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Comment Re:More channel choice is needed (Score 2) 201

Why can't ESPN be it's own $8-12 /mo package?

Take a look at Playstation VUE's packages (no, you don't have to have a playstation to use it, I'm on the latest version of Amazon FireTV):

I get the Core Slim package for about $35/mo..has all the ESPN channels, and the SEC Channel.

This is part of my cord cutting package.

Just FYI...the VUE application is too much for the PS3 unit if you do have one...the guide just doesn't work well. And on the Roku 3..the Guide is not a true guide like on the Amazon FireTV. I'm guessing the Roku 4 is good too since it has more hardware, but I've not tried it yet.

Comment Re:Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss? (Score 4, Interesting) 201

Problem is that the way many companies price things, you don't save that much by cutting the TV. I have TWC and it's only like $20 cheaper/month if I cut TV and keep high speed internet. What we really need is a lot more competition, but the last mile problem is monopolized. I expect sooner or later somebody (Google, others) will find a way to solve that, as there is way too much money to be made by disrupting that last mile. It might end up being wireless last mile with other frequencies, mesh networks, etc. Or low orbit satellites.

Interesting, I'm cutting the cord, but I'm not counting my internet into the equation.

I have a business internet connection at home, I need it for work, so I'd have it regardless of any other need.

I have a business connection from Cox Cable for $69/mo....it is an old one that is grandfathered in. But nothing is bundled with it.

But I use AT&T Uverse, U200 package for TV and with it in 2x rooms, it was about $113/mo.

I've set up an OTA antenna that pulls in all my local channels. I hooked that into a Tivo Roamio OTA box for DVR, and I also have a couple of Tivo Minis for the office and bedroom TVs...and that streams the live and DVR'ed stuff to all rooms I need.

For what I call my "cable channels" that I would miss, like news (CNN, MSNBC, FOX, etc) and other entertainment like TCM, FX, TBS...all the ESPN's...I subscribed to Playstation VUE streaming, which runs on the Amazon FireTV (new version with better hardware) and have a box for that on each TV. The Playstation VUE system has a DVR like functionality built into it too, for show you "like" it records and keeps for at least 28 days. I liked this feature plus the better channel selection than SlingTV gave.

I got the 70+ channels package from VUE and is about $35/mo.

I was already streaming Netflix and have Amazon Prime.

So, I dropped my bill from $113 to $35 a month. I'm quite happy.

I've been trying to watch all the DVR content off my Uverse box and have almost done that. Likely after this weekend, I tell Uverse to take their equipment back and just enjoy what I have which I love so far.

I fiigure in about 8 or so months roughly, I'll break even on my equipment.

Comment Re: News Flash! (Score 1) 455

I agree with the other poster, if you really love someone, you are willing to die for them. In fact it is selfish, as you cannot imagine life without them and you do not wish to live without them.

That is a strange definition of love my friend.

I've loved many. I've been in love many times.

But when it boils down to it..to brass tacks as they say.

The ONLY person I cannot live without...is me.

I'll do all I can for those I love and my family, but die for them...is NOT one of those things.

My life is the most precious things I own. It is truly the only thing I own when it comes to it.

And if it is between you and me...I'd do everything I possibly could to make sure it was not me that died.

I'd assume nothing less from anyone one else.

Comment Re:News Flash! (Score 1) 455

You can't think of anyone you would sacrifice your life for? That's kind of sad.

Why is that sad?

I'm sorry, I just have a high prize on my life. Again, as far as I know, I only get ONE shot at life, that's it.

I cannot fathom what situation would ever present itself where would consider my life to be worth less than any single other human on the face of the earth.

I'm a caring, giving person, but only to the point mainly where MY life is on the balance.

I don't see that as being sad, I just have my values. If someone ELSE wants to sacrifice their lives for a cause or someone else, well, that's their choice and more power to them.

Who or what would YOU trade your very life for?

Comment Re:Who cares if they actually help (Score 1) 143

You won't get the 'preferred rate' then. It will be the same deal as refusing to use a Loyalty Card at Kroeger. That juicy steak is now priced $12 instead of $8.75.

