Streaming TV is about to get very expensive

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  1. Sep 4, 2019 #381 of 781
    Zevida

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    The most expensive plan on Netflix is $15.99 - are you paying for more than one account? You can get HD for $12.99.
     
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    Allanon

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    Hapster85 might also have a DVD/Blu-ray plan.
     
  3. Sep 5, 2019 #383 of 781
    hapster85

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    I do. $12.99 streaming plan plus $5.99 single Blu-ray plan for $18.98. I think I need to reach out to them, though. Looking at my billing history, the tax doubled in July, and doubled again in August.
     
  4. Sep 5, 2019 #384 of 781
    mr.unnatural

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    Ellicott...
    Windows Media Center hasn't been supported by Microsoft for at least a couple of years. They no longer offer it in the Microsoft Store as a download for Windows 8.1. That doesn't mean you can't still use it. I use an app called epg123 that gets guide data from Schedules Direct for a fee of $25 per year for up to five TVs, IIRC. I will continue to use Windows Media Center for years to come. I switched to epg123 because I got tired of guide data almost running out and everyone going into a panic over it. Microsoft switched to using Rovi as their provider a couple of years ago and we all know how crappy that is. Schedules Direct gets their data from Tribune Media. The data is more complete and it will never run out, unlike the Rovi data from Microsoft. Epg123 allows you to customize how your data looks and I believe you can get data out as far as 30 days, although a lot of it is mostly placeholders. Most channels don't have any meaningful data beyond two weeks. I love that you can include the season and episode information in the title of the recording.

    The support forum is here and there's a download link for the app and setup instructions at the top of the forum. If you enjoy using WMC then it's well worth it. It's relatively easy to set up and it can be scheduled to run on a daily basis so you will always have the latest guide data.

    I'm on Verizon FIOS and the only hardware I rent are two cablecards. One is used in a Ceton InfiniTV6 cablecard tuner and the other is used in a SiliconDust HDHomeRun Prime. I have five HTPCs in my house that run 24/7 and all of them use epg123 with Windows 7 Media Center and they can access every FIOS channel that I subscribe to. The Ceton tuner is installed in a full ATX HTPC that's part of my home theater system. The other TVs are run off of 1st generation Intel NUCs which are all about the size of a Roku box.
     
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  5. Sep 5, 2019 #385 of 781
    stellie93

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    This is great--thanks. I'll give it a try when my data runs out. The only thing is my computer is old and very short on space. When it dies. media center goes with it, right?
     
  6. Sep 5, 2019 #386 of 781
    Allanon

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    If you want free EGP data use zap2xml.
     
  7. Sep 5, 2019 #387 of 781
    MikeMar

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    For those with YouTubeTV

    When you record a sporting event, do you need or can you pad it? Or does it automatically get the whole game?
     
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    DavidTigerFan

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    Only had it two weeks, but all the games I've recorded have had the full game.
     
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    DavidTigerFan

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    One thing with YTTV that I don't like is you can't mark something to save forever. I have no idea when the DVR deletes older recordings.
     
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    MikeMar

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    When does it delete old recordings, you mean after 9 months? Thought it was an unlimited DVR
     
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    DevdogAZ

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    I just listened to a college football podcast where they were talking about the different cord-cutting options and they were extolling the virtues of YTTV. The hosts were talking about how they had dozens of CFB games from last fall still saved on their YTTV DVRs, some more than 9 months old. So is YTTV not very diligent about deleting stuff after 9 months?
     
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    DavidTigerFan

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    Its unlimited so far, but surely they delete your watched recordings at some point?
     
  13. Sep 5, 2019 #393 of 781
    allan

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    I'd ASSumed that "unlimited" was space, not time. You can record as much as you want, but they delete it after 9 months.
     
  14. Sep 5, 2019 #394 of 781
    MikeMar

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    Well going to be testing the quality of NFL games

    recording the game tonight and the pats game on

    Fios
    YouTubeTV
    Sling
     
  15. Sep 5, 2019 #395 of 781
    Anubys

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    You are correct. Did someone say anything different? I think one poster noticed that things may have stayed longer than 9 months and another said maybe they're not diligent in deleting things.

    But it's unlimited space and you can't count on things older than 9 months old to still be there.

    Here's the text from their site:

    The only DVR with unlimited storage space
    Build your dream library of sports, news, shows, and movies—at no additional cost.

    • No limit on simultaneous recordings
    • Stream your library wherever you go
    • Personal library space for each account
    • Recordings kept for 9 months
     
  16. Sep 5, 2019 #396 of 781
    Anubys

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    Can't wait to see what you find...I didn't even think of recording the game on Sling and compare it to DirecTV :(

    I'll do that for MNF
     
  17. Sep 6, 2019 #397 of 781
    MikeMar

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    Actually couldn't watch the game last night, but looked quickly this morning

    Fios and YouTubeTV were DAMN close or the same basically
    Sling was meh

    So going to record everything I can on YouTubeTV
     
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  18. Sep 6, 2019 #398 of 781
    mr.unnatural

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    Not if you're running Windows 7. Just reinstall it and set it back up. I would highly recommend creating a backup of your current PC so you can restore it later if need be. It's much easier than reinstalling everything from scratch again. I'm not sure if you could even download any updates for it once Microsoft pulls the plug. Note that it will only restore to a PC with the exact same motherboard and CPU. Ebay is your friend for finding older hardware. Storage space can be added with no problem.
     
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    wmcbrine

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    It's like the yellow exclamation mark on a TiVo, that supposedly means a program is about to be deleted. Year after year.
     
  20. Sep 7, 2019 #400 of 781
    mr.unnatural

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    Ellicott...
    That's great, but does it automatically import the guide data into WMC or give you any other options like adding season and episode information? How far out does the data extend? Epg123 does all of this for you and $25 per year for guide data isn't going to break the bank for anyone. I don't doubt that there are other options out there, but there aren't too may configured to use with WMC as easily as epg123 using the data from Schedules Direct.
     
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