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An Analysis of TV OTT Platforms
I used sling for awhile and didn't care for it as the only way you could get decent sports was to take both Blue and Orange. When you do that the only channels not on Blue are ESPN, 2 and Disney. It is rigged so you need both. Cost for both $45


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One thing you need to note about any of these. You need a very good internet connection, and you need to be aware of the data limitations of your internet account. My ISP is my cable company, 60mbps, and a 1000 gb data limit. I will probably downgrade to 40mbps with the same 1000gb limit. I've done some estimates, and it appears if I leave the streaming running all the time I will exceed my limit.

So, I must change my habits. I can no longer simply turn off my TV when I am done viewing. I must remember to exit the PS-Vue app to stop the data flow. And I must click on the PS-Vue app to start viewing. That sounds minor, but to some people it could be a big deal.
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(06-17-2017 03:53 PM)goofus Wrote:  Doesn't OTT mean over the top? As in, stuff you can't get through cable tv like netflix original programming.

This stuff just sounds like alternative streaming options for content you can already get through cable tv.

It's not an official FCC term. So people use it to mean different things.
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I think streaming makes sense if you are on a tight budget and just want to be able to have it for football season or something.

I have been tracking the price of data, phones ect obviously for a while. A couple of years ago they dropped the prices down to the point where you might be able to get away with a 14GB plan through a wireless provider and run all of your devices off of that.

Prices though have stabilized but one of the big changes in the last year to offset cord cutting cable companies have been dropping the prices on the higher end packages, packages that very few consumers could justify paying for when $100 or $125 just for cable.

I have one of those packages for like $59.99 (including fees) and I have all channels plus HBO, Showtime and Starz included plus I get a $20 dollar discount off my internet service so my true cost is $39.99.

You can get a crap internet TV package for $30 dollars that is a hassle when the internet connectivity cuts out with limited channels or pay a few dollars more to have a nice package.
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What we did after we dropped Dish and didn't like Sling was got a mid range cable package for sports and some other shows along with a DVR. Then we added Hulu, Netflix and Amazon. Everyone is very satisfied.


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(06-17-2017 12:53 PM)solohawks Wrote:  Hey MWC. Check out fubo.tv and add them to your summary

Thanks. Summary added and post is updated.
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(06-17-2017 04:46 PM)teamvsn Wrote:  One thing you need to note about any of these. You need a very good internet connection, and you need to be aware of the data limitations of your internet account. My ISP is my cable company, 60mbps, and a 1000 gb data limit. I will probably downgrade to 40mbps with the same 1000gb limit. I've done some estimates, and it appears if I leave the streaming running all the time I will exceed my limit.

So, I must change my habits. I can no longer simply turn off my TV when I am done viewing. I must remember to exit the PS-Vue app to stop the data flow. And I must click on the PS-Vue app to start viewing. That sounds minor, but to some people it could be a big deal.

Maybe depending where you are or the number in household, but with 3 of us in the household, we have had little issues streaming 2 TV's and web surfing on phones/tablets with the 12 mbs service with AT&T.
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(06-17-2017 06:43 PM)MWC Tex Wrote:  
(06-17-2017 04:46 PM)teamvsn Wrote:  One thing you need to note about any of these. You need a very good internet connection, and you need to be aware of the data limitations of your internet account. My ISP is my cable company, 60mbps, and a 1000 gb data limit. I will probably downgrade to 40mbps with the same 1000gb limit. I've done some estimates, and it appears if I leave the streaming running all the time I will exceed my limit.

So, I must change my habits. I can no longer simply turn off my TV when I am done viewing. I must remember to exit the PS-Vue app to stop the data flow. And I must click on the PS-Vue app to start viewing. That sounds minor, but to some people it could be a big deal.

Maybe depending where you are or the number in household, but with 3 of us in the household, we have had little issues streaming 2 TV's and web surfing on phones/tablets with the 12 mbs service with AT&T.

Yes, I have read that the minimum speed for streaming should be 10mbps. However I am an IT guy and need fast internet for other reasons. 40 mbps should be adequate for me overall.
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(06-17-2017 04:43 PM)Jjoey52 Wrote:  I used sling for awhile and didn't care for it as the only way you could get decent sports was to take both Blue and Orange. When you do that the only channels not on Blue are ESPN, 2 and Disney. It is rigged so you need both. Cost for both $45


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Actually if you are a hard core ACC or SEC Fan Sling Orange is great. The SEC fanboys would need to get CBS OTA.

I'm thinking about grabbing the FS1/2/CBS College Sports for FB season on Hulu or Youtube but frankly I can live without it...only $10 more a month for 3 months might make it worth it.
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(06-17-2017 07:37 PM)TexanMark Wrote:  
(06-17-2017 04:43 PM)Jjoey52 Wrote:  I used sling for awhile and didn't care for it as the only way you could get decent sports was to take both Blue and Orange. When you do that the only channels not on Blue are ESPN, 2 and Disney. It is rigged so you need both. Cost for both $45


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Actually if you are a hard core ACC or SEC Fan Sling Orange is great. The SEC fanboys would need to get CBS OTA.

I'm thinking about grabbing the FS1/2/CBS College Sports for FB season on Hulu or Youtube but frankly I can live without it...only $10 more a month for 3 months might make it worth it.

Be sure you try it first. I just signed up for me free trial and it's already buffered twice on the first show I am watching live. 55mbps connection tested right now on speedtest.net while I am streaming. So it's not my connection that's the problem.
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