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Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

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Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

With so much original content accessible from streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, you no longer need to worry that cutting the cable cord will leave your favorite shows behind. Think of it instead as weaning yourself off of that pricey cable bill and moving into the happier, more affordable world of Wi-Fi streaming. Here are the first steps toward setting yourself free.

Please note: Netflix recommends 5 Megabits per second for HD quality streaming and 25Mbps for Ultra HD.
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Honorary Alumnus

Re: Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

Nope, not hardly. I have data caps on my ISP service. While I have Hughesnet's top Ultra plan with 50/50 GB of monthly data streaming must be done sparingly.

I view it like this .... Internet is Internet, its not TV.

Rather like having a phone with a camera in it ... is it a camera or a phone. In the end too many compromises are made and then its really not one or the other.

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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

I view it like this .... Internet is Internet, its not TV.
My view as well, however today people see it all as one and the same.

As for the phone, if I ever get a cell phone again it will be a simple clam shell, I want it to make and receive phone calls. Don't need pictures, internet or to have it make coffee for me in the AM.
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Honorary Alumnus

Re: Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

Several years ago I worked at a Defense plant with all secuity rules you could wish for and then some.
They allowed cell phones but no cameras. Over time it became very hard to find a decent phone without a camera.
At some point they came up with a waiver but you just about had to sign over your first born.
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

We cut the cable/satelite tv back in August, we use an antenna and get anywhere from 22+ channels
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Assistant Professor

Re: Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

I honestly don't see how many, many cable internet users are not using 100's of GB's per month streaming HD, unlike I believe it was Comcast saying the average user was around 100-150 in an article awhile back. Going by the posts here people expect to be able to stream HD and UHD 24/7, say they did it before with cable.

Heck, even 150 GB is only 50 hours at 3 GB per hour, or about an hour and half a day for the month. Something doesn't line up with what cable providers are saying. Maybe just binge watching on the weekends I suppose.
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Assistant Professor

Re: Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

OTA TV here too and what we don't get there we are able to get what we want at SD or low definition over internet and fine with that. We get 17 channels even here in the mountains although all the transmit towers are in one location (antenna farm) to the north and we have a bit of a gap line of site through the hills. Would be in trouble if had to aim any other direction, would be looking right at the side of a mountain.

EDIT: Most people who comment about HD OTA TV say it is a better picture than their cable was.
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Moderator

Re: Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

I don't know how applicable this article is for this community...
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Assistant Professor

Re: Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

Gwalk had it right in first reply but you know how we love discussions, relevant or not. : )

Mordaciuos, you've been a bad boy!
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Re: Cutting the Cable Cord? Is Your Wi-Fi Up to the Task?

yea if hughesnet or viasat ever started marketing their services as allowing you to cut the cord.. oh boy let the data cap complaints roll in