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RE: An Analysis of TV OTT Platforms
Shopping around for mobile broadband data at the moment to see if anything is economical enough to replace DSL.

-Verizon unlimited data wireless+jet pack ($110 dollars plus taxes/fees). If you figure you'll usually use 8GB data a month on the phone, necessitating a 50 dollar plan to be able to go unlimited also on a jet pack for $60 dollars more isn't bad. Fees though with Verizon tend to be high.

-Sprint 50GB ($50 plus taxes). Good price point and good data allotment. The traditional 22GB mobile limit isn't enough for most users. Free Hulu with Sprint account.

-T-Mobile unlimited ($70 per month). A little more expensive but unlimited. Throttling begins now at 50GB which is a lot better than previous 22GB industry cutoff point. Add in free Netflix with account.

-AT&T 25GB ($40 plus taxes). A more moderate data option that might work for some users. Cellphone plan at 40 dollars includes free HBO and 10 dollar DirectTVnow subscription.

-MetroPCS 16GB ($50 dollars). They just brought in the jetpack a couple of months ago. Their pricing is better than T-Mobile's old data plan where it would be $55 dollars for 14GB but otherwise not the most competitive offer. For $125 the jetpack could support 54GB of data.

-Boost Mobile unlimted wireless with 20GB mobile hotspot ($60 dollars). It could be the best of the second tier carriers if the plan is to use a phone as a jetpack. Sprint network with better coverage than MetroPCS.

-Cricket unlimited wireless with 8GB mobile hotspot ($55 dollars). At 8GB its not possible to meet data needs for a household.
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RE: An Analysis of TV OTT Platforms
(02-16-2018 01:55 AM)Kittonhead Wrote:  Shopping around for mobile broadband data at the moment to see if anything is economical enough to replace DSL.

-Verizon unlimited data wireless+jet pack ($110 dollars plus taxes/fees). If you figure you'll usually use 8GB data a month on the phone, necessitating a 50 dollar plan to be able to go unlimited also on a jet pack for $60 dollars more isn't bad. Fees though with Verizon tend to be high.

-Sprint 50GB ($50 plus taxes). Good price point and good data allotment. The traditional 22GB mobile limit isn't enough for most users. Free Hulu with Sprint account.

-T-Mobile unlimited ($70 per month). A little more expensive but unlimited. Throttling begins now at 50GB which is a lot better than previous 22GB industry cutoff point. Add in free Netflix with account.

-AT&T 25GB ($40 plus taxes). A more moderate data option that might work for some users. Cellphone plan at 40 dollars includes free HBO and 10 dollar DirectTVnow subscription.

-MetroPCS 16GB ($50 dollars). They just brought in the jetpack a couple of months ago. Their pricing is better than T-Mobile's old data plan where it would be $55 dollars for 14GB but otherwise not the most competitive offer. For $125 the jetpack could support 54GB of data.

-Boost Mobile unlimted wireless with 20GB mobile hotspot ($60 dollars). It could be the best of the second tier carriers if the plan is to use a phone as a jetpack. Sprint network with better coverage than MetroPCS.

-Cricket unlimited wireless with 8GB mobile hotspot ($55 dollars). At 8GB its not possible to meet data needs for a household.

Great summary! Thanks for this as I was wondering if the wireless carriers as getting to the point where I can get off of DSL.
I think as 5G rolls out we may see more competition with the phone carriers competing in the internet arena.
I'm keeping an eye on T Mobile and the Spectrum they bought. There are phones currently being made for the specific band they purchased that gives better coverage and penetration in buildings.
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RE: An Analysis of TV OTT Platforms
I figured I would add my recommendations of service by price point from a sports fan perspective (English Language). This does not include any temporary promotional prices

$20/month - Sling Orange - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 content, TBS, TNT
The cheapest price point available

$25/month - Sling Blue - FS1, FS2, NBCSN, Local FOX/NBC affiliate and RSN (if available), TBS, TNT, TruTV, NFL Network
Good if you don't need ESPN Networks

$25/month - Sling Orange & Sports Pack - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 content, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line/Bases Loaded, SEC Network, TBS, TNT, PAC 12 Network, NBA Network, NHL Network, BEIN Sports, Stadium, OutsideTV, Motorsport TV
Good if you primarily care about ESPN Networks

$35/month - Sling Blue & Sports Pack - FS1, FS2, NBCSN, Local Fox/NBC Affiliate and RSN (if available), TBS, TNT, TruTv, NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NBA Network, NHL Network, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, Pac 12 Network, BEIN Sports, Stadium, OutsideTV, Motorsport TV
Gets you pretty much all sports channels except the ESPN Networks, CBSSN, Big 10 Network, MLB Network, and Tennis Channel.

$35/month - DirecTV Live a Little - ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, NBCSN, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX Affiliate (if available)
The cheapest option to get all the major national networks.

$40/month - Hulu Live TV or YouTube TV - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX Affiliate and RSN (if available)
Hulu Live TV also includes ESPN Goal Line/Bases Loaded
YouTube TV also includes Tennis Channel, MLB Network and NBA Network. YouTube TV is currently $35/month until 03/16/2018 and current subs will be grandfathered in to that price.

Sling Orange/Blue Combo is also available at $40/month but the only advantage of this package is you get NFL Network access along with ESPN and ESPN2, which Hulu and YouTube do not offer. You also lose your CBS affiliate if available, CBSSN, and Big 10 Network along with the Hulu and Youtube Sports Exclusives listed above.

$45/month - PS Vue Core - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA Network, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX affiliate and RSN (if available)
If you can live without NHL Network, BEIN, PAC 12 Network, or Tennis Channel this is the best deal available.

FuboTv Premier is also available for $45/month if BEIN and PAC 12 Network is a priority and you do not mind giving up the ESPN Networks and MLB Network.

$50/month - DirecTV Now Just Right - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, FS1, NBCSN, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, MLB Network, Tennis Channel, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX affiliate and RSN (if available)
From a sports fan perspective, the only advantage this has over PS Vue Core is it has the Tennis Channel. PS Vue Core has more sports for cheaper price.

Sling Orange/Blue Combo with Sports is also available at $50/month. The advantage of this over PS Vue at $45/month is NFL Redzone, NHL Network, PAC 12 Network, and BEIN. However you lose the Big 10 Network, CBSSN, and your local CBS if available. This is the cheapest way to get NFL Red Zone along with the ESPN Networks.

$55/month - PS Vue Core w/ Sports Pack - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA Network, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX affiliate and RSN (if available), SPORTS PACK CHANNELS - NFL Red Zone, ESPN Goal Line/Bases Loaded, ESPN Classic, Eleven Sports, the Fox College Sports Networks Trio, Longhorn Network, MLB Strike Zone, Outside TV, and National feeds of NESN and NBC RSN's.
This gets you virtually every English Language sports channel except NHL Network, BEIN, PAC 12 Network, and the Tennis Channel

$60/month - DirecTV Now Go Big - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTv, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, MLB Network, NBA Network, NHL Network, Tennis Channel, Sportsman Channel, TVG, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX affiliate and RSN (if available)
Only an advantage over PS Vue Core w/ Sports Pack if you want NHL Network and Tennis channel instead of NFL Network and NFL Redzone
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