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2022-08-18 7:55:13 AM  
I currently have YouTube TV through family, Philo, Paramount+, the Disney bundle and FOX Nation but I am dropping that one because the only show I was watching on it was COPS and they aren't making new ones now. I frequently watch Xumo, Tubi, and PlutoTV for free ones. I think I have a decent lineup.
 
2022-08-18 7:58:39 AM  
PlutoTV (free)
Peacock (free)
Hulu ($7/mo.)
 
2022-08-18 8:33:18 AM  
One that's FREE and has a ton of stuff is Hoopla.  It's tied to your local library.  You sign up with your library card and can download 12 things a month.  They have TV shows, movies, ebooks, comic books, and music.  There's good stuff and junk, and it cycles: shows come and go.  Lots of indies and foreign too.

Hoopla Digital from Your Local Library

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2022-08-18 8:40:05 AM  
I have YouTube TV, Fubo, Hulu/Disney+/ESPN bundle, Paramount+, Peacock, HBO Max, and Kocowa (Korean stuff)

Though truthfully I usually end up watching something on Pluto TV, which is free.
 
2022-08-18 9:12:20 AM  
What about the other ones like Curiosity Stream?
 
2022-08-18 9:12:20 AM  
We have Apple through Verizon, the Disney/Hulu/ESPN bundle, Prime (although that's mostly for the shipping, the TV stuff is kind of an added bonus), HBO Max, and the MST3K Gizmoplex.  Netflix is dead to us, and we're considering picking up Paramount in its place.
 
2022-08-18 9:17:56 AM  
With streaming I landed exactly where I was with cable. The realization that I'm only ever using my tv for max two hours per day and the expense just isn't worth it. Samsung provides a free streaming service when you buy a tv, so that's my favorite.
 
2022-08-18 9:21:46 AM  
cut the cord, if you can

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2022-08-18 9:27:38 AM  
<.<      ..... >.> .....

The pirate bay.

<.<
 
2022-08-18 9:34:59 AM  
The Roku Channels. It's like cable TV back in the day. Old reruns, tons of movies, specialty channels like The Maker Channel, music video channels (like MTV used to be!). All free with not too many commercials.
 
2022-08-18 9:43:30 AM  
Anything that has ads is not free.

Evar
 
2022-08-18 10:06:05 AM  
The ones I probably watch the most, in order:

Prime
HBO Max
Disney+
Apple TV+
Netflix
BritBox
Hulu

And I watch YouTube TV for network/local
 
2022-08-18 10:06:44 AM  
We have 6. I want to keep Prime, get Youtube, and ditch the rest.
 
2022-08-18 10:08:43 AM  

ltdanman44: cut the cord, if you can

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We have an antenna that looks like a piece of cardboard. I have no idea what powers it. It works fine for getting us local channels.
 
2022-08-18 10:21:59 AM  
I have a room full of records, and I write music. I ain't streaming squat
 
2022-08-18 10:26:54 AM  

McGrits: Anything that has ads is not free.

Evar


Yes yes, we all know our eyeballs are for sale. But in the era of "smart" TVs, you're still for sale, even when watching those paid ad-free channels.
 
2022-08-18 10:36:28 AM  
In addition to what the others listed, I'll add NightFlight.  $40/ year.  Great cult classics, indie and documentaries on music.  Plus all the 80s music videos you use to love.
 
2022-08-18 10:39:55 AM  
Netflix puts out enough content that it stays subscribed. The others I rotate through periodically for a few months at a time. Right now I'm getting caught up on Hulu and Disney+. Once I finish those, I might get HBO again - haven't had HBO since GoT ended.
 
2022-08-18 10:46:03 AM  
For music I tried Spotify but got sick of all the censored tracks so I went with YouTube, which gets you music and ad-free youtube. They still don't have volume normalization for some stupid reason but I can deal with that.
 
2022-08-18 11:10:21 AM  
Until the pandemic began, the only streaming service we had was Amazon Prime, and we almost never used it.  We primarily used cable/DVR and Netflix DVDs.  Once we became shut-ins, we added Netflix and the Hulu bundle.  When we moved recently and lost cable (no great loss, our county fiber in the boonies is far superior to Comcast), we replaced it with Youtube TV.  And HBO Max because we were already watching some HBO shows on cable.
 
2022-08-18 11:15:35 AM  
Plex
 
2022-08-18 11:25:56 AM  
I pay £84 a month for Virgin which includes cable internet, landline, Sky Sports & Films, BT Sport and Netflix + 2 Tivo type boxes
Also Amazon Prime & Disney+ (both annual fees)

I watch the EPL on Sky & BT, wife watches films on the rest and we pick up a few series
 
2022-08-18 11:56:26 AM  

yakmans_dad: ltdanman44: cut the cord, if you can

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We have an antenna that looks like a piece of cardboard. I have no idea what powers it. It works fine for getting us local channels.


Antennas don't need power.
 
2022-08-18 11:59:33 AM  

Petite Mel: McGrits: Anything that has ads is not free.

