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« Reply #238 on: July 06, 2018, 01:11:58 PM »
Latest Sling TV Enhancements Push Streaming Service Towards A La Carte TV Model

http://www.telecompetitor.com/latest-sling-tv-enhancements-push-streaming-service-towards-a-la-carte-tv-model/

Other announced Sling TV enhancements include making its slate of PPV content available to anyone, whether they are a Sling TV subscriber or not. PPV events, including UFC and boxing matches,  are now available as just a single purchase. The same is true for movie purchases.

Additionally, Sling is offering free access to about 100 hours of on-demand TV shows and movies for “returning customers.” It appears to be an attempt to woo back customers who have moved on from Sling for whatever reason. These Sling TV enhancements are currently only available on the Roku platform but will expand to others, according to the company.

“When we first launched Sling in 2015, we set out to create an entertainment experience that put our customers first, offering unprecedented flexibility and control – no annual contracts, no hidden fees and the ability to customize programming,” said Warren Schlichting, president of Sling TV in a press release. “The new Sling evolves the experience even further by providing access to great content without anchoring customers to a base subscription.”
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Re: OT - Cable Alternatives
« Reply #239 on: July 06, 2018, 01:13:48 PM »
AT&T is increasing the price of DirecTV Now, its subscription streaming service, by $5 a month effective August, Cordcutters News, CordCutters and Engadget reported this weekend. That brings the price of the package to $40 per month for basic service and $75 per month for extended offerings.

https://gizmodo.com/at-t-is-jacking-up-the-price-of-its-directv-now-streami-1827273526
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« Reply #240 on: July 06, 2018, 01:31:26 PM »
Until Sling announces that they will carry BTN, I won't go back.

My experience with Hulu is that it absolutely sucks for live TV. They seem to think that people don't need a channel guide because that's the "old" way of watching TV. Well, I'm about to be 40. I'm old enough to want a channel guide. 

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« Reply #241 on: July 07, 2018, 01:27:31 PM »
I have Sling but I'm going to change for football season to something with BTN.  Right now that might be Hulu.  My wife likes Hulu and I rarely watch live TV except for sports, so not sure I need a channel guide.  Was going to get Youtube, but supposedly they don't work with Amazon and one of my tv's has a fire stick.

Also, interestingly, I had bought a 55 inch Roku TCL last year to put in the sun room.  It crapped out but was still under warranty (thanks Costco) so they just replaced it.  The Roku remote had a button for Amazon, but that has been replaced with a Hulu button.

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« Reply #242 on: July 08, 2018, 08:44:40 AM »
A writer I like who goes deep on this said YouTube TV is now the clear king on the sports front FWIW.

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« Reply #243 on: July 08, 2018, 10:23:11 AM »
YouTube TV offers a fair lineup of sports networks, with four ESPN channels, The Big Ten Network, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, The Tennis Channel, the SEC Network, NESN and the Olympic channel. 

Still, NBA diehards won't find NBA League Pass through this network, and football fanatics will notice the lack of NFL Red Zone. 

The new channels added to YouTube TV on Feb. 14 also include a serious lineup of sports content, including March Madness, MLB Postseason games, nationally televised NBA games, the NBA All-Star weekend events, NBA Playoff games, the PGA Championship and UEFA soccer. Soon,  the MLB Network and NBA TV channels will also land on the service. 
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« Reply #244 on: July 08, 2018, 11:37:01 AM »
A writer I like who goes deep on this said YouTube TV is now the clear king on the sports front FWIW.
Can you stream it on a Firestick?

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« Reply #245 on: July 30, 2018, 04:34:22 PM »
Comcast Xfinity Drops BTN
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Millions of Comcast Xfinity customers have already lost BTN. Now, all Xfinity subscribers could lose BTN in addition to Big Ten games on FS1 starting September 1. 

We love Big Ten football as much as the fans and feel a responsibility to alert Comcast subscribers of the real possibility that they may lose BTN and Big Ten football games on FS1. 

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Re: OT - Cable Alternatives
« Reply #246 on: July 30, 2018, 04:36:10 PM »
Our DirecTV drops fairly often when cloudy, not good.

Cable is reliable here.

Internet cable.

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« Reply #247 on: July 30, 2018, 06:47:36 PM »
need a larger dia dish  or simply tune it in better
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« Reply #248 on: July 30, 2018, 07:03:31 PM »
I didn't dive through this entire thread but I'm sure the topic of Net Neutrality has come up. Since it's such an immensely popular idea in the U.S., I'm betting it doesn't count as politics. Anyway, if I can live in a region with more than one internet provider, I had until recently felt I was five or fewer years from cord cutting. But there are many regions, especially in the Midwest with Comcast as the only realistic source of internet. That will mix in the absolute worst case scenario way for those customers who ditch cable to watch their college-football/movies/shows online through platforms like Hulu TV or YouTube TV. We ditch Comcast only to be held hostage as if we hadn't.
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« Reply #249 on: July 30, 2018, 07:19:28 PM »
But there are many regions, especially in the Midwest with Comcast as the only realistic source of internet. 
It's not even just rural areas. Where I live, I have two options. Cox internet through cable with realistic speeds, or AT&T DSL with a 3 Mbps download rate. 
That's not a typo. 3 Mbps. 
So I have Cox. Which costs me $98.60/month, just for internet. Because there's no competition.

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« Reply #250 on: July 30, 2018, 07:37:52 PM »
competition in rural areas is tough to achieve

many times the incumbent single provider doesn't want to serve the area because there's no money to be made

the repeal of Net Neutrality is more about allowing service providers to try to make money from other sources than subscribers, encouraging competition of multiple service providers, and nothing to do with limiting choices for subscribers.
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« Reply #251 on: July 30, 2018, 08:20:27 PM »
I don't believe that but if true then why not craft the repeal narrowly? Because even if providing heterogeneous access speeds isn't the actual goal, if the current repeal survives, limiting speeds to some sites for some people sometimes would nevertheless be legal.

And since cable and internet companies are now also in the business of Hollywooding and Netflixing online content of their own, limiting access to competitors' content falls entirely within the realm of encouraging competition among service providers. 

Competition is healthiest when it requires reaching to do better (a tide rises all ships). It's least healthy when it welcomes a company to undercut a competitor's legs so that guy's product sucks worse than it would have otherwise.
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