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Digital Trends

The services listed below work immediately for all online devices, but most require either a smart TV or an add-on device to view on TV's without built-in Internet access. Turning cable off and subscribing to an Online Streaming service would cause non-smart TV's to go dark.


See: Hardware to view streaming video for items that must be purchased and installed for any TV that is not Internet ready.


Educational, sports and game sites are not covered in the lists below.


Streaming online - Overviews

Production Studios

The entertainment industry in the US is in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area, New York and Southern Florida, and some notable mentions in England. Major studios are world famous and part of movie history. They have their own sites with trailers, behind the scenes videos and demo reels.

Free Online Content




Movies, TV and original content, streaming with ads --- & reviews



    Note:

    The following two streaming sites; PBS and Shout Factory TV, include content that is defined, as being mostly liberal and left leaning, by various editorial opinions and other reviews.


  • PBS --- Facebook

  • shout Contemporary cult favorites from major studios, independent producers. (B films collection). Unrated films with adult themes, do not show warning notices.


Free TV and original content, streaming with ads

  • cwseed
    CW shows

    CW Network is a joint venture between Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corporation



  • abc ABC Television Network

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    ABC shows

    Watch full episodes of ABC's hit shows like The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars, General Hospital, The Good Doctor, Grey's Anatomy, black-ish, Modern Family, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and more at ABC.com, on your Apple TV, Fire TV, Roku, or Android TV, Samsung Tizen, or the ABC mobile apps for iOS & Android. You can also stream live TV to enjoy your favorite ABC shows, local news or major events like The Oscars, LIVE!



  • freeform

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    Freeform shows

    Freeform connects to audiences with bold original programming and immersive social engagement that moves the cultural conversation a little forward. As Walt Disney Television's young adult television network, Freeform channels the force and momentum of its audience in its quest for progress with authentic, groundbreaking original series.



  • redbox rental
    Redbox shows

    Scheduled TV programming for Bloomberg, Movies for TV, Mysteries, Game shows, Comedy, Fuse, Food, Outside, USA Today, TMZ, Kids and Family.



  • Xumo - Channels & Genres
    --- PC Mag

    188 secondary and original content channels including some music only programming. On demand, Live events, breaking news, viral videos, endless cartoons and more. Pause, rewind, or simply hop to another video; all while watching exactly what you want.


    Xumo does not currently carry major broadcast TV, nor Fox news cable channels. Xumo has 15 listed News channels that are Progressive / Liberal and one channel (Newsmax TV) that is Moderate / Conservative.


  • locast

    Currently available in: Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Puerto Rico, Rapid City, San Francisco, Seattle, Sioux City, Sioux Falls, Tampa Bay, Washington DC, West Palm Beach.


    Available on Google Play, Android TV, Apple App Sotr, Apple TV, Amazon, Roku, Tuvo, Dish, DirectTV, AT&T U-verse and online with a browser.


    Locast is a public service to Americans, providing local broadcast signals over the Internet in select cities. All you have to do is sign up online, provide your name and email address, and certify that you live in, and are logging on from, one of the select US cities ("Designated Market Area"). Then, you can select among local broadcasters and stream your favorite local station.
    (Los Angeles market example)

    LA area example stations: National broadcast channels & PBS
    KCBSDT2.1 CBS KNBCDT4.1 NBC KNBCDT24.2 COZITV KTLADT5.1 CW
    KTLADT25.2 ANTENNA KTLADT35.3 COURT KTLADT45.4 TBD KABCDT7.1 ABC
    KABCDT27.2 LIVEWEL KABCDT37.3 LAFF KFLALD8.1 NEWSNT KFLALD28.2 TCNET
    KFLALD38.3 AMGTV KCALDT9.1 KCALDT KCALDT29.2 STADIUM KTTVDT11.1 FOX
    KCOPDT13.1 MNT KCOPDT213.2 BUZZR KCOPDT313.3 MVIES KCOPDT413.4 HEROICN
    KSCIDT18.1 KSCIDT KSCIDT218.2 KSCIDT2 KSCIDT318.3 MBCD KSCIDT418.4 KSCIDT4
    KCETDT28.1 KCETDT KCETDT228.2 KCETDT2 KCETDT328.3 NHKWRLD KPXNDT30.1 ION
    KPXNDT230.2 QUBO KMEXDT34.1 UNI KMEXDT234.2 UNIMAS KMEXDT334.3 BOUNCE
    KMEXDT434.4 JUSTNW KFTRDT246.2 GETTV KFTRDT346.3 MYS KFTRDT446.4 GRIT
    KFTRDT546.5 QUESTSD KOCEDT50.1 PBS KOCEDT250.2 PBS KOCEDT350.3 DYSTR
    KOCEDT450.4 WORLD KOCEDT550.5 HD06 KVEADT52.1 TELE KVEADT252.2 TLEX
    KAZADT54.1 METVN KAZADT254.2 DECADES KDOCDT56.1 KDOCDT KDOCDT256.2 KDOCDT2
    KDOCDT456.4 COMET KDOCDT856.8 CHARGE KLCSDT58.1 PBS KLCSDT258.2 KLCSDT2
    KLCSDT358.3 CREATE KRCADT62.1 ESTRLLA

    Locast.org is a "digital translator," meaning that Locast.org operates just like a traditional broadcast translator service, except instead of using an over-the-air signal to boost a broadcaster's reach, we stream the signal over the Internet to consumers located within select US cities.


    The Service is free. To set up a donation subscription (minimum $5 / month suggested), please visit www.locast.org/donate


Valid Cable subscription required
You must select your TV provider to watch live shows and unlock episodes.

  • syfy
    SyFy shows
  • Syfy Wire is dedicated to all things science fiction, fantasy, and supernatural. It features news and original reporting about movies, TV, games, books, genre figures, and more. We've got recaps, interviews, movie trailers, and sneak peeks at upcoming TV shows, plus top 10 lists, Q&As, videos, funny stuff, and a lot more.


  • fx   Cable channel shows
    FX shows

  • Paramount
    Paramount shows

    Full episodes are available on web, iOS, Android, Apple TV, and Roku.
    --- Hollywood Reporter Press releases



  • nbc Network shows and episodes.
    NBC shows


  • TCM
    TCM Musicals

    Many classic and award winning films are available. User must create a free account and have TCM from their cable TV provider.



  • peacock
    Peacock shows

    Universal NBC Peacock TV - Special offer Cable TV users: Customers of participating providers (currently Xfinity and Cox), may be eligible for full access to Peacock Premium at no additional cost. The latest version of a cable TV box is required for free access in 2020. TV cable Basic or Mini Box can access Peacock Premium, at no additional cost, beginning in 2021.



  • BBC America - Shows
    BBC shows

    BBC America shows with full episodes, video extras, and previews of upcoming series, part of AMC Networks.



  • Hallmark Channel
    Hallmark Shows

    Romance novel style original movies, PG rated mysteries, Drama, Family, Country Life, Comedies and Christmas stories.



  • bet
    BET Shows

    from BET Networks, New York.



Paid online services


Pay per movie - Video On Demand



  • movies anywhere  - Help - Devices
    • $5 to $14 purchase download and play anytime
    • Rental pricing varies, based on retailers
    --- HD report
  • Connecting currently with Apple iTunes, Amazon Prime Video, Vudu, Google Play/YouTube, Microsoft Movies & TV, Xfinity, FandangoNOW, Verizon Fios TV and DIRECTV are "Digital Retailers". Brings titles from The Walt Disney Studios (including Twentieth Century Film), Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp., Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.


    Playback online is available for most all phones, tablets, computers, TV's and Roku, Nvidia shield, Chromecast, Kindle, 2nd and 3rd gen Fire TV Sticks.


    Screen Passes allow members to invite guests with a Screen Pass for eleigible movies for a limited time at no additional cost.


