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Postby blackjack68 » Wed Dec 16, 2020 9:26 pm

HBO Max is coming to Roku tomorrow
I expected more people to react to this. I know several here have been waiting.

https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2020/1 ... users.html

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Postby Dickie Dunn » Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:51 am

Just saw that this morning. I feel like a complete person again.

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Postby tifosi77 » Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:31 am

From what I've read, the YTTV/Chromecast thing is available to new subscribers as well.

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Postby willeyeam » Thu Dec 17, 2020 9:33 am

From what I've read, the YTTV/Chromecast thing is available to new subscribers as well.
That's why they did this new promo. To throw a bone to longtime subscribers as well. I just didn't know you had to be with them since June 2018. Bummer

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Postby AuthorTony » Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:21 am

If you've been a member since Jun 2018 or prior you get a free Chromecast. If you signed up between Oct 15 and Dec 31, 2020 you get a free Chromecast. If you signed up anywhere between July 2018 and Oct 14, 2020 you get bubkis.

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Postby dodint » Thu Dec 17, 2020 10:29 am

That's me.

But that said, Chromecast has been a pretty lame experience so far. I know the current one is 'new' but, meh. My TV only has one USB port for power, too, so it loses out to the FireStick.

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Postby tifosi77 » Thu Dec 17, 2020 3:59 pm

They lost the Fox RSNs on 10/1, which was also right on the heel of their last price hike. I wonder if that's why they chose that date.

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Postby NAN » Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:35 pm

HBO Max is coming to Roku tomorrow
I expected more people to react to this. I know several here have been waiting.

https://www.nj.com/entertainment/2020/1 ... users.html
I wasn't paying attention and saw it this morning. I'm pumped.

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Postby NAN » Fri Dec 18, 2020 1:36 pm

Now CBS and NBC need to start streaming 60 FPS on Hulu and I'll be happy.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 3:54 pm

Spectrum just raised my bill for 100/10 mbps internet to $75 a month. :roll:

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Postby skullman80 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:00 pm

Spectrum just raised my bill for 100/10 mbps internet to $75 a month. :roll:
That's insane. Having 100/10 is insane to begin with and then paying that much for that slow internet....yeesh.

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:12 pm

I pay $40/month for gigabit through FiOS.

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Postby Freddy Rumsen » Sat Dec 19, 2020 4:20 pm

We have AT&T Fixed Wireless and it works well.

I think we pay $40.00 for it and then $90.00 for the DirecTV.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:18 pm

The only other "option" is AT&T DSL which is the same 6 mbps it was back when we moved here in 2007. There is probably satellite which is a no go for gaming.

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:20 pm

Maybe in 20 years you’ll catch up to the rest of civilization.

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Postby skullman80 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:20 pm

Yeah I'm very thankful we have Fios here.

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Postby skullman80 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:21 pm

Fios is still hit and miss around here...go 5 or 10 miles in any direction no FIOS. Again I am lucky where we are.

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Postby NTP66 » Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:22 pm

Yeah I'm very thankful we have Fios here.
A buddy of mine has it rough. Verizon ran fiber to the end of his street, but has not run it down his actual street. That was 8 years ago, and nothing has changed, so he’s stuck with Comcast.

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Postby NTP66 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:04 am

Some good news:

A new US law that goes into effect on December 20 will require ISPs to stop charging “rental” fees for equipment, such as routers, that customers own themselves
Broadband and TV providers will finally be required to stop charging "rental" fees for equipment that customers own themselves, thanks to a new US law that takes effect on Sunday.

The bogus fees were outlawed by the Television Viewer Protection Act (TVPA), which was approved by Congress and signed by President Trump in December 2019. The law was originally scheduled to take effect on June 20, but Congress gave the Federal Communications Commission leeway to delay enforcement by six months if the FCC "finds that good cause exists for such an additional extension."

The FCC in April granted the six-month delay to ISPs, claiming that providers needed more time to comply because of the coronavirus pandemic. That decision delayed implementation of the new requirements until December 20, 2020.

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Postby Lemon Berry Lobster » Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:10 am

Good, those fees are an absolute rip off. Of course the ISP will simply raise the price to cover the offset.

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Postby tifosi77 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 11:28 am

Re FIOS availability

Back when we lived in Redondo, Verizon trucks rolled up to the alley behind our apartment and spent a few days running fiber lines. Was super stoked, as at the time we had Verizon DSL, so I figured we'd be offered some sort of upgrade option/pricing. Nope. The fiber lines were just for the businesses on the street behind our apartment building. We were literally one block outside of their coverage; I could hit FIOS customer addresses with a rock thrown from my kitchen.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:07 pm

Maybe in 20 years you’ll catch up to the rest of civilization.
That's doubtful. Not enough population density to warrant competition or to push Spectrum to increase speeds at our tier.

There is 400 mbps service, for $20 more per month. No thanks.

After some research, I noticed that Spectrum customers were getting a free bump to 200 mbps in the Orlando area before the price goes up. Of course, there is plenty of competition there.

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Postby DigitalGypsy66 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:13 pm

This was a pretty good read:

Basically, this guy orders FIOS because AT&T says it's available in his neighborhood. Then they come out to install it, and it's actually not there. He's done this six or seven times over the last year or so.

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Postby tifosi77 » Sun Dec 20, 2020 3:11 pm

I super very much agree that in the 21st century internet access should be treated as a public utility, not a private service. Maybe not public utility so everyone can get fiber optic, but it seems that as a minimum people should have pretty much universal access to at least a 50 mbs pipe.

We had Wave gig broadband in South San Francisco that cost $99/mo, and included unlimited data. We're on a 400 mbs line now at $70/mo including unlimited data; upgrading to gig would be $109/mo unlimited.

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Postby tifosi77 » Tue Dec 22, 2020 6:16 pm

10 years in prison for illegal streaming? It's in the Covid-19 relief bill
You probably have nothing to worry about: The "Protecting Lawful Streaming Act," which was introduced earlier this month by Senator Thom Tillis, a Republican from North Carolina, doesn't target casual internet users. The law specifies that it doesn't apply to people who use illegal streaming services or "individuals who access pirated streams or unwittingly stream unauthorized copies of copyrighted works."

Rather, it's focused on "commercial, for-profit streaming piracy services" that make money from illegally streaming copyrighted material.

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