1. beingbenjamin's Avatar
    I am very interested in the Apple TV but I'm sure my situation is not unique by any means. I live within the viewing market of my favorite sports teams, even while not actually living in their location. So I can't use MLB.TV or like services to stream my teams. And thus I pay $100/month to DirecTV for essentially two channels.

    But there's one more thing. No Amazon Instant Video (Prime) and no Spotify means no consideration for me. That's not Apple's fault, I get that. But until those two things are on the AppleTV, I'm not going to try to figure out how to view my sports teams* and cut cable.

    What about other would-be cord cutters? Where are you at with in deciding what to do with the new AppleTV?

    *-I've tried before using Amazon Web Services and a proxy server to spoof my location but the process was way too involved to do every single game. So even if Amazon and Spotify come to AppleTV, there simply may be nothing I can do about the sports streaming blackouts...
    10-31-2015 10:48 AM
  2. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    As a "cord cutter", I've decided to get the new TV, and I will probably get it within the next week or two. I'm not really in a rush because my current 3rd generation TV is sufficient.
    10-31-2015 11:29 AM
  3. phreddyl's Avatar
    I am very interested in the Apple TV but I'm sure my situation is not unique by any means. I live within the viewing market of my favorite sports teams, even while not actually living in their location. So I can't use MLB.TV or like services to stream my teams. And thus I pay $100/month to DirecTV for essentially two channels.

    But there's one more thing. No Amazon Instant Video (Prime) and no Spotify means no consideration for me. That's not Apple's fault, I get that. But until those two things are on the AppleTV, I'm not going to try to figure out how to view my sports teams* and cut cable.

    What about other would-be cord cutters? Where are you at with in deciding what to do with the new AppleTV?

    *-I've tried before using Amazon Web Services and a proxy server to spoof my location but the process was way too involved to do every single game. So even if Amazon and Spotify come to AppleTV, there simply may be nothing I can do about the sports streaming blackouts...
    I think I remember reading that mlb was going to do away with black out restrictions.
    robertk328 likes this.
    10-31-2015 12:40 PM
  4. robertk328's Avatar
    I think I remember reading that mlb was going to do away with black out restrictions.
    I've heard the same!
    10-31-2015 01:21 PM
  5. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I'm not condoning it but...
    The link you posted had absolutely nothing to do with the thread topic. Please stay on topic. Thank you.
    10-31-2015 05:14 PM
  6. Mike1138's Avatar
    The link you posted had absolutely nothing to do with the thread topic. Please stay on topic. Thank you.
    Sorry, thought I was offering a possible solution for the OP to watch his local sports teams.
    11-01-2015 10:31 AM
  7. Rob Phillips's Avatar

    But there's one more thing. No Amazon Instant Video (Prime) and no Spotify means no consideration for me. That's not Apple's fault, I get that. But until those two things are on the AppleTV, I'm not going to try to figure out how to view my sports teams* and cut cable.
    I have three TVs in my home and also subscribe to DirecTV. Much like you, TV doesn't yet offer everything I need to finally cut the cord. Be patient though, I think Apple has some tricks up its sleeve to help our cause, hopefully in early to mid 2016.
    As far as Amazon, I just downloaded the app to my iPhone and use AirPlay to stream to my TV. Works perfectly. I'm sure you can do the same with Spotify. I'm not holding my breath for a true Amazon Instant Video app on TvOS. They're an TV competitor.
    11-01-2015 12:18 PM
  8. Patti Harris's Avatar
    Hi beingbenjamin, I wanted to let you know what we do. We have been cord cutters for the past year and a half. We love saving that 100.00 per month! Our biggest problem has been not being able to get sports. We have an antenna, Netflix, and Amazon. We have the second generation Apple TV. We have ordered the new 4th generation. We can get Amazon thru our blue ray player and tv so that isn't an issue for us. My husband is watching sports thru slingtv this year. It has been wonderful! ESPN 1 and 2 and SEC channel. The good thing about slingtv is you can cancel anytime. So once football season is over, we can cancel and pick back up next year. I hope this helps you. We HATE spending 100.00 a month for just a few channels. It's true that the picture isn't as good but worth the sacrifice for us.
    11-02-2015 07:03 AM
  9. Bigeric23's Avatar
    I would like to be a Cord Cutter, but I need my SUNDAY TICKET.
    Rob Phillips and robertk328 like this.
    11-02-2015 07:51 AM
  10. LCW's Avatar
    I've cut the cord (well the proverbial cord - was using Dish Network)... there's channels/programs I miss for sure (F1, super/motocross, etc.) but for the most part, I don't miss paying $100/month for about 6 channels I watched... Been cord free for about 4 months now...

    For anyone thinking about cord cutting... there's definitely a hump to get over... if you can get past the 2-3 month window, you'll be fine. Don't get me wrong, it's tough, but for me, the exhorbitant amount for very little value was enough a deterrent to me to stay cord free.
    Patti Harris and Mike1138 like this.
    11-02-2015 10:14 AM
  11. robertk328's Avatar
    I would like to be a Cord Cutter, but I need my SUNDAY TICKET.
    Same!
    11-02-2015 01:41 PM
  12. Algus's Avatar
    Already use an Apple TV, will upgrade eventually. I have jumped ship from Amazon, so lack of support there is a nonissue. Sports are my main downfall but for now I usually watch football at my dad's and he pays for red zone. For baseball, MLB.tv has me covered. And soccer is just bleh, I wouldn't watch premier even if I paid for it because I'm at work when it's on.
    11-02-2015 02:11 PM
  13. robertk328's Avatar
    If I could get football (NFL) that would be good. The current offering has a delay and I like to watch as it happens.
    11-02-2015 02:26 PM
  14. Patti Harris's Avatar
    sling tv for sports
    11-03-2015 06:43 AM
  15. Dark_Huntress's Avatar
    Been a cord cutter for five years. I have five Apple TVs and the 64 new Apple TV. I use them to watch streaming movies, Netflix, Hulu, music, games and the news apps.
    11-07-2015 11:11 PM
  16. beingbenjamin's Avatar
    I think I remember reading that mlb was going to do away with black out restrictions.
    Well it happened! Buuuut.... not exactly how we really want.

    https://sixcolors.com/link/2015/11/m...treaming-deal/
    11-20-2015 04:12 PM
  17. phreddyl's Avatar
    Well it happened! Buuuut.... not exactly how we really want.

    https://sixcolors.com/link/2015/11/m...treaming-deal/
    Really nothing like I wanted...
    11-20-2015 05:16 PM

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