Subscription monthly fee:

  NO Live TV
- Online, On Demand only - Movies, TV, Original content


  • NetFlix subscribe



    • $9 / month - 1 screen
    • $13 / month - 2 screens
    • $16 / month - 4 screens + 4K streaming

    --- CNet

    Netflix shows


  • aprime2



    $119 / year Standard,   $59 / year student

    --- CNet

    Prime Shows


  • Hulu



    $6 / month with ads,   $12 / month no ads

    --- CNet

    Hulu shows


  • Disney+



    $7 / month or $70 / year,
    +Hulu & ESPN package $13 / month

    --- CNet

    Disney + shows


  • Appletv
    $5 / month, 1 year free with purchase of Apple device

    --- CNet

    Apple TV shows


  • CBS All Access
    $6 / month, $10 commercial free, Students get 25% discount.
    CBS shows
    BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, Smithsonian, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ, ET Live.
    --- PC Mag --- cordcutting


  • hbomax   $12 / month (limited-time offer) - $15 / month
    HBO Max shows

    Preorder HBO Max to get instant access on May 27 and start streaming HBO NOW: Max Originals and every episode of HBO series, award-winning documentaries and specials, and the latest Hollywood hits, Movies & Classic favorites.


    Tip: Subscribe to HBO NOW and get HBO Max included in your subscription. That's $15 for two streaming services.


    News release June 10, 2020 - HBO Max faces backlash from fans for pulling DC Comic films and 'Gone with the Wind'.
    --- reviews.org --- digitaltrends --- gizmodo



  • starz $9 / month
    Starz shows

    Now available as a stand alone service. Watch Live or On Demand everywhere. Unlimited HD streaming and downloads. Stream on up to 4 devices at the same time. - Original series - Movies
    --- reviews.com --- cordcutting --- finder



  • Fox Nation $6 / month
    Fox Nation Shows

    Watch anytime on any device.
    1000's of hours of original shows



  • indief $5 / month, $40 / year
    Indei flix shows

    Social impact films to create positive change in the world - Seattle based.



  • criterion   $11 / month,   $100 / year
    Criterion Shows

    Hollywood, international, art-house, and independent movies, access to Criterion's entire streaming library of more than 1,000 important classic and contemporary films.



  • peacock Universal NBC Peacock TV - Movie list
    $5 / month - Premium: included with X1 or a Flex 4K streaming - TV shows, blockbuster movies, kids programming and exclusive original series. We also have daily updates on news, sports, and pop culture.
    $10 / month - Premium Plus - Everything in Premium, without the ads.
    Peacock Movies
    NBC News list - (News and commentary is soley from NBC. Some media rating lists NBC coverage on News and Events as 93% liberal. Others list NBC as "Lean Left".)
    --- Reviews.org --- Tomsguide --- Digital Trends


  • Sundance now   $5 / month,   $60 / year - Series
    Sundance Now Shows

    All memberships are without ads.


    Drama, period pieces, forbidden romances, British films, documentaries, true crime. Connect to all your favorite streaming devices. Switch devices mid-stream without losing your place, part of AMC Networks.


    --- PCMag


  • Shudder   $5 / month,   $57 / year - Blog
    Shudder Shows

    all memberships are without ads.


    Thrillers, suspense and horror, from AMC Networks. Experience more Shudder by connecting your account to all your favorite streaming devices. Switch devices mid-stream without losing your place, part of AMC Networks.


    --- PCMag

  • Hallmakr movies now   $6 / month,   $60 / year
    Hallmark movies now
    --- Glamour

    Romance novel style original movies, PG rated mysteries, Drama, Family, Country Life, Comedies and Christmas stories.




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British TV

  • acorn $6 / month

    World-class mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries, all commercial-free. Acorn TV's library includes hard-to-find gems, timeless classics, and newly discovered favorites from Britain, Ireland, Australia and beyond.


    --- PC Mag
    --- Acorn vs. Britbox - makeuseof.com

  • britbox $7 / month, $70 / year

    From mysteries to histories, beloved classics to the best new shows fresh from the UK, immerse yourself in the best of British telly, predominantly current productions and from the last 6 years and some shows from previous decades including the first Doctor Who shows. You can start streaming now on your phone, tablet, computer, Chromecast, Apple TV or Roku.


    --- PC Mag
    --- Acorn vs. Britbox - I Heart British TV

Foreign films
  • mubi
    1st month is free,   $11 / month,   ($7 / month students),   $96 / year
    Mubi
    --- PC Mag

    Foreign films only with a new, hand picked film, every day. Watch on up to 5 devices, 2 screens at the same time. A new film every day. Download to iOS or Android to watch offline. There are no ads, ever. The user may cancel anytime.


    The service uses a novel approach to their film selection, in that they only have thirty films, each made available for thirty days, with a new one added every day.



  • filmatique
    1st month is free,   $5 / month,   $50 / year - About
    Filmatique
    --- PC Mag

    Launched in 2017. Filmatique has distributed more than 200 films to American audiences. A new film is added each week, remaining on the platform for one year. Subscribe to enjoy continuous access to Filmatique's rotating library of 52 films.


    "Its current selection is filled with some bonafide IndieWire favorites" - Indiewire


Subscription monthly fee:

  + Live TV
and On Demand --- & reviews

All price checks are from May - July, 2020. You must use a SmartTV or buy an Internet access device adapter to view these services on a TV. You can watch these services, without extra adapters, on computers, tablets and phones that have Internet access.

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Live TV streaming 2020 video reviews

  • YouTubeTV TV
    • $65 / month 85+ channels
      Live TV from 70+ channels. Local sports & news. No cable box, contracts, or hidden fees. --- Tomsguide --- reviews.com --- PC Mag
    • Record with unlimited storage space
    • Included at no extra cost
    • Stream your library wherever you go
    • Never run out of storage space
    • Share with your family with up to 6 accounts
    • 3 simultaneous streams
    • Works everywhere in the U.S.
    • Personalized watch recommendations
    • Customize your live guide
    • Cancel whenever you want with no contracts
    • Easy and reliable to set up and use
    • No hidden fees, contracts, or installations
    • Start watching in minutes

    • ABC — CBS — FOX — NBC — ABCNews — ACCN — AMC — Adult Swim — Animal Planet — BBC America — BBC World News — BET — Big Ten Network — Bravo — Cartoon Network — CBS Sports Network — Cheddar — Cheddar Big News — CMT— Comedy Central — CNBC — CNBC World — CNN — Comet — Court TV — Cozi TV — CSN/NBC Sports Regionals (NBCS) — Curiosity Stream — CW — Discovery Channel — Disney Channel — Disney Junior — Disney XD — E! — EPIX — ESPN — ESPN2 — ESPNEWS — ESPNU — Food Network — Fox Business — FOX News — FOX Soccer Plus — FOX Sports 1 (FS1) — FOX Sports 2 (FS2) — FOX Sports Net (regionals) — Freeform — FX — FX Movie Channel (FXM) — FXX — Golf Channel — HGTV — HLN — IFC — Investigation Discovery — LAFC — Local Now — MLB Network — MotorTrend (formerly Velocity) — MSNBC — MTV — MyNetworkTV — Nat Geo Wild — National Geographic — NBA League Pass — NBA TV — NBC Sports Network(NBCSN) — NBC Sports Regional Networks — NBC Universal — NESN — Newsy — Nickelodeon — Olympics Channel — OWN — Oxygen — Paramount Network — PBS — PBS Kids — Pop — SEC ESPN Network — Showtime — Shudder — Smithsonian — SNY — SportsTime Ohio — Start TV — Starz — Sundance TV — Syfy — Tastemade — TBS — TCM — Telemundo — Tennis Channel — TLC — TNT — Travel Channel — TruTV — Turner Classic Movies (TCM) — TV Land — TYT Network — Universal Kids — Universo — USA — VH1 — WeTV — YES Network — YouTube Red Originals

  • Hulu + Live TV
    $55 / month with ads   65+ live and on demand channels. All original content and the Hulu movie collection are included.
  • --- PC Mag

    • View all channels in your area
    • Included DVR (50 hours, no fast forward)
    • + $10 / month Enhanced DVR (200 hours) & fast forwarding activated
    • + $10 / month Unlimited screens
    • + $15 / month Bundle DVR & unlimited screens
    • + $8 each / month Premium Add-ons - HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, Starz

