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

    I've been using Spectrum for internet and YouTube TV (6 months or so) for channels. Has worked great so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unofan View Post
    That's a reason people in BFE have shiatty service. The problem is people in dense, major metropolitan areas also don't have service anywhere close in cost or speed to what is available worldwide, let alone a place like Seoul.

    You can excuse poor service in Wyoming. You can't do so in a place like Manhattan.
    Fair enough. I'd actually be curious to see some sort of breakdown of population density as a distance from the center of the city and then compare that to what European cities look like. What portion of the population lives in the burbs compared to Europe? Something like this or any number of these graphs.

    I'm not saying America's service doesn't suck a-s and isn't driven by out-of-control corporate greed, I'm just curious what the breakdown is and how "cost per service quality" breaks down with various population density gradients and city sizes. That and cities within red states compared to blue states.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Fair enough. I'd actually be curious to see some sort of breakdown of population density as a distance from the center of the city and then compare that to what European cities look like. What portion of the population lives in the burbs compared to Europe? Something like this or any number of these graphs.

    I'm not saying America's service doesn't suck a-s and isn't driven by out-of-control corporate greed, I'm just curious what the breakdown is and how "cost per service quality" breaks down with various population density gradients and city sizes. That and cities within red states compared to blue states.
    Well, it's not a graph and the latest year at the bottom says 2005, but here's something. Looks like urban and suburban density are roughly 2.5 times higher in Europe than the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    The same Europe with 180% the population of the US and half the total area? That Europe?
    What does their population density have to do with our corporate greed?

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    It's firing starter pistol blanks.
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    "Is Roku too inexpensive? Prefer giving us $60 a year (per box?)? Then you'll love our option!"

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    Yeah I donít get that at all. Dumb. Considering there are about 500 products on the market already that probably do it better for cheaper.

    This just doesnít make sense.

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

    I took a break from Sling last year after football season. This year, I tried out something that Spectrum was offering where I get locals and ten cable channels of my choice for $25 for the next two years. When the sale price ends, I'll probably look around again.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spartanforlife4 View Post
    Speed-wise, at least in my experience with PSVue, I have the slowest internet Comcast provides around here (25mb) and rarely have issues with quality. Sony says Vue only needs 10mb. If there are issues with quality it appears contained to certain channels, which tells me it's probably something on Sony's end. But again, that's with just one of us usually using a major stream. Those with multiple users may need to bump it up.
    Posted this, but after some issues with the NCAA tournament channels, went to the Vue Reddit page to see if anyone else was having an issue. There was a guy who said he believed he found a fix to an issue he was having regarding DVR playback and also live TV having connectivity and skipping issues. I haven't had the DVR issues he had, but it seems more recently, and specifically with live sports, there has been more skipping and an increase in the time it takes to "flip the switch" to 720 quality. It's been especially bad on TBS and TruTV, for whatever reason TNT was okay.

    Anyway, he said he changed his DNS servers on his router from his ISP provider to OpenDNS and the issues went away. I tried the same and changed to first Google and then Cloudflare and each had a near zero response time in going straight to 720. Something I never would have thought of but it appears to have done the trick.
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    Sounds like your ISP and his are both throttling the stream via their DNS servers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    Sounds like your ISP and his are both throttling the stream via their DNS servers.
    Both have Xfinity so it's quite possible.
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    I honestly did not know until today that you can stream xfinity wirelessly. Now I can avoid the cord going across room and stream it through roku. Not perfect but it works

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deutsche Gopher Fan View Post
    I honestly did not know until today that you can stream xfinity wirelessly. Now I can avoid the cord going across room and stream it through roku. Not perfect but it works
    *edit* Never mind. Read it wrong. You meant their TV and not the Xfinity Wifi they provide.


    Their streaming app on Samsung smart TV's is trash, and only works on one of my two Samsung TV's. They also refuse to make an app for XBox, and their webpage only uses Adobe to stream, which prevents web browsing streaming devices (like the XBox) from streaming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    *edit* Never mind. Read it wrong. You meant their TV and not the Xfinity Wifi they provide.


    Their streaming app on Samsung smart TV's is trash, and only works on one of my two Samsung TV's. They also refuse to make an app for XBox, and their webpage only uses Adobe to stream, which prevents web browsing streaming devices (like the XBox) from streaming.
    Yeah I have a Sony so use the roku app. Itís in beta. Not great but it works and now I can watch local channels and not rely on hbo go Sunday when GoT drops.

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    I dong stream unless I have to. Too hard to get the same quality.

    I know it sounds ridiculous, but after spoiling myself with a premium home theater setup, I crave top quality. Anything less than lossless feels like itís subpar. I want to hear the effort put in by the foley artists. Nothing better than turning around because you were startled by a well-placed whisper. Or hearing and feeling a helicopter scream overhead in full 7.1 surround. I want to count every blade of grass on the field. I want to see the perfectly rendered gradient on screen.

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    Assuming you're posting from your phone. Dong? What have your conversations been like since you've had that gf, dx?
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    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    Assuming you're posting from your phone. Dong? What have your conversations been like since you've had that gf, dx?
    Lol. Yes. The T and the G are so close together on the phone.

    Theyíve been quite good, thank you 😁

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    Where I hung the tv, itís just not easy to hardwire the cable Iím so Iím just accepting streaming

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