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Need an idea to stream video to a tv

ElDorito 7,474 1,374 April 12, 2016 at 07:52 AM
So I was thinking about cancelling cable altogether with xfinity. Then I realized that I could stream live tv and dvr via my chromecast from my pc. While this is a good option for one tv, I'd like to have something that I could control locally and not from the other room (my pc is in a different room)

Here's what I have
1) An android phone and an iphone - The issue with casting from the android phone is when I cast the screen, I have to stay on the video... I can't use the phone for anything else
2) 2 Chromecasts and a roku 3 player

What I'm thinking:
1) Figure out a way to cast from the phones and still be able to use it for other functions such as texting
2) Buy an inexpensive computer for each of my two tvs - If that's the case, I would need internet browsing for the xfinity streaming and an hdmi.. what options are available? Would it be more expensive to keep the computer on than just keeping the cable boxes?
3) Buy an inexpensive chromebook for each of the two tvs


I'm paying $10 for each box.. essentially, I'd like to get rid of 2, or even all 3....

Maybe I'm not considering other things like if someone is over and wants to watch tv while I am not home.... I don't know... Just trying to cut down the bills..

I've also considered Playstation Vue as an option....

Thanks!

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So I was thinking about cancelling cable altogether with xfinity. Then I realized that I could stream live tv and dvr via my chromecast from my pc. While this is a good option for one tv, I'd like to have something that I could control locally and not from the other room (my pc is in a different room)

Here's what I have
1) An android phone and an iphone - The issue with casting from the android phone is when I cast the screen, I have to stay on the video... I can't use the phone for anything else
2) 2 Chromecasts and a roku 3 player

What I'm thinking:
1) Figure out a way to cast from the phones and still be able to use it for other functions such as texting
2) Buy an inexpensive computer for each of my two tvs - If that's the case, I would need internet browsing for the xfinity streaming and an hdmi.. what options are available? Would it be more expensive to keep the computer on than just keeping the cable boxes?
3) Buy an inexpensive chromebook for each of the two tvs


I'm paying $10 for each box.. essentially, I'd like to get rid of 2, or even all 3....

Maybe I'm not considering other things like if someone is over and wants to watch tv while I am not home.... I don't know... Just trying to cut down the bills..

I've also considered Playstation Vue as an option....

Thanks!
What shows / channels do you watch? Hulu (on the Roku, for instance) has most of the major networks (CBS is the one glaring exception), with shows typically available the day after they air. Hulu is ~$9 with ads, or ~$12 without. CBS can be streamed free via Plex, typically the day after shows air. An OTA antenna would get you a lot of NFL, and limited MLB, NBA, and NHL. You'd have to watch live though.

You'll probably never get the same ease of watching that you have with cable, but it can be close. A lot depends on what you want to be able to watch, though.
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Sling TV [sling.com]might be a cheap alternative (There's a 7 day free trial to see if you like it)
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What shows / channels do you watch? Hulu (on the Roku, for instance) has most of the major networks (CBS is the one glaring exception), with shows typically available the day after they air. Hulu is ~$9 with ads, or ~$12 without. CBS can be streamed free via Plex, typically the day after shows air. An OTA antenna would get you a lot of NFL, and limited MLB, NBA, and NHL. You'd have to watch live though.

You'll probably never get the same ease of watching that you have with cable, but it can be close. A lot depends on what you want to be able to watch, though.
the channels we watch...abc, nbc, Tru tv, amc, espn, mtv, e, comedy central, tnt, tbs....nba is a must for me so I don't think something like Hulu is an option
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There are 2 main paths:
1. keep cable, dvr using a cable card tuner (possibly network based) and a computer
2. ditch cable tv all together and stream everything / watch/record ota tv.

What do you want to watch that you can't get on the roku? How much of the content that you watch on the roku requires a cable subscription?

Regarding chromecast and your phone, a simple option is to pick up a cheap prepaid phone to use as a chromecast remote. No phone service required.

You can make content from your pc available on your roku using plex, it's not quite as nice as kodi but it works. You can use Kodi on a fire tv stick.
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There are 2 main paths:
1. keep cable, dvr using a cable card tuner (possibly network based) and a computer
2. ditch cable tv all together and stream everything / watch/record ota tv.

What do you want to watch that you can't get on the roku? How much of the content that you watch on the roku requires a cable subscription?

Regarding chromecast and your phone, a simple option is to pick up a cheap prepaid phone to use as a chromecast remote. No phone service required.

