Who here has made the switch to Google Fiber?

Xfinity was down for a couple of hours last week b/c Comcast was upgrading their system in our neighborhood.

We havent switched b/c we did not trust You Tube for tv/streaming. What do you all do for that, and how has it worked.

1 Like

We use FUBO and works well. Has both P12 and P12 Mountain.

1 Like

I have YouTubeTV at two houses and have never had a problem. Like it very much. And pleasantly discovered I can use the same account at both homes.

1 Like

Anyone having challenges with SLING on 2 TV’s at the aame time?
We discovered during the last game that we had to pick 1 TV. We have the Orange package & Blue package plus the sports package.
Didnt happen before.
Scanning online seems there’s a bunch of different selection instructions.
Confusing.

We’ve not tried it with 2 tvs, but yes, I’ve been having troubles with the App. Not sure how to describe it. During the last game, it kept wanting to show the NCSU/TT game. I’d have to shut it down, and restart app, and tell it to show the Utah game. Had to use the guide in the app do so. Then at the predicted end of game it just shut down, I had to restart again.

A touch irritating to put it mildly.

We also switched to FUBO when google ended its TV setup. Honestly haven’t missed it. I get all my live broadcasts and PAC-12 network and best of all it’s super portable. I pay for up to 10 screens at once and have the sports package and it’s still 1/2 the cost of Comcast. When the PAC-network dies I don’t know that Od change because it’s been solid and reliable. Does seem to work better on my Roku and chrome cast than on the Apple TV box (which downgrades the picture quality a lot) but that might be Apple and it might be the location. I’ll have to find time and energy to experiment

Of all the various streaming services I’ve tried, FUBO is the best for sports fans for sure. Unfortunately it is on the more expensive range too, but I guess you get what you pay for.

1 Like

I just subscribed to Sling this last weekend (Orange+Sports Extra) and noticed it explicitly said that I would have access to only one stream. You supposedly have access to 3 concurrent streams on Sling Blue, and four, if you have both.

I’m not very happy with the changes they made to the way they manage the different subscriptions this year. I don’t watch much TV and only subscribe to a service during the college football season. I used to be able subscribe to blue, or orange, and sports extra package to get access to the PAC 12. I’d switch back and forth between orange and blue to be able to have access to whatever network the Utes were streaming on at the time. The didn’t used to limit the number of concurrent streams. After discovering this, I looked around, but didn’t see any better options.

I’m an unusual customer. For the way I watch TV, I’d be thrilled if I had a pay per view option for the few things I want access to.

The Same happened to us.
I read one of the chat forums online that you need to have a Roku TV (or Roku device added to your TV) to make it easier. Also that Sling TV was actually purchased by Direct TV. So, we’re basically watching DirecTV, but through a different portal…?
Maybe @RockerUte or someone else can explain that.

Having used Sling, FUBO and YTTV, here is my quick synopsis:

Sling - has PAC 12 but not local channels. Lowest price
FUBO - Doesn’t have TNT, TBS so not good for March madness or NBA playoffs
YTTV - no PAC 12

So nobody has the package I want, so I end up switching around.

2 Likes

It’s Dish not DirecTV. DirecTV has their own version of it. At least with Sling we can watch PAC12 networks, and it’s month to month. Maybe we’ll look at Roku soon. The Chromecast can be finicky I s’pose.

Separate from that - and not to steal the thread - we switched to Google Fiber about 6 months ago and for the most part we’re happy but every now and then it seems like the TV stalls, or the service isn’t quite up to the gigs they promised. But we’re happy with the switch for the savings of money

1 Like

I’m waiting for it’s equivalent here in our part of NC. Google Fiber is in the Triangle. Sadly that’s too far west for us. Supposedly our local ISP is upgrading. I hope so. More stability would be good.

It’s basically the ESPN channels that you can only watch on one device at a time. I guess maybe the Disney channels too, but we never watch them.

I can confidently say from much experience, that having one device permanently being on Hallmark or Lifetime does not limit what you can watch on other devices.

