What options are there after cutting the cord?

There are many reasons people watch television some for news others for seasonal programming and the biggest one sports.
After you cut cable off and are now on local antenna with internet access how can you get the specific things you are interested in that antenna broadcast may not or just does not cover?

There are options most will cost you a monthly fee.
Movies and TV you can pay monthly for Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and for live streaming television you have Sling TV, USTVnow.
The costs vary across the board Netflix standard streaming as of May 2016 is $9.99 a month if you want UltraHD you need the Platinum plan that is $12.99 a month.
Hulu- $7.99 monthly
Amazon if you have a prime membership which is $99 a year you get unlimited streaming of pretty much all their library.
Amazon now offers a monthly fee that is less than Netflix coming at you for $8.99 monthly. This allows you to watch the majority of Amazon’s selections excluding the absolute latest movies and TV these will probably not be available.

I have used every service listed so far. While Amazon does pull some amazing exclusive Movies or short series out of their sleeves like Mad Dogs. Not sure it competes with Netflix or Hulu’s excellent interfaces. Is it just about what they have to watch? Yes and no a nice user interface makes the difference of finding what you want a whole lot easier and faster.
Netflix and Hulu have this down Amazon needs to follow the standard these 2 have set.

Live streaming Television
This is where it gets costly and pretty much works against you and the reason you cut the cord.
There is not 1 service available that offers you to only pay for the channels you want.
Doesn’t matter if you go with Verizon, Bright house, Time Warner, USTVnow or Sling they all shove packages down your throat.
The first company or persons who start a Live Streaming TV service or standard service for that matter where you can either pay for the 1 channel you want or the 10 you want is going to be the winner.
Bottom line packages are bullshit! No one wants em we only get stuck selecting packages because we are forced to. If you don’t get their bundles they punish you by charging more!
These companies love to shove services down your throat you don’t need or will ever use like the hard telephone line that is forced on you to get a cheaper cable ,internet package they know that the hardline will never get used but they love getting paid for it.

Lets start with USTVnow this is used in Kodi quite often and they do offer a free package that will give you a few local channels most you get with the antenna you just installed but most of the time the locals they give you are from different time zones so the programming can sometimes be different.
The free package offers you a whopping 7 channels ABC,CBS, The CW, FOX,NBC, PBS & My 9. This is fine if you don’t have cable or an antenna some channels are better than none.
As of now on my Antenna eastern time zone in Florida on The CW  Ceasar Millan and MYTV or My9 Whacked out Sports.
On USTVnow The CW showing Same as local antenna but MYTV or my9 is showing What went down.
Is the free USTVnow useful? Not really if you have an antenna up so that means you have to pay for a package to get the channels you don’t get on the antenna.
The thing that USTV now does offer is when you buy a certain package you get DVR capabilities and don’t need to buy the hardware if you are using a HTPC or media box that has hard drive space already.
The 1st package is the All channels package this starts at $19 a month for 1st 4 months then goes to $29 a month. You get Limited DVR with referral credits, HD channels included, 28 channels total.
The 28 you get for $29 a month-ABC, CBS, CW, FOX, NBC, PBS, My9, A&E, Animal Planet, Bravo, Cartoon Network, CNBC, CNN, Comedy Central, Discovery Channel, ESPN, FX, Fox News, History, Lifetime, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, Spike, Syfy, TBS, TNT, USA, AMC.

Next package All Channels + DVR This starts at $29 a month for 1st 4 months then goes to a whopping $39 a month!
What you get: Unlimited DVR, HD included and 28 channels total same as listed in prior package.
Then there is the Premium service this is 200 channels includes HBO & Showtime and starts at $99 per month!!!
Lets go over this why did we cut the cable company off? Bottom line this is not a sound option. I should mention that you can watch USTVnow package on any device.
Want more info?  http://www.ustvnow.com/

Sling TV offers a 7 day trial.
They push packages on you as well. And offer 3 different packages the 1st base package to be compared to USTVnow is $9 a month cheaper and offers 25+ channels. This is Slings 1st package the $20 a month package.
Channels you get ESPN, AMC, CNN, HGTV, Comedy channel, Cartoon Network, History, Disney, ESPN2, TNT, FOOD, TBS, BBC AM, Free Form, Adult Swim, A&E, IFC, Elrey, Viceland, Lifetime, Travel, Newsy, Bloomberg, Local Now, Polaris, Maker, FLAMA & Galavision
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25$ month package 40+ channels

40$ month package all channels.
To get a better picture of what you get for your money  go to: https://www.sling.com/
My opinion this actually is not that bad $20 month package would compliment the antenna perfectly.
Down side you will not be able to DVR any of the channels you get through this service.
Also if you use Kodi as your media center this does not have any plugin to smoothly integrate into it.

