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#1 4on4off

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 08:21 PM

I have been considering dumping my comcast and streaming live tv over my pc instead. I have read about a few software application that you can download for a one time fee and not have the monthly costs for a cable package.

Ofcourse I would want to make sure I have the bandwith required for the streaming.

Anybody have any thoughts on this?

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 08:44 PM

Ive tried it-bought a cable card, software the whole deal-only to find that you can only get the free channels, they encrypt all the good ones so you can only use their equipment on them. Im using Optimum though-comcast may be different

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 08:50 PM

right on, thanks for the input. I was looking to save some cash and my wife wants me to move one of my pc's so I thought I would slide it to the big screen and try streaming.

I will do some more research and see what I find.

thanks again.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:03 PM

Have you contacted comcast, and asked them specifically if you can do stuff like this? whether they encrypt their channels or not, and what kind of software you would need? thats where I would start.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 09:05 PM

No I haven't. So far I have just been looking at software that claims to be able to stream 3500 channels for a one time fee of like 50 bucks to install.

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:30 PM

well, I would double check the softwares reliability (other reviews) and definetly contact comcast customer service.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:06 PM

3500 channels? For just 50 bucks? The old adage of 'if it's too good to be true' is playing in the background in my mind. I have to agree with patriot here. Do your deepest due-diligence and check it out throughly.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 01:13 PM

Yeah definately sounds too good to be true. The one I was looking at was satellite direct.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:00 PM

I'm confused as to what you want/expect to use as a content source? Cable (comcast, Time Warner), Satellite (Dish, Direct TV), Telephone lines (U-verse), Fiber (FiOS), or perhaps just video sources from the internet such as Youtube, Hulu, Netflix, TV Network sites, etc.

Most of those require a monthly subscription. Or do you just want to stream free stuff from the internet?
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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:09 PM

Just been looking into steaming free stuff from the internet. Hook my pc up to my tv and watch tv over the net. satellite direct is the one I am looking at and was just wondering if anyone knew anything about it or had any experience with a different outfit. It would appear that for 50$ you can download some software to allow you to watch these programs. A one time fee.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 04:41 PM

This is from there site:

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SatelliteDirect™'s software technology taps into more than 3,500 TV channels worldwide right over the Internet. Now you can enjoy more channels than your cable and satellite TV combined for a one-time fee less than one month of your monthly cable bill.


You don't need a satellite dish, receiver or any other equipment to use our software. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. Simply download our software and you are ready to enjoy over 3,500 channels worldwide.


You can watch TV right from your laptop or desktop computer anytime or anywhere in the world. Or connect your computer directly to your TV set - once you are a member we will show you how!

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Just seeing if anyone has tried it or heard of it.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:21 PM

Have you contacted comcast, and asked them specifically if you can do stuff like this? whether they encrypt their channels or not, and what kind of software you would need? thats where I would start.


You could also ask in the Comcast Help Forum. If you need to know how to get there let me know and I'll provide directions.

The cable tv experts *should* be able to answer your questions about Comcast and what they do.

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Posted 01 June 2012 - 05:48 PM

4 is trying to dump Comcast and just stream from the internet.

Requiring the purchase of $50 worth of software and then no fee for content sounds very suspicious. Research that very carefully before sending money.....
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Posted 04 June 2012 - 01:07 PM

From what I have been reading in regards to reviews of satellite direct it is not as great as it sounds. Some channels are not 24/7 and some have quality issues. I would think that would be expected being there are over 3500 channels you have access to.

All in all tho, I would think the one time fee of 50 bucks would still be worth it since that is all you ever pay. Obviously I would be losing all the on demand stuff I get with comcast...interesting.

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:20 PM

For what it is worth,i have a site called RIPOFF REPORT that has some people that have bought into their service
and they are not happy campers.




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