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Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 5:50 am

We're getting ready to do it. My wife and I have had enough of DirecTv and their extortion of Sunday Ticket and their ridiculous prices and we will now use an antenna and stream. In fact in my area this year only 4 times I needed to watch S.T. to see the Hawks out of the whole season.

Questions for all that have done it.

How do YOU do it?...What equipment do you use to record programs etc?
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby RiverDog » Sat Dec 23, 2017 7:01 am

Largent80 wrote:We're getting ready to do it. My wife and I have had enough of DirecTv and their extortion of Sunday Ticket and their ridiculous prices and we will now use an antenna and stream. In fact in my area this year only 4 times I needed to watch S.T. to see the Hawks out of the whole season.

Questions for all that have done it.

How do YOU do it?...What equipment do you use to record programs etc?


When I first read the thread title and the first few words of your post, I thought that you and your wife were getting a divorce.

I currently get my football from two sources: I have a Dish Network system and I have an over-the-air antenna feed. The OTA is by far the better picture, and from my limited understanding, it's because their signal is uncompressed whereas satellite and cable has to compress their signals in order to accomodate the 500 or so channels they squeeze into their pipelines. I also get several channels via OTA that are not available on Dish or cable.

But I am interested in streaming some NFL games. I like sitting on my deck in the fall and with our impending retirement, plan on spending more time in our motor home, so I would love to be able to watch games on my tablet, but the NFL's cost to stream games is outrageous, something like $150/year. So keep me posted on your cord cutting!
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:08 am

I'm hoping that some here that have done it will chime in. My neighbor has an Amazon fire stick that he knows how to modify and he gets premium channels for free!!
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby burrrton » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:47 am

I have friends who've 'cut the cord' and the consensus seems to be that you do it with a variety of sources depending on what you want to watch and when. An OTA antenna + a Fire Stick + a Hulu subscription, etc, seems to be how everyone does it.

Maybe you already knew that, so sorry for not being able to be more specific, but I think if it was me, I'd just start with an obvious good source (like that hacked Fire Stick you mention), then add or replace based on what I found I was missing.
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby idhawkman » Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:56 pm

Largent80 wrote:We're getting ready to do it. My wife and I have had enough of DirecTv and their extortion of Sunday Ticket and their ridiculous prices and we will now use an antenna and stream. In fact in my area this year only 4 times I needed to watch S.T. to see the Hawks out of the whole season.

Questions for all that have done it.

How do YOU do it?...What equipment do you use to record programs etc?
RiverDog wrote:
When I first read the thread title and the first few words of your post, I thought that you and your wife were getting a divorce.

I currently get my football from two sources: I have a Dish Network system and I have an over-the-air antenna feed. The OTA is by far the better picture, and from my limited understanding, it's because their signal is uncompressed whereas satellite and cable has to compress their signals in order to accomodate the 500 or so channels they squeeze into their pipelines. I also get several channels via OTA that are not available on Dish or cable.

But I am interested in streaming some NFL games. I like sitting on my deck in the fall and with our impending retirement, plan on spending more time in our motor home, so I would love to be able to watch games on my tablet, but the NFL's cost to stream games is outrageous, something like $150/year. So keep me posted on your cord cutting!


Ok. I'm going to tell all of you how to get "Sunday Ticket" for $50/year. (NOTE: It technically is not Sunday Ticket but effectively it will give you the same thing).

Here's what you do: Go to https://www.hidemyass.com/en-us/pricing and buy a year subscription for proxy service. (It looks like they've raised their prices but I'm still grandfathered for the year what it costs for 6 months now. Just get the 6 month deal in August and it will last you through the year).

Once you have the proxy service downloaded, start the app, connect to the city that the game you want to watch is being played in and then find the local station's stream. If the game is blacked out locally because the game wasn't sold out, just connect out of the local area but where the game is still showed and start the local stream from that location. Works like a charm - especially if you have dish Anywhere.

If anyone needs me to shoot a video on how to do this, let me know and I will. BTW, if you have Chromcast you can cast from your laptop to your t.v. and if you have Chromecast Ultra you can stream 4k to your T.V. (Apple and Amazon also have streaming services you could use to go from your PC to your T.V. if you want to.)

Voila, all games free from there on.
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby idhawkman » Sat Dec 23, 2017 3:58 pm

Largent80 wrote:I'm hoping that some here that have done it will chime in. My neighbor has an Amazon fire stick that he knows how to modify and he gets premium channels for free!!

Be careful, if you are caught doing this you can go to jail for pirating and face big fines not to mention breaking terms of use by amazon.
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby makena » Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:52 pm

I'm a cord cutter and have been using a variety of techs to watch whatever I want whenever I want.
There are numerous solutions but regardless of what you decide, get a VPN! It's even more important to have a VPN since net neutrality has been rolled back.

PM me is you are interested.

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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:10 am

Thanks y'all. If I want to direct connect via hardwiring, do I go straight from the modem/router or my pc?

And what about recording?
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby idhawkman » Sun Dec 24, 2017 5:30 pm

makena wrote:I'm a cord cutter and have been using a variety of techs to watch whatever I want whenever I want.
There are numerous solutions but regardless of what you decide, get a VPN! It's even more important to have a VPN since net neutrality has been rolled back.

PM me is you are interested.

