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    Forgot about this thread until it came back... I've had google fiber for a few months now. They switched to "microtrenching" in SW austin, where they basically saw a 2" wide line down the side of the street, lay the fiber in it, and only have to dig a hole for a cabinet every other house. Once the fiber is in the trench they backfill with concrete. The busybodies in the 'hood complained about it 24/7 but now that it's done the people that got it seem happy.
    DVR has 1TB drive but since everything is mpeg4 video (instead of the less-efficient mpeg2 broadcast standard) it stores a ton of TV... hundreds of hours... I haven't come close to running out of room yet.
    Not having TiVo has been a bummer and if there is an outage you can't even watch what is sitting on your box. You can remotely schedule and manage recordings through their app, which is the easiest way to search for shows, too.
    Internet speed is dramatically better than TWC.
    The TV boxes can connect wirelessly, through RG-6 cable (cable tv), or CAT-5e (ethernet) to the network box. The network box needs a power outlet (mine is on a UPS), and it is the thing that actually has the drive in it to store shows. It powers the fiber transceiver (looks like a glorified wallplate) through ethernet so the fiber can terminate just about anywhere convenient in your house. Can't be outside since it isn't weatherproof.

    At some point they killed the feature where you could watch shows stored on your home network, so the TV box is only good for their TV, their on-demand, netflix, vudu, or youtube.
    To watch your own videos or amazon you have to have a separate box. (I use a HTPC with Kodi and a bluray player).

    Google TV does NOT carry BeIn Sports, so no MotoGP
    They DO carry all their channels in HD, including BBC America. Dunno if TWC ever fixed that one.

    After taxes and everything cost is a few dollars more than the bottom tier TWC internet and a single non-DVR TV box. With DVR they're probably a wash but google fiber is way faster internet.

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    Now that we have Google Fiber, I can type faster, we are getting up to 100 WPM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by trailbrain View Post
    They must have skipped over point 1 as most of the roads in Western Oaks and Circle C have been trenched with Fiber.
    It is all about access rights as well. If Circle C approached them, all bets would be off. Regulatory issues drive much of the deployments.
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    Lots of great information here. My neighborhood in Cedar Park was built 10 years ago with fiber to every house (or at least to the curb with a copper run from the utility box to the house). I was among the first to get U-verse in Austin and have been on AT&T's Gigapower for the past couple of years. With promotions expiring though I'll soon be paying over $200 per month for internet and TV and it seems to be getting more difficult to haggle. As noted earlier in the thread, they may just try to push me towards their Direct TV option, which I don't want. As was also noted in the thread, no single-family unit really needs 1Gbps, and that is absolutely true (most would probably be fine with 50Mbps). At $70 per month though, the Gigapower is not really the problem. It's the TV package (U300) and the 4 TV boxes that is the problem. Sad part is I don't really even watch much TV and my wife and kids really only want a few channels. I've hung on to cable primarily for live sports, but I'm really getting to the point where I don't care enough about sports coverage to pay that much. So any of you got advice on streaming services? I'd like to try something that let's my wife watch her reality shows (including at least one that is on Starz), my kid watch cartoons and other crap that is on the kids channels (he could possibly run those through his PS4?), and me perhaps start dabbling with some 4K content that is available for outdoor / adventure stuff. What are the best services? What equipment will I need (already have a PS4 connected)? All of my TV locations are wired although I run two of the sets wireless currently. I know this stuff has been around a long time but I've really never paid attention given that my needs were already met.

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    Quote Originally Posted by throet View Post
    Lots of great information here. My neighborhood in Cedar Park was built 10 years ago with fiber to every house (or at least to the curb with a copper run from the utility box to the house). I was among the first to get U-verse in Austin and have been on AT&T's Gigapower for the past couple of years. With promotions expiring though I'll soon be paying over $200 per month for internet and TV and it seems to be getting more difficult to haggle. As noted earlier in the thread, they may just try to push me towards their Direct TV option, which I don't want. As was also noted in the thread, no single-family unit really needs 1Gbps, and that is absolutely true (most would probably be fine with 50Mbps). At $70 per month though, the Gigapower is not really the problem. It's the TV package (U300) and the 4 TV boxes that is the problem. Sad part is I don't really even watch much TV and my wife and kids really only want a few channels. I've hung on to cable primarily for live sports, but I'm really getting to the point where I don't care enough about sports coverage to pay that much. So any of you got advice on streaming services? I'd like to try something that let's my wife watch her reality shows (including at least one that is on Starz), my kid watch cartoons and other crap that is on the kids channels (he could possibly run those through his PS4?), and me perhaps start dabbling with some 4K content that is available for outdoor / adventure stuff. What are the best services? What equipment will I need (already have a PS4 connected)? All of my TV locations are wired although I run two of the sets wireless currently. I know this stuff has been around a long time but I've really never paid attention given that my needs were already met.
    Cut the TV, get amazon prime, netflix and hulu (we use roku). You can buy the seasons of whatever she watches and will still save over a thousand a year. For sports you can subscribe to specific channels now. You can also use the HD antenna and get the main networks.

    Amazon/netflix/hulu have enough childrens content that they will never run out.
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    Haven't had cable for a number of years now and don't miss it. I canceled it because I got tired of paying $75-$100 for the three or four channels I watched. The PS4 is great for streaming things like ESPN and I have a PC hooked up to my main tv for everything else. I have a TV card installed on the PC (cheap, but I got mine for free through the pay it forward thread here-thanks AB) that lets me watch and record broadcast TV. I also have an old laptop hooked up to a TV in the bedroom that lets me watch in there. Through Windows Media Center I can pause what I am watching in the living room and resume in the bedroom wirelessly through my wifi router. I can watch anything I want through either Netflix, Hulu, HBO Now or individual channel subscriptions (starz for your wife is available on Hulu I think). The only thing I can't do legally at this time is watch NFL games that are on the NFL channel. For those, you either have to go to a bar or get the password of someone that has a cable subscription to that channel and is willing to share it with you.
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    We cut the cord for a few years. It wasn't really all that bad, most of the stuff we streamed thru the computer (hooked to TV) or got our content off Netflix. The biggest gripe we had was not being able to record (DVR) and watch (and pause) later. We eventually moved back to Uverse because the pricing was so cheap. At the time, and extra $20 got me their basic, good-enough, service.

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    I cut the cord in 2010. I built a small windows 7 media center and that's my DVR. I have a twin tunner in it, and my roof antenna connected to it. I can record off-the-air in HD quality and the DVR use is about as good as I had with DISH. We supplement with Netflix, Amazon, and Sling TV for ESPN. The cool thing about all those things is you can add and drop them without penalty. So we get Sling for CFB season and the Tennis Grand Slams and then drop them. Also we use it to get HBO after the Game of Thrones season is over, and pay for one month, watch the episodes, then drop it. The biggest thing I miss is F1 and endurance sports car racing.

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    All this cable cutting talk makes me sad. My wife and I watched too much growing up, so when we started having kids in 1996, we got rid of the television. 21 years without T.V. We still don't own one. However, we've slowly substituted computer watching (Amazon, Hulu, FB, YouTube) for T.V. in a trend that I view as a failure of our original objective. I am weak. Help.

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    I am bummed that NBCSN doesn't have everything in their standalone service. Only specific things like cycling or soccer. Which leaves me out in the cold for F1, Indycar, Dakar, and the like if I cut the cord. I also hate that the free streaming services force ads, and generally don't behave like a decent DVR. We're almost there, but not good enough for the non-movie stuff I like to watch

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