    • ABC — CBS — FOX — NBC — A&E — American Heroes Channel — Animal Planet — Big Ten Network — Boomerang — Bravo — Cartoon Network/Adult Swim — CBS News (CBSN) — CBS Sports Network — Cheddar — Cinemax — CNBC — CNBC World — CNN — CNN International — Cooking Channel — Cozi TV — CSN/NBC Sports Regionals (NBCS) — CW — Destination America — Discovery Channel — Discovery Family — Discovery Life — Disney Channel — Disney Junior — Disney XD — DIY — E! — ESPN — ESPN Bases Loaded — ESPN Deportes — ESPN Goal Line — ESPN2 — ESPNEWS — ESPNU — Food Network — Fox Business — FOX Deportes — FOX News — FOX Soccer Plus — FOX Sports 1 (FS1) — FOX Sports 2 (FS2) — FOX Sports Net (regionals) — Freeform — FX — FX Movie Channel (FXM) — FXX — FYI — Golf Channel — HBO — HGTV — History — HLN — Investigation Discovery — Lifetime — Lifetime Movie Network — MotorTrend (formerly Velocity) — MSNBC — MyNetworkTV — Nat Geo Wild — National Geographic — NBC Sports Network(NBCSN) — NBC Sports Regional Networks — Olympic Channel — Oxygen — Pop — Science (SCI) — SEC Network — Showtime — Smithsonian — SNY — SportsTime Ohio — Starz — Syfy — TBS — Telemundo — TLC — Travel Channel — TruTV — TruTV — Turner Classic Movies (TCM) — Universal Kids — Universo — USA — Viceland — YES Network

  • Sling - International options - Latino
    • $30 / month - Blue (50+ channels News & Entertainment)
    • $30 / month - Orange (30+ channels Sports & Families) bundle
    • $45 / month - Combined Blue and Orange bundles
    • 10 hour DVR is included. 50 + channels including local channels, sports --- Check channels

      --- reviews.com --- PC Mag


      Blue
      Unique to Blue bundle:
      FOXNBC — A&E — AMC — American Heroes Channel — AXS TV — Azteca — Baby TV — BBC America — BBC World News — beIN Sports — BET — Bloomberg TV — Boomerang — Bravo — Cartoon Network/Adult Swim — CGTN — Cheddar — Cheddar Big News — Cine Latino — Cine Sony TV — Cinemoi — CMT — CNBC — CNN — Comedy Central — Comet — Cooking Channel — Cowboy Channel — CSN/NBC Sports Regionals (NBCS) — Curiosity Stream — Destination America — Discovery Channel — DIY — Duck TV — E! — EPIX — EPIX 2 — EPIX Drive-In — EPIX Hits — Euronews — Food Network — Fox BusinessFOX NewsFOX Sports 1 (FS1)FOX Sports 2 (FS2)France24 — Fuse — FXFX Movie Channel (FXM)FXX — FYI — Game Show Network (GSN) — Golf Channel — Hallmark — Hallmark Drama — Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — HDNet Movies — HGTV — Hi-YAH — History — HLN — IFC — Investigation Discovery — Lifetime — Lifetime Movie Network — Local Now — Logo — MLB Network — MSNBC — MTV — MTV2 — Nat Geo WildNational Geographic — NBA League Pass — NBA TV — NBC Sports Network(NBCSN)NBC Sports Regional NetworksNDTV — News 18 India — Newsy — NFL NetworkNFL Red Zone — NHL Network — Nick Jr. — Nicktoons — Olympic Channel — Outdoor Channel — Outside — Oxygen — Pac 12 Network — Pac 12 regionals — Pantaya — Paramount Network — PIXL — Reelz — Revolt — RFD TV — Ride TV — RT — Science (SCI) — Showtime — Sportsman Channel — Stadium — Starz — Starz Comedy — Starz Edge — Starz Kid & Family — Starz West — Sundance TV — Syfy — TBS — TeenNick — Tennis Channel — The Film Detective — TLC — Travel Channel — TruTV — Turner Classic Movies (TCM) — TV Land — Universo — Up TV — USA — VH1 — Vibrant — Viceland — Weather Nation — weTV — Willow HD — World Fishing Network — ZLiving

      Orange
      Unique to Orange bundle:
      A&E — AMC — American Heroes Channel — AXS TV — Azteca — Baby TV — BBC America — BBC World News — beIN Sports — BET — Bloomberg TV — Boomerang — Cartoon Network/Adult Swim — CGTN — Cheddar — Cheddar Big News — Cine Latino — Cine Sony TV — Cinemoi — CMT — CNN — Comedy Central — Comet — Cooking Channel — Cowboy Channel — Curiosity Stream — Destination America — Disney ChannelDisney JuniorDisney XD — DIY — Duck TV — EPIX — EPIX 2 — EPIX Drive-In — EPIX Hits — ESPNESPN Bases LoadedESPN DeportesESPN Goal LineESPN2ESPN3ESPNEWSESPNU — Euronews — Food Network — Freeform — Fuse — Fusion — FYI — Game Show Network (GSN) — Hallmark — Hallmark Drama — Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — HDNet Movies — HGTV — Hi-YAH — History — HLN — IFC — Investigation Discovery — Lifetime — Lifetime Movie Network — Local Now — Logo — MLB Network — MotorTrend (formerly Velocity) — MTV — MTV2 — NBA League Pass — NBA TV — News 18 India — Newsy — NHL Network — Nick Jr. — Nicktoons — Outdoor Channel — Outside — Pac 12 Network — Pac 12 regionals — Pantaya — Paramount Network — PIXL — Reelz — Revolt — RFD TV — Ride TV — RT — Science (SCI) — SEC Network — Showtime — Sportsman Channel — Stadium — Starz — Starz Comedy — Starz Edge — Starz Kid & Family — Starz West — Sundance TV — TBS — TeenNick — Tennis Channel — The Film Detective — The Longhorn Network — Travel Channel — TruTV — Turner Classic Movies (TCM) — TV Land — Up TV — VH1 — Vibrant — Viceland — Weather Nation — weTV — Willow HD — World Fishing Network — ZLiving

  • Fubo
    • $65 / month 98 - 112 channels + 130 events, Cloud DVR 250 hours, 3 screens
    • $80 / month Elite 159 channels + 130 events, 47 entertainment, Showtime, Sports Plus, DVR 1000 hours, 5 screens
    • --- Tomsguide --- PC Mag

      ABC — CBS — FOX — FOX 4K — NBC — A&E — AMC — American Heroes Channel — Animal Planet — BBC America — BBC World News — beIN Sports — Benfica TV — BET — Big Ten Network — Boomerang — Bravo — Cartoon Network/Adult Swim — CBS News (CBSN) — CBS Sports Network — Cheddar — Cine Sony TV — CMT — CNBC — CNBC World — CNN — CNN International — Comedy Central — Comet — Cooking Channel — Cozi TV — CSN/NBC Sports Regionals (NBCS) — CW — Destination America — Discovery Channel — Discovery Family — Discovery Life — DIY — E! — Eleven Sports — Food Network — Fox Business — FOX Deportes — FOX News — FOX Soccer Plus — FOX Sports 1 (FS1) — FOX Sports 2 (FS2) — Fuse — FYI — Galavision — Game Show Network (GSN) — GinX Esports TV — Gol TV — Golf Channel — Hallmark — Hallmark Drama — Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — HGTV — History — HLN — IFC — Lifetime — Lifetime Movie Network — Local Now — Logo — MotorTrend (formerly Velocity) — MSG — MSNBC — MTV — MTV Classic — MTV2 — MyNetworkTV — NBA TV — NBC Sports Network(NBCSN) — NBC Sports Regional Networks — NESN — Newsy — NFL Network — NFL Red Zone — Nick Jr. — Nickelodeon — Nicktoons — Olympic Channel — Outdoor Channel — Outside — OWN — Oxygen — Pac 12 Network — Pac 12 regionals — Paramount Network — People TV — Pop — Revolt — Science (SCI) — Showtime — Smithsonian — SNY — Sony Movie Channel — Sportsman Channel — Stadium — Sundance TV — Syfy — TBS — TeenNick — Telemundo — Tennis Channel — The Weather Channel — TLC — Travel Channel — TruTV — TruTV — Turner Classic Movies (TCM) — TV Land — TVG — TyC Sports — Unimas — Universal Kids — Universo — Univision — Univision Deportes — USA — VH1 — Viceland — weTV — World Fishing Network

