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Cutting the cord....

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    Cutting the cord....


    Think I'm gonna ditch cable & go internet only. The only thing that's been keeping me is NESN, since there's petty much no way to watch the B's without it.

    Then it occurred to me... I could probably just buy a slingbox & install it at my parents. Right?

    Anyone else doing that?

    I'd be "starting from scratch" here... Only have Netflix. Would probably want a roku, apple TV, maybe HD antennas, blah blah blah.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Good for you. If my situation allowed it I would follow suit.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    We cut our cord years ago. Don't regret it...mostly... Picked up an HD rabbit ears antennae from Best Buy for about 30 bucks. Gives us the basic ABC/CBS/NBC/FOX and a few others. Biggest adjustment was not having a dvr for the network shows we liked. We slowly just stopped watching the current seasons of series and staring watching back seasons on netflix.

    Primarily use Netflix (shared acct with FIL and BIL). Have Amazon Prime anyway, so the video side is nice occasionally. We also poach the in laws Comcast login for stuff like Fox Sports etc..

    Hockey and Football (remember I live out of market for my team...you'll get the Pats other than MNF over the air) are the hardest to watch. I will use an HDMI to the computer through one of the "other" overseas sites to pick up a feed for the games. Definitely gets annoying, but haven't found a great solution yet. Playoff time is much easier

    All in all I figure we're saving at least $100 a month

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    All you need is kodi. Roku was my first attempt and its garbage. Netflix and Hulu if you want but a good kodi setup dominates everything. I've been cable free for about 2 years now.
    You can buy a ready to go kodi running system for about $100 on eBay or amazon. I built my own however. Its on my phone as well so I can cast it to a Samsung TV if I'm traveling.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    I never had a cord haha.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Quote Originally Posted by boosten lebaron View Post
    All you need is kodi.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Quote Originally Posted by OreoGaborio View Post
    If you have an android phone just get kodi from the app store. Then get the genesis tvaddon. Then you are pretty much set. You can get live sports too but I'm not so familiar with it.
    Give it a whirl on your phone if you can. Its a exactly the same as the one you would use on your TV. I'm sure you can get it on your PC but I've never had the need to try.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    And if you have iPhone?

    I've got an Android tablet but it's pretty basic.

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    Tablet will work. Just down load it to check it out. That's how I convinced my wife to switch. She found herself going to kodi more and more.
    Installing genesis can be slightly tricky but its not too bad. Just get the zip file from one of the sites and use kodi to open it and self install. Takes about 2 minutes and there are plenty of tutorials. That part is really the only part that put people off but I never had issues.
    Once in kodi its just a matter of spending some time figuring out how to navigate it best. Who has the best streams and how to find shows are really at the tops of the list. I can watch any game of thrones with about 1 minute of starting to look but new movies like Jurassic world might take me 10 minutes of trying different sources before I felt and a perfect one. Once you figure out stream like icefilms is usually the best this type of movie but not that type of show its gets pretty easy. Once you get it down pat you can tell kodi to not even show you the crap sources so you waste time with them.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Interesting about Kodi. I was familiar with xbmc but I settled on plex but it's still BYO content. I have a sweet setup with plex, usenet, and autodownloaders but one of the last things that I'd call it is user friendly.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Plex is great if you already have content but kodi is great for everything. Its still xbmc, its just made more user friendly. Like everything else computer related, if you keep adding stuff it becomes more and more complicated. Just keep kodi simple and its very user friendly. Even something as changing skins can add layers of added features but can also really make things complicated. I found the best situation is to install base kodi, put genesis on it and leave it alone forever. It auto updates so you don't even have to worry about that.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    I've been running xbmc/kodi for about 3 years. I started with an android set top box but didn't really have the HP needed to run smooth. So I bought a dedicated Mac mini for the main TV and it runs great. That along with an HD antenna works great for all entertainment needs. An apple tv2 can be jail broken and run kodi as well but they're running about $250 on eBay also the 3 gen won't work. The fire stick can be rooted and made to run xbmc or bought for 75-100 on cl. I use the showbox app on my tablet and a Chromecast in the bedroom. But the Chromecast dumps out here and there.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    I went the sling box method while I was away at school in Philly to watch the B's/Pats, it worked fantastic, much better than the European feeds I was used to getting. Would hook an HDMI cable up to my laptop and play it on the tv

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    I just replaced an ATV2 and an ATV3 with a pair of Amazon Fire TV Sticks. You can sideload Kodi and a bunch of other apps, since it's Android based. There are also several apps for doing AirPlay of Apple devices.

    I have subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I'm thinking of dropping either Netflix or Hulu of either Sling or USTV Now. Both are $19/month and give you live cable programming.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Quote Originally Posted by The Snowman View Post
    I just replaced an ATV2 and an ATV3 with a pair of Amazon Fire TV Sticks. You can sideload Kodi and a bunch of other apps, since it's Android based. There are also several apps for doing AirPlay of Apple devices.

    I have subscriptions to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I'm thinking of dropping either Netflix or Hulu of either Sling or USTV Now. Both are $19/month and give you live cable programming.
    How well do the fire sticks work running kodi? The set top box I have left a bit to be desired.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Thought I read somewhere that the Fire Stick was burning up a ton of data? Someone reported issues with their ISP capping their data because it was sucking up a TON.

    Ah, here's one such report: https://www.reddit.com/r/gadgets/com...ur_data_usage/

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    You can get a Raspberry Pi to run Kodi, which is what I did; I use it with a small USB remote. The whole thing probably cost me $50.

    The modern Rokus are very very good. If I didn't have a lot of downloaded (sorry, "archived" media) on external HDDs then I wouldn't bother with Kodi at all.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    How are you getting that much use out of your roku to compete with a kodi system? I have the new roku and it mostly sucks, especially with cable TV which I need to get access to a lot of the channels. Most of it seems like useless garbage.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Quote Originally Posted by number9 View Post
    You can get a Raspberry Pi to run Kodi, which is what I did; I use it with a small USB remote. The whole thing probably cost me $50.

    The modern Rokus are very very good. If I didn't have a lot of downloaded (sorry, "archived" media) on external HDDs then I wouldn't bother with Kodi at all.
    This. And even if you don't want to spend the money on a remote, you can use the Kodi app on your phone.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Quote Originally Posted by BMMCBR View Post
    This. And even if you don't want to spend the money on a remote, you can use the Kodi app on your phone.
    Explain Kodi to me at Round 6, if you remember, please

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Explain Kodi to me at Round 6, if you remember, please
    It's basically a media playing framework, but I'll go into more detail on how you can use it when I see you. There's several ways you can go about it as you can see in this thread.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Yeah Imma need a Kodi for Dummies class, too

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    If any of you clowns have a small monitor/tv that accepts HDMI I could just show you guys. The raspberry pi is like the size of a full size computer mouse. I can just bring it with me.

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    Quote Originally Posted by BMMCBR View Post
    It's basically a media playing framework, but I'll go into more detail on how you can use it when I see you. There's several ways you can go about it as you can see in this thread.
    I wouldn't mind swinging by for that tutorial ;-)

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    Re: Cutting the cord....

    If you're going the baby ARM board route, I highly recommend better behaved hardware such as Hardkernel ODroids, Beagleboards, etc. Stay away from chinatrash (allwinner, rockchip) and Pi's have their own list of faults plus a bunch of political reasons not to recommend them.

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