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Helping senior citizens set up wifi for smart tv

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by Kimbo22, Nov 13, 2019.

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  1. Kimbo22

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    My parents do not have a computer or smartphones. They do not record tv programs. In addition to watching the main tv networks, they only watch the Game Show network and BYUtv. They have switched from Dish to AT&T to Spectrum trying to reduce the cost of their monthly bill but fees keep increasing. What equipment and services are needed to get them the tv programs they want, for a reasonable monthly fee, without going through these companies?
     
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  3. Kimbo22

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    Thank you. I will check to see if this System offers the two channels my parents watch. I appreciate your help!
     
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    They may also be able to significantly reduce their costs by "going streaming" rather than cable or dish.

    That is, if they are willing to do just a bit of technology learning in the process. For instance, T-Mobile has a plan for seniors with unlimited talk, text, and data (except for mobile hotspot use, which, while unlimited can throttle after the GB limit for the plan you choose is reached) that includes a subscription to Netflix as part of it. You can stream from the phone to the TV using the casting device of your choosing (I have Chromecast) until you are proverbially blue in the face and never go over a data limit.

    If they happen to be Amazon Prime members (which, I know, is doubtful if they don't have a computer) that full library of video and audio is available to them for streaming from a smartphone.

    Virtually all the networks (save CBS, and that's only if you want to have access to programs older than several weeks since initial broadcast) also stream, too.

    Given that the T-Mobile (and, I'm sure there are analogs at other carriers) plan costs, in my case, $90/month for two lines with unlimited everything it is significantly less expensive than a separate internet or cable subscription plus subscribing to additional content.

    Just something to consider. Of course, if they're adamant "no new technology" folks or live in a cell & cell data dead zone then this is entirely off the table.
     
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    Any chance they could obtain most of what they like over the public broadcasting? Using an antenna?
     
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    Not likely, Brad. The initial post indicates that they like watching BYUtv and the Game show Network. The former is available as a Roku app and the latter in several streaming packages (Sling, etc.). So, to Brian's point, streaming is definitely a viable option.
     
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