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Old 11-06-2014, 09:28 AM
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Default Moving beyond the cable company

I currently have Comcast Xfinity for my cable and internet needs and paying over $100 a month. Me and my fiance really only watch a few shows, but decided to get the cable package because getting sports otherwise was a pain. However, Iwe are rethinking that approach.

We've looked at Apple TV and I just read about TiVo Roamio here briefly. Would these be suitable replacements? I'm really only looking for NFL and NHL games.

If anyone's done this route, what did you do for internet?

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I'm not sure you have any alternative for internet - unless you have other cable companies in the area
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Old 11-06-2014, 09:38 AM
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I only wish I had the Comcast option for internet. Stuck with Uverse for now. Speed and consistency really suck compared to the Comcast we had before.
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NFL you can get most of the games by having OTA signals along with bumming a WatchESPN login from someone (gets you MNF). Not sure about NHL.
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NHL Gamecenter only allows viewing of out of market games. Effing blackout rules.
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Try out a cheap antenna to see what you can get: http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_i...seq=1&format=2
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TiVo Roamio cannot get you any Cable TV without paying for Cable TV.

You can go online via your TV, though, and access Netflix (need to pay for that), youtube, hulu(?) and a few other things.
But, mainly TiVo is for storing for later what you can get now.

For football or hockey, go to a bar. Or go to a friend's house and bring food/beer. Or forego all that and read books.
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For football or hockey, go to a bar. Or go to a friend's house and bring food/beer. Or forego all that and read books.
I did the math on this when we lived in Seattle and watched the Colts. I found that my wife and I could spend about $90 per NFL game (excluding the nationally televised games) and come out ahead of DirectTV with the NFL Sunday Ticket. Of course now we live in market for the Colts, so everything is broadcast locally. If I did move out of market again, I would probably set up a Slingbox or something at my parents' house.

College football is much tougher to do analysis on.

For the NHL streaming, you'll need a proxy for the in-market games to avoid blackouts. I'd recommend CyberGhost.
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Radio broadcast is pretty good for sports, too. Old school

For being Gen Y, I don't mind it at all. It actually lets you do other stuff like chores while listening.

But yeah, you're usually out of luck for NBA, MLB & NHL. Just the occasional national games on Sunday afternoon when there's no football. I also go to a few games in person.

NFL is pretty easy as your local games will be on Fox or CBS on broadcast. Plus you'll get 2-3 more games for free.

Start watching WWE and HBO Go (in 2015)?
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Radio broadcast is pretty good for sports, too. Old school

For being Gen Y, I don't mind it at all. It actually lets you do other stuff like chores while listening.
TuneIn is a fantastic app that streams (most?) terrestrial radio stations. My wife listens to the Maple Leafs on there and I listen to NPR most of the time but listened to a ton of World Cup back during the summer.
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