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Old 03-01-2015, 07:30 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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ESPN only works on Roku if you already receive it on cable or satellite.

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Not true. I have watched several events on it with no subscription including the ESPYs and the New York City marathon. Both live and in real time, same as you would on a regular TV. The selection is iffy and is the same as you would get online- Watch Live Sports Events and ESPN Programs Online and on Mobile Applications - WatchESPN
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Old 03-01-2015, 07:58 PM
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Cable or dish during football season. Cancel it outside of football season, in favor of Sling TV and an antenna.

Football is the dealbreaker here for OP. There really aren't any legal alternatives yet with a broad selection of sports, unless OP's husband can settle for football games that come in over-the-air and on Sling TV.
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Old 03-01-2015, 09:39 PM
 
Location: NW San Antonio
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You can use the NBA League Pass, the annual fee is $99 for all games. NHL and NBL also have annual passes. The holdout and deal killer for many has always been the NFL and the DirectTV - but the NFL now has the Game Pass for streaming.
Can you watch your home market team's games on NBA League Pass?
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Old 03-02-2015, 04:20 AM
 
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Can you watch your home market team's games on NBA League Pass?
Doing some digging into the fine print clear at the bottom of the page (Watch Live NBA Games with NBA LEAGUE PASS from NBA.COM) and the unfortunate answer is we'd be SOL on live Spurs games until 72 hours after the game. The blackout is based on your IP. Sooooo, like all cordcutting there are workarounds - the simplest would be to use a VPN with an exit in outside of the San Antonio market.

Cordcutting is not easy, nor will it be until the sports leagues can see a profit opportunity to eschew their deals with TV/radio for a subscription model. Unfortunately, they will never see profitable subscription levels while they blackout local market games. Chicken meet egg.
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:37 AM
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Unfortunately, they will never see profitable subscription levels while they blackout local market games. Chicken meet egg.
It's more like chicken and robin's egg. FSNSW is getting money from EVERY cable/dish subscriber for carriage of the channel. There's no way they could match the ease, consistency and quantity of revenue with an opt-in model, selling their Spurs, Rangers and Stars games only to SA residents who are willing to pay for them.
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:42 AM
 
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Thanks for all the very helpful responses. I feel like my head is going to explode with all the options.
Quick question- if I get rid of cable, does my TV "flipping" experience change? I actually am NOT a channel flipper, but my husband certainty is.
Can he still sit down, turn on the TV, and watch as he pleases? Or will in get more complicated with the antenna, roku, sling (or whatever we go with) ?
I'm thinking we might be stuck with cable for sports :/ Spurs and college football are mighty important in our house!
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:46 AM
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Thanks for all the very helpful responses. I feel like my head is going to explode with all the options.
Quick question- if I get rid of cable, does my TV "flipping" experience change? I actually am NOT a channel flipper, but my husband certainty is.
Can he still sit down, turn on the TV, and watch as he pleases? Or will in get more complicated with the antenna, roku, sling (or whatever we go with) ?
Most of your options without cable won't be live channels, they will be streamed shows. You don't tune in to Channel X to watch Show Y anymore. Instead, you find a streaming service that offers Show Y, you pick an episode of it and you watch it. That's not flipping, that's drilling.
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Old 03-02-2015, 05:49 AM
 
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Thanks for all the very helpful responses. I feel like my head is going to explode with all the options.
Quick question- if I get rid of cable, does my TV "flipping" experience change? I actually am NOT a channel flipper, but my husband certainty is.
Can he still sit down, turn on the TV, and watch as he pleases? Or will in get more complicated with the antenna, roku, sling (or whatever we go with) ?
I'm thinking we might be stuck with cable for sports :/ Spurs and college football are mighty important in our house!
If you get rid of cable, and use an antenna instead, for free local OTA channels, you will just use your TV set's built-in tuner, instead of a cable box. The Roku, or other device, will be fed through one of your TV's inputs, much like your cable box. So you will have to switch between inputs on your TV, depending on whether you are watching a local channel, or a channel fed through some other set-top box.
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Old 03-02-2015, 06:29 PM
 
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Not true. I have watched several events on it with no subscription including the ESPYs and the New York City marathon. Both live and in real time, same as you would on a regular TV. The selection is iffy and is the same as you would get online- Watch Live Sports Events and ESPN Programs Online and on Mobile Applications - WatchESPN
Is this ESPN3 content that you are talking about? All other ESPN content requires a subscription with a tv provider to watch online, including through Roku. ESPN3 content is available for free with participating ISPs.
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Old 03-03-2015, 12:38 AM
 
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Wow, I can't imagine paying $140+ per month for that stuff. We used to have DirecTV and paid about $40/month for TV only. I thought I had to have sports....until we pulled the plug. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. I've literally never thought "Man, I wish I had spent more time sitting on the couch watching sports this week." Now, we only have internet in our house.

I'm not sure how old you are, but consider this: If you put $145 per month in an investment that generated an average return of 10%, you'd have just under $100,000 ($99,658) in it in twenty years.
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