  • Vidgo
    • $40 / month Core
    • $50 / month Plus
    • --- The Streamable --- Kill the Cable Bill --- Soda

      ABC — FOX — A&E — Animal Planet — Aspire — beIN Sports — BET — Big Ten Network — Cheddar — Cine Latino — CMT — CMT Music — Comedy Central — Cooking Channel — Curiosity Stream — Destination America — Discovery Channel — Discovery Family — Discovery Life — Disney Channel — Disney Junior — Disney XD — DIY — ESPN — ESPN Deportes — ESPN Goal Line — ESPN2 — ESPNEWS — ESPNU — Food Network — Fox Business — FOX Deportes — FOX News — FOX Sports 1 (FS1) — FOX Sports 2 (FS2) — Freeform — FX — FX Movie Channel (FXM) — FXX — FYI — Game Show Network (GSN) — Hallmark — Hallmark Drama — Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — HGTV — History — Investigation Discovery — Lifetime — Lifetime Movie Network — MotorTrend (formerly Velocity) — MTV — MTV Classic — MTV2 — Nat Geo Wild — National Geographic — NFL Network — NFL Red Zone — Nick Jr. — Nickelodeon — Nicktoons — OWN — Pac 12 Network — Pac 12 regionals — Paramount Network — Science (SCI) — SEC Network — Stadium — TeenNick — The Longhorn Network — TLC — Travel Channel — TV Land — TyC Sports — Up TV — Velocity — VH1 — Viceland


  • philo
    • $20 / month 61 channels (no news channels at all)
    • --- PC Mag

      A&E — AMC — American Heroes Channel — Aspire — Animal Planet — AXS TV — BBC America — BBC World News — BET — BET Her — Cheddar — Cheddar Big News — CLEO — CMT — Comedy Central — Cooking Channel — Destination America — Discovery Channel — Discovery Family — Discovery Life — DIY — Food Network — FYI — Game Show Network (GSN) — Great American Country — Hallmark — Hallmark Drama — Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — HGTV — History — IFC — INSP — Investigation Discovery — Law & Crime — Lifetime — Lifetime Movie Network — Logo — MotorTrend (formerly Velocity) — MTV — MTV Classic — MTV Live — MTV2 — Nick Jr. — Nickelodeon — Nicktoons — OWN — ONE — Paramount Network — People TV — Revolt — Science (SCI) — Sundance TV — Tastemade — TeenNick — TLC — Travel Channel — TV Land — Up TV — VH1 — Viceland — WE TV



Cable TV service examples


TV + Internet

Internet service required. Network hardware modem is also required and can be rented ($10 / month) or purchased ($80 to $120). Cable services offer online channel and on-demand viewing. Here are two examples:

  • ATTNow (affiliated with DirecTV)
    Check your area --- techjunkie --- PC Mag
    • $55 / month for 1 TV, (extra TV's are +$10 / month)
    • More channel packages at $80 / month - Compare channel lineups

    • ABC — CBS — FOX — NBC — A Wealth of Entertainment (AWE) — A&E — AMC — American Heroes Channel — Animal Planet — Audience — AXS TV — Azteca — Baby First — Baby TV — BBC America — BBC World News — BET — Big Ten Network — Bloomberg TV — Boomerang — Bravo — Cartoon Network/Adult Swim — CBS Sports Network — Cheddar — Cine Latino — Cine Sony TV — Cinemax — CMT — CNBC — CNBC World — CNN — Comedy Central — Comedy TV — Cooking Channel — CSN/NBC Sports Regionals (NBCS) — CSPAN — CSPAN 2 — CW — Destination America — Discovery Channel — Discovery Family — Discovery Life — Disney Channel — Disney Junior — Disney XD — DIY — E! — EPIX — ESPN — ESPN Deportes — ESPN2 — ESPNEWS — ESPNU — FM — Food Network — Fox Business — FOX Deportes — FOX News — FOX Sports 1 (FS1) — FOX Sports 2 (FS2) — FOX Sports Net (regionals) — Freeform — Fuse — FX — FX Movie Channel (FXM) — FXX — FYI — Galavision — Game Show Network (GSN) — Gol TV — Golf Channel — Hallmark — Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — HBO — HBO Family — HBO Latino — HGTV — History — HLN — IFC — Investigation Discovery — Justice Central — Lifetime — Lifetime Movie Network — Logo — MLB Network — MotorTrend (formerly Velocity) — MSG — MSNBC — MTV — MTV Classic — MTV2 — MyNetworkTV — Nat Geo Wild — National Geographic — NBA League Pass — NBA TV — NBC Sports Network(NBCSN) — NBC Sports Regional Networks — NHL Network — Nick Jr. — Nickelodeon — Nicktoons — Olympic Channel — One America News (OAN) — Ovation — OWN — Oxygen — Paramount Network — Pop — Reelz — Revolt — RFD TV — Science (SCI) — SEC Network — Showtime — SNY — Sportsman Channel — SportsTime Ohio — Starz — Starz Kid & Family — Starz West — Sundance TV — Syfy — TBS — TeenNick — Telemundo — Tennis Channel — The Longhorn Network — The Weather Channel — TLC — Travel Channel — TruTV — TruTV — Turner Classic Movies (TCM) — TV Land — TV One — TVG — TyC Sports — Unimas — Universal Kids — Universo — Univision — Up — USA — VH1 — Viceland — weTV — YES Network

  • Xfinity   (affiliated with Comcast)
    • $105 / month 200+ channels, up to 300 Mbps, 1 year agreement
    • $140 / month 220+ channels, up to 1000 Mbsp, 2 year agreement
    • 5 other packages between the two above are available for in-between pricing.
    • --- How it works

    • DVR, 4K Ultra HD, Most free shows & movies On Demand, Streaming apps & music in one place.

    • A&E Network — Access Local — AFRO — AMC — American Heroes Channel — Animal Planet — ASPiRE — BabyFirst TV — BBC America — BBC World News — BET — BET Her — BET Jams — Bloomberg Business Television — Bravo — BYU-TV — CA14SC — Cable News Network — Cartoon Network — CBS Sports Network — Cleo TV — CMT Music — CNBC — Comedy Central — Cooking Channel — Crossings TV local — CSPAN — CSPAN2 — CSPAN3 — Daystar Television Network — Destination America — Discovery Family Channel — Discovery Life Channel — Disney Channel — Disney Junior US — Disney XD — Do-It-Yourself Network — E! Entertainment Television — El Rey Network — ESPN — ESPN2 — ESPNEWS — ESPNHD — ESPNU — Eternal Word Television Network — Flix — FOLK-TV — Food Network — Fox Business — Fox News Channel — Fox Sports 1 — Fox Sports 2 — Freeform — FX — FXM — FXX — FYI — Galavision Cable Network — Game Show Network — Gem Shopping Network — Great American Country — Hallmark Channel — Hallmark Movies & Mysteries — History — HLN — Home & Garden Television — Home Shopping Network — HSN2 — IFC — Impact Network — INSP — Investigation Discovery — Jewelry Television — L SACRAMENTO CA 16 — LATV Networks — Lifetime — Lifetime Movies — LOGO — MLB Network — MoviePlex — MSNBC — MTV - Music Television — MTV Classic — MTV2 West — MTVLIVE — MYX Channel — National Geographic Pacific — National Geographic Wild — NBA TV — NBC Sports Bay Area — NBC Sports Bay Area/California Plus — NBC Sports Bay Area/No Warriors — NBC Sports California — NBCSN — Newsy SD — NFL NETWORK — NHL Network — Nick Jr — Nick Music — Nickelodeon — Nickelodeon — Nicktoons Network — Not Available in All Areas — Olympic Channel — Oprah Winfrey Network — Outdoor Channel — Ovation TV — Oxygen — Pac-12 Network — Paramount Network Pacific — POP — Primo TV — QVC — ReelzChannel — REVOLT — Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium — Sacramento Faith TV — Science — ScreenPix Action SD — ScreenPix SD — ScreenPix Voices SD — ScreenPix Westerns — SEC Network — Shop LC — SHOPHQ — SonLife Broadcasting Network — Sports Overflow California SD — Starz Encore — Starz Encore Action — Starz Encore Black — Starz Encore Westerns — SundanceTV — Syfy — Teen Nick — Tennis Channel — The Africa Channel — The Discovery Channel — The Golf Channel — The Learning Channel — The Sportsman Channel — The Travel Channel — The Weather Channel — Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas — Trinity Broadcasting Network — truTV — TUDN — TUDN — Turner Broadcasting System — Turner Network TV — TV Games Network SD — TV Land — TV ONE — TVK1 — Universal Kids — UNIVERSO — UP — USA Network — VH1 — Vice — WE tv — WGN America West


  • Cox Contour

    about $130+ / month - Various combined service packages of Cable TV + Internet + optional Phone service

    Cox Contour service is an example of a cable company offering online, streaming video services plus Live TV. The online video collection is only available to Cox Cable customers. The service offers phone apps where you can login anywhere, with Internet access and watch Live TV and any available show or movie that you are allowed to see from your home cable line-up. This includes live sports.


