Spectrum/Disney Dispute

MontyBrunswick Senior Member
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Mon, Sep 4, 2023 7:01 PM

^^ it's also worth mentioning that sinclair has started whiffing on payments to the pro sports teams for their local broadcast rights. they already filed for bankruptcy.


i could see MLB just stepping in and taking the RSN's over whenever sinclair deems their purchase a failure.


also apparently Bally's is available on both fubo and directtv streaming. you can also "buy" a bally's pass but i think it's extremely limited as to what you can/cannot watch due to the weird local broadcast rules.

Ironman92 Administrator
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Mon, Sep 4, 2023 7:51 PM

Bought a Roku but we don’t have a 4K tv in main room….the Roku we bought doesn’t appear to have ACC Netwirk but the Roku for 4K tvs does.

Some ACC games this year are on CW Network. And I’m going to half of them….but would like to have it as will need for basketball 

gut Senior Member
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Mon, Sep 4, 2023 11:06 PM
posted by MontyBrunswick

also apparently Bally's is available on both fubo and directtv streaming. you can also "buy" a bally's pass but i think it's extremely limited as to what you can/cannot watch due to the weird local broadcast rules.

You can subscribe, and then add the Bally app to Chromecast (same as with other apps like Netflix, Prime, etc).  It's not as seamless as one might like, but it will do.

Otherwise, it's pretty easy to cast anything streaming on your phone/tablet/laptop CHROME browser to your tv with a Chromecast.

For me, Xfinity had the best UI and channel availability, but it's a good bit more money than YT TV.

33,369 posts 132 reps Joined Nov 2009
Mon, Sep 4, 2023 11:24 PM
posted by MontyBrunswick

it was unveiled during march madness this year

They gave us a glimpse. They had multi view of only those 4 linked channels. Now they have it across channels and even across sports. 


friendfromlowry Senior Member
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Tue, Sep 5, 2023 8:59 PM

https://cordcuttersnews.com/spectrum-cable-tv-teams-up-with-fubo-to-offer-a-discounted-live-tv-streaming-service-so-its-customers-can-watch-espn/


My prediction for Spectrum/Disney to resolve their issues by this past weekend crashed and burned. 

Spectrum is offering this deal as it seems this may go on for a while. Unless I’m missing something, it seems fucking stupid. Pay $70/month to get the sports channels abruptly removed from you? I know you get the whole elite package of channels but what if you already had all that initially. Some people - a lot maybe - would be paying $70/month to essentially get back a half dozen channels, and even some of those you may not care about (myself and National Geographic, for example) 

Ironman92 Administrator
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Tue, Sep 5, 2023 9:50 PM
posted by friendfromlowry

https://cordcuttersnews.com/spectrum-cable-tv-teams-up-with-fubo-to-offer-a-discounted-live-tv-streaming-service-so-its-customers-can-watch-espn/


My prediction for Spectrum/Disney to resolve their issues by this past weekend crashed and burned. 

Spectrum is offering this deal as it seems this may go on for a while. Unless I’m missing something, it seems fucking stupid. Pay $70/month to get the sports channels abruptly removed from you? I know you get the whole elite package of channels but what if you already had all that initially. Some people - a lot maybe - would be paying $70/month to essentially get back a half dozen channels, and even some of those you may not care about (myself and National Geographic, for example) 

And Spectrum is going to take $15 off your bill if you can withstand their making you hold for 35 minutes snd having 2 passwords and security codes at hand


The Fubo is ok but like you said, most of it is what I already have and it’s fucking bright and my eyes at age 49 are sensitive AF and 


I just want my spectrum back…I’ll pay extra.


Fuckers


MontyBrunswick Senior Member
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Tue, Sep 5, 2023 10:50 PM
posted by Laley23

They gave us a glimpse. They had multi view of only those 4 linked channels. Now they have it across channels and even across sports. 