As with Netflix, Amazon & Hulu I have also tried USTVnow & SlingTV. So my input is not just read off of a webpage I have used these services. Some I still pay for monthly others I only did a trial run. Out of the 5 I have listed I only pay for 2 of them monthly.
SlingTV is heavily on my watch list.
Word on the webs is SlingTV will be releasing an app to some smart Televisions so far Samsung & LG have been named. I have a 2015 LG and still no Sling TV App I have seen. Supposedly was to be released on LG smartTV’s st quarter of 2015.  Either it came and failed or they failed to make the slated release time frame? Or have been stuck in the never ending Roku, Android updates and releases to cover any other platforms.

Sports this is something I do not bother with. Plain and simple I don’t like sports. I love watching my kids play on a league or at school other than that I could careless about sports or the channels they are on. Or the events that are being held.
I’m a tiny portion so I have did some looking into this.
I have followed some web pages regarding sports.
With some investigation and lots of reading I was able to not only get NFL network but also NBA, MLB, Boxing, Racing, UK Sports and many, many more including Euro Football and Ireland games.

Was also are able to get Expanded channels TNT,TBS, ID channel, AMC and many others.
On top of that I am getting channels from all around the world.
I went from paying $230 a month for 380 channels to only paying $96 a month for Internet and now get so many channels I could never watch all of them.
I have absolutely became a fan of U.K TV these people have an outlook much different than US. IN US our TV is littered with consumerism commercial every 10 minutes buy, buy, buy!!! Over in U.K sure they have commercials but nothing like here in the states they are not as materialistic as we are and the commercials are about what’s going on or what’s coming up next and when shows are airing they do not have a commercial even once during a show.

I will not show you how to get access to all these channels that will be for you to figure out. But it’s out there!

CBS Action UK

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UK TV Guide

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SKY 1

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Sky Movies

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NFL Network

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Local Antenna

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Kodi Front Dash

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OTA Radio

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Terrible Video I did of being in Kodi dash running channels and other things.

Keep looking on the nets do your homework all the services are free and anyone can do this as long as you can read it can be done.

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Cutting the Cord update

Back on May 8th this year I posted on mounting our antenna to get free over the air television.
In that post I covered the mounting and what channels I was able to pull from over the air.
This post is not about that.

While the antenna was mounted and working our cable television access stayed active until late June.
Not sure on exact date know it’s been a few weeks now with no cable TV access only the Antenna and Internet access.
I was all for getting the antenna up and pulling in free TV but letting go of cable was a little harder than I expected. First I said we will see how it goes during bad weather.
Some pretty bad weather came our way and no issue at all with reception. Then it was how much am I really saving here? Then next excuse was I can’t let go of my HDHomerun TV Tuner Cable card boxes.
I had been so programmed over the years to think the only way to watch TV was to have cable I kept making excuses to keep it on.
Even read the interwebs to see what others were saying about cord cutting and found there were people making the same excuses I had been making even main question how much am I really saving?

It then hit me it’s going to be saving over $120 a month even if it would of ended up only saving $40 or $50 a month by cutting cable package down why give that to the cable company when the stuff I watch regularly can be had for absolutely free! Why give them $50 a month? Why give them even $5 a month they have been sucking the public dry for years with no real competition. It became clear all the years of cable pushing their BS that the only way to get clear TV and more channels was to have cable.
Little did they know technology changed this and the internet they were charging people for was slowly killing their cable television services. And with the change to Digital OTA signals that not only are better quality HD but you only have to buy an antenna has officially made cable TV the outdated service.
I can’t praise the antenna enough the picture quality we get is far superior so many times I am watching TV thinking it’s a HD channel and it’s regular 480i resolution.
The HD channels are so much better there is no comparison even to cables best HD channels. I’ve had Fios and Bright House neither are close.

Ended up just buying the new HDhomerun OTA tuners that were ATSC compatible to make sure all rooms got TV and we could still DVR/PVR our regularly watched programs. Gave Bright House the call to disconnect our cable TV service and home phone service but kept our internet service with exception of cutting the bandwidth package we had in half to 100mbps.

2 weeks in and I have not missed cable even in the slightest. It’s funny because I really thought it would be missed.

While I don’t miss cable I will admit I like TNT,TBS & ID channel. Luckily there are ways to watch these channels absolutely free .

