.  Instead of watching longer videos in the YouTube app, I just use the "Plex It!" feature of Plex to add them to my queue and voila!  I now have the ability to stop a YouTube video and resume it where I left off at any point in the future.  It works flawlessly and makes resuming YouTube videos as easy as on Netflix.

I've been using this to stream about every Louis Theroux documentary as YouTube seems to have almost all his stuff.  Check those out if you get a chance!
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You might want to say this to some other phone companies, but not to us. Join us to be a part of the ultra-low cost solution for all your telecom needs. http://www.nettalk.com/ #lowcost  
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+Cord Cutters Spammer please ban 
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Something that might be interesting for the streamers :)
 
What is your favorite streaming service?

I've subscribe Netflix and Hulu Plus for about $8 per month each. Other services like PBS Kids and Crackle are free. I haven't tried Amazon Instant Prime, but some enjoy this service.

For Netflix original content, I like watching "Mako Mermaids". On Hulu Plus, I like watching "The Awesomes".
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What is your favorite streaming service?

I've subscribe Netflix and Hulu Plus for about $8 per month each. Other services like PBS Kids and Crackle are free. I haven't tried Amazon Instant Prime, but some enjoy this service.

For Netflix original content, I like watching "Mako Mermaids". On Hulu Plus, I like watching "The Awesomes".
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Amazon Prime has already paid for itself for the year with the free shipping feature. If you shop on line, this is a must have service. Besides having some great free shows like "Band of Brothers"  they have an extensive rental selection. The 1 year subscription will save you about $15 vs monthly payments. Currently I have Netflix, HULU, Amazon and Red Box.  Still nowhere close to my old cable bill costs.
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Hey folks,  question for the knowledgeable denizens of this group:

I've been running Ubuntu since XP support died.  The problem with Ubuntu is that certain OTT apps don't really work, Netflix for example.  After doing some poking around, and getting an app for gamepass for my Galaxy Tab and S4, it seems that an Android emulator might be the cure for what ails me.

Has anyone here had any success with Android Emu's on Linux?  
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+Paul MacDonald Yeah, Pipelight should be a lot better. Again, it depends a lot on your graphics hardware and drivers.
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Here's an article I found on TechCrunch.

The article states Smart TV's with embedded apps is the main segment to watch while Set Top Boxes (such as Apple TV, Roku and ChromeCast) will also contribute to growth.
A new report from Strategy Analytics puts the global market for connected TV devices at over 1 billion currently installed units, which include smart TVs,..
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+David Cuadra I agree with you there.  Not only that, but when vendors come out with new products (such as Roku Streaming Stick), it's an easy enough upgrade for your TV.
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Aereo to judge: actually, we’re a cable company after all  
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+Paul MacDonald Paying the retransmission fees may seem like the problem.  IMOSHO the real problem is the 50 year old mindset of the existing infrastructure companies.  The got fat on the old system and anyone that attempts to alter the old system will be on the receiving end of as much legal strife as the can brought to bare by the Cable Co.'s and Networks  (ABC,NBC, CBS, and Fox ...et al.)
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Not sure if any of you have read these books (read the first 3, they were neat) but I think it's really cool that they're turning a well known author's somewhat known book series into a web show. 
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+Stuart French Thanks for sharing.  The web itself is its own distribution platform that even authors like James Patterson realize.
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I came across this article from PC Magazine about Aereo Alternatives.

This got me to thinking about my Over-The-Air Antennas.  On our main TV, I spent about 1/2 hour adjusting and testing our WineGuard FlatWave Antenna.  I was able to re-scan the channels and we got over 110+ channels including all the major networks.

Here are the ones we are currently using:

WineGuard FlatWave Amped:
http://www.winegard.com/get-free-tv/hdtv-antenna/flatwave-amped/

Mohu Leaf 30:
http://www.gomohu.com/shop/the-leaf-indoor-hdtv-antenna.html

We were able to get the WineGuard Antenna (amplified) for few dollars more than the Mohu Leaf 30 (non-amplified).  Performance has been similar for both even though the Mohu Leaf is non-amplified.  I'm thinking this is because the Mohu Leaf is located upstairs where it can receive more signals.

What kind of Over-The-Air antennas do you have?  What kind of experiences have you had?
Aereo was just killed by the Supreme Court, but there are several other ways to get your TV without cable.
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+Michael Jacobi I hope they do also. Great shows available
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This is an excellent show if you like action movies in the style of "24" or "Taken".  Thanks to +Ron valderrama for sharing.
 
Chapter 4 is a must see.   http://streamnowtv.com/action/the-division/
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+Matt Lane Will check out Time Keeper as well!
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What is the best Roku channel to watch the upcoming movie trailers in HD ? I use Flixter but the quality seems to be subpar.
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Thank you, VUDU looks really good.
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Cord-cutters are on the rise as internet-only becomes a feasible alternative. But what are the implications for network identity?
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+Jay Calderon Thanks for the informative and interesting article.

Here are couple comments:

1)  The article stated that more and more people are using tablets and phones to watch content.  For us, we have tablets and phones that have Apps that can watch many shows.  At home, we prefer to use streaming box to watch content on TV.

2) The article also stated that more programs are 'losing' their network identity because the user doesn't have to "tune" in the specific channel to watch the program.  Although this is somewhat true, it depends on the program.  When we watch "Kung Fu Panda", we see small video displaying "DreamWorks" who created the program.  The same with "Once Upon A Time" that displays "ABC" and the title of the program.
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This 4th of July, you should declare your independence from phone companies! What else are you planning to do tomorrow? :) #independenceday  
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+Cord Cutters spammer. Please ban 
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Interesting article about Netflix positioning itself in the Children's TV space.

What are some Apps you use to watch and which children's programs do you watch with your kids?

--Netflix: Disney's Fairies movies, Ninjago TV Series, Mako Mermaids

--Hulu Plus: Nickelodeon content including Kung Fu Panda and Ninja Turtles; Korean content including Pororo Penguin, Chiro and Tayo The Little Bus.

--Disney Junior: Sofia The First, Sheriff Callie's Wild West, Octonauts

--PBS Kids: Sam + Peg, Dinosaur Train, Curious George
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+Ken Holman You bring up a good point.  We usually don't turn on the TV besides some streaming radio (such as iTunes Radio, Pandora or our own content) few hours before our Toddler goes to sleep.

This has helped her 'calm' down before going to sleep.  She seems to like the "Mexican Hat Dance" song.  :)
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+Daniel Luck no doubt about it but other sites get completely shut down for the exact same things. No warning. no chance to just take down the content. Just shutdown never to be seen again. 
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