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My Comcast cable bill went up $45 a month.            I am probably going to swtich companies (I do this every couple of years to get the deals) but I was wondering if there are other good options. 

 

I would like the four major networks.............news like CNN and MSNBC (for us Trump-hating liberals),   Sports like Fox Sports Detroit, ESPN.        I also like the History Channel, AMC, TBS, TNT, USA, Discovery, Discovery ID,     

I don't need HBO, Showtime or any of that crap.    

Any non-cable options that  you guys use or like?   

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I put up an antenna to get the 4 local (50 miles away) channels (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX).  I spent less than a hundred bucks.  Picture is great and you can't beat the monthly price.  Zero.

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We have the Vue with a FireTV device and like it.  I can't speak to Detroit area channels on their service, but we get local teams on Fox SW.  It's about $45 a month.

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When we were looking for alternatives in A^2,  FoxSports was a stumbling block. At the time the one streaming service that offered it was streaming at such a low rate it was unwatchable on anything but a phone. However, I note that Hulu has just recently started advertising that they are carrying FoxSport in our area - I  have no other 1st hand knowledge though.

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Hulu only does 30 hz and the sports were unwatchable when I did the trial a couple months ago. 

I have had directvnow for almost a year and sports look great on it. It now has all of the Detroit local stations and the beta DVR works well enough. 

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45 minutes ago, Shelton said:

Hulu only does 30 hz and the sports were unwatchable when I did the trial a couple months ago. 

I have had directvnow for almost a year and sports look great on it. It now has all of the Detroit local stations and the beta DVR works well enough. 

Ah well, another poser exposed...

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1 minute ago, Gehringer_2 said:

Ah well, another poser exposed...

Which one did you try?

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55 minutes ago, Shelton said:

Hulu only does 30 hz and the sports were unwatchable when I did the trial a couple months ago. 

I have had directvnow for almost a year and sports look great on it. It now has all of the Detroit local stations and the beta DVR works well enough. 

I've had Hulu for a couple months, and while the service is still in Beta and so there is some buffering issues, I've been happy with it especially for the cost.  But I also mainly use it for DVR-ing Jeopardy....

But I've found that sports have been largely fine recently.  I was going to come in here to recommend Hulu with the caution that it still does buffer/stutter at times.  I have the most basic package since I don't need to stream to two devices at once and the DVR size is fine for my needs, so $40 a month is great for me.

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31 minutes ago, Shelton said:

Which one did you try?

hard to remember! I think it was VUE - but we were trying to use it without a PS3/4, which is apparently a mistake.

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I use Directv Now. All the Detroit locals plus FSD. I got it about a year ago when they were offering it for $35. I have more channels than I did with cable. Picture quality is great. There were a lot of bugs at first, then they went away for awhile, but now I'm still having some buffering issues. It's not too bad but the screen will go black for a second or two and then come back. Also sometimes get a connection has been lost error. I signed up for the beta DVR but they haven't apparently chosen me yet. 

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8 hours ago, Motor City Sonics said:

My Comcast cable bill went up $45 a month.            I am probably going to swtich companies (I do this every couple of years to get the deals) but I was wondering if there are other good options. 

 

I would like the four major networks.............news like CNN and MSNBC (for us Trump-hating liberals),   Sports like Fox Sports Detroit, ESPN.        I also like the History Channel, AMC, TBS, TNT, USA, Discovery, Discovery ID,     

I don't need HBO, Showtime or any of that crap.    

Any non-cable options that  you guys use or like?   

IDK if just standard satellite counts, but I recent switched from Comcast to Directv, and I love it.  I think it's way better than comcast.

 

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12 hours ago, pfife said:

IDK if just standard satellite counts, but I recent switched from Comcast to Directv, and I love it.  I think it's way better than comcast.

 

DirecTV is king of the tv viewing but that monthly price tag....yikes.

We cut the cord a year ago and very rarely miss it.

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14 minutes ago, Biff Mayhem said:

DirecTV is king of the tv viewing but that monthly price tag....yikes.

We cut the cord a year ago and very rarely miss it.

I got TV & internet for $99/mo for 2 years.  I don't really know how that compares to the price of broadband internet + streaming service of some sort.  

