I'm all in. Adieu, DirecTV...

Discussion in 'TiVo Coffee House - TiVo Discussion' started by ScottE22, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    I'm on my way...should be having the cancel call with DirecTv within a week.

    Ordered the PlayOn/Roku deal...ordered a TiVo Premiere. Already have been a PlayOn user with a Google TV and their Android app, but it wasn't on the Lifetime license, which I now have, which is nice.

    Even at the cheapest plan for DirecTv, I'm paying over $70/mo. I'll make back the amount I'm paying for all my new stuff in ~8 months, and after that, it's money in the bank. :)
     
  2. Jebberwocky!

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    My plan took a detour this weekend, I stopped getting channel 2 and channel 7. So I took my like into my own hands and went up on my roof to discover my antenna is starting to fall apart.

    I put things back as best I could and everything is back to coming in. But I need a new antenna so I contacted three installers on Angie's list and I think I can get it replaced for $270 or so.

    My roof is so steep that I feared for my life trying to come down. So I'm not going back up although I feel pretty comfortable I could put up a new antenna okay it is not worth killing myself to save $100.

    Yesterday afternoon I started to get a weak signal and I looked up and a bunch of birds had landed on it.

    So, adding a new antenna will extend my breakeven to 7 months. Connie keeps asking when this switch is going to save us some money LOL
     
  3. Aero 1

    Aero 1 Active Member

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    i have espn 3 because i have verizon fios internet, they are one of the ISP that provide espn 3 without a TV sub. i got 6 free months of hulu+ when i got a tivo premiere in january. http://www3.tivo.com/promo/huluplusoffer/code/index.html

    if you have an apple tv and iDevice, the watchespn works great on the tv. just launch the app, play espn3 content and airplay it to the apple tv, works and looks great. you can also use an xbox360 or playon will deliver espn3 to the roku.

    as for my setup, its in my sig but i also do a few things that some people here get bent out of shape because of their high morality. anyway, my friend gave me his Tv Anywhere log in to get HBOGO, TNT, CNN, TBS and others , and with the watchespn app (or on their website), i get espn, espn 2, espn 3, espn u and espn buzzer beater. i also have a slingbox at my fathers house and i use a boxee box as the sling receiver to watch his stuff. also use roku, aforementioned boxee boxes, apple tv's, playon, and the occasional torrent. things are automated in the back end to serve video to the tivos for the wife on the occasional torrent, playon delivers her house hunters to the rokus, and a 10 TB drobo serves tv shows and movies to the boxee's.

    basically, for the WAF, i standardized on tivo and boxee boxes. two things that work great and are easy to use for the wife.
     
  4. ScottE22

    ScottE22 How YOU doin'?

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    This is funny - I started on this road thinking I'd build a Mac Mini HTPC, but couldn't quite get past this little hurdle no matter how hard I tried to work it out in my head and on paper.

    Once I learned about the TiVo Premiere series, it was a no-brainer in terms of effort and cost.

    Sounds like without cable or DTV I won't be able to get streaming ESPN. I suspect it's only a matter of time before HBOGO, ESPN, and the like realize the potential of selling a la carte to cord-cutters without requiring a subscription.

    BTW - The Hulu Plus thing worked even for existing subscribers which was a nice surprise. It did not, however, work on a second TiVo. It said it redeemed, but the next "billing date" still says September 2012. Oh well.
     
  5. Chris Gerhard

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    I am interested in the PlayOn lifetime license, just tried to read the agreement and got bored. How difficult is it to switch the PlayOn service to a new computer in a few years? Both of my computers, not sure which I will use, are over 4 years old now I expect will have to be replaced within two or three years.
     
  6. Aero 1

    Aero 1 Active Member

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    its easy and automatic. all you do is enter your licensed name and email and it will deactivate the old one onto the new pc. in the past year, ive installed it on 3 pc's.
     
  7. Chris Gerhard

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    Thanks that is exactly how I wanted it to work but couldn't read that clearly stated in the license agreement before I got bored.
     
  8. aaronwt

    aaronwt UHD Addict

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    Good to know. I just purchased the lifetime PlayON license with the free Roku LT. Now I can keep a Roku at my GFs house.
     
  9. Chris Gerhard

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    Crap, what is the PlayLater DVR application and do I want that and would the Roku LT be included in the $100 bundle including PlayLater if I purchased it? At first thought I don't know why I would want to write the files to my hard drive before accessing them but maybe I do.
     
  10. Aero 1

    Aero 1 Active Member

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    playlater will download that hulu show(or netflix or any of the supported sites) instead of streaming it like playon. thats good if you know that the show will be pulled from hulu and you dont have time to watch during the window.

    i know that you can watch playlater downloads via roku with playon installed on the same machine, but i dont know if you can without playon.
     
  11. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

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    I started to order the PlayOn/PlayLater Lifetime License for $100 and nothing was mentioned on the order page about the free Roku LT so I started to order the PlayOn Lifetime License for $80 and still nothing about the Roku. Is the deal still live and where does it show up at the PlayOn site?
     
  12. larrs

    larrs Movie Fan-Addict

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    You can still get ESPN3 if you get Internet service from the cable company (at least most of them- you don't need video service to qualify). If you have DSL likely not.
     
  13. ScottE22

    ScottE22 How YOU doin'?

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    :rolleyes: Duh. Thanks! I have Comcast high-speed internet so I'll check it out.
     
  14. larrs

    larrs Movie Fan-Addict

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    All I had to do was open a browser and go to espn3.com (now called watchespn.com, I think) and it automatically knew from the ip address that it was from my cableco and gave me access.

    As someone else said, I would recommend it on the XboX360. For some reason, the pic quality is better on my setup than through my htpc on my screen.
     
  15. hefe

    hefe Rebus Philbin

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    I don't see it anymore...they must have run out.
     
  16. rayik

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    Good luck OP. We were DTV subscribers and cut the cord about 14 months ago. We are past the breakeven point and now save $68 each month.

    Entire family is still happy with the decision. OTA, Roku and Xbox 360 (for ESPN3) and we can watch just about everything we watched with DTV and see even more that they did not offer.

    For us, Netflix and Hulu + have been well worth it. Only you can decide if it's worth $16 / month for you.

    For the rare current episodes you can not get either OTA or online, you can always buy a either the episode(s) or a "season pass" from Amazon. We did that recently with Gold Rush Sesason 2. Twenty episodes at $1.89 spread out over four months was much less cost that subscribing to DTV or cable for those 4 months

    Good luck.
     
  17. Chris Gerhard

    Chris Gerhard Well-Known Member

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    The PlayOn free Roku LT deal is dead, I missed it.
     
  18. ScottE22

    ScottE22 How YOU doin'?

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    Quoting myself, but here we go.
     
  19. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    I just put mine in the attic. It works pretty well there.
     
  20. magnus

    magnus Tivo User

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    I have PlayOn but I wish they had a native Mac version. PlayOn is really not that great on my Mac Mini with Parallels.
     

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