Cable Cutters, I have some questions (esp. re: baseball)

Discussion in 'Off-topic' started by BSCLibertarian, Feb 22, 2017.

  1. BSCLibertarian

    BSCLibertarian I'm kind of a big deal

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    In the next few weeks I am going to put an antenna up and cut the cable.

    I've been getting tips and advice from friends that have done the same and I figured I'd ask here too. Hopefully this thread can serve as a resource for others as well.

    I am not concerned with what I'll get over the air. We are close enough to Atlanta that we'll get everything we need from that perspective. I've played with a smallish antenna and seen what I can pick up.

    The only thing I'm concerned about is live sports. Especially Braves games and Georgia football in the fall.

    I am looking at www.sling.com for "cable" channels and they list the fox regional sports channels that the Braves play most of their games on (I'll get big FOX and TBS over the air for the rare occasions they're on one of those). Is anyone else using this for live Braves games? Most of what I've read isn't completely clear as to whether MLB will black out home games on these channels via sling.

    I have the same question about Georgia games on SEC network (offered by sling) or ESPN etc. - am I going to get blacked out?

    My other option for live Braves games is to sign up for MLB.TV and use a service like overplay (www.overplay.net) so that I can make it look like I am out of the black out area. I'm not completely opposed to this because I'm a baseball nerd and MLB.TV has some really cool features that I'd use (archived games, in game stats, player tracking for fantasy baseball etc.). On the other hand, I'm cheap and if I can get the games via sling (which is pretty cheap compared to cable) that's my preference.

    Here are some of the links I've got so far in case anyone else is interested in firing your cable company.

    Sling TV's different packages:
    https://www.sling.com/service

    How To Watch Baseball Online Without Cable:
    https://www.groundedreason.com/how-to-watch-mlb-games-without-cable/

    MLB Blackout areas:
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/59/MLB_Blackout_Areas.png

    sling FAQ's about Fox Regional Sports networks (this makes me think I'll be fine without MLB.TV but I want to hear from someone using it in GA):
    http://help.sling.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/How-do-the-FOX-Regional-Sports-Networks-work

    Here is some great info on antennas and what channels you should be able to get based on your zip code:
    https://www.antennaweb.org/

    Example w/ my zip code entered:
    https://www.antennaweb.org/Stations...alse&Latitude=33.6832181&Longitude=-84.448772

    Antenna I am considering (my buddy has it in his attic and says it works great):
    https://www.amazon.com/ClearStream-Indoor-Outdoor-HDTV-Antenna/dp/B001BRXW74

    With this amp:
    https://www.amazon.com/Channel-Mast...sr=1-1-catcorr&keywords=Channel+Master+CM3414
     
  2. Marine6212

    Marine6212 Active Member

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    Use a VPN service and you shouldn't have to worry about blackouts!
     

  3. BSCLibertarian

    BSCLibertarian I'm kind of a big deal

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    :righton: that's what I was referring to w/ www.overplay.net
     
  4. gsusnake

    gsusnake Token Liberal Hippie

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    Are you a T-Mobile subscriber? They give a free subscription to MLB.TV premium included. It's how I get my Braves fix when I'm not listening to Jim and Don (and grandma!) on the radio.
     
  5. BSCLibertarian

    BSCLibertarian I'm kind of a big deal

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    No, we are with Verizon. I do listen on the radio quite a bit but I would like the option to watch on TV too.
     
  6. commodore_dude

    commodore_dude Active Member

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    My understanding of Sling is you shouldn't experience any blackouts on those channels since you're within the normal broadcast area. I've been looking into it quite a bit for when my contract with Comcast is up.
     
  7. phantoms

    phantoms Senior Mumbler

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    I'd test drive it for the free trial when a game you want to see is on to verify. I have had Sling Blue for a few months and do not remember seeing a Braves Game on at all, though I don't watch it that much.
     
  8. phantoms

    phantoms Senior Mumbler

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    Sorry I never updated this, but sure enough most Brave games are on the Sling Blue package.
     
  9. Ken1961

    Ken1961 Dei Gratia

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    I've heard that Sling is good for Baseball fans. I personally probably won't get it, I'm not a fan of watching games (baseball) on TV.

    We just cut the cord ourselves. Here in Stockbridge the Mohu Leaf gets us 40+ channels downstairs a couple more upstairs.
    Not all are great reception but the major ones come through just fine.

    Good luck with your baseball.
    Directv tried to bribe me to stay by reducing my "lowest tier" bill by $10 and "giving" me NFL Sunday Ticket for free.
    I laughed.
     
  10. BSCLibertarian

    BSCLibertarian I'm kind of a big deal

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    I posted this in another thread on the same subject. I figured I'd post it here too.

     
  11. a_springfield

    a_springfield Well-Known Member

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    Y'all are lucky I tried an antenna and got nothing from Atlanta. There is a ridge about 4-5 miles south of me that prevents signal from Atlanta and I am to far south of Tennessee to get their signal. I would have to have a 50 or 60' tower to pick up from Atlanta.