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Old 05-11-2019, 06:32 PM
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Direct TV has flat pissed in our Wheaties with their price increases and we are looking at other options going forward. First bill after first of the year hit like $250 per month. SWMBO went on the warpath and we dropped several options and downgraded the channel count. The bill dropped down to merely Highway Robbery We go a couple months and they have somehow connived a way to bring the bill back up to $237. The extra charges all seem to involve Direct TV our Phone and internet portion of the bill has not changed much at all. Hulu Live seems to be our best option to allow us to kick Direct TV to the curb. We'll still get our local Denver Channels and only lose one channel we (SHE) watches. I'm wondering if anyone is already using Hulu Live and what if any issues they have encountered??
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:38 PM
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Yes, we went from Dish to hulu,prime,brit tv and a couple others for total of 80 we have the net flix off a kid . Not as easy as using the direct remotes but learn-able . We have gotten hooked on the brit the most .
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Direct TV has flat pissed in our Wheaties with their price increases and we are looking at other options going forward. First bill after first of the year hit like $250 per month.
Are you sure this is where you meant to post this thread?
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:19 PM
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Are you sure this is where you meant to post this thread?
I wanted maximum feedback on Hulu from folks that have it. I considered several spots this seemed as good as any.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:34 PM
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Well, good luck then. It doesn't really matter but at first glance I thought you might be thinking of ordering car parts from the Big Island.
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Old 05-11-2019, 10:39 PM
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Doh, Homer Simpson moment I did actually mean to post it in Shop&Safety thinking folks might be looking for options for shop TV Feed
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Old 05-12-2019, 01:37 AM
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We kicked dish ten years ago. Over that time we have added netflix, Amazon prime, and Hulu. Just a couple of weeks ago I added CBS premium on prime. I think all of that would average out to less than $50/mo. To be fair, we also buy movies to add to our collection on prime probably an average of 2/mo at $10ea. on average. I can't remember the last time I watched live TV. The news is worthless anywhere you get it, I choose what I want to see on the internet.

I don't include my internet in that price. For me it's just another necessary utility like electricity. I think we pay $60-$65/mo for unlimited at 25Mbps (but we usually only get about 15).

We use a Roku to stream, nowadays with the price of 4k smart TV's dropping like a stone, you can probably do what you want with that. I also watch some of my YouTube from there (not Finchey though...Finchey in 4k is too much! ) J/k buddy!

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Old 05-12-2019, 02:08 AM
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I tell you what, Tim, we'll leave it here for a couple of days & then move it to Shop if you want to.

But I'll tell you something about my experience with AT&T.
When I signed up for UVerse several years ago, when it was new, the salesman gave me a nice folder and on the back of it he wrote a phone number for Customer Retention in bold magic marker. He said, "This is your new best friend because in one year they will boost your charges a lot but if you'll call them in 11 months and tell them you need it to stay the same, it will save you a lot of money." I actually forgot to do it & my 12th bill shot way up so then I called & told the nice lady what he said. She dithered around a while and eventually reset my rate slightly higher but close to the same.
This has gone on this way for 7, 8 or 9 years. They send me a ridiculous bill and I call Account Retention.

Over time, they switched me to Direct TV because they're trying to phase out UVerse so now I have a new number. Also, I no longer use AT&T for my cell phone because I'm now on a family plan so all I pay for is TV and internet.
Last year they tried to boost me from around $116 a month to about $175.
I actually ordered a local replacement service, one that would be cheaper but lacking one channel I really did not want to lose and I was uncertain whether I would actually get all of the Fox Sports channels. I was honest with the guy about my intentions to try one last time with AT&T and that I reserved the right to cancel if AT&T backed down. I think he was used to hearing that.

Then I called the latest iteration of My New Best Friend & told the nice person that I simply could not get my consent to pay that rate and I had arranged to switch to Sudden Link if we could not work this out today. Within minutes I was back down to $112 a month but it finally settled at $124 2 or 3 months ago. I expect to go through the same shit again next fall.

Here's the thing. All of the major services do the same price gouging thing. AT&T does not like to lose their paying customers and if I had switched they would be making me terrific offers within 30 days. I could actually make money by doing without them for a month and now they know I know that. So their phone personnel have pretty broad authority to make counter offers, usually close to what they offer new accounts, especially when they know they can no longer take you for granted. Now, I do sometimes have to wade through 3 or 4 phone calls before I drill down to one who has enough experience to actually make the best deal. But since I no longer work for money I have nothing better to do than to save money, if I can.

That number for Direct TV is 866 595-1329 if you'd like to try that.
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Old 05-12-2019, 08:30 AM
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We had the same thing on our cell bill.
Telus customer retention admitted they had 3000 plans in their bag for customer retention, to lower the bill.

That tells me they also found 3000 ways to jack the bill. I quit them anyway.
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Sometime last summer or fall, my direcTV receiver/DVR got a software update that gave me fits for several months. It would only show some of the saved recordings, and had to be reset every day to get the whole list back. I called them about it, but they wouldn’t do anything.

Meanwhile, my internet service, Frontier, had never been good. Since I work from home and my livelihood depends on the internet, I decided to mount a campaign to get better service. The also refused to continue giving me a roughly 50% discount. After several months of daily, or every other day calls to tech support, my internet service improved to live-able, and able to support video streaming.

The confluence of these two issues led me to explore TV viewing alternatives. I subscribed to HULU full boat (“no commercials”). No commercials is a lie. It really is “fewer commercials”. Only a few shows that we watch have commercials. Of these shows, you can skip commercials in some of them, but the only option in others is to mute the sound and rest your eyes for 4 or 5 minutes. They do show a countdown timer on the screen at least, so you know if you have time to visit the head. The most aggravating part is that you can’t rewind the commercial if you spot one that you actually want to listen to. Plus, if you go past the resumption of your show, and rewind too far, the f’n commercials play from the beginning.

I initially started with the Hulu basic free trial. Before the end of the free trial, I upgraded to limited commercial, and then to the no commercial option. I was surprised to find out that one of these upgrades curtailed the “free” trial period. Watch out for this.

I no longer have DirecTV. When I told them to take a long walk of a short pier, the insisted on getting their receivers back. No problem, they sent boxes and labels.

A big bonus of streaming this spring is no rain fade, but I do get an occasional pause due to network slowness. There is also an occasional glitch with the software, or the service. The most frequent problem is that after watching a show, it wants me to resume in the middle of the show, instead of marking the show as having been completely watched.

I currently have Hulu, Amazon Prime, Netflix, and YouTube Red. YouTube now has a live TV option, but I have not checked it out. All of this costs about what I used to pay for DirecTV alone, not including the internet.

I use an Apple TV box to watch it all. The remote that comes with the Apple TV is really crappy, but I have not reached the point of annoyance that is sufficient to warrant the time to reprogram one of my old universal remotes. Not yet anyway.

I had a Roku for a few weeks, but I preferred the Apple TV. There are several different Roku boxes with different options. I did not try the deluxe option.
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