Hulu Live TV says I'm located in California but I live in Kentucky

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I'm trying to switch over to live streaming TV instead of cable. When I log into my Hulu Live TV account, it gives me local channels for California and not Kentucky. Is there anyway I can change this?
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Posted 8 months ago

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There is not. One of the issues with satellite internet is your location ties back to the gateway you go through.

And if you are using Viasat for streaming all your TV that is not recommended to begin with by Viasat. You will use a ton of data and that can lead to buffering issues.

Good luck!
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I agree with ExSatUser. You will be frustrated by the combination of Hulu Live and Viasat.

That said, you could use a Hulu Live subscription combined with PlayOn Cloud to record shows to the cloud (download them at work, your local library, anywhere you can get decent bandwidth without hitting your data cap). However, if you wish to also stream to your home, the performance will be frustrating and that's putting it mildly. The frustration will be most pronounced during evenings and weekends. I was able to stream some of the World Cup recently, but those games were during the daytime and the restrictions are less severe during working hours.

As for setting your local channels, I was able to make that setting through the Hulu web site. I manually changed whatever it "thought" was my location and it worked fine. I did not sign up though, the streaming of local news channels in the evening was awful and I did not want to rely on Hulu Live if I ever wanted to tune into local news in the evenings.

For the time being, to save on TV expenses, we are reducing our satellite TV subscription to a minimum, replacing premium content with Netflix and Amazon Prime and recording our shows through PlayOn Cloud. I get those downloads when I'm at the office or local library and then I copy them to a Plex server at home so I can watch without using data. That's a lot of work for some folk and not necessarily for everyone, but it works for us.
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Not true HD like you say, but better than standard def for sure.
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To me, it actually looks like it's in between 720p and 1080p.  I don't really know how it works when Netflix is forced to stream in 1080p, but PlayOn Cloud only records in 720p.  Maybe the result is an mp4 in extra super duper 720p!  LOL. 

It's one of those riddles, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.  :)  

I should add that I've tried recording in SD with PlayOn Cloud.  It's okay, but it looks a little funny to me.  Not just that it's not in HD, as I don't mind DVD quality for most things, but something just seems a little off with it.  This was when recording from HBO, so HBO was doing the auto resolution thing.  I haven't tried SD with Netflix.  
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Netflix does a good job with output, I think in large part because they use excellent codecs. I also found that getting our HBO content by way of Amazon Prime (instead of via HBO Now) is superior for much the same reason. I think Amazon has better codecs - consequently, the output is superior. I never really liked the output from HBO - too grainy. Amazon is better.
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I wish Amazon allowed HBO subscriptions from other providers to be used, but I get why they don't.  I'm sure that I'd take advantage of it once in a while, especially if it looks better than what I can get from HBO itself.  

The things I've already gotten from HBO look pretty good, but not as good as the items I've gotten through Netflix, that's for sure.  Still, as it stands, I wouldn't be able to justify having two HBO accounts, as I definitely want to keep the normal one I already have through DirecTV.  Still, that's good info (the Amazon Prime thing).  

With that said, if there is ever a movie or series that I absolutely MUST have, and that I MUST have look as good as what I get through Netflix, I can always take advantage of the seven day free trial.  :)  I downloaded the Spartacus series through Netflix (it's why I signed up with them), and it looks superb.  In all its gory glory.   LOL.  
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@GabeU

I hear you. If I had HBO via my satellite TV provider (Dish), I expect I'd likely opt for that instead of through Amazon. However, Dish and HBO can't play nice together, so HBO took their ball and went home. For streaming options (HBO via Hulu, HBO Now or Amazon Prime), the AMZ option has definitely been the best. I even tried it through Apple once (7 day freebie) and that also wasn't as good as AMZ was, even though I had read that Apple's option was pretty damned good. Also, I kind of doubt that Apple will ever work with PlayOn Cloud.
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The easiest solution would be to simply move to California.
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Or move in Kentucky where you can get cable. That would be a cheaper move!