December 25, 2017

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 8 comments

Merry Christmas!

posted by NoMich at 09:05 AM on December 25

If you are the one and only Jameis, things are not getting any easier.

Some days, he's tougher to watch than Joe Pisarcik.

posted by beaverboard at 12:11 PM on December 25

I remember Joe and that is really cold Beaverbrook!

posted by billsaysthis at 12:15 PM on December 25

To all of my fellow SpoFites, may this day that celebrates the birth of Our Lord and Savior find you in good health, prosperity, joy and peace. I wish all of you the merriest of Christmases. May your day be filled with highlight plays, tense games, and fair play. Let the spirit of sportsmanship prevail among us.

posted by Howard_T at 12:38 PM on December 25

Happy holidays to all. How was your Christmas haul? I got a Roku to nourish the fantasy that I will one day cut the cable.

posted by rcade at 01:28 PM on December 26

We love our Roku. For the longest time, we subscribed only to Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and had an Amazon Prime membership. We recently broke down and upped our Hulu subscription to the live TV version. It's cable TV lite and, honestly, worth the $40 that we spend on it. It's got all that we need: Food TV, TCM, and a good sports package (plus a lot of other cable networks).

You can still use the other channels that you install onto your Roku. For instance, we can watch ESPN live through Hulu, or I can get out of Hulu, go into the ESPN channel and watch all of their live events and replay of previous events. Since ESPN does not air cricket games on any of their channels here in the US, I can load up their channel on the Roku and watch any live crickets matches that they are showing there. These days, it's usually just New Zealand international matches and English county play. I'm still trying to convince myself to subscribe to Willow TV for all of the other cricket events.

We tried the DirecTV Now cable package, but it's offerings (especially for sports) weren't as good as Hulu's. It's cheaper by $5 a month, but not as good. The weirdest thing about DirecTV Now is that it does offer FS1 and FS2, but there is no way to log into the Fox Sport channel that is outside of DirecTV Now. As a result, I was not able to watch my Hurricanes games. I am able to log into the Fox Sports channel outside of Hulu so I am able to watch my Canes games by virtue of being a Hulu live tv subscriber.

In conclusion, the Roku is a land of contrast. Thank you.

posted by NoMich at 03:04 PM on December 26

I've had a Roku for a while and it's primarily my Netflix box on the big TV, but I've also fired up Plex and used it to watch any, uh, "preview copies" of movies on my computer. It also handled YouTube pretty well so I can watch all the highlights of games there, too.

I haven't cut cable yet, but once I figure out how to run the NHL streams and MLB streams from Reddit through that Roku, it won't be long.

posted by grum@work at 11:20 PM on December 26

I cut cable a few years ago and haven't looked back. Get yourself a firestick and install Kodi. There are numerous add-ons to install to Kodi which will allow you to watch live TV. I think I have one of the best IPTV subscriptions which allows you to watch every live TV channel available and it also offers the Red Zone channel, MLB At-Bat, NBA TV and NHL Center Ice.

posted by BornIcon at 02:33 PM on December 27

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