Cutting the cord PSA

This… isn’t great.

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That’s quite a jump in a relatively short period of time.  For that, you get a few Viacom channels that you probably won’t watch (I know I want).

In short, this is turning into a streaming version of cable.

Sooooo… who’s got suggestions on a more reasonably priced streaming service that has DVR capability?  And access to college football, of course.

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74 responses to “Cutting the cord PSA

  1. Timphd

    I just switched to Youtube tv and like it a lot, but it is also $64.99 per month. Still way less than cable and it includes SEC network and unlimited DVR capacity.

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    • Ken Wilkinson

      But with YouTube TV you still need internet. Cable comes with internet. Also, YouTube TV promotes unlimited DVR, but DVR recording disappear without warning. With cable I could record every Georgia game and rewatch them during the offseason. Not with YouTubeTV. After a short time they’re gone.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        Just like with Cable, when you have Cloud DVR, whether it be Hulu or Youtube or whatever, you have to designated individual programs you want to keep so they won’t be deleted.

        This is a case of operator error, Ken. Don’t blame the platform, blame the man in the mirror. 🤦🏻‍♂️

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      • My internet is way cheaper than a comcast package.

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      • 3rdandGrantham

        This isn’t true re: DVR. You can set certain recordings to keep for 1 year, and you can extend it further if desired when you approach that 1 year mark. Also, the actual picture tends to be better via YTV streaming compared to cable, as cable providers are notorious for compressing their signals. We personally found an improvement with the streaming picture; particularly on our 85 inch TV.

        Also, if you have a second home, you can take your service with you at no cost. Previously we were having to fork over $60 for very basic cable monthly at our lake place. Lastly, having dvr access from all TVs in a home without need for a box and associated rental fees also is great.

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    • Bill M.

      Did you even read his post?

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  2. Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

    Hulu Live TV. It’s $10 a month cheaper and has the channels you’d want (Fox Regional Sports for baseball, SEC Network).

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    • MUDAWGFan

      Do you get local channels? What about DVR?

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        Yep and yep. Or you did when I had it last in January. Turned it off after bowl season with the plan to restart in April for baseball.

        Now looking like an end of July start for when baseball restarts.

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      • MGW

        Gotta go to all their web sites to search that. Depends where you live.

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  3. Castleberry

    Wow – was planning to turn YouTube TV off altogether if CFB doesn’t happen. Now may just turn it off altogether. So many folks are posting highlights on YouTube now (go subscribe to MatthewLovesBall if you don’t already). It may be better to just ditch it.

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    • josh hancher

      I have a setup that allows me to rip video plays almost live. I’ll be tweeting a lot of video this year.

      Year 2 of DawgStats has a mini TV studio set up.

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  4. willypmd

    I pay $99 a month for spectrum plus a $7 DVR fee which includes high speed Internet,home phone (we have young kids), and cable with local channels, ESPN affiliates and fox sports south and HBO (Which includes HBO go streaming)

    We use roku to stream the spectrum app, so no equipment fees and my favorite part is I can add infinite additional TV’s with no additional equipment charge since it streams over wifi

    I tried cutting the cord, but found we were spending more on internet plus streaming platforms than what I could get with good old fashioned cable + internet through the local monopoly.

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  5. josh hancher

    I hated watching streaming sports. Loved everything else about Hulu.

    I went back Xfinity for TV/Internet for $143/mo

    AT&T Fiber came knit hood and offered some savings – but it was going to be streaming.

    I decided to get Ma Bell’s 1GB fiber and keep Xfinity TV

    Got HBO for free and lowered bill for all by about $10. ($25 if you count the HBO which I was paying for.)

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    • Huntindawg

      Ok, this is important to me since this was my plan for football season this year: why did you hate watching streaming sports?

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    • Pretty much this. I’m on Xfinity and love it. Sreaming sucks.

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      • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

        Yep. Except for the fact that it’s cheaper and the picture looks better and you aren’t signing contracts, streaming sure does suck because it can be a minute behind cable.

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        • sniffer

          Except you’re wrong on all points. My Spectrum bill is $110 monthly with high speed internet and most premium channels. I use the app in my office/cave and the picture is no better and sometimes not as good as the cable box. I have no contract whatsoever and my bill hasn’t gone up in two years. What else you got, Ervin?

