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Bill Clinton

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I thought I'd share my recent cord cutting story. Have had uverse for 2 1/2 years. Started out at 130 a month which was not bad. After a year it sky rockets to near 200. I called and they talked me into staying and assured me that my rate would only go up 4 bucks. Well, it didn't. Wasted hours on the phone with them over the past 4 months. Finally had a belly full and told them to turn it off. Charged me an ETF of 240. I wrote the CEO of AT&T and basically told him my plans were to short his stock because his game plan for keeping customers will soon come crashing down. :) Got a call back from one of his minions and they knocked 100 off if the ETF - so that takes some sting out of the disconnect. I will recover that in one month :) Switched to a tablo and 5 rokus in the house with Comcast cable for $50 a month with HBO included. So far so good. Would love to know how you guys are getting TNT on the roku. I imagine when football gets here I will try sling.tv. Reading reviews on sling right now are very mixed so I will wait for them to work bugs out plus I don't really watch baseball so no need to jump until the fall. Glad I found the group and look forward to learning more :)
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If you're serious about canceling cable and are near a service center, go there. Make sure you have all their equipment. There's usually a long line so the rep won't bother trying to up-sale you. 
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The best thing to happen to cord cutting since the Apple TV? The FCC killed the Mega Comcast merger…
 
#megacomcast   #fcc  
Huzzah, good government in action! The FCC has referred the Comcast - Time Warner merger to a judge, all but killing Mega Comcast deal in its tracks
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Now if only someone would come in and break up Comcast like they did Ma Bell. Split them off from their cable TV business. I think that would be in consumers best interest and I bet Comcast would get seriously creative to try to save that TV business too.

The main reason I want to see it split off is because Comcast just ups the internet to make up for that side of their failing business model. Internet is high because of TV business and because there is no competing competition in most markets.
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Tim Lont

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Picked me up a 4 tuner tablo this week. This thing is pretty sweet! 
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The new roku app is great, the guide is great, the ability to connect all devices to watch recordings is great, this is far better than the tivo I had! 
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Bruce Hobbs

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It's great that Silicon Dust want to offer a DVR for their devices. This is something that was very much missing from their product lineup
But should this be a Kickstarter offering?  
Anyone here plan to get involved?
Nick Kelsey, Silicondust USA Inc is raising funds for HDHomeRun DVR. The DVR re-imagined. on Kickstarter! The ultimate DVR experience. A simple & cost effective way to record and watch TV on media devices around your home. TV on your terms.
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Currently using a HDHR Connect with BeyondTV and getting very good results. However, for various reasons my configuration is fairly complex and I would need software that I can really get down into the hardcore settings with, which is why I'm still on BeyondTV and not just WMC. I'll keep an eye on this though.
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Jamie D

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Anyone looking to buy a TiVo Roamio OTA box. I have only used it for a short time. Never sign up for TiVo. Works great for over the air channels. Message me here in Google +
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FYI.....Groupon is running a deal on refurbished Chromecast's for the next couple of days.  $20 (free shipping) and a full year warranty from Google.  Sorry, I'm at work, so no link...but if you search it, you'll probably find it.
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Broke down and threw money at my problem. #Roku3 wins. Everything works as it should. No more doing tech support just to watch Mickey Mouse.
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+Matt Lane I used our Roku Streaming Stick for travel and it works great in the hotel room. Performance is faster than LT but slower than the 3.
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Jim Jensen

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WatchESPN authentication is the killer feature for me.
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I received this from Amazon this morning:

Good news! Your Fire TV Stick has received a software update that contains features requested by customers like you. The update has been applied automatically to your device and you will notice the new features when you next use it. We appreciate your enthusiasm and feedback and we are hard at work on future updates.

Connect to your hotel or dorm room Wi-Fi with captive portal support—Take your favorite movies, TV shows, games, and more with you when you're away from home. Fire TV Stick enables you to connect to Wi-Fi that requires web authentication—this includes Wi-Fi at most major hotels, as well as some universities.

New X-Ray on Fire TV Stick—You can now use X-Ray on Fire TV Stick to explore your favorite movies and TV shows on Amazon Instant Video directly on your TV screen. Powered by IMDb, identify actors and songs in the current scene, explore actor bios, and more by simply clicking the "Up" button on your Fire TV Stick remote.

Browse and search Prime Playlists—Prime members can now take advantage of Prime Music playlists directly from Fire TV Stick—there are hundreds of expertly curated Prime Playlists to choose from based on your mood, activity, artist, or decade of choice.
Browse Prime Music Playlists

Hidden PIN entry—With the new PIN entry screen that hides the numbers selected, you can now make sure your kids can't see your device PIN as you enter it on-screen to confirm a purchase.

New shortcuts—Quickly put your Fire TV Stick to sleep or enable display mirroring by pressing and holding the Home button on your remote.



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I wonder if a VPN app can be side loaded on the stick
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Robert Nugent

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As a cord cutter and a fan of the English game, I'm delighted to hear this.
 
