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Cutting the cable cord
« on: Thu Jul 16, 2015 - 17:23:58 »
I stopped watching tv a year ago.  glad I did...
Since this is my thread I think I am allowed to go off topic. ::smile::

We don't watch TV either, I only pay $35 for internet, no Cable TV bill.
Found something called Kodi/XBMC which allowed us to cut the cord!

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« Reply #1 on: Thu Jul 16, 2015 - 17:25:34 »
I stopped watching tv a year ago.  glad I did...
Since this is my thread I think I am allowed to go off topic. ::smile::

We don't watch TV either, I only pay $35 for internet, no Cable TV bill.
Found something called Kodi/XBMC which allowed us to cut the cord!

Do you use the android box or do you stream from laptop/PC?
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« Reply #2 on: Thu Jul 16, 2015 - 17:32:38 »
Do you use the android box or do you stream from laptop/PC?
I have it on a PC connected to my Walmart Black Friday 50inch Smart TV, but I bought the box on Ebay, and that is what we are using now.


Maybe one of the Mods could split this off and create a separate thread.
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Re: Cutting the cable cord
« Reply #3 on: Thu Jul 16, 2015 - 21:41:35 »
Downloading copyrighted material such as movies is illegal in most countries and MPAA (and associated watchdog groups) have tightened the reins on moving forward with prosecutions, especially in the USA. It is considered stealing and therefore something Christians should steer clear from, regardless of temptation. In the past few years there have been alternatives to both subscribing to growingly expensive cable solutions and risky pirating, such as Netflix, Hulu, and a few other apps offering video streaming. These were a good start to cable alternatives but people would like to see some variety with sports, news, etc. Now it seems that is possible with Kodi, an application that has been in development for over 10 years. 

There is a program for XBMC/Kodi for multiple computer platforms  http://www.tvaddons.ag/ all of the help links are located at the top of the page, including forums.

There are also standalone media players that use the Android platform. Kodi is available as an app from the Google Play store.

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I have it on a PC connected to my Walmart Black Friday 50inch Smart TV, but I bought the box on Ebay, and that is what we are using now.


Can you share with us the type of box you are using and your experience with it thus far?


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« Reply #4 on: Thu Jul 16, 2015 - 22:38:19 »
Can you share with us the type of box you are using and your experience with it thus far?
Alan, thinking about what you wrote, all I am going to say about it is that it works great and I bought it on Ebay, and whomever is interested can do their own research, sorry can't be to careful these days.

This is the description:  "KODI (XBMC) Smart Android TV Box Quad Core Fully Loaded"

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« Reply #5 on: Fri Jul 17, 2015 - 08:09:58 »
Downloading copyrighted material such as movies is illegal in most countries and MPAA (and associated watchdog groups) have tightened the reins on moving forward with prosecutions, especially in the USA.

Most studios and distributors have teams of people that comb torrent sites. They actually download the torrents and then look at the IP address of everyone who is downloading or seeding that same torrent.  They sent letters to the ISPs who, in turn, send notices to the customers who were doing the torrenting.  At first, it is simply a friendly warning, next they throttle your connection and finally, terminate your service.

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« Reply #6 on: Fri Jul 17, 2015 - 09:45:26 »
Downloading copyrighted material such as movies is illegal in most countries and MPAA (and associated watchdog groups) have tightened the reins on moving forward with prosecutions, especially in the USA.

Most studios and distributors have teams of people that comb torrent sites. They actually download the torrents and then look at the IP address of everyone who is downloading or seeding that same torrent.  They sent letters to the ISPs who, in turn, send notices to the customers who were doing the torrenting.  At first, it is simply a friendly warning, next they throttle your connection and finally, terminate your service.

I recall the girl in Minneapolis being charged $1.92 million dollars for 24 MP3s, $80,000 per song, and many other cases that likely brought awareness to the torrenting crowd.

Up here in Canada people were able to avoid any repercussions until Jan 1 of this year, since then I've known a few that have received letters from their ISPs on behalf of the studio that owned the rights to the file in question. Even with VPNs, seedbox's, and private sites the issue still comes down to morality, so for me even though I know all too well how to circumvent my identity in the torrent swarm, I still choose not to do it. 

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Re: Cutting the cable cord
« Reply #7 on: Tue Jul 28, 2015 - 08:23:40 »
For sports, especially college football, I have Sling TV from Dish.  19.99 a month.

I haven't had cable tv or a satellite since 2010.  Just Netflix.  And now Sling.  I can't stand to wait to watch something anymore.

 

     
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