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Cutting Cable Cord

by beachangel1 / October 2, 2016 1:54 PM PDT

I am not tech savy so before I cut the cable cord I do have a question. I have done a lot of research regarding getting an antenna, Firestick or Roku.

I was told that I could download any show whether it be from the Antenna, Firestick or Roku to my computer and that is how I would record that show. My question is how would I be able to watch the show I recorded on my TV? I don't even know if this is possible but if I can watch what I record to my computer on my TV then I can cut the cable cord. Too many of the shows I watch come on either when I'm not home or late at night. I just found out yesterday that one of my dogs has cancer and only ha 2-6 months left so I can't afford to buy a TiVo.

I look forward to hearing from you. If what I want to do cannot be done then I am open to any other suggestions to be able to record and cut the cable cord. I really need to cut expenses as my other dog has a spinal disease along with cancer. Needless to say I need to cut expenses and the cable is a big one.

Thank you.

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Sorry about your dog ;(
by Pepe7 / October 3, 2016 9:07 AM PDT
In reply to: Cutting Cable Cord

That's rough Sad

Unfortunately, cutting the cord has an absolute ton of limitations. To gain even a decent amount of the shows you now lack after cutting cable, you need to subscribe to several services on the internet, and recording is limited at best.

What most do when forced to do it is first identify if anything you currently watch regularly and record is available online via a network's online offerings, only in arrears. This could mean a particular channel or network offers a particular show/series at their web site (e.g. only some episodes, embargoing the latest or most recent few). This could mean you wait a little longer to see a show but do not have to worry about setting up recordings/having to buy additional hardware, etc. Look at the Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime offerings to see if anything grabs you there making it worth paying for after your cable expense is gone. For local feeds, and OTA (over the air) antenna and built in (or external) TV tuner would be required.

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That's news to me.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 2, 2016 8:16 PM PDT
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I suggest you talk to the person that made this claim to ask how.

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Windows Media Center or USB Drive
by beachangel1 / October 3, 2016 2:33 PM PDT
In reply to: That's news to me.

The person at work said the shows would be downloaded to either Windows Media Center or to a USB flash Drive. She said a 8 gigabyte would get about 12 hours of record time. I'm just trying to figure all of this out.

She didn't know if I would be able to download (some people call it streamline) more than one show at a time. That's is something else I need to know.

Hopefully others will read my post and have answers for me.

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Ask this person what application is...
by Oldartq / October 3, 2016 9:50 PM PDT

needed if any? Or is firestick is all is needed?

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Here's the claim again.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2016 7:57 AM PDT

"I was told that I could download any show whether it be from the Antenna, Firestick or Roku to my computer and that is how I would record that show."

While the antenna is open to recording the others are usually on demand and by design not a download most of the time.

You have someone that claimed they do this or that you could so they need to finish what they started here.

For the antenna, look at the many USB tuners out there. Many came with the recording app.

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Your friend forgot about copyright law
by Pepe7 / October 4, 2016 10:55 AM PDT

Most content is subject to copyright, so there are plenty of hurdles to prevent much of the content from being recorded/transferred freely as such.

FWIW, 'Streaming' is another word to describe the act of viewing or listening to something online, often not in real time sync with a live broadcast.

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Remember the old day,
by Oldartq / October 4, 2016 2:17 PM PDT

when I use to recorded radio and TV show for personal use. Now I wonder if the law has been change. Personally I probably wouldn't want keep that free stuffs coming through the internet.

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This Is So Confusing
by beachangel1 / October 4, 2016 4:47 PM PDT
In reply to: Remember the old day,

I asked her about the recording and she said someone told her that it could be done. She said she doesn't do any recording because with Firestick shows come on several different days and times & she can usually find it and watch it when it's convenient for her. I don't know if that's true or not.

The more I research the more confused I get. I do know my Blu-ray player offers Hulu Plus, Netflix and a bunch of other stuff. If I can get all of that with my Blu-ray player why would I need a Firestick? I do believe I would antenna to get local channels.

I have made a list of the shows I watch. I guess the next step would be to see the channel those shows come on are on Hulu Plus or any of the other items I get with my Blu-ray player.

Please do not hesitate to let me know if there is something else I need to do or check. I really appreciate everyone trying to help me with this.

