Satellite tv and viasat

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Is satellite tv worth it with viasat internet or just use internet to stream everything?
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James Billinger

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I wouldn't rely on satellite internet for all my television needs, but that is just me.
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BBwithdrawls

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I think your putting the cart before the horse ,  wait and see how Vsat 2 performs before you make that decision and keep in mind that the longer its " Live " the more users that are going to be added to it Hughesnet just saw that very scenario, all was great for first 6 mths, now its not , I think we could see that same scenario play its self out with Viasat even though there are Plans for another launch
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I’ve pondered this question a lot. Depends on what you watch and how you watch it. I thought at first I could kiss Dish Network goodbye. Between trying to watch sporting events and the kids watching Disney (not older episodes on Netflix), turns out you need as costly of a streaming service as you pay for satellite tv.


If DirectTVnow would stream without buffering, it would be a close substitute. Costs as much as regular tv though.


Here’s my final takeaway. ViaSat Internet is not a cord cutters ISP just yet. If you have hopes of watching mostly HD with increasing opportunities for 4K, you’ll have to keep satellite TV a few more years.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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More and more channels are making their own service with their libraries. It's going to be cable bill 2.0 before too much time passes. Disney already announced their own service, CBS has their own....it's setting a trend.
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Viasat sucks. It's probably the best of the lot if you are using it. The information thus far released for viasat 2 shows that it lives far below the hype. You can cut the cord if you want to be afforded any level of entertainment if you have viasat and the out look on the future isn't looking good either.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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I wouldn't recommend a full cord cut without trying it first. Keep in mind that the unlimited plans could be put on a lower priority on speeds after reaching a certain point. Plus you have the resolution restrictions if that's a make or break for you. It really depends how much TV you regularly watch to really answer your question. 

Personally I found one of the earlier mentioned streaming channel apps pretty buggy when I did a trial but it was also a pretty new service which almost always translates to "it's gonna be buggy!" and then realized outside of a few shows here and there to watch on the weekend I don't REALLY watch a lot of TV like I thought I did. I just have a few titles I'll watch on the respective apps on my Firestick and maybe Olympics for the next week 1/2 but otherwise it's maybe a show or movie between dinner and bed.  So if you're just watching here and there like me you'll probably be fine but if you're watching most of the day or regularly binge through series you might not want to cut the cord for TV just yet until you test the waters a bit. 
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One of the things I see people do is cut a tv on in the morning and leave it on till bed time. It’s almost like it’s become natural to have the noise in the background. You won’t be able to do that with our data plans. It’s more like Brad said. Fire it up to watch a show or three in the evenings, stream a couple of movies each weekend, and that’s about it.
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Brad, Viasat Employee

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it's all subjective anyway there's no solid yes or no to this question. It's all dependent on what that means to the person wanting to do it and how much they watch. People have WILDLY different perceptions of what's a lot of TV and what's not. 
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Ronald Stricklin

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Well lets not be subjective Brad. Let's be objective. There's no actual need for customer service apologetic when there already is and has been an objective standard for TV Brad. Primetime TV. 8pm- 11pm. Can it do 3 hours a day 7 days a week? Can it do 5 hrs a day 7 days a week?
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Bradley

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It can provided that's all you want to do with priority data.

Here's a calculator you can use.

https://www.att.com/esupport/data-cal...
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I am a cord cutter. Mostly because I got to the point of paying for satellite and Directv became to expensive. About $250/month. That was just a mid package with Directv but with dvr and 3 boxes it added up to about $150. I unfortunately am also one of those who likes back ground noise. So what i have started doing, as well as making my kids, is when we are in town we download shows from Netflix and Prime. I just use the wifi at the grocery store while i shop. So when i am just looking for background noise i play something i have see 100 times. Or put a dvd in. With 4 people, including 2 teens, we make it up till about a week on on gigs. From then its daytime or what we have downloaded. We also have Netflix and Prime backed off on quality unless something that needs it. Thats why I hope there are more gigs with the new plans. I think we would be fine all month. One month one of the kids put Netflix on hi def and we lost all gigs in 5 days so now that is why I am the only one with the account password :)
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I don't stream or use my internet for TV service. I have Dish Network and a OTA antenna. Also have a Netflix DVD rental account. I do fine with it. I'm old school I guess, I just don't think internet service is made for watching TV. I don't watch much TV at all anyway, heck I go to bed around 8pm.
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