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Old 08-22-2016, 12:53 PM
 
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As far as I know, they would not allow me to do what I have needed to do, which is record 5 networks simultaneously several times a year (which I currently do with 5 separate DVD recorders), then make DVD discs out of each night/each network. (So after recording a week of programming, which again I do several times a year, I end up with 35 DVDs, 7 nights times 5 networks. And again, both the programs AND the commercials are important for that particular research project. A cloud DVR that doesn't allow downloading onto discs wouldn't work.)

If I am wrong and they WOULD allow me to do that (for a price less than cable), please correct me!
Yeah not sure if they allow for downloading but you could always check out the services as they offer 7 day free trials. Only other thing I can think of is to go down to a lower TV package to save money.
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Old 08-22-2016, 01:02 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Yeah not sure if they allow for downloading but you could always check out the services as they offer 7 day free trials. Only other thing I can think of is to go down to a lower TV package to save money.
Looks like SFN only keeps recorded programs for 7 days, and their web site says nothing about downloading onto discs. In addition, in order to record 5 things at the same time, I think I would have to pay for their MAX service, which is $50/month. Not sure about Playstation VUE but I suspect they have the same or very similar "rules."

With Time Warner Cable I have the standard TV service (i.e. NOT HD) -- I don't have the lowest "tier" but that wouldn't save much (and frankly, when I DO watch something, it's typically sports on ESPN, and ESPN isn't included in the lowest tier). It's frustrating to pay $146 and have that not even include HD channels (just basic TV and basic Internet). I will definitely go by my local TWC office this week (wanted to go today but I have too much else to do) to see if they can get my rate down -- they HAVE been able to before.

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Old 08-22-2016, 02:06 PM
 
Location: McAllen, TX
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^^^ It's been my experience with TWC that they will not give me discounts unless I threaten to disconnect AND I have to do this every six months or so because their discounts are only temporary. It's a cat and mouse game that I despise and that is why I only have internet with them at the time, nothing else decent available at my house.
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Old 08-25-2016, 10:35 AM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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^^^ It's been my experience with TWC that they will not give me discounts unless I threaten to disconnect AND I have to do this every six months or so because their discounts are only temporary. It's a cat and mouse game that I despise and that is why I only have internet with them at the time, nothing else decent available at my house.
I actually have had good experiences with the LOCAL office when I go in person -- NEVER with their phone people. Today I went by the local TWC office, and the rep was able to get my bill down from $146 to $101 -- and that is for BETTER (i.e. higher tier) service, as they gave me a new digital box for the channels above 100 (which I haven't had for a couple of years). They pro-rate their service as of the date things change, so I'll be getting back about $60 on this month's bill.

So I'm pleased with the service from the local office, but it is still annoying to have to do this every year. OTOH, I guess most people don't bother (as I didn't, last year), so they make a lot of money that way.
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Old 08-28-2016, 07:06 PM
 
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I cut cable with Comcast almost a year ago i save around $60 a month now but i still have internet with them i pay $50 a month. Cable tv is all garbage to me anyway. I have over the air antennas now an i get at least 42 channels for free.
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Old 08-29-2016, 04:12 AM
 
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Here's my story. I've had an incredibly rocky 10 years. But before those rocky years, my home entertainment setup was a TV + stereo receiver, a PlayStation 3, and my PC used a media server to link up with the PS3 over Wifi. I think it was called TVersity. It let me stream Youtube videos from the PC to the PS3/TV, as well as my media files from my PC storage. That combined with the DVD/BR drive took care of my home entertainment needs.

Now I'm at my own place again. I don't like video games anymore and I'm not interested in buying a game system, but I want something that works the same way the PS3 did. What devices should I look for? Or is there a more streamlined setup than the PC connecting to my PS3 wirelessly?
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Old 08-29-2016, 07:31 AM
 
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Here's my story. I've had an incredibly rocky 10 years. But before those rocky years, my home entertainment setup was a TV + stereo receiver, a PlayStation 3, and my PC used a media server to link up with the PS3 over Wifi. I think it was called TVersity. It let me stream Youtube videos from the PC to the PS3/TV, as well as my media files from my PC storage. That combined with the DVD/BR drive took care of my home entertainment needs.

Now I'm at my own place again. I don't like video games anymore and I'm not interested in buying a game system, but I want something that works the same way the PS3 did. What devices should I look for? Or is there a more streamlined setup than the PC connecting to my PS3 wirelessly?
Depends on what you want to watch? Live TV, Sports, pre-recorded TV shows?
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:08 PM
 
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I don't watch TV series at all, I'm a movie person. Sports is my priority, as long as the device does what my old setup was able to do.
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Old 08-31-2016, 09:29 AM
 
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I don't watch TV series at all, I'm a movie person. Sports is my priority, as long as the device does what my old setup was able to do.
Read up on Roku and Plex Server... https://www.plex.tv/blog/plex-on-the-roku/... also for Fire TV https://www.plex.tv/apps/streaming-d...mazon-fire-tv/
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Old 09-07-2016, 02:28 AM
 
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Thanks. Someone sold me their Android TV set top box, that might take care of my needs. If it doesn't, I'll give Roku a try.
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