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Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

Old 10-12-19, 05:00 PM
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Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

After being a DTV customer for nearly fifteen years, it is time to switch. Cost is insane. Problem is, no one service fits my needs. Especially, since you can't find one with everything you want. Seems like many of the services would fit my needs (Fubo TV, Youtube TV, Hulu+), but all are missing one thing that almost make them deal killers.

YouTubeTV is missing Viacom properties (CC especially) and Hallmark/Lifetime (wife necessities). The other ones like Fubo TV is missing ESPN. I'm not going without that. Hulu+ again with the missing Hallmark.

I think I might have to do a combination of YouTube TV and something like Philo, for my wife. It's annoying to have to subscribe to multiple services to fit my needs.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

Yeah that's also the dilemma I'm facing too. Nobody outside of Spectrum and DirecTV carries the Lakers network. And I'm a big Lakers fan. I need NFL Network and ESPN because I work for the NFL and some of these live TV providers don't carry it.

So I'm basically stuck with DirecTV. I'd like Pac-12 Network because I work for them too, but only Fubo and Sling carry it and they're missing other things.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

I've found a couple of streamers that have the channels I need but nobody I've tried so far has had a DVR that's acceptable so I'm still stuck overpaying for cable.
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Oh yeah YoutubeTV doesn't have NFL Network either. So fucking annoying.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

Hulu Live covers about 80% of the channels I had before. It wasnít until I decided that the missing channels I had before, I really didnít miss them at all. So Iíve been with them and my whole family is completely happy with it.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

If the Hallmark Channels are important, there's a streaming service called Frndly TV that offers those for $8/month (HD + DVR).

https://forum.dvdtalk.com/streaming-...k-channel.html
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

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If the Hallmark Channels are important, there's a streaming service called Frndly TV that offers those for $8/month (HD + DVR).

https://forum.dvdtalk.com/streaming-...k-channel.html
Saw that, but then I am still missing lifetime, depending on which one I go with.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

When we dropped DirectTV over a year ago (was a subscriber for well over 10 years), I went with Hulu+ and then the Frndly service during the holiday months. I have not missed DirecTV at all (surprisingly). I also have OTA hooked up that I use occasionally.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

If you're not a sports fan, then sure there are ways to keep your costs down by doing workarounds. But, as I said, when you have providers that have exclusivity to content you want and enjoy like me with the Lakers network, then your sorta stuck.

And no I won't do any shady or illegal means to watch the content I enjoy. I won't watch pirated sports feeds.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

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Hulu Live covers about 80% of the channels I had before. It wasnít until I decided that the missing channels I had before, I really didnít miss them at all. So Iíve been with them and my whole family is completely happy with it.
But do they get current episodes a day or so after air? Bc I was looking for Schooled. Found 3 or so eps from current season, 2, which I assume get current air after broadcast. But, S1 was no where to be found. Who has that and why would Hulu not have?
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

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But do they get current episodes a day or so after air? Bc I was looking for Schooled. Found 3 or so eps from current season, 2, which I assume get current air after broadcast. But, S1 was no where to be found. Who has that and why would Hulu not have?
Not every show gets their entire catalog streamed as part of your subscription.

Most providers like Hulu only carry In-Season rights like "Last 5 episodes" or the entire season. Very few actually carry the entire catalog of the show.

Schooled is owned by Sony. Hulu is owned mostly by Disney. So Disney would have to make a special arrangement with Sony to carry the 1st season. It's possible because they have a deal with them for The Goldbergs, which Sony also makes.

and FYI, just check this site if you want to know which provider carries which show

https://www.justwatch.com/us
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

Yeah, I know they have The Goldbergs and couldn’t understand Schooled since same producers or whatever. So who has Schooled for free?
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

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Yeah, I know they have The Goldbergs and couldnít understand Schooled since same producers or whatever. So who has Schooled for free?
No one. You have to buy it.

Season 1 was only carried "In-season" only by Hulu last year and that was it. Unless Sony later makes a deal with Hulu.

But as of right now, No one has it for "free" or part of a subscription.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

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If you're not a sports fan, then sure there are ways to keep your costs down by doing workarounds. But, as I said, when you have providers that have exclusivity to content you want and enjoy like me with the Lakers network, then your sorta stuck.

And no I won't do any shady or illegal means to watch the content I enjoy. I won't watch pirated sports feeds.
It's not about being a sports fan (I am a huge sports fan), that was my main worry about getting away from DirectTV). it's about the teams your follow having exclusivity, mine do not.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

https://www.t-mobile.com/tv?icid=WMM...RZRQBR7NN16796

T-Vision from T-Mobile has NFL Network, all the Pac-12 Network channels, ESPN, Lifetime, Hallmark, MLB Network, FS1 and more.

It's not exactly a "Budget friendly" service though. Prices start at $90/month with add-ons of course.

and it's not available in all regions. But you do get a discount if you're a T-Mobile subscriber.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

I'm in the process of dropping DirecTV also (25+ year customer with a $200/month bill) after they only offered me a $10/month discount to stay. I'm going with a combo of YoutubeTV and SlingTV Blue. The only reason I'm using SlingTV is for CC, A&E and the NFL (NFL Network and Red Zone), otherwise YoutubeTV would have filled my needs. So far I'm loving YoutubeTV. And on my Fire Stick 4Ks it's so much faster than my crappy old DirecTV receivers.
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Re: Rant: Finding a streaming TV service is such a PITA

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But do they get current episodes a day or so after air? Bc I was looking for Schooled. Found 3 or so eps from current season, 2, which I assume get current air after broadcast. But, S1 was no where to be found. Who has that and why would Hulu not have?
Not sure, but that's not one of my selling points. And I just DVR whatever I’m watching.

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