Cord Cutting Thoughts

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  1. Have you tried the Chromecast? We’ve been totally cable-free for about a year, and only since we got our Chromecast have I felt totally ok with being able to find and watch anything we missed or forgot to Tivo. It’s my favorite device that I’ve bought in recent memories and probably the least expensive one.

    We also finally bought a really good outdoor antenna after trying to make do with a $20 indoor antenna that I’d have to adjust any time it rained or snowed. No complaints on this new one at all.

    We are paying $8/mo for Netflix and whatever amount you want to amortize for the Tivo and lifetime service we bought with it a a couple years ago.

    1. Have you tried the Chromecast? We’ve been totally cable-free for about a year, and only since we got our Chromecast have I felt totally ok with being able to find and watch anything we missed or forgot to Tivo. It’s my favorite device that I’ve bought in recent memories and probably the least expensive one.

      I haven’t, but I feel like it would be duplicating the efforts as we have Apple TVs all over the place. Is there a use case that wouldn’t be covered by Home Sharing and AirPlay?

      We also finally bought a really good outdoor antenna after trying to make do with a $20 indoor antenna that I’d have to adjust any time it rained or snowed. No complaints on this new one at all.

      The antenna in my attic is eight feet long and pointed at the city’s HD transmitters. Clear as day, all the time. :)

      1. Is there a use case that wouldn’t be covered by Home Sharing and AirPlay?

        We use the tab streaming to watch anything from the networks that we missed, since almost all of them put their content online, but usually in a proprietary player that iOS doesn’t support (the last time I checked). For example, if you didn’t have Hulu Plus and wanted to watch an episode of Modern Family, how would you do that (without buying it on iTunes)?

  2. Quick question – do you point your unblock-us to overseas for mlb? And if so, what is that doing to your wwe network access? Do you have to switch back and forth? I’m not (yet) an unblock-us subscriber but was wondering about this potential conflict.

    1. Unblock-Us doesn’t have an option for setting location for anything other than Netflix; for other services it selects what is the most appropriate locale. I’ve been using WWE Network for a bit now and it’s always working great. Same with MLB.tv.

  3. I have not had TV service for many years. I found the combination of Plex and Apple TV works beautifully. Plex manages my media and allows me to stream to any device, including most smart TVs.

    Most TV stations post their shows online within an hour of showing on the station. Plex reaches out and grabs them for me. The plus of this is that all media is local on your network so resolutions are always high (it will down sample for small devices or streaming over poor connections!). The minus is that you need a computer running Plex and plenty of storage. I love it and have no plans to go back.

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