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My son was telling me about some way he was getting most cable channels super cheaply through his video game box.  A service Sony offers, maybe.  I was only half paying attention, but will ask him for details if anyone is interested.  

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24 minutes ago, Melody said:

My son was telling me about some way he was getting most cable channels super cheaply through his video game box.  A service Sony offers, maybe.  I was only half paying attention, but will ask him for details if anyone is interested.  

That's Playstation Vue.  The Core play is $35 per month (which includes FSD at least here in Michigan).

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There is supposedly a very easy way to hack an Amazon Fire Stick to let you stream any movie or TV show for free. Also certain android based boxes.

Yes.....very illegal. But also very common. I know a couple people that do this and love it. I've become too lazy in my old age to attempt such things.

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12 hours ago, RedRamage said:

That's Playstation Vue.  The Core play is $35 per month (which includes FSD at least here in Michigan).

 I just pulled up the site.   Core for us would be $44.99 and we would get both Fox SW channels, ESPN and the local net work.  That is all we watch.  It would save us over $100 a month.  That might be worth buying a PlayStation.  

Do you use it?  Do you like it?

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6 hours ago, Melody said:

 I just pulled up the site.   Core for us would be $44.99 and we would get both Fox SW channels, ESPN and the local net work.  That is all we watch.  It would save us over $100 a month.  That might be worth buying a PlayStation.  

Do you use it?  Do you like it?

I'm not even sure tht you need a playstation.  As long as you have wifi, you should be able to use a chromecast and a smartphone to run it.

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So, the government once again is acting like a babysitter and is trying to ban Kratom. This stuff saved my wife's life. It is saving many others and they just don't give a ****.

Alcohol and cheeseburger addiction, which actually kills and damages tons of lives every year, goes on merrily down the road. Oh, and doctors...keep writing those oxy and hydro prescriptions. That actually kills people, but that's OK because everybody makes money off that. Including the government.

Here's a petition and a news article from HuffPost in case you haven't heard of Kratom.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dea-kratom-schedule-i_us_57c5c263e4b0cdfc5ac98b83

https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/please-do-not-make-kratom-schedule-i-substance

 

EDIT: How could I forget cigarettes? No social redeeming value at all. Highly addictive and has killed millions upon millions. But for some reason (could it be the tobacco lobby and the truck loads of money they give Congress?) it remains legal.

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8 hours ago, Melody said:

 I just pulled up the site.   Core for us would be $44.99 and we would get both Fox SW channels, ESPN and the local net work.  That is all we watch.  It would save us over $100 a month.  That might be worth buying a PlayStation.  

Do you use it?  Do you like it?

Nope, don't have a playstation, though I'm thinking about it now too.  The big thing is that you need good internet service of course.  We've got a bundle deal now so I'd have to see how much standalone internet would be.

It also appears that this does NOT include your local channels.  It has CBS, NBC, and ABC ondemand, but not the local channels.

I was hoping that it would be more ala carte than it is... that you could pick smaller bundles of things.  I so very, very rarely watch ESPN itself, let alone ESPN2, ESPNews, and ESPNU... If I could save even just $5 dropping those channels it'd make the plan so much more attractive.

I'd also have to find out a lot about whether it has DVR service or it's reliability or it's speed for on demand.  Also need to realize that you can send to one TV from the playstation so you have to have other devices if you have additional TVs you want to watch at the same time.  From what I read you have have up to 5 devices displaying content at the same time from the same account:

  • 1x PlayStation 4
  • 1x PlayStation 3
  • 3x Some combination of Roku, Amazon Fire, iOS, or Android devices

So I dunno... it definitely bears further research.  My current deal/plan with Comcast is coming up in a month so this will be one more thing to consider.

 

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16 minutes ago, RedRamage said:

Nope, don't have a playstation, though I'm thinking about it now too.  The big thing is that you need good internet service of course.  We've got a bundle deal now so I'd have to see how much standalone internet would be.

It also appears that this does NOT include your local channels.  It has CBS, NBC, and ABC ondemand, but not the local channels.

I was hoping that it would be more ala carte than it is... that you could pick smaller bundles of things.  I so very, very rarely watch ESPN itself, let alone ESPN2, ESPNews, and ESPNU... If I could save even just $5 dropping those channels it'd make the plan so much more attractive.

I'd also have to find out a lot about whether it has DVR service or it's reliability or it's speed for on demand.  Also need to realize that you can send to one TV from the playstation so you have to have other devices if you have additional TVs you want to watch at the same time.  From what I read you have have up to 5 devices displaying content at the same time from the same account:

  • 1x PlayStation 4
  • 1x PlayStation 3
  • 3x Some combination of Roku, Amazon Fire, iOS, or Android devices

So I dunno... it definitely bears further research.  My current deal/plan with Comcast is coming up in a month so this will be one more thing to consider.

 

We only have one (big honking) television now that we are empty nesters.  But we do have the Amazon FireTV.  So that would substitute for a PlayStation?   No local channels could be worked around with an antenna I guess.  We only watch network for the  local evening news, and my husband semi follows Blacklist.  We don't have dvr, and typically just pay to watch missed broadcast shows at our convenience on the FireTV.  But even that isn't often.  Mostly we have cable tv to get Fox SW for the local teams.

