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11 March 2015 - 6:17pm

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I know a lot of people out there are trying to cut cable, and I am curious as to your thoughts on live streamed internet TV. I ended up signing up for Sling TV today and can put it to all of my TVs in my house for $20 a month. You can buy more channels for $5 more for a tier, but I have to say it works pretty well. There are other services such as Sony launching a similar service on the Playstation in a few months, so I am curious on what your thoughts on that stuff are.

Have you ever used a legit live stream TV option before? Did it work? What are your thoughts on this technology?

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12 March 2015 - 12:39am
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I recently bought a new tv and it has all the local catchup tv services built in to it. So we can watch whatever the free channels here have online by just pulling up a menu on the tv which makes it very easy and convenient.

Cable tv has never been big here. Most people see it as an overpriced rip-off and I tend to agree. I used to have it to watch live sport but couldn't justify spending around $90 a month just to watch a few soccer matches. So I cancelled it.

Netflix has announced they are launching here in a few weeks and there are a couple of other local streaming services so Foxtel (the cable company) has recently slashed their prices. I could get what I used to have for only $50 a month now. Amazing what a bit of competition can do eh?

A fair few people here also use VPNs and DNS workarounds to watch Netflix and Hulu from the USA as the selection is much bigger than what they will show here.

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12 March 2015 - 9:44am
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Well, it cost around 5-10$ for around 50 channels here, but really what the point? Smile I can watch anything i want at net just using my PC. Or download at torrents Tongue

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12 March 2015 - 9:54am
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I do not watch TV last 7 years already))

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12 March 2015 - 10:59pm
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Yeah belaff I agree. Its the old situation of 50 channels and there is nothing worth watching. I find I don't watch much live tv at all anymore. Usually just sport, and anything else is via the net.

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I love this topic. Although I pay for sat tv and additional charges for extra programs there there is nothing to watch and so I tend to rely of vod services. As a rule of thumb a film has to have a rating of 7 or more on imdb to be worth watching so yes I sometimes go for torrent or stream films, but streaming tv channels with commercials and silly tv shows? Honestly, what's the point?

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8 April 2015 - 7:19pm
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thomas wrote:

I love this topic. Although I pay for sat tv and additional charges for extra programs there there is nothing to watch and so I tend to rely of vod services. As a rule of thumb a film has to have a rating of 7 or more on imdb to be worth watching so yes I sometimes go for torrent or stream films, but streaming tv channels with commercials and silly tv shows? Honestly, what's the point?

I do like to catch the odd show live, like Walking Dead, because everybody spoils it on Facebook, or Twitter, or in person. Live sports are the big thing for me, as they are only broadcast on cable in my area. I did see that the Playstation Vue service will have local sports channels available, which is huge to me. Best of all: no contracts!

I am waiting for it to launch in my area. Hopefully it is good.

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8 April 2015 - 11:28pm
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thomas wrote:

As a rule of thumb a film has to have a rating of 7 or more on imdb to be worth watching

That is my personal rule too! Beer

In fact I like how well the IMDB ratings work that I looked up their smoothing formula and and used it to rank the free games here based on visitors votes.

You know how I said earlier that Netflix was launching here? Well they did last week and are offering 30 days free to anyone who signs up. It has severely screwed the internet speeds for a couple of the bigger ISPs as traffic levels have gone beyond their capacity in peak times.

There's a good article with graphs in it here:
http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/these-graphs-show-t...

Of course the stupid politicians who scaled back our proposed all fibre broadband network to save a little money now in exchange for spending loads more later and said that we had more than adequate internet service now look even more stupid. At least some of us get to say we told you so.

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