Evar

Yes yes, we all know our eyeballs are for sale. But in the era of "smart" TVs, you're still for sale, even when watching those paid ad-free channels.


I am mostly commenting on the time. For example, I will never pay twice for football. What should be 1-hr and 45-minutes of view time max, instead takes 3-1/2 hrs or so to watch. 10 mandatory TV timeouts per half says, I will not watch any game on ESPN or other cable or paid streaming channels.
 
2022-08-18 12:08:23 PM  

mcmnky: yakmans_dad: ltdanman44: cut the cord, if you can

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/QkroujtyJv0]

We have an antenna that looks like a piece of cardboard. I have no idea what powers it. It works fine for getting us local channels.

Antennas don't need power.


Well, there we go. You're correcting someone stupid enough to think they did.

Thanks, Obama.
 
2022-08-18 12:24:16 PM  

yakmans_dad: mcmnky: yakmans_dad: ltdanman44: cut the cord, if you can

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/QkroujtyJv0]

We have an antenna that looks like a piece of cardboard. I have no idea what powers it. It works fine for getting us local channels.

Antennas don't need power.

Well, there we go. You're correcting someone stupid enough to think they did.

Thanks, Obama.


While antennas do not require power, many do come with a signal booster that requires electrical power. These antennas are sometimes required if you are further away from the signal source.
 
2022-08-18 1:29:06 PM  

ltdanman44: cut the cord, if you can

[Youtube-video https://www.youtube.com/embed/QkroujtyJv0]


I did that for years... but it only works if you're living in a place that actually has good over the air channels. Where I am now does not (or at least did not last time I checked, which was admittedly 5 years ago or so)

For quite a while I was using Kodi with streaming plug-ins, but those are hit or miss now. They were great initially, but these days the show you want to watch might show up in the list, but streaming either doesn't work, or stutters so much as to be unwatchable. Also, I'm old and financially secure enough to just pay and not have to go looking for a new plug-in every 3 months.

Probably my best value for money for streaming is likely Shudder... because I love me some old horror movies and it's only like $5 a month. Still have Netflix, though it's becoming less and less worth it. Crave (HBO streaming in Canada) has lots of pretty good stuff, but it's also the most expensive of the services. We also have Prime, which gets good use, and Disney+, which does not and I'm thinking of dropping
 
2022-08-18 2:30:04 PM  
Hulu is the absolute worst. The sound is all over the place, even the one without ads.
 
2022-08-18 3:49:00 PM  

McGrits: Anything that has ads is not free.

Evar


But what if you block the ads?

I can watch Tubi all day without interruption. It's free to me.
 
2022-08-18 5:18:00 PM  

Bukharin: McGrits: Anything that has ads is not free.

Evar

But what if you block the ads?

I can watch Tubi all day without interruption. It's free to me.


That's only if you watch it in a browser.
 
2022-08-18 6:21:06 PM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Bukharin: McGrits: Anything that has ads is not free.

Evar

But what if you block the ads?

I can watch Tubi all day without interruption. It's free to me.

That's only if you watch it in a browser.


I do.

But you can use a raspberry pi or put a hosts file on your router for the same effect.
 
2022-08-18 6:51:16 PM  
Alright, streaming services:

Global TV (free with cable)
CTV (free with cable)
Fubo.tv (have to watch my Premier League)
Sportsnet NOW Premium (have to watch my rugby, my FA Cup, and hockey)
Watch AFL (footy is life)
Watch NRL (footie is also life)
Willow (because certain kinds of cricket are delightful)

Why, is there some streaming thing that's not only for sports?  Seems like a waste...
 
2022-08-18 6:55:41 PM  
Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, HBO Max.

I watch a lot of DC stuff on HBO.  Been rewatching The Batman frequently.
 
2022-08-18 7:48:10 PM  
I got Disney/hulu (now through Verizon), Prime (mostly for shipping), HBO Max, Paramount + (Beavis and Butthead and Lower Decks), , Youtube (so nice without ads), and parents Netflix (the don't use it).

Have used Funimation for My Hero Academia..
 
2022-08-18 9:09:54 PM  
HBO Max- really like it but concerned about the Bonnie Hammer vibe I'm getting from the new boss

D+ bundle - as long as the marvel and star wars shows keep coming, I'm all in.

Paramount+ - should probably drop until Strange New Worlds comes back

Amazon prime - free with the shipping, which I'm not about to get rid of.  Worth it for The Boys and hopefully the LOTR show

Apple - i enjoy For All Mankind and Ted Lasso. I somehow made it through Foundation, but the only parts I liked involved the three Empire clones, which wasn't even on the book. Doesn't bode well for its future.

I dropped Netflix a couple years ago but might pick it back up to binge a few things then dump it again.
 
2022-08-18 9:13:22 PM  
I pay for the bottom tier of Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Discovery+. The latter has tons of mostly cheesy content for $7 or $8/month ad free.

Once I get finished with a few series, I'll probably ditch Netflix and get something else.
 
2022-08-19 2:25:31 AM  
I like AMC +
 
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