Sling TV

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Just signed up for Sling TV. They have a $15 a month deal for the first 3 months so had to try it out. I’m really impressed , works just like cable or satellite TV. You have control over the streaming speed. I’ve got it set to Medium 1.2 mbps and it looks great and rarely buffers. On the “best” setting buffering occurs much more frequently. The channel selection is amazing for the price and it doesnt seem to use too much data.
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Nathan Hart

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VeteranSatUser, Champion

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Unfortunately, many Viasat users have neither the speed or data to use something like that
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I will state PlayOn cloud, which is sort of a streaming type platform, will work perfectly with any ISP, including Viasat with any plan and no matter how much data has been used.

I can't say the same for any other streaming platform.
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@CO

Many years ago, a younger person got fiber installed, and bellowed at DSL for about one more year after leaving Wildblue.  Like us existing users didn't know "what's happening."  Like us existing members weren't aware of other choices, if they existed.

Yes, most people move on when a better option exist, but there will always be the few who hammer away.
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Have you tried Verizon? How's Sling on Verizon? I hear there's a 3 month deal ;)
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Performance on my Freedom plan has improved the last couple of weeks, even during congested hours. Hope this continues.
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Jab

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I've mentioned it before...I believe Mr Traffic Controller incorrectly twitched the dials, as based upon the effects reported here.

OC...I'm on a lonely rural VZW tower, connected with fiber, and where residents around it have fiber available.  Congestion does not exist, in past 50 days since being with VZW.  Lowest speed test is around 20Mbps, but fast.com is throttled at about 4Mbps.  I have streamed Deutsche Welle's programs without an issue at 720p, upto 1/2 hour program.
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IMO Sling appears to be one of the better "cord-cutting options". Obviously plan and data will play a big role in how helpful it is to users of our service. I still wouldn't suggest a full-on cord cutting dive in without "testing it out" for a few months to see if it works out or not. 
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To actually post on topic, at least a little, I actually had a free trial for Sling, orange and blue.  Pretty sure it was 30 days, at least, I saw it mentioned on Slickdeals over a year ago.  It was with my slower, older Internet.  It did work fine.  But as with most things, I didn't get time to try it out much.  I did like being able to set streaming speed, it would be nice if more services did that.  Fairly responsive on a slower connection.

I looked into several services when I got the service that dare not be mentioned.  But, when I was able to negotiate the Directv bill down to almost the level of one of those services, I thought I'd wait a year to switch all the way, or at least see what things look like by then.  When the price is close, I don't see much reason to switch to online.  Hulu live/whatever was the only one that had all the locals for here (well, in state, 100 plus miles away, nothing closer anyway), and a couple other channels.  I keep tv for someone elderly that can't do anything much, or I'd get by with less.  Locals have good in state news (and there are no broadcast stations in range, so I have to pay for a service to get them at all).  Looks like Directv Now is no longer a sensible option for me.  If not needing locals, and for myself personally, I'd probably only have plain Hulu, and occasionally Netflix.  Philo has an ok, basic selection of actual channels.  I don't watch any sports.

This site lets you put in channels or shows, and it will tell you which services have them.  https://thestreamable.com/matchmaker