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          • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

            I pay $15 less than that a month combined for Hulu and Internet when I have Hulu Live. So no, I’m not. You’re paying more. And unlike you, I’m not receiving a compressed signal, so when I want 4K, I get 4K.

            Right now, I don’t have it Hulu Live, so I’m spending almost $60 less than what you’re spending, and I get over the air channels for free in even better resolution than the Hulu Live (and way better than your cable).

            Over the course of the year, I spend way less, because I can pause or cancel whenever I want.

            So… do you enjoy dunking on yourself, or is this a one time thing?

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            • sniffer

              Good for you. Savin money. You’ve never seen my reception so you don’t know what you’re talking about. If we’re using our own experience, a cable box picture isn’t beaten by any streaming service. I use both and I know what I’m talking about. Pull up jumper over the coach for a deep three.

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              • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

                Like the guy who thought the DVR was erasing his programs after a set period of time, I have to assume your experience is either due to user error or not great equipment. Cable companies compress their signals. You cannot get true 4K from a a cable box. But you do you.

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      • Bill M,

        Disagree. Update your tech.

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  6. baitstand

    They’re all going up. Much of the population is immobilized, craving entertainment, and an easy target.

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  7. Ken Wilkinson

    Senator, where did you see this price increase? I did not get any notice from YouTubeTV, and I’ve had them for a couple years.

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  8. Huntindawg

    I dropped cable when sports stopped this spring, and haven’t missed it at all. The very few tv shows we watch are much less expensive to buy than even one month of cable. For what I am saving on cable, I can buy a new 85 inch 4k tv this year.

    If we have college football this fall, I hope I can find a plan where that is all I have to pay for. I am actually looking forward to the day where every game is pay per view. And for two reasons:
    1) I usually get to watch at most 2 football games a Saturday anyway;
    2) If the games go to pay per view, there will be a much greater incentive or compelling match-ups. Bye bye, UGA vs north east Molena state community college, hello UGA vs Ohio State.

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  9. josh hancher

    They have TV package too. It’s a streaming product- can’t speak to its delay.

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    • cltdawg

      I’ve had AT&T TV since they started their streaming service, and use their 1GB FTTH service. I only pay $35/mo, HBO for $5/ month, & $70/mo for the internet. I have some lag on sports, but it’s usually only about 1/2 play for football, & almost imperceptible for other sports.

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  10. spur21

    Still need internet but…………
    https://sportz.vodiptv.org/home/index
    Read this as well
    https://www.firesticktricks.com/sportz-tv-iptv.html

    I also use IPVanish

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  11. Jim

    Still a hell of a lot less than I was paying directTV especially when I consider that my single YouTubeTV account follows me and I do not need a different subscription at multiple homes, when traveling, etc.

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  12. Jim

    Still a lot less than I was paying directTV especially when I consider that my single YouTubeTV account follows me and I do not need a different subscription at multiple homes, when traveling, etc.

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    • Satelite is the devil.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      Exactly, and I said the same above. Huge savings for us personally regardless, as we were paying $135 monthly previously for satellite + $60 for basic cable at our second home. That’s close to 2.5k yearly in savings.

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  13. Geezus

    Watching this thread closely. When I first signed on to YouTubeTV, it was $42/mo.

    I’ve had Playstation Vue in the past and was unimpressed. I may check into HuluLive TV.

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  14. They’re all the devil. That’s all there is too it.

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  15. I have lived without home internet or cable since May 2008. (I have internet at work and on my phone’s generous data plan, but I don’t watch sports on it.)

    I have “rabbit ears” and I find the SEC on CBS and the odd FOX or ABC game is enough for me. If there’s a Georgia game I really want to see on cable I go to a sports bar and watch.

    w00000t

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  16. Doggoned

    Thanks for the warning. I may to go back to Sling Orange, adding a $10 Sports Extra Package and a little more for cloud DVR. That’s the best I can find out there at this time. Just canceled YouTube TV — a 30% jump is just too much for me to digest. It’s been a good streaming service, but I found mainly just watched games on it. I probably won’t restart anything until sports comes back.

