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Old 03-18-23, 12:22 AM
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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

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I think it's called Spectrum TV Essentials, and it's streaming only, through apps. $24.99/month for 60+ cable channels. DVR add-on is $5 or $10. No locals, so it avoids the broadcast surcharge.

There's another streaming package too, called Spectrum TV Choice. It includes locals, plus 15 cable channels of your choice. Because of the locals, it's subject to the broadcast surchage, so, total monthly cost is about $52 or something like that.
You can add the DVR box for $10 more a month. I have TV Choice because I can’t justify paying $20 to $30 more for channels I won’t watch. I added the box because I want to pause live TV and wanted a better DVR than their “cloud” option.
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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

I initially had YTTV back in the day to watch football (local channels) on my phone while at work. It's no longer an issue but I'd look at Sling if I was still in that situation.
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Figures! We dropped U-verse due to the outrageous pride and their crappy internet. I guess I will wait to football season starts to see what my options are in the fall.
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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

Remember when this service started out at $35/month and a few others had similar pricing and some were proclaiming it's officially the death of cable?

$35/month was never sustainable for the long run since broadcast rights fees and programming fees keep going up. And what if they kept the local RSNs? The price would even be higher.

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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

They have 3 games going right now. I will say it is pretty seamless. Outside of it taking about 3 seconds for the audio to switch over if you highlight another feed, the quality is pretty damn good.

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Old 03-18-23, 07:17 PM
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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

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They have 3 games going right now. I will say it is pretty seamless. Outside of it taking about 3 seconds down the audio to switch over if you highlight another feed, the quality is pretty damn good.

This is the Double, triple or Quadbox YTTV is offering to select customers during March Madness.

It does work pretty darn good.
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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

$35/month was never sustainable for the long run since broadcast rights fees and programming fees keep going up.
That was never sustainable for me for any sort of cable "service". I simply won't pay a dime for anything that shows commercials. If I had to pay to get my local stations, I'd say goodbye to them in a second. I pay less than $35 now for the services I do subscribe to, which have no commercials and show what I want, when I want and how I want, at least with the workarounds I have in place.

I remember when cable was $20 per month, my parents said even that was too much and wouldn't get it no matter how much I begged.
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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

Gonna drop Youtube TV when the price increase becomes effective next month.

Looking into getting Hulu, would appreciate it if someone who has Hulu can answer these questions (I have tried finding the answers online but can't find it).
1. Does Hulu carry Animal Planet? Specifically the show 'Tanked'. If yes, can you watch episodes on demand from past seasons?
2. For Fox Shows like Family Guy, Masked Singer, can you watch current and past seasons in full?
3. Same question for NBC Shows like The Voice, AGT, etc.

I seem to recall a few years ago that Hulu only had the past 3 or 4 episodes (current season) of a TV show so you cannot binge watch an entire season. Not sure if this is true or maybe it was just a figment of my imagination.
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Gonna drop Youtube TV when the price increase becomes effective next month.

Looking into getting Hulu, would appreciate it if someone who has Hulu can answer these questions (I have tried finding the answers online but can't find it).
1. Does Hulu carry Animal Planet? Specifically the show 'Tanked'. If yes, can you watch episodes on demand from past seasons?
2. For Fox Shows like Family Guy, Masked Singer, can you watch current and past seasons in full?
3. Same question for NBC Shows like The Voice, AGT, etc.

I seem to recall a few years ago that Hulu only had the past 3 or 4 episodes (current season) of a TV show so you cannot binge watch an entire season. Not sure if this is true or maybe it was just a figment of my imagination.
Are you looking into Hulu or Hulu Live TV?

In terms of standard Hulu (not Live TV):
1. Hulu does not carry Tanked without Live TV nor is Animal Planet one of those regular channel partners.
2. It varies by program, but it has all 21 seasons of Family Guy up through the March 12, 2023 episode. Same applies for Masked Singer.
3. Most NBC show have migrated to Peacock. But are obviously available if you have the Live TV version.
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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

Thanks RichC2.
I should have said that I was looking into standard Hulu, not Hulu + Live TV.
Good to know about the Fox Shows. For the NBC shows, do they make all episodes of the current season available? So if I subscribe in April will I have access to all episodes of the current season? Or do they make the episodes unavailable after a certain period of time?
Sorry for hijacking the YoutubeTV thread, I shouldn't have any questions/discussions about Hulu other than the question above.
Old 03-20-23, 08:15 AM
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No. NBC same day and past seasons have mostly all been removed from Hulu and moved to Peacock. This includes previous day of current season and previous seasons of all current shows.

The only things that really remain are shows that aired on NBC in the past 20 years that are owned by different studios, like My Name is Earl (produced by Fox) and Community (produced by Sony).
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Old 03-21-23, 09:24 AM
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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

From what I can tell, YoutubeTV is still the best value for what I need, even at the new price: the service is rock solid, the interface is excellent, the channel lineup is great (minus no regional sports networks, but that's a whole dumpster fire that's not really their problem), customizable guide, unlimited DVR, the convenience to be able to watch on any device even when traveling. I'd really like to move away from a Google product if there's something better, but I don't think there is at this point.

The only one I'm mildly considering is FuboTV because they do have my RSN now, but it's a few dollars more than the new YoutubeTV price for the base package and some of the features aren't as good. I still wish Playstation Vue didn't get killed. It was awesome.
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Re: YouTube TV -- Live TV streaming service

About regional sports channels.

Somehow they have NBC sports Philly. Both channels.
This is odd because not even Dtv was able to get that.

Maybe the nbc sports nets are the only one YTTV has?
Old 03-21-23, 10:40 AM
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NBC Sports regionals seem to be more widely available. Hulu Live has NBC Sports Boston (Celtics) but not NESN (Rex Sox/Bruins).
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Remember when this service started out at $35/month and a few others had similar pricing and some were proclaiming it's officially the death of cable?

$35/month was never sustainable for the long run since broadcast rights fees and programming fees keep going up. And what if they kept the local RSNs? The price would even be higher.
Just wait until Uber and Lyft raise their prices to actually sustainable levels (or replace all their drivers with robo cars)

Did Google/Alphabet ever split out the revenue for this so we can see how much they were losing?
Old 03-22-23, 08:00 AM
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Naw, they clump all their services - from Android to Chrome to YouTube and YouTube TV - together. In that field they had $67.8b in revenue, $21b in income in the last quarter of 2022.

Currently they pull in around $324m a month in revenue on YouTube TV but who knows what they pay for that.

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