Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Technical questions about internet TV? (Vanity)
Vanity | 09/16/12 | Vanity

Posted on 09/16/2012 2:16:40 PM PDT by barmag25

I have been disgusted with my Television bills and what I'm paying for lately.

I have been thinking lately to switching over to internet for television.

There are some relatively cheap products out there such as Roku and others. I Was looking for any reviews of this product as well as any other similar products.

We rarely get into any TV show series except for a few like walking Dead & and my wife has a few shows. The only thing I watch anymore is baseball and football.

All news comes from internet(mainly FR-always ahead of everybody else) and anything really important is usually streamed by any news site..

MLBTV is cheap compared to a satellite package, which leaves me wanting to find a way to watch NFL via the internet.

Questions:

What are the best products (hardware)?

Does anybody else have just internet TV? Disadvantages? Advantages?

Do you generally find everything you want to watch?

Netflix has streaming programs, what other company's offer similar products?

The FReeper expertise is greatly appreciated.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Computers/Internet; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: amazonprime; huluplus; internet; netflix; tv

1 posted on 09/16/2012 2:16:49 PM PDT by barmag25
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: berdie

later


2 posted on 09/16/2012 2:20:54 PM PDT by berdie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

I’ve been thinking the same, and wonder if my 50 gigabyte limit per month would be far exceeded by trying to watch internet tv or Netflix.


3 posted on 09/16/2012 2:22:59 PM PDT by bigheadfred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

Look into Amazon Prime. My cable bill is getting ridiculous also. I used to subscribe to HBO to watch some of their series . I’m skipping from now on. I will be watching Boardwalk Empire online this time around to get the feel of how it works. I now simply hook up my PC to Tv to watch the shows and movies available on Amazon. Cost is $79.00 a year .


4 posted on 09/16/2012 2:23:40 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25
I got rid of cable TV a couple years ago and don't miss it. My biggest TV consumers in the house are the little kids and Netflix provides all of that content.

I'm not in a good broadcast TV market, but a friend of mine in Denver really enjoys watching his games on broadcast TV. He says the digital HD signals are way better than his craptacular cable company provided.

A possibility to look into.

5 posted on 09/16/2012 2:25:25 PM PDT by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

I subscribe to amazon prime and netflix, they cover most of what I want, I am thinking about Hulu Plus. I own a internet TV, DVD player, receiver and Roku so have multiple streams into the living room. I use a harmony controller to keep it all together. Having said that, there are many nights I watch the same old stuff as I don’t like a lot of the stupid stuff out there. I would suggest if you only want to do one go with netflix - the have the most stuff, if you want more current shows, go with amazon and like I said, I am still checking hour Hulu.


6 posted on 09/16/2012 2:36:05 PM PDT by Patrsup (To stubborn to change now)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

bookmark


7 posted on 09/16/2012 2:38:14 PM PDT by RebelTex
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

Check on the availability of HDTV broadcast in your area. We dumped the dish, hooked up a powered indoor antenna, and can pull down 34 stations. In addition, we have roku and apple tv. Both work great for Hulu and Netflix. I do enjoy some of the HBO and other cable series, and find the Apple TV a breeze to use to purchase the episodes I want. Have to check into the Amazon offering.....


8 posted on 09/16/2012 2:40:11 PM PDT by Vladzred
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

I’d look into Netflix. They say you can get all the tv and movies you could want for about $10 a month.


9 posted on 09/16/2012 2:40:28 PM PDT by Jonty30 (What Islam and secularism have in common is that they are both death cults.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

If you are considering the purchase of a Roku player, I have a recommendation: go to the playon.tv website and purchase a lifetime license for their Roku channel. For $69-$89, you get a lifetime license and a free Roku player.

Playon allows you to watch tv shows from most major cable channels and the ability to add on (most are free) additional plug-ins for live cable tv channels and movies, series, etc.

If tv is not your life, but you want to have access to shows and stations when it is important to you, this is the best deal around!


