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I am through with my current cable provider. I am looking into getting a digital media streamer. The Roku series has some good reviews. Anyone with any info or input on it would be greatly appreciated. TIA
My gf got a Roku for her parents this Christmas, they seem to like it a lot. I personally couldn't deal with only a media streamer though...how will you watch sports?
From what I have seen there are live streaming sports on the Roku with 700 channels. Like I said I just started researching it.
Why not just get AT&T U-Verse?
“Those who stay will be champions”
― Bo Schembechler
How much money are you willing to spend?
I have AT&T U-Verse, but I would like to just get rid of my cable provider. If I get a digital media streamer it would basically turn my tvs into smart tvs.
Not too concerned about the money.
If you don't care about the money, I'd build an HTPC (Home Theater PC). Depending on what media center software you use, you can even get a cable card for it.
I am new to this and am really trying to get as much info and help as possible.
Haha sorry, I'd be more specific, but I'm just researching the stuff myself.
Basically, with an HTPC, you're just getting a jacked-up and customized Roku Box. Roku, WDTV, Boxee, etc. are all just mini-PCs with a pre-loaded media center software. They're great if you want to plug-n-play, and you don't ask too much of your media center. I recently found out that WDTV's and Roku's processors can't actually handle the amount of media I've got on some of my external HDs (~3TB on one, 2TB on another) so I'm looking into building an HTPC too.
Anyways, you're basically building a computer. There are guides all over the place to getting the right components, and I'm not the guy to ask about that, but I can at least give you a general idea about what it does. Once you put together the right videocard, internal components, and HDDs (I recommend giving yourself room to expand as you add more digital media), you select an OS (Windows or Linux, Apple is crap for this), a media center software (XBMC, Plex, etc.) and buy a compatible remote, and you've got a supercharged Roku Box with infinitely more capabilities than the average digital media center.
Thanks bud good info. I may just go that route. Thanks again.
Are you planning to stay legit or go pirate? Such as do you plan to subscribe to streaming services like Hulu plus, or just Download the content from various torrents?
Im not really sure I have nothing against going pirate, but I just want to make sure that it is reliable.
Wow. Way over my head
The good news: You can get rid of cable and save a lot of money. Streaming is almost never as reliable as cable and streaming to your tv is a creaky proposition if your equipment is older (like mine). There is no single solution, but you can get pretty close. Be prepared to tinker and be persistent.
Here's what you need for a good variety of live tv:
#1 A Mohu HD amplified antenna ($79) for great local station reception. I live in a rural area and pull in about 20 stations within a 50-mile radius. In a metropolitan area, you can receive an incredible number of stations.
#2 Internet connection with decent bandwidth 15mbps or more will work well. I love Charter Internet but it BLOCKS ESPN, BTN and MSNBC but I bypass the block by streaming ESPN vipbox.tv and MSNBC (wwhdtv.com) onto my computer. (You can run an HDMI cable from your computer to your smart tv and play them directly on your tv. I run a sound cable to my theatre system.)
#3 A decent router ($69)
#4 A Roku box ($49 -$100) Roku is great for video (NetFlix $$, Hulu and Hulu Plus $$, and lots of other things). It really only gets live TV with Playon.
#5 A life-time license for Playon Plus to run on your computer. (I got a free Roku and the license for $69. They ran the same deal at Xmas for $49.) It has lots scripts that will pull in live stations. Some have better resolution than others. Superusvoxtv.com is one of the best. (Playon also has another product for your computer called PlayLater which is a DVR.)
There is a script for the BTN and I subscribe to the digital network, but when I cut the cable tv, it stopped working. Without Charter TV I can't get BTen2GO. There is also a script for the CBSSports which has videos (no games), but it's easier to watch on MGOBLUE.com
I go to a sports bar to watch games on BTN or I listen to the game and watch the replay on mgovideo the next day.
Most epic first post ever
Apple is crap? Your smoking it. I have my hacked Apple devices all communicating fine. If you subscribe as a hardware integrator you can add anything you want to the mix.
Apple will have iTV out next year. Wait for it.
Welcome aboard and thank you very much. +1
Any body in here get ESPN3 through their XBOX360? If so how many college football games can you actually watch on it, and how long do they archive games before they terminate them? I have DirectTV, but I can only DVR at tops about 8 games on a Saturday. I need to find some more options for being able to view more games. Any help is very appreciated.
To watch games u need one of the cable companies from a list. DirectTV won't work
Yeah I know DirectTV doesn't work, and neither does my internet provider. However I was wondering if I might be able to get access to ESPN3 through my XBOX360(thing is collecting dust, time to put it to good use) I thought you might get ESPN3 access through an XBOX, but that still is contingent on the internet provider?
Ur Internet doesn't matter. U can only watch games if u have cable from one of the providers they approve.
Haha espn for u
I only have comcast internet and I regularly watch games on Espn3 (not sure if this helps).
Here's a great site for streaming live sports. Make sure to have an adblocker running, and don't download ANYTHING from this site.
This post was edited by buttesnake 13 months ago
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