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Wed Oct 26, 2016, 04:47 PM

IPTV cord cutting: Has anyone tried it?

I've been playing around with the Kodi app over the past few days. I have not yet settled on a provider, so I'm still just playing around with the free services. I will say, however even with free I've got thousands of channels from around the world and the US. Out of Britain I'm getting pretty much every cable only channel I have right now with Comcast.

it looks as if I can get 2000 channels for around $8 a month. Has anyone done this? What has your experience been?

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Currentsitguy Oct 2016 OP
His Daughter Oct 2016 #1
Currentsitguy Oct 2016 #2
FORD Oct 2016 #3
la_tech Oct 2016 #4
FORD Oct 2016 #5
Daves Not Here Man Oct 2016 #7
Daves Not Here Man Oct 2016 #6
ProudNYSTaxPayer Oct 2016 #8

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 04:54 PM

1. I really cant

Satellite TV and Internet since I live in the twigs. Nowhere near gaming speeds.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #1)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 04:56 PM

2. Yeah, I doubt we'll be able to

once we head west. For now, however the thought of cutting $200 a month from the bills appeals.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 05:32 PM

3. I used IPTV stalker via Kodi a lot, back before the bastards started charging for it.

 

It's one thing to pay Comcast highway robbery for a TV signal, but I'll be damned If I'm paying a pirate for it. Reportedly all of these IPTV servers are piggybacking off a Dish TV feed somewhere.

Even if I didn't have an objection to paying pirates, I'm not sure I'd do it anyway, because the channels do tend to bug out every now and then. Glitches are slightly tolerable if it's free, but if I'm paying for it, I want it to be there when i click on the channel.

There was an Android app that streamed all the "free to air" channels from the Vancouver BC & Seattle markets, which would have been all the live TV a Cascadian needed. Sadly, they locked it down now so it only works from a Canadian IP address. And it's not fooled by a VPN either (already tried that). So that was a bit of a bummer. That was a crystal clear HD signal I would have gladly paid for when my "free trial subscription" ran out. Seems what these folks really want you to do (if you live in Canada) is to buy their hardware, but it's really just an Android box, and I already have one of those...

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Response to FORD (Reply #3)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 05:50 PM

4. Or course you realize

Comcast, etc isn't the real reason your TV costs are so high. True they make a profit .... but id guess close to 80 percent of what they charge is pass through. Plus those motorola digital boxes? 250-300 or more apiece.

I can tell you what , say espn, charges for a sub ... lets just say its close to the same price as HBO and they require you to have it in your basic cable package.

The real problem is with the networks. Not saying comcast and others don't have their faults or idiot moments but the programmers have gotten really aggressive the last 12 years. This is why you are seeing less locally owned cable companies -- if it wasn't for internet service you couldn't make any money.

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Response to la_tech (Reply #4)

Wed Oct 26, 2016, 06:08 PM

5. ESPN shouldn't be charging anything.

 

Nor should any other commercially sponsored network. They make money by selling advertising So they are already paid for their product before it ever hits the air.

HBO, Showtime, and the like - those are commercial free channels, so it's reasonable that they would want to be paid for their service. Fortunately both of them have taken the wise move of making their channels available to cord cutters as a stand alone service... or bundled with other cord-cutting services such as Sling Tv (HBO) or Hulu Plus (Showtime).

Hulu Plus itself had no business forcing commercials into their programs, since it was a paid service. They have since added a commercial free version, but it now costs literally twice as much (as the "old" Hulu Plus actually dropped to $5.99/month)

$12/month still beats the shit out of a cable tv bill, naturally. But they know damn well they could afford to do it for half that price - because they HAVE done so. They should split the difference with the old Hulu Plus price with was $7.99. Call it the Herman Cain special and offer unlimited commercial free Hulu Plus for $9.99/month. Better yet, they should come up with a $69/year promotional rate with an increase to $99/year the second year. I doubt they would lose any real profit at all with that price point, and if they did, the volume in sales would more than make up for it.

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Fri Oct 28, 2016, 11:13 AM

8. I haven't had an issue using

the UK Turks addon for what little live tv I need, for everything else I just use exodus for shows and movies, and castaway for sports.

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