    Cox Shows

Mobile only content


Mobile only content


Hardware to view streaming online video


You do NOT need these extra devices, if you own a Smart TV's, which are almost all TV's for sale today. Some people buy these Internet access boxes anyway, for the extra features and ease of use. Anyone with an older TV that has no Internet access, should get one of these devices to view online streaming videos.


Notebooks, desktop computers, tablets and smartphones do NOT need these devices. Internet connected notebooks or desktop computers, with HDMI port out, can be directly connected to TV's that have an HDMI port. The computer shares a screen with the TV. Then the computer is used to find online content in a browser and play it back on the TV.

    A way to hack into an old TV, that does not have an HDMI input:   It is possible to use a notebook or desktop computer with HDMI out to connect online to video streaming services and then send the audio and video to an older TV, without an HDMI input. This requires an adapter:

        HDMI to RCA Cable Composite video audio AV:   $10.

        Or, with better video quality for TV's that have:
        3 RCA Cables Component video plus left / right audio RCA cable inputs:
            $40 with scaler, $30, $27.

        These setups require the computer; with an HDMI out port, to be running Windows, Apple iOS or Linux and be connected to the Internet. A mouse, touchpad or touchscreen is used to point and click on the computer screen, in a browser, to start the playback of streaming videos.

        Whereas, the devices listed below (Roku, NVidia Shield, FireTV Stick):
            ̶   Do not need a computer to be on.
            ̶   A remote control is used to choose content from the TV screen.
        Chromecast doesn't need a computer, but needs a working smartphone to function.



  • NFlix --- How to connect using your favorite devices.


  • Roku   $30 to $80 one-time purchase --- consumeraffairs --- CATV


  • nvdiashield   $150   &   Pro $200 one-time purchase
    --- PC Mag --- Troy Point --- Vic B'Stard --- Toms Guide
    --- Video Nvidia Shield TV Review from Linus Tech Tips
    --- Nvidia shield compared to Fire TV, Apple TV and Roku

    There is some talk of waiting for HDMI 2.1 in a streaming box.   Is it worth it?

    Nvidia hardware is a top of the line, expensive choice. Both Nvidia Shield boxes use HDMI 2.0, instead of 2.1. This makes, almost, no practical difference for current streaming content. There are a few TVs with 4K HDMI 2.1. The latest TV OLED, that is aimed at supporting gaming features with HDMI 2.1, is the LG CXPUA.


    If there were a streaming box with HDMI 2.1, you would only notice an improvement when you streamed a 4K movie with Dolby Atmos 7.1.2 surround audio, or played a game at 4K 120 fps or change gaming refresh rates.

      If this sounds like something you want to do, watch the Audioholics 2.1 discussion link below and you may want to wait for the next Nvidia hardware release, possibly for the 4th quarter 2020, but you may be waiting till 2021.


    Just to be clear, both Nvidia Shield boxes work fine with HDMI 2.0 for all other features. And 4K movies with surround audio Dolby Atmos 7.1.2 play fine on a compatible blu-ray & matching A/V receiver. Games at 4K 120 fps also play fine on gaming workstations which can easily outperform online streaming games sent to a TV. In anycase, except for this link, games are not covered in this report.
    --- Video HDMI 2.1 discussed by Audioholics


    More on HDMI 2.1 and game consoles: Video Sept 12, 2020 --- How to Geek



  • Fire TV Stick     Help Page     Guides and Manuals
    --- techcrunch Sept 24, 2020 review --- Tom's guide

    Fire Sticks



  • Chromecast 3rd generation HD$30

    The user must use a phone running the Google Home App to control the Chromecast device. The Google Home app is compatible with mobile devices running Android 5.0 or later, iOS 12.0 or later.


    All Chromecast devices require a TV with High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection (HDCP) 1.3 or higher built in. HDCP 2.2 is required to support 4K content. Most televisions that are five years old or newer and have HDMI ports will have at least one port that supports HDCP 2.2.

    --- Toms Guide

Over the air - free broadcasts for HD antennas

  • HD TV Over the Air (OTA) - March 2020 Techhive review and DVR Cheat sheet for using an HD Antenna.

    You have to be within about 20 miles and have a line of sight to HD broadcast towers, an HD Antenna ($80 to $1500) that is, at least, 30 feet above ground and an HD tuner ($100 to $500).


    In Los Angeles, for example, you need to have a clear view of the top of Mt. Wilson in order to get a good signal. Otherwise, the next nearest antenna requires a clear view to Riverside hills. An extremely large HD antenna can do a 70 mile range. If you cannot do either of these requirements, you cannot receive HD TV Over the Air via antenne.


    Locast.org is a non-profit organization that allows residents of some cities to receive 50+ TV channels via phones or Internet. This is to benefit people, living in HD broadcast areas, who cannot use an antenne. For more information, see the Locast section above.


    FCC check your address for HD broadcast coverage
    Nocable.org map search for HD broadcast coverage
    --- HDTV Antennas review


  • Amazon DVR Recast

    For use with an HD - Over the Air antenna

    The user must have an active HD OTA (Over the Air) antenna and be within an HD broadcast area to receive any channels.


    Amazon Recast boxes connect to multiple devices and can be controlled by phone apps with optional voice commands. The connections between the Recast box and TV's is primarily with an active WiFi router. There are no HDMI connectors in the current Recast boxes. Video recording is 720 progressive and not 1080 interlaced.



Online guides to find content to watch

    These sites also offer membership login where you can make watchlists of favorites.


  • imdb --- Watchlist FAQ
  • Free - The user can make custom playlists. Many movie or TV show trailer preview pages have a Watch options link. IMDB trailer pages have options to Watch Now, Rent or Buy.


    If you are a member of the online service, like Amazon Prime, there can be a link in the pop-up that goes directly to a page where you can watch the movie.
        See how this works


  • imdb --- Watch List on Quibi
  • Free - Movie database with list of top best films in many genres. Each movie has a Where to Watch area that offers buttons to directly watch, rent or buy the content.
        See how this works

    Lists of best, essential films


  • selectv
    --- Tech Junkie --- Cord Cutting

    $20 / year - User login site works on smart TV's or online - Search compiler of free online content with added membership features, personalized lists, combined with Live TV HD when user's location can receive OTA HD, (within 15 miles of a broadcasting tower.)


    This service does not offer original content. The member organizes personalized pages to more easily find online content. You could find all the free content, on your own.


  • Yidio   Free
    Yidio --- Lifewire --- High Tech Society

    Your Free Streaming Movie & TV Guide. Track, discover and find where to watch TV shows and movies from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Showtime and over 100 more services. Allows signup through Facebook. Discover, watch, manage, find shows, make watchlists.



DVR - Digital Video Recorder can save and playback, broadcast or online video content


Recording Standard TV still works with VCR's, DVD recorders or with a SD video capture box or card and a computer. You also need a Standard TV Convertor box, (Mini-box).

No DVR required - Home Network playback of digital videos you already own - This can be setup on a home network without using a DVR at all. You just need mp4 file copies of your own home movies, wedding videos, movies that you purchased, movie trailers or music videos. You can use a home computer to move mp4 files to a USB hard drive, connected to your WiFi router. These videos can then play on any phone, tablet, notebook or computer in your home network. They can also be viewed online to anyone with an access password from anywhere in the world. See the comparison table below, in the 'Remote access to set DVR recordings' section, for more information.