If ever you wanted an indication at how English soccer is becoming more popular in the United States, this Saturday will be a perfect example as both free-to-air networks FOX and NBC will broadcast live matches at the same time. NBC will feature the Premier League game between Chelsea against Manchester United, while FOX will…
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Of all the "Free" Tv services, which the majority are junk I find that Pluto TV is the one with best content.
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+Kenneth Bishop I love Haystack as well. More news oriented than Pluto but actually my go to source for news and tech stuff. 
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Available now in the US or Canada. Usually Canada has to wait many weeks after the US release, nice that this is a joint  release. 
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Lou Whiteman

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I have a Chromecast, a Fire Stick and a Roku, 28.98 Mbps wifi download speeds (tested on Chromebook sitting next to the television just now), and no problem with WatchESPN or Netflix or Prime Video. But MLB is a train wreck. On everything. Freezing, buffering. The Fire Stick actually keeps telling me there is not enough bandwidth for HD broadcasts (?). Any clue as to what is going on? Any troubleshooting ideas? CUrrently using the Fire Stick but anyone have more or less success with any particular device?
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Lou Whiteman's profile photoJared Holsopple's profile photo
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According to the support forum, they are having issues with the fire TV stick -- but that was posted back in late march before the season started.  Unfortunately, the "let the users test the app" philosophy is here to stay, which is why I'm always hesitant to adopt new technology (yes the Fire TV stick has been around for months as was the MLB.tv app, but they really haven't been able to stress test the live stream until the season started).

That's the problem with software today -- it used to be you developed for Windows, Mac, and/or Linux.  Now you get a whole bunch of specific devices you have to maintain -- so you end up having some devices working better than others.
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Priceless moment tonight... cut cable last year, setup chromecast and PC for streaming and now I'm watching the playoffs live stream without paying for cable!!!

#whoneedscable
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+Vincent Thomas I will check it out tonight on web and see if I can find the Chromecast button on the page.
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David Brennan

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Here is a good streaming news channel.
It is free and does not require a subscription.  Something that I found interesting was that when I got cut off from the world of CNN, FOX,  and MSNBC I realized how dependent I'd become on news personalities instead of content.  I wanted to get Anderson Cooper's take on an event. I wanted to see how a story was told from a Sean Hannity perspective.  It was an adjustment getting news from just some dude .
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I listen to the BBC every morning while shaving. They actually talk about what's happening in the world.
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Need some help Cord Cutter community...

We've actually been "reattached" for about 6 months.  We recently moved, however, and the services we're limited to have me jumping back on the cord cutting bandwagon.  But here's the "problem" we have.  There are a couple of channels we (my wife especially) love, and when we've been "cut" in the past, never had a good solution... they are the Food Network and HGTV.  So I'm just wondering if any of y'all have a good solution for those two networks while being cut off from cable TV. 

Thanks in advance...

PS - We have an Apple TV, Roku 3, and two Chromecasts, so we're pretty setup along those lines.
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Once I got one of the recommended hard drives its been wonderful. My biggest issue is it's only 2 channel audio at the moment. But they are working on it. I watch it on a roku 3. I also have a Chromecast. 
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Jamie D

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Now using the Hauppauge 1191 WinTV-HVR-955Q USB TV Tuner my xbox one has really become the only box i need.  It's my tv tuner, my 3D player, my plex center, my app center. No more switching inputs on the tv. No more 4 HDMI cables hooked up to the tv. No more optical cable switches. It has taken the place of my Fire Tv, my tvio, my samsung 3D player.
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There is no site. I did it on my own. Basically set up the Xbox like it OTA with a cable box. It will then scan for channels. The Xbox will also change the channels on the TiVo. 
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Aaron Gibson

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  HBO Now is moving to block anyone using a VPN or Smart DNS service. HBO is giving users until April 21st to prove they are within the US or their service will be shut down. Here is the letter being sent out to HBO NOW subscribers:   What is interesting is HBO NOW will …
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Come on +Aaron Gibson, everyone knows California is not part of the US?!
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Brian Parton

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#CordCutting has become extremely frustrating recently.

#Chromecast:
Disney's and ESPN's apps won't work at all on the Nexus 6 or the Moto X. The Hulu and Netflix apps freeze often and require a force close. Amazon Prime is completely MIA.

Amazon #FireTV Stick:
The UI is completely geared towards Amazon content and takes several extra steps to get to other apps. The Disney apps launch into Live TV and changing to VOD content causes all of their apps to crash. Even when watching Amazon content the Fire Stick will crash or reboot.

#AppleTV:
I'm unfairly biased and refuse to give in.

#NexusPlayer:
Disney, ESPN, Amazon, and Netflix apps are all MIA which is disappointing because I'd be willing to throw some money at this one.

#Roku Streaming Stick:
Reviews all say it's sluggish and recommend the Roku3.

#Roku3:
Has all the apps. Has no bias towards content since the device is independent from content creators (mostly). Has a fancy headphone jack in the remote. Even supports YouTube "casting" similar to the Chromecast. However, it's $85 -$99.


Which do you use most often?
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Chromecast
43%
Amazon FireTV Stick
7%
Google Nexus Player
8%
Roku Streaming Stick
3%
Roku 3
38%
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As an update, I just went to send a support ticket to PlayOn, when I saw the following in the "Current PlayOn Service Issues":

1. There are currently issues with the Amazon channel impacting some users. A fix will be available soon.

So, it looks like I will get my cake and eat it, too.
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If you're a fan of the The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit or JRR Tolkien, then you may like The Hobbit - Battle of the Five Armies.

This the third and final chapter in the The Hobbit triology that serve as prequel to The Lord of the Rings.  The ending sets up characters and events for the first Lord of the Rings film.

"The Hobbit - Battle of Five Armies" is available for purchase and rental on iTunes, Amazon, Vudu and CinemaNow.  I purchased the iTunes version to watch on the Apple TV's and our iOS Devices.

http://www.thehobbit.com/
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Rewatched this the other night via Vudu and was amazed at the image and sound quality. I was especially impressed with the constant camera movement even in CGI heavy scenes and with the amazing surround sound effects. Smaug is the ultimate movie dragon in my opinion. Here is my original review of the movie: http://www.ddmcd.com/movies/peter-jacksons-the-hobbit-the-battle-of-the-five-armies.html
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