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Old 08-27-2013, 11:38 AM   #1
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OK guys. Admittedly, I'm a newb and not very technologically advanced.

Here's my dilemma: I want to watch ESPN (specifically Thursday night's game) on my big screen, but I don't have cable.

In previous years, I've just watched on my laptop via frontrow/firstrow etc.

Am I best served by simply running a HDMI cable from my laptop to my tv? What type of pixel quality should I expect? Would I just be better using espn3 and using a charter/comcast username and password from someone else? (I thought espn3 was blacking out a lot of local games now)

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Old 08-27-2013, 01:04 PM   #2
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Yeah HDMI to TV. The quality is going to have more to do with your internet.


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Old 08-27-2013, 01:05 PM   #3
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Also make sure you give it a try with something today or tomorrow...you don't want to be testing it out when its go time


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Old 08-27-2013, 03:25 PM   #4
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Actually the quality will be determined by the resolution of the laptops video card.
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If you use thefristrow don't expect good quality at all. It probably wont look terrible, but don't expect anything near HD.
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:33 PM   #6
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Actually the quality will be determined by the resolution of the laptops video card.
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Not really unless he has a very old/bad video card.

the quality of the stream is what will determine that. And internet speed
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Old 08-27-2013, 06:43 PM   #7
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Go to a bar and watch it?
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Old 08-27-2013, 07:11 PM   #8
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If it's got an HDMI port, it's going to have the necessary resolution...that is a given.
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:23 AM   #9
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firstrow gets you the games. But the quality can be real hit or miss in my experience.
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Even with their desktop app the quality sucks.
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:34 AM   #11
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Go to a bar and watch it?
I've got a 13-yr old son and 2 daughters. Rendevous is right down the road from us... but... well... priorities, I guess.

Thanks for all the help guys. I'll try the HDMI and see how it goes. I might just break down and call some friends for their espn3 log-in info.
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I've got a 13-yr old son and 2 daughters. Rendevous is right down the road from us... but... well... priorities, I guess.

Thanks for all the help guys. I'll try the HDMI and see how it goes. I might just break down and call some friends for their espn3 log-in info.
I would imagine espn 3 will have the best quality
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Old 08-28-2013, 09:44 AM   #13
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If there is an ESPN3 feed you can use, this will be MUCH better than frontrow, etc.......

An ESPN3 feed at its highest quality is probably near DVD quality...... not HD, but MUCH better than frontrow!

Having said all that, ESPN3 WILL NOT be carrying the game Thursday.....

http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_...port/football/
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If there is an ESPN3 feed you can use, this will be MUCH better than frontrow, etc.......

An ESPN3 feed at its highest quality is probably near DVD quality...... not HD, but MUCH better than frontrow!

Having said all that, ESPN3 WILL NOT be carrying the game Thursday.....

http://espn.go.com/watchespn/index/_...port/football/
However it IS available on WatchESPN. In addition to my TV I can watch it on my phone or tablets.
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If you know anyone with dish they could help you out
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If you have windstream internet, you cannot get ESPN3
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