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Re: Do you subscribe to cable TV?
« Reply #10 on: November 14, 2017, 01:27:43 PM »
Hi Roger,

I've had some brochures re: Xplornet.  A quick look at their pricing is $100/mo for 5 MBPS with a data limit of 50 GB.

I don't know if the 5 MBPS is guaranteed or not. 

Based on my household use, we get by with 1.5 MBPS.  Can stream to one device (though it does pause at times).  Importantly, its fast enough to browse stocks and place 'slow' value oriented trades.  Plus, it is buried cable so generally reliable. I also like the unlimited use and cheaper price of course.   

The slow speed I am currently getting is due to the distance from the substation.  Rumor has it that we will be getting fibre next spring - so I'm hopeful for that. 
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Re: Do you subscribe to cable TV?
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2017, 05:15:30 AM »
We have internet+streaming services.

If it were up to me i'd ditch the streaming and just download everything but the wife is still living in 2003 and thinks the RIAA is going to come sue us to the stone age.

Ha.  We had the same discussion at my house.  My wife thinks because of our political views we don't want to make it easy for the government to come after us.  So we have to follow the laws even if no one else does.   She could be right.

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Re: Do you subscribe to cable TV?
« Reply #13 on: November 15, 2017, 08:45:38 AM »
We have internet+streaming services.

If it were up to me i'd ditch the streaming and just download everything but the wife is still living in 2003 and thinks the RIAA is going to come sue us to the stone age.

Ha.  We had the same discussion at my house.  My wife thinks because of our political views we don't want to make it easy for the government to come after us.  So we have to follow the laws even if no one else does.   She could be right.

You guys mean download stuff illegally? Why? Money or just ease/access?


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Re: Do you subscribe to cable TV?
« Reply #14 on: November 15, 2017, 08:54:50 AM »
We have internet+streaming services.

If it were up to me i'd ditch the streaming and just download everything but the wife is still living in 2003 and thinks the RIAA is going to come sue us to the stone age.

Ha.  We had the same discussion at my house.  My wife thinks because of our political views we don't want to make it easy for the government to come after us.  So we have to follow the laws even if no one else does.   She could be right.

You guys mean download stuff illegally? Why? Money or just ease/access?

Both.  Like I said, I don't do it, but I do know people who do.  They pretty much have access to every TV show and movie ever made, even movies that are still in the theaters in perfect HD.  It's easy to do and you don't even have to hook your computer to your TV anymore there are some nice set-top boxes which are cheap.

EDIT:  I forgot to mention they stream live sports and live tv free as well.  Just do a search for "android TV box kodi" and you can do your own research.

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Re: Do you subscribe to cable TV?
« Reply #15 on: November 15, 2017, 10:04:54 AM »
Not intended as criticism but a lot of the illegal downloads and streams are loaded with malware/spyware/Trojans and/or possibly backed by organized crime (global groups, Russian, Chinese, etc.) to farm fake clicks and views.

I have downloaded from Bittorrent in the past.  Have also received DMCA notices from my ISP, twice.  Nothing really happens but you do get the "scare".

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« Reply #16 on: November 15, 2017, 10:11:09 AM »
Not intended as criticism but a lot of the illegal downloads and streams are loaded with malware/spyware/Trojans and/or possibly backed by organized crime (global groups, Russian, Chinese, etc.) to farm fake clicks and views.

I have downloaded from Bittorrent in the past.  Have also received DMCA notices from my ISP, twice.  Nothing really happens but you do get the "scare".

It isn't as easy as paying a subscription to Netflix then watching.  The Kodi plugins constantly come and go and malware is a problem.  I'm just saying that it is doable and a lot of people choose to do it.

You could use a VPN for bittorrent to hide it from your ISP.   You could in theory use a VPN to hide streaming from your ISP too, but VPNs slow your connection way down, so it is a solution for downloading not for streaming.

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Re: Do you subscribe to cable TV?
« Reply #17 on: November 15, 2017, 10:32:11 AM »
Both.

I like the a-la-carte experience.

With Netflix, Hulu, etc etc. You're paying $10/month for a block of entertainment. Call it 20% of the outstanding media available.

I mean, if I want to watch Avatar the last airbender, I need Amazon video. If I want to watch It's always sunny in philadelphia, I need Hulu. If I want to watch Game of thrones, I need HBO. Who even knows what Netflix has anymore. If I want to watch the original Star wars trilogy, I wouldn't even know where to go.

So now I'm paying 30-40/month and I'm still not getting everything I want to watch.

Now compare that to torrent files, I search whatever I want, I get like 4 versions of varying quality/language/etc. and 2 minutes later it's on my harddrive. I can do what I want with it. I want to save it? Great. I want to delete it? Fine. I don't have to worry about it not being there in 6 months because Netflix didn't renew the agreement with whomever.

Also, you can get ANYTHING. If I miss a basketball game I wanted to watch, I can either deal with highlights which barely show anything, or I can download and watch the full game. If I miss a TV show from two nights ago, I can download and watch it and not have to wait for some streaming service to pick it up in 6 months or whatnot.

Ideally I would buy a tiny, low-energy computer and use that as a media server running plex or kodi. But I don't really watch that much TV or movies so it's not a priority. But you could set it up so that any device could access it, either on your home network or remotely.

It's just more convenient.
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Re: Do you subscribe to cable TV?
« Reply #18 on: November 15, 2017, 11:05:35 AM »
Video:
-Youtube TV $35/month but shared between 3 people so our portion is $12/month. This is mostly sports - ESPN et al. Fox Sports, CBS sports, Big 10, SEC Network etc and has a built in DVR. 
-Netflix - $11/month
-Usenet - $7/month (google sonarr tv and couch potato)

Internet:
$50 - Google Fiber

Audio-
1/6 share of Play music - $3/month
Pandora Plus - $5/month

So $88/month total
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Re: Do you subscribe to cable TV?
« Reply #19 on: November 15, 2017, 11:09:23 AM »
We have internet+streaming services.

If it were up to me i'd ditch the streaming and just download everything but the wife is still living in 2003 and thinks the RIAA is going to come sue us to the stone age.

Ha.  We had the same discussion at my house.  My wife thinks because of our political views we don't want to make it easy for the government to come after us.  So we have to follow the laws even if no one else does.   She could be right.

You guys mean download stuff illegally? Why? Money or just ease/access?

I do it for ease of access. I even download shows I could watch on Netflix or DVR on You Tube TV because it is quicker and easier than opening the content on services I pay for.   
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