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Posted: August 18, 2020, 9:26 PM Post
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Somewhat related, but wondering what people would think would be the best option for someone who rents an apartment in Eau Claire during the week for work but whose full-time home is in Neenah. Logging in on-line doesn't really work because they limit how many times you can log into your TV service from a different IP address.


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Posted: August 19, 2020, 1:45 PM Post
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Sling is completely portable. You do need to have decent internet to stream. Netflix is also completely portable and lets you stream a little better with slower connections (since it buffers unlike Sling).


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Posted: August 19, 2020, 2:26 PM Post
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LouisEly said:
Somewhat related, but wondering what people would think would be the best option for someone who rents an apartment in Eau Claire during the week for work but whose full-time home is in Neenah. Logging in on-line doesn't really work because they limit how many times you can log into your TV service from a different IP address.


Can they call the company and explain the situation, see if they'd allow them to login as much as they want? Otherwise I love YoutubeTV. You can try it free for a month. I was super worried about it not being enough of what I want, compared to DTV. When I did the free trial, I only used YTV and found I was not missing anything at all (until NFL comes back and I don't have Sunday Ticket, but I think I will split the cost with a friend and use their online login). With YTV you can have multiple logins going at once and can use it wherever.


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Posted: August 23, 2020, 2:07 AM Post
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Get AT&T TV, one box in each location. I use it to have one service for both places I spend time. Saves a ton of money over the old days of having Directv in both spots.


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Posted: September 20, 2020, 12:48 PM Post
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I can't wait for Starlink. Only one internet provider in town and they know it. My internet has been out for a week and they regularly don't bother showing up for scheduled repairs. And when they do they tell me their box is old and there's nothing they can do.


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Posted: September 20, 2020, 12:51 PM Post
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I just found out today Spectrum/Charter (and AT&T U-Verse) have dropped the El Rey network. It was one of the few channels we still watched...at this rate baseballs one of my main reasons to hold on to cable. :/


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Posted: October 01, 2020, 12:25 PM Post
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youtube TV dropped all fox sports regional networks effective today. Seems like the deal they reached earlier this year was just to cover the NBA, NHL and MLB seasons and then expired. Its sad that they just had a 15 dollar rate increase, and got rid of pretty much the only reason i have the service.

I'll try hulu live, but have heard nothing but bad things about it. I really don't want to go back to cable, but it may be the only option left.


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Posted: October 01, 2020, 12:28 PM Post
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patrickgpe said:
youtube TV dropped all fox sports regional networks effective today. Seems like the deal they reached earlier this year was just to cover the NBA, NHL and MLB seasons and then expired. Its sad that they just had a 15 dollar rate increase, and got rid of pretty much the only reason i have the service.

I'll try hulu live, but have heard nothing but bad things about it. I really don't want to go back to cable, but it may be the only option left.


I've been using Hulu Live TV all summer, and it is much improved over what they were putting out last year. Very few complaints this time around.

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Posted: October 01, 2020, 12:30 PM Post
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Seems like all these streaming services are going the way of cable companies with price increases and limited selection.


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Posted: October 01, 2020, 2:11 PM Post
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Seems like all these streaming services are going the way of cable companies with price increases and limited selection.


Yup, all fun and games at first, now that things are settling, they'll end up not being as great of a value as most anticipated.

I have stuck with cable all this time, and though it costs more, I have no complaints with service or channel offerings.

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Posted: October 01, 2020, 2:26 PM Post
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jerichoholicninja said:
Seems like all these streaming services are going the way of cable companies with price increases and limited selection.


Yup, all fun and games at first, now that things are settling, they'll end up not being as great of a value as most anticipated.

I have stuck with cable all this time, and though it costs more, I have no complaints with service or channel offerings.


The issue is that not everyone, mainly those who live in rural areas, has access to cable television (raises hand). And cable companies aren't going out of their way to provide access to rural areas, because the overhead doesn't justify the increase in infrastructure investments. So what I'm left with is satellite television or streaming services, and my options with satellite are basically AT&T TV (DirecTV) if I want FS Wisconsin.

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Posted: October 01, 2020, 8:16 PM Post
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I am very glad that I ripped the bandaid off and got rid of cable and didn't pick up a dedicated streaming service. I cut my screen time back immensely without any regrets. I have netflix free with my cell phone plan, im a prime member so get video included and watch some free YouTube videos when i want some time killer. My wife and I were talking last week and our TV hasn't been turned on since the beginning of June and used sparingly prior to that. Lots more time with my young children, more physical activities outside and more work done around the house. Gives me time to do other things too like learn a language and piano. I think I always had this feeling like I was going to miss something if I didn't watch all the shows and talk about it at work around the water cooler. Very glad to be trying some new things.


