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Old 07-23-2014, 05:37 PM   #1
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Our number for base housing finally came through! It's super ****... right on a lake, awesome cul-de-sac, big parks, NEX right across the street, hot half-naked SEALs running around everywhere... boner!!!

But, it's *** cable. Never the **** again. **** them and the horse they rode in on. I've had Direct TV in the past... and **** THEM TWICE with Hustlers dick. For the past 2 years, I've been in digital heaven with $200/mo worth of FIOS that gets me every channel under the sun and internet so fast I usually come early... but it's time for a change.

I think I'm stuck with getting the *** internet, right? I'm doing homework on HD antennas, so will have that covered.

I guess my question is... what's the latest streaming devices, websites, services, etc... that gets you the most **** for the least money and hassle.

I've fallen in straight up man-love with Destination America Channel, so anybody figures out how to get me that wins.

Oh... and if anybody cares what I've been doing the past 4 months, this happened a few weeks back. My boy "Meat Sweats" Mohoney pulled this off... pretty smooth. And yes, we have given him endless **** for his interview.

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Justin.tv's entertainment section has lots of archer, family guy, south park, crime dramas, etc. streams going 24/7 for just background noise / something to play while people are over. Doesn't sound like any shows you're particularly interested in, but maybe you'd find something there.
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I'm running a Win7 HTPC as a DVR...works very well but definitely not a plug-and-play device like a Roku.

We also have a Roku3 for the bedroom TV. Works great, don't bother with the older/cheaper Rokus, they are slow and don't work as well.

My father-in-law has a Chromecast and it does basically everything the Roku does, except you don't get a dedicated remote for it.
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I bought a Roku earlier in the spring. Netflix, Hulu plus and lots of free channels. I'll never pay for cable again.
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I was sick of mowing around the damn satellite so we canceled our Dish about a year ago. I picked up an HD antenna and get a few local channels; they are all crap. Cancelled Netflix too. We turn the TV on maybe once or twice a week, usually to watch a movie with my wife or chip away at an old video game. I don't miss it all. We actually took the TV out of the living area and stuck it in the basement. Next move is the trash.

Seriously, you don't need it. It's lowering your standard of living. Hit up the used book-store in town and start working on a collection. I get so much more stuff done without that miserable time suck.
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We ditched cable in Jan and use Chromecast exclusively with Netflix. Tried Hulu+ but basically had same shows as Netflix. We bought season passes for those current shows we gotta watch, like The walking Dead). Many cases, I can live stream my races of the PWC and Tutor, or just stream them from YT if I miss them live. Still hella cheaper than cable. I do have hd antenna for the local news and storm season.
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We picked up Chromecast for our living room TV, and I picked up a 2nd Chromecast for my basement 2 hours later. We started with Hulu and Netflix (paid) but dropped Netflix. Between Youtube and Hulu something is always on. There are so many good car themed channels on Youtube. I also find that we stream a lot of music through Pandora and Google Music. Actually we seem to stream music most of the time and TV is very limited now. Also with my daughter, Google Movies is the bomb! I can stream to any of my TVs, tablets, phones and I can stream TV/Movies for her on car trips! Very happy that I ditched cable and save $90 a month.

I also use Xbox as there is free TV on the Gold membership that isn't an option on Hulu.
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We ditched cable in Jan and use Chromecast exclusively with Netflix. Tried Hulu+ but basically had same shows as Netflix. We bought season passes for those current shows we gotta watch, like The walking Dead). Many cases, I can live stream my races of the PWC and Tutor, or just stream them from YT if I miss them live. Still hella cheaper than cable. I do have hd antenna for the local news and storm season.
I watch almost exclusively Netflix, but there are shows the wife watches that were only available on Hulu plus. So, we got both.

Depends on what you want to watch as to what channels to pay for. Surf the websites of the various channels so see what's available on each one before buying. I still haven't gotten Amazon, but I plan to once I catch up on the stuff I am watching now.

Hell, at 8 bucks a month, having several pay channels is still cheaper than getting one prime channel on cable. I save over 100 bucks a month, which pays for a lot of pay-per-view.
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I use my chromecast all the time with netflix, hulu+, and crackle which has many classic movies and is completely free. I have Dish network also but almost never use it, probably going to cancel it soon.
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I discovered the most incredible function of the Chromecast and my Samsung phone:

You can cast ANY streaming video. Any. From sketchy sites with bootleggedpirate HD streams. That means if you can google it, you can watch it.

And there's not much you can't google. That plus Amazon Prime and Netflix and I can pretty much stream ALLOFIT.

And when I've streamed it all, there's always DVDs from the library, dvd rippers, and DNLA.

So basically a chromecast and a capable NAS is all you need--and you probably have that already since someone years ago provided you with a monsterdrive full of pr0n.
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i dont understand what sort of programing your guys are watching on netflix or hulu. a documentary on crusty vaginas?
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I use a chromecast for netflix/youtube/Pandora

RaspberryPi for Justin.tv, and streams any local media from my NAS server, which is a pogo plug running Arch Linux ARM. Added IR reciever raspberry pi, and using a wireless keyboard with trackpad.

$27 Chromecast
$45 raspberry pi
$20 Pogoplug
$100 3TB External HDD
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+ $3 wireless keyboard on closeout at Staples
~$200. Paid for itself without cable quite quickly.
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i dont understand what sort of programing your guys are watching on netflix or hulu. a documentary on crusty vaginas?
Older series, for one. My son and I watched all 9 seasons of Scrubs on Netflix since we got it. I'm currently watching several others that are in their 4th or 5th season, and I'm starting with the earlier episodes.
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Also, don't forget about Netflix's original programming. I highly recommend House of Cards. It's better than many shows on cable right now.
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Actually started to get hooked on Orange is the New Black. It's amusing.
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Also, don't forget about Netflix's original programming. I highly recommend House of Cards. It's better than many shows on cable right now.
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I've never had cable. We always had an antenna. 26 full HD channels for free is good enough. Only thing missing is sports, my dad would love to get to watch every Bruins game, and my mom would love to watch every Redsox game that doesnt have Joe Buck as an announcer, and I'd love to watch every F1 race and sport car race and trophy truck etc when I'm home with them. At least the F1 races are normally broad cast on the spanish channel that the antenna picks up.

We also have a chrome cast. IMO once amazon gets its dick out of its hand about casting prime videos, or google just makes it so everything that isnt natively supported stream a whole bunch better its going to be the ****.
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chromecast lovers:

https://dabble.me/cast/

watching The Last Dragon on Vimeo right now. OH YEAH.
The.Last.Dragon.1985. on Vimeo
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Roku3 + plex media server is how I get all my media needs.
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PLEX media server, combined with MakeMKV + Handbrake is a powerful thing. Also watch more Netflix than "pay TV". I would love to get rid of direcTV, but there doesn't seem to be any other way to pick up live sports outside of the very limited broadcast networks or spending my weekends and Thursday nights at the nearest BW3s from September through January. As far as I'm concerned, the TV in my living room exists for the sole purpose of watching football. Anything else that is played on that TV is a side benefit of it's existence. There are periods where it isn't turned on for weeks at a time, just because there are better things to do.
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