Next time my son is in town, I need to get the scoop with more details since he is using it.   His seems to be a little cheaper down in San Antonio than what the website shows available for DFW.  

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7 minutes ago, Melody said:

Next time my son is in town, I need to get the scoop with more details since he is using it.   His seems to be a little cheaper down in San Antonio than what the website shows available for DFW.  

Dallas was one of the seven original launch cities.  I guess those cities offer streaming service to over the air channels (ABC, NBC, etc.) and this is why it costs more in those cities.  

The new slim packages only offer video on demand for OTA channels.

http://blog.us.playstation.com/2016/03/14/playstation-vue-goes-nationwide-starting-at-29-99-in-new-markets/

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Some of you may be wondering, what’s the difference between Slim and our standard multi-channel plans available in previously launched cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, and Miami)? Slim plans are only available in the newly launched markets and will offer all of the same live cable channels as the standard PlayStation Vue plans. However, ABC, FOX and NBC will offer video-on-demand (VOD)-only content. This means you’ll be able to access top network content, including primetime shows, from the three broadcast networks. Most on-demand content will be available within 24 hours after airing. CBS live and on-demand programming will also be added to select cities at a later date.

 

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14 minutes ago, Melody said:

We only have one (big honking) television now that we are empty nesters.  But we do have the Amazon FireTV.  So that would substitute for a PlayStation?  

According to Sony's FAQ, yes:

How do I get PlayStation™Vue on Amazon Fire TV?

Getting PlayStation™Vue on Amazon Fire TV is easy. Once you’ve set up a PlayStation™Vue subscription - either online at www.psvue.com/plans or from a PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 3 console - download the application from the Amazon app store on your Fire TV device, and sign in using your PlayStation Network* account info. You’ll have instant access to your favorite content and PlayStation™Vue interface.

Don’t have a PlayStation™Vue subscription set up yet? Subscribe through your PlayStation®4 or PlayStation®3 system, or visit www.psvue.com/plans to set up a subscription online.

Note: You cannot directly subscribe to PlayStationVue or change your subscription plan through PlayStationVue on Amazon Fire TV devices.

*Sony Entertainment Network account

https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/faq/

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Good info, y'all.   This is really starting to look like a good option for us.   Hopefully the Sony competition will be the kick in the pants that Charter, Comcast et al need to start offering more options for those of us who really don't want or need 900 channels of nothing worthwhile to watch.  

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Just remember you have to pay 59.99 for a yearly subscription to the playstation network as well.  It used to be free, then went to 50.00 a year a few years ago and now is 59.99.

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7 minutes ago, John_Brian_K said:

Just remember you have to pay 59.99 for a yearly subscription to the playstation network as well.  It used to be free, then went to 50.00 a year a few years ago and now is 59.99.

Also good info.  $5 a month added so brings it to $50 plus whatever taxes and surcharges.  

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Hmm. looks like the net difference for us isn't going to be what I thought at first because it turns out Comcast has raised the cost for IP only service $15 since I last checked their debundled rates. UVerse IP is cheaper but I can only get 6 Mbps from them, which doesn't sound appealing.

Frickin' modern living - need a spreadsheet analysis just to look at the damn TV!

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12 minutes ago, Gehringer_2 said:

Hmm. looks like the net difference for us isn't going to be what I thought at first because it turns out Comcast has raised the cost for IP only service $15 since I last checked their debundled rates. UVerse IP is cheaper but I can only get 6 Mbps from them, which doesn't sound appealing.

Frickin' modern living - need a spreadsheet analysis just to look at the damn TV!

Amen to that.  

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When I was a kid I had an OCD issue with counting stairs. I couldn't help but count the stairs every time I walked up or down them. It took a while but I finally broke myself of the habit. Occasionally the issue will resurface but it's easily defeated.

We visited the Tahquamemon Falls in the UP the other day and to get down to the falls there are some stairs. There is a sign that informs people that there are 94 stairs.

Don't count them. Don't count them. Don't count them - Me
 
Mommy, I'm going to count all the stairs as I go down them! - Kid behind me
 
****. - Me
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We have had some stuff stored at our duplex in the garage while the property was for sale and finally sold it recently. While cleaning out the non-essential stuff from the garage in order to move it to our house, about 7 mice jumped out of a box as I got it off the shelf. "Miserable vermin" I muttered to myself as I stomped on one.  Lo and behold the next day, when I was removing boxes etc from my vehicle, I discovered a mouse nest in an old set of saddle bags that I had. One mouse had stowed away for the trip to the new house. If I hadn't seen him run, I'd have never known he was in my car.

I put a couple of sticky traps with peanut butter in my car and then next morning I discovered the little ******* stuck to one of the traps. I've kept the other sticky trap in the car just in case he brought a friend. Mouse Assassin 2, mice 0.

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On the a news report yesterday morning.

"Police aren't sure why there are so many different 'Weird Clown' issues popping up lately."

Oh wait, you mean it isn't because YOU KEEP REPORTING ON IT?

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I'll bet all those companies that named themselves "A-1" or "AAA" just so they could be listed first in the phone book are wishing they had gone with something more catchy.

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