10 posted on 09/16/2012 2:42:27 PM PDT by davandbar
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25
If you don't mind ADS, try The Free TV Network.com
11 posted on 09/16/2012 2:42:32 PM PDT by securityMama (a Mississippian by choice!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25
If you don't mind ADS, try The Free TV Network.com
12 posted on 09/16/2012 2:42:36 PM PDT by securityMama (a Mississippian by choice!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25
I have Roku in livingroom and apple tv in bedroom. Either one takes Netflix($7.99Dollar ) and Hulu plus ($7.99 monthly fees. If you have an apple device Ipod Iphone or iPad these can be mirrored on the apple tv(99 dollars to own). So anything on an apple device including Mountan Lion Mac can be put on the apple tv. If you have these the choice should be Apple tv.

If you do not have any of these get Roku more apps without mirroring capability but lower price from 49.99 to 99.99 for higher resolution. If you want you can get both. The price for Netflix and Hulu plus are the same with multiple devices.

That's all I can think of now. I hope this helps.

13 posted on 09/16/2012 2:44:17 PM PDT by johngrace (I am a 1 John 4! Christian- declared at every Sunday Mass , Divine Mercy and Rosary prayers!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

Mostly I watch sports - baseball and football - but my husband likes documentaries and such. Our son got an Xbox 360 to replace his cable. It seemed like a great idea, until he bought it and read the fine print. The sports coverage is not nearly as good as what they promised. They like having the game system for their kids, but the jury is still out on how well this replaces cable.

If you have Roku and want baseball games, for example, you have to subscribe to the MLB package. However, home games are blacked out. I still don’t think these systems give you all that cable and satellite do, which is a shame, because I would love to get rid of our cable. Hope this helps a bit.


14 posted on 09/16/2012 2:55:12 PM PDT by Pining_4_TX ( The state is the great fiction by which everybody seeks to live at the expense of everybody else. ~)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

Bookmark


15 posted on 09/16/2012 2:58:59 PM PDT by Donkey Odious
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: reed13

Bump for later


16 posted on 09/16/2012 3:00:22 PM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

I had to buy a new TV so I bought a 32” with a VGA input. Then with a VGA splitter cable ($18) and a 6’ extention ($14) to the TV You can watch any internet program like netflix on a big screen TV. No need for Roku. If your TV is more than 8’ feet from the computer, I’m told, you will need a ‘booster box’ (about $40). All these items were found on Amazon, just pay attention that you get the cable ends (male/female) right.


17 posted on 09/16/2012 3:01:34 PM PDT by djone ('..,...... B. O. ...you're fired')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25
Google "Watch Free Movies Online Streaming" without the quotes.

Not all of them are legit, but plenty are.

You'll know what to do.

18 posted on 09/16/2012 3:07:50 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

I watch TV on my 42” LCD using an old computer I had. I bought a cheap video card with HDMI output at Newegg for $30. I watch anything I want. Having a PC connected to your computer gives you a lot more flexibility than buying one of those TV boxes.


19 posted on 09/16/2012 3:09:42 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

Good plan!


20 posted on 09/16/2012 3:12:39 PM PDT by Dr. Pritchett
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: djone

I use the VGA hook up off my laptop with an audio off the headphone jack to audio in connection on TV. For some reason audio does not come over to the TV using an HDMI cable on some content. It just be my laptop, never figured it out.


21 posted on 09/16/2012 3:19:14 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: djone

I use the VGA hook up off my laptop with an audio off the headphone jack to audio in connection on TV. For some reason audio does not come over to the TV using an HDMI cable on some content. It just be my laptop, never figured it out.


22 posted on 09/16/2012 3:19:16 PM PDT by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

My cable “bundle” went up to $170. I dropped it about a month ago and only have internet now. I have my old laptop hooked up to my tv. I got an Amazon Prime trial when I bought my Kindle. I didn’t think their selections were very good and it wasn’t worth the price. I’ve been finding plenty of stuff to watch on Netflix. There’s also a lot of sites with network tv shows, but there’s very little of that I’m interested in. I’m pretty happy with just Netflix. If I run out of stuff to watch there, I’ll point my browser to Hulu.


