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My goal is to have 3 tvs in my mancave. Im trying to avoid paying for a cable box subscription on all 3. I will have one tv with a paid cable box. Can I then on other 2 tvs have them be connected to an amazon firestick in which i download say espn.then basically using the tv anywhere credentials access espn on these 2 tvs? Would this work? Also with apple tv for espn app which i believe is free.
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My goal is to have 3 tvs in my mancave. Im trying to avoid paying for a cable box subscription on all 3. I will have one tv with a paid cable box. Can I then on other 2 tvs have them be connected to an amazon firestick in which i download say espn.then basically using the tv anywhere credentials access espn on these 2 tvs? Would this work? Also with apple tv for espn app which i believe is free.
It will work on ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and perhaps some others. Will not get you programs from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC. If your cable provider is Spectrum you can use a Spectrum app on a Roku device for all of your Spectrum channels. I don't think the Spectrum app is available for an Amazon Fire Stick at this time.
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It will work on ESPN, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, and perhaps some others. Will not get you programs from ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC. If your cable provider is Spectrum you can use a Spectrum app on a Roku device for all of your Spectrum channels. I don't think the Spectrum app is available for an Amazon Fire Stick at this time.
My cable program is Verizon Fios. I think on the firestick it allows you to stream whats on your phone right? so i guess if there was a football game say on CBS i could play it on my fios app on phone but stream it through the firestick?

Also in regards to Apple. The ESPN app is free on there I believe? I like the apple feature with regards to having the multicast option where you can stream 4 games at once in quadrants. I guess that would be another option but I guess if I went Apple over the firestick then I would only be getting the ESPN channels free
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My cable program is Verizon Fios. I think on the firestick it allows you to stream whats on your phone right? so i guess if there was a football game say on CBS i could play it on my fios app on phone but stream it through the firestick?

Also in regards to Apple. The ESPN app is free on there I believe? I like the apple feature with regards to having the multicast option where you can stream 4 games at once in quadrants. I guess that would be another option but I guess if I went Apple over the firestick then I would only be getting the ESPN channels free
Streaming what is on your phone to a fire stick depends on the phone. I believe android phones work but google pixel phones do not. As long as you sign in with your provider the NBC Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports apps all work with a fire stick and are free. There is also a CBS sports app but I am not sure you can stream games with it.
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Streaming what is on your phone to a fire stick depends on the phone. I believe android phones work but google pixel phones do not. As long as you sign in with your provider the NBC Sports, ESPN, and Fox Sports apps all work with a fire stick and are free. There is also a CBS sports app but I am not sure you can stream games with it.
I just checked. You can sign in with your provider and watch games on the CBS sports app just like Fox Sports and NBC Sports.
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My goal is to have 3 tvs in my mancave. Im trying to avoid paying for a cable box subscription on all 3. I will have one tv with a paid cable box. Can I then on other 2 tvs have them be connected to an amazon firestick in which i download say espn.then basically using the tv anywhere credentials access espn on these 2 tvs? Would this work? Also with apple tv for espn app which i believe is free.
FWIW, I have 3 TVs mounted on one wall in my basement, and a fourth (small) one on the other side of the room, on the counter next to the fridge. I run all 3 "sources" through HDMI repeaters, and then from the repeater I run them to the TV and one Receiver in parallel. Then I change the audio for which game is playing through my speakers by changing the input on the receiver, while the video keeps on playing on all 3, unaffected.

Have you looked into/considered CableCard? Full cable package on every tv... independently controllable, and no (or minimal) hardware rental... I use the HDHomeRun View software (with HDHomeRun Prime hardware) and prefer NVidia Shields as endpoint devices, but theres all kinds of hardware+software solutions out there that can grab a tuned signal on your network and display it on a TV.

With comcast the first cablecard is "free". I pay $8 a month for the second one, because I want access to 6 tuners (3-tuners each on the older models of HDHomeRun Prime's I own). That's my only hardware rental fee...

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My goal is to have 3 tvs in my mancave. Im trying to avoid paying for a cable box subscription on all 3. I will have one tv with a paid cable box. Can I then on other 2 tvs have them be connected to an amazon firestick in which i download say espn.then basically using the tv anywhere credentials access espn on these 2 tvs? Would this work? Also with apple tv for espn app which i believe is free.
if you are anywhere near a big city grab an antenna (or 2) and supplement the fire stick with ota.. i do this on a bedroom set .. it keeps me pretty happy..

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If you have Dishnetwork as a provider, they offer a Dish anywhere app. You basically can access your Dish receiver on your computer or phone with full use of all functions. I have not tried it, but the Fire TV has a built in browser, so you may be able to use it. If not, you can hook an old computer or laptop to those TVs.
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