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(05-21-2019 07:25 PM)Hokie Mark Wrote:  
(05-21-2019 04:44 PM)MWC Tex Wrote:  Sling is offer a great deal if you pay for 3 months advance.
Get an antenna for free and the Air TV player for $70.

It looks interesting but I need to know more about it as if I understand correctly, the OTA channels integrate into the Sling app and can use the existing Roku devices to get the OTA channels.

Sling is excellent if you live alone; sharing can be a problem though.

Sling Blue gives you three streams. Sling Orange exclusives (ESPN and Disney) only have one stream. If you have access to ESPN elsewhere, Sling Blue would work great. It doesnt provide access to CBS Sports Network or Big 10 Network which is a bit tough if college sports is your priority
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Quote:T-Mobile normally throttles data (reduces the speed) after its wireless customers consume a certain amount in a given month. But, for its home pilot, the company said it will offer around 50 megabits per second of LTE data without data caps for $50 per month. That’s not terribly fast — cable networks these days can offer up to a gigabit per second, or about 20 times the speed that T-Mobile is offering.

And those speeds won’t be fast enough if you have several TVs trying to stream Netflix in 4K HDR while someone plays video games in another room. But it’ll be fine for just surfing the internet at home and some degree of streaming.

T-Mobile says it will double its speed to more than 100 mbps by 2024 with its new 5G network.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/21/t-mobile...homes.html

For those looking to cut the cord completely T-Mobile is offering a home internet service for $50 dollars no throttling.

Top speed is only 50mbps though and will "increase" to 100mbs by 2024 once 5G comes on board.
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There is a company out there called Get Unlimited which is offering to rent a Nighthawk for 89.99.

https://www.getunlimited.net/plans

The 89.99 includes the device rental (normally 250 dollars) and unlimited, unthrottled data.

While it's not the most economical to also have to rent the device you wont have to pay the restocking fee that you normally would if you by a hotspot and dont like its performance.

If you already have an AT&T hotspot you could do a SIM only plan for 69.99.

How does it stack up to Comcast? Their mid range plan is $92 dollars everyday price and with the modem rental is about 110. The nighthawk plan pricing is comparable to a low end Comcast plan but it's a 1GB device.

If you are in an urban area with a lot AT&T circuits I can see fairly easily 100mbps.
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The big companies as I've said before all want us to spend $300 dollars a month between our cable, internet and cell phone.

$60 dollar unlimited postpaid + $40 dollar Samsung/Apple EIP.
$200 dollar triple play cable/internet/phone with five movie channels.

If you can't afford that price point as a little sister of the poor they'll still take your money at a $210 per month for economy services.

$40 dollar 5GB prepaid + $10 dollar economy phone.
$150 dollar double play cable/internet with 60 total channels.

But its possible to do better on both the price and the content especially if you are willing to sink some money into the equipment.

$40 AT&T prepaid (16GB) with international calling+ BYOD
$35 AT&T unlimited data for internet +BYOD
$25 Logic stream TV package w/ movie channels/PPV/ESPN+

For as little as $90 a month it is possible to have top shelf content and service and save yourself thousands a year.

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PS Vue is raising their package base prices by $5. Tennis, BEIN, ACC Network, and NHL network being added to their Core and higher packages. At $55/month, the PS Vue Core package is the best deal for sports fans who want the most bang for their buck
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RE: An Analysis of TV OTT Platforms
As of 08/29/2019
From a sports fan perspective (English Language Only). This does not include any temporary promotional prices

$10/month - Sling World Sports - BEIN Sports, BEIN Spanish, BEIN Sports Connect Online Channels, Outside TV, Willow TV, Willow TV Extra, Trace Sports Stars, Nautical Channel
An easy way to add BEIN if your main provider doesnt carry it or if BEIN is all you want. Willow is a cricket network too.

There is also a new service called Fanatiz for $10/month which includes the 3 BEIN Channels above plus GOLTV and some foreign language international soccer channels

$15/month - AT&T Watch TV - TBS/TNT/TruTV
New plan included in certain AT&T phone plans and available for stand alone purchase that includes all the Turner Networks for MLB/NBA/NCAA

$25/month - Sling Orange - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 content, TBS, TNT, Stadium
The cheapest price point available to get ESPN/2/TBS/TNT. Also include the Free Stadium 24/7 Channel.

