Cord Cutting 101

#1

mgnelson88

Well-Known Member
Joined
Nov 17, 2012
Messages
672
Likes
121
#1
Hey guys I am purchasing my first house in an area that is currently laying fiber optic for high quality Internet (supposedly). I've been living on a lake for a few years now where there is no internet available so I've been out of the loop with all the new media devices available. Sling, Roku, Vue, fire stick, Netflix, Hulu, appletv, chrome cast, etc is all something I need more knowledge on. I'm a big sports watcher and some stuff on local channels and fiancé watches a lot of reality tv, old school shows, competition shows, etc. We've both had directv for years but looking to maybe move away from that and into the new tech...what do you suggest or a starting point for us? Thanks VN.
 
#2

YankeeVol

Raise Hell Eat Cornbread
Joined
Mar 11, 2010
Messages
105,049
Likes
18,545
#2
I've had DirecTV Now for 6 months or so now (with an Apple TV). Between that and my login for Xfinity (internet only) we get more than enough TV. Plus I have Amazon Prime so we use that thru the TV (Samsung).
 
#5

SDV

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 15, 2008
Messages
28,974
Likes
7,800
#5
I have DIRECTV NOW. I've had it for quite some time and am really happy with it. I use Apple TVs to stream it on my tvs. We also have Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. I have more than enough tv to watch
 
#8

BearCat204

Beaver Hunter
Joined
Aug 6, 2008
Messages
58,980
Likes
22,024
#8
YV......I spoke too soon about Directv NOW on Firestick. Started doing the same crap on all my sticks and contacted support and they said its a known issue that they haven't resolved yet lol.


Went back to Vue and will never again go back to DTVN
 
#10

governmentmule

as always Go Lady Vols :clapping:
Joined
Aug 27, 2007
Messages
28,240
Likes
5,073
#10
it is all according to how much you want to spend

I dropped DT almost 2 years ago and just watch TV for free (primewire) and I do admit to uh borrowing a log in to ESPN

I don't get HD quality,but that may be due to my DSL hookup,it is the fastest thing out here in the sticks :)
 
#11
Joined
Oct 21, 2004
Messages
51,750
Likes
14,136
#11
The guide is better than VUE IMO. Guide can be a bit sluggish with VUE unless you are using it on console.
I have it on a Fire TV Box and seems fine.

The only issue I have is my Fire Box doesn't always restart when I turn my TV off so I have to unplug it (power or HDMI) to get it recognized. PITA.

Overall I'm fine with Vue but wish the price wasn't bumping up by 33%
 
#14
Joined
Oct 21, 2004
Messages
51,750
Likes
14,136
#14
Guess I just need to decide what's best, DTNow, Vue, sling etc. I have an Apple TV but do I have to have multiple devices for all tv's in house?
As SDV said yes unless you have a way to mirror one TV to others.

Also, you need an Apple TV 4th gen. I have 2 of the 3rd gen and they will not work.

Roku 4 and Amazon Fire TV (box not the stick) are cheaper alternatives to ATV4.

Technically if you have a mac or ipad or maybe even an iphone you could airplay the feed from your device to an older Apple TV but I've found the feed a bit stuttering as opposed to streaming right to the appropriate box on the TV.

The nice thing is that most of the boxes handle all the services and they all have free trials so you can sign up for all and see what you like best.
 
#15

Orange Blazer

You serious Clark?
Joined
Feb 16, 2011
Messages
7,417
Likes
251
#15
I have it on a Fire TV Box and seems fine.

The only issue I have is my Fire Box doesn't always restart when I turn my TV off so I have to unplug it (power or HDMI) to get it recognized. PITA.

Overall I'm fine with Vue but wish the price wasn't bumping up by 33%
I switched to sling today. $30 vs the $55 my vue will be in October
 
#19

Septic

Long Standing Member
Lab Rat
Joined
Oct 31, 2004
Messages
14,765
Likes
20,377
#19
So if I have 4 TV's in my house what all gear do I need to purchase?
Get started here.

I use the Amazon Fire TV's and think they are the best for the money. The Fire Sticks are similar but less powerful.

The NVidia Shield is by far the most powerful and full featured as far as hardware.

Other popular devices are Roku and Apple TV.
 
#21

SDV

Well-Known Member
Joined
Dec 15, 2008
Messages
28,974
Likes
7,800
#21
Sling is ok but the biggest gripe I had was the interface. You have to swipe through icons, unless they've fixed that since we switched. On DTVNow, it has a guide and you can scroll through channels.
 
Last edited:
#23

hog88

In dog beers I've only had 1
Joined
Sep 30, 2008
Messages
49,811
Likes
27,563
#23
How do you guys get your internet? I only have two options ATT and Comcast and both are expensive for internet alone.
 
#25
Joined
Oct 21, 2004
Messages
51,750
Likes
14,136
#25
So if I have 4 TV's in my house what all gear do I need to purchase?
Get started here.

I use the Amazon Fire TV's and think they are the best for the money. The Fire Sticks are similar but less powerful.

The NVidia Shield is by far the most powerful and full featured as far as hardware.

Other popular devices are Roku and Apple TV.
Good info. Have heard the Amazon Fire stick is underpowered for Vue but haven't tried myself.

I have 2 LG TVs and they have great smart features - just wish they'd add an app for Vue or Sling or Hulu TV or DTVNow to save buying more boxes.

Speaking of which - the LG OLED I bought last year continues to be spectacular. If you see a sale, grab one.
 

VN Store



Sponsors
 

Top