Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Another look at the Peacock discounts

Following up yesterday's article on Peacock's Military Appreciation sale, Michael Timmermann talks about Peacock offering a special low yearly price to lock in before an upcoming price hike:

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As I've said before, I don't watch Peacock a lot, but it is a good service at a good price. It's not necessarily Peacock that I don't watch, it's most pay streaming services. My Streaming Life uses a lot of free ad supported television (FAST). That will probably be the case for a while. But that is a good deal about Peacock.

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Peacock discount for veterans

Yesterday was Memorial Day. Today is one of the last four days of Military Appreciation Month. I make that distinction because a lot of people seem to confuse Memorial Day with Veterans Day. I'm a veteran, and I appreciate that Veterans Day is a thing. I certainly appreciate Memorial Day which is to honor those that did not return from service.

It's quite frustrating to me when I see things that seem to honor veterans in general on Memorial Day. That day is not for me. It's for my fallen comrades.

When Peacock had a special for veterans, I grimaced, thinking they were confusing Memorial Day with Veterans Day. Only, that was an error on my part. You see, May is also Military Appreciation Month. And that's the reason Peacock is offering a special offer for veterans. So good on them.

Normally, I don't look to take advantage of discounts for veterans. I've seen so many over the years that wore one kind of uniform or another -- military, law enforcement, etc. -- that would put on their uniform to get into a football game for free or to go out to eat to get a discount. I don't actively seek military or veteran discounts. If I'm asked or explicitly offered, then yes I'll accept gratefully. But I don't seek it out. That smacks of "I did this, where is my reward?" I don't seek a reward for my service. I wasn't drafted. I volunteered freely. I don't expect a reward.

That's not to criticize the vast majority of those who served who will take advantage of discounts offered. It's just that I've seen enough who wore a uniform that are looking out for themselves, and themselves only. Generally, they don't last long in uniform, because that's not what service is all about. Sure, benefits are great and are appreciated. I've seen enough selfish veterans, or selfish veterans spouses that it puts me off. I don't want, in my mind, to be lumped in with them.

Anyway, Peacock had a special for veterans as part of Military Appreciation Month. I only saw in in conjunction with Memorial Day, but it is a fine thing they're doing offering discounts to veterans. I've criticized Peacock, NBCUniversal, Comcast, and all aspects of that company plenty. This I do thank them for. I have a code and understand that I can use the code later when my current Peacock deal ends. I'll take advantage of it then.

As you can see, I'm not avoiding all discounts. I'm just not one to actively seek them out, or go around letting people know I'm a veteran. I bring it up when it's applicable, but the rest of the time, I don't say anything about it.

My Streaming Life doesn't use Peacock TV a lot. I do a little. The discount is much appreciated, and gives me a better feeling regarding the streaming service. That's the idea, right?

Monday, May 27, 2024

Cutting pay TV, not just cable TV

When I cut the cord back in 2011, there were no services such as Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu+Live TV, Fubo, or the like. Once those services came along, and more and more people had streaming alternatives to cable TV -- actually streaming versions of cable TV -- cutting the cord picked up. Now, it looks like more people are doing like I did, even with those options.

What I'm talking about is that more people are dropping cable TV than are subscribing to streaming services. At least, that's the trend.

A survey by Cord Cutters News says that around have of cord cutters are not subscribing to "streaming cable" services.

Increasingly cord cutters are moving primarily to on-demand services like Disney+, Netflix, or Max. According to past surveys of our readers many start with a live TV streaming service only to later move to on-demand only options.

Now with Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros. Discovery launching a sports-only live TV service it raises real questions about the future of some of these streaming services.

My Streaming Life didn't have those options orginally. I still don't subscribe to the services. More and more are doing it that way. I too wonder if this means some of those servcies won't be around long.

Sunday, May 26, 2024

Microsoft privacy violation

Microsoft has added a new feature that will cause some concern for a lot of people. Windows 11 will take a snapshot of user screens every three seconds. Britec has the details.

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My Steaming Life still uses a Windows computer to run Plex. For now. A Linux server is looking more and more like a good idea.

Saturday, May 25, 2024

Another look at the new Walmart streaming device

 Cord Cutters News also reviewed the new Walmart Onn 4K Streaming Device:

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I'm still undecided on getting one of these devices. There are some postives, for sure. I'm just not sure if it's worth the money, for what extra it brings to the table. My Streaming Life doesn't really need another streaming device.

Friday, May 24, 2024

College Football Playoffs on Max

I'm not a regular user of Max (formerly HBO Max), but I do find it to be a good service. It is in my rotation of services.

Something will be added to Max this fall: college football. Specifically, the first two rounds (including quarterfinals) of the playoffs.

According to news reports, Max and TNT will air games over the next five seasons, starting with this year, when the college football playoffs expand to 12 teams.

The deal will see Warner Bros. Discovery’s TNT Sports and HBO Max show two first-round games over the first two seasons of the contract. In the ensuing three years, it will broadcast and stream two first-round games and two quarterfinals. The sides could add more games.

While TNT’s future partnership with the NBA is in doubt, the move for CFP games is unrelated to those current tenuous negotiations, according to executives briefed on the talks. The CFP agreement would have happened regardless of where the talks with the NBA stood.

ESPN, the home of the national championship, retains the rest of the rights to the newly expanded 12-team CFP with its six-year, $7.8 billion agreement.

I normally subscribe to ESPN during the college football season, and I don't know how this will impact things. It could be that I'll need to subscribe to more services to watch all the games. I don't like that idea. But I do like the idea of streaming services getting access to major sports. I suppose I need to take the bad with the good. My Streaming Life will be impacted, I just don't know how.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Can you completely cancel Comcast (or Spectrum)?

I cut cable years ago. To clarify, I dropped cable TV. I still have cable Internet.

Suppose you want to drop not just cable TV, but also cable Internet. What are your options? Cord Cutters News has some suggestions.

#1 Your Phone Company

When I say “contact your phone company about Internet service” you are likely thinking DSL. The good news is most phone companies won’t even sell DSL any more including AT&T. Instead, they are offering fiber in most areas.

If you have not talked to your phone company in a few years it may be time to give them a call and look at their fiber options.

#2 5G Home Internet

The fastest-growing Internet service in the United States right now is 5G Home Internet especially from T-Mobile and Verizon. Yes, these services are not available in all areas, but you may be surprised how many areas they are available in. Also, look at AT&T for its new 5G Home Internet as it slowly rolls out.

If they are not in your area yet make sure to sign up for notifications as they are quickly rolling out across all their markets.

Fiber and satellite are two other options mentioned. Give the article a look.

My Streaming Life has only satellite of these four options, should I decide to drop cable. So far, it's cheaper for me to stay with Comcast/Xfinity.