GCET and Tv alternatives

The essence of using GCET, esp when switching from a cable service like Comcast, is to understand that all services must now come via internet, not a video feed.  This means that any show (or movies, etc) that used to be watched on TV must now be found on an equivalent internet service.  This is simple when watching on a computer, tablet (iPad), or (modern) phone, since they all are directly connected to the internet, via wifi or internet wire.

Tv over the Internet, on your TV screen:
To watch on a TV screen, there needs to be some device that displays the incoming internet service on the TV screen, in short: Internet in, video out.  An important point to realize is that cable TV is always some form of bundle, you are paying for not just the wire, also for the content.  If you switch to GCET then you are on your own to find content, that might mean paying for a subscription to a TV channel.

There are a number of different hardware paths to support internet on a TV screen:

  • Classic internet Streaming devices: Netfix, Roku
  • New streaming devices: SlingTV, Sony Playstation Vue
  • New TV plugins: FireTV, Chromecast, AppleTV
  • Smart TVs: these run aps specific to various channels
  • Advanced internet DVR: Plex 
    these are for DYI folks, who want to control their own TV environments, they usually do not require advanced engineering degrees so long as you are willing to experiement and learn their particulars.

Content, TV channels and more:
Some channels provide fully free internet content (such as CW, Syfi). Others provide such free content only to tablets or phones, and to watch on a tv screen, require a smart TV or TV plugin so you can ‘cast to your TV from your tablet etc device. And some require a subscription to get any content over the internet, the classic networks are mostly like this.  Some of these channels are now posting content on their web site, although not full shows.

There are also pay Internet services that provide TV channels, such as Hulu Plus, AT&T DirecTV Now, YouTube TV.

Major Channels:
(ed: I’ll update this page with channel specifics over time)

  • ABC – You can still watch full episodes one week after they premiere without signing in.
  • NBC – Seems free, not working ??
  • CBS – Need CBS all access, paid (haven’t found price)
  • PBS – Join your local PBS station:  WGBY Springfield
  • FOX – ?? researching, seems paid, only see Cable channel options
  • CW – Free

Free Content sources:

  • check the library – they have arrangements that give you access to various streaming content: Hoopla
  • For something totally different, check out Art on my Tv and We love Museums @ Home  (Disclamer: that’s a blog and service of mine)

More suggestions and ideas at:

TV Guide - North American TV Shows, Movie and Series - USTVnow
DIRECTV NOW | Stream up to 125+ Live TV Channels
TIDAL · High Fidelity Music Streaming
Roku Products - Streaming Players and Roku TV
Roku® Streaming Stick® | Powerful, portable HD streaming
AMC is launching MoviePass-like subscription service with some great perks - The Verge
Review: The Tivo Bolt will make you forget about cord cutting | The Drum
YouTube TV is the experience Apple promised but failed to deliver - Business Insider
Kanopy - Stream Classic Cinema, Indie Film and Top Documentaries
Cord Cutting 101: A Beginners Guide to Cord Cutting (2018 Edition) - Cord Cutters News
hoopla Digital content
How to Quit Cable for Online Streaming Video, Free Internet TV | Digital Trends
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, Hulu TV: Best Internet TV Channel Deal | Fortune
TickBox TV - Streaming Video System. Cut your Cable Bill Now!
TV Everywhere apps aren't just for cable subscribers | TechHive
Modern Gizmo
Cord cutting resources | Plex for Cord Cutters
Cordcutting.com - Cord Cutting News, Reviews, and Tutorials
What is cord cutting? | Plex for Cord Cutters
Sling TV is A La Carte TV - Watch 7 Days Free!
FilmStruck: Classic Movies For Film Lovers, By Film Lovers
using tivo without cable or antenna - Google Search
Learn How To Cut The Cord and Get DVR Without Subscription Fees
Will Tivo Work Without Cable TV? | It Still Works | Giving Old Tech a New Life
How to Record Live TV When You Don't Have Cable
DVRs - Recording Broadcast TV - DisableMyCable
TiVo Releases a New DVR for People Without Cable Subscriptions
Can I use tivo without cable?

 

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