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4 hours ago, Dani said:

There’s only two episodes out so far but the reviews have been excellent. I’ve only watched the first episode but I loved it.

Disney is still working out the kinks so you might want to wait a few weeks. It’s working well for me but if you have a problem customer support is a bit of disaster at the moment.  They ended up with more subscriptions on day one then were projected for the first year.

Thanks. I decided to subscribe to Disney Plus. I just ordered Fire TV.  I am excited to see The Mandalorian.

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Disney SHOULD HAVE KNOWN people would sign up for its streaming service! It's like over an hour wait to maybe talk to someone on the phone, and about over 30 minutes for a live chat.

I figured out how NOT get charged by an email I got from them--went into itunes to cancel the free trial/subscription, so I won't be charged, since I also enrolled via Verizon--and according to my Verizon account, it's active and I have the service for free until next year.

Whew. I thought I had to talk to someone to get them to "fix it" so I wouldn't be charged.

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53 minutes ago, GHScorpiosRule said:

Disney SHOULD HAVE KNOWN people would sign up for its streaming service! It's like over an hour wait to maybe talk to someone on the phone, and about over 30 minutes for a live chat.

I figured out how NOT get charged by an email I got from them--went into itunes to cancel the free trial/subscription, so I won't be charged, since I also enrolled via Verizon--and according to my Verizon account, it's active and I have the service for free until next year.

Whew. I thought I had to talk to someone to get them to "fix it" so I wouldn't be charged.

I’m not surprised by the issues. Anyone who goes to any of the Disney parks frequently knows that Disney has a horrible track record with technology. I’m actually surprised the app itself doesn’t have more issues.

I’ve seen posts on reddit of people waiting hours on live chat, finally getting to ask they question and then being timed out before the rep responded. I guess I’m lucky that I kept getting timed out in 30 minutes or less so I gave up very quickly. 

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I was all excited because I bought a new iPad, which is supposed to come with a free year of Apple TV+, and I have both a Roku TV and a Roku streaming stick.  Only to find out that it has to be the latest and greatest Roku in order for the Apple TV app to load onto it, and mine are not.  Grrr.

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Hulu has a $1.99/month special for 12 months for the ad supported version. It ends in a few hours, allegedly.  I'd been toying about whether or not I wanted to add Hulu to my package of streaming services (I have Netflix, Amazon and Acorn) but the deal was too good to pass up even if I do have to sit through some ads. 

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On 12/2/2019 at 7:47 PM, Irlandesa said:

Hulu has a $1.99/month special for 12 months for the ad supported version. 

I tried the Ad supported version which is a monthly fee however, it is the cheapest.

I realized I have no patience to watch ads on the internet streaming (?) services. Regular cable I can switch channels during commercials but I just can't tolerate the ads on Hulu/Netflix/HBO/etc. I have enough things in life that annoy me. I don't need to pay someone for it.😄

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2 hours ago, chenoa333 said:

I tried the Ad supported version which is a monthly fee however, it is the cheapest.

I realized I have no patience to watch ads on the internet streaming (?) services. Regular cable I can switch channels during commercials but I just can't tolerate the ads on Hulu/Netflix/HBO/etc. I have enough things in life that annoy me. I don't need to pay someone for it.😄

My biggest problem with the ads is that they just repeat the same 1 or 2 over and over again and this annoys me more than if they were different for reasons I don’t quite understand.

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9 minutes ago, biakbiak said:

My biggest problem with the ads is that they just repeat the same 1 or 2 over and over again and this annoys me more than if they were different for reasons I don’t quite understand.

I can't explain my annoyance either but it's there. More annoyance is when I am asked "which ad experience do you prefer?" and have to click one. 

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19 minutes ago, LucindaWalsh said:

I can't explain my annoyance either but it's there. More annoyance is when I am asked "which ad experience do you prefer?" and have to click one. 

I hate those. I frequently walk out of the room during the commercials to avoid the repeats only to walk back in and discover I have to click one and watch more commercials. There really should be a timed default on those things. 

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1 hour ago, biakbiak said:

My biggest problem with the ads is that they just repeat the same 1 or 2 over and over again and this annoys me more than if they were different for reasons I don’t quite understand.

Same here.  I don't have any streaming services at home, but while staying at my parents' house recently, I watched a whole bunch of Cold Case episodes in bed each night on the Roku Channel.  The commercial breaks are shorter, but the four ads at each break were pretty much the same each time, and it didn't take long to send me around the bend.  Not being able to go around the dial like I do with television would have only been mildly annoying had there been some variety in the commercials.

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3 hours ago, chenoa333 said:

Regular cable I can switch channels during commercials but I just can't tolerate the ads on Hulu/Netflix/HBO/etc.

I'm not aware of any ads on HBO, other than promos for their own shows, and those are only between programs, never in the middle.  

I'm at the point where I don't watch anything live, except Sunday afternoon football.  Everything else, including Sunday and Monday night football, goes on the DVR, solely to avoid the ads. 

Looking at possible cord-cutting next March when my cable contract ends and I expect my rates to skyrocket.  Anybody have experience with a streaming service's DVR and how well it works? 

I'm thinking of signing up for different services' trials a few weeks before I have to decide, to see not only how well I like each one, but how much data they use.  I was all set to buy a new 4K UHD TV on Black Friday until I thought about how fast I'd go over the data cap on my internet plan.  😞

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2 hours ago, LucindaWalsh said:

I can't explain my annoyance either but it's there. More annoyance is when I am asked "which ad experience do you prefer?" and have to click one. 

OK.  That's gonna drive me crazy.  But still just $2 a month.  If I decide to keep it, I'll go to ad free.