 

 

 

Selling Pioneer CLD-V2400 Laserdisc Player

http://tampa.craigslist.org/psc/ele/5664184146.html
Have it listed on Craigslist and not Ebay. Even though I got the unit via FedEx or USPS I prefer to sell locally and avoid Ebay and chancing that it gets damaged in shipping.

It is of course a used player but I did take care of it.

When it comes to Laserdisc players. Pioneer is the only make Laserdisc player you want to own. They made the best players available. This model is an industrial model meant for learning and Job  training /orientation connected to computers and barcode scanner connection. Although it is an industrial model it plays movies without any problem.
It has been well taken care of in a non-smoking home before that it was in a school library.
It does have writing on top of the Unit but in a rack system or under a TV is not noticeable. “Magic eraser will probably remove the writing”
The Remote control is included and working.

Pioneer CLD-V2400 features:
• Playback of LaserDiscs (LDs), compact audio discs (CDs) and compact
disc video (CDVs). The CLD-V2400 does not playback CD-ROM discs.
• Playback of digital audio or analog audio playback from LaserDiscs.
• RS-232C interface, compatible with the Pioneer LD-V8000, LD-V2200,
LD-V4400 and the LD-V4200 (discontinued), LC-V330 Autochanger, the
LD-V4100 (PAL player), and the CLD-V2300D & LD-V4300 (Dual Standard
NTSC/PAL players).
• Built-in LaserBarcode™, LaserBarcode 2™, and Barcode-CD™ capability,
using the Pioneer barcode reader UC-V108 BC or UC-V109BC.
• Wireless/wired remote control with the CU-V113 or the RU-V103.
• Fully automatic disc loading system

Laserdisc players stopped being manufactured in the United States in 2001 and 2009 in Japan.
The Model I’m selling CLD-V2400 was manufactured in Feb 1994.

While it is used It was not used heavily. This player still has many years left in it if well taken care of.
Only the Laserdisc Player , Remote control & A/V Plug are being sold.
Barcode scanner, cables for PC all sold separately on internet.

 

PC games I have been into

With the new Denuvo Anti-Tamper used on PC games of late Rise of The Tomb Raider, Quantum Break, Gears Of War Ultimate Edition, Doom and a few others and more to come.
The days of downloading a game to try it first are over.
Developers no longer or rarely release any demo’s to try before you buy.

Reading reviews are only little help since everyone has their own preferences a game that one person give 5 out of 5 another may only see it as a 2 out of 5 this is why reviews are only a little help.
Only real help a review will give is if there are hardware performance issues and noticeable programming issues on release that need patching. And that’s if the site reviewing the title bothers to even mention any of those type issues.

Purchased Tomb Raider did a lot of googling to get it on release date for about $32 instead of the standard $59.99 tag they all go for these days digital or not. Only played to 40% marker and have not played for weeks.

As strongly as I was against anyone buying the new Gears Of War Ultimate I did end up buying it only because I got a $19.99 email rebate for M$ so went ahead and paid for it in the Microsoft Store on Windows 10. This game is a Win 10 only game.
This game was just a wreck of a release major performance issues on any gaming rig there was.
Released on March 1st wasn’t properly working until patch 1.10.0.0 which released on 7/1 4 months later it can now be played at maximum detail 4k textures and resolution.
Still on Act 1 just got to the Berserker.

Batman Arkham Knight Loved this franchise also had major mind blowing issues on release missing textures and animations along with poor performance on Nvidia & ATI cards and the list goes on for so long i’d have to dedicate a whole 2 pages to it. This game was so bad on release date they actually pulled it off the shelves and all the normal digital download places. I was not fair on Batman I really did not have any of the huge release issues most had I did play it a little but I haven’t since.

Quantum Break released as a Win 10 only title as well at a price tag $59.99 I Ebayed it recently bought a M$ Store code for $35.
Again this game had issues quite a few at release date and minimal as of recently. Only issue left was no Ultra Wide screen support! No 21:9 support it’s 2016 this is not a rare screen ratio any longer wake developers!
Only owned the game for about 3 days and on 6/30 released patch 2.5.0.0 which fixed the Ultra wide screen and resolution support.
Since this game is new to my library I have only dropped a few hours in but I do like it. Different and looks pretty amazing. Hooked up to my 4k TV and this game @ max detail & 4k resolution looks so good it almost looks like a TV show.

Point is review or no review most PC releases today are riddled with issues on release date.
And with no demo it makes PC gaming a little sad.
I really want to try the new Doom but as of late I have dumped a lot of cash on games that had more issues and were not worth what I paid. Except for Tomb Raider & Quantum Break.