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DODGERS The TWC/SPECTRUM NIGHTMARE Thread

Discussion in 'Los Angeles DODGERS' started by THINKBLUE, Mar 27, 2014.

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When will deals strike with other providers?

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  2. 10 games into season

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  3. 20 games into season

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  4. 30+ Games into season

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  5. Never

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  1. fsudog21

    fsudog21 DSP Legend

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    How much do you pay for internet?

    I'm paying $75 a month from Comcast.
     
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    rube DSP Legend Staff Member Administrator

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    I was paying 14.99 but Time Warner raised it to 19.99 last year I believe during the Spectrum changeover.
    Last month it went to Charter and it's now 39.99 I believe or 44.99. Gotta check.
    But I am on their lowest tier.
    I was on their highest originally when it was Adelphia and I had an entire pipe just for my house.
     
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    irish DSP Staff Member Administrator

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    adelphia, had forgotten about them
    remember when they were united artists cable?
     
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    rube DSP Legend Staff Member Administrator

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    Nope.
    I only go as far back as Adelphia.
     
  5. BlueMouse

    BlueMouse Voted DSP's favorite moderator Staff Member Administrator

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    Question for you Spectrum bkitches: I'm moving to a Spectrum area next month, so I have the option to get the Dodgers station. Is there anything on the station besides the games that is worthwhile?

    I'm deciding if I want the package with Sportsnet LA (whatever it's called), or if I want to go with a cheaper package and use MLB.tv instead. Things I like about MLB.tv is I can watch on the iPad from anywhere on the go (or watch on the TV), plus I can watch the game later without needing to DVR, and I would save about $120 a year over the extra cable price. I'm leaning towards MLB.tv, but am I missing anything? Can you watch Sportsnet LA on an iPad and/or at a later time?
     
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    The Dodgers are one of only 2 or 3 teams whose regional sports network does not provide live streaming of games to mobile devices. You must be connected to your home's wifi network in order to watch on your phone through the Spectrum app. You'd need a third party device like SlingBox (not to be confused with SlingTV) to watch on your tablet or computer away from home.

    Yes, there is solid programming other than the game. "Backstage: Dodgers" gives you behind the scenes access to the team every week throughout spring training and the regular season with excellent production value, features, narrative etc. Pre and post-game coverage is extensive.

    I tried cutting the cord and using a VPN with MLB.TV in the past. It was okay, but I missed having the post-game show in the background while I wound down for the night. Plus, the lack of DVR. I record Backstage: Dodgers, MLB Now, and network shows that I'd rather record than pay for Hulu.

    If you're tired of leasing equipment from cable companies, just rent a cable card and get a Tivo box. Tivo service is 14 bucks /month and consolidates all your streaming apps, cable programming, DVR, etc into one box. You can also buy "Tivo Minis" (one time purchase) and connect them via Ethernet to create whole-home DVR. It's a better UI than any cable or satellite company.

    If you can live without DVR and care little for studio programming, continue with MLB.TV. If you want a traditional cable television experience, DVR, and streaming all in one device, get Spectrum and a Tivo.

    JMO.
     
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    So, @THINKBLUE ... as an OC resident with the cord cut, but the ability to use MLB.TV, my 'in market' residency means I'd have to use unlocator or a similar service to get The Blue live, yes? Or, even in market with MLB.TV, could I watch Dodgers games the next day taped?
     
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    THINKBLUE DSP Gigolo

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    Correct. That's what I meant by VPN. Unblock-us is what I used. It's like $4.99 /month and works great.
     
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    BlueMouse Voted DSP's favorite moderator Staff Member Administrator

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    Mlb.tv allows you to watch in market games an hour after the game is over (you might want to double check the 1-hour, but it is something like that).

    Unblock-us is a good unlocator service. I used to use it. Keep in mind, it won’t work for certain devices like iPads or phones because the mlb app uses the location service on those devices to determine location (as opposed to IP address). But unblock-us will work with devices like appleTV, roku, or PlayStation. If you are using a computer, Chrome with the Hola plugin might work too, and that’s free.

    I use mlb.tv with my iPad, but that uses a different type of hack that most people probably can’t do.
     
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    Thanks, fellas.

    We use the Amazon Firestick so I'll have to see if I can get this season going from that.
     
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    are you not able to turn off the location service on the apple products?
    would it then not default to the IP?
     
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    The app requires you to turn on your location settings. I've tried a couple ways to get around it, to no avail.
     
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    bastards!
     
  14. BlueMouse

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    To add insult to injury, Apple doesn't allow location-spoofer apps in the App Store. So if you want to spoof your location you either need to jail-break your device or become an Apple Developer.
     
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  15. CapnTreee

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    Not that it matters so much to you but.. You'll be among the legions to learn WHY Time Warner changed their name to Spectrum.

    Customer service so reviled and hostile that the company changed its name in a last ditch feeble attempt hoping to cure the well earned perception of ingrained toxic customer service.




    still painful after all these years
     
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  16. CapnTreee

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    Yep, Apple leads the charge into knowing everything possible about each of us, including knowing our whereabouts at all times. They truly think that they deserve all of this data.. because they want it.

    Now if only they would cooperate with state and federal authorities more instead of creating their domain of control we could see them as the evil they represent rather than so many drinking the Apple KoolAid year after year perfectly naive about their identities being for sale 24/7.




    nothing to see here move along move along
     
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    rube DSP Legend Staff Member Administrator

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    Same with Google.
    These companies are not taking anything that we aren't giving them.
     
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    I need to try that, im a cheap bastard that is still on Dish network. Got pissed last year when MLBtv shut off Dodger games (the year before there was no need for VPN crap). I know its cheap but don't want to use a blocker. Damn!!! I wish they would just put them back on Fox Sports....like the good old days.
     
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    BREAKING NEWS: Dodgers return to FOX.
    New broadcasting team:
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  20. CapnTreee

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    shouldn't this be renamed the Spectrum Nightmare thread now?


    not that I personally give a shit
     
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