You can make content from your pc available on your roku using plex, it's not quite as nice as kodi but it works. You can use Kodi on a fire tv stick.
main concern is the NBA.. I know league pass blackouts local teams... if it is nationally televised and blacked out too, that's an issue...
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Sling TV [sling.com]might be a cheap alternative (There's a 7 day free trial to see if you like it)
sling looks like a good option... reading up on that now
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the channels we watch...abc, nbc, Tru tv, amc, espn, mtv, e, comedy central, tnt, tbs....nba is a must for me so I don't think something like Hulu is an option
Sling might be a good option, although it doesn't get you ABC or NBC. Hulu + Sling would work, although then you're getting into the realm of a cable package.
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Sling might be a good option, although it doesn't get you ABC or NBC. Hulu + Sling would work, although then you're getting into the realm of a cable package.
sling only streams one device at a time... Vue seems like a good option at $40 and will give me NBA, shows, DVR... the question is what internet speed do I need? It's just the wife and myself.. I don't game online with the exception of the jackbox party pack with friends in the house... 10 mbps is $50 a month.. if I can go with that speed, or lower, then it may make sense to finally cut the cord
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Have you considered getting a HDTV antenna like Mohu Leaf [amazon.com]? Depending on where you live, you might be surprised on how many channels you can get - can go to Mohu's website [gomohu.com] to plugin your zip to find which version best would work.
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Have you considered getting a HDTV antenna like Mohu Leaf [amazon.com]? Depending on where you live, you might be surprised on how many channels you can get - can go to Mohu's website [gomohu.com] to plugin your zip to find which version best would work.
I second the Mohu Leaf, although as I mentioned it is not great for sports aside from NFL. And, depending on what you watch, you could get commercial-free shows for $10-12 a month which is well worth it IMO.
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I second the Mohu Leaf, although as I mentioned it is not great for sports aside from NFL. And, depending on what you watch, you could get commercial-free shows for $10-12 a month which is well worth it IMO.
75 mbps is I think like 75 a month..when I said I was going to leave they gave some minor promotion plus I'll turn in the one box we rarely use...with tv that I have now it brings it down to 120...that I am good with...165 was too much...my contract is up in January so I may be posting again that time Smilie

tried vue...very nice interface..picture wasn't as sharp...main thing is that there's no app for android, roku, or pc...until it becomes more mainstream, too many limitations
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75 mbps is I think like 75 a month..when I said I was going to leave they gave some minor promotion plus I'll turn in the one box we rarely use...with tv that I have now it brings it down to 120...that I am good with...165 was too much...my contract is up in January so I may be posting again that time Smilie

tried vue...very nice interface..picture wasn't as sharp...main thing is that there's no app for android, roku, or pc...until it becomes more mainstream, too many limitations
Actually what I did several months ago was called Comcast and told them I want to cancel that I found cheaper service with a competitor (but know what special's their competitors have) After transfer to the 'customer retention' team, they hooked me up with a 'special' price for internet & cable that I thought was reasonable for 2 years.

Some good links if you do this:
5 steps to negotiating a lower cable bill, cracking down on serial negotiators [consumerreports.org]
The foolproof way to lower your cable bill [marketwatch.com]
http://jc-copy.com/negotiating-wi...e-company/
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Actually what I did several months ago was called Comcast and told them I want to cancel that I found cheaper service with a competitor (but know what special's their competitors have) After transfer to the 'customer retention' team, they hooked me up with a 'special' price for internet & cable that I thought was reasonable for 2 years.

Some good links if you do this:
5 steps to negotiating a lower cable bill, cracking down on serial negotiators [consumerreports.org]
The foolproof way to lower your cable bill [marketwatch.com]
http://jc-copy.com/negotiating-wi...e-company/ [jc-copy.com]
Cablevision was the best with this.. I had tv and internet, all the premium channels - hbo, showtime, starz, all on demands with those too... dvr.. two boxes.. like $130 a month.. xfinity is more expensive, but their system on the boxes is far better... I find the service to be more reliable too.. thanks for the links... We started talking about going into a new contract, but I'm not up until January.. will stick with them at least until then at around $125 a month ... come January may have to negotiate or leave... problem is only other option is dsl which is horrible... thanks for the advice!
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Have you considered getting a HDTV antenna like Mohu Leaf [amazon.com]? Depending on where you live, you might be surprised on how many channels you can get - can go to Mohu's website [gomohu.com] to plugin your zip to find which version best would work.
We used to have 2 of those $40.00 antennas. I beamed how great they were, I showed them off to my neighbor and he laughed. He made me an antenna from the Popular Mechanics [popularmechanics.com] recipe an it blew away those commercial antennas. Cost = $5.00
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