@EddieHinkle @mtt I've gone through a lot of options/versions down this road. One thing about retiring to Mexico is that it really helps narrow down your options :) - for example, HDHomeRun shows ZERO options available here. But I've long ago made peace with that lack of options. I'm letting my Amazon Prime expire at the end of the period because there simply aren't enough options available here to justify the cost. Netflix is mostly the same here, and my landlord provides a free account so that would be hard to turn down. Otherwise, I just torrent. When you are limited to an internet connection of 8mb down and 0.5mb up you have to pick your battles...
@manton @eddiehinkle we definitely save money because even if we had cable, we would still have Netflix and Hulu for the exclusive content. So we are basically trading the cost of cable (about $100 for what we had) for Hulu Live ($39 more than regular Hulu) + CBS All Access ($6) I’m not including HBOGo in here because HBO wasn’t included in the cable package we had before. That being said, the flexibility is also pretty awesome.
@EddieHinkle Couple of things:
Use the zip code search thing at the bottom of this site to see what channels you could possibly receive with an OTA antenna. If NBC is the only option, I wouldn’t do antenna. If it expects the others, maybe get another longer range antenna. I use a 50 or 60 mile Mohu Leaf, I believe. They also make outdoor/attic/roof antennas. I can imagine they’d be a headache to setup though.
If you have to go with another service like Hulu or YouTubeTV, make sure they have your local channels. They don’t have them in every market. Some times they only offer on demand versions of OTA channels. That’s a problem we have in our area.
@EddieHinkle I have an antenna mounted on my house. Cord cutting made sense for me because I live in a major TV market near a big city with lots of channels (at one time I had 7 or 8 PBS OTA channels). I don't regret the roof antenna, I don't have to constantly pay a service for it. Other things in the mix: Amazon Prime, Roku or Amazon Fire box. I would be less likely to go with an antenna in a minor TV market area.
@EddieHinkle @mtt @manton that definitely is one option. I’ve considered it in the past but since the HDHomeRun+Channels+Antennae is a one time cost and not a subscription it was an easy purchase for me. I think with regards to local channels, you will find some holes with HuluLive but maybe they are acceptable depending on where you live. What kind of antenna did you get? I found I had to get a powered, directional one to get all the channels I was expecting.
@Mtt @eddiehinkle I live just outside a major metro (DFW). That website turned out to be overoptimistic about what I could receive with a given antenna type. This was aggravated by the different types of signals and transmission locations in this area. Roof antennas aren’t allowed in our HOA. I determined I need a large in-attic antenna to be able to receive the major network channels OTA. I didn’t pursue this because the main network channels aren’t important to us.
I ended up replacing our DirecTV setup with Playstation Vue (I’m a sports addict) and a stripped down cable package to cover some shows my wife wanted. We’re saving a bit of money. One of the main things I wanted and got out of this is being able to watch any show on any device seamlessly. I can pause a show from PS Vue on the TV and immediately pick it up where I left off on my iPad (or iPhone, or another TV, ...). So I’m not chained to a couch to watch something. I’m a bit ADHD so have trouble sitting through shows. PS Vue has an unlimited DVR which is very helpful if you like long sporting events - it can record any and everything. The PS Vue also allows 5 simultaneous streams which is good because we are a family of 5.
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