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Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:35 am



I'm thinking about  buying one. I am cutting the cord. I am wondering if anyone has any advice? No I am not interested in Apple TV.  So I am not interested in debating whose better.It looks like the cable an DTV etc are going the way landlines went with home phone I service. Right now I am just considering it , strongly considering it.
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Post by CheenaGringo on Mon Jan 06, 2014 11:15 am

From my casual observations, it looks to me that Roku has risen to the top of the boxes while numerous competitors have disappeared.  We purchased the Google TV box and while they are no longer around, the box continues to operate and update.  Can't say that it has been better than "sliced bread" and we have been playing with Chromecast on another TV.  Chromecast has promised more apps but have been slow in introducing them.

You might find these two reports out of the Las Vegas Electronics show on Roku to be of interest:
http://gizmodo.com/so-heres-the-thing-i-agree-that-the-ui-on-virtually-e-1495318852/@brentrose
http://techland.time.com/2014/01/06/roku-infused-tv-sets-are-coming-this-fall/

I do agree that cable and satellite systems may be headed down the highway. I am looking very seriously at PRISM Internet TV being introduced by CenturyLink but it isn't available in our area as yet. Interestingly, they are offer two year pricing guarantees.

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Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:48 pm

Yeah.  I got thru talking to verizon and I definitely need a dedicated line.  Cant use Whoever has unlimited data packages cause they throttle back after 5 g they say they don't but research it and they do your  movies would just buffer.
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Post by CheenaGringo on Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:53 pm

Am I understanding correctly that you are attempting to do this through a cell phone?


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Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:54 pm

Well those links are excellent news, now I'll just wait for the tv.. appreciate those links!
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Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Jan 06, 2014 2:55 pm

Yes and no . I though my mifi unlimited data would handle it.
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Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:04 pm

I am open to any change at this point. I like ROKU the best in my search so far. 
I am going to be downsizing soon at this point selling off property everyone that sees the  property wants my house.. Very conflicted as  these types of house are a dying breed it costs a fortune to build one and you can't grow these trees in my lifetime.
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Post by CheenaGringo on Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:10 pm

Color me a bit confused. We have 12Mbps service through CenturyLink, our DSL service provider. Our service actually provides 14 to 16 most of the time and we haven't experienced any streaming issues providing I make sure that our unit has the most recent updates. We have never has our provider throttle us back for too much usage.

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Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:15 pm

You are hard wired? I am 4g except I have DTV  Verizon said 1 movie would eat up   2-3 gb. He said I needed to go I back to the old fashioned Internet ??  Clue me in ???
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Post by CheenaGringo on Mon Jan 06, 2014 3:53 pm

Yes we are hard wired. I am assuming you are talking Direct TV and Verizon cell? Two companies we will never do business with ever again!

We have Sprint cell service with the unlimited data plan. While our phones are 4G capable, Albuquerque is still 3G. Just as a test, I have watched a couple of movies on my Samsung Galaxy 3 Smartphone via 3G and not WIFI. Experienced no throttling and the streaming quality was excellent. We currently have DISH but as soon as the PRISM service through CenturyLink becomes available, we will drop DISH since we no longer have any contract obligations.

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Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:23 pm

Hmm. I am checking prism out now. I can't believe Albuquerque is 3g.. I'm kinda in the sticks and get 4g.
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Post by CheenaGringo on Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:28 pm

Isn't everything bigger and better in Texas?

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Post by espíritu del lago on Mon Jan 06, 2014 4:45 pm

I'm glad I'm not making my mind up today. Keep me posted. Playon is also on my list. You can use it with ROKU to get  NFL and MLB its subscription tho.
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Post by CheenaGringo on Mon Jan 06, 2014 7:11 pm

Thanks for the hint on Playon! In checking them out, I found that they are having a sale and some of their lifetime packages are attractively priced at the present. I have downloaded their app to our Google TV box while I make up my mind on paying for the app for my PC. They claim a 30 day guarantee, so I guess no harm/no foul if I cancel within 30 days if it doesn't work for us?

We have been DISH customers for well over 10 years albeit with a brief trial of Direct TV. They keep reducing their packages while raising the prices while having no idea of customer retention. So cutting the cord is an attractive option if we can get our preferred programing. We do subscribe to Amazon Prime and our free two day shipping justifies the cost while the free videos and lower cost rentals are icing on the cake.

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Post by CheenaGringo on Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:59 am

espiritu:

You may find the following Playon reviews to be of interest:
http://download.cnet.com/PlayOn/3640-2056_4-75000090-1.html

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Post by espíritu del lago on Tue Jan 07, 2014 10:14 am

Playon  is nice.
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Post by tictoc on Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:04 am

Were I like the roku allot, IMO they left out the most important feature. I like that you can watch personal content off of the USB but for me, any device looking to get market share must support streaming from your wireless device. I am running an ezchrome dongle. Were its WiFi range is limited and I can't push content from my media server on the first floor to the TV on the second, it works great pushing content from my mobile device. So for me roku is a no at this point.

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Post by CHILLIN on Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:50 pm

This company recommends buying one of their VPN routers which has burned a vpn service of your choice into the ROM. They claim to unify and protect all these wireless devices. You can also enjoy worldwide access to websites without country coding, for example Hula Plus U.S.A. The problem is that the internet speed here has been unreliable for streaming - only a mile from Chapala, but still a problem for Telmex.

http://www.flashrouters.com/blog/2013/10/07/popular-wireless-wifi-routers-vpn-service-providers-september-2013/
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Post by CheenaGringo on Sun Jan 12, 2014 12:52 pm

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"ezchrome dongle"????? Would this by any chance be a Chromecast dongle? If so, I think I am having a similar experience trying to push through content from my laptop located in the living room to a bedroom on the same level a short distance away. However. when I use my smartphone to control from the same bedroom - very few problems. I am in the process of playing with a Kindle Fire as a controller.

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Post by espíritu del lago on Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:33 am

International streaming is now available. Run a search for the area of interest...ie. British streaming US. Here is one site that is monthly for the US. I have no connection with them, nor do I know how it actually works for options wanted. It is just an example. But the world is here. VPN Locations

I found this on another forum not Mexico related but I thought some of you might find this to be of interest and  of course it might actually work!
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Post by espíritu del lago on Thu Jan 16, 2014 7:40 am

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