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Old 12-01-2016, 01:11 PM   #31
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I have a Roku but barely touch it these days because it's a pile of shit. To be clear, Rokus are great but their long-term reliability is terrible.

I have a smart TV that I use for Netflix in the living room. Have a Chromecast that I use for Netflix in the bedroom and for football in the living room (Game Pass).

Everything else is torrented and watched using Chromecast.

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EDIT: Haven't been using it lately but OPT mentioned Plex - awesome, awesome product.
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Thanks. What I got is very much like those. I don't think any of them will be good enough. I am pretty sure I need a roof antennae if I want to do that. If I got at least some reception with the one I got then it might be worth pursuing a better one, but not having ANY reception, even from NH channels makes an indoor ant no good I think.

I could not even get analog signals.
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[/COLOR]EDIT: Haven't been using it lately but OPT mentioned Plex - awesome, awesome product.
I have heard this from multiple sources, but I still don't quite get what it does/ what it is?
Can you give the Denzel Washington from Philadelphia-style explanation (like we're 8-year-olds)?
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I have heard this from multiple sources, but I still don't quite get what it does/ what it is?
Can you give the Denzel Washington from Philadelphia-style explanation (like we're 8-year-olds)?
At it's absolute simplest level...

Plex is a media server that runs on your computer and makes your media accessible through a number of Plex apps.

Again, at most basic level, you install the client-side server on your PC and import your videos, music, etc. Then you can use a Plex app (ie. on a Roku or phone or tablet) to access and play the media stored on your PC's Plex server.

It basically just makes media content management extremely simple because you only ever have to manage it in one spot (your PC) but can then access it from a multitude of platforms. There's more to it in terms of presentation style, metadata, etc. that people like a lot, but at its most basic level it's an easy way to organize and access shitloads of media without having to copy it to multiple devices.
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What about NESN and CSN for Sox and and Celtics games. This a deal breaker if I can't find a way to do it.
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What about NESN and CSN for Sox and and Celtics games. This a deal breaker if I can't find a way to do it.
Live sports is one of the more difficult things to replace when cutting the cord. You can stream obviously but the quality/reliability can be dicey.

I use Game Pass for NFL, but right now that's the only sport I care to watch live often. If I also wanted to follow 2-3 others then the cost of subscribing to each individual league's streaming service would be too costly.
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Live sports is one of the more difficult things to replace when cutting the cord. You can stream obviously but the quality/reliability can be dicey.
It all depends on the upload quality...anything live streaming will be the most challenging.
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I have an LG HD TV, but it is not "smart". I prefer not to have a hackable TV that can operate like a baby monitor.

I have the ROKU...3 or 4, I forget. Little box with a remote and earphones.

I have an antennae that you just put in the window and I get something like 35 channels with it, HD and everything. In fact, the HD on that antennae is more clear than the HD we used to get with cable. The antennae was like $40. I got the one with a signal booster, but I never used it, didn't need it. Weather can sometimes affect the signal, but very rarely.

All we have is Verizon FIOS internet, and we subscribed to Sling TV. Sling TV is AWESOME! Great channels, very inexpensive, and you can change your subscription any time you want, or cancel it. They keep adding channels to the network at no extra charge, too.

My cable bill went from around $220 a month, down to a total of about $130 a month for the internet and SLing TV, plus a couple of apps that I pay for on ROKU.

I already have Amazon Prime, so I get those movies, and I have Netflix. I often watch Youtube on my TV.

Sling TV, with the antennae and Roku is SOOOO much better than cable TV, I can't even compare the two.

I cut the cord in May 2015, and figure I have saved roughly $1500 in that time as a result, AND I am happier with my TV than I used to be. Win-Win.

I'll never, ever go back to cable TV....I'll stop watching TV first. I can finally sit down again after decades of getting phvcked by the cable companies.

In fact, I have a bottle of Crown Royale in the closet that I will crack open the day the cable companies go bankrupt altogether. That will be a great day.
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We have a smart TV but the connectivity through apps isn't great. That's at least partially down to our phone line/broadband.

We subscribe to Amazon Prime video via the TV/Roku/PS4. The BBC is paid for by a compulsory licence fee, because there are no ads. Everything else is free to air on digital TV.

The only other thing I buy is Game Pass. Tbh, I watch a third of the games I used to. The reason was confirmed this Monday night. We were watching the MNF game in a hotel in Charlotte. I was quite enjoying it until the 4th quarter when a combination of timeouts, two minute warning and stupid penalties dragged the game out towards 11.30pm ET. I just gave up and switched off.
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At it's absolute simplest level...

Plex is a media server that runs on your computer and makes your media accessible through a number of Plex apps.

Again, at most basic level, you install the client-side server on your PC and import your videos, music, etc. Then you can use a Plex app (ie. on a Roku or phone or tablet) to access and play the media stored on your PC's Plex server.

It basically just makes media content management extremely simple because you only ever have to manage it in one spot (your PC) but can then access it from a multitude of platforms. There's more to it in terms of presentation style, metadata, etc. that people like a lot, but at its most basic level it's an easy way to organize and access shitloads of media without having to copy it to multiple devices.
So, you can set up a Plex 'channel' with all your downloaded media on it (presumably with a nice interface to help you navigate)?

Do you use a NAS (networked accessed storage) box for your media? I have one for my music, so I don't have to leave my laptop on all the time.
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if you don't have 4 hdmi ports even BostonTim is laughing his ass off at you. Get a smart TV (and you'll already have netflix amazon and a bunch of others and that might be all you need - it's all I have)) , they're basically dirt cheap.


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At it's absolute simplest level...

Plex is a media server that runs on your computer and makes your media accessible through a number of Plex apps.

Again, at most basic level, you install the client-side server on your PC and import your videos, music, etc. Then you can use a Plex app (ie. on a Roku or phone or tablet) to access and play the media stored on your PC's Plex server.

It basically just makes media content management extremely simple because you only ever have to manage it in one spot (your PC) but can then access it from a multitude of platforms. There's more to it in terms of presentation style, metadata, etc. that people like a lot, but at its most basic level it's an easy way to organize and access shitloads of media without having to copy it to multiple devices.
Yes, if you have media on your PC or NAS, Plex is the best way to stream it to any device.

I don't keep music on my iPhone or iPad, but stream from my PC using Plex.

However, Plex has channels as well.

A full list of the "offical" ones are here, but there are "unsupported" ones as well.

A list of how to access them and a list of some good ones are here.

Plex is how I get Xmovie8.org, not Roku as I mentioned earlier. However, there is a Plex channel for the Roku that lets you access all of your stuff on your TV if it isn't a smart TV or connected to a PC.

Chevss, you'll note that there are Natgeo and History channel channels on Plex.

You can install the Plex server and install the channels on your PC to see if it works for you before you try to get it on any other device
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So, you can set up a Plex 'channel' with all your downloaded media on it (presumably with a nice interface to help you navigate)?

Do you use a NAS (networked accessed storage) box for your media? I have one for my music, so I don't have to leave my laptop on all the time.
You can get a version of Plex to run on many NAS's.
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I downloaded the media server onto my Seagate and got this going last night!
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