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your TV have S video plug?
by James Denison / October 4, 2016 5:44 PM PDT
In reply to: This Is So Confusing

Mine does. I use an S video port out on the back of computer to the S video in on the TV. I then use my computer speakers for the sound. There are numerous ways of doing this.

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Ok let's see if clear the confusion a bit.
by Oldartq / October 4, 2016 9:21 PM PDT
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I don't have or ever use firestick or Roku, so I will not comment on them. I do subscribe to Netflix. With Netflix, you don't need a recorder (you can't record them anyway). The shows are stored in their server so you access them at anytime. However, 90% of the show are not first run and the monthly fee is about $10. Your BRplayer should be good for that.

Over the air TV; if you are in a good receiving location, you can just get an indoor antenna and hook it up to the TV to get your local channels.

Internet TV, I don't do must of that but you can try it to see you like it. Personally I don't think much of them...but my Grandson, that's all he watch.

As for recording with the computer, never done that either.

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Here's the biggest confuser.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 4, 2016 5:35 PM PDT
In reply to: Remember the old day,

Not everything is on streaming. There's a lot of shows that do not get on the internet because of deals to keep cable alive.

When you cut the cable cord there will be shows exclusive to the cable lineup. This can really wrankle folk that didn't understand this.

I don't know why some get the idea that ALL channels and content is on the internet.

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S Video Port
by beachangel1 / October 7, 2016 3:20 PM PDT

I do have the S Video Port on my TV & computer. What do I need for that port? I'm not familiar with that port. I'm going to see which of the shows I watch come on Hulu Plus as I understand that they usually show them a day or two later which I like. I know Netflix runs a season behind so that won't work for me. I did the free trial and can get better movies at Redbox which isn't that expensive.

I'm going to try to streamline a show this weekend on my laptop if I can figure out how to do it as my laptop is Windows 10 which I don't like and my desktop is Windows 7.

I really appreciate all the help and suggestions.

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It's rarely used.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 7, 2016 3:33 PM PDT
In reply to: S Video Port

That is from pre-HDTV days and nothing I would explore today. It might be useful in legacy old pre-HDTV gear but here, it's not useful for streaming, etc.

I don't know what streamilining is. If you want to use a new word be sure to expand on it a little. I might guess you meant streaming but I'd rather not guess.

Here I use all versions of Windows but the last Vista machine left the building a few months back. The office is all converted to W10 save a few pickled machines on XP and W7.

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S video
by James Denison / October 8, 2016 5:16 PM PDT
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As mentioned, not High Def TV, but Analog quality, but in a pinch works just as before. Use the proper S video cable between the TV and the laptop, both must have S video port on them. That will give you the picture on channel 3 or 4 or an Input channel, just like VCR always did. It ONLY sends the video signal, which is why you want to plug some powered external speakers if you have them into the headphone plug on your laptop. That's what I used to do with my old laptop. Like Shaq, I've still got my old analog big screen TV in my living room, although have a smaller HDTV to use if wanted, but mostly use that now for my monitor. I'm not one of those who feels an overpowering need to see all the pancake makeup and increasing lines on the ageing news and weather people's faces, LOL.

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there are all kinds of alternatives
by renegade600 / October 7, 2016 4:12 PM PDT
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there are all kinds of alternatives to watch your shows. some legit and some not so. dont know what shows you like but check the networks website and see if they stream them free. for example, cw network is about to stream episodes of their latest shows for free. Most local tv stations stream their news and weather so you will not miss much there.

One thing to consider is your internet package. a lot of cord cutters have to subscribe to a better internet package to prevent buffering while streaming shows or if they want hd quality. Also if your internet provider has a data cap, you could be limited as to how much you can stream.

I tried using an antenna when I first cut the cord. It was useless. Too much interference and had to keep turning it in order to get a good signal on some stations. every time you turn it you have to scan for channels again. It would be unreliable.

I subscribe to two services, netflix and amazon prime. I am currently doing a trial with Funimation.

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by beachangel1 / October 8, 2016 3:50 PM PDT

Streaming is what I meant and don't know how to do. I don't know how to do it on Windows 7 or Windows 10 as I've never had to do it before.

I did call my internet provider who also happens to be my cable provider. This company has the monopoly on internet and cable in my area. They told me it would only cost $10 more a month to get the best internet package they offer and would allow me to do the streaming of shows and not get charged extra.

