Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

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  1. hapster85

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    They really should call it "reduced ads, maybe". Some networks seem to only sort of participate, while others don't at all. I've been wondering lately if it's even worth paying for. Maybe I should opt out for a couple it months and see if anyone notices.
     
  2. heySkippy

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    I’ve been a TiVo user way too long to tolerate ads on a service I’m paying for. Not happening.
     
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  3. aaronwt

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    I can't stand ads either. But on Hulu I only have a few shows I watch with any ads. And then it's only a 15 second spot before the show. I can tolerate that 15 seconds for a few shows. But that is pretty much my limit. And the vast majority of shows i watch on Hulu have no ads on the ad-free plan.
     
  4. Dawghows

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    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is the only show I watch on Hulu (so far) that has ads.
     
  5. aaronwt

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    Yes that is one of mine. And Grey's Anatomy. And possibly How to Get Away with Murder.
    All ABC shows.
     
  6. Sep 1, 2019 #326 of 781
    hapster85

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    We usually watch Grey's recorded OTA but occasionally have to catch an episode on Hulu. Last season it had one ad before the show, and one after. Who sticks around for the one after?
     
  7. Sep 2, 2019 #327 of 781
    Anubys

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    So I've done my homework and here's what I'll do:

    - Get Sling Orange and Blue, buy the "get it all" package for $20. And subscribe to Starz and Showtime.
    - Get YouTube TV
    - Subscribe to HBO Now
    - Get a Roku for each TV to streamline the guide and interface experience.

    Total Cost: $135 per month instead of the current $240 to DirecTV.

    I will not have Cinemax but will have Telemundo, BeIn, NFL redzone, and a few more channels that I don't have right now.

    I also will get the pleasure of calling AT&T and telling them to kiss my huge butt :D
     
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    lparsons21

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    I’ve been doing some homework too! This month I’m doing stress test of bandwidth usage with almost all streaming. Some minor usage of cable for the locals until I get the outdoor antenna mounted.

    I’m subbed to Sling Blue + DVR for one month trial @$20, that will increase to $30 at the end of the month. After looking through my OnePasses I found that only 9 cable type channels are used. AMC, SyFy, TBS, TNT, USA, BBC, FX, IFC and Paramount. Everything else is seeing minimal use if any.

    If at the end of the month I’m OK with all of it I’ll cancel cable TV and repurpose my Tivo Bolt to OTA. My AppleTV 4K will then take on a bigger role.

    Or at least that’s my current thinking...


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  9. Sep 2, 2019 #329 of 781
    aaronwt

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    Yes. We go on to the next episode, so there is only one, fifteen second ad, at the beginning of each epsiode.

    Sent from my Nexus 7(32GB)
     
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    Allanon

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    I recently tried a free trial of YouTube TV and found the user interface to be very clunky and their DVR functionality very weak. If watching a show live you can pause, rewind, and fast forward. You can even record the show and it will record future episodes. But after the show has aired if the show is in their VOD library then your recording is replaced with the VOD video and it has commercials that can't be skipped. That was a deal breaker for me.
     
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    MikeMar

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    Still shocked you are paying $240 for JUST TV to DirecTV??? that seems crazy crazy high
     
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    MikeMar

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    Was that on any channels other than CBS?
    Could you provide some of the shows it did this for?

    Going to get a YTTV trial tomorrow probably
     
  13. Sep 3, 2019 #333 of 781
    Allanon

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    I was trying during the day so these were reruns. I picked TLC and Motortrend because those are channels my family watch a lot. TLC had a Say Yes To The Dress marathon going on so I recorded a few shows and each had unskippable commercials after the live air time. I also recorded some car show from Motortrend and it too had unskippable commercials.

    Maybe I was doing something wrong and going to the wrong place in the UI because like I said it is very clunky.
     
  14. Sep 3, 2019 #334 of 781
    dimented

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    CBS and CW both do the on demand instead of the recorded version. I have found however that if you wait long enough with CW shows, eventually you can watch the recorded version and skip commercials. I am not sure how long that is though.
     
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    Anubys

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    Whoa...I had not heard about this...that is a deal break for me as well...

    As for the user interface, it's Google; I'm sure it will get better :D

    It was about $160 for 2 years but rebates ended...it's crazy...they charge for each DVR...then charge for HD on each DVR...are you kidding me? that would be like a gas station charging extra for unleaded...who the frak doesn't have HD at this point?
     
  16. Sep 3, 2019 #336 of 781
    Anubys

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    My wife did point out that the 50 hours of DVR available from Sling is not going to cut it. All our DVRs right now have external HDDs that are between 3-5 TBs. 50 hours is what I record in a couple of days!

    So I need to figure some stuff out, still!
     
  17. Sep 3, 2019 #337 of 781
    MikeMar

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    Just found this on reddit, sounds like it lines up with what you are saying

    "CBS and CW will go straight to VOD. After about 5 weeks the CBS show will be available on your DVR for the rest of the 9 months. That might be the case with CW if you get it locally. Other than those to everything is available on your DVR for the 9 months."

    But looks like just CBS and CBS owned stations, so that's not too bad
     
  18. Sep 3, 2019 #338 of 781
    MikeMar

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    Read my post above this, I'd give it a shot (like I'm doing) and one of the main reasons (like you) I'm going YTTV is the unlim/9 month DVR
     
  19. Sep 3, 2019 #339 of 781
    Anubys

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    Well, I have to also have Sling since they have a couple of channels that YouTube TV doesn't have (Comedy Central, BeIn, NFL network, NFL Redzone, Cooking...etc.)

    so I think we will make a rule to only record Sling if it's something not in YTTV

    I'm glad the commercial skipping thing is only on CBS. Now that the Big Bang is gone, I don't think there's anything on CBS that I will miss ;)
     
  20. Sep 3, 2019 #340 of 781
    lparsons21

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    I recently signed up for Sling Blue as it has my 9 must have channels and quite a few of seldom watched but nice to have channels. HDPQ isn’t the best but it is very watcheable IMO and sound is almost all only stereo. Those downsides are taken care of with the much lower cost!


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