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  1. Swamp Donkey

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    Any. Roku, Chromestick, Firestick, Apple tv etc. Smart tv.

    You will need one for each tv but the roku are as cheap as $30.

    It is all in that link he posted.

    Best Live TV Streaming Services: Compare Our Top Picks for 2020 - Clark Howard
     
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      There is a Sling device, but it is not Sling TV. The Slingbox device connects to your wifi at home, and allows you to log in remotely to your home system, however it is you view tv. http://www.slingbox.com/

      Sling TV is a streaming service, much like cable, but via the internet. https://www.sling.com/

      That will vary based on individual device and capability. What device(s) you may need will vary based on the streaming service you choose.
      You will have to do some of the research yourself, because everyone is not looking for the same things. You can start with sling.com and see if you like what they offer, and you can scroll to the bottom of their page to see what devices are compatible.
      For most of these services, the Amazon Fire Tv Box

      and Amazon Fire Tv Stick

      are commonly used, and tend to offer the best user experience.
      The Box offers a faster processor, as well as expandable memory, over the Stick.

      You can check out the rest of the streaming services, as well as look at what streaming devices are compatible with them on their sites:
      PS Vue
      https://www.playstation.com/en-us/network/vue/
      Hulu TV
      https://www.hulu.com/welcome?orig_path=/tv&orig_referrer=https://www.bing.com/
      Direct TV Now
      https://www.directvnow.com/
      Youtube TV
      https://tv.youtube.com/welcome/

      There are others, but they aren't viable at this point.

      Yes, but you don't need it to stream PS Vue. The Amazon Fire TV Box offers a very good user experience for PS Vue. The only difference between the PS3 or PS4 and the Amazon Fire TV Box, when using PS Vue, is the capability of watching up to 3 shows at one time on the playstation consoles. It is thought that this may expand over time though.
      People who are using the playstations are usually people that already had it as a game console.

      It is another company that makes streaming devices, like the Amazon products, but with a different user experience. There are several different products that they make, the one you get will depend on the one you need or want.
      https://www.roku.com/index

      You may or may not need an OTA antenna. You will need to look at each of the streaming services and see what channels they offer. Most, if not all of the 5 listed are offering live locals (ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox, and some even with CW or MyTV) But this will vary by streaming service as well as location you are in.

      OTA antenna's have a wide range of pricing, depending on the antenna itself and it's capability. I would check each of the steaming services first to see what they offer live already and decide if you need an OTA antenna at all.

      the 25 mbps you have may be enough, depending on how many different devices you plan on having on your wifi at any given time, but shop around and see what offers you can come up with for your area.
      You can use this website to test your actual speeds, and they also have an app on Google Play and Apple's App Store as well for your phone if you want to check it that way. http://www.speedtest.net/
      Your speed may vary based on time of day as well, so you may want to check your speeds during peak hours to make sure it isn't dropping too much. If it is, you may need to look at other options.

      It will be a lot easier for you to go to the websites listed above and see what works best for you.

      Here is a decent article on some of the streaming devices themselves.
      https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2421457,00.asp

      This website below is also really great for keeping up with the changes going on with this topic. Lots of good information, and they are constantly updating information as well.
      http://cordcuttersnews.com/

      BTW, like Gren already said, all of these streaming services are NO contract, so you can bounce around as one becomes better than the other.
       
      • Detroitgator

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        Thanks, and yes, in nearly 3 years with 2 systems in two houses (mine and son #1's flop house in Gainesville), I've yet to have an issue with the Orbi.
         
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          Sling TV is good $25 plus $10 gets you sports package which includes like every football game in the country. ESPN 3 ESPNU sec network acc pac 12 it's incredible . Just no big 10 network only because they are super greedy. unless you spend $100 you finally get big 10 network.
           
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              So cutting the cord was great.
              I have zero complaints other than live tv is slightly delayed, so watching football games and being in the chatterbox don't mix well :lol:

              Now, PS Vue in my area has all the locals live (well 20-30 seconds delayed from cable viewers), So NBC, FOX, CBS ABC and I believe the CW are all available, so 99% of the time I do not need the OTA Antenna.
              However, were I to live in a different area, the antenna would have more use. It still work great, I still have it set up like when I first started making the switch. Only difference is I pretty much only use it when there is something on those main channels, like UF playing on CBS. And the one off chance that my internet goes down but still have power (happened once).
              Interestingly, it seems like OTA antenna is up to 8 seconds ahead of cable viewers, so I get a jump on the chatterbox those days :lol:

              PS Vue has been great, even added some channels we liked but left behind, so now we have pretty much everything we liked before cutting the cable.

              I will eventually shop the other streaming services, but for now I am very happy with PS Vue.
              only other thing I might consider is taking the deal with Spectrum for a year, then going back to cutting the cord when that is up, but for now, I dont see a reason to.

              Cutting cable is not as hard or complicated as some people think, but it is best to do some homework. Know what you want when you make the switch and find the right streaming service that fits your wants, i.e. channels.

              I would still recommend the antenna for anyone that lives in an area that they cannot stream live locals. It is cheap, great reception, and there may even be better versions on the market now, but the brand 1byOne is solid.
               
              • -THE DUDE-

                -THE DUDE- This is the year!!!

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                I've got PS Vue and have had it for over a year now... it's great and I'm never going back. They are getting done local channels but i use an antenna for locals because the picture is better...hd antenna have better hd than even cable or dish and i got mine for like $5
                 
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                  I'm not jboss :shakehead:
                   
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                    Well, I have officially made the move.
                    I stuck with Spectrum for the internet at 60 mbps. They are charging $64.99 a month (all in), and that is non promotional, so it will always be that price.
                    Hopefully I can find some better options over time for internet, but they just don't exist yet in my location that I am aware of.

                    Streaming PS Vue Elite plan for $54.99 (not opposed to jumping to other streaming services as they get live locals online but we'll see).

                    Using a PS4, 1 Amazon Fire TV Box, 2 Amazon Fire TV Sticks, and my 10.1" Samsung Tablet for good measure :lol:

                    Ran a test last night with all 5 streaming PS Vue at the same time on the different profiles, and all worked well. Typically my speeds here are between 55 and 70 mbps (under the 60 mbps plan), and with all five streaming we still had about half the bandwidth left.

                    The PS4 is the best experience while viewing, but the Fire TV Box is right their with it (minus the multichannel viewing capabilities). There is a noticeable difference between the Fire TV Box and the Sticks, while scanning the guide, though it is not a game killer.

                    So far no real issues with the streaming or playback.
                    Occasionally a split second buffer pops up but it is random and rare and doesn't really do anything to the viewing experience as it is literally less than a second. Certainly not an issue considering what I am saving.

                    My Spectrum bill was actually going to go up to over $191 a month.
                    With this move I will be saving ~$72 a month. So I will have the Amazon products paid off in a little over two months. After that, over $850 a year in savings. Not bad when still getting pretty much all the channels we want to watch.
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                    • TheDouglas78

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                      ABC 28 was added yesterday in Tampa/St. Pete... according to Cordcutters, the Orlando/tampa area could be getting NBC in the next 48 hours.
                       
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                        almost all of the streaming tv services cater to the sports.
                        Most of them also have hgtv, and even diy, though there are a some that don't, you would have to check the line up of each.
                         
                        • Zambo

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                          Well yeah, there haven't been any gator FB games in the last 4 months :lol:
                           

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