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Trying to find TWO Chromecasts or similar streaming devices - cut the cable cord and need alternative

SabrinaC 564 340 January 9, 2016 at 11:33 PM
Just cut the cord and looking for something like Chromecast or similar to Chromecast to allow my family to continue watching shows without having cable. We have a netflix account, but I'm not all too familiar with the current devices out there.

I am looking to purchase two for the two televisions we own, if that helps me find a better deal.

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I'd get (got) Roku's. You'll quickly find you can't watch much without a provider login to many of the apps. So, if you still want to watch current shows subscribe to Hulu and/or SlingTV, then you'll be set.
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download and install kodi on a laptop/PC... install the TVaddons plugin. and explore.. if you like it you can install kodi on an amazon Fire TV Stick and with that you can have hulu/netflix/prime... and the additional benefit of Kodi
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Quote from SabrinaC View Post :
Just cut the cord and looking for something like Chromecast or similar to Chromecast to allow my family to continue watching shows without having cable. We have a netflix account, but I'm not all too familiar with the current devices out there.

I am looking to purchase two for the two televisions we own, if that helps me find a better deal.
What would be helpful is knowing what streaming offerings you are going to plan on using.

I personally prefer the Amazon Fires because I have Amazon Prime but they also support Hulu, Netflix, PBS, Fx, Sling and SlingTV, etc.. I also like how they have a real remote. Do you want to have to control everything from your phone or would you prefer a real remote? To each their own, no right or wrong answer. The Roku has the same thing as well I suppose but it doesn't have native Sling support so you have to run it off your phone.

I also like how they have Ethernet hookups as even with good wifi in my house stuff buffers more than it should w/o it. I picked up those powerline adapters and couldn't be happier.

Some gripes about the Fire are no native USB file playback (which the Roku does have) but you can get around that by installing Kodi and it's very easy to do. I was worried about bricking my Fires but it's cake, at least my experience was.

One gripe in general is w/o a cable subscription you won't have access to as many shows as you may want. A lot require a logon to get current shows and I'm fortunate in that I pay for cable for someone so I just use that but if you don't have that even if you get Hulu you may not get the current shows as an example. It always amazes me how 1 star reviews people give apps because they didn't realize they had to log on to actually be able to watch full episodes!
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Quote from HawkMultimedia View Post :
I'd get (got) Roku's. You'll quickly find you can't watch much without a provider login to many of the apps. So, if you still want to watch current shows subscribe to Hulu and/or SlingTV, then you'll be set.
I'll look into this, thanks.

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download and install kodi on a laptop/PC... install the TVaddons plugin. and explore.. if you like it you can install kodi on an amazon Fire TV Stick and with that you can have hulu/netflix/prime... and the additional benefit of Kodi
I've read about this! Just have to figure this stuff out. Thanks!

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What would be helpful is knowing what streaming offerings you are going to plan on using.

I personally prefer the Amazon Fires because I have Amazon Prime but they also support Hulu, Netflix, PBS, Fx, Sling and SlingTV, etc.. I also like how they have a real remote. Do you want to have to control everything from your phone or would you prefer a real remote? To each their own, no right or wrong answer. The Roku has the same thing as well I suppose but it doesn't have native Sling support so you have to run it off your phone.

I also like how they have Ethernet hookups as even with good wifi in my house stuff buffers more than it should w/o it. I picked up those powerline adapters and couldn't be happier.

Some gripes about the Fire are no native USB file playback (which the Roku does have) but you can get around that by installing Kodi and it's very easy to do. I was worried about bricking my Fires but it's cake, at least my experience was.

One gripe in general is w/o a cable subscription you won't have access to as many shows as you may want. A lot require a logon to get current shows and I'm fortunate in that I pay for cable for someone so I just use that but if you don't have that even if you get Hulu you may not get the current shows as an example. It always amazes me how 1 star reviews people give apps because they didn't realize they had to log on to actually be able to watch full episodes!
Unfortunately I just lost my prime membership this year as I could no longer get the student pricing. Bummer. I will definitely have Netflix and looking into getting Hulu as well. The whole Kodi thing sounds like what I'm going to do in the end. I think I'll go with the Fire just for Kodi installation.
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Check this out if you have an Android phone. I know you need two, but perhaps another person in your household could also do this? You have to make 10 purchases using Android Pay spaced out by at least 5 minutes. While frowned upon, perhaps at least a couple of those could probably be returned. If that's too much of a hassle, you can get something very, very cheap, like candy a box of pencils at Staples (x10 in separate purchases).
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I have one of each: Roku 2, Chromecast (1st gen) and Amazon Firestick.

They are all good, but all different.

The Chromecast is good, but you need your phone (or a tablet) to work it. Easy to use, you have all the apps on your phone, find what you want on the phone, and then "cast" it to the chromecast.
There's a 2nd gen Chromecast on Newegg flash right now for $33
http://flash.newegg.com/Product/9...3_01252016 I like the chromecast, and, in some ways I like that the phone is the remote, but I also don't like the phone as remote. YMMV

I've been using the Amazon Firestick for a couple of weeks now. Pretty snappy performance compared to my old/last generation Roku 2XD. Works terrific for Amazon prime content. Has a lot of apps for other streaming channels. The remote works terrific. What I don't like is that getting to Netflix takes a few extra button pushes than the Roku. Not bad, and the Netflix app is better on it than it was on the old Roku - takes less button pushing once you're there, but you gotta get there first.

My Roku 2 is several years old and has started getting a little flaky - needs to be unplugged and restarted about once a week. Overall, I really like how it works compared to the other two, so I'm on the lookout for another one. Will probably go for the latest generation Roku 2 vs. the stick version. The Roku 3 is too expensive.

All three are good, but I'd rate them Roku > Fire Stick > Chromecast.
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I also prefer the amazon fire stick with amazon prime/netflix/sling tv works great.
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