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Old 06-08-2017, 08:48 PM
 
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you would need some kind of pc: roku, fire-stick, apple-tv, raspberry-pi, kodi-htpc,... (smart tv -- inside the case will be a roku duct-taped to the circuit board connected to an hdmi port).

i used to do this with my old cellular-telefone:
re-purposing old fone as media center pc
I'm actually now looking at the TiVo that lets you use and HD attena and record things. I would get Hulu and Netflix too with that.
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:41 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Any TV you buy today will have an HDMI. Finding a NON Smart TV will be hard. Just get a Smart one and if some day something is no longer supported you just slap a Roku on it.
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Old 06-09-2017, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Norfolk, VA
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Any TV you buy today will have an HDMI. Finding a NON Smart TV will be hard. Just get a Smart one and if some day something is no longer supported you just slap a Roku on it.
Good point. I stand corrected.
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Old 06-11-2017, 12:13 PM
 
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All you need is a high speed connection to the internet, a router, IPVanish and an Android TV box.
https://youtu.be/R_pIYX-gB-o
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Old 06-12-2017, 11:27 AM
 
Location: Michigan
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I pulled the plug on Charter/Spectrum tv yesterday. They had UPPED my bill for internet + tv from $94 to $132.63 a couple months ago. That's just too much. I dropped down to internet ONLY (60/4) as there's no other real choices for highspeed internet where I live. My internet price then went from $53.99 ( for the double-play) UP to $64.99.

They don't miss a trick, do they? I'd like to pay no more than about $40 for internet, but no other choices as I said. We are now using a Tivo Roamio Basic with OTA tv only at the moment.

Perhaps I'll go to Ps Vue or something, in the case we miss a few shows that are not OTA.

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Old 06-12-2017, 03:32 PM
 
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For the financially challenged:

Install Kodi on laptop

Take laptop to library or Starbuck and download

Watch later at home.

internet cost = 0

streaming cost = 0
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Old 06-13-2017, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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Legality = 0
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Old 06-14-2017, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Huntsville
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Amazon Fire Stick is okay but people primarily use it to watch paid TV for free illegally. There is a software hack that allows you to run access content through a media server.

Actually...... this isn't true and it is NOT a hack. It's an app. You are referring to Kodi, a side loaded Android based OS that allows you to install apps that stream content. The content streaming is 100% legal to watch. Can you use it illegally? Sure. There are program add-ons available to Kodi that allow you to download and downloading is 100% illegal. But you can use anything illegally if you really desired. You can use a car to drive to work (legal) or as a getaway car after a robbery (illegal). You can use a laptop to do homework (legal) or download torrented music (illegal). You can use a gun to hunt (legal) or shoot someone (illegal).


Any of the following criteria makes streaming content illegal:


1) Creating a copy of the data on your PC (even a temporary copy that is used to allow you to stream).
2) Broadcasting a live stream to the public (for instance streaming a movie outside for all the neighbors to watch on a big screen)
3) Charging a fee to allow others to watch the stream you are providing
4) Hosting a movie on your personal server


The way that this is prevented is that the data that is streaming to your device is deleted as it plays therefore there is no copy. The rest is of no concern to most people watching in their own home.


The firestick does a whole lot more than just provide an option to watch streaming content through Kodi. It also offers Amazon Prime movies/tv and many of the other movie apps that don't require Kodi to operate.


Through the years I've tried many of the media boxes (minus Apple) and the Firestick has by far been the easiest to use. I have owned 3 Roku boxes, a Sony network box, and a Chromecast and have sold all of them when we purchased our first FS. The FS interface is very easy to use and much cleaner than the Roku (though it would be my second pick).
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:09 PM
 
Location: (six-cent-dix-sept)
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a lot of ignorance concerning kodi:
Kodi Box.

is there a search engine dedicated to looking for moo-veez/teevee shows and what service they are on.

canistream.it does ok but i find it has false positives (and even misses some items).

i even find it weird that the roku search or fire-tv search doesnt always return stuff from netflix/hulu/amazon-vod/amazon-prime/crackle/... seems hit or miss.

one thing thats annoying is that i cant search netflix or hulu on the roku or fire-stick without first being a subscriber (why would i subscribe to something if they dont have what i want ?).

(^ i have to wait to rep you but fyi: kodi is linux based (android also runs on a linux kernel; however, it uses a java based menu system).

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Old 06-14-2017, 03:25 PM
 
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My internet price then went from $53.99 ( for the double-play) UP to $64.99.

They don't miss a trick, do they? I'd like to pay no more than about $40 for internet, but no other choices as I said.
One trick is to use a DSL provider over your phone lines. The two largest are Century Link and Frontier. It depends on where you live. They are usually cheaper than your cable provider.

Often the DSL over the phone line is not as good quality or as fast as what you can get over the cable. But if you switch for a few months, you won't have to sign a contract and you can go back to your cable as a "new customer" and get the teaser rates again.
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