Originally Posted by snidely
You are wrong - at least YTTV allows three streams AND you can use them (at least two of them) in two different locations at the same time. YTTV is our only service in Oakland, and my wife uses it at the same time in Miami. We have done this numerous times since we subscribed a year ago. It will record any programs you have set up when you were in your home area on your local channels. When in Miami, we get the local Miami channels along with all the other "cable" channels.
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your YouTube TV membership comes with 6 accounts to share with roommates or family members in your household. (Ages 13 and up.) Everyone gets their own login and personal DVR library. Up to 3 simultaneous streams are allowed per membership.
One question is how they determine that you are a household. I would guess that if any account is used all the time
far away from your listed home addresses, they could notice, investigate, and attempt to retroactively charge you for such sharing, for as long as you have had that account.
Also, if you use the SAME account simultaneously (the stated is that each person will have a separate account), that might be a clue that you were cheating.
Will they ever do these things? I have no idea.
I suppose you could get clever, and occasionally use every account from the home address, being careful that it isn't used twice at different locations that are too far away for reasonable travel time.
But remember - if you watch through a cell phone, and don't block the camera, or let your voice be heard through a microphone, or make a phone call, they can identify you that way. If you type on a keyboard - typing rhythms are individual characteristics too. So are a number of other things. So they might realize you were using both accounts.
What it boils down to is that if you cheat, or even look like you might be cheating, they could try to do something. Is that paranoia? Of course it is, but occasionally paranoia is right. These companies know that account sharing is a big potential income loss, and from an economic perspective, they SHOULD
be doing things to prevent it.
They probably assume some illicit sharing will occur, and charge accordingly. I wish they would instead charge less for watching tied to a single specific device, so I could get a discount as an honest sole user.
I have thought about advertising for co-sharers through craigslist, to share costs, or wherever - but that would be a really, really obvious sign of intention to cheat.
It was so much simpler when most TV was advertiser-paid, or guilt-paid (i.e., contributions solicited, by religious organizations and PBS affiliates). Then all watching was completely legit.