DVR Digital Video Recorders


  • Tivo   $400 purchase + $150 / year
    --- Sound and Vision

    EDGE for cable. Supports LiveTV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora, HBO Go with 4K, Dolby Vision, Voice Search, 300 hours, Simultaneous 6 shows, multi-room compatibility, out of home streaming.



  • Myth TV
    --- Wikipedia - MythTV, --- Screenshots   free

    Open Source digital video recorder (DVR) - Downloads one Cable TV program at a time. There is an online schedule guide. MythTV is designed to run on Linux operating systems. It is also supported on Mac OS X, FreeBSD and Microsoft Windows.


    Compare DVR Features & Costs

    Features Myth TV Tivo Rented DVR Cable Box
    Playon
    Hardware purchase About $750 for a new computer workstation, keyboard, mouse, monitor and software.

    Myth TV can easily work on an older, used computer with a good video card with HDMI out and 1TB hard drive. Used workstations can be found for $300 to $400.
    $400 Not for sale - rental only Records from online streaming accounts, no live TV channels are available.

    This means no live sports.
    Running cost $0 for Myth TV - just cost of electricity and support person or DIY.

    Also requires either a basic cable box ($12 / month) or HD OTA receiver.
    $15 / month
    $150 / year

    Also requires either a basic cable box ($12 / month) or HD OTA receiver.
    $15 / month
    $180 / year
    Cloud service $5 / month

    Workstation service: One time $35

    Setup about $300 or DIY free support No charge No charge
    Storage Capacity 4000 SD hours included with original computer cost ($750).

    Most all video can be recorded only in SD resolution.

    Additional:
    $25 / SD 1000 hrs
    $35 / HD 1000 hrs
    $80 / 4K 1000 hrs
    saved as .mp4 files

    5,000 - 12,000 HD hours is possible but would need an upgraded power supply and additional fans at an extra cost of about $200.
    300 hours - Up to 2TB 250 hours included

    1,000 hours + $18 (Same upgrade as Simultanous channel recording)
    Cloud is limited to 400 recordings

    Workstation service users about $35 hard drive space, per HD 1000 hours

    $80 / 4K 1000 hours

    Videos are saved as a proprieitary file, which can only be played back by the Playon player.
    Simultanous channel recording Needs a 2nd cable box and a local Network connection or use a HD OTA receiver. (Setup about $150 or DIY) Yes, 4 to 6 shows 2 shows included

    6 shows + $8/month

    24 simuiltanous shows + $18/month
    (This feature varies with cable provider)
    No live TV, nor cable channels available.

    Sports recording limited to broadcast TV only.
    Schedule record different channels at two different times Needs
    IR Blaster
    Yes Yes No live TV, nor cable channels available.
    Adjustable video recording / encoding bitrate for higher quality playback.

    Incoming streaming HD video is typically 500 MB to 1 GB/hour, using variable compression rates.

    The DVR copies the incoming video. The higher the DVR encoding setting, the better quality of playback.
    Yes, you can set encoding from 1GB to 10GB/hour
    with different video compressors.

    Only Myth TV allows any adjustment.

    Cable and Satellite content is mostly recordable in Standard Definition only.

    (Files can be saved in different file formats including mp4.)
    No - encoding the bitrate is fixed and probably set to a variable rate.

    (Files are encrypted and can only be played back by the DVR.)
    No - encoding the bitrate is fixed and probably set to a variable rate.

    (Files are encrypted and can only be played back by the DVR.)
    No - encoding the bitrate is fixed and probably set to a variable rate.

    (Files are encrypted and can only be played back by the DVR service.)
    Remote access to set DVR recordings Yes, but needs a Network sysadmin to setup about $400 or DIY.

    The two options listed here allow free playback to any WiFi connected hardware in your home network and data download use for anyone who logs in remotely from anywhere. Heavy use could incur extra data use fees from your Internet host if you have a data limit.

    Emby for Roku, which connects to recordings made through your Roku. Emby costs:
    $5 / month
    $54 / year or
    $119 / lifetime
    .

    Another option, with no fees, would be to setup your own remote access drive by connecting storage to a WiFi router that allows Internet access with a password. This would enable downloading from anywhere in the world, any recorded files that you manually move to the USB drive.
    --- groovypost
    --- Dong knows
    Yes Yes Yes for Cloud service.

    No for Workstation service.
    Recorded shows can be transferred
    to phone, tablet, computer or notebook
    Yes, recorded shows are typically saved as .mp4 files.

    Transfer FTP or shared network needs setup for each phone, tablet or computer.
    Live TV and some shows are playable, depending on
    copy protection
    Mostly live TV and some on-demand shows.

    User must login to cable service with each phone, tablet or computer.
    No files can be transferred.

    Cloud users can view video from anywhere.

    Workstation service can only cast video to phones, tablets, TV's within the home network.
    Voice-activated search No, but a handicap plugin that dictates screen text is available. Yes Sometimes, depends on Cable provider No
    Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision High quality audio, if available in a movie, is just passed through to the TV or AV receiver, which must process the higher quality audio. Yes directly supported. High quality audio, if available in a movie, is just passed through to the TV or AV receiver, which must process the higher quality audio. High quality audio, if available in a movie, is just passed through to the TV or AV receiver, which must process the higher quality audio.
    Online Streaming sites
    built in
    No, but any streaming site can be added as a browser window from the computer, to an alternate input to the TV. Setup is about $100 or DIY. Netflix, Amazon Prime, hulu, YouTube, VUDU, Pandora, HBO Go, Yes, with the latest DVR, depends on Cable provider Yes
    HD Myth TV setup primarily works as a Standard Definition recorder with occasional, recordable programs at HD resolution.

    Cable boxes have copy protection for HD. This will stop recording at HD resolution.

    Some HD OTA and Satellite channels may not have copy protection. Many channels are copy protected.
    Upconverts to HDR Yes Yes
    4K Most all 4K source material has copy protection and cannot be recorded. With Edge for cable - Upconverted Not available on most all Cable TV channels, as of Sept. 2020. 4K is expected to become available in 2021. Not currently listed as supporting 4K.
    WiFi Yes, with a Wireless adapter card or USB dongle. Yes, with Edge for cable No cable service offers straight WiFi connections currently.

    WiFi may be available in the TV.

    Wireless connectivity for playback only to a local network is available with Xfinity.
    Cloud users just sign in from any WiFi anywhere in the world.

    Workstation users - remote WiFi not supported.

    Reviews from James at Producerelease

    Myth TV

    I've used Myth TV. It is really more for an advanced computer user, although it could be setup by a good network support person.


    Myth TV's big advantage is you have complete control over the files, the quality settings and the ability to download any movie to any phone, tablet or notebook and walk out the door and play it back anywhere, even without an Internet connection. Once you record a show, you own it and can play it back on anything you have now or anything you get in 10 years. Since you are copying mp4 files onto a computer hard drive, the amount of hours storage is the least expensive.


    Myth TV is the only DVR service that could copy a sports game or movie to your notebook and let you watch it on the airplane.


    Let's clear up some things

    Video card options for Myth TV are very confusing. All the video card solutions below only apply to the Myth setup. For any other DVR, you can skip this section. You did notice I suggested you probably need a good network support person?


    HD programming from the cable box HDMI port is encrypted and cannot be recorded. This causes a lot of confusion, because the HDMI port works for many things. You can connect an external blu-ray drive to the computer HDMI port and play it with blu-ray player software on the computer. Playback works but recording is blocked. HD content from a camera or external video editing, direct connect, uses mostly a USB or optical input port. A game box or OTA HD Antenna content can get in through the HDMI. But for Myth DVR use, we need to pull from a TV cable box. The cable box direct HDMI cable is encrypted and blocked, so, we cannot use the HDMI port to record for the DVR.
    More info: HDMI Connector Guide


    Because of this, recordings with Myth TV are made in standard definition (SD), which is not encrypted from cable boxes. But, now the problem is that computers do not come with a video-in plug.


    So, how do we get the video into the computer DVR?

