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Post# 940544   5/27/2017 at 17:57 (391 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

What does it connect to? What is it supposed to do and does it do it?


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Post# 940550 , Reply# 1   5/27/2017 at 18:28 (391 days old) by washman (Butler, PA)        

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Sounds like is sniffs out open wi-fi connections then streams from that connection.


TGTBT if you ask me.

Post# 940551 , Reply# 2   5/27/2017 at 18:37 (391 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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It is basically a Internet streaming device like a Roku, AppleTV or ChromeCast that allows web content to stream to the TV.

What it has that the others don't have is more polished and deceptive marketing. You will need to pay for most content and you won't be able to get everything you have on cable.

Post# 940574 , Reply# 3   5/27/2017 at 20:46 (391 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thank you.

Post# 940596 , Reply# 4   5/28/2017 at 00:28 (391 days old) by dartman (Portland Oregon)        
I have a Android media player etc

I have the Android media player, Roku, and a 4k smart TV. I also have triple play cable.
Most of the Android apps are free like Plex, the Roku supports pay and free apps including ones tied to cable movie channels, and of course cable charges but I get TV, net, and phone for my money. For just about any alternative you still need Internet access so unless you get free wifi you still need to pay for internet service to run any of them.
The plex app on Roku is free, easy to use, and works well. My Android box plays anything on my pc network video or audio files and does a great job with plex and has browsers and all kinds of Android apps. The TV does YouTube 4k, Netflix 4k and other easy to use apps built in.
Cable is cable and they recently added Netflix too plus their on demand free and pay extra stuff. I also bought a HD HomeRun Prime that has 3 cable tuners as my cable DVR. I can copy, edit, move just about any hd video I record with it and can save to any drive on my pc.
There are lots of free or cheap choices so do your research before you get something and realize you need something else to actually use it. Almost any solution still requires a internet connection so pretty hard to completely cut the cable.

Post# 940617 , Reply# 5   5/28/2017 at 06:09 (390 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Thanks. So the cable companies have a hold of us in the same place that 45 grabbed women.

Post# 940672 , Reply# 6   5/28/2017 at 15:40 (390 days old) by kb0nes (Burnsville, MN)        

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Cable company has no hold on me. I'd never give the Comcast machine a dime. I am very pleased with my Internet data coming down my twisted pair. In my neighborhood I can get faster Internet access via DSL then the cable provider offers anyhow.

It will be curious to see what happens to our Internet experience when the regulation comes off... Comcast will likely be quite receptive to exploiting the new rules (and customers).

Post# 940690 , Reply# 7   5/28/2017 at 18:27 (390 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Two sales women from Verizon were canvasing the neighborhood on Friday wanting to sign up suckers for their fiber optic network Fios. I have a Verizon land line and Comcast cable and internet and am more or less satisfied with them. I have not heard good things about the internet speed with Fios, but that is mostly from Comcast ads. I will say that I think that where you live influences the channel offerings from your TV provider so I would not think that Fios would be much different. When my mother was living in various retirement residences in Montgomery County, the brief exposure I had to the cable service caused me to think that, at least back then, the programing was of a quality that appealed more to older, better educated subscribers, but who knows?

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