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#255895 5-Sep-2019 10:04
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We used to have Sky and we mainly watched traditional linear TV, both Sky and FTA. We have an antenna for UHF, but reception is sometimes iffy at our location, so we mainly used satellite, also for Freeview after we cancelled Sky.

 

Our RBI Internet was also sometimes iffy so we couldn't always rely on it. Some things we streamed or downloaded, but Freeview still came mainly over satellite. We also had a data cap so tried not to waste it. 

 

Then we found a WISP and acquired perfect Internet. Suddenly we could stream anything at any time with no buffering or drop-outs. There was also no data cap. Yippee!

 

Since then I have noticed that we now stream everything. We haven't used satellite or UHF for months. We watch a lot of overseas on-demand, but we also still watch linear TV, except now we use @Apsattv's brilliant FTA IPTV playlists. We rarely watch NZ TV anymore, except for the news and a few programmes like Country Calendar, but we do watch a lot of Australian FTA.

 

IPTV is a lot like traditional linear TV, except it has a lot more choice. But it is easy to zap through channels, just like granddad did with his good old-fashioned remote. From the viewer perspective, the experience is almost identical.

 

Streaming has now become so easy and reliable for us that we no longer bother with other methods. Evening comes, TV goes on, we watch the local news and The Drum on ABC, then some Scandinavian drama, then CNN or MSNBC, sometimes something from an overseas library, then to bed with the international news on the bedroom TV. Life is good. 

 

Our streaming devices are Android boxes running Kodi. It works well for us. What strikes me, and the reason for this post, is that the way we watch TV is a lot like the way we used to, except the choice is much greater. But we still turn on the TV, zap through the channels, and sometimes just watch whatever happens to be on. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

 

Which brings me, finally, to my question: How many still sometimes watch linear TV in the traditional way, but only over the Internet? No UHF, no tuner, no satellite, just IPTV?

 

 

 

 





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  #2310969 5-Sep-2019 10:07
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We have both UHF and Sky dish on our home which will soon be removed as we will be going full streaming when I redo our entertainment area in the next couple of months. Right now we are watching a mix of lineal TV and streaming.





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  #2310970 5-Sep-2019 10:08
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We got an Apple TV about three years ago, and ran Sky side by side with it. We're in a rural area and can only get freeview over Satellite. We got a Freesat box at the same time as the Apple TV but hardly used it. Within about three months we'd completely stopped using Sky. Cancelled the subscription and haven't looked back.

 

There's never been anything we want to watch that we haven't found a way to play via the Apple TV. We watch the news 'live' via the TVNZ app - but everything else is on demand. 

 

Given our rural location VDSL is the best connection we can get (with an unlimited data plan) and we have had pretty much no trouble in three years. Are rarely a bit of buffering but that's usually due to my son playing fortnite online at the same time!


 
 
 
 


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  #2310974 5-Sep-2019 10:13
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I stream a lot, but still watch linear TV which I usually record and playback to skip the adverts. I find the UHF linear TV much better quality than streaming, so linear freeview is my first choice if the program is there.


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  #2310987 5-Sep-2019 10:16
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I still watch Three using Freeview UHF, but also use the 3Now and YouTube apps on my Apple TV.

 

When I move house next year I won't bother to install a UHF aerial - I'll just use 3Now to watch live TV.


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  #2310988 5-Sep-2019 10:17
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You watch NEWS on NZ TV?  Where is that?  If you mean light-hearted shallow magazine style features interspersed with spoon-fed and unresearched politically-based press releases then that doesn't count as news for me.

 

 

 

There's been no antenna on our roof for several years. 100% streamed via Vodafone TV and Spark Sport.




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  #2310990 5-Sep-2019 10:21
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I still watch linear TV (The Chase and news programs) if my daughter is watching the TV in the lounge (YouTube or a DVD) or if I want to watch one of the aforementioned programs on a Plus 1 channel. If I'm watching one of those programs in the lounge I stream it via a Smartvu device as that gives me HD. Everything else I watch is streamed.


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  #2310991 5-Sep-2019 10:21
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Its getting to the point where I should probably take the dish off the roof, the old Satellite box hasn't been used for 2+ years now. Basiclly in same boat as above, we stream everything, its all on demand, a lot of choice with overseas content, a couple of paid subscriptions and a very handy VPN makes life very simple. Its funny just how quickly we become intolerant to ads when we watch TV at my parents house who still rely on Freeview via Satellite. 


 
 
 
 


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  #2310992 5-Sep-2019 10:23
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I have a low interest in the tech used, I'm only interested in the content I like. I dont care if its UHF, Sky, or streaming via my Apple TV4

 

Streaming has ads you cant bypass, recording doesn't

 

Streaming has quality issues, see Spark Sport and SkySportNow

 

If I was stuck with ATV4 only, no issue, but sometimes UHF and Sky are just better

 

 


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  #2310993 5-Sep-2019 10:24
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Pretty much exclusively Plex here.


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  #2310996 5-Sep-2019 10:30
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Have DVB-S, but wife only uses it occasionally for Shortland St and some late afternoon TV while cooking etc. I don't tend to touch "live" TV at all these days.

 

Everything else is on-demand / Plex. 

 

 





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  #2310999 5-Sep-2019 10:36
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Linear tv for Chase, News, SS ish, maybe one other show (Masterchef or something) till the boy goes to bed, sometimes TVNZ on demand for an older episode, then only the Apple TV for Hayu, Netflix, Amazon prime.

 

I have a sky dish that will be coming off the house this summer.  Can't see me ever getting a satellite sky subscription....more likely to get an IP based subscription from them if that's every offered and the content I want is there.





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  #2311001 5-Sep-2019 10:40
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rarely watch local tv now, but due to data cap in my shi**y country have to, watch IPTV, collect streams (Free and not free ones :P ) , now have access to most channels from world over sports and entertainment, random  pass time lol ..joined groups which find IPTV stuff on reddit and discord, watch all  rugby games live (sky sports UK, premier, setanta, Bein ) and adware/spamware free via IPTV , only issue apart from data caps, net speed here is sh*t so some stream becomes crap at certain hours a day :(


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  #2311002 5-Sep-2019 10:40
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All our media consumption is via streaming... 





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  #2311003 5-Sep-2019 10:48
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Yep I stream.  From my Server to my TV :) 


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  #2311004 5-Sep-2019 10:49
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No tv aerial or sat dish here. We stream NZ and Oz tv via Kodi.


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