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at some point...these streaming services are just going to replace channels. At that point, we will have the ala carte tv viewing options that we all wanted...only problem is that it is going to cost just as much as the total packages did with cable.
 

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at some point...these streaming services are just going to replace channels. At that point, we will have the ala carte tv viewing options that we all wanted...only problem is that it is going to cost just as much as the total packages did with cable.
I think your are right especially for scripted tv that isn't on network TV. There was an article up yesterday saying that Disney/ABC bought up the fox studio stuff because they wanted to secure the content library for Disney+.

Sling is suppose to have the largest user base. I think it's because they are focus on offering sports. I think DirecTV now, Hulu Live, and YouTube tv made the mistake of trying to make packages that are beyond just sports. Sports is a segment that can be packaged together because so many networks have rights to major sports and it's hard to keep track of who has what game on.

The fox regional sports networks not going to Disney/ESPN is big for potential a la carte. All the potential bidders don't really have other cable TV networks.

What I question is what does reality TV as a whole including food, cooking, travel, home, and the reality dramas have in the constantly expanding content.
 

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Hoping the experts here can help me with a couple questions (Sorry, not up to date on the thread).

1. YouTube TV. If I purchase, can I watch all local Cavs, Browns, Indians games?

2. Is there a streaming option that has a package of Spanish-speaking channels?
 

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Hoping the experts here can help me with a couple questions (Sorry, not up to date on the thread).

1. YouTube TV. If I purchase, can I watch all local Cavs, Browns, Indians games?

2. Is there a streaming option that has a package of Spanish-speaking channels?
Yes with YouTube tv, you will get all the Cavs, browns, and Indians games if you are in the Cleveland market. This is also true for Hulu live. PlayStation Vue, Sling, and DirecTV now you have to look at the packages to make sure they give you STO and Fox sports Ohio for Indians and Cavs games.

Browns game are all on local broadcast TV if you are in the Cleveland market, that includes MNF and Thursday games. Personally I think the NFL has the right idea of making sure the local market gets maximum amount of views by having all games on broadcast TV. This is where sling becomes questionable because it doesn't have all local broadcast stations. You will need an antenna to insure you get all the games.

As for Spanish packages, youtube tv doesn't seem to offer it. Sling, Hulu live, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV now have a Spanish package. DirecTV now has the largest and it $15. Sling, Hulu live, and Vue seem to have very similar Spanish packages for $5 a month with like 5 or 6 channels.
 

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Yes with YouTube tv, you will get all the Cavs, browns, and Indians games if you are in the Cleveland market. This is also true for Hulu live. PlayStation Vue, Sling, and DirecTV now you have to look at the packages to make sure they give you STO and Fox sports Ohio for Indians and Cavs games.

Browns game are all on local broadcast TV if you are in the Cleveland market, that includes MNF and Thursday games. Personally I think the NFL has the right idea of making sure the local market gets maximum amount of views by having all games on broadcast TV. This is where sling becomes questionable because it doesn't have all local broadcast stations. You will need an antenna to insure you get all the games.

As for Spanish packages, youtube tv doesn't seem to offer it. Sling, Hulu live, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV now have a Spanish package. DirecTV now has the largest and it $15. Sling, Hulu live, and Vue seem to have very similar Spanish packages for $5 a month with like 5 or 6 channels.
Much appreciated! That's a bummer that YouTube doesn't offer the Spanish. Was going to for sure go with that, but the lady needs her home language fix. Have to figure that out.
 

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Much appreciated! That's a bummer that YouTube doesn't offer the Spanish. Was going to for sure go with that, but the lady needs her home language fix. Have to figure that out.
Really with the price increase on YouTube TV, it might be best to see what other options there are. I will be shopping around soon.

You can get Univision with an antenna. I think it has two Spanish channels now. I also just looked at my YouTube tv guide and I get telemundo and universo.

I wish Univision had an option for english subtitles or audio. I like watching soccer and they seem to have games on here and there. The soap operas seem crazy too and I would love to know what they were saying.
 

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Been using YoutubeTV for a few weeks now.. YTV vs DTVNow.

Prices are about the same now. I had an older plan of DTVNow before they got rid of some of their channels and added HBO. I think the only channel that I miss is TVLand or something like that that played sitcoms late at night.. wife liked to fall asleep to them.

Channels for YTV are fine, nothing special, but enough to watch. Seems to have more sports channels, so that's a plus to some people.

YTV seems to stream slightly better. DTV would have weird issues (poor quality/freezes/whatever) every day or every other.. almost got used to it. YTV is almost always HD and will transition from HD to SD and back almost seamlessly.

