NEW "What is bothering you right now?" Thread. Bonus: Now with 20% more bother!

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  1. killkenny1

    killkenny1 Too weird to live, too rare to die.

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    You had one job...

    (this version has the setup aka getting pissed at the printer)
     
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  2. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    My sister does Library media, supplementing it with Youtube for herself and her children. I cannot go that route. I have semi-elderly parents that want their daily Jeopardy, live baseball and football, and their Game of Thrones. They actually like using Playstation Vue more than Cox Contour because it gives us HBO East and, therefore, they get GoT at 6pm Sundays instead of 9pm.

    I'd let you borrow mine, but I fear its power is more than you can handle...
     
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  3. HTWingNut

    HTWingNut Moo

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    Gonna need a bigger bat.
     
  4. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    Multiple bats. It's 22 feet long.
     
  5. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Cool, too bad it's not cheaper, $75/mo is a lot of cash. $25-$35 is closer to what I think can be done, look around for cheaper HBO access:

    All The Ways To Watch HBO Without Cable
    https://www.groundedreason.com/watch-games-of-thrones-without-cable/
     
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  6. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    I don't think $75/month is unreasonable considering what we get. I did a comparison between Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and Playstation Vue. Vue was the only one that offered all 4 of our local channel affiliates (CBS, Fox, ABC, NBC) as well as HBO bundled in. And Science Channel...I WILL NOT GO ON WITHOUT SCIENCE CHANNEL!!!! Only thing I had to compromise was no Comedy Central on Vue. But I can watch South Park episodes from the website.
     
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  7. hmscott

    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    What about the Amazon Firestick?, or the Amazon FireTV Media Player, if you already have Amazon Prime, you can watch the Science Channel there via Amazon FireTV:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B06XJDBP17
    https://www.sciencechannel.com/full-episodes

    Amazon used to have an HD TV off the air option bundle too, looks like it's no longer offered, maybe you can just get an HD TV Antenna and add it ala cart:

    Amazon Fire TV + HD Antenna Bundle
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01DFTCV90/ref=fs_ods_fs_smp_ccb#customerReviews

    It seems all of the Live streaming TV sources / bundles are still trying to keep high cable tv like pricing, which will likely go up the same as cable tv pricing has.

    How To Watch Live TV On Fire TV
    https://cordcutting.com/how-to-watch-live-tv-on-fire-tv/

    When I first got cable TV the high priced top tier was $35, and there were $20 and sub $20 lower priced offers. It took a long time to go over $100, reached about 20 years ago, and over $200 about 15 years ago with DVR's bundled.

    Maybe there's no easy way to get a wide range of Live TV of any consequence cheap, so I'd stick with individual channel access through a media player plus Youtube media access and the broadcasters' own website streaming and clips.

    I just can't see spending that much money on "BS" when there is good content for free or sub $40/mo, that's already costing 2x what it's worth :)

    The Tablo devices look interesting, giving you DVR of up to 4 channels at a time for off the air HD recording, and streaming to your networked displays, with a small USB (cheap too) device that turns your Android Nvidia Shield into a DVR - maybe a cheaper generic Android solution will come out of it too.

    Tablo TUNER Antenna Adapter
    https://www.tablotv.com/products/tablo-tuner-antenna-adapter/

    Tablo Product Comparison, with costs
    https://www.tablotv.com/sf/tearsheets/Tablo_Product_Comparison_Chart_June_2017.pdf
    https://www.tablotv.com/products/
     
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  8. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    Can't watch Science GO without subscribing to some sort of cable plan. The problem with individual channel access is it can end up costing more than the streaming service subscription plan.

    Take CBS for example. They charge for their on-demand and standalone internet streaming. They are the only national syndicate that does. I was not going to fork over $10 a month CBS just to watch my local news. I considered an HD antenna, but I am far enough into the suburbs to where the signal gets weak.
     
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    hmscott Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    Yeah, I wonder if the Streaming TV packages give a useable login, like Hulu's Live TV, for logging in to such services, not that you would need to given Hulu has access through various apps on a wide range of devices.

    Did you use one of the HDTV reception sites to determine how many channels you can see from your location?

    https://nocable.org/availability-report/zip
    https://nocable.org/
    Once you put in your zip code, you get a list of all the local channels, and below that what you can pull in via various indoor / outdoor antenna options.
    hdtv OTA reception options.JPG

    There are even longer range antenna's that aren't too obtrusive for external mounting:
    https://nocable.org/compare-long-range-outdoor-antenna-reviews
    Long Distance HDTV antennas.JPG

    Wow, the antenna's / rotator kits have gotten really cheap, $35-$65!

    Boostwaves Outdoor Amplified Antenna Combo
    https://www.amazon.com/Amplified-Digital-Motorized-Rotation-Infrared/dp/B004NQMCDK
    https://www.amazon.com/Amplified-Motorized-Installation-Kit-Converter/dp/B01C7TIE0E

    More $, but Omni Directional, no rotational gear to fail:

    Marathon HDTV Long Distance Amplified Indoor / Outdoor Digital TV Antenna. Long Range High Definition UHF - VHF Reception and Top Rated Whole House Performance by Free Signal TV
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O2M7N48

    You'd need to be pretty isolated from broadcast towers to not get a signal for the top networks, maybe it's more possible than you think?
     
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  10. radji

    radji Farewell, Solenya...

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    Wow, those are some gnarly antennae. I did use nocable.org to check. I am around 40-45 miles from the transmitters, the closest being CBS which is 39.8 according to the site. But given how hilly San Diego county is, the range of those antennae will be reduced. Not sure I would want to go thru the trouble of mounting an antenna on top of a 20+ foot pole without a guarantee I would get a reasonably clear signal.
     
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