Mak


Exactly, that's what Hide My Ass does. There's two of us now stating that you need this if you cut the cord.

Mak, which VPN do you use? PM me if you don't want to publish it here.
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Mon Dec 25, 2017 6:12 am

I do need to hide my ass for other reasons. The whiteness could blind...... :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:39 pm

Just bought an awesome ota antenna and an Nvidia Shield for streaming.

SUCK IT DirecTV.
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby burrrton » Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:49 pm

Let us know how it works, largent. Interested to hear.
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby RiverDog » Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:43 pm

Largent80 wrote:Just bought an awesome ota antenna and an Nvidia Shield for streaming.

SUCK IT DirecTV.


Yea, keep talking to us, L80. I need to get up to speed on this stuff.
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:13 am

The Nvidia works awesome. If you have an android phone, it basically turns your tv screen into a giant phone.

Get the VPN as mentioned above. When you install KODI onto the Nvidia, it opens up a world of free streaming tv, music and even movies. I bought a 4 TB external hard drive to record, and also a wireless (small) keyboard with a touch mouse to control everything. The Shield can be hard wired and has 2 USB ports and HDMI to connect to your tv. It's super fast like this and the picture is awesome.

Cost of antenna $42
Nvidia Shield $198
Hard Drive $109
Keyboard $19

I cant believe I didn't do this earlier. That's about 2 months of DirecTv with Sunday Ticket.

Let me know if this is cool to post here if not I'll remove it and if anyone wants the links I'll send them via PM

All of these products got at least 4 stars with many reviews.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0024 ... UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N1 ... UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z8 ... UTF8&psc=1
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-easysto ... Id=5792405
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby c_hawkbob » Thu Jan 04, 2018 6:45 am

Largent80 wrote:The Nvidia works awesome. If you have an android phone, it basically turns your tv screen into a giant phone.

Get the VPN as mentioned above. When you install KODI onto the Nvidia, it opens up a world of free streaming tv, music and even movies. I bought a 4 TB external hard drive to record, and also a wireless (small) keyboard with a touch mouse to control everything. The Shield can be hard wired and has 2 USB ports and HDMI to connect to your tv. It's super fast like this and the picture is awesome.

Cost of antenna $42
Nvidia Shield $198
Hard Drive $109
Keyboard $19

I cant believe I didn't do this earlier. That's about 2 months of DirecTv with Sunday Ticket.

Let me know if this is cool to post here if not I'll remove it and if anyone wants the links I'll send them via PM

All of these products got at least 4 stars with many reviews.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0024 ... UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01N1 ... UTF8&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z8 ... UTF8&psc=1
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/wd-easysto ... Id=5792405


That looks awesome, but how does it set up for multiple TVs (4)?
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Thu Jan 04, 2018 8:17 am

I don't know as we only use one, but I'm sure if you go to the Nvidia website they have all that info. Plus there are many forums. Nvidia has great customer service.
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby makena » Fri Jan 05, 2018 10:11 am

I shared this with idhawkman but thought I would share it with yalz here as well:
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I use a Ceton infiniTV4 PCI in a dedicated win7 ultimate server with WMC with a couple of TB of storage. I use an XBOX 360 as an extender for the Ceton plus a wetek Android box with VPN for Kodi. I use our friends netfilx account and my wife has Amazon Prime so we get access to content from there.

So, from the XBOX we get:
Netflix (free)
Amazon movies and tv (comes with our annual subscription for $100 a year or $8.33 a month) We use this for the kids
TV with DVR. Over 100 channels (Free)
Ability to play DVD's
Youtube
we do not game

From the Android Box we get:
Android Play store
NetFlix
Amazon
Youtube
Kodi
a bunch of IPTV

I use skype for our home phone (Free) and access to 911 via our cell phone.

Here are some kinks:
https://wetek.com/us/en/
http://cetoncorp.com/

Up front cost:
Ceton: $199.00
Xbox: $100
HD: $150
Wetek: $100
Used and old computer that was laying around: $300

Total is ~$850 from scratch.

Comcast for the same service with less space is $225 per month. So it took me just under 4 months to recoup my costs.
Now I pay per month for internet and Prime of: $38.33

If we paid for our own netflix, it would just cost us $12 more a month.

I just pay for internet. But I share that with my neighbor as I hooked up a Cicso Meraki WAP that covers 3 houses but one of my neighbors was not interested.
Total cost for my portion for internet is 30. And that is 200 down and 20 up....

However, if the WMC community goes tits up, i'm thinking about switching to silicondust.
As you can see, I totally rely on the internet for all of our services.

Mak
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:58 am

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Re: Cutting the Cord

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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby RiverDog » Mon Jan 08, 2018 5:30 pm

Largent80 wrote:Seahawks need to cut it too.....

http://sports.mynorthwest.com/390303/se ... tom-cable/


Now that was funny!
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 7:23 am

Just an FYI if you use KODI....

http://androidpcreview.com/is-kodi-legal/
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Re: Cutting the Cord

Postby Largent80 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:33 pm

Nvidia Shield is so awesome, Super fast and the graphics are incredible. Not a surprise since they provide so many video cards to gamers. Speaking of game. They have a TON of free awesome games that are part of the system, Plus you get a wireless hand game controller.

Its an incredible streamer and game console for $198.
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