GCET and Tv alternatives

The essence of using GCET, esp when switching from a cable service like Comcast, is to understand that all services must now come via internet, not a video feed.  This means that any show (or movies, etc) that used to be watched on TV must now be found on an equivalent internet service.  This is simple when watching on a computer, tablet (iPad), or (modern) phone, since they all are directly connected to the internet, via wifi or internet wire.

Tv over the Internet, on your TV screen:
To watch on a TV screen, there needs to be some device that displays the incoming internet service on the TV screen, in short: Internet in, video out.  An important point to realize is that cable TV is always some form of bundle, you are paying for not just the wire, also for the content.  If you switch to GCET then you are on your own to find content, that might mean paying for a subscription to a TV channel.

There are a number of different hardware paths to support internet on a TV screen:

  • Classic internet Streaming devices: Netfix, Roku
  • New streaming devices: SlingTV, Sony Playstation Vue
  • New TV plugins: FireTV, Chromecast, AppleTV
  • Smart TVs: these run aps specific to various channels
  • Advanced internet DVR: Plex 
    these are for DYI folks, who want to control their own TV environments, they usually do not require advanced engineering degrees so long as you are willing to experiement and learn their particulars.

Content, TV channels and more:
Some channels provide fully free internet content (such as CW, Syfi). Others provide such free content only to tablets or phones, and to watch on a tv screen, require a smart TV or TV plugin so you can ‘cast to your TV from your tablet etc device. And some require a subscription to get any content over the internet, the classic networks are mostly like this.  Some of these channels are now posting content on their web site, although not full shows.

There are also pay Internet services that provide TV channels, such as Hulu Plus, AT&T DirecTV Now, YouTube TV.

Major Channels:
(ed: I’ll update this page with channel specifics over time)

  • ABC – You can still watch full episodes one week after they premiere without signing in.
  • NBC – Seems free, not working ??
  • CBS – Need CBS all access, paid (haven’t found price)
  • PBS – Join your local PBS station:  WGBY Springfield
  • FOX – ?? researching, seems paid, only see Cable channel options
  • CW – Free

Free Content sources:

  • check the library – they have arrangements that give you access to various streaming content: Hoopla
  • For something totally different, check out Art on my Tv and We love Museums @ Home  (Disclamer: that’s a blog and service of mine)

More suggestions and ideas at:

Apply for a discounted communications service through the Lifeline Program | Mass.gov
Greenfield Recorder article about TV for seniors
Acorn TV | The Best British TV Streaming Online, On-Demand, Commercial Free.
Cord Cutting | Cable & Internet Alternatives | SmartMove
Cord cutting: A beginner's guide | TechHive
Packages from GCET
Streaming TV is about to get very expensive – here's why | Television & radio | The Guardian
fuboTV - Watch & DVR Live Sports & TV Online
10 Best Media Server Software for Linux in 2018
Kodi Alternatives and Similar Software - AlternativeTo.net
Sony Crackle - Watch Movies Online, Free TV Shows, & Original Online Series
5 Ways to Stream from PC to TV or Digital Display - Smart Buyer
Best DVR for cord cutters 2018 | TechHive
YouTube TV and Roku: Why your cable box and TiVo days are numbered | ZDNet
Beyond Netflix and Amazon: One of these 5 cheaper streaming services might be all you need
TV Guide - North American TV Shows, Movie and Series - USTVnow
DIRECTV NOW | Stream up to 125+ Live TV Channels
TIDAL · High Fidelity Music Streaming
Roku Products - Streaming Players and Roku TV
Roku® Streaming Stick® | Powerful, portable HD streaming
AMC is launching MoviePass-like subscription service with some great perks - The Verge
Review: The Tivo Bolt will make you forget about cord cutting | The Drum
YouTube TV is the experience Apple promised but failed to deliver - Business Insider
Kanopy - Stream Classic Cinema, Indie Film and Top Documentaries
Cord Cutting 101: A Beginners Guide to Cord Cutting (2018 Edition) - Cord Cutters News
hoopla Digital content
How to Quit Cable for Online Streaming Video, Free Internet TV | Digital Trends
DirecTV Now, Sling TV, Hulu TV: Best Internet TV Channel Deal | Fortune
TickBox TV - Streaming Video System. Cut your Cable Bill Now!


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