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Bigbird65

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I have DirecTV at home and a portable dish we use on the road. When time is short or I am too lazy or tired to set up the dish I can get all of the channels in our DTV plan using the DirecTV app on my AT&T Samsung GS5 phone. The big advantage is that watching TV this way uses NO data on my phone plan, therefore no additional cost. However, I certainly don't want to watch TV on that tiny screen. So, I wirelessly connect to the Samsung 32" smart TV using Screen Mirroring. I do connect the charge cable to the phone.

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wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Using Sling for $25 a month instead of what dish charges you, and I got a free TV dongle for signing up for 2 months.
So for that $25 you get all the same channels as a Dish package? And locals? How about the DVR? How much is your unlimited data plan? I don't think you are comparing apples to apples. [emoticon]

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Sling prices just went up as most of the streaming services have . Sling offers almost no locals ( that’s why they are cheaper and very limited channels) , but if they are the ones you want ??


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az99 wrote:

wanderingaimlessly wrote:

Using Sling for $25 a month instead of what dish charges you, and I got a free TV dongle for signing up for 2 months.
So for that $25 you get all the same channels as a Dish package? And locals? How about the DVR? How much is your unlimited data plan? I don't think you are comparing apples to apples. [emoticon]


I "assume" this works the same as my roku where I can get showtime/hbo/etc thru it but only if I have a subscription to hbo etc.
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Sling Blue is now $30/mo. It now has all the channels I want. They give you 10 hrs of free DVR. I have the Sling AirTV Duo connected to an antenna at home for 42 OTA channels that I can get anywhere with the Sling App on my ROKU or Fire Stick connected to TV.This allows us to watch local to our home news anywhere. The AirTV dhas a USB drive attached for 200 hrs of OTA recording viewable anywhere.


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I do something very similar but I download shows and movies to my mobile device. Works great and no problems with “throttling”.

I have the Base Verizon unlimited plan. I’ve read the fine print. Basically it starts to prioritize you depending on the network load. I have had issues trying to stream in densely populated areas but in rural areas I have never had a problem (as long as I have service). I would say we are heavy streamers as we do not have cable or satellite TV.

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The big advantage is that watching TV this way uses NO data on my phone plan, therefore no additional cost.
Aren't you still downloading DTV content over the cell internet, thus using your data?


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was_butnotnow wrote:

The big advantage is that watching TV this way uses NO data on my phone plan, therefore no additional cost.
Aren't you still downloading DTV content over the cell internet, thus using your data?

Yes you are still streaming DirecTV from a cell tower and no you are not using data on your phone plan. The only disadvantage is that you are tying up your phone while watching TV. Not a problem for me. This link should answer your questions. Let me know what you think.
https://www.att.com/directv/experience/watch-directv-app.html

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We have two unlimited (never throttled, just prioritized on busy towers) data plans, one with AT&T at $20/mo using their Connected Car Plan with the SIM in a Netgear hotspot, and a Visible (a Verizon company) $25/mo "Party Pay" phone plan with tethering/hotspot support. We stream to our FireTVstick daily with one or the other plan when we're in transit between destinations, and almost as much at our longer term destinations even with our Dish sat service set up. We've yet to land anywhere that one or the other cell service didn't give us an adequate signal, although I'm sure those places exist. We do use a Maximum Signal Max Amp RV cell amplifier/repeater in fringe areas though.


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Is anyone streaming programs from your computer to the FireStick? I have old episodes of Northern Exposure on my computer and I was using Plex to stream them without much trouble. Now Plex has changed something and I cannot get my files to load on the Plex Media Server. I tried VLA and that's way over my head. It says it's the easiest but keeps asking for log in information I have no idea how to answer.
No more hardware answers, please. I have a MiFi, a laptop and a FireStick (2 actually).


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