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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Didn’t someone a few years ago uncover a bunch of VCR tapes of some of the oldest episodes?
    I believe there was a discovery in some sub- sub- basement of the Beeb where they found some of the original ginormous reel to reel tapes. They were in terrible condition but the state of the art of restoration is so amazing now they were able to recover some episodes. I believe they got back several episodes of the multi-episode arcs but no full stories.

    Before that discovery it was thought they had simply taped over everything -- the station had a certain amount of tape budgeted, they'd get to the end and then just tape over from the beginning. This was standard practice for European TV for a longer time than we'd expect -- the Germans were doing it well into the 70s. AFAIK all the stuff they had before was from ponderous homemade recordings by Brit nerds.

    It sucks, but, hey, it's better than the Greek tragedies, where were have about 40 of the 400 or so that were written and produced.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by Kepler View Post
    I believe there was a discovery in some sub- sub- basement of the Beeb where they found some of the original ginormous reel to reel tapes. They were in terrible condition but the state of the art of restoration is so amazing now they were able to recover some episodes. I believe they got back several episodes of the multi-episode arcs but no full stories.

    Before that discovery it was thought they had simply taped over everything -- the station had a certain amount of tape budgeted, they'd get to the end and then just tape over from the beginning. This was standard practice for European TV for a longer time than we'd expect -- the Germans were doing it well into the 70s. AFAIK all the stuff they had before was from ponderous homemade recordings by Brit nerds.

    It sucks, but, hey, it's better than the Greek tragedies, where were have about 40 of the 400 or so that were written and produced.
    I also remember reading that some of the former British Empire nations who re-broadcast(ed) BBC feeds had tapes in storage. I think Nigeria had the largest trove of archived tapes that everyone forgot about.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Disney announces Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ Bundle

    So $12.99 gets you Disney+, Hulu (w/ ads), and ESPN+. Not sure there is any value for myself with this over just Disney+ for $69.99/year
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by RaceBoarder View Post
    Disney announces Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ Bundle

    So $12.99 gets you Disney+, Hulu (w/ ads), and ESPN+. Not sure there is any value for myself with this over just Disney+ for $69.99/year
    I missed IgerCon

    I have the Hulu+Spotify deal so I don't know how that'll work with this bundle.

    So...
    Disney/Hulu/ESPN: $13
    Netflix $13
    Amazon: $15 ($180 annually)
    YTTV: $50

    That's still only $91/month for more TV than we can possibly watch.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    My friend is getting Disney + and giving me his password. (he uses my Netflix) I will probably get the Warner streaming and let him use it. Already have Hulu Live without ads so the bundle is worthless to me.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by Handyman View Post
    My friend is getting Disney + and giving me his password. (he uses my Netflix) I will probably get the Warner streaming and let him use it. Already have Hulu Live without ads so the bundle is worthless to me.
    That's probably the best way to do it if you can. Hook up with some friends/family, each get one service, then create extra profiles/share passwords.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by The Rube View Post
    That's probably the best way to do it if you can. Hook up with some friends/family, each get one service, then create extra profiles/share passwords.
    You can get a lot of weird recommendations though. "You might like this new movie we added to Netflix!" Nope.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    You can get a lot of weird recommendations though. "You might like this new movie we added to Netflix!" Nope.
    That's the best part, wrecking someone elses algorithm. My brother shared his Netflix password with me, and I love wrecking his recommendations.

    He actually thanked me once because he was in a film rut and actually liked the new recommendations.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Ya handy should be sorry that I got my own Netflix account and gave it to my mom. He’d love her recommendations!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    You can get a lot of weird recommendations though. "You might like this new movie we added to Netflix!" Nope.
    Netflix allows for multiple profiles to be setup within an account. Default profiles are the account owner's and a children's profile to restrict content. After that, you can set up some 3 or 4 more.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by SJHovey View Post
    You can get a lot of weird recommendations though. "You might like this new movie we added to Netflix!" Nope.
    He has his own profile so that doesnt happen. I dont want a bunch of kids shows popping up
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    I feel like I might have asked this and forgotten that it was answered, but I'm going to ask (again?)...

    Of the Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chromecast, and Roku, (or unnamed alternate option) which one:
    - Has the best streaming quality?
    - Allows me to download channels/apps like MLBtv, Hulu, Vudu, etc.?


    Here's the setup: I'm spoiled by how the AppleTV just works and looks like regular TV when streaming MLBtv, Netflix, and such. If I use my phone or laptop to stream to the TV, the frames per second sometimes dip and telltale "streaming" artifacts appear, or the connection completely drops. I have the AppleTV on the Living Room TV and I'm looking for something that isn't $150+ for the few times it might be used on the other TV in the house. This second TV is a SmartTV from Samsung, but the TV or apps have not been supported/updated in three years, and opening any app seems to take minutes. Using a streaming stick/box would be much quicker.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Roku and Firestick allow for downloading apps and stations. Chromecast is mostly for streaming from your computer.

    If you are getting a Roku the best advice is to get a TV that has it built in already. Much easier to use and less glitchy. Firestick I think is rather worthless but my GF likes hers. We have a Chromecast on every TV and personally I find them to be the best overall at streaming.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    I had a Firestick, and didn’t like it at all. The main amazon functions and video playback were horribly glitchy. My review on Amazon’s site was so negative that they refused to publish it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    I had a Firestick, and didn’t like it at all. The main amazon functions and video playback were horribly glitchy. My review on Amazon’s site was so negative that they refused to publish it.
    Yeah. Like I said I find it worthless but if you watch a lot of Amazon stuff it is probably nice. Most smart TVs are better than a Firestick though.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Roku every day of the week and twice on Sunday. I've been using Roku for 4 years and love it. Bought a Roku TV - $120 for a 32" HDTV. Works great. You get access to the Roku channel which offers a bunch of movies and TV shows for free. They also periodically offer free trials of HBO and other premium channels. That's how I watched Game of Thrones and Chernobyl for free. I used Firestick for two days and returned it.

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    My Roku TV wasnt perfect but it was pretty dang close. If it hadnt been outdated (which made it glitchy) I probably would have kept it. As it is my GF enjoys it
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    My roommate has a fire tv for the upstairs tv. I like it. Never had any issues with it. I think she has a Roku too but I’ve never used it.

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    Only thing about ROKU is that, unless you hack it (available on the web, not hard), your VPN used to spoof geographic locations is useless. ROKU uses Google's DNS settings and you can't change it via Settings.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Disney+ will partner with Charter to prevent password sharing.

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