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Internet TV Option - US Ex Pats

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For someone that is looking for a legitimate way to watch all the US networks and cable TV channels in real time you might want to look at:

They have packages starting at $49. This includes all the networks, CNN, ESPN twenty channels in all. Bigger packages are available for more money. All programming is delivered over the Internet. HDTV is available if you have the band width;

The picture quality is OK using BBVI, not as good as satellite, but comparable to Innovative on some channels. I didn't have any stutters or freezes

Picture quality will depend on your download speed and the power of your computer.

You can try the service for 24 hours for $2.99. Service is really designed for Americans in foreign lands that want to watch American TV. It probably isn't the best option for long term residents of the USVI, but it probably is an option for someone staying here a couple of months.


Posted : December 21, 2010 2:44 pm
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Hey Jim,
Do you think the BBVI is better for streaming than using ATT with a tether or card? Seemed a little weak last time I was there,east end,(although ATT seems to just dissapear sometimes, right?). Is this better than using a slingbox?

Posted : December 21, 2010 5:03 pm
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This is basically a SlingBox service offered by a commercial service. No software other than a Flash Player is required.

If you purchase your own Slingbox for $180 for the basic SD version or $300 for an HDTV version with all the bells and whistles and then find someplace to install it in the USA where you can get a robust internet connection you can do it on your own. If you watch a lot of TV you will be pushing a lot of data over the internet. Hopefully the ISPs at both ends don't notice or don't care.

You will install your Slingbox as an additional outlet in someone's home. You will have to rent an additional converter from the cable company since most of the channels you will want to watch are scrambled.

Where ever you install the Slingbox you will be dependent on your friends or relatives to trouble shoot the setup if you have a glitch. With the commercial service you have someone who is being paid to tend the equipment 24/7 so calling during the Super Bowl to reboot the system won't end a wonderful friendship.

I ran an older Slingbox from my son's condo in Evanston. It was easier in that his building because they bought CATV in bulk so no converter was required for 60+ channels. Picture quality was OK. Tried both BBVI's 500kbps and 1 Mbps service. Worked OK on both speeds. Neither of them are capable of handling HDTV.

Picture with Slingbox is better and hardly ever stops like with Hulu or YouTube.

BBVI is reliable enough to handle the stream. Choice wasn't. I was hoping with Choice's 5Mbps service I could stream HDTV.

Currently I am using Dish for my video service. Once you start watching HDTV hard to watch anything else.


Posted : December 21, 2010 7:16 pm
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I think Slingbox is best if you have an account for television already to sling and have the connection speeds at both ends.
With Dishnetwork the 922 receiver has the Sling built in and the 722 receiver has the capability with an inexpensive adapter.
They're calling it TV Everywhere. Free app.....Your home DVR and live TV are available on any connected device. Ipad, laptop, PC, Iphone, Android etc...... For no additional cost!
BBVI would be your best connection in my opinion for either Sling or streaming.
$49 a month seems high for only twenty channels.
For those that go back and forth each year a Sling might fit the bill but they can always do a Seasonal Downgrade of service and hold the account open for $5 a month with Dish.

Now offered is an IPTV device for customers wanting only these pacs
Hindi-Language Programming
o Hindi Mega Pack
o Hindi Super Pack
o Hindi Elite Pack
o Hindi 2 Pack
o Hindi News Pack
o B4U Package
o Set Max
Urdu-Language Programming
o Urdu ARY Digital ALC
Arabic-Language Programming
o Arabic Elite Super Pack
o Arabic Elite Pack
o Arabic Enhanced Pack
The following channels require subscription to one of the Arabic-Language Programming
Arabic-Language Add-on programming
o Arabic Music Pack
o Iqraa
o Noursat
o Aghapy

Posted : December 21, 2010 7:37 pm
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I didn't know you could put dish on hold while away, do you know who is installing and what is the installation and monthly cost? How quick do they take to get around to it? Any idea?

Posted : December 28, 2010 12:02 am
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I'll send you a pm

Posted : December 28, 2010 9:58 am
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