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  1. Covert Rain

    Covert Rain Father smelt of elderberries!

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    OK, cord cutters. Out of curiosity what is your setup? Do you use an OTA DVR? Which OTA antenna did you go with? What streaming services do you have? What do you like and don't like about your setup?

    I am getting serious about cutting the cord after having DirecTV since the year they rolled out service. Man are they going to be shocked. I just want to weigh all the options and hopefully benefit from your experience.
     
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    I pay for Netflix and Amazon and stream to Rokus on each TV. I use plain old rabbit ears for my OTA, I don't get all channels in all rooms, but 3-5-10 (im in phx) in all rooms and 15 in 2. I'm unable to get channel 12 anywhere in the house. I'm just about 30 miles from S. MTN by PV Mall. If you have cox internet, you still get a lot of the 2-22 channels w/o paying for any TV package, Ive been told there isn't away to filter that from the internet signal, but who knows.
     
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    Covert Rain Father smelt of elderberries!

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    I do have Cox Internet. You get those channels without a box?
     
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    OTA antenna mounted on the roof. Got it for around $45 on Amazon. I get some stations as far away as Tucson with that thing. I use a HTPC running Windows 7 with a USB TV tuner stick for around $20.

    The only thing that I really miss is live sports. The internet is a hell of a place though, and you can find practically anything either live or within a few hours on the internet. Avoiding spoilers is tough sometimes.

    We currently have Amazon Prime, Netflix with 4 devices, HBO GO, (through a friends account) and Hulu Plus without commercials. It is more than enough TV to watch for us, so we barely have missed not having the cord. 5+ years now and I would never go back. I wasn't getting anywhere near the $125 a month value I was spending.
     
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    Covert Rain Father smelt of elderberries!

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    Which Antenna do you have?
     
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    I feel like this whole thread is deja-vu but it says it was created today.

    Out of curiosity what is your setup? Xbox in the living room, Roku in the bedrooms. Chromecast, apple tv, etc all work fine too. smart tvs have all the stuff as well.

    Do you use an OTA DVR? waiting for xbox one to have it, a lot of DVr are either really expensive or have monthly fees.

    Which OTA antenna did you go with? a cheap one, works just as good as an expensive one.

    What streaming services do you have? netflix and hulu along with my moms hbo password. I tried amazon but it was mostly same as netflix. also tried sling tv and its not worth $20 monthly IMO.

    What do you like and don't like about your setup? Cord cutting is one of the best budget measures I have ever done. I am backlogged with shows and never say "there is nothing on TV"

    The only thing I dislike is that I dont get walking dead but I just buy the season pass for $43 and every episode comes to me the monday after it airs.

    Fear the walking dead is on hulu but most shows release the next day, fear releases months after the season is over so I will have to buy that also. Other shows can wait but i cant wait for TWD.
     
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    PS my cheap antenna gets all phoenix valley stations without an issue.
     
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    OK, so as of TODAY (not counting DIRECTV) I have Hulu Plus, Netflix, Amazon Prime. I don't have an XBOX in the living room.

    I have been doing a ton of research and when adding fees etc. I am leaning towards a TABLO DVR plus it does streaming of recorded content out of the box. I think I want to pair that with Roku (will be adding HBO NOW). Debating on SlingTV only because the wife really really wants HGTV.

    In terms of the OTA Antenna, I love on the outskirts of Queen Creek so I think I am going to need a really good OTA. I would prefer to install it in my attic but who knows how badly that is going to impact the signal.
     
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    If take is an issue I would go with an antenna on the roof.

    If you have all those services AND cable than sling may feel like a decent deal. It also had AMC and ESPN but no on demand so you have to watch live to get AMC shows.

    For me it would be used so rarely that it was not worth $20 a month. It is rare that I sit down at the appropriate time to watch a show live

    I haven't had DVR for years and with Hulu, you get most TV programming already. Try doing this without the DVR and maybe without sling for the first 6 months, you may save a ton of dough deciding you don't need all the other stuff

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    Actually I would love to skip SlingTV but it's the only way the wife can get HGTV. Even through Roku I believe you need a subscription. Typically, I watch most TV shows same night but not live so I don't mind investing in the DVR to record OTA shows on the major networks.

    In terms of the Antenna, I might try in the attic first and if it's dodgy or I can't get all the stations I want, I might just have to do the roof.
     
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    SlingTV has an Xbox One app. There's that I guess.
     
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    I don't want to move the XBOX ONE to the living room. However, from what I understand Roku now as a SlingTV app.
     
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    Yeah, always has

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    Maybe find someone who will give you their cable password for HGTV and ESPN apps

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