cameroncrazies02
I searched very briefly so excuse me if this has been a topic in the past.

So, my wife has begged me for months to go to streaming TV.  I did some research and found there's a lot more features to it than I anticipated so we bit the bullet today and bought a Fire TV Stick.  I did some reading online and looked at the different features of different streaming devices and it was like I was reading another language.  We just went with the one that was massively on Black Friday sale.  I hooked it up tonight and downloaded a bunch of apps (Watch ESPN, FOX Sports GO) and signed up for Sling TV.  So now I have Sling...we went with one of the cheaper packages which had FS1 so we can record Bucks games.  I just feel like I'm missing something.  It's going to be a bit jumbled to not be able to flip through channels and instead go from one app to another to see what's on ESPN versus CBS versus FOX, but does anyone have any opinions, good, bad or indifferent?  All in all, it's going to cost me $25 a month ($20 for sling and $5 for sling's DVR option), I just feel like it's too good to be true.  I'm getting hammered by DirecTV right now for $160 a month.  There's no way cable TV can survive.

Oh, also...if I have Sling, is it worth it to buy an antenna to get local channels?  How does that all work?
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cameroncrazies02 wrote:
I searched very briefly so excuse me if this has been a topic in the past.

So, my wife has begged me for months to go to streaming TV.  I did some research and found there's a lot more features to it than I anticipated so we bit the bullet today and bought a Fire TV Stick.  I did some reading online and looked at the different features of different streaming devices and it was like I was reading another language.  We just went with the one that was massively on Black Friday sale.  I hooked it up tonight and downloaded a bunch of apps (Watch ESPN, FOX Sports GO) and signed up for Sling TV.  So now I have Sling...we went with one of the cheaper packages which had FS1 so we can record Bucks games.  I just feel like I'm missing something.  It's going to be a bit jumbled to not be able to flip through channels and instead go from one app to another to see what's on ESPN versus CBS versus FOX, but does anyone have any opinions, good, bad or indifferent?  All in all, it's going to cost me $25 a month ($20 for sling and $5 for sling's DVR option), I just feel like it's too good to be true.  I'm getting hammered by DirecTV right now for $160 a month.  There's no way cable TV can survive.

Oh, also...if I have Sling, is it worth it to buy an antenna to get local channels?  How does that all work?

  I agree with you. I dont know how one moves into different areas to get TV, but I am finding even up here in the hinterlands that people are dropping Dish and DirecTV like flies. I dont have broadband internet so I am screwed. It seems everyone I talk to that has broadband available is going to these other 'servers'. I also have talked with friends in cities with Cable TV and they  tell me it is happening even faster there. I pay nearly $130 per month to DirecTV with $30 of that being $10 per reciever(2) and $10 for the DVR HD capability. This $30 is a complete ripoff but I tried to get a better rate, but they wont budge.

Technology usually brings prices down EXCEPT for cable TV. TV sets,computers, internet service, cell phone networks, etc have all come down dramatically in prices over the years; yet all Dish/DirecTV/CableTV have done is go up and up. Those networks are going to be DONE when everyone has broadband and the hookups(Sling/FireStick/etc. get easier.

I do know Sirius Radio will 'work' with you IF you tell them you want to cancel. A friend got a full year of Sirius Radio for $25 when they wanted to cancel(they got it when they bought a new truck). They didn't really care if they kept it or not so I don't know what happens when the year is up. Pretty good deal as a full year runs me over $200 per year for my truck. I guess I need to talk with them.

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I did the same thing with Sirius. Told them that I did not want to keep it. They sent me email after email. I called and said I cannot fathom paying the fee that they charged. So I ended up getting it for around 75 bucks for the year. Second time I done that! 

As for cable...I have been tempted to get rid of it. I use Hulu a lot and truly love that. 
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traviswilson
I would drop cable for Sling TV (did their free trial a while back just to test it out), but where we are, it is difficult to get the antenna channels. I can get them in our upstairs bedroom, but not on the living room TV's. So I'm waiting until one of the streaming services gets broadcast channels to completely make the switch. Hopefully that happens within the next year; I know Charter is testing such a service in limited locations right now. We still have Roku or Fire TV on all of our TV's to watch Netflix, etc.
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redwingfever
We made the switch about a year ago to PlayStation Vue. We have the Core Slim package - which is $45 a month (a little bit up from what we started at $35 a month) - however they've added NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS to the package so I can't complain.

With that and a Netflix account we haven't missed having cable one bit.
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redwingfever wrote:
We made the switch about a year ago to PlayStation Vue. We have the Core Slim package - which is $45 a month (a little bit up from what we started at $35 a month) - however they've added NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS to the package so I can't complain.

With that and a Netflix account we haven't missed having cable one bit.

If you don't mind me asking, how much does Vue + Internet cost you total? I'm thinking about making the switch as well. How well does the Vue work?
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traviswilson
redwingfever wrote:
We made the switch about a year ago to PlayStation Vue. We have the Core Slim package - which is $45 a month (a little bit up from what we started at $35 a month) - however they've added NBC, Fox, ABC and CBS to the package so I can't complain.

With that and a Netflix account we haven't missed having cable one bit.

I'd seriously consider switching to this but it appears the broadcast channels are not available in my area yet. What city are you in now that they are included?

Also, can you sign in to the streaming apps of the channels you get? For instance, can you use your PSV credentials to log in to WatchESPN?
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redwingfever
Sorry Travis and Wisco for the delay in the response.

I'm in Sheboygan and we've got CBS, NBC and ABC with Vue and Fox just dropping their agreement not too long ago.

Yes, I can access things like WatchESPN or BTN2GO or Fox Sports Go using my Vue credentials (Traivs, I think I saw on Twitter you've cut the cord already so this is probably a bit too late).

Vue is $44.99 a month for the Core + Slim package and internet right now through AT&T is $50 a month. When we first signed up, the Core + Slim was a bit cheaper but also didn't offer the broadcast channels which is does now (I was paying an extra $10 a month to get CBS, so it's a wash in the end).
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safetysqueezepleezzee11
coach40 wrote:
I did the same thing with Sirius. Told them that I did not want to keep it. They sent me email after email. I called and said I cannot fathom paying the fee that they charged. So I ended up getting it for around 75 bucks for the year. Second time I done that! 

As for cable...I have been tempted to get rid of it. I use Hulu a lot and truly love that. 
   Just 'did' the Sirius radio deal yesterday. It would have run me $230+ for the year. I told them I couldn't renew it because I had cash flow problems because of my health(not really though). I got it for about $70 for the next year with the condition that I renew at the $230+ rate after this year. I assume I can do the same thing in a year or cancel it.  I don't ever mind paying for stuff I like, but things like Sirius radio and DirecTV have just jacked their rates so outrageously over the past 5-7 years, I find it just getting 'screwed'. My first year I got Sirius radio in my truck it was about $10 per month with everything included. Now it is double that.
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