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Firestick vs. cable

delete5230delete5230 Member EpicPosts: 5,439
I have to drop my cable TV, too many commercials and are provider boxes keep overheating. 

Anyway, 
Seems everyone at my work place has Firestick anyway.  I know very little and will start my study. 

Can People give examples of what they subscribe too ? 

Who has Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime ? 
How else do you have programming configured ?

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  • AsheramAsheram Member RarePosts: 3,548
    Yeah I am considering dropping my Directv as well. I agree with the commercials and on several stations that I watch its the same exact commercials every break and even sometimes the same one is played twice in the same break. My box isnt over heating though.

    Also they gave me free HBO for 6 months because they couldn't wouldn't give me a better price but I can rarely watch more than 1-2 episodes of a series I like on their ondemand because I get service is unavailable at the moment please try again later but I can immediately go to its ondemand movie section and it works fine. Makes me think they are throttling me on the series ondemand programs.


  • OG_ZorvanOG_Zorvan Member RarePosts: 1,588
    I got a Roku which has it's own movie selections plus you can choose from pretty much any android free tv/movie app to add, and then added a Sling subscription. $35 bucks a month for pretty much all the basic cable stuff. Can add HBO or other premiums for $15 a month ( wait for promotions though and you can snag premium channel subs for $5. I'm highly pleased with it all.


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  • AlBQuirkyAlBQuirky Member RarePosts: 4,830
    Ads had me cut the cable, too. I'm done paying for ads. In America, this type of service is usually a monopoly, so cable companies have no incentive to provide good service.

    Hulu and Vudu have ads, though I think they have a subscription that gets rid of them (I hope). I am not familiar with Amazon's Firestick, though I imagine it has ads also. Amazon is all about maximizing profits.

    Personally, I still have my ISP through my local cable company. For some reason, I still receive basic cable channels through my smart TV, which is good because I live in a rural area where the closest TV towers are 30 to 60 miles away (outdoor antennae solutions). If I lived in a big city, I'd go free local stations all the way.

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  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 5,947
    If you want traditional channel services, then there is Hulu Live TV and SlingTV. Netflix and Amazon are more for specialty shows now. You can still get some traditional TV shows, but they are usually delayed verse Hulu Live TV and SlingTV. YouTube also offers a Live TV service, but I don't think it's very good.
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  • dave6660dave6660 Member UncommonPosts: 2,693
    I dropped cable about 6 years ago and don't miss it at all.  With a digital antenna I can still pick up broadcast channels for free.  I bought a Roku and have a subscription to Netflix and Amazon Prime.  Plus my DVD collection recently broke 1,000 movies.
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  • delete5230delete5230 Member EpicPosts: 5,439
    edited October 2018
    Cleffy said:
    If you want traditional channel services, then there is Hulu Live TV and SlingTV. Netflix and Amazon are more for specialty shows now. You can still get some traditional TV shows, but they are usually delayed verse Hulu Live TV and SlingTV. YouTube also offers a Live TV service, but I don't think it's very good.
    Hay, thank you !!!! 

    Hulu Live TV has most major channels and most important Disney jr. that I was worried about !  $40.. a month and 50 hrs of cloud dvr, with an upgrade for 200 hrs.  This satisfies TV channels for me, now will look into specialized movies however this will have some within the channels. 
    Update: $40+$20=$60 total for 200 hr dvr and unlimited number of TV viewing at same time.

    Sling TV not as good, You would have to be more crafty to buy addons to get what you want for the same price.....However not out of the question, just need to study it deeper.   

    This is the basic base to canceling cable I was looking for. 
    A little more investigation, a little math to take into account with increasing internet speed... But It looks like a go :)  



    The way I see it, and my understanding Firestick, it could be a struggle selecting what to pay for in the beginning.... But once set up AS EASY AS WATCHING TV.
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  • CleffyCleffy Member RarePosts: 5,947
    The Firestick serves it's purpose as a receiver, but it tends to get hot. You can load other applications into Firestick like Netflix or HuluPlus. That is if your TV can't already do this.
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