TD Riggo

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About TD Riggo

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  • Redskins Fan Since
    1965
  • Favorite Redskin
    Darrell Green
  • Location
    Van Down By the River
  • Interests
    Snow Skiing
  1. TD Riggo

    Fun With Eli's Drunk Pic

    One of them is Klingon. No?
  2. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    No. Just carefully click all of the small X's to get all of the crap off the screen.
  3. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    I'm only getting Brit crap on the Zunox site. Try this (not sure if HD or SD): http://hdfree.tv/watch/22/washington-redskins-vs-baltimore-ravens.html
  4. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    I got rid of HBO, Showtime, and all the rest .. except for Starz because I watch Encore Westerns a lot .. at least a dozen years ago when boxing got to be so boring (I miss the good old days of Bowe/Holyfield, Tyson/Holyfield, etc) and began to be loaded with nothing but Mexican boxers. But I do still keep DirecTV for NFL-ST and the sports packages. With all of the cord cutting going on, I look forward to when they make it more a la carte. My wife & I honestly only watch about 5-6 channels anymore. TV programming is just awful and it is getting hard to justify the expense, EXCEPT for football!
  5. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    Well, I probably "violate" the terms of agreement, but I use a video capture device and save all of the games to my HTPC for later watching, usually during the long dry spell of offseason. I just feel that I've paid a king's ransom the last 21 years on NFL-ST and DirecTV so I'm going to make it worthwhile, and NO .. I'm not also going to give them another 100 clams to re-watch a game that I already paid for and recorded for my personal use. An HD-PVR will set you back ~$150 and is well worth the price for several years of use. The blackout rules for pre-game, post-game, local shows like "Redskins Nation," etc are just absurd and seemingly random! I also pay year round for the sports package so I can get Comcast Sportsnet (or whatever they call it now) and find it absolutely ridiculous and hilariously ironic that they black out the ENTIRE NATION for a show called "Redskins NATION!" I mean .. what do they show on RN that is so sensitive to the rest of the nation that they have to black it out?! Usually, it's an in-studio interview of a player or coach. Us out-of-market fans sure do get treated like trash, even when we PAY FOR the "right" to watch those shows. And WHY in the name of all that is holy do they black out the post-game show during preseason, but not during regular season?! NONsensical! And while I am on the topic of Comcast: Would everyone please drop a line to Comcast and ask them to GET RID OF Qadry Ismail?! What a CREEPY, ANTI-Redskins jackass he is! I'd much rather have Smoot on those shows even though I can only understand about every tenth word he says!
  6. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    The cricket streams that smooters posted worked for me without an excessive amount of worry for virii. Still, you have to click on the practically invisible x's and not the big X that is obvious (that will open up a popup for a betting site). I started with Link 3 (I think) and it got shut down after about a quarter, so I tried Link 6 and it worked fine the rest of the game. And yeah .. I thought that Flash on websites was supposed to be over about 5 years ago and we were supposed to be almost exclusively HTML5?! It appears that we are every bit as much reliant on crappy Flash as we ever were on most websites. I think that's why Firefox has gotten so unreliable for me .. it's usually the Flash plugin that locks everything up. Sometimes it even crashes the browser.
  7. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    That's what I hate about these streams. Click on the wrong thing and you're downloading a virus. I always just look for the tiny, hidden little x's. (If only the NFL wanted my damn 20 bucks.)
  8. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    Thanks, man. I apparently am no good at searching for these streams anymore.
  9. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    The problem is, the usual techs that DirecTV sends out aren't good enough or willing to spend the time (usually both) to tweak the dish for the best signal on all 5 LNBs to alleviate most instances of rain fade. I know there are some good ones (they post on the DBS, AVS and SS forums all the time), unfortunately none of them live in my area. So, I bought an expensive meter and tweak it and replace parts myself whenever necessary. I understand most people aren't willing to do that. But the result for me is FAR better than the crappy cable in my area! Now .. Since the NFL has left us out of area fans (who they obviously hate since we can't even watch any of the Redskins shows on sports channels that we PAY for) with no other choice to watch preseason games ... does anyone have any links for tonight's game? I'm coming up with bumpkus (even FrontRow isn't available) ..