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13 hours ago, meowmommy said:

I was all set to buy a new 4K UHD TV on Black Friday until I thought about how fast I'd go over the data cap on my internet plan.

What is your data cap on your home internet plan?

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One of the interesting things about all the new streaming services is that all the people I talk to think they have to get all of them.   I finished watching Why Women Kill on All Access then cancelled All Access i will sign up again when Picard starts and then cancel.   I never have more then two or three services going at a time.   And I cancel real quick.   If they offer me a free “please stay” month I take it then cancel the next day.   I haven’t bothered with Disney yet.   My cousin has kids and he likes it.   But honestly until there is something I just have to watch.....

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4 hours ago, Chaos Theory said:

One of the interesting things about all the new streaming services is that all the people I talk to think they have to get all of them.   I finished watching Why Women Kill on All Access then cancelled All Access i will sign up again when Picard starts and then cancel.   I never have more then two or three services going at a time.   And I cancel real quick.   If they offer me a free “please stay” month I take it then cancel the next day.   I haven’t bothered with Disney yet.   My cousin has kids and he likes it.   But honestly until there is something I just have to watch.....

I’ve noticed many people seem to view streaming services like a gym membership where you sign up and it’s a ordeal to cancel. They don’t want to have to manage their services.
I’m like you in that I’m constantly rotating through services. When I sign up I either immediately cancel so I don’t have to remember to cancel or I set a reminder just before the renewal date. I think that’s harder to do when you have kids. Occasionally I’ll let my nieces and nephews use my accounts and I tend to keep those services longer than I would otherwise. Disney+ is the only one I have  no plans to cancel largely because they use it a lot. 
 

18 hours ago, meowmommy said:

Looking at possible cord-cutting next March when my cable contract ends and I expect my rates to skyrocket.  Anybody have experience with a streaming service's DVR and how well it works? 

I think I’ve used all of them at this point. It really depends what channels you’re wanting to watch and how much you want to spend. YouTube Live probably has the best DVR but the are a few networks that force you to watch a On Demand version of your new recordings. 

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7 hours ago, meowmommy said:

1 TB. 

That's more than enough data to cut cable and not come close to your data cap

https://www.allconnect.com/blog/1-tb-internet-data

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How long does it take to use 1 TB of data?

AT&T’s internet data calculator shows you just how much it would take to use 1 TB of data. According to the calculator, you could do the following activities* and still use less than 1 TB of data in a month:

Send and receive 40,000 emails

Stream 8,500 hours of music

Surf the internet for 2,000 hours

Game for 16,500 hours

Stream high-def videos for 350 hours

Post to social media for 5,600 hours

*Estimated on a standard user.

You would have to stream around 171 hours of 4K video for a month to reach 1 TB of data. That’s equivalent to you streaming 6 hours of 4K video every day for a month.

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21 minutes ago, theredhead77 said:

That's more than enough data to cut cable and not come close to your data cap

I appreciate that; it's just that I've read that a single movie on Netflix, using 4K UHD, can use 7 GB per hour, or 14 GB for a two-hour movie.  So one movie a day could eat up close to half the cap, and that's before all the other streaming and computer usage, and of course it would be much higher with full-time cord cutting.  We currently already average between 150 and 200 GB per month, with the highest surges on Sunday when I stream NFL football for about six hours.

When I had AT&T, they hit me with a 150 GB cap, which is why I didn't get Netflix at the time, even without 4K.  1 TB sounded a lot better, but then I got nervous.

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31 minutes ago, meowmommy said:

I appreciate that; it's just that I've read that a single movie on Netflix, using 4K UHD, can use 7 GB per hour, or 14 GB for a two-hour movie.

Did you read the link I posted? At the bottom:

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You would have to stream around 171 hours of 4K video for a month to reach 1 TB of data. That’s equivalent to you streaming 6 hours of 4K video every day for a month.

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1 minute ago, theredhead77 said:

Did you read the link I posted? At the bottom:

Between me and my daughter, we watch more than 6 hours a day of TV.  Thanks.  Confirms for me that 4K UHD is not a way we can afford to go.

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1 minute ago, meowmommy said:

Between me and my daughter, we watch more than 6 hours a day of TV.  Thanks.  Confirms for me that 4K UHD is not a way we can afford to go.

You watch more than 6 hours of 4K quality TV every day? 4K is not HD. Take a few minutes, read the article, play with the calculator. 1TB of data is more data than most people will use even with high daily usage.

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I bought my friend a Fire Stick and got an email for a free 3 month trial of Sling. I sent it to him since it's for his Fire Stick.
I've been looking at Sling for myself. I would end up with the Blue & Orange package for $40 a month which I think is cheaper than my cable. That's the challenge I've been running into, by the time I subscribe to a "cord cutting" alternative it's just another bill but the internet + this new service costs about what the cable & internet package did.

That's a long rant way of asking if anyone has Sling, what their thoughts are and do you use NFL Network and The Red Zone (the two things he really cares about)

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On 12/5/2019 at 4:39 PM, Dani said:

When I sign up I either immediately cancel so I don’t have to remember to cancel

To clarify - Netflix offers a free month, so you sign up today, cancel tomorrow, but can still watch for the remainder of the month?

If so, I need to go dig out the Netflix offer from my email’s trash can.

When I sign up for a streaming service, I always pay using a gift card, that way I never have to cancel. When I have used up whatever timeframe I have paid for, the service tells me I have to add a payment method or the account will be canceled.  It also serves to keep fewer companies from having my CC/bank info.  I do the same thing with iTunes and Tracfone.  

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