 

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46 minutes ago, pfife said:

I got TV & internet for $99/mo for 2 years.  I don't really know how that compares to the price of broadband internet + streaming service of some sort.  

 

Yeah, the internet and tv bundles that you can usually get are pretty good. They just seem to make it so difficult. They have the dumb contract. The prices go up after the contract expires. They nickel and dime you with the HD fee and DVR fee and box fee, the government taxes, the premium channels that go up to 12-15 bucks a mo th after their trials or promotions expire.

you can definitely manage it, but it’s just so annoying. 

My comcast internet is 65 bucks a month (I may switch to att; need to look into it). My dtvnow package is 35 bucks. I get hbo for free through my att cell phone plan. 

I haven’t had any issues with the user experience being any worse or more cumbersome than traditional cable/satellite. A year ago it was a bit more touch and go. 

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21 minutes ago, Shelton said:

 

My comcast internet is 65 bucks a month (I may switch to att; need to look into it).

I will admit, at the end of a long the process, my ATT bill about the same as the Comcast bill was and ATT is even harder to deal with. That said, the INet service is head and shoulders better, the DVR is included, the TV control interface much better/faster, we have more channels we actually watch (not that this is much of an issue for us, we don't watch much compared to the average household),  the router is higher quality and more customizeable. So while the money isn't much different, I'm much happier with the value proposition. The only thing I don't like is having a single point of failure liability on both the phone and internet. The cell phones should make that a non-issue but we still have coverage issues with our phones in the house.

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21 hours ago, Gehringer_2 said:

hard to remember! I think it was VUE - but we were trying to use it without a PS3/4, which is apparently a mistake.

We are using Vue via a FireTV device and it works fine. The interface is a bit of a pain to navigate, but that may just be me since I am not typically the one with the remote so I haven't mastered the app. 

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I really need to look into all of this.  I know I am paying way too much for stuff.  In a moment of weakness after my comcast deal expired I called and the only thing they had was a decent price for everything.... but I don't really need everything now.  Between that and Verizon I know I'm paying too much.   With Amazon Prime I think you get premium channels too.  Crap.  It's just hard to stay on top of it all.  

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I did some checking about a year ago. The biggest problem was finding an internet provider. The cable company (Brighthouse or whatever they are called now and AT&T were the only decent options). There was very little difference in cost vs a cable and internet package.

Currently tied into a Comcast for a two year rate, still don’t see any inexpensive stand alone internet options in Commerce Twp.

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I had DISH for a while, but the cost became prohibitive & their customer service is awful. Switched to DIRECTV, but it was never as good. When I upgraded by phone to AT&T, they offered me a local U-Verse TV package. I like it but it's not widely available anymore. There may be a move in my future, so I'm checking these kinds of options out too & appreciate the insight everyone's giving.  

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For those of you who streaming, who do you get you get your Internet from?  I've always been a little worried about that... I know I got a letter from Comcast a about a year ago saying that they were limiting Internet to like 1 terabyte per month... which is a lot, but if my family starts streaming all kinds of shows that might be easy to cross.

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50 minutes ago, RedRamage said:

For those of you who streaming, who do you get you get your Internet from?  I've always been a little worried about that... I know I got a letter from Comcast a about a year ago saying that they were limiting Internet to like 1 terabyte per month... which is a lot, but if my family starts streaming all kinds of shows that might be easy to cross.

I have Comcast. I believe att also has the 1 TB cap. I haven’t gone over the cap once. I have close a couple times, and it was because the nanny would put it on during the day and let it run all day. It’s not too difficult to get things set up to make sure you don’t get close. For one thing, I got rid of 4K on Netflix. I also turned off the auto play after an episode stops. You find yourself not just turning on the tv as background. 

If Netflix uses 3gb per hour, that’s 333 hours per month of HD video streaming, or 11 hours per day, every day. 

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While on the topic of internet streaming, I see that the net neutrality rules were scrapped today. I am in the minority on this, but it doesn’t worry me. I doubt a provider, like Comcast, is going to start throttling or prioritizing mainstream internet sources. Doing so would drive their customers away to a competitor pretty damn fast. 

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