  10. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    I concur. As I mentioned above, I've subscribed to NFL-ST since 1994. I live in the thunderstorm capitol of the country and I have never missed a minute of a game. Now if football season started in the Summer, then it might be an occasional problem. But the cable companies have beaten that to death and it's ridiculous. I had WAY more problems with cable than a very occasional rain outage with DirecTV that only lasts a couple of minutes and then it's back to crystal clear picture. That's why I fired them 21 years ago and will never go back.
  11. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    Reliability with DirecTV is better (in my experience) than cable. In fact, I fired my cable system back in 1994 and went to the upstart DirecTV (I used to have to pay two bills; one to DirecTV and another to USSB for all of the programming). Another plus was that they had Sunday Ticket. The plus to changing to DTV was that the picture is crystal clear and the outages due to weather are WAY overplayed by cable companies! First, you will only lose signal in the HEAVIEST part of a HEAVY thunderstorm. It may last a few seconds, or a couple of minutes. Generally, the types of storms that will cause rain fade are in the summer time, so by football season you should be good. To tell you how much the cable companies exaggerate, I live in Florida and watched a live PPV movie (had some neighbors over) on DirecTV when Hurricane Floyd was 60 miles off the coast and missed almost none of the movie. I previously wrote about my loathing of installers. But that goes for the installers that the cable company and the phone company sends out, so if you can tolerate them then you should have no problems with DirecTV's installers. I'm just very nitpicky and intolerant to people who have the capability to screw up and drill on my house. As to whether the cable in your house can be used? Only if your house has RG-6 in the walls. Most homes used to be run with RG-59 which is what cable TV installers use. RG-59 cannot carry the proper voltage and bandwidth as RG-6. If you already have RG-6, then they may be able to use it. It also depends on where they have to place the dish and if you have a run to there. If you go with the new(er) 5 tuner "Genie" HD-DVR, then you will need a small box at each TV. There are also wireless boxes available. As to Sirius .. I have subscribed to them since about 2005 just to listen to Sonny and Sam/Cooley. I can sync up my DVRs exactly to the Sirius feed. Sunday Ticket feeds are always about 30-45 seconds AHEAD of Sirius. Just press pause at the first penalty and sync up the refs lip movements (lip sync) to his voice on Sirius. I've been doing this for ten years without fail.
  12. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    That's just stupid! I wonder if they ever considered that many of us pay for NFL-ST and thus have ZERO need to pay for a full season of GamePass, but would spring a few bucks for preseason since they lock us out of market fans out from seeing preseason games? So, I guess I'll just have to go back to hunting for free pirated streams on the innerwebz because that's our only venue. The NFL is just going all to hell!
  13. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    I've done streams before but usually they are so damn unreliable and often they are crap. Also, by time you actually find one that works and click through 37 screens while being extra careful NOT to click a link that will download a virus, it's halftime. And often, the streams are shut down before the end of the game. IOW .. way too damn frustrating to see maybe a quarter or two in bad quality. That is why I went ahead and paid the 5, 10, 15 bucks the last 2 or 3 seasons to watch the preseason games. But I can't for the life of me find a link for subscribing to JUST the preseason games this year. (Yes, even after they billed me three times for one package last year and I had to pull my eyeteeth to get the two refunds). Goodell is running a damn clown college!
  14. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    That's why I went ahead and invested in one of these http://www.solidsignal.com/pview.asp?p=AIM&d=AIM-Advanced-Installation-Signal-Meter-for-DIRECTV-Satellite-Dishes-%28AIM%29&sku=610370580820&q=meter last year. The buffoons that DirecTV sends made me go ahead and bite the bullet. There ARE cheaper meters that would do fine, and you can sometimes find slightly used ones on eBay, but this one is the best and makes the isntall extremely fast and easy to get MAX signal strength. You can also use the on screen meters from the DVR and come pretty close, but it's not possible if you don't have line of sight with a TV when you're on the roof. Up until my first HD DVR and dish install about 9 years ago, I installed all of my equipment and dishes. That was the first time a "professional" was "required" to do an install, and shall be the LAST time. It's not hard to do it all yourself, but you have to learn what to do and how to do it properly, and the results will be superior. It has gotten more complicated with SWM and all, but it's still not that difficult.
  15. TD Riggo

    Annual "Where Do I Watch Games Thread"

    Does anyone understand/know what the hell the NFL is doing with the streaming of preseason games this year? I usually sign up about this time, but all I can find is crap about the whole season. https://www.nfl.com/gamepass I don't need the whole season because I pay a buttload for NFL-ST. Honestly, they should throw in preseason games for what they charge us for NFL-ST every year!