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  1. Bilbo1

    This is my kind of email

    That’s ok… my ISP makes me call in every year to keep my 1gb price from doubling. Might as well go back to Directv and play CSR roulette… Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Bilbo1

    Is DirecTV still a thing?

    It took a couple of days for the snow/ice to melt off the dish a few years back. No TV during that time. It would take some effort to kill my buried fiber line. I’ve had fiber for about 5 years… never lost access. Buried power lines as well. I think I’ve had 3 power outages in 15 years in the...
  3. Bilbo1

    The YouTube TV Thread

    I’m on Cincinnati Bell fiber, currently paying $90 for 1GB and landline. If I drop to 500 MB and upgrade TV package to one that meets my needs, I’d pay $95 for first year, $20 more per year after that. Their box suckage and wife grief from swapping is worth the difference. Add family sharing...
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    The YouTube TV Thread

    I hope not. There are less convenient ways to get what YTTV provides cheaper. At $65, it’s borderline worth it with the T-Mobile $10 credit. If they raise the price to $80+ for a very limited amount of 4K and more channels I don’t watch, it will be time to further investigate those options...
  5. Bilbo1

    Comcast wants to buy Roku

    My qualifier was past 3 to 5 years… prior to that, smart TVs were in their infancy, and OEMs were doing their own thing for lack of any standards or market leading devices with an operating system that they could license. Today, the market has pretty much converged on three platforms, Samsung...
  6. Bilbo1

    Comcast wants to buy Roku

    What concerns me about Android is the tendency of OEMs to add a custom layer on top of it. Hopefully that isn’t an issue. I’m not sure I’m as worried about that with newer units… past 3 to 5 years. I think the SOC are pretty stable… heck Roku used the ARM Cortex A53 since 2017, now moving to...
  7. Bilbo1

    Comcast wants to buy Roku

    According to this, they are on Android for newer sets… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_smart_TV_platforms Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Bilbo1

    Comcast wants to buy Roku

    What is now AT&T is actually a former baby bell, Southwestern Bell, which bough AT&T in 2005 and renamed itself AT&T. AT&T was a minority shareholder in Cincinnati Bell. Cincinnati Bell’s Fioptics internet service has none of the horror stories I frequently see from AT&T and Verizon customers...
  9. Bilbo1

    Comcast wants to buy Roku

    No, not an endorsement, more a warning. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Bilbo1

    Comcast wants to buy Roku

    Oh, no disagreement on that. Just pointing out that Roku has substantial market share that is only likely to grow since most smart TVs today (last 3-5 years) come with streaming capabilities that rival that of streaming sticks. The TV marketplace seems to be converging on Roku for the...
  11. Bilbo1

    Comcast wants to buy Roku

    Roku has been slowly taking over as the primary smart TV operating system. Between them, Samsung, and LG, you probably cover over 90 percent of TVs sold. I’m guessing that this is a play to get advertising revenue through providing the OS on something like a third of the smart TV devices out...
  12. Bilbo1

    Sinclair Aiming for $23/Month Streaming Plan for Bally Sports in 2022

    Very much this. It’s a solid option to cable/satellite for in market access to your local RSN to watch in-market sports, assuming that this is pretty much all you watch on cable. Somewhere out there on the internet are local cable systems rating showing that the RSN is typically the most watched...
  13. Bilbo1

    Sinclair Aiming for $23/Month Streaming Plan for Bally Sports in 2022

    I don’t know. I guess if I could get ESPN cable channels through the ESPN+ app for somewhere around $10 a month (instead of the $5 it costs now without them), that would go a long way towards pushing me away from YouTube TV. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Bilbo1

    Sinclair Aiming for $23/Month Streaming Plan for Bally Sports in 2022

    That’s not happening. That would be a replacement for out of market MLB, NHL, and NBA packages. You could get pregame and postgame shows, but not the actual game. Heck, depending on the agreement for local streaming rights, this type of a package might not even provide the home team’s game. Our...
  15. Bilbo1

    AT&T loses 620,000 video subs in Q1 as DirecTV deal moves ahead

    Yet today, pretty much everything is C. If it’s not C it uses C to interact with the operating system, written in C or calls a library written in C because it is too slow to do otherwise (I’m looking at you, Python, which is pretty much written in C). Your other choice is HTML/CSS/that language...
  16. Bilbo1

    Locast update

    While true today, how long can they milk that cash cow? How long are people going to subscribe to cable and satellite that they can force to pay for carriage? As it is, there is the biennial scroll at the bottom of the screen about carriage disputes. When will cable/satellite call it a day on...
  17. Bilbo1

    AT&T loses 620,000 video subs in Q1 as DirecTV deal moves ahead

    And now, Microsoft owns most of that world… https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_and_open_source Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  18. Bilbo1

    AT&T loses 620,000 video subs in Q1 as DirecTV deal moves ahead

    Linux is licensed under the GPL. The GPL is a virus, that infects everything it comes in contact with. Apple doesn’t want anything that touches their OS to touch the GPL, going so far as removing almost everything that is GPL’d. I think this includes emacs and why they bought Clang instead of...
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    AT&T loses 620,000 video subs in Q1 as DirecTV deal moves ahead

    Sure. What choice did we have? We paid for channels we wanted, we paid for channels we didn’t want. We also paid for equipment, fees, and anything that they could add ( and they could add anything they wanted as a separate line item, is so it seemed). Right now, you can pay for as little as you...
  20. Bilbo1

    AT&T loses 620,000 video subs in Q1 as DirecTV deal moves ahead

    That is my ‘lazy viewing.’ Right now, I am half paying attention to the Roy Clark episode of the Muppet Show on Disney+. I’ll let it go to the next episode, which I think is Gilda Radner. I will probably swap over to LA Galaxy v Red Bull NY at 5:30. I really don’t want to put on CNN or other...
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