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Posted: October 14, 2020, 11:09 AM Post
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I cut the cord years ago and haven't missed it either. We do watch TV every night, but not normally until later in the evening.

I have Prime and Hulu (free from phone plan). I get an MLB and NFL replay subscriptions (about $200/year). We watch a few NBA games and normally add Sling for the playoffs, then drop it again. Plus, I have TIVO for OTA programs. My smart TVs also have other misc apps like TubiTV and Roku that has commercial driven free content. Thus, I still have way more than I need.

More recently, I deleted all the games from my phone and started focusing on my guitar playing.


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Posted: October 19, 2020, 11:37 AM Post
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We recently got a new iPhone and can receive one year of Apple TV. We already subscribe to Disney, Netflix, YoutubeTV and Prime (via various children, etc.). Is AppleTV a good service?


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Posted: October 19, 2020, 3:33 PM Post
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We recently got a new iPhone and can receive one year of Apple TV. We already subscribe to Disney, Netflix, YoutubeTV and Prime (via various children, etc.). Is AppleTV a good service?

I have a free year subscription to it for the same reason. It's a newer service so there's not a ton of original content yet.

When scrolling the list of their included content I did see a fair amount of children's shows, I don't have kids so I didn't study them closely but there was one Charlie Brown special on there (The Great Pumpkin). There was also a Fraggle Rock show. Again, I didn't look that close.

I've only watched one Apple TV+ original on it so far, Greyhound starring Tom Hanks, it's a WW2 movie where Hanks is a US captain on a destroyer escorting merchant supply ships across the Atlantic to protect them from German U-boats that are trying to sink them. It was a good solid movie I'd say 3.5 stars out of 5. Good action, perhaps a little light on character development outside of Hanks', it's pretty clear his role is where 99% of the focus went (which is understandable, he's Tom friggin Hanks after all) and the side characters remain fairly unexplored and two dimensional.

Otherwise it's similar to Amazon Prime. Some content is included for free with the subscription but you can also rent or buy movies.

I wouldn't pay for it because it's nowhere near as robust as Netflix or Amazon Prime at this point but since it's free there's no harm. It's easy enough to cancel so that you don't get charged when the year expires. If you don't even want to go that far and just skip the free trial you probably aren't missing much.


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Posted: October 19, 2020, 5:07 PM Post
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Anyone else thinking about trying Prime just for Borat 2?


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Posted: October 20, 2020, 8:37 AM Post
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Anyone else thinking about trying Prime just for Borat 2?


No. But since Prime gives you other extras (shipping, music, etc..), it is a good deal anyway.


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Posted: October 20, 2020, 9:10 AM Post
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nodakfan17 said:
Anyone else thinking about trying Prime just for Borat 2?


No. But since Prime gives you other extras (shipping, music, etc..), it is a good deal anyway.


We had Prime for the shipping since we use Amazon a lot. The channel is a bonus for us but they have some good shows - Fabulous Mrs Maisel, Bosch, are good. The Boys is very good.

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Posted: October 20, 2020, 9:36 AM Post
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We use Prime for movies more than TV series. They rotate movies fairly often and if you are looking for one specific, rentals for everything is available. And if you delay your shipments on occasion, you can bank electronic media $$ to pay for the rentals. [smile]


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Posted: October 20, 2020, 3:15 PM Post
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Samurai Bucky said:
We recently got a new iPhone and can receive one year of Apple TV. We already subscribe to Disney, Netflix, YoutubeTV and Prime (via various children, etc.). Is AppleTV a good service?

I have a free year subscription to it for the same reason. It's a newer service so there's not a ton of original content yet.

When scrolling the list of their included content I did see a fair amount of children's shows, I don't have kids so I didn't study them closely but there was one Charlie Brown special on there (The Great Pumpkin). There was also a Fraggle Rock show. Again, I didn't look that close.

I've only watched one Apple TV+ original on it so far, Greyhound starring Tom Hanks, it's a WW2 movie where Hanks is a US captain on a destroyer escorting merchant supply ships across the Atlantic to protect them from German U-boats that are trying to sink them. It was a good solid movie I'd say 3.5 stars out of 5. Good action, perhaps a little light on character development outside of Hanks', it's pretty clear his role is where 99% of the focus went (which is understandable, he's Tom friggin Hanks after all) and the side characters remain fairly unexplored and two dimensional.

Otherwise it's similar to Amazon Prime. Some content is included for free with the subscription but you can also rent or buy movies.

I wouldn't pay for it because it's nowhere near as robust as Netflix or Amazon Prime at this point but since it's free there's no harm. It's easy enough to cancel so that you don't get charged when the year expires. If you don't even want to go that far and just skip the free trial you probably aren't missing much.


Yea AppleTV+ doesn't have much. But I stumbled across The Morning Show, that was actually pretty good. Just started Tehran, and that's been good too so far.


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