Cutting the Cord

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by mac4cy, May 5, 2015.

  1. SCNCY

    SCNCY Well-Known Member

    Sep 11, 2009
    2,458
    117
    63
    La Fox, IL
    Ratings:
    +468 / 26 / -0
    It seems to be going that way. But for me, when it comes to media, the only thing I care about right now is watching sports. Otherwise, I will be fine with over the air stations. As long as, in the future, there is a good lineup for the sports networks, I will be OK.

    It would be nice to have the food network, comedy central, and maybe a few other stations, but I can live without them. I have for the last 2 and a half years.

    Also, to add to your comment, Disney has a deal with Netflix to stream their new movies on it. From what I have read, you can expect Dr. Strange to show up in January/February with Rouge One showing up in March/April. Which is a quick turnaround time. Also, I saw read an article somewhere (maybe seeking alpha) of a guy speculating that Disney may want to but Netflix.
     
  2. cycloneworld

    cycloneworld Facebook Knows All

    Mar 20, 2006
    20,836
    611
    113
    Civil Engineer
    Urbandale, IA
    Ratings:
    +1,274 / 25 / -0
    That's a good point. For us, we already had Netflix and Amazon Prime (not for TV services) with Directv. We added Hulu+ to supplement Vue.
     
  3. ArgentCy

    ArgentCy Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    7,554
    462
    83
    Male
    Ratings:
    +2,690 / 522 / -0
    Have a question with Sling TV and ESPNU. I added the ESPN channels for basketball but I don't see ESPNU. Grr. nothing like paying for ESPN but then not getting their third rate programming. Tried downloading the Watch ESPN app and apparently Sling isn't good enough to get the Watch ESPN app. Hmm... This might be a problem.
     
  4. 3GenClone

    3GenClone Well-Known Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    3,966
    664
    113
    Male
    A/V Support Specialist
    Windsor Heights
    Ratings:
    +1,351 / 33 / -0
  5. cycloneworld

    cycloneworld Facebook Knows All

    Mar 20, 2006
    20,836
    611
    113
    Civil Engineer
    Urbandale, IA
    Ratings:
    +1,274 / 25 / -0
    I went with PS Vue because they have more sports channels plus ESPN and Fox Sports Go app logins. I don't think you can get ESPNU with Sling.
     
  6. ruxCYtable

    ruxCYtable Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    5,415
    343
    83
    Male
    Ratings:
    +630 / 22 / -0
    Haven't seriously considered cutting the cord yet, although I did a Sling trial and was impressed. Century Link fiber is creeping ever-closer to our neighborhood, though, and just this week they painted lines and put up little flags like they're getting ready to bury some on our street. Will be glad to be rid of Mediacom and that speed will open up a world of cord-cutting options.
     
  7. ripvdub

    ripvdub Well-Known Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    7,996
    262
    83
    Male
    Sk-Ankeny
    Ratings:
    +436 / 42 / -0
  8. AmesHawk

    AmesHawk Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    2,644
    439
    83
    Ankeny, IA
    Ratings:
    +1,155 / 42 / -0
    That's odd, we now have Vue but had Sling about 9 months ago (canceled after basketball). I was able to use my Sling login for the WatchESPN app. They must have just changed it if that is the case.
     
  9. ArgentCy

    ArgentCy Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    7,554
    462
    83
    Male
    Ratings:
    +2,690 / 522 / -0
    I can always go back and watch on the less than upstanding sites. I have no qualms about it especially since I am giving them money atm.
     
  10. farminclone

    farminclone Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    3,906
    309
    83
    Ratings:
    +1,219 / 62 / -0
    I have always been able to watch games on ESPNU with Sling, I think through the Watch ESPN App. Let me double check this when I get home tonight and I will let you know if something changed.
     
  11. CysRage

    CysRage Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    9,871
    569
    113
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Ratings:
    +1,356 / 35 / -0
    I pulled the trigger on that deal. I can always come back to PS Vue but even the $105 for the Apple TV alone is a great deal. It seems like their $35 package (which they say will go up to $60 after the intro period) has everything the $35 Vue package has and more. The one thing that stinks about Directv Now is that they don't have Roku support yet. Hopefully that changes soon.
     
  12. CysRage

    CysRage Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    9,871
    569
    113
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Ratings:
    +1,356 / 35 / -0
  13. KnappShack

    KnappShack Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2008
    6,367
    662
    113
    Parts Unknown
    Ratings:
    +2,584 / 78 / -0
    So $60/mo for the package plus Internet charges.


    This sounds very close to what I'm paying now for U-Verse and DirecTV Now doesn't have a DVR.
     
  14. CysRage

    CysRage Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    9,871
    569
    113
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Ratings:
    +1,356 / 35 / -0
    The normal price is $60 but if you subscribe during their "introduction period" which is now, it is discounted to $35/month and you are grandfathered in that rate until you cancel. If you miss the "intro period" the rate will go up to $60/month for any new subscribers. I should have clarified that in post above.
     
  15. KnappShack

    KnappShack Well-Known Member

    May 26, 2008
    6,367
    662
    113
    Parts Unknown
    Ratings:
    +2,584 / 78 / -0
    That sounds cool.

    Guess I'm wondering what the benefit will be once that price increases? Looks like an inferior service for the same price.

    Saving $300/yr is nothing to turn down with the offer for sure. But the benefits seem to stop there. If you get in at $60/mo it looks a lot like the price of cable
     
  16. 1100011CS

    1100011CS Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    11,808
    463
    83
    Marshalltown
    Ratings:
    +948 / 29 / -0
    C
    I can't wait until I have another ISP option. So tired of Mediacom's crap.
     
    • Agree Agree x 1
  17. 1100011CS

    1100011CS Well-Known Member

    Oct 5, 2007
    11,808
    463
    83
    Marshalltown
    Ratings:
    +948 / 29 / -0
    No DVR is a deal breaker for me. I was all ready to sign up for PS Vue... called Mediacom to cancel my TV service (have to keep them for internet as I have no other option) and found out I'm about 1 year into a 2 year contract. My memory sucks:(
     
  18. CysRage

    CysRage Well-Known Member

    Oct 18, 2009
    9,871
    569
    113
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Ratings:
    +1,356 / 35 / -0
    There isn't a benefit if it goes up but if Directv now keeps their word on being grandfathered in the $35 rate, it is a home run. Even if they do raise it later, $105 for 3 months of their 2nd best package and a free Apple TV is a grand slam.
     
  19. ruxCYtable

    ruxCYtable Well-Known Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    5,415
    343
    83
    Male
    Ratings:
    +630 / 22 / -0
    I read an article (which I now cannot find) in which someone tallied up the fees charged by the various networks and said that DirecTV would make a grand total of ONE DOLLAR a month per subscriber at $35.
     
  20. Stewo

    Stewo Well-Known Member

    Oct 29, 2008
    10,394
    1,116
    113
    Male
    Commodity buyer
    Iowa
    Ratings:
    +3,456 / 209 / -0
    I saw that too. I'll say, though, that'll soon change in their favor. I like this whole idea of streaming and getting rid of the traditional tv packages. I have 200ish channels and watch 10-15 of them. These companies make a killing off of sports fans. Plain and simple. My contract still has 18 months left, but once it's gone, I'm out. That said, even at $20/month over 18 months, that's $360, aka 4 months of Dish. I may move sooner on cutting the cord. Would save a boatload of money in the spring and summer.
     
    • Like Like x 1

Share This Page