- Mar 27, 2013
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What do you use for viewing? Dish and Direct memberships are on the downhill slide. Have you switched over to some other service?
I’ve been playing this game with DirecTV for some time. Every 6 months to a year, you call them and tell them you’re going to switch if you can’t get a lower price. The first line of customer reps, usually an outsourced Philippine located service, can only give you $5 or $10 off your service. If you insist on canceling, they send you to the ‘customer retention’ or ‘loyalty’ dept with a Directv employee. It used to be you had to carry on the charade until you got a significant discount. Now they just give you the larger discount for making the request for a discount b/c they know they a bleeding customers.I've played this game for years. I have DirecTV and feel like you get what you pay for. I don't like looking for streams on Reddit to watch live sports. Recently, I decided that the cost of DirecTV had gotten way too high to justify it anymore, so I spent a couple of days researching the differences in streaming. Sling seemed like the cheapest, but they don't carry BTN, so it was automatically off the list. HuluTV seemed good, but if I recall correctly, you could only stream on two devices at once, if you wanted more, that would cost more per month. YouTubeTV was fine, but it was missing channels that we regularly watch. Eventually, we settled on moving to Playstation's Vue streaming service. So I called DirecTV to cancel and after jumping through a few hoops with their loyalty/customer retention teams, I got them to basically drop our bill down to within 8 dollars a month of what it would have cost me to switch to streaming. As I was still under a contract with DirecTV, this was enough reason for me to give up on switching services. For now.
I have a friend that just did this, and that's what prompted me to post the thread. Does YouTubeTV include BIG?Switched from DirecTV to streaming a year ago. I have YouTubeTV. Best TV decision I ever made. Local channels, every necessary sports channel, and an amazing DVR. I use Rokus on my home TVs. I love it.
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It does. But with every streaming service, you will lose channels are part of most cable/satellite packages. For example, I have a 3- year old. The only streaming service I found with Nick Jr. was Sling, and they didn't have BTN.I have a friend that just did this, and that's what prompted me to post the thread. Does YouTubeTV include BIG?
Yes, and both FSNs, all ESPNs, CBSSN, NBCSN, Golf, etc.I have a friend that just did this, and that's what prompted me to post the thread. Does YouTubeTV include BIG?
45 seconds? Yikes. This would be an issue for me as well. Even with DirecTV, there is a 4-5 second delay and this occasionally happens. Between fantasy football and twitter I would know everything that happens in a Vikings/Gophers game 30 seconds before I see it. No thanks.Had DirecTV Now for 2 years. Switched back to Comcast in a fit of rage after having games continually spoiled for me.
Can’t stand the 45 second delay from internet TV. Will gladly pay the $20-$30 a month extra for cable until over the air providers improve the delay. It’s also nice having a fully customizable DVR and dedicated remote again.
It's between 30 seconds and a minute on average. I like to follow stats, twitter, etc. while I watch so this was a constant problem. I got pretty good at figuring out when I could check on things, but I still had some things spoiled all the time. Eventually I gave up and went back to cable.45 seconds? Yikes. This would be an issue for me as well. Even with DirecTV, there is a 4-5 second delay and this occasionally happens. Between fantasy football and twitter I would know everything that happens in a Vikings/Gophers game 30 seconds before I see it. No thanks.
That might end up happening, but in the meantime I will have enjoyed multiple years of saving $60-80 per month on TV programming costs. I've already saved around $2k total in 2 years by switching from DirecTV to Vue. And if at some point it becomes more expensive I can switch back or find yet another alternative. But those savings (which continue to accumulate) can't be taken away.Eventually these streaming services will be just as expensive as cable. You're seeing it already with all the price hikes going on. They were never sustainable at the prices they were offered at.
This is exactly what we use. Like it so far, except the price has gone up $10/month in the 3 months we've had it.Switched from DirecTV to streaming a year ago. I have YouTubeTV. Best TV decision I ever made. Local channels, every necessary sports channel, and an amazing DVR. I use Rokus on my home TVs. I love it.
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Im at 50 MB. Can I ask what youre at? It's seldom an issue, but occasional....and of course, always at the worst times.The key issue in all of the streaming choices is having really good internet service. I talked to my local provider about streaming, and the manager flat-out told me I would need to upgrade to a better internet package to get the speeds necessary for good streaming with no interruptions. so, at least some of the money that would be saved by dumping cable for streaming would be eaten up by the cost of moving to a better internet package.
FWIW, my municipal system has fiber-optic to the home. at some point, they're supposed to be giving all the customers a "giga-center" unit that is supposed to provide much better quality in-home wi-fi service. they also have something called 'mesh' extenders to boost the wi-fi signal in a bigger house, or extend the service onto a deck or patio. I admittedly do not understand a lot of this. I'm a tech idiot.