Seeking Advice: Replacing TV service with internet

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chat' started by Haltus Kain, Jan 27, 2015.

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  1. HaltusKain

    HaltusKain Well-Known Member

    So I don't know $#!+ about TV - I've been 100% computer ever since high school.

    My parents have been paying for cable TV for a long ass time, but have recently had some unforeseen / really expensive stuff happen that is leaving them in a financially tight spot. I told them they could probably save a lot of money if they chopped their cable TV and got their veg-out needs taken care of on the web instead.

    Thing is, since I've never really cared about TV, I've never looked into finding alternative sources for the things TV usually offers.

    I know about Netflix and Hulu, which I gather are geared toward TV shows - that alone takes care of a lot of what they're looking for.

    The two big things that are missing are news and sports.

    Best I can come up with is to use something like Chromecast to have the websites of whatever news companies they watch streamed to their TV, then all they have to do is play the the videos on those pages to have a semi-tv-like experience... yar? Anything that would involve less browsing and more just watching the news?

    I have no clue what their options would be for sports... any online service that lets you sit down and watch 'the game'? I've seen a few sites that have score updates and stuff like that, but nothing with video.

    Any insight?


    Thanks, all!
     
  2. DJ_BVR

    DJ_BVR New Member

    Something you could look at is Sling TV. It was announced at CES this year from Dish Network. $20 a month gets you live channels on the web to many different devices. They mentioned they will have a sports and news package that can be added as well. Check out sling.com
     
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  3. NiceSpritez

    NiceSpritez Member

    My Dad actually sells dish, and could probably hook you up
     
  4. HaltusKain

    HaltusKain Well-Known Member

    Sling looks like it could be a good option, though I'm generally skeptical to try (or recommend) products that literally just hit the market. Will definitely keep that in my sights thouhg.

    Regarding Dish.... isn't that pretty much the same as cable, in that they charge way too much for TV? I always thought cable vs dish was one of those apple vs android type debates - they've each got their niche, but are ultimately the same product. ...right?
     
  5. DunClownMcClown

    DunClownMcClown Active Member

    Why don't they just quit TV? They could use their now free time to start new endeavors and maybe make some extra cash.
    Maybe they can take a look around the house and sell some things they don't use anymore (like that big screen T.V. ;)) on EBay. Use that time to get some cash flow going.
     
  6. ThaBrian

    ThaBrian New Member

    Can't you get a TV atenna too hook up. I had that for my PC and even my smartphone. When I moved once and didn't had cable hooked up back than I used that to receive TV pros. Doesn't cost all that much and there's no monthly or yearly fees at all
     
  7. Senseimatt

    Senseimatt Member

    I hear you can watch sports using Stream Now TV. Get an antenna to get the news.
     
  8. HaltusKain

    HaltusKain Well-Known Member

    They're old-farts, and have pretty much gotten to that point in life where change becomes scary, and something to be avoided at all costs... even just convincing them to watch their TV shows on Hulu is like pulling teeth.

    I mean, it took several days to convince them that getting their entertainment online can equate to something other than gaming... seriously, their initial argument against trying Hulu was "...but I don't like those shoot-em-up games you play!" .../facepalm

    So, no way in hell I could get them to actually ditch TV all together. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:



    Thanks for the replies all! Keep the advice coming! :blush:
     
  9. richy877

    richy877 Active Member

    Yeah I have a antenna and just watch Local TV news and sports. I used to watch Lakers games on Local TV but they moved to cable, which is a let down. At least the Super Bowl will be on Local TV this coming weekend, can't miss watching those commericals haha.:D
     
  10. Creeford

    Creeford Member

    What about Google, Amazon or Apple TV? There's also Roku that would help replace cable TV. I know Roku has a range of different solutions for different prices. Roku has way more choices for channels and customizing.
     
  11. Elfreid

    Elfreid Well-Known Member

    Somehow I manage to convert my parents to join the internet by getting an iPad for them. Last time my dad was always mumbling why do I need to switch on my modem whenever I am home and now he is the one who do that. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

    I am at same position with you that don't give any shit about TV ever since I found out the existence of internet but my friends and colleagues do. So this is what I heard from their conversation about Mi Box that is able to stream any TV channel from the world (or maybe with some modding) and also it contain a huge library of movies and documentary.

    The downside of this is from China, so the default language might be in Chinese which you need to change the setting to English (Chinese - English translation I am able to help you). This brand is well-known for it's affordable price here in SEA but I not too sure whether are you able to get 1 at US or not.

    Not sure does this help but at least something for you to look up.
     
  12. SirGrizzalot

    SirGrizzalot New Member

    my dad uses an app called XBMC for the amazon fire, unlimited t.v channels, movies, live shows from UK and us too. all through streaming for free
     
  13. spliffSTAR

    spliffSTAR Active Member

    if your trying to watch sports and you can mirror your pc to a tv i use these websites may not be the most legit way to watch games. From what I can tell these sites are used by foreigners a lot to get games out of the U.S. when i use these sites i do vpn and adblock though have crazy pop ups.

    goatd.net
    streams2watch.me

    they are great if your work also firewalls things like espn and such
     
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  14. I switched to all internet TV from cable and it seems to be working out alright. Here's what I do:

    *I use Chromecast/Fire TV stick to watch everything on TV
    *Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon Prime subscriptions for movies/shows
    *I use CBS website for the shows that are not covered by the services above (I watch it through Plex, as it cuts out commercials)
    *I get local channels over a simple bunny ear antenna (I get a lot of HD channels and can watch just about anything, although your results may vary depending on where you are)
    *For news, you can watch CBS News, which is a free 24/7 news channel (although I found them to start looping content after about 2-3 hours)
    *For sports, I watch ESPN3 - they have quite a bit of content on there, good enough for me

    http://cbsn.cbsnews.com/?ftag=CNM9d6a340

    As someone mentioned, Sling TV is coming soon and for only $20/month, I am definitely gonna give it a try - ESPN/ESPN2 included, CNN news channel, and HGTV - I couldn't ask for anything more :)

    Let us know what you end up doing, I am always looking forward to discovering new alternatives for TV services.
     
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