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College Football via Internet TV

Discussion in 'College Football' started by Redhawk, Aug 16, 2017.

  1. Redhawk

    Redhawk All-American

    I'm curious how many have tried to cut the cord and only go with internet for watching football. If I didn't care about sports I would have got rid of cable tv a few years ago, but my "fear" is that I will miss even part of an OSU football game, or won't be able to safely, correctly record a game if I can't watch it live or being able to pause it while watching live. So I continue to pay the cable bill.

    Has anyone successfully lived through an entire season yet without cable tv and not missed a minute of OSU football?

    Edit: To any moderator, if this should be in a different forum....
  2. scarletmike

    scarletmike Researching the Magic!

    Well, not sure if you consider Playstation Vue or Sling "cable TV," but this will be football season #2 for me using Vue. Last year was mostly good, my only complaint was that the feed was about a full minute behind everyone else, so Twitter and here were usually up to 2 plays ahead of my view of the game. If you have a friend with cable you could ask if you could use their cable login info to access WatchESPN, BTN2Go, etc.
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  3. LostLassie

    LostLassie Am I Allowed To Say That? '17 BPCFFB II Champ

    Not a mod, but there is a cable cutting thread in Open Discussion. Anyway, as discussed there, some pretty inexpensive ($25-$35/month) options now are Sling, Hulu, Playstation Vue--Vue especially has a package with just about all the football-carrying networks, including BTN, as well as offering a DVR function.

    PS if you have any streaming device, Roku, etc. those can be used for Sling and Vue, so you're not limited to the small pc screen.
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  4. ORD_Buckeye

    ORD_Buckeye Wrong glass, Sir.

    I'm on VUE right now. I also tried a week trial with HULU (which also has all the sports/cfb networks). At the time, I needed Chromecast for HULU, and Chromecast is garbage, so Roku/VUE became my fallback. I did see that Hulu has added Fire now, and Roku is "coming soon."

    Two big differences. Vue has AMC, and Hulu doesn't. That being said, the Vue DVR is pretty much garbage. Anything you record is automatically wiped after 30 days. And pausing and stopping during live programming is very sketchy. The Hulu DVR is much better and works pretty much like cable. 50 hours is included, and you can pay extra to bump it up to 200 hours.

    As for viewing quality and high def, both were perfect. The only problem was that Chromecast overheats and burns out.
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  5. Redhawk

    Redhawk All-American

    Are you able to record a game, or have you tried? If you can, I would wonder what happens if it runs long and would the end be cut off. Can you pause it and resume as needed? I don't care too much about a short delay.

    Also wonder about BTN and overflow channels. Do you just get the main BTN channel or all games on BTN?
  6. LostLassie

    LostLassie Am I Allowed To Say That? '17 BPCFFB II Champ

    Don't recall how the DVR function worked in terms of game time. I know in general, Roku blocks recording from channels like Netflix (although, when I first had mine, second hand from my daughter, it was originally hooked up to an old VCR. Then I moved it to connect thru my DVR and for about four months, until the system updated or maybe just until they caught up with me :wink: I was able to record shows from Netflix. Wouldn't count on it, though.)

    I don't see Sling on their list, but Hulu & Vue are in the drop down to register for BTN plus. So, you can go online and sign up once you have a provider. I noticed they've also started just letting you do a direct subscription by the month or year, so there's that option, too.
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  7. scarletmike

    scarletmike Researching the Magic!

    I've not tried the DVR for games, but I know last year it was questionable how well it worked since every game was titled the same across all channels, so a lot of people were questioning if it would record EVERY game that day with how the Vue DVR works.

    With BTN I have 4 BTN Alternate channels in my guide at all time.
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  8. wolves2002

    wolves2002 Junior

    Based on my experience with Vue, if you set one game on BTN (or ESPN or FS1) to record, you will get every game on that channel.
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  9. Redhawk

    Redhawk All-American

    Does it seem to record the whole game?
  10. cincibuck

    cincibuck You kids stay off my lawn!

    Was in London for the 2015-16 beatdown of the Irish and had to stream the game. Beat a sharp stick in the eye, but not by much. So tell me, gurus, how does one record a game and then download it to a DVD? I could do that with my original Tivo 6, but the Tivo 8 gave you a lot more recording time, but at the cost of no longer being able to burn the content.
  11. LostLassie

    LostLassie Am I Allowed To Say That? '17 BPCFFB II Champ

    I have one similar to this (paid a little less for it, but that was several years ago). The only hitch is that occasionally some channels will have a block on recording, notably certain sports shows. I've normally been able to record games.

    Magnavox MDR865H HD DVR/DVD Recorder with Digital Tuner (Black)


    This one's on Amazon, which for some reason won't link the page here. Anyway, it works.


    Being stationed overseas has led me to streaming my games over all kinds of illicit free sites. I won't list them here but if you need a place to catch the game direct message me and I'll hook you up.
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  13. Steve19

    Steve19 Watching. Always watching. Staff Member

    OK. This is now bloody confusing. Where do I watch the game this week? B1G Ten network? Fox Sports?
  14. LostLassie

    LostLassie Am I Allowed To Say That? '17 BPCFFB II Champ

    My channel guide shows it on ESPiN.
  15. BuckeyeNation27

    BuckeyeNation27 Goal Goal USA! Staff Member

    ESPN with multiple camera views.

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