(Closed) non-cable TV options (Apple TV etc…) anyone have one? Recommendations?

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Post # 2
1023 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Hi! I don’t know what the streaming situation is in Canada, but we have an Apple TV that we mostly watch Netflix & Hulu on and then our smart TV and our Wii we can watch Amazon Prime.

We havent had cable in YEARS, we pay around $30/month total for Amazon Prime (which has a MILLION other perks, Hulu, Netflix) and we might or might not use my dad’s HBO go account and his Comcast log in for sporting events live via our laptops.

Post # 3
5083 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2014

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MsGinkgo :  I’m in the US and I have no idea about what is/isn’t available in Canada, but we have both Roku Streaming Sticks and an Apple TV. If you’re an Apple person and you have a lot of other Apple products, then the Apple TV is great because it’s all integrated and you can airplay anything from any of your devices onto the TV. Otherwise, it’s probably not worth the extra cost over a Roku. I got the little streaming sticks for our bedroom TVs and they work great. They come with a little remote, but you can also use an app on your phone to control it. Also of note is that the Apple TV does not yet have an app for Amazon as of the last time I checked, so if you’re interested in using Amazon Prime, I’d go with something else. I don’t have any experience with the Chromecast or Fire Stick. 

As far as what you can stream legally, it’s all app based. There will be some apps that are free to watch and others that you need to pay for a subscription (like Netflix, Amazon Prime or HBONow). They also have these combined apps that you can subscribe to that have a whole bunch of channels together, Sling is one of them I believe, though I don’t have any experience with that. 

Bottom line, what streaming box you use is personal preference, they all pretty much do the same things and will have the same apps available for the most part. 

Post # 4
6337 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2009 - New York, NY

We have an Apple TV.  We watch Sling TV, Netflix, HULU, and Amazon.

Post # 5
114 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

We don’t have cable and use a combination of a digital antenna (old school! but works well for all local channels – this is how we watch sports and live network programming) and Chromecast. Chromecast will stream anything from your computer on to the TV. We use it to watch Netflix and also stream free episodes from ABC, Fox, etc. usually 1 week after airing. You can also stream YouTube, etc. I have friends that swear by Amazon Prime, and Hulu seems good if you watch a lot of current TV, but we find Netflix best for us. All told, one-time payment of $30 for the Chromecast, $10/month for Netflix.

Post # 6
11391 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

Fiance loves tech so we have every possible combo: sling, Netflix, Hulu prime or whatever it is, Amazon prime, firestick, chrome cast, — the only thing we haven’t gotten is apple tv.

Sling, Hulu and Netflix would work for me. 

Comcast cable and direct tv also, but we only use them for breaking news. And he signs up for all of the sports events etc. I don’t know or care. Only bad thing is I can’t operate a tv in the house. 🙁

That’s fine cuz I watch on my iPad Pro, and the resolution is great. 

Post # 7
203 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

My husband and I haven’t had cable for almost 2 yrs. We have netflix and are quite happy with the selection it has to offer.

Post # 8
2942 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

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MsGinkgo :  We have Netflix and Hulu, and its more than enough.  Our TV is a smart TV, which means it is directly internet enabled, so no Rouku or Apple TV.

Post # 9
203 posts
Helper bee

We have been cord cutters for years. We use Hulu and Netflix but we only do one subscription at a time. It’s easy to pause your account for a few months. 

We use Chromecast and an apple tv. The chrome cast is significantly easier to use and has less bugs. I’m constantly in a fight with the apple tv but the airplay function is nice.

Post # 10
1908 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I think I created a thread about this topic a couple of months ago. Based on the feedback I got, we decided to go with Sling tv. We already had Netflix and Amazon Prime but I wanted to watch live tv, which Sling offers. My husband already had a Roku that I bought him a couple of years ago, and Sling is compatible with it. We have Apple TV but only the latest generation is compatible with Sling, so we ordered the new one since Sling gives a discount. And we have a couple of fire tv sticks which are also compatible with Sling. I am very happy with the switch. The only channel that I enjoy that Sling or the streaming devices don’t have is OWN. So I have to watch that channel on my iPad using my sister’s cable info and mirror to the Apple TV. I don’t miss cable tv at all!

Post # 11
1253 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

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MsGinkgo :  We use Roku and LOVE the interface and easy remotes. Then use the internet to access Hulu , Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go etc and that takes care of what we care about.

If lall the sports are what you need I don’t know about that…..

Post # 12
3441 posts
Sugar bee

We still have cable, but these are the 3 categories of things you need:

1. High speed internet with unlimited data

2. A device to get the internet onto your TV, such as a smart TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, etc.

3. Platform(s) that has movies and tv shows that you can watch on your tv using #1 and #2 above. This would be YouTube (free) and paid things like Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, Hulu, etc. 

4. Optional – antenna to watch what airs over your local networks like news and sports.

I don’t know enough of what I’m talking about tot elk you how to watch sports without cable or antenna.

Post # 13
959 posts
Busy bee

We got Apple TV a few years ago, and I basically can’t live without it. We have Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, and since we both have iPhones and MacBook Pros, we can stream from our phones and computers. 

We still have cable, though. FiOS is actually pretty affordable where we are. 

Post # 14
2120 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

We have had an apple TV for about 3 years now and it’s amazing. i totally recommend it! We haven’t cut the cable cord, since a lot of stations require you to have the channel to log in (AMC, FX, etc), but we no longer have a DVR. We have Hulu (no commercials plan), Netflix, HBO Now, Amazon Prime, and Starz. 

I will recommend getting cable internet, and getting the highest tier available for optimal streaming.

Post # 15
5969 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2017

Internet and Android box. I have the M8 Android box, cost about 125$ with keyboard on amazon.ca. have a bunch of apps on it, kodi being the best one. On kodi I have 1channel, exodus, Genesis and about 100 plus others. It’s so EASY! PAY 0 MONTH. Just Internet cost.  I can stream any show, any season. It’s AMAZING.  

You can go on your local kijiji ads under “android box” and a ton of people will be posted with ready to go android boxes. The person will show you how it works, what to do, etc.  I go back to my guy every 6months or so and for 15$ he updates my android box and it’s ready to go again. 

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