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Old 11-30-2016, 12:29 PM   #16
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basically Roku and Firestick and Apple TV and some others are HDMI devices - they plug into an HDMI port on your TV (if you don't have a TV with an HDMI port, forget about it).

they are similar in some ways to a smart phone, with Aps you can install, some free, some cost money. usually they have Netflix and Amazon video aps installed already. If you have an Amazon Prime account (I think it costs $100/year) you can watch a ton of video on Amazon for no additional cost. My wife is addicted to Downton Abbey.

I have kind of switched from Amazon fire sticks (which only cost about $35) to Roku sticks (which cost about that too, maybe a little more) but they are very similar. The one feature that Roku sticks has that Fire sticks don't is that when you are in a hotel room, for example, there is an interface so you can connect to a public network. also, with Roku sticks I have been able to power them with the USB on the TV itself (this never worked with my old Firesticks).
Sounds great but besides Patriots I watch a lot of history channel, military channel, National Geographic, food network, etc. Can I get those by streaming?
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I have 2 smart tvs, but somewhere along the line here I lost my way. Feel like Rip Van Winkle. Woke up with a 20 yr gap in TV delivery.

Bought the TVs for the insane picture quality. Have FiOS, at employee discount. But like everyone I'd love to save or cut altogether that monthly exorbitant fee.

Just keep Internet and stream it all via NetFlix/Amazon for their lower monthly rates?
I get it enough to be able to work the stuff. I am not totally lost but when asked to connect an amazon stick to a tv the other day my boy walked over and took care of it. I could see the smirk in his face that he knew what to do.
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:30 PM   #18
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I am not alone.

I have 2 smart tvs, but somewhere along the line here I lost my way. Feel like Rip Van Winkle. Woke up with a 20 yr gap in TV delivery.

Bought the TVs for the insane picture quality. Have FiOS, at employee discount. But like everyone I'd love to save or cut altogether that monthly exorbitant fee.

Just keep Internet and stream it all via NetFlix/Amazon for their lower monthly rates?
Look into either a Roku: https://www.roku.com/index

or one of the numerous blu-ray players that have that stuff built into them.
https://www.cnet.com/topics/blu-ray-...u-ray-players/
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Just keep Internet and stream it all via NetFlix/Amazon for their lower monthly rates?
Well, that is the thing. It depends on what you watch. Netflix and Amazon don't have everything, though they are the 2 most popular.

So these boxes (or sticks) let you run a whole bunch of these apps (Netflix, Amazon, Hulu) from one interface.

You need to do research first though, figure out what shows/programs are important to you, and who has them available to stream. Secondary to that is how much of that show is available to stream? And how long is it available?

Another concern is sometimes the streams are not as good quality as you would get through a provider (SD vs HD, 720p vs 1080, or 2.0 sound when it should be 5.1 - I'm looking at you Hulu), so that may require research as well, depending on how important these things are to you.
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:34 PM   #20
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Old 11-30-2016, 12:37 PM   #21
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I'm pretty sure both TVs have built in Hulu, NetFlix, Amazon, Roku apps. At least I think I've seen the icons onscreen. Just subscribing may be all that's required?

That might be the way to go so I don't notice a significant change in viewing. Almost all I watch now is recorded off DVR, so streaming would be no different. Get used to streaming via the platform of choice and then cut my TV package.

I should look into it.
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Sounds great but besides Patriots I watch a lot of history channel, military channel, National Geographic, food network, etc. Can I get those by streaming?
There is a history channel "vault" ap that has a lot of stuff (but you have to pay extra for it) - I watch a ton of documentaries on Netflix and Amazon. I pay for an annual subscription to the Great Courses which came with a Roku stick (not sure they are still offering that deal) which I am crazy about. My cure for insomnia: put on a 12-part lecture series about the Etruscans just before going to bed.

It seems to me that Roku has more aps now - one thing though is that a lot of streaming aps require you to have an existing subscription with a cable provider. This works well for me as I have FIOS at my primary residence but watch a lot of streaming channels at my second home, so frankly I don't know whether the HGTV channel or ESPN require me sign in with my Verizon account (I forget). I do watch ESPN Monday Night football on my Roku.
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I've had a PC hooked up to my Home Theater AV receiver for years.

DVI video output from a PC is identical to HDMI, for the video content, so just get a DVI to HDMI cable to connect it to the AV receiver.

Bought a sound card for $50 bucks with an optical digital out and that's how I get the audio to the AV receiver.

The big advantage with this is that the audio card has the ability to convert stereo source data to Dolby 5.1 (Dolby Digital?)

I'm not sure what cipherin they do but the sound is pretty awesome.

So I've got gigabytes of media on the PC that I can watch.

I also run Plex on that PC so I can stream that content to my iPad, even when I'm not home.

I recently got a 4K Roku box as a 35 year service award at work.

I was able to get a bunch of the channels Chevv was asking about (Nat geo, history channel, etc.) but I had to log in with my Xfinity account. Not sure if you get those channels if you don't have an existing cable account.

One issue is that a lot of the channels only have stereo for the audio and not 5.1.

Also, there are "hidden" channels on Roku that you can add to your list.

One movie channel (Xmovie8.org?) has movies a few weeks after they are in the theater. Again, only in stereo, not 5.1.
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Great article. I am retired from Comcast and use Comcast TV (240 channels including Sports Pack, HBO, Starz, Cinemax, etc., can watch all TV channels on any computer), Internet (200mbps down/50 mbps up), Telephone (unlimited USA, Mexico, Canada long distance calling) for $203/mon.

Here is a new AT&T streaming package that I just saw this ( http://www.businessinsider.com/att-d...bundle-2016-11 ) coming out, fyi
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seriously cut the cord throw the tv out and do something else. we did that very thing and could not be happier.

you could not pay us to go back to having a tv.


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CNET says Roku stick is the best value in streaming devices.

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Smart boxes are your best value...way more selection than anything else. You can get them for as low as $29.95ish.

I used to sell them as a side thing...for WAY more than that. They aren't perfect (they scrape the internet for uploads), but, still cool. It's like a big youtube for most anything that was ever downloaded on the internet.

They aren't expensive at all...and all you need is a decent internet connection.
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The first step is I ordered an amplified antennae to see if I can get locals with it. I have not fiddled with an antennae for like 30 years. Should be interesting. If it works well enough, the picture on the locals will be 1080p and better than what you get with satellite or cable. The antennae is supposed to have a range of 50 miles (as the crow flies). I am in SW NH, but Boston locals are essential. According to the sites I checked, I am in range, but you never know with hills and stuff.
Well, this part of my grand master plan was a spectacular failure. I could not get reception on a single channel. Good thing the antennae was less than $20.

So my options for that part are now spend a couple hundred for someone to come out and mount a roof antennae or keep DISH for at least the locals.
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Well, this part of my grand master plan was a spectacular failure. I could not get reception on a single channel. Good thing the antennae was less than $20.

So my options for that part are now spend a couple hundred for someone to come out and mount a roof antennae or keep DISH for at least the locals.
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