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What's the cheapest way to cut the cable?

Episode 1487

James from Downey, CA
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James has had it with cable and wants get rid of it and stream. Leo says for most people, the best choice is to get broadband from the cable company, and then get TV from something like YouTube TV or Sling TV. The other choice is DSL, but there will be varying degrees of success depending on how far away from the main hub one is. With DSL, it slows down the farther one is away. Fiber is the other choice, and may be the best solution of all. But its coverage is spotty. High speed wireless is coming and once that hits, one can completely cut the cable.

How can I cut the cord and replace my cable TV service?

Episode 1484

Gary from Irvine, CA
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Gary needs a new TV and wants to cut the cord. Rich suggests checking out Untangle.tv. It will walk him through the process of cord cutting and recommend streaming services based on what he wants to watch. He will have to keep his internet service to stream it, however. And for some channels, he may need an antenna, and it comes down to where he lives on whether or not that will be practical. He'll need line of sight to the broadcast antennas. AntennaWeb.org can help there too.

Should I buy an Apple TV?

Episode 1483

Anthony from Carpenteria, CA
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Anthony wants to know what the advantage is of getting an Apple TV if all the modern TVs are so-called "smart" TVs? Rich says that apps are always better, and updated more on a dedicated device like the Apple TV. Smart TVs, on the other hand, rarely get updated, if ever. TV makers are in the TV business, not the app development business. So Apple TV has that advantage.

Why can't I get local channels on DirecTV Now?

Episode 1482

Roger from Florida
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Roger is a cord cutter, who uses an antenna to watch live television. He's just at the edge of the range and sometimes the signal drops out. He decided to go with DirecTV Now and there's still no local channels. Leo says it depends on where he is. Roger's DSL line shows that he's 75 miles away from he actually is, and so DirecTV Now won't give him local channels. Leo says IP Geo location is notoriously inaccurate, at most a best guess. Leo says that AT&T needs to fix that, because they're using a lousy IP location service.

Is my Roku busted?

Episode 1479

Alan from Lynn, MA
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Alan has a Roku Ultra, and after a month, it's starting to get out of sync, and it doesn't matter what app he's using. The video speeds up, but the audio stays the same. Alan has called Roku and they said to remove the apps and reinstall them. Unfortunately, it didn't fix the problem. Leo has a hunch it's a defective Roku device. Leo would demand they replace it. It may be a bandwidth issue, but Leo isn't convinced.