Can Someone Please Answer My Question About Free Sd Streaming

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    [6 GB Plan: Package includes 6.0 GB Plan (streaming package): Package includes 6 GB of high-speed 4G/LTE data. After high-speed data is exhausted data will throttle at a slower speed. Free SD (Standard Definition) movie streaming is allow on A&E, Amazon Video, Baeble Music, Crackle, CuriosityStream, Crunchyroll, DirecTV, Discovery GO, Encore, ESNE, ESPN, Fandor, FilmOn TV, Fox Business, Fox News, Fox Sports, Fox Sports GO, fubo TV, FYI, Go90, Google Play Movies, Great Big Story, HBO GO, HBO NOW, History, Hulu, Kidoodle TV, Kiswe, KlowdTV, Lifetime, Lifetime Movie Club, Ligonier Ministries, Major League Baseball, MiKandi, Movieplex, NBC, NBC Sports, Netflix, Newsy, Noggin, ODK Media, Playstation Vue, Qello Concerts, Qkids, Radio Disney, Red Bull TV, Showtime, Showtime Anytime, Sling Box, Sling TV, Spotify, Starz, Tennis Channel Everywhere, Tidal, Toon Goggles, T-Mobile TV, Univision, Univision Deportes, Univision Noticias, Univision NOW, Ustream, Vessel, Vevo, VUDU, WWE Network, YouTube, YouTube Kids, YouTube Music. Movie streaming on authorized channels does not consume data plan. If HD (High Definition) is used it will count towards their data plan. Free music streaming is included. Sling not available in Puerto Rico.]

    Can someone please explain to me if the Free SD streaming means if Nascar comes on Fox Sports or ESPN and we can't catch it on our air channel TV....that with the above 6GB plan on my Internet service we could watch the Nascar race on my laptop?
     
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    I am familiar with Sling, but the streaming package looks like an offer from an Internet provider. Some of the cellular providers are again offering unlimited data, which is what we had through Verizon for years until they finally cranked the price up to a point where we started to look elsewhere. We were able to use our Verizon hotspot as an ISP, powering a few Rokus as well as our computers. Verizon quit offering unlimited (we were grandfathered), but now some of the other cellular providers are offering what they call unlimited but, like what you posted above, it throttles to a slower speed after a specific amount of data is used so, in that sense, it's not really unlimited.

    What I'm not understanding is the Sling package. Is that being offered by your cellular provider too? If so, you could use your cellular hotspot to power your computer, your television, or whatever you wanted to watch it on.
     
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    http://basicaccess.com/internet/products/

    It's this @Ken Anderson. And it is for my Internet and the Hot Spot I have. We don't have cable or dish but if I'm understanding the middle package deal right...I will be able to stream Fox sports and Espn, etc. without it cutting into my data limits?

    I don't know all this computer lingo Ken. But this is the Internet provider I started with and now they are offerning higher packages which is still for us lower priced than regular Internet providers.
     
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    When I try to open your link, @Babs Hunt , it just goes to a bunch of gobbledegook, and not the information you are showing us.
     
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    http://basicaccess.com/internet/
    Try this one Yvonne. The other one opens for me when I click on it so I don't know what is going on.
     
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    This one opens fine; so I do not know why the other one doesn't work for me; but I tried it several times and it did the same thing every time, so it wasn't just a glitch.
    Anyway, I looked at the page that you sent, and the unlimited plan does look like you can stream music and movies; and if it includes everything on the list you copied, then you could probably watch anything that is on the list. The question would be whether you also need a subscription for a channel to watch it.
    As an example, Netflix, Hulu, and HBO GO are all on the list; but you can't watch any of those channels unless you also have a monthly subscription for them.
    I think this might be similar to how the Roku or Apple TV works, that you have to have the equipment to receive the channels; but you have to be subscribed to some of them in order to watch the channel.
    Also, it looks like you might have to purchase one of their tablets before you can use this.
     
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    It is not the unlimited that I want. The middle $30 per month plus tax is the one I copied my opening post to this thread from and it seems to say I will have that streaming free with this plan too. I am mostly interested in getting the sports channels so my Honey can watch the Nascar races. If you click on the "more" for the $30 plus tax you will see what I copied and pasted to my opening post. I just want to make sure I'm understand that it is free streaming and won't take away from the data plan.
     
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    Yes, I understand that any of them will allow the streaming, but even so, if the channel itself requires a paid subscription to view that channel (like Netflix), then even though you are able to stream channels, you can still only watch ones that you are subscribed to.
    Similar to when you have cable television, even though the cable box can provide all of the channels, you only can watch the ones that are included with your cable package.
    What you need to find out is whether you need a paid subscription to the sports channels to watch those channels, and if not, then you should be able to stream them with the $30 package that includes streaming.
     
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    Thank you Yvonne I will call them and ask this now that I know what to ask. :)
     
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    I just subscribed to CBS...get a free week but it's $6.99 a month or $11.99 a month without commercials.

    Reason for subscribing is that I was binge watching a funny sitcom on Netflix called "Life in Pieces" and they didn't have season 2.

    Season 3 is playing currently right now on Thursday nights..I think after Big Bang Theory.

    So I wanted to watch season 2, if I can see all 20 some episodes in my free trail week, I'll cancel the subscription.

    I hate all the commercials anyway and would rather get the $11.99 a month but after I watch this show, not really interested in anything else.

    I think $11.99 a month is a lot to ask for one crappy channel though...Netflix is cheaper.
     
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    Okay, thanks. I've looked at the ad and I think I understand it. From your initial post, I had thought that they were paying the streaming fees for Sling, Hulu, etc. I don't think that's the case. They're just telling that the plan allows you to stream these channels.

    It might be that they are offering to pay these fees for you as a bonus for signing up with them, but it is not at all clear that this is the case.

    Most cellular providers allow streaming data, but some plans allow such a low amount of data that you'd use it all up quickly, and have to pay exorbitant overage fees if you did much of it. We had looked at a T-Mobile data package several months ago, and even signed up for one that was like the 6GB plan, which was the most they allowed at that time, but we couldn't pick it up from our house as T-Mobile doesn't have good coverage here.

    We have one that is very much like that from US Cellular. The 6GB plan is quite a lot, but not enough to replace our regular ISP account. But we have it for when we're traveling or for when we're getting a bad connection to our regular ISP. But we still have to pay for the pay channels we watch.

    One thing about unlimited data plans is that it usually isn't really unlimited. We had a Verizon unlimited plan that was truly unlimited. Then they started to throttle us, along with their other customers until the feds stepped in and told them they couldn't do that without having made that clear from the beginning. Then they cancelled their unlimited plan, but we were grandfathered into it. That worked well for a while, but they kept raising their rates every year until finally it wasn't worth it anymore.

    I think most smart phones and plans allow you to set your phone up as an Internet hotspot. Once you do that, you can connect your computers, your Kindles, and your televisions to it, but watch your data. On some plans, after you've reached your data limit, they can charge very high overage charges. On the T-Mobile plan, it "looks" like they won't charge you more if you go over the 6GB but that they will throttle your Internet speed.
     
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    This plan will only be for my internet on my laptop @Ken Anderson....and not a Smart phone as we do not have one of those. So I think this is a good plan for us and I will find out more about the free SD streaming once we are on it...which should be next week. This was our Internet plan to begin with only at 4G a month. Now they have added the 6G and free streaming that will not count towards the use of our data limits. What I like most of all is there is no contract to sign and you can cancel anytime you are not satisfied. Also if there is a problem with usage, they will not charge you for the time you couldn't use it.
     
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