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    • Corch Irvin Meyers, New USC Corch (2021)

      This is where streaming services are the best for those of us who like sports, and why all the “Just get cable,” guys here are mislead.

      You can’t quit your cable contract, even if you move. You have to pay them back for the deal you struck. And then when you’re deal is up you have to go through the same fucking song and dance where you threaten to leave for another service to get that same deal or a comparable deal for another year. And then you don’t even watch any of the fucking channels they give you. It’s a waste of money.

      With Hulu Live or YouTube or Sling or whatever, you can quit anytime. If all you care about is CFB and the NFL, then all you need to pay for is September through the end of January. That’s it. Four months a year. It’s so much cheaper to do that with internet from Comcast or someone else than it is to bundle internet and TV.

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  17. Joshua Garrett

    Hulu works great for us. Cut the cord this time last year and it worked well during football season and since. No complaints.

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  18. Is this you homework Larry?

    My set up: Netflix ($14.22/month), Hulu/Disney+/ESPN+ bundle ($20.80/month), Cable channels including ESPN/FOX/NBC Sports streaming (my in-laws DISH log in). During football season I usually pay $5.99/month for CBS All Access. I have used Sling TV before during football season which was about $50/month with the sports package. I have an HD antennae and use it sometimes, but not a lot.

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  19. 3rdandGrantham

    Wait – don’t you own a Porsche and are a successful attorney? Certainly not trying to look in your pocket, but does an extra $15 monthly really affect you that much? And I intend for these remarks to be taken as respectfully as possible.

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  20. bulldogbry

    There is no right answer. Go to suppose.tv and it will help you find your best answer.

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  21. Valdawgsta

    I’ll admit this is next level cheapskate stuff and somewhat pathetic, but what I do during football season is buy Visa gift cards and use it for a “free trial week” with hulu live/youtube tv/etc. and cancel before the end of the week. About 5 gift cards will get you through a college football season between the different streaming services and it ultimately doesn’t cost any money.

    Cancelling/starting a new account is a minor pain, but I view the 10 minutes I commit to it each week as well worth seeing college football in the Fall.

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  22. practicaldawg

    YTTV is quickly losing value. None of the Fox RSNs are available in SC now, so I’m going to have to buy Hulu just to see the Braves. I guess YTTV is targeting the daytime TV audience now. Seems weird to cut sports coverage and increase price.

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  23. BuffaloSpringfield

    We are living in different times, no minor league baseball, prolly no MLB, the NBA in Florida I’d rather have “Maude” 24/7, NFL who knows, college football will have us craving for the Ivy League in the spring.
    What was may not be, here is hoping but in reality with the numbers continue to climb and be more political than sensible, I watch no ESPN, no news. We are all pawns of 6 corporations than own 93% of newspapers, magazines, radio stations, TV stations and all forms of the media you receive.
    If I could see a policeman punching out Beth Mowens and Jesse Palmer I’d pay for a script for that channel. The entire enterprise is a scam. We are but lemmings.
    Just depends on which cliff we choose to jump off off.
    For What it’s Worth:

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  24. They didnt add OAN though

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  25. Atticus

    Access to college football….maybe next year. It’s not happening this fall. Fauci cemented that yesterday. Done.

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  26. Boonedawg

    I just bought another Smart TV, contacted Charter and cut the cable and kept the internet service. You just add the Charter app and for $89/month you can get 30 broadcast channels (ABC,CBS, NBC, etc.) and you pick an additional 10 that can include ESPN. Internet TV with broadcast channels. Not too bad if you have Charter / Spectrum. Not sure about the DVR, i don’t use that.

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  27. SKilgore

    Philo

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  28. Ginny

    This thread came at a great time. My hubs and I were pricing out different options and were about to pull the trigger on YouTube TV thinking it was only $50. Sounds like Hulu might be a good alternative. Thanks for the recs.

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  29. ed butryn

    I switched to my wifi provider, Spectrum. The streaming package is $25 a month. You can add sports package for, I think, $12? I added 5 premium channels for $15 a month. My tv bill will be $40 a month. It’s missing just a channel or 2 that I like, but I can access those channels thru Pluto.

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