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Old 11-03-2016, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Greensboro, NC
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Yes, check out Sony's Vue. I did the week trial. Down the road, I might consider Vue at some point. Even its highest package would still be half the cost as what DirecTV was for me and that includes some movie channels.
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Old 11-08-2016, 02:48 PM
 
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I had Netflix, but watched most of what I wanted, so I cancelled that.

Had a free month of hulu, but ended up watching everything I wanted to within a week. Most of what they have that I watched was available through the network websites anyways. Just seemed like they rounded up the free stuff and charged for it.

Ended up trying google chromecast, but that was laggy, and didn't offer anything.

I looked into the local cable providers, and the cheapest was cox. I belive the second cheapest package ($50 or $60 a month) was my best option, ($5 or $10 more a month then the cheapest, better channel selection, and the NFL package). What they don't openly tell you; THE FINE PRINT: is then they charge you for a dvr, ($10 I think), AND dvr service ($15). That two year contract jumps up $50 a month that second year, and that included NFL package was only for the first year. Once you split that up into payments that first year is goes from $50 advertised to just about $100 if you want dvr service, and then doubles to just under $200 a month the second year if you want the same thing.. NOPE....

I ended up getting an over the air antennae, (mohu leaf), and in my area, I can pick up all the big channels plus some good movie channels. I pickup everything on here. It was a one time $60.
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Then I added sling. They give you a week free to try it, you can choose the $20, $25, or both for $40 package. For your free week just go with the $40 option, and you can see all of what is offered, and what shows/channels you end up choosing after the week. I noticed nearly everything I was watching was on the $25 option, so I went with that a few months ago, and still have it.
I'm a guy, I would prefer to have espn, but other than the one MNF game of the year, I could be fine without it. If it was really that important, I could have changed my plan to the $20 or $40 option for that one month just to have it. Other than that one Monday night game (which I ended up being too busy to watch anyways), I can watch all the other games free through network channels.

Yes there are on-demand movie options, looking at it right now, they have; sausage party, bad moms, nerve, neighbors 2, Warcraft, (movies that are just out of the theatre and aren't even in the dollar theatre or redbox yet for $5. They have older movies too, not a great selection, and even looking at it, there is; What about bob?, Casino, Scarface, etc.. and even those movies are $3. Ive had it for a few months, and there have been a couple times where the premium channels show up for free for a few days, and allow you to choose from the entire library. Anything on-demand on the normal channels would be available through the channels own website.

As for picture and streaming quality, I have 20mbps internet service here through centurylink. I have my internet hardwired to my wifi router, and from there hardwired through an xbox, then hardwired to the tv, (so hardwired all the way to the tv), or wifi to my computer. Not sure why, but the quality is at about 99% through the wireless on the computer, and hit or miss on the tv. What I really don't like is on the tv, most of the time, the current guide doesn't even show up. I would have to see what was on, on the computer, then use the search to find it on the tv, and some times that wouldn't even work. It got to be such a hassle I just ended up only watching sling on my monitor.

If I had a full option of cable I could probably find something better to watch, but I keep entertained. I was lacking a little so after the first month I picked Netflix back up too. it has enough of a library or if I want to watch a show no problem. Every few months or so when there is enough to catch up on, I can add the dvd option off Netflix.

In all; it could be better, but one of the best reasons for me to go with it is; NO CONTRACT, no hidden fees, no equipment to buy or rent, and NO hidden or major price hikes after that promotional period. I pay ($25 for the sling, & $10 for Netflix), $35 a month, (+$40 a month for internet), and can no way justify $200 a month, for almost the same thing.

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Old 11-08-2016, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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The no contracts thing is nice. I added HBO to watch Game if Thrones. Free month trial wasn't long enough to finish, so I paid for one month. Finished that and I'm free to cancel. It's nice.
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Old 11-09-2016, 06:55 AM
 
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One thing not mentioned in the "pro" column is the lack of wires. My neighbor bought a home built in 1955, and was surprised to discover there was no internal wiring in the home. It seems that the four previous owners had never had television. There was coaxial going from a utility pole to the attic. He has four children and he decided to go with Sling partly so that he wouldn't have to tear up the walls. The lower cost was a factor as well.
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Old 11-09-2016, 03:48 PM
 
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The no contracts thing is nice. I added HBO to watch Game if Thrones. Free month trial wasn't long enough to finish, so I paid for one month. Finished that and I'm free to cancel. It's nice.
oh yeah, I did that too. I forgot about HBO. I had that after the hulu. I got the free trial, (where I caught up on the first 3 episodes of Game of thrones), cancelled it for a week, then ended up getting it for another month, so I had it long enough to finish out the season. When it comes back on next year, I will probably cancel nextflix for the two or three months that I get HBO so I can watch the final season.
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