Watching live TV on your smart phone or device

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    Apr 06, 2016 3:39 AM GMT
    I switched ISP's again due to dam price increases every time the 'introductory plan' expires. I dumped ATT Uverse and got Time Warner Cable (again). I got TWC current advertised bundle $89.95, 1 TV HD wired signal, phone and 100 mg high speed, wireless internet.

    I wanted Verizon Fios that is available in my area, its just not available on my local utility pole icon_confused.gif

    Anyway, TWC has this new feature (at least new to me), TWC TV App. Its pretty cool, thru the app, you can watch live TV (and change channels) on your smart phone or iPad in any room as long as you get the wireless signal. You can also change your wired TV channel, from another room, within the TWC TV App

    Since I only have one TV now (to save money), I can use my Android phone to watch TV while in bed. The higher speed internet really makes a difference. This would probably not work very well with only 6-12 mg speed icon_confused.gif


    I wonder what Google Fiber has in store icon_idea.gif


    TWC TV app now streaming 26 local channels to NYC-based customers
    http://www.theverge.com/2012/3/17/2880787/twc-tv-app-live-stream-local-channels-nyc

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    Apr 06, 2016 2:22 PM GMT
    if you want it is possible to get rid of all your tv's. Just so much online.
    -get a usb tuner. Example Elgato eyeTV. It comes with software that will enable your phone or tablet through your wifi.
    -combination of transmission & bolehvpn gives you lots of options.
    -so say you get 2.0 MegB/sec, note the upper case B. lower case 'b' or bits is eight times slower.
    -your provider will not send you everything you want at the same speed. it will throttle down some stuff


    google fiber inc is cherry picking where it moves into.
    For example skipping Denver as the city requires an expensive general election to appoint a new cable provider.
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    Apr 06, 2016 7:08 PM GMT
    DirecTV has a similar app, and even though I have a very fast fiber optic Internet connection, streaming live TV content in the app sucked. The streaming is over the internet, not from the receiver over the local network, and the video would pause a lot. So, I use a Slingbox, connected to the WiFi router with Cat5, to stream the DirecTV receiver's component video output to my iPad. It works great.
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    Apr 07, 2016 2:23 AM GMT
    Sony launched their TV service recently. Might want to look into that as well. Pricing is pretty competitive to cable. But there are no mystery taxes/fees. And no cable box rentals.
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    Apr 07, 2016 4:45 AM GMT
    I've really never felt the need to do so.
    Since Dish Network bought Sling, I can watch anything on my iPad or phone. The only time I ever did was once in the jacuzzi. But it really needs some sort of arm to hold the device. Too much trouble. I guess it works over LTE as well, but again, I've never felt the need to pursue that.
    El Gato has solutions that put broadcast TV onto your network or PC, no internet needed.

    Somewhere, I read that one of the chips in the iPhone actually has the capability of receiving broadcast signals, but it's not a feature currently enabled in iOS.