$25/month - Sling Blue - FS1, FS2, NBCSN, Local FOX/NBC affiliate and NBC RSN (if available), TBS, TNT, TruTV, NFL Network, Stadium
The cheapest price point available to get FOX/NBC/Turner/NFL Network/RSN. Also include the Free Stadium 24/7 Channel

$35/month - Sling Orange & Sports Pack - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 content, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line/Bases Loaded, SEC Network, ACC Network, TBS, TNT, PAC 12 Network, NBA Network, NHL Network, MLB Network, MLB Strikezone, Tennis Channel, BEIN Sports, Stadium, Stadium Plus, OutsideTV, Motorsport TV
The cheapest price point available to get all ESPN Networks, TBS, and TNT with some other specialty sport networks.

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

$40/month - Sling Orange/Blue Combo- ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 Content, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Local NBC/FOX Affiliate and NBC RSN (if available)
The Cheapest way to get both ESPN and NBC/Fox Sports networks

$45/month - Hulu Live TV - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN GoalLine, ESPN College Extra, FS1, FS2, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, ACC Network, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX Affiliate and RSN (if available)
The cheapest package to include ESPN/Fox/CBS/NBC sports networks and affiliates. ESPN3 Content can be accessed with a Hulu Live TV login in the ESPN app.

$50/month - Sling Orange/Blue Combo with Sports - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 content, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN Goal Line/Bases Loaded, SEC Network, ACC Network, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, Local Fox/NBC Affiliate and NBC RSN (if available), TBS, TNT, TruTv, NFL Network, NFL RedZone, NBA Network, NHL Network, MLB Network, MLB Strikezone, Tennis Channel, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, Pac 12 Network, BEIN Sports, Stadium, Stadium Plus, OutsideTV, Motorsport TV
Gets you pretty much all sports channels except most RSNs, CBSSN and the Big 10 Network.

$50/month - YouTube TV - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, FS1, FS2, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, ACC Network, NBA Network, MLB Network, Tennis Channel, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX Affiliate and RSN (if available)
YouTube TV is probably the most well rounded package for sports if you do not need NFL Network. NO ACCESS TO ESPN 3 contenton the ESPN app

PS VUE also had their Access plan at $50 which includes ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, FS2, NBCSN, Golf Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTV, and Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX Affiliate (if available)

DirecTV Now has their Plus Package available at this $50 price point. It contains ESPN/2, FS1, NBCSN, TBS/TNT/TruTV

$55/month - PS Vue Core - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN College Extra, FS1, FS2, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, ACC Network, NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA Network, NHL Network, Tennis Channel, BEIN Sports, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX affiliate and RSN (if available)
Every major sports channel except PAC 12 Networks and the free Stadium channel. ESPN3 Content can be accessed via the ESPN app.
If you like sports this is the most well rounded package.

$55/month - FuboTv - FS1, FS2, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Big 10 Network, PAC 12 Network, Fox Soccer Plus, NFL Network, NBA Network, BEIN, Eleven Sports, Local NBC/CBS/FOX and RSN (If available)

FUBO also carries the Univision networks which is what sets them apart

Fubo has a sports pack available for additional $9/month which will add NFL Redzone, Tennis Channel, Stadium and the Stadium Xtra channels and other minor Sports Networks/Alternate feeds like the PAC 12 regional networks, Fox College Sports Network, and Gol TV

$65/month - PS Vue Core w/ Sports Pack - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNNEWS, ESPNU, ESPN College Extra, FS1, FS2, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel, TBS, TNT, TruTV, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, ACC Network, NFL Network, MLB Network, NBA Network, NHL Network, Local ABC/NBC/CBS/FOX affiliate and RSN (if available), SPORTS PACK CHANNELS - BEIN Espanol, 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, Stadium and Stadium overflow feeds, and National feeds of Fox and NBC RSN's.
Every US English language sports channel except PAC 12 Networks, Fox Soccer Plus, and Gol TV. Fox Soccer Plus can be purchased a la carte.
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Sling Orange sports pack is going up to $10. They are also adding what they are calling a Total TV addon for $20. This includes all their addon packages plus a DVR.
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One nice advantage for those living out of two homes. YoutubeTV allows me to keep Tampa as my home up at my summer place in NY. It lasts for a few months before going away. I would have to sign back into the actual Tampa region in like 3 months or it will revert to the local NY region. I can get my locals OTA in NY so this works well for me. I get to watch the FOX regional broadcast of the Rays games (or Marlins).
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Quote:After years of stop-and-go negotiations and regulatory hurdles, T-Mobile and Sprint are now closer than ever to closing their $26 billion merger and acquisition deal. On Friday, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) finally approved the deal after the carriers agreed to sell key business assets to Dish Network.