Well, for those places that actually STILL do this loyalty card thing, I can readily give them false information, and pay cash when I need the discount....and be invisible to them.

This actually can be kinda fun to screw a little with their demographics. In the past, they've thought I was a 97 year old Swedish woman name Juanita, and I have to guess for that demographic I buy a lot of booze, beer, wine and other fun things at the grocery store they'd not expect....

Comment Re:News Flash! (Score 3, Interesting) 455

I figure as far as I know, I have this one shot at life.

I like it so far....

I can't think of anything or anyone that would be worth sacrificing my life for....

I'd just as soon watch the Mars progress on TV and enjoy beer, Air Conditioning and less threat of death....you guys have fun with that up there!!

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 307

Hell, when I was about 12yrs, I went into a high end audio shop at the time, and heard my first pair of Klipschorns hooked to a McIntosh tube amp...and was hooked.

When I was 12, I was doing well enough just to hit "record" on the boombox when BBC Radio 1 started playing something I wanted to keep.

(Two years later: substitute "AFN Kaiserslautern" for "BBC Radio 1," but since they were both on AM, audio quality on either of them would've been dismal by modern standards.)

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 307

Er, not unless your parents and friends' parents were very well off, or all of them were in the military and bought their equipment duty-free in Asia you didn't.

No, we weren't wealthy...lower middle class.

No one said you bought the WHOLE system at once, no we could not afford that.

I started off with a present from Santa in about 4th grade...a department store little stereo of a turntable and two small speakers..which maybe were 1'x1'x1'.

Not the best sound in the world, but where I started.

I saved my money, and bought a decent Marantz receiver......when I was sick, my Dad found a closeout deal on some decent for the day larger speakers and got them for me, I think they were Fisher speakers. I later saved and got a decent pioneer turntable. Later, I added a nice Sharp cassette deck (one of the first ones that could auto detect spaces and you could song skip on it.

Later years, I saved and bought a used Nakamichi cassette.

Later years...I found a deal on some old Klipsch Cornwall speakers from the 70's...cabinets had some wear but they sounded great, got those for $700.

Along the way the marantz blew up and I got a good deal on some display units of Carver pre-amp and amp....years later the Cornwall speakers got stolen...and I haggled with insurance to get Klipschorns that were display from an shop and got the pair for only $1600. That's a fraction of the price they usually are.

And from there..I found a good little tube amp from a company named Declare online....back when I got my pair (run them bridged for front channels) they were about $499/each. Now mind you at this point, I make a good living.

But I didn't start that way when I was young. I bought, built and traded through the years and through the different technologies with CD, BluRay, etc.

I do decent now, with some disposable income, but I"m now wealthy by any stretch of the imagination. While my hearing isn't what it used to be, I can still tell the difference in sound quality....AND more importantly, a system that doesn't give me "ear fatigue" and allows me to listen pleasurably for hours.

Sure I have iPods and decent shure earphones for the gym and I listen to mp3's for there and the car, since in those environments you aren't gonna hear a discernible difference, but for home and real enjoyment.....you can't beat a good system, and there is no replacement for air displacement.

Comment Re:Liberals and their insults (Score 1) 135

Eight successful years as Secretary of State.

Chris Stevens was not available for comment.

What has Trump ever done that benefited the American people?

Created who knows how many jobs, which puts money in the hands of those who earned it. People like Trump sign the fronts of checks. People like Hillary have only ever signed the backs of checks.

Comment Re:Seriously...music off YouTube...? (Score 1) 307

What's an audio shop?

The masses today have no idea what you're talking about and no connection to your experience. It's just golly gee swell that you had that slice of life, but it is completely irrelevant in 2016.

Err..there are still plenty of higher end audio shops out there, I've been to them.

Hell, even the chain Best Buy has in some stores a high end area called the "Magnolia Room"....I was at one a couple weeks ago, they had the McIntosh MC275 tube amp.

Its out of my range right now...but looking for one of the older 60's Mc's....that can be had for a fraction of the new price.

But audio shops are not a thing of the past, I see them in many towns/cities I visit. Maybe not as prolific as in the past, but they're still out there.

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