It's still limited I think. I couldn't get multiview with any of the games on Fox

Ironman92 Administrator
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Wed, Sep 6, 2023 11:32 AM

Well for 23 minutes on the phone I got my 1 time $15 Spectrum credit

friendfromlowry Senior Member
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Wed, Sep 6, 2023 12:02 PM
posted by Ironman92

Well for 23 minutes on the phone I got my 1 time $15 Spectrum credit

Of the 23 minutes, how much were you actually talking to a person vs being on hold?


Ironman92 Administrator
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Wed, Sep 6, 2023 12:58 PM
posted by friendfromlowry

Of the 23 minutes, how much were you actually talking to a person vs being on hold?


4-5 min talk with the understanding lady


Verbal Kint Senior Member
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Wed, Sep 6, 2023 6:17 PM

Also YoutubeTV

ESPN+ for non-major events

Wednesday

Hope this helps

TedSheckler Emporium Entrepreneur
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Thu, Sep 7, 2023 7:27 AM

I dumped Directv for YoutubeTV a few months back and don't regret it.  I have my YoutubeTV on a FireStick.  If you're a little tech savvy and aren't afraid to pirate, there are hacks out there for the Firestick to get Ballys to watch the Reds.  I do it.

33,369 posts 132 reps Joined Nov 2009
Thu, Sep 7, 2023 9:56 AM
posted by TedSheckler

I dumped Directv for YoutubeTV a few months back and don't regret it.  I have my YoutubeTV on a FireStick.  If you're a little tech savvy and aren't afraid to pirate, there are hacks out there for the Firestick to get Ballys to watch the Reds.  I do it.

They also dont geolocate, so if you have someone else's login, youre fine. I watch Guards in Chicago, which is normal -- but they don't blackout any Chicago games vs the Sox or Cubs.

QuakerOats Senior Member
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Thu, Sep 7, 2023 11:20 AM
posted by TedSheckler

I dumped Directv for YoutubeTV a few months back and don't regret it.  I have my YoutubeTV on a FireStick.  If you're a little tech savvy and aren't afraid to pirate, there are hacks out there for the Firestick to get Ballys to watch the Reds.  I do it.

Will have to give that some thought.  $130/mo. for Directv, after beating them down from $170 every year, just seems offensive.

birddog23 Senior Member
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Fri, Sep 8, 2023 9:41 AM

Starting to see price increases already from Streaming services.

Just got notified that our Hulu package (Legacy packagae, Live Tv, bundled with Disney+/ESPN+) is rising to $81.99/mo beginning in October. We are currently paying $74.99 and I believe last December it was at $71.99.

So we have seen a $10/mo increase in just 10 months.

I just ran the numbers for switching to YouTube Tv and keeping Disney+ (and ditching ESPN+) and it would be $80.99/mo for that. So I guess it seems on par.

QuakerOats Senior Member
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Fri, Sep 8, 2023 9:53 AM

These price increases are just transitory

MontyBrunswick Senior Member
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Fri, Sep 8, 2023 10:58 AM

the benefit of streaming services isn't really the price, it's the flexibility.

if one provider sucks you can easily bounce to someone else. there's no equipment to send back or people to talk to on the phone, you just click cancel on one provider and sign up at the new provider.


i generally sign up for youtube tv (or sling, or whatever is cheapest) during football season and then pause/cancel it during the off-months. that would be a hassle with a cable/satellite provider.

friendfromlowry Senior Member
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Fri, Sep 8, 2023 10:16 PM

I’ve heard a couple segments on this with the podcasts I listen to each week and people seem to think this may not be resolved very easily or quickly. Spectrum seems tired of being pushed around by ESPN/Disney. 

Ironman92 Administrator
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Fri, Sep 8, 2023 10:17 PM
posted by friendfromlowry

I’ve heard a couple segments on this with the podcasts I listen to each week and people seem to think this may not be resolved very easily or quickly. Spectrum seems tired of being pushed around by ESPN/Disney. 

Well then they’ll die off like Dish


MontyBrunswick Senior Member
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Sat, Sep 9, 2023 10:31 AM
posted by Ironman92

Well then they’ll die off like Dish


spectrum won't die off as they provide internet service. they might give up on TV sooner or later, but even that seems unlikely.


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