Hi folks - I’m considering adding streaming video to my current old-fangled TV setup. The title for this OP shot my wad on knowledge about this stuff. So … I’m looking for advice / experience. It’s easy to Google up a lot of marketing materials that are selling so hard they leave out all the facts and all the background info that everyone (except me) already knows. Maybe y’all can help.
I have a non-smart HDTV connected to Comcast’s DVR connected to Comcast’s XFinity cable video service. I don’t actually use any of the Xfinity magical VOD stuff; I just watch the cable channels in my basic cable subscription using my old-fashioned DVR remote festooned with buttons. Only about 4 of which buttons I actually use. I watch 99% of my stuff timeshifted so I can skip the commercials. The TV has 2 unused HDMI inputs and one USB port although I don’t know the capabilities of the USB port.
I also have Comcast supplying my internet service over the same cable. Because I live in a condo building I’m stuck with Comcast for both internet & for the basic cable subscription. I don’t object to them, but it does mean I can’t switch to another ISP, nor cancel the cable TV part of their mandatory bundle to save a few bucks.
I watch sports, including non-US sports, documentaries, travel, & cooking. I have zero interest in movies, the hot new must-watch whatevers, and cannot imagine what degraded state of humanity thinks binge watching anything is desirable.
I don’t have, and don’t want, any kind of “smart speaker” interface to automate my life by giving it to Google or Amazon. This may not be relevant, but I don’t have, and really don’t want, an Amazon Prime subscription, but am willing to be persuaded otherwise.
I am interested in learning more about what streaming data sources are out there, specifically for sports, with some curiosity for things like Hulu (?) so I can watch some vintage TV for the nostalgia value. I’m clueless about the whole rest of the universe of stuff that may be out there that I might be interested in if I knew it existed.
The specific reason I’m considering getting something like this now is that MLB.TV is available for free to T-Mobile phone subscribers like myself. Which is great if you have a streaming rig to watch it on. “Watching TV” on my phones, tablets, or PCs is right out; If I’m gonna passively watch something it’ll be on a big TV.
So now I need to understand what device(s) I’d need to buy, what subscription(s) I’d be stuck signing up for, etc.
Anyone who’d care to educate, tell me what works for you, tell me what to avoid, etc. would be much appreciated.