Just a note for those that might be in a similar situation to me.... I believe DTVNow picks local channels based on the zip code for the the CC that pays. YTV will let you pick a home network location, and then you have to verify it. I live in FL but have family that uses it back in OH. Set the home network to OH and now I get all the Browns, Cavs, and Indians games on my channels down here. That alone is worth it to me.
 

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Been using YoutubeTV for a few weeks now.. YTV vs DTVNow.

Prices are about the same now. I had an older plan of DTVNow before they got rid of some of their channels and added HBO. I think the only channel that I miss is TVLand or something like that that played sitcoms late at night.. wife liked to fall asleep to them.

Channels for YTV are fine, nothing special, but enough to watch. Seems to have more sports channels, so that's a plus to some people.

YTV seems to stream slightly better. DTV would have weird issues (poor quality/freezes/whatever) every day or every other.. almost got used to it. YTV is almost always HD and will transition from HD to SD and back almost seamlessly.

Just a note for those that might be in a similar situation to me.... I believe DTVNow picks local channels based on the zip code for the the CC that pays. YTV will let you pick a home network location, and then you have to verify it. I live in FL but have family that uses it back in OH. Set the home network to OH and now I get all the Browns, Cavs, and Indians games on my channels down here. That alone is worth it to me.
Youtube tv might ask you to verify your home network on your devices that you use in Florida at some point. I saw on Reddit that it depends on what you watch. Like if you watch MLB it ask somewhere between every 30-45 days if you haven't been on the home network. If you watch the NBA it will ask every 90 days.

DirecTV now and sling have recently added promo prices for 3 months. It will be interesting if the other companies will follow suit and what they consider a "new customer". If it's like cable, new customers are ones who haven't had the service for a year. Could be a chance to jump around to save money.

Also Philo has been rumored to add sports packages in the future.

The NFL is also trying to add more streaming options to NFL Sunday Ticket. They want Amazon and Disney to carry it.
 

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Not sure if mentioned on here, but if you're looking for a service with a decent film collection and a focus on world cinema/ Criterion stuff, check out Kanopy. It's absolutely free with a library card. Just make sure your library participates. For those local, I know Lakewood Public Library isn't registered yet, but Cleveland's is. Just register on their site and stream. You can watch 10 films a month. Roku has it as one of its channels. Really good content.
 

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So, looking for an IPTV service with decent uptime now that Vader went under.

Any suggestions from the crowd? @gourimoko ? anyone?
 

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I noticed that Court TV was added to my local ABC subchannels over antenna, which wasn't that interesting to me. The interesting part was it was added in HD. It's the first subchannel to be added in HD that I've seen.

The promising part of this is hopefully we will get a bunch of extra HD channels when ATSC 3.0 comes out. It seems like the subchannels are preparing for it. I just hope they are more useful than court tv.

Also another thing is court tv existed on cable then was change to trutv after it was bought out. It interesting tv networks are seeing antenna tv a viable market.
 
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I've had DirecTV now for like 2 weeks. It definitely alot more buggy than youtube tv. Only reason I switched was the YouTube tv price increase and the timing that I get HBO with their lowest package, which was on sale for $30 for the first 3 months.

The quality isn't as good as YouTube tv and the app isn't as well thought out. The quality isnt good on the tv I watch the most which is a Samsung smart TV but it looks fine on other TVs using a Chromecast and Roku.

The DVR might be the biggest downside. It barely works, the skipping or fast forwarding always freezes it up. It basically will record a weeks worth of shows and that's it.

Also no AMC or regional sports in the lowest package. I did notice they are better about selling their ad time unlike YouTube tv. I rarely get a placeholder for an ad which I would get constantly with YouTube tv. It's annoying YouTube tv couldn't get their act together on that to keep prices down.

I will be shopping around after the 3 month promo is over. It's not worth the full $50 a month during most of the year with the channels it's lacking, even with HBO.
 

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So At&t basically just put out a streaming service that no one will want. At&t tv is basically just like DirecTV and Uverse. They have approved devices but want you to use their box. They charge for extra devices. Charge for regional sports. The $59 is a one year intro price that goes up to $93. Also it requires a 2 year commitment.

I don't see who even signs up for this unless they give a major discount on internet. Not sure what at&t is thinking. My guess is HBO max will also be overpriced when it comes out.

 

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So At&t basically just put out a streaming service that no one will want. At&t tv is basically just like DirecTV and Uverse. They have approved devices but want you to use their box. They charge for extra devices. Charge for regional sports. The $59 is a one year intro price that goes up to $93. Also it requires a 2 year commitment.

I don't see who even signs up for this unless they give a major discount on internet. Not sure what at&t is thinking. My guess is HBO max will also be overpriced when it comes out.

This makes little sense to me. Isn't one of the key benefits to the other streaming services that you don't have a contract and that you can cancel anytime?

May as well get one of AT&T's cable and internet bundles if you're willing to pay $60/month for streaming.
 

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