As part of the divestiture requirements set by the DOJ, Dish will acquire Boost Mobile, Virgin Mobile, and Sprint's prepaid business for approximately $1.4 billion. The purchase includes 9.3 million customers and 400 employees.

Dish will also pay $3.6 billion for licenses to 14 MHz of nationwide 800 MHz spectrum.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/us-justice...nd-sprint/

T-Mobile and Sprint merger consummated today with select assets sold to Dish as the 4th carrier.

The new telco "big 4"

Verizon
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Dish/Sling is in a carriage dispute with the Fox RSNs and they are not currently being carried
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DirecTV Now will be renamed to AT&T Now soon.

https://www.att.com/esupport/article.htm.../KM1351225
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PS Vue not shutting down but Sony "... is deprioritizing Playstation Vue..."

https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/sony-is-...ation-vue/
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PS Vue has ACCN and NHL Network live. If youre a sports fan that $55/month package gets you pretty much every major channel except PAC 12 Networks
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Maybe someone here can help me. Is there a streaming service that has the ESPN channels including ACCN, Golf channel, AMC and Game Show network? Those are the channels we can't do without in my family.
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(08-29-2019 08:29 AM)ChrisLords Wrote:  Maybe someone here can help me. Is there a streaming service that has the ESPN channels including ACCN, Golf channel, AMC and Game Show network? Those are the channels we can't do without in my family.

Cord Cutter News generally has a pretty good listing of what channels are on what service and they typically update it every month.
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(08-29-2019 08:29 AM)ChrisLords Wrote:  Maybe someone here can help me. Is there a streaming service that has the ESPN channels including ACCN, Golf channel, AMC and Game Show network? Those are the channels we can't do without in my family.

There is not 1 service with all these channels.
Hulu Live $45/month doesnt have AMC or GSN
YouTube $50/month doesnt have GSN
PS Vue $55/month doesn't have GSN even though they are both owned by Sony.

If/when Sling adds the ACCN, that would be your best bet

It would cost you $60/month - Sling Orange/Blue ($40) + Total TV Addon ($20 for all 7 category addons plus DVR)
If you dont want the DVR and the extra channels you can get what you posted for $55/month only adding on Sports and Comedy packages

Your best bet at this point is to use two services.
YouTube TV for all but Game Show Network ($50/month)

KlowdTV for Game Show Network ($10/month)
https://www.klowdtv.com/package.ktv?package=base

FrndlyTV also has Game Show Network ($6-$10/month)
https://www.frndlytv.com/

I would also recommend using Buzzr for your game show fix instead of Game Show Network. Buzzr can be found for free on the Pluto TV and Stirr apps
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Here are the major gaps for the big streaming providers
Sling - CBS, Fox RSNs, ACCN, Big 10 Network, Fox News
Hulu - AMC, Hallmark, Viacom, Game Show Network, Pro Sports Networks, BEIN
YouTube TV - A&E, History, Lifetime, Viacom, Hallmark, Game Show Network, NFL/NHL, BEIN
PS Vue - Viacom, Game Show Network
Fubo - Disney/ABC/ESPN
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(08-29-2019 08:29 AM)ChrisLords Wrote:  Maybe someone here can help me. Is there a streaming service that has the ESPN channels including ACCN, Golf channel, AMC and Game Show network? Those are the channels we can't do without in my family.

You’ll have to puzzle it together.
Philo TV has the channels you are looking for and then some for $20.
Try.philo.com
Then when Sling offers ACCN you can have that for sports.
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Sling signed a deal with ACC network tonight. They would be your best bet moving forward
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(08-29-2019 11:51 AM)TerpsNPhoenix Wrote:  Cord Cutter News generally has a pretty good listing of what channels are on what service and they typically update it every month.

(08-29-2019 01:25 PM)MWC Tex Wrote:  You’ll have to puzzle it together.
Philo TV has the channels you are looking for and then some for $20.
Try.philo.com
Then when Sling offers ACCN you can have that for sports.

(08-29-2019 09:39 PM)solohawks Wrote:  Sling signed a deal with ACC network tonight. They would be your best bet moving forward


Thank you all for your help. I definitely asked the right place.

I'd never heard of Philo but they have a nice package of channels for $20.
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