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So after calling Cox several times between Jan-Feb 2014...they were adament that no discount could be given in order to keep me as a tv service customer. $5 off was the best they could do at the time.

Now in the past two weeks...they have been calling stating they are aware of streaming competition and want my patronage back with 50-70% of my tv service.

SIKE!!!!! Im good w my gtvs..roku..and Chromecast. 
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+DK Stanford I agree....I think I was do used to having cable services....not necessarily using all of what I was paying for. That is probably why it took me so long to cut the cird even though I was already streaming. 
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Well, killed Windows XP for Ubuntu as a home for my HTPC. It's a quick start, hard finish...
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This just seemed really fitting for this community. 😃
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[Roku competitors] "share the same crippling weakness: self-interest"
You have more streaming TV options than you could hope for, especially now that Amazon has entered the fray. And while Apple TV, Chromecast, and Fire TV all have their strengths, they also share the same crippling weakness: self-interest. That's what makes Roku so important.
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Great article.  I like Amazon and Google, but love the freedom and openness of my Roku.
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David Cuadra

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$99... $34-39 g or a controller....designed for gaming as well. Amazon now contending w Roku...android tv boxes...apple tv.
Amazon is presenting a new gadget for the...
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That is why the first generation of dbase was called dbase II.
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Austin Haynes

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Friend of mine pointed me toward this service tonight, it's a pretty easy way to earn money towards Amazon content. So if you're having trouble viewing the shows you're not getting with cable anymore you might want to check this out. It let's you earn $6 at a time which can be used to purchase episodes or movies and all you have to do is sit through some ads and acknowledge pop-ups to prove you're there. 
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This service would be really nice if they added other services, like paying for your netflix for the month.
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Anyone using the new channel master DVR+?? I'm wondering if its HDMI supports CEC.  I would like to control it using my Sony Google TV remote... also, anyone know if xbox one guide and dvr control work with the channel master DVR+?
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Unfortunately it isn't possible to pull up DVR recorded programs (or really control DVRs) with either GTV or the XBox One without using the DVR's remote. So in that regard, neither the Channel Master, HomeWorx, or Tivo will probably perform similarly. You should be able to pause/play/rewind/ff live TV, but not much beyond that (without the DVR remote).

One other comment...for me as a cordcutter, the XBox One performs far better than the GTV ever did. I control nearly everything with voice commands; it's not a gimmick--it works very very well. Unlike my GTV, the channel guide works flawlessly. Not only does it pull up a guide for OTA, it then let's me create my own customized guide of "favorites." This allows me to basically weed-out a ton of channels (mostly shopping & religious) from my guide. And you can just say the name of the show or channel you want to watch and it'll jump to it. I can also just say "pause" during live TV and it'll do so via my HomeWorx DVR..foice commands of "play," "rewind," fast forward," and "faster" work too. To schedule a recording, however, I still need to grab the HomeWorx remote--but that would be true whether you were using any DVR (including a cable TV box).
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I went with a Simple TV to record OTA broadcasts. I can receive around 24 stations with an indoor antenna. The problem is that the stations I receive are in two different directions. I can easily adjust the antenna to get all the stations. But this doesn't work for unattended recording with the Simple TV. My solution was to attach 2 different antennas to a splitter (two inputs, one output). Now my Simple TV gets all the stations all the time without any adjustments. Not beautiful, but was pretty easy and was cheaper than installing a big honking antenna on the roof.
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I have a +Simple.TV setup going from just last evening, working well to +Roku , #Android  and Web all over, but tweaking the Antenna Reception is still work in progress.  Have a #Mohu  Leaf antenna connected and getting 21 channels, but a few are spotty.  UPDATE: Returned my Simply.TV Box, too inconsistent with channels and software flaws prevent it from being ready for primetime in my home.
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Do you own a +Google Chromecast ? DS video and DS audio are now able to cast to your big screen with DSM 5.0 -  updated Android apps were just released. For iOS users, DS audio is supported, DS video support coming soon.

More on our mobile apps here: http://bit.ly/1hssiKg
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I am an xbox user and one of the reasons I cut the cord 5 years ago was because of the xbox.  I am also a media center user and am very sad it is not on the xbox one.  I hope the plex app can fill the void when it arrives.
Microsoft already has the Xbox One at the high end, but it's surprising the company hasn't yet launched a low-end device for television to tie all its services into one coherent package.
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To MS the xbox is a low end (compared to a media pc). just my opinion.
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Any ideas on this:

Showbox seems to always buffer even on medium or low quality...which is why I don't use it much.

I have better streaming using 1channel and its icefilms. My lg gtv is connected via ethernet and the router us literally inches away. Any idea why I get buffering on showbox? 
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Finally!!!  The media center replacement
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I just added a 3D Blu-ray player - Samsung BD-F5900 (not the newer but inferior H5900).

It will let me mirror anything wirelessly on Samsung Galaxy S3 without buying the Samsung wireless dongle. It also has a browser that I can use with wireless keyboard to watch online content not available on my Roku 3. A bunch of apps on it too if you don't have a Roku.

Got it for $99 from Buydig after using the $10 coupon for sharing info with friends through their site. Free shipping. Thought I'd share.
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You can also mirror any device that has screen share/miracast built in including computers. I have one also and use it with my Windows tablet and lg g flex. Great little companion for the price. I purchased mine at best buy on sale for $99. The Samsung dongle alone is $79 this is a great deal for someone looking for online content and screen share
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Here's a question that, perhaps, can be answered by the group. Much of what I watch is recorded OTA. The problem, such as it is, getting metadata. Right now, I manually rename and Plex just scrapes the tvdb.

Is there something out there that will extrapolate the date and time and then snag the data? All I ever seem to turn up is "the renamer", which basically renames shows with episode and season...

To be fair, NPVR just uses data from the guide, and XBMC shares it. Rest of my extenders don't do that, at all.
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NPVR is the pvr frontend.
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Woot is at it again. Today's deal is the Roku 3 for $65. If we didn't already have a Roku 3, 2 Chromecasts and an Apple TV I would jump on this deal. We do love the Roku 3 though and this is a good price. It is factory reconditioned though but that does not bother me at all. 
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I find the chromecast too unreliable.  I like having a wired roku 3 as it gives me higher bitrate for my rips.
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Paul MacDonald

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So, +TabloTV  is shipping.  Anyone purchase one?  I'm really, really tempted but if the PDH VRX2 taught me anything, someone else can beta test it. That 4 tuner model calls to me.
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Reviews will be out soon Paul :) 
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Khalif Jubril

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Just got it in the mail. Test drived it...not a bad little device.
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+Charles Gammill I agree on the headphone jack front. No matter what I am watching at night, it is too loud. That little add-on is a blessing.
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Just joined the community and looking forward to any tips and tricks from all of you. I just started a new setup with OTA broadcasts, Plex, PlayOn, Windows Media Center as a dvr/hub for it all, plus Netflix & Amazon Prime. Looking forward to saving a lot of money over the coming years. :-D 
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Thanks +Jeff Pierce. 
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Has anyone had success using PlayOn and/or PlayLater on a Mac running Parallels? These products look interesting but are Windows only.
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Parallels didn't work for me at all - video was really choppy.  Instead I run it using Bootcamp and can record perfect HD
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