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Old 12-31-2019, 01:34 PM   #1
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Cutting the cord - This is not easy

We're Canadian's and are trying to solution our TV needs for 12/months a year. We spend 1/2 our time at home and the other hals in the US. (at least that is the plan)

The service not being available in Canada should not be an issue, a good VPN will spoof our actual location.

So we suspended our home TV and hit the road knowing we need to find TV with the following features:

1) DVR
2) ability to fast forward through commercials
3) all of your favourite shows

We like shows like FBI, S.W.A.T., NCIS and some of the current sitcoms.

We first tried Youtube TV and found that you can't always fast forward. That makes Youtube TV NOT DW friendly.

Next we moved onto Hula. After getting it all set up we can't watch anything using a cellular service for streaming.

What should we try next? What do you use while traveling? (we do have a dish on the roof, never used it)
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Old 12-31-2019, 01:44 PM   #2
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Maybe an OTA DVR can be part of your solution?
The other streaming services are changing so much it's hard to keep up with them.
I plan to use my directv receiver along with Netflix, hulu, amazon prime and maybe add a OTA DVR. I was using Directv now but it keeps going up and the cheapest is 60 per month now.
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Old 12-31-2019, 01:44 PM   #3
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Dish offers a pay as you go monthly plan. Depending on what antenna and receiver you get you could have dvr capabilities. How far north of the border are you? Its possible you could use Dish year round.
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Old 12-31-2019, 01:54 PM   #4
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We are mainly streaming to Amazon Fire devices on the TV's. I have them setup with the app CinemaHD (you can search for it) and we're able to setup "favorite" shows which I would equate to using it like a DVR. It actually keeps track of the shows we have watched already. Commercials are non-existent on most shows. This is a service like Kodi, but to us much more user friendly. We're using a VPN when we stream on CinemaHD. It likely will meet your needs, but again, if you know anything about KODI devices they're not exactly legal if the networks want to come after you.

We also have Netflix, Amazon Prime TV and sometimes utilize ota. Currently we are in a park with cable, so that's the fallback right now. I still maintain cable at my home (FL) through Spectum/Charter so I can log directly onto some of the networks streaming service that we do sometimes too (but not as much now that CinemaHD shows them all). CBS is the only one that has additional fees over an above what I already pay for cable at this time.
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Do you have a favorite OTA DVR?
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Do you have a favorite OTA DVR?
I do not, was not even aware an OTA DVR existed.
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I forgot to add, I am using an Apple TV box, but not opposed to buying an Android box.

I would love to have seamless access to the DVR from multiple locations.
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OTA has no guide, so how useful would a DVR be .
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I do not, was not even aware an OTA DVR existed.


Have been using a TiVo connected to an antenna for several years now.

The new amazon recast device looks interesting also.
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For our S&B home, we've been Prime members for several years & Fire TV users for ~1.5 years. A week or so ago, we got the Recast OTA DVR & have been trying that out. So far so good. As with any OTA antenna, some stations have problems being rec'd when it's snowing/rainy/overcast (they come in fine on a clear day). Right now the system is hooked up to one of those "as seen on TV" flat plastic antennas that I've got stuck to a bedroom window. Working OK but I've got this one coming to see if it'll do any better when installed in our attic. Yeah, I'll miss a few shows I watched on cable, but not enough to pay the ridiculous charges Spectrum has been charging (& continues to up by $2-3 every 6mo or so) us for years.

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I've noticed Sling TV has cellular streaming capabilities. (FYI)
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we simply use DISH Network. everything is recorded on a DVR so we can zip thru commercials. EZ PZ.
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we simply use DISH Network. everything is recorded on a DVR so we can zip thru commercials. EZ PZ.
Is the DVR on your RV or is it virtual meaning you can access it from your home as well?
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Is the DVR on your RV or is it virtual meaning you can access it from your home as well?
it's local and stays in the RV. DISH may have a cloud-based DVR but I'm not aware of it.
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