1 Like

Just for the record, I think Sling made this change at least a year ago as to how many TVs to which you can stream. Orange allows for one stream, Blue up to three. And of course the sports package that includes PAC-12 TV is an add’l charge. We ran into this same problem trying to stream Sling in my brother’s media room that had a couple of TVs so you could watch multiple games.

I actually keep hoping that Apple will come out with the solution to all of this. They’ve got the ability, the power and the devices to make it really easy.

2 Likes

If you are happy with Xfinity or anything else, don’t change. We switched to Google about 6 months ago. Today is their THIRD visit to our house in that time because as of this morning, we are getting 13 Mbps down and 16 up. We have the highest plan and most powerful router they offer. As of now, I wouldn’t recommend them to anyone. I had Xfinity for 15 years and the only time they came out is if we bought something from them they needed to install (camera, etc.).

1 Like

I wish it wasnt 3 times more expensive

Generally when I notice a slowing with my Xfinity service, it is because of a firmware update to the router (or one to my office router). Usually all it takes is unplugging the power from the router, counting to 30, then plugging it back into the power to fix it. Had the same with Centurylink.

My guess is you already tried this and was unsuccessful. Posting in case you hadn’t tried this yet.

I’m so tempted to switch to Google Fiber mostly to send Xfinity a big FU. I watched some workers bury fiber down the street (but not into my HOA, hrm) this summer but apparently the whole south east part of Sandy is still “Upcoming” on Google Fiber’s map. Still waiting.

The thing is, I tried many ISPs since the dark dial-up days of the Internet, and Xfinity has been the most stable of them all. I think a lot of it has to do with my location, the infrastructure may be newer and more robust. Early on I had trouble getting stable high speed/high definition, but mostly because whoever wired the house had put too many splitters and boosters in the line. I was able to reduce that number a few years ago and haven’t had a problem since.

In the early days of COVID-19 remote work, I found that we needed to upgrade to gigabit networking so that my wife and I could do video conferencing at the same time plus some remote desktop work. I haven’t had a complaint about that – while my coworkers kept losing their audio or complaining the application was dropping connections, I was living the high life on Xfinity HD. It made it possible to do my job efficiently.

Given that, it’s hard for me to justify switching. But I just cut the cord for TV because my bill kept soaring over $200/mo for something we barely used. And then I got the lame high pressure sales tactics to add a cell phone to the plan when I simply wanted to drop the cable TV and get the rates I saw on their own stupid web page. FU Xfinity!

Oh, changing my plan this summer does mean I’m contracted with Xfinity for two years, so I guess I won’t switch until that’s up and my bill starts climbing again. FU Xfinity!

2 Likes

I feel the same way about Xfinity, and felt that way about CenturyLink before.

My problem with Xfinity service was that they very frequently schedule outages after about 12:30 AM, I presume for maintenance, but they assume that no one is using the service then.

My other complaint, is that like most organizations now, you cannot ever speak with someone for service. When there is an outage you listen to an automated assistant telling you that an agent can do nothing for you - we’ll let you know when their service will be back up.

I’m a hopeless insomniac, and as such, for years have nighty listened to podcasts, etc from a small laptop on my nightstand, periodically during the night. If the internet is down for service often, as it was with Xfinity, it’s disruptive to my life. There are lots of technology people out there doing installations and upgrades from home, via internet at all hours of the night, or people who work at home at night. It should no longer be acceptable to shut a service down for hours at night.

They did let me speak with an agent when I cancelled my service, and only then offered me some promotions that would lower my bill close to what it had been prior to the recent price increase. Of course, by then I had gone to the trouble of installing a replacement option, and had no intention of considering them further.

It’s a commodity. I now have two of the three major services physically connected to my home. If I ever need to, I’ll have CenturyLink Fiber run to the home, as long as they do it to my specs. From now on, I’ll plan to change anytime I’m unhappy with my current service. From everything I’ve heard, Google will be better than anything I’ve ever had, so I don’t expect to have to change anytime soon. We shall see…