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Old 02-11-2014, 11:33 PM   #11
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Great thread!

I cut out my cable bill last month and bought the apple tv and roku 3. We own all apple devices at home and I still prefer the roku over the apple tv. I've found the top 3 streams we use are in order Aereo, Plex, and Netflix.

Aereo ($8/$12month) is a streaming service for local tv channels (nbc cbs abc fox pbs) along with a DVR in the cloud. My antenna reception was poor so I went with Aereo and we love it. We also noticed with big cable that everything we watch other than local news in the morning was from the DVR, very little was live so why not keep that going? This is my favorite service by far and is not supported on apple tv.

Plex (free so far) This is a very easy way to stream any content on my home computer to roku device. Includes anything I download and my itunes music library. To stream videos from my laptop to apple tv I had to convert to the correct format then import to itunes. Plex is much easier and not available on apple tv (there is one work around that involves hijacking the trailers channel but it was a major pain).

Netflix ($8/m) well you know what that is but we also like the original programming they offer. Also has lots of stuff for the kiddo. Available on both devices.

I also use HBO go on roku and apple tv but I have to borrow a cable login and password from a friend to get this. BTW HBO CEO recently said he was OK with people doing this because he believes they will eventually subscribe to HBO.

I guess my biggest gripe with the apple tv is the control they have over the content. You only get what they want you to have. I get any content I want on the roku along with some cool features like headphones that plug into the remote so my wife's snoring doesn't disturb my tv shows! An app that lets me use my phone as a remote control and I can use my phone to control the roku youtube channel.

The only major thing i'm missing is ESPN (i guess i could borrow another login to view it on apple tv) but i've cut my bill from $140 to $20 a month! I don't have a problem watching a few games at the bars for that much of a savings.
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Old 02-12-2014, 07:01 AM   #12
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We've never has any sort of paid television. We have an outside antenna and get more channels than we know what to do with.
Look at all the money we've saved.
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Do you have anyone in your house that is technically challenged? I got rid of movie channels and use my Amazon prime account but my wife can't seem to ever remember how to get to it no matter how many times I show her. That's my challenge right now
My wife watches Amazon Prime on her phone so she isn't technically challenged. I did a little work to make it easier to find the different devices, however. My TV allows me to assign custom labels to the different inputs so when you hit the input button, the list pops up with the following choices:

Apple TV
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TV Antenna
etc.

I may try Aereo at my lake house because I don't we will get local channels with an antenna out there. Amazon Prime is a really good option especially if you buy stuff from Amazon. The 2 day shipping pays for the subscription. I will have to look into Plex...it sounds like it is a lot like Crackle.

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Old 02-12-2014, 11:12 AM   #14
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Re. ESPN, Disney, ect on Apple TV.
To access most of the stuff on those apps (including live stations), you will be prompted to sign in with your Comcast, Verizon, or other accounts to verify that you already pay for their service.

I dropped cable/sat. 2 years ago and went the same route that you are.
I have twin 7 year olds and they didn't blink twice without the cable. They can catch last season of whatever Disney show they want to watch via Netflix.
We also use the Xbox 360 to view Amazon Prime.
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Old 02-13-2014, 11:14 PM   #15
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I need way to get Disney Jr. For the kids. Any ideas?
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There is a Disney app on the Apple TV and I think Disney Jr was on there too
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There is a Disney app on the Apple TV and I think Disney Jr was on there too
Roku has one to but you need a cable account to access it.
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No kids, so I haven't tried it. Some of the apps require a cable account and some work with my internet account. ESPN 3 works with my comcast internet account but the network apps didn't. You had to have an actual cable subscription.

As far as updates go, still playing with the system so nothing new to report. Plan to do more fishing than TV watching this weekend so no updates until next week!
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Great thread!

I guess my biggest gripe with the apple tv is the control they have over the content.
I have done a little research and you can always jailbreak your AppleTV. That would let you add more stuff to the appleTV
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Huku Plus does a pretty good job.
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