Please help me find the best hardware and streaming service to watch two football games at the same sitting. Currently with my DirecTV and it’s Doubleplay feature I can easily tune in around 1:30 pm and start watching two 1pm games, flipping back and forth between them, skipping all commercials. I want to cut the cord from DTV. Will any streaming services or hardware offer two live buffers like that?
I currently also have a HD Homerun Quattro, Apple TV 4K, and LG C8, a Plex DVR setup, and great OTA reception. I want to add a streaming service with access to Non OTA NFL and ESPN College games as well.
TBH I don’t think the technology for what I want exists... yet. Please prove me wrong.
Preface/forward - I have a feeling what I'm about to describe isn't actually what you want or are looking for, but *just in case*, and in part because you mentioned the HDHR Quatro... this topic is near and dear to my heart. If you were to roll waaay back in time to my very earliest posting history on this site, I found this website and started posting for guidance, because I was trying to build a basement system that would let me watch multiple football games at the same time. But I'll avoid the reminiscing and just cut straight to the chase with what I do now and how it works:
1. I use Comcast. Old-fashioned cable tv. I'm the opposite of a cord-cutter. I'm a cord-chugger.
2. I don't rent cable boxes. I rent cablecards (with comcast, the first cablecard is free; the second one costs me about $8 a month I think).
3. I plug these two cable cards into the back of two HDHomeRun Primes, which are little stand-alone boxes that I bought outright several years ago (~$100ish each; no rental fees). Each HDHR Prime can tune 3 channels at the same time off on Cablecard, and then puts that "tuner" on my network to be grabbed via any number of software solutions (I use Plex and HDHomeRun's own "View" app, mostly, but in the past I've run other software like Kodi PVR plug-ins, Windows Media Center, etc etc).
4. I own hardware (no rental fees) like several NVidia Shields, one Google Nexus Player, one AppleTV, a couple Windows PCs, and mobile phones and tablets, that are able to run said software and access these tuners.
5. I have three HDTV's wall-mounted all on one wall in my basement. One 58" plasma on the right, two 40" LCDs to the left one above the other, such that the "middle" of the two LCDs aligns with the midpoint of the Plasma. I have two NVidia Shields and one Win10 Desktop in a rack in another room (other side of the wall) all running software that can grab one of those (buffered/DVR'd) tuners. I put each source through an HDMI splitter so that the video goes straight to the TV and the Audio goes straight to an AVR; and I can therefore change the "audio" for which game is playing with sound by changing the input on the AVR, while the picture for all 3 TVs keeps streaming.
6. I also have a small (26") LCD display on the kitchen counter over next to the fridge, with an NVidia Shield hanging off it. It grabs a tuner too (that's 4 out of 6; leaving two for whatever else someone else in the house might want them for).
With a valid comcast subscription I can then sign in to the Comcast XFinity app, ESPN 3, BTN Network, etc etc etc, if I want to, for an additional game on a tablet or laptop (although I usually don't). Those mobile devices can also run HDHomeRun View if I want to grab a 5th or 6th tuner...
And my monthly cable bill honestly isn't all that bad... I pay for channels (which I get a lot of and put to good use, IMO) and internet speeds (which are very fast), and I have almost zero hardware rental fees because I bought pretty much all my hardware.
I do a lot more "A/V" stuff now, that has nothing to do with the above, but I do it in large part because of things I came across on this website.... but it all started because I was trying to figure out the best way to display multiple football games simultaneously in my basement. And the above is what I came up with...