It sounds like I also need to check out Amazon Prime. I've never heard of Fumination.

I'm glad to be a member of this forum. None of my friends and family or tech savy so it's nice to know there is somewhere I can go to get help.

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by Oldartq / October 8, 2016 6:07 PM PDT
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if you are over 40, you probably won't miss it. I always think of it as cartoon with bad art work.

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maybe not
by renegade600 / October 8, 2016 7:06 PM PDT
In reply to: Funimation,

disagree about the bad artwork. some of the anime artwork is very detail and puts a lot of normal cartoons to shame - especially the scifi ones.

and by the way, I am over 50 Happy

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Maybe I should take a look again.
by Oldartq / October 9, 2016 9:07 AM PDT
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My Granddaughter told me yesterday that her brother love to watch them also, but he's under 30.

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funination is anime
by renegade600 / October 8, 2016 7:03 PM PDT
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there is actually some good anime out there. Not sure if I will continue with the subscription after the trial is over next week but did get to watch several series.

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there are a lot of channels out there you can watch
by renegade600 / October 8, 2016 7:09 PM PDT
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there are a lot of channels you can watch. if you are not careful, you could nickel and dime yourself into a higher monthly fee that you currently have with cable

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Not Sure About That
by beachangel1 / October 9, 2016 1:02 PM PDT

I'm not sure what you mean by that. I think the best thing for me to do is to make a list of shows I watch and see if can be streamed and if are available on Hulu Plus as I heard they offered the most TV shows.

It might take me a while to do all the research I need to do before I come back and post again.

If anyone knows if there is something else that I need to do or has a suggestion that would be helpful please let me know.

I appreciate everyone's suggestions and comments.

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not sure about your not sure :-)
by renegade600 / October 9, 2016 1:18 PM PDT
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I am guessing you are not sure about the nickel and dime???? The thing is, there are a lot of streaming services out there with monthly fees from 4 bucks and higher. Some of them are Netflix, Hulu, Starz, Showtime, Amazon prime, History Vault, Funimation and more. Then you look at what you need to stream. Maybe a streaming box or a roku for each tv. or you could use a computer on each tv. It all depends how many tvs and family members you have. You also look at the extra fee for your internet service to increase your bandwidth.

One thing about Hulu, some shows require a cable subscription in order to watch them on hulu. Be sure to check the networks websites to see what is available there.

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That Makes Sense
by beachangel1 / October 9, 2016 3:55 PM PDT

I appreciate you taking the time to explain this to me. I didn't realize that Hulu was considered streaming. I thought streaming meant something total different. Really feel like a dummy, I am so not tech savy. No wonder I couldn't find anything on google on how to stream a TV show on Windows 10. I thought I would have to do something like use something similar to Windows Media Player or Windows 7 or download some software or something.

Sounds like this is going to take longer than I thought to do all the research. Since I know my Blu-ray Player came with Hulu Plus, Netflix, Crackle, Amazon and a bunch of other stuff I've never heard of that's is probably where I need to start. Make a list of shows I watch and see what they come on and how much service would be and compare that to my cable.

The only other thing I couldn't figure out is how to stream a TV show to my computer. The Blacklist is on NBC and says it can be streamed. I know it's not on Hulu Plus and Netflix shows the past seasons so I'm not interested in Netflix.

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nbc streaming requires cable subscription
by renegade600 / October 10, 2016 2:42 PM PDT
In reply to: That Makes Sense

streaming with your computer is as simple as signing on to the website using your browser, if the site requires it, and click on the show you want to watch. It is like going to youtube and playing videos there.

going back to one of your original questions, unless the streaming site specifically allows it, you cannot legally record a show from them. Most of them do not allow it.

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So you have tried Netflix and...
by Oldartq / October 10, 2016 6:52 PM PDT
In reply to: That Makes Sense

you didn't like it. Did you use the BRplayer for that..or the computer?If you use the player, and it also has Hulu, why not give that a try. I see they give a one week trial. If you don't want to use the computer as a streaming device and the BRplayer don't have enough channels to suit you, or then you can use other streaming device such as the Ruku (there are many out there). Personally I use a Netgear for my Netflix but there are many channels...I just never got interested in trying other.

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NBC Streaming today requires a cable subscription.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / October 10, 2016 7:23 PM PDT
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