23 posted on 09/16/2012 3:22:20 PM PDT by pops88 (Standing with Breitbart for truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: USNBandit
I live north of Denver and used to get Baton Rough La. better than Denver. The fed update of TV caused all channels to expire and only 4 channels. Denver is gone as well as other channels. Last year I could watch some football. Thank you Boama for destroying TV also.
24 posted on 09/16/2012 3:24:03 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: securityMama

It did not work for me.


25 posted on 09/16/2012 3:27:43 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

For later....we are in process of doing just this


26 posted on 09/16/2012 3:28:27 PM PDT by goodnesswins (What has happened to America?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: goodnesswins

My friends and I have all been talking about his. I’m the guinea pig and will be doing it first.

I’m tired of paying 80 dollars a month just to watch a few things that I’m interested in.


27 posted on 09/16/2012 3:42:15 PM PDT by barmag25
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 26 | View Replies]

To: mountainlion

http://www.thefreetvnetwork.com/


28 posted on 09/16/2012 3:43:23 PM PDT by barmag25
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: mountainlion

Great for news. Been streaming fox for a little while now with the TV on Fox. Only difference is a few commercials.


29 posted on 09/16/2012 3:45:45 PM PDT by barmag25
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

“Does anybody else have just internet TV? Disadvantages? Advantages? Do you generally find everything you want to watch? “..... As far as what you’ve been watching on cable there’s a problem. If you want to keep watching some shows. Such as ‘Walking Dead’ you won’t find it on the internet. Some History channel shows are available the next day like ‘Pawn Stars’ but very few. I put up a roof top antenna and put a TV card in the computer which allows to record to watch later since some shows come on when I’m out but many channels are only on cable or satallite.....


30 posted on 09/16/2012 3:46:25 PM PDT by djone ('..,...... B. O. ...you're fired')
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25
Dropped cable like a hot rock 8 months ago. Never going back!

Smart TV with Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Vudu is all the TV you will ever watch.

Just bought a bluray player with wifi from radio Shack for $114 and it has component hook ups so I dont have to upgrade my big TV to HDMI or get a converter.

The best part?

NO COMMERCIALS ! ! !
(I mean if you really want to watch them Hulu has them all, but, WTF??)

I am not depressed anymore, my credit score is doing just fine, Obama doesn't interupt my lesure time and my 4 hour errections are no longer a problem.

DO IT and figure it out while you go. You will be saving money from day 1.

31 posted on 09/16/2012 4:03:22 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25
****MLBTV is cheap compared to a satellite package, which leaves me wanting to find a way to watch NFL via the internet.****

Well Hulu has alot of programming you might like. As for the NFL the nfl website has something they call Game Rewind where you can watch the games on demand beginning on tuesday after the weekend/monday night games are over. It costs $40 for the season. Its only for the season so when the regular season ends its done. You have to pay extra for the playoffs.

32 posted on 09/16/2012 4:03:43 PM PDT by fkabuckeyesrule (Lets institute SARAH-ia law in America!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: fkabuckeyesrule

Sounds better than 200 for the NFL regular season on directv.

I travel 50% of the time so I watch most of my tv off of dvr.


33 posted on 09/16/2012 4:07:13 PM PDT by barmag25
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

Roku is outstanding. I was quite miffed when I bought one and a few months later they declared that Netflix subtitles would only be available for the new Roku 2s, but I’m still going to upgrade to a Roku 2. I need the subtitles.

My cable bill went down about $50 a month. I have Netflix for $7.99. At some point, I will add Amazon Prime. Since we desperately miss many Food Network shows, I get those from my parents’ TIVO. We use library DVDs, too.


34 posted on 09/16/2012 4:07:20 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

bump


35 posted on 09/16/2012 4:08:14 PM PDT by w4women (A claim for equality of material position can be met only by a government with totalitarian powers.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

I forgot to mention the top Roku models have a USB port. That’s how I can record from my parents’ Tivo when desired. I do have to convert the shows a couple times to get them to the correct format, but then I just stick them on a jump drive and have 10+ hours to watch.