    We use cable box standard definition outputs, which are not encrypted. You still have to plug the cables into the computer and component video cables do not go into the computer HDMI port. Myth TV has a list of compatible Capture Cards or Digital Tuners.   New gear comes out all the time.


    Myth TV uses analog video, so better cables make a big difference. Cheap cables make terrible quality. Reds tend to oscillate and have jagged edges and subtle skins tones blur together with cheap cables.



      Video capture options for Myth TV

      Any one of these options will work. The uncompressed video options give higher quality images, better subtle tone changes and smoother color edges. You only need one solution. Some of the setups require two boards.


    1. Coaxial cable SD - PCI Capture Card - Composite video TV Tuner - Screw a coaxial cable directly into a PCI card in a workstation computer.
      Example:
      Hauppauge TV tuner
      Hauppauge! WinTV-quadHD (1609) Four Tuner Digital TV Receiver $120

    2. Composite SD to USB 2.0 - RCA yellow video cable and audio - left and right, converts to USB. This is the least expensive connection. This level of quality is known to have issues, if you want to edit the video copy. The video will be compressed into MP4 videos at a bit rate and compression that makes reediting nearly impossible. There is no option to add a voice over for gamers. At this quality level, with compressed composite video, there will be problems when coping from other compressed video content. Laserdisks or un copy protected DVD's like weddings will not copy well. You would need to use an uncompressed PCI card to even attempt to copy from disks or get a high enough quality video copy for editing.

      Example A: No support. OBS studio needs to be download from online.
      If USB 2.0 grabber
      If-Link USB 2.0 Grabber $13

      Example B: (Looks very similar to Example A, above, at more than 3 times the price.)
      Hauppauge USB Live2
      Hauppauge! USB-Live2 $49


    3. Component SD: Some cable boxes have component video out, which are RCA jacks Y(green) Pb(blue) and Pr(red). (There may also be a S-Video video out, which is also high quality, but component video is better.) There are several options to capture this video:

      1. Single converters

      2. Y, Pb, Pr + audio (5 RCA in) to USB 2.0: Upscaling to HD is available with included software to convert the file on the computer, after recording.

        Example:
        Hauppauge HD PVR
        Hauppauge! HD PVR 2 model 1512 $139

      3. PCI card with automatic upscaling to HD

      4. PCI Capture Card - S-Video or Y, Pb, Pr + audio (5 RCA in): 2005 technology, but still works. Some users have complained that upconversion can take hours, depending on the speed of your computer. This can be turned off. 'Microphone in' input is for voice over comments, primarily used by gamers who record their game play.

        Example: Automatically upscales component video to 1080i - Works with IR Blaster (Myth TV add on) version 2 uses S-Video Component in and includes a 3 video and 2 audio cable adapter to S-Video.
        Hauppauge Colossus 2 Hauppauge! Colossus 2 $131

      5. Single converter - Uncompressed recording is possible

        Uncompressed component video is better if you plan to upscale the video to HD. Uncompressed files can play from a workstation or notebook, but probably needs to be compressed as mp4 files for a smaller file size and smoother playback on phones or Wifi.


        Upscaling to HD can be done by software, one file at a time, on the workstation. There are several upconverting 3rd party editing softwares. Many HD TV's have upsampling built in. It's more likely you won't want to bother upconverting the files.


        The most popular use of this setup is to copy old VHS tapes into HD versions for archiving on a DVD or harddrive or uploading video copies online.


        If you don't want to bother with uncompressed video and don't plan to upconvert to HD, these converters can be set to auto compress and leave the videos as SD.


      6. S-Video & Component on PCI cards for a computer desktop:
        Optimal solutions for SD recording

        A card inside the computer has a faster possible data throughput. Both these examples have software that can be set to uncompressed recording.


        Example A: Use S-Video input from the cable box for Myth TV. This card is highly rated for quality video capture, but it has no audio input. A high quality S-Video cable is recommended. (The 2 mini-BNC inputs are used for surveillance - security cameras.) There is no Audio input with this card. Workstations have their own audio inputs. The audio and video will be merged together with the video capture software that is setup with Myth TV.
        Epix S-Video
        EPIX PIXCI SV5L Analog Video Frame Grabber for S-Video and PCI $187

        Example B: Use cable adapter for Component 3 cable from the cable box to Analog Input on the PCI card for Myth TV. A high quality 3 Component cable is recommended. The extra two HDMI in ports can be used for direct HDMI cable OTA HD tuner, which can receive unencrypted content. (See more details on HD OTA unencrypted content, below.)
        Blackmagic Intensity Pro 01
        Blackmagic Intensity Pro 02
        Black Magic Intensity Pro 4K PCI card $199

      7. Two converters with automatic upscale to HD

        Optimal solutions for SD to HD upconversion recording

        Many HD TV's will upconvert standard definition video automatically anyway. It's possible that the results are quite good and you won't want to even bother trying to upconvert the video files. The following converter setups, below, might give a better image quality, but a TV, with new technology, might do better, on it's own.


        The Hauppauge Colossus version 1 or 2, (listed above) does the capture and upconversion in one board. Current products seem to need two boards now. The SD component video is upconverted by a stand alone box and output to HDMI. Then the HDMI is captured by a PCI card in the workstation.


        Upconversion can be done in different ways. A simple doubling of each scan line can convert from 480 lines to 960. Better looking quality would be to scan a pair of lines and insert a line of pixels that are midway between, for color and brightness. This more advanced upconversion can end up looking better. Some converters will look much better than others.


        You can also replace the Elgato Game Capture HD 60 with the Black Magic Intensity Pro 4K PCI card $199 in any of the three examples below.


      8. Stand alone converter box up scaling to HD + HD capture card: Component video + stereo audio, upscales to HD progressive and converts to HDMI.

        Example A: S-Video to HDMI Scaler (No Component input) for Myth TV
        TV One Scaler+Elgato
        TV One 1T-VS-622 Video to HDMI Scaler $395 and
        Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro PCI Capture card $180

        Example B: Component to HDMI Scaler for Myth TV
        Siig scaler
        +Elgato
        Siig Multiple Video to HDMI Scaler Converter with remote $360 and
        Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro PCI Capture card $180

        Example C: Component to HDMI Scaler for Myth TV
        KVM Sd capture+Elgato
        KVM VGA/Component Video/HDMI Scaler/Converter $437 and
        Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro PCI Capture card $180


    4. Optional HDMI cable direct from OTA AV Receiver to HDMI input port:

      HD Over the Air (OTA) can include unencrypted HD programming. This is in the process of changing with the advent of ATSC 3.0 Next Gen TV which may cause all OTA to be encrypted. There is a push back for this, so that low income people should still be able to see TV from broadcast antennas. Unencrypted HDMI programming, coming from the HD Antenna receiver, can go directly to the PCI capture card on the computer and be recorded. For the latest details on DVRs for HD Antenna see: The Best OTA receivers for 2020 from digitaltrends.


      To make this work, you still need an HDMI Capture card. If you want to make this work together with a SD capture, you may wish to look for a PCI card that has both HDMI and Component inputs. This can work if the user already is using a video capture card that aslo accepts HDMI. These cards are already listed above.


      Example A: (Already listed above)
      Elgato Game Capture HD60 Pro PCI Capture card $180

      The Elgato game Capture only has one HDMI in port. Use this if you only have HD Antenna programming to record. If you are using an HD Antenna Receiver and a two converter with automatic upscale to HD, as well, then you could add an HDMI switch to go from A) Component analog to HDMI box convertor or B) Direct HDMI cable from the HD Antenna receiver. However if you have both HD Antenna and a two converter setup, it would easier to just use the Blackmagic Card in Example B, below.


      Example B: (Already listed above)
      Blackmagic Intensity Pro 4K PCI Card $199

      This card is ideal for direct component video capture and with two HDMI inputs, it is easy to use with an HD OTA and HD receiver setup. It also accepts S-Video directly and Component with an included cable convertor. If you want to connect both a cable box with component connection and an HD Antenna OTA receiver with an HDMI cable connection, this card can do both at the same time, without any extra converter box.



    TIVO

    I've used TIVO. It is very easy and intuitive to use all the features. This company has survived for years in a complex, changing market for good reason. TIVO has excellent functions for the price.


    Rented DVR Cable Box

    This is what most everyone uses. It works fine.


