Streaming video vs satellite or cable

@savak03 (6684)
United States
August 24, 2019 7:10pm CST
The price of cable TV and satellite TV has gotten so expensive that many are looking for cheaper forms of video entertainment. I actually found a few companies that offered a reasonable alternative. The three top streaming services offered some really good programing for a fairly cheap price so I subscribed to one then another and now I'm on all three. Of course you have to have internet access to run them but I consider that a necessity too. I have since then added a few cheap addons to one of my streaming services because they had all the back shows of a few series that I dearly loved. All of the streaming services I have are less than half my internet expense so I think I'm doing pretty good. However, since my health has gotten so bad I have caught up on my most interesting programs and have started casting around my services for something new to watch. I found some, so I was really thrilled until I found out that not all the programing on these services is included in the monthly charge. Some movies and series carry a separate rental fee. Now with one of them I found that if I was patient, in time that fee would disappear as those shows became part of the programing that was included with the monthly fee. So I don't mind that so much. However I feel that the other two services should adopt this practice. At the very least I believe that all streaming services should flag the ones that carry an additional fee on the menu it is first shown instead of waiting until you have clicked all the way through the menu pages to the one you click play on. That way you won't be so disappointed to find out you won't get to watch it after all.
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• United States
25 Aug 19
I have subscribed to Netflix, Hulu (With and without live tv), sling t.v., directtvnow (a subscription type service), hmm.. I think that's it. I no longer subscribe to any. I use Kodi and some free and legal plugins like PlutoTV and PopcornFlix. I also use youtube. It's all about finding what works for you. I know you are happy with what you have, but if you ever find you need to cut back, look into the services I've mentioned (Pluto, Popcornflix) they are all free and you don't have to have Kodi to use them.
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@savak03 (6684)
• United States
25 Aug 19
I've never heard of popcorn fix but I have looked at Pluto. I just couldn't figure out how to use it. I recently (at tax time) had to buy a new TV so I got one with Roku built in. It's pretty good but it hasn't taken me long to exhaust the programing on it that I was interested in. My biggest problem is I'm a sci-fi fanatic (and I don't mean horror disguised as sci-fi). So it don't take me long to run through what's offered. Don't get me wrong I also like a lot of the older stuff they used to make when filming was really art.
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• United States
25 Aug 19
@savak03 I've only played around with popcorn flix a time or two but they had a lot of older stuff. Not necessarily scifi though. I use pluto to watch a t.v. show out of the UK that I love, but there are so many other channels. I believe there is a sci fi channel on there. I've never had a roku so I don't know exactly how it works. I use a firestick.
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@savak03 (6684)
• United States
26 Aug 19
@ScribbledAdNauseum I could be wrong but I think fire stick and Roku is about the same.
@jstory07 (132665)
• Roseburg, Oregon
25 Aug 19
We have the cheapes package from dish and that is enough for us.
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@savak03 (6684)
• United States
26 Aug 19
The cheapest package I could get cost over 77.00. I really felt like that was too much.
@Deepizzaguy (92268)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
25 Aug 19
I am looking at either You Tube or Tubi plus some of the cartoon video sites that feature cartoons from the 1960s that are not on cable television anymore.
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@savak03 (6684)
• United States
26 Aug 19
Yeah I really miss those good cartoons. These days the new cartoons have to come with ratings so you know which ones you can let your kids watch. I remember the first time I ever saw an episode of the Simpsons. It didn't take me long to forbid my children from watching that one. That little brat constantly disrespected his parents and there was no way I was gonna let them learn that from a cartoon.
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@Deepizzaguy (92268)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
27 Aug 19
@savak03 Good cartoons have parents who teach their children right from wrong and give good life lessons to be learned like Wordgirl.
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