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    Anyone have "Hulu with Live TV"?

    I've gone and built a reasonably powerful home media system using Plex. I have all of the DVD's and BluRay's ripped down and stored on the server and I also have a HD HomeRun Extend (dual tuner) connected to an HD antenna. I get about a dozen channels, including all four of the major networks in my local area. Since I have a lifetime PlexPass, I also have access to the PVR (DVR) functionality and can record from the HomeRun just as I would with any cable or satellite provider with their DVR box.

    Since DirecTV won't give me a consistently reasonable price (I have to call once per year, agree to a 12-month term, and then they'll reduce my bill by 1/3), I want to dump regular TV service completely.

    What I'm trying to understand is whether the Hulu streaming service or the upgraded service with cloud-based DVR and access to live TV would fit my needs better. So, I'm wondering if anyone here is a subscriber to the Hulu with Live TV plan and could offer any insight into how it's working for you.
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    Great question

    With cable costs constantly escalating, I'll be watching this thread closely. Thanks for opening the conversation.

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    From what I can tell, the three major networks (ABC, NBC, CBS) allow you to access all of their live content with your Hulu login. That would account for the general access. I wonder how the "local" affiliates would be accessed.

    I'm very curious to know more about the DVR piece (quality, how well it streams, etc.).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Treefarmer View Post
    With cable costs constantly escalating, I'll be watching this thread closely. Thanks for opening the conversation.

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    I don't have HULU but what I have done when I got tired of sky rocketing cable bill, I ended up putting up a quality outdoor antenna and a quality booster just so I could get local channels. I was amazed that even in the stix I was able to pick up 17 channels all crystal clear free !! Well kinda - I had about $300 I think into the antenna. Loved it so much bought my Mother one, she was able to 38 channels, but she is closer to civilization.

    Still searching for the ultimate TV I branched out to a FIRESTICK - and did what they call jail break it. I'm using an app called Modbro and I have ton's of stations streaming including all the major cable stations. including hbo/cinemax/showtime etc. It is an electronic learning curve but YOUTUBE will help even a old goat like myself through it.

    I now pay ZERO a month - have more channels than I have ever had streaming. Once in a while it will hiccup and I will have to reload. As for the streaming troubles - you will have the same trouble that you have when you stream anything online. Never perfect but pretty darn close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gizmo2 View Post
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    I'm too far away for some over the air networks so satellite or Hulu is something I'm interested in.

    Google started YouTube TV. Similar to Hulu or at least another option.

    https://tv.youtube.com/welcome/
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    Antenna?

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    I don't have HULU but what I have done when I got tired of sky rocketing cable bill, I ended up putting up a quality outdoor antenna and a quality booster just so I could get local channels. I was amazed that even in the stix I was able to pick up 17 channels all crystal clear free !! Well kinda - I had about $300 I think into the antenna. Loved it so much bought my Mother one, she was able to 38 channels, but she is closer to civilization.

    Still searching for the ultimate TV I branched out to a FIRESTICK - and did what they call jail break it. I'm using an app called Modbro and I have ton's of stations streaming including all the major cable stations. including hbo/cinemax/showtime etc. It is an electronic learning curve but YOUTUBE will help even a old goat like myself through it.

    I now pay ZERO a month - have more channels than I have ever had streaming. Once in a while it will hiccup and I will have to reload. As for the streaming troubles - you will have the same trouble that you have when you stream anything online. Never perfect but pretty darn close.

    TV ANTENNA
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    Pre-digital TV we used to get over the air really well. When things went digital, I upgraded my antenna and booster and still couldn't reliably get a signal. I talked with the FCC and they said we were just a little too far plus there was a large hill between us and the stations. Apparently digital signals don't bend over the horizon well. I've really considered buying and installing a tower to get another 75' of height but would hate to do that unless I knew it would work. I was already using an antenna with a pole mount that went higher than my house. Standing on the end of a house dealing with it and a 25' drop isn't something I want to do again.

    What brand of antenna do you use?

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    You might want to take a look at "Sling TV". It's referred to as "al a' carte TV" because you can buy little mini packages of different channels. For example, I don't follow any sports so I wouldn't need to include the $5/month package that includes ESPN, etc. No kids, so no need to pay $5/month for Disney, NickToons, etc.

    After Time Warner became "Spectrum", my monthly price went from $140/month (including internet) to $165 for a couple of months to $265!! I did pay them a visit and got it back down to $145 (which included a jump from 30 mbs to 100 mbs internet) but I may still take a look at Sling. I can get internet for $69 and then everything I want on Sling for $45. That would save $30 / month.

    My biggest obstacle to this is Sweetie. We'd probably need to use 2 remotes and would have to change "inputs" from the antenna to get local channels over to the Sling device for the other channels. Wouldn't bother me, but she wouldn't like it.
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    I live closer to civilization, so a simple indoor antenna gets me 25-30 local channels. I too have an Amazon fire stick. With the modifications available on you tube, it will get just about anything except live sports feeds for USA sports channels. I paid $99 for a year of Amazon Prime, partly for the free quick shipping, but also for their tv streaming. They have a lot of good series that are exclusive to them, along with a good selection of movies and tv shows. The nice thing is when you choose to watch something, it is instant, no download times, no choosing streams. You do need an internet feed though.
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    I watch only streaming TV.

    I've had Hulu (commercial free) for a couple years along with Netflix and CBS All Access (commercial free).

    I recently did the free trial of Hulu w/live TV. It takes a little while to get used to their user interface which is new. It does work great, but....my only gripe was not having AMC. That was a deal breaker for me.

    I also did a month long trial of DirecTVNOW - much nicer user interface. And they do have AMC. But at the time they didn't have the DVR function but is soon to be I hear.

    At the time I went with Sling Orange. Had a nice small selection of channels that we watch plus has the DVR function.

    Hulu Live is the most expensive of the three.
    Driectv now is a very good option I think.
    Sling still beats them all.

    Just to note - none of them will give me the major networks - it depends on where you live I guess. So if the major networks are something you want pay close attention to if you can get them or not.
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