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Cutting the cord
Has anyone put much looking into this?
I haven't checked rigorously, but I'm thinking the technology may already be in the market to do it painlessly and save a bunch of money.
I was looking for a while at those online services that let you subscribe to channels, like Sling TV, DirectTV Now, etc.. PlayStation Vue was the first one I came across that seemed,to have all the features I'd want.
The feature set of these online TV channel services seem to fall into 2 categories. DVR capability and channel selection. Channel selection is why this post is germane to this audience. Sports is the main thing the cable companies are glomming onto to keep us on the expesnsive full 300 channel packages, 293 channels of which no one ever watches.
I,don't remember exactly now. But PlayStation Vue had all the channels I wanted. In sports that's all the ESPN channels, including SEC network. But they don't have locals like ABC, CBS, which games do come,on sometimes..
What the thing to do for those is to buy a DVR that has an over-the-air antenna on it, Then you can plug that DVR into your home computer network. They seem to have those for like only $200 bucks. But that's less than what I'm paying in two months for my U-Verse cable subscription now.
PlayStation Vue, the only DVR limitation that would bother me is your shows only stay recorded 28 days. That's a minor annoyance for me. I wouldn't really care.
You would have to buy STB's, like an Amazon Fire or an Apple TV to plug into your TV. But an Amazon Fire TV stick is only $40. I wouldn't buy a 3rd gen Apple TV, those things are slow. A 4th gen Apple TV, I can't remember, I think $150. But there are the usual Apple rumors that Apple is,doing something with the Apple TV at their event this month. Probably come out with a 5th gen that will have features most,people don't need, Like they'll meet the 4K HD spec. And when they do that, they'll probably keep,selling the 4th gen. But the price,will come down.
Anyway, anyone who's looked,into this and knows whether or not it's a good deal, love to hear it.