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Mancave multi tv setup

Jan 9, 2020 5:18AM PST

If I have a smart tv, is there a verizon fios app or could I log into there website thru tv browser with my credentials and now I can watch fios programming on that tv?

Also on a separate tv, if i purchased apple tv would I be able to access The ESPN app on there for free?

My goal is to have in my mancave 3 total tvs. TV 1 would be hooked up with a fios box. But I am trying to save from spending for 2 additional boxes so thats why I proposed this idea above. This way I have 3 tvs that can be tuned to different sports programming at once.

Can anyone let me know if what I wrote is possible or is there better suggestions then what I am stating.

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Each supplier differs.
Jan 9, 2020 7:59AM PST

And smart TVs tend to get dumb at times. It's worth noting that many thought a smart TV would stand toe to toe with what we can do on a PC. That answer is no, not even close.

As to ESPN that question has been kicked around for years. Again, no.

This doesn't stop you from watching what else there is available but don't count on a smart TV to replace those boxes or what you can do on a PC.

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apple tv
Jan 9, 2020 8:58AM PST

if you have a cable subscription this will get you access to the watch ESPN app. Thus if I had an amazon firestick or apple tv this content would be free. Unless I am totally missing something, this should be the case.

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The WatchESPN app looks to be dead.
Jan 9, 2020 9:39AM PST

There's a new app which replaced it. But for LIVE content we read:
"Watching live ESPN channels will still require a paid TV subscription, whether from cable, satellite, or a live TV streaming service. The app acts as a gatekeeper by requiring users to sign in with their TV provider account to enable live viewing."
https://www.digitaltrends.com/movies/what-is-espn-plus/

It's a maze to figure out what does and does not work and the WatchESPN change is recent.

-> Bottom line, even if you pay for ESPN+ the live feeds are strictly limited to those that pay for cable. Yes, they may change but not today.

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correct?
Jan 9, 2020 10:57AM PST

well yes i will have a paid subscription to a cable provider. so then yes i would be able to log into my credentials using my cable provider and access ESPN, ABC etc on firestick. and that way it saves me from having to pay for an extra cable box. like i said i just want to avoid having to pay 10.00 a month for 3 boxes. this would let me pay for one box but technically have live sports programming on 3 tvs

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Correct.
Jan 9, 2020 11:25AM PST

But I would not count on the Smart TV having the current ESPN app. There's a lot of TVs out there so you may have to add this via the stick or box (Roku, Amazon, etc.)

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Live ESPN still requires additional boxes
Jan 13, 2020 6:47AM PST

AFAIK Verizon Fios service still requires additional boxes for live content w/ ESPN. Also look on their customer discussion forums.

Another method to try is using a powered HDMI matrix switch (W/ splitter functionality) a 1x4 or 2x4 model. Look on monoprice for sales on the mid-priced rigs. For reference:

https://www.cnet.com/google-amp/news/hdmi-switch-vs-hdmi-splitter-everything-you-need-to-know/

Monoprice Blackbird 4K Pro 1x8 HDMI Splitter with HDCP 2.2 and EDID Support https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BZL2JVA

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Roku and Fire tv sticks are the easiest way to go
Jan 12, 2020 10:17AM PST

As you said, you can use your fios login credentials to log in to your favorite channels, so that is not an issue. Whether or not tv #2 and tv #3 are smart tvs, the easiest setup is to use a Fire tv stick or Roku stick on each of these tvs. (The "smart tv" features are not as good.) Both Roku and Fire tv sticks are free to use. Most people using a Fire tv stick choose to have Amazon Prime too, but it is not required in order to view the sports channels you already subscribe to.

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