    The biggest frustration is you cannot grab a video, put it on some other hardware you own and walk out the door and watch it somewhere else. Cable companies offer online TV and Cable content, so, if you login with a phone, tablet or other computer, you can watch a movie or show, but that still doesn't grab the sports game that was recorded on the DVR.


    With a cable DVR you most often have to watch everything on the TV with the DVR. Because of this limitation, this service at $30 to $45 / month seems expensive for what you get.


    PlayOn

    It looks good. I have not used it. The Playon Cloud service can organize any show from any streaming account and save it to view later from anywhere in the world. You just have to login. Of course, that should be possible, anyway, by just logging into your different streaming accounts, directly.


    You could also just use this actual 'State of the Market' web page, with all the links to go find anything you want. The difference with Playon, is that they make a recorded copy; either in the Cloud or on your workstation, for you to come back later and watch.


    Playon setup on your workstation allows DVR playback in the home network to any phone, tablet or TV that can receive a cast. So, anything on the home WiFi can watch from this DVR service. But, you can not copy any recording onto a phone, tablet or notebook and walk out the door and watch it later. If you wanted to do that, you should get the Cloud service and login to a WiFi.


    A large issue is there will not be an option to record anything from TV or cable, which means no sports games.


    Playon offers a service for a reasonable price. It might be an idea to pay $5 / month for a couple months to see if it works for you.




    How Myth TV works --- It's a little tricky

    1. Myth TV runs on a dedicated Windows, Mac or Linux workstation with at least 1 TB storage (new about $600+, Myth software setup takes about 4 hours setup and install work, either by a computer service person $300+ or DIY).
    2. The computer running Myth software works as a DVR with a large storage drive, qualified CPU and graphics card and should be fast enough to record multiple programs at once.
    3. Cable providers make their boxes receive only one channel at a time. This means the Myth software can only record one program at a time and does not allow, multiple, simultaneous channel recordings.
    4. It's possible to plugin an IR Blaster box, so the Myth software can change cable box channels. You could record a sports game on CBS at 2:00 PM, then another game on NBC at 5:00 PM, but still no simultaneous channel recordings.
    5. To record simultaneous, multiple channels, you would need to connect, via a network, to multiple cable boxes, (living room and bedroom, for example). Each cable box would need to be tuned to a different channel.
    6. Myth has a feature that lets you to get a current program guide from online to show up on the workstation monitor. The user can also review and set DVR recordings remotely from any computer online.
    7. HD 'Over the Air" tuners do not limit single channel reception, like cable boxes, so HD OTA can record from simultaneous, multiple channels with Myth TV. (See the OTA section, above.)
    8. Myth software allows internal security camera feeds and can record to a set schedule.


  • playon
    --- Tech Up Life

    Playon service reaches out and records from your subscribed online services. Some of their supported sites offer free membership. You can watch all the content that Playon grabs, directly, by going to each site, login and play it. This will work from a smart TV, phone, tablet or computer.


    Playon playback works inside your house to TV, phone, tablet, computer, but requires a login and Wifi connection to view anything outside your home. You cannot record shows, download to any hardware and walk out the door and playback anywhere without Internet access. (Only Myth TV, above, can do that.)


    Playon's DVR service is really only useful:

    1. To record special premier content event programming.
    2. To save a favorite show or movie.
    3. To subscribe, or take advantage of a free offer, for a few months, to a premium online service and record a large collection of shows, then unsubscribe from the premium service.
    4. To have your personal collection of content, in one place, for easy viewing.

    Fall Premiere Sale 2020

    • 50% off - $35 one time cost - Workstation - Unlimited recordings stored on your own PC workstation
    • $5 / month - Cloud - 20 scheduled recordings / month with storage in the Cloud

    • Online streaming services available - but you must have a subscription to access:


      Netflix — Hulu — Amazon Prime — Disney + — HBO Max — HB0 Nordic — Showtime Anytime — Showtime — Charter Spectrum — Xfinity — NBC — BBC — The Roku Channel — CBS

      Online streaming services which require a free subscription account:

      (These are online streaming sites with on-demand playback. These are not the channels with live TV content.)


      The CW — NBC Peacock — ABC — FOX — PBS — Crackle — Tubi — Vudu


    Playon Workstation type account: Videos are saved on a local computer but can only playback with the Playon player. Hard .mp4 file copies of any video are not available. The Playon player software has a cast feature to send the video to any local network player in your house; TV, phone, tablet. However, copying the video to a notebook or phone for playback, outside the home local network, is NOT possible.


    Playon Cloud type account: You can login anywhere in the world to a WiFi network and playback DVR recordings. This Playon Cloud service solves playback outside the house, but you need to have Internet access with either WiFi or use photo data. The Playon player does not work when you are somewhere, without Internet access. (Playback, outside of Internet access, can be done using the Myth TV service.) If you plan to watch a lot of videos with Playon Cloud, connecting through your phone, you may use up your monthly phone data allowance and incur extra fees.


Home theater, DVD, blu-ray


DVD, blu-ray HD or 4K discs are still available for purchase or rental. Blu-rays have noticibly better audio / video than most any streaming content and can offer surround sound for the best quality, home theater experience.


Local libraries often have disc rental programs for DVD's and blu-ray.

    Streaming v bluray

    4kvbr

    Is streaming as good as a 4K blu-ray disc?
    - Tha_VillaMan



  • redbox rental - $1.80 movie rental at the box - $4+ to own

    DVD, blu-ray disc rentals through the nation's largest network of more than 41,500 self-service entertainment kiosks.



  • 3dblurayrental
    $4+ / disc - one time rental
    $9 / month - 2 rentals per month
    $18 / month - 5 rentals per month
    $28 / month - 10 rentals per month & 2 discs at a time
    $40 / month - 15 rentals per month & 3 discs at a time.

    --- AVS Forum discussion

    Private company, open since 2011 in Naperville, IL 60566.


    Renting 2D, 3D, 4K Ultra HD (UHD) Blu-ray AND PS4 & Xbox One Games. All blu-rays are full retail discs with all features and HD Sound (Dolby Atmos & DTS:X).





  • Buy new DVD's or blu-ray discs

    blu-ray.com   - blu-ray.com listings go to amazon.com
    - Best Buy blu-ray
    - Walmart blu-ray
    - AMC 'Must See' DVD's and blu-ray sales - A free membership is required to purchase discs.
    - Overstock under $20

    New blu-ray discs start at about $4, including some older, highly rated films. At these prices, just purchasing DVD's or blu-rays, may be less expensive than signing up for a subscription, rental service.





  • Warning   dvd.com
    - $8 / month - 1 disc out (3-4 rentals)
    - $12 / month - 2 discs out (6-8 rentals)

    - Action & Adventure - Drama - Comedy - Sci-Fi & Fantasy - Thrillers - Blu-ray discs

    --- My three cents Warning

    DVD.com is a Netflix company. There is no charge for postage. The next movie or other content disc is suppose to be sent, upon receipt of the previous rental disc.


    DVD.com has supposidly reduced shipping costs in 2020. Some clients are complaining that delivery takes 10 days to their location, many discs are damaged and unplayable and newer movies are in short supply.


Content Owner broadcast streaming services


--- Streaming Media report: 50 companies offering online video streaming services


  • akamai   Paid service

    World largest video and content distribution service - for content owners who wish to show media on their home website. This service is typically used by companies like Adobe, Fiat, Airbnb, Fox, Asus, Charles Schwabe, Honda, InterContinental Hotels Group, MediaCorp, NBC Olympics and hundreds more...



  • ZeeVee   Paid service

    User friendly software that combines most online content in one package. It goes out and grabs video from other sources and manages the files. This service is for content owners.


Piracy



Warning: Many sites offer free downloads of movie and TV content. These are illegal sites and are NOT listed or linked in this report. Avoid such download sites, as they can introduce viruses and other pop-up ads to your computer. Often, the goal of offering free movies online is to infect your computer or phone with a virus and steal your bank access passwords and credit card information.


Anyone who sells, acquires, copies or distributes copyrighted materials without permission is called a pirate. Anyone with information on suspected video piracy operations is urged to call the MPAA at 1-800-662-6797.

blu-ray authoring and replication

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