36 posted on 09/16/2012 4:38:05 PM PDT by Politicalmom (Liberalism. Ideas so great they have to be mandatory.-FReeper Osage Orange)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

I am on a month without satellite. I have a WD TV Live Hub with 1 TB storage, an Apple TV and both smart TV and 3D BD smart player. The Apple TV with Netflix and MLBtv is almost all I need. I also like the Radio stations on the Apple TV. The only thing I wish I had was The Blaze TV through one of my devices ( it is on Roku), and Amazon would be nice to at least AirPlay.. I don’t like tying up my phone or iPad to have it on. I do not miss anything from the satellite.

I do still have basic cable channels because it is essentially free from my ISP. I only have flipped it over there for any weather news. You won’t regret it, I know I don’t.


37 posted on 09/16/2012 4:59:11 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

Bookmarked for later, when i can get rid of DirecTV.

Thanks for starting the thread. It’ll probably help a lot of people save money with minimal sacrifice, if any.


38 posted on 09/16/2012 5:03:03 PM PDT by Two Kids' Dad
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Delta 21

Does anyone remember that cable was originally advert5ised as COMMERCIAL FREE TV?


39 posted on 09/16/2012 5:05:16 PM PDT by wizr (Keep the Faith!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 31 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

Step 1: Over the Air Antenna for network sports. If you have a nice TV you should notice a significant improvement in picture quality with OTA. Cable and Sat both step on their signals.

Step 2. Get a set top box: My company creates solutions for set top boxes like Roku, Boxee, etc, Roku CURRENTLY provides the best combination of price, content and usability. The XS (top of the line) box comes with an RF remote and can even be mounted on the back of a TV. If you don’t have wireless set up in your house the XS is the only one with an Ethernet port. I have mine in a closet running through an HDMI switching receiver. Apple TV would be a game changer if it was an open platform like i0S on the iPhone and iPad. I think this will happen eventually but I think Apple is trying to secure the adequate content rights to be the category killer when it launches and some think they will tie this to a launch an actual TV set. HULU and Amazon Prime are great subscriptions. I have all these boxes in my house, but I use the Roku the mostl. I use the Apple TV as more of a media/music server for all macs and pc’s in the house,


40 posted on 09/16/2012 7:12:41 PM PDT by EXACE
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: mountainlion
Sorry, it has worked for me the last six months. The page redirects to Fox News... Try this one Free TV FoxNews
41 posted on 09/16/2012 8:46:11 PM PDT by securityMama (a Mississippian by choice!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

firstrowsports.eu is pretty good.


42 posted on 09/17/2012 4:14:40 PM PDT by yankee turned redneck
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: lula

What do you think?


43 posted on 09/17/2012 9:23:50 PM PDT by plsjr (<>< ... HIS will be done! (choose a "lesser evil"? NEVER AGAIN))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: lula

What do you think?


44 posted on 09/17/2012 9:24:03 PM PDT by plsjr (<>< ... HIS will be done! (choose a "lesser evil"? NEVER AGAIN))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 28 | View Replies]

To: barmag25

Well, if you’re not in a big hurry to watch non-live (sports, etc.) programs - most of which can still be seen free on local tv, subscribe to Netflix and watch them as they come out.

Not only do they stream (about $8 a month) they have a large library of episodic shows. You just might have to wait 6-12 months after the season is over. Depends on the show.

If you really want to watch a sporting event on say, NFL network, then go to a sports bar or friends house.


45 posted on 09/17/2012 9:28:24 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useful idiots.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: barmag25; davandbar

I don’t know if you’re still looking, but I followed davandbar’s advice and went to playon.tv. The lifetime channel purchase is on sale @ $45. I am trying to figure all this out, to avoid cable expense but to have some decent selection.


46 posted on 03/24/2013 8:13:16 PM PDT by EDINVA
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
General/Chat
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson