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Don't want to quote the posts...Getting too long. TWSS. But again my main concern was channel availability and convenience. You claimed you had all the channels I need. Did you look at my channel list and confirm? Thanks for the rest of the info. I will take a look at it.
www.sling.com and see the prices. I started to do that, but figured it is easier for you. Just realize that some of the channels are in orange, some in blue, and some in $5 add ons. I only do orange, and add the $5 sports pack during football.
Further, what exactly is "convenience?" Is it On Demand? If so, cutting the cable is for you. If it is I have to have a traditional interface with one single channel guide for everything with DVR, it is not for you. However, I can't wrap my mind around why anyone would find using an roku interface with apps "inconvenient." It really is no different than you phone.
And, if you want every one of those channels, you absolutely have to have every single one, I think it will eat into your savings. (I mentioned that already.) But why do you need "live tv" for many of those channels if you can get content on Hulu and other places? If you get NFL, MLB, MLB, absolutely no reason for FSN, NFL network as you would have the critical content FSN provides. Much of this whole thing is "unthinking" how you've done things.....if you are not ready for that, I understand, and you are doing the right thing in "negotiating" as they are terrified of people like me and others who do this. They know they've hosed people for years, and you now have some leverage.
BTW, had a bad typo in my post when I addressed channels; correct below. This was my answer to channel availability:
On channels, I'd encourage you to think about what you really need (all networks free on antenna) remember you may be able to get some "on demand" with Hulu, netflix, prime etc. You are going to pay a lot more if you want all of those (as live TV). See https://www.sling.com/ Note orange and blue packages. Also, they have multiple $5 add ons like the sports bundle. I think you'd be better off with Sling Orange + the $5 sports bundle for $25/month. Then, get Hulu for much of the rest of the content you are missing (great for kids stuff!!!!). (Yes, you will have a delay on a lot of that; can use Play On to fill in gaps to some degree.) So, say about $35 for your TV subscription (sling orange, sport pack, and hulu), but as high as you want to go.
If I just wanted content I could go to pirate bay.
Hulu, tablo, sling, and about every other service have a roku app. Roku is open source since an android descendent....one interface for multiple apps much like a phone. All one place and you use what you need at the time. I find it very convenient... But maybe you are not ready. Just keep putting your provider over the barrel....
American Heroes Channel
Fox Sports North
Fox Movie Channel
Fox News Channel
The rest would cost him $60/month. There are a couple packages he would have to get for a single channel. Sundance & VH1. He would get Nick Jr, but not Nick. Sounds like some of Discovery and American Heroes is on Roku, but maybe not everything. I suspect more or all of this shortened list is available elsewhere, but I'm not fluent in this stuff.
Now, In all seriousness I really am interested in this stuff because I want to know about it and have all the options and when the time and the product is right for me to pull the trigger on it I will. It also give me options every year when I put directv “over the barrel” as you say. But to say…..
In addition…some of us already have directv over the barrel. I call them every year and renegotiate. You guys are saying you pay about 65/ month for internet and sling. That would be 70 for me in the cities with the internet I have. Start adding on some of those extras and packages that I would want (including HBO subscription). How close does that get me to $100 or over? What if I pay 120 for internet and TV right now because I have directv ‘over the barrel’. Is the convenience of having it all in one place and not have to spend all the up front costs and time and effort worth 20$ a month? You damn right it is. (BTW… In glancing at slings packages, I got up to $85 just on sling alone, and that’s not including internet. AND thats not including all the channels I want.) Again...if I wanted basic cable...I would just change my directv package to basic cable.
Please keep posting the information about stuff you use and Costs etc. I do appreciate it and want to learn more. Im even going to break down your info above about the set up and I may even have more questions for you. I consider you a friend (although Im not sure your wife will let you hang out with me anymore), and I know sometimes its VERY difficult for you to see how other people think. You still probably think I am wrong now…and that’s fine. But like you said…to each their own.
As far as channels you'd be missing from your list:
(Viacom must just be assholes for these providers to deal with.)
Plus you get ONDemand content and a cloud DVR.
You can use PS3/PS4, Amazon FireTV, Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, Roku and computers to access the service.