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

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

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MsGinkgo :  I have a Roku and have Amazon Prime and Hulu.  I love the options you get from that!  Most current TV (Hulu) and most old seasons of TV and basically every movie (Amazon).

The only thing we can’t get is current sports stuff, like the football game that’s on right then.

Post # 18
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

We pay for cable so we can watch sports, but we use streaming to watch anything else. In our living room, we have a Samsung Smart TV so we can watch Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, HBO, Starz, and a few other apps and it doesn’t require a separate remote (the biggest plus in our eyes). In our bedroom, we haven’t gotten around to getting a smart TV so we use Google Cast. It’s okay… You can’t use an Amazon app with it and it’s sorta a PITA if you don’t have a device you can use exclusively to mirror to the TV. We had an Apple TV for a while but didn’t really like the interface so we got rid of it.

It’s really up to personal preference. We seem to be a Smart TV (also Samsung loyalists) family, but there are others who swear by other brands! Just make sure you do your research and make sure the device you get allows you access to the specific services you want to use. Our Smart TV lets us get on Twitter as well, which has recently been streaming Thursday football games, so hopefully as that ability expands, we’ll be able to ditch our cable and just watch sports via Twitter via our TV! Isn’t technology amazing?? 😛 

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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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MsGinkgo :  I’m in the US.

We have a smart TV so we can stream Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix through that. I also recently discovered that if I’m watching a youtube video (ie: 90 Day Fiance!) that I can touch a button on my phone and poof! It’s on my TV! I’m easily amazed. LOL!

Upstairs we have an antenna for local channels and stream through a DVD player we’ve had for a while.

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Sugar bee

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MsGinkgo :  It sounds like you’ve got it figured out! We use Chromecast, but all of my friends who have Apple TV like it a lot.

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Busy bee
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MsGinkgo :  We still have DirecTV for news and sports, and a DVR, but we also have a Roku which I love.  It’s cheap and easy to use.  We also have an Amazon Firestick that we plugged into an old computer monitor, so now we have a “TV” in the bedroom!  Check Amazon on Black Friday – H got our Firestick last year for $10 I think?

We have Amazon Prime, Hulu with no commercials, and Netflix.  We also have access to all the TV channel apps because we still have DirecTV.

Post # 22
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

My parents have an apple tv, and we have an amazon fire.  Personally, I like the apple tv better – probably because it is familar (I’m an Iphone person), and I like that you can even stream pictures or something off your phone through it. 

I guess I just feel like the Fire doesn’t have anything different, but we pretty much only use Netflix or occasionally “rent” a movie.  And I wish I could look at my pictures on the big screen as easily as I could when I’d “mirror” my phone with the Apple Tv.

Not the greatest information but just my personal experience in case it helps!

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2019

I have a roku and stream PlayStationVue and Netflix 

Post # 24
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Blushing bee

Canadian bee here. 

We have Apple TV which is great. We mainly use Netflix, there’s also Shomi and Crave (though one of these is going out of business soon, I can’t remember which).

We haven’t been able to get Hulu or Amazon. Unless you use a VPN/proxy service. The choices really are limited compared to what’s available in the US. Even the titles on Netflix are a lot different.

I’ve heard really good things about the android boxes and they may have more shows and movies available overall  

 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I have Roku and an Amazon stick.  For awhile the amazon had a few apps the roku didn’t have but that’s not the case anymore (for me at least).  The roku (I have the roku 3 I think, the fastest one) is by far better so I would recommend that.  Mostly we use Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, ESPN, Big 10 Network, and Fox Sports apps.  I will say that I am logging into my parents cable account to access hbo, big 10 network, fox sports.  We also have a regular digital antenna- so you get live Fox, CBS, ABC, PBS, NBC.

I watch college football and basketball and local NFL and MLB games.  I can pretty much watch every game I want, although keep in mind some of that require cable subscriptions (big 10 network, etc).

Lots of the smart tvs or dvd players do have some of these apps, the more popular ones (Netflix, Amazon) but I like the roku so I can add the sports ones- like the march madness app was out last year for all of the NCAA tournament games.  You can download them.  If you can download them directly your tv that’d be great, but I’m sure that varies a lot on accessability.  Roku 3 is fast!  Amazon stick is slower and buggier IMO.

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Honey bee

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JazzyGirl85 :  How are you liking the playstation vue? This is what I’ve been seriously considering switching to. My biggest concern with cancelling cable is that we record a lot of live shows to watch later. It looks like the vue is the only device that has DVR capabilities for current shows. Do you use that feature? Have you run into any problems with it not letting you record shows? Playstation’s website says that it may not work on all shows which is weird!

Post # 27
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Busy bee

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whitums :  I just started using Playstation Vue this week and its great. So many channels. Live TV isn;t available for ABC and FOX for some reason but you can stream the shows on demand. I really like it so far. I have used the DVR feature and haven’t had any issues.

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Honey bee

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everythingpink :  Ahh thanks so much! That’s so weird about ABC and FOX, but as long as I can stream them I guess its no big deal. I want to cancel comcast sooooo bad.

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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

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whitums :  I tried Vue for a trial period to compare it to Sling tv.  I decided to stick with Sling tv because Sling included more of the channels that I wanted at a lower price.  I would have had to get a more expensive package with Vue to get just one or two channels that I really wanted and it wasn’t worth the price jump to me.  Also, Sling has inexpensice $5 add on packages that you can add to your base package which is only $20 or $25 depending on which you select.  I sugggest you go to both of their websites and compare the channels before making a decision.  

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everythingpink :  Fox is available on Sling tv. I use the ABC GO app to watch live streaming for shows on ABC, works like a charm.

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