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moderated Re: bank on line bill pay

 

On Fri, Jul 29, 2022 at 12:21 PM, Tyler Wood wrote:
I Personally will never go back to paper as long as I am able.
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Same here, and for many of the same reasons you've mentioned, but accessibility not being one of them in my specific case.

I have never been so happy as when I can eliminate paper of any kind and use e-delivery whether that's for bills, statements, etc., etc., etc.  And in the case of e-delivery for bills, all I've ever encountered are either accessible in the preview mode supported by the online bill pay at the bank (or bill-paying site) or you can download the PDF equivalent of a paper statement, which is by its very nature more accessible as soon as it hits your computer than paper ever can be.   OCR is almost miraculously accurate these days, but it's still a step that can be avoided in a lot of cases.

Medical bills are one of the very few types that I still receive in paper form and with no option for e-delivery.  Most of those do either give you an online payment portal to go to where they can be paid via credit card and/or a QR code that will take you straight to the portal, with all information related to the bill already filled in and ready to go, where all you do is enter the payment information for that transaction.

I'm really coming to love mobile banking and its related analogs and just due to exactly when all these mobile apps came into being, accessibility is far more reliably "baked in" than it is for a lot of websites of older vintage (or even newer vintage where accessibility was just not considered though that's becoming somewhat less common).
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moderated Re: bank on line bill pay

Lori Lynn
 

I currently use a small bank in Iowa, but I've done the same thing with a larger bank when I was paying my Aunt's bills. I type in the name of the payer, their address and phone, and account number. Once it has been entered it stays on the banks page. Then when I get a bill that I need to pay I enter the amount and select pay. Some of the payments my bank sends electronically, but others they print out a paper check and mail it. I decide what bills are paid this way and when. It's extremely easy and I don't have to get assistance from anyone during the process.

Lori Lynn

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From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Van Lant, Robin via groups.io
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2022 1:46 PM
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Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

Late to the party here, but have a question on bill pay. I was thinking of trying this with my bank. Till now, I either set up recurring payments directly with the vendor or handle the bill as it comes in. I was thinking about trying this for doctor's bills and such that come in periodically by mail. So, if I set up my doctor as a payee, what do you do to tell the doctor what the payment is for, especially if multiple family members are at the same doctor? I mean, I'd think they could figure it out, but the paper bills always have the portion you tear off and you are supposed to write the invoice or account number on the check you send in. So, have any of you paid a paper bill this way with online bill pay? Do you have AIRA or OCR software read you the information to populate the payee information on your bank's site? Then, Is there a way you notate what that payment is for when you press the Go button to pay? Just wondering if this would be easier than waiting for someone sighted to help me with paper bills. I don't get a lot, as many offices are going to online portals for payment.

Robin
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I find it very convenient to set up as many of my bills for auto pay as I can on the condition that I be notified of the bill in advance of when it is paid. If they won't notify me in advance then I don't use auto pay for that biller.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 5:59 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 05:31 PM, T. Civitello wrote:

Now the bills will go directly to your bank and they will send
payment to the payee and you are cut out of the loop till the end of
the month when you get a list on your monthly statement. Are all
banks now using this system?

-
No, and even those that do (one of mine does) give you the option to
use automatic payment (where they just pay whatever comes in) or to
follow the usual protocol where they notify you a bill has arrived,
and you must log in to pay it.

This is being driven as much by many billers as the banks. They've
found that payments often "slip through the cracks" when customers
have to log in to multiple sites to even see their bills then either
pay them from there or log out and then log in to their bank to pay them.

It's really quite convenient to centralize all bill paying in one
place and to have all of your electronic bills show up in your bank's
bill payer. You still choose whether payment is automatic or you must
authorize. It actually peeves me that one, and only one, of my
utility bills refuses to set up such that the bill goes to my bill
payer and I get notified that it's there for me to pay. I don't know
of a single bank that does "enforced automatic" or they'd lose
customers, as people could easily be bouncing the equivalent of checks
left and right if making payments is contingent on actual cash flow
(and it very often is). Many don't have tons of cash lying about in
their bank accounts that serves as a cushion and where no bill would
be larger than that cushion.
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moderated Re: bank on line bill pay

Bill White
 

I have to receive paper bills, because I still need them to show Housing and the Social Security Administration. If I receive the paper bill in the mail, I don't need to go through the trouble of printing all my bills and statements when it comes time to verify with the government.

Bill White

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-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Friday, July 29, 2022 9:35 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

I agree with you, unfortunately not everyone else does, I just got a
bill from a local hospital that wanted me to pay online but their
payment portal wasn't friendly to my screen reader so I couldn't use it
and had to tell them to send me a paper bill.

Gene...


On 7/29/2022 12:21 PM, Tyler Wood wrote:
Hi,

I Personally will never go back to paper as long as I am able. Such an
inconvenient process, though your mileage may vary of course. Normally
it also has accessibility barriers in some form or another for those of
us who can’t read or fully write print.

Having the ability to simply read a bill directly via phone or computer
without the issues of scanning a document, to pay that bill
electronically without having to go through the process of writing a
check (assistance usually required). I can budget via excel spreadsheets
and have everything written down as far as when each bill is due, when
it will be automatically withdrawn.

*From:* main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> *On Behalf Of *T. Civitello
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 5:33 PM
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

Under the former system each bill paid said it was paid electronically.
Oh well back to writing and mailing checks. Tom

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*Sent:*Thursday, July 28, 2022 3:25 PM

*To:*main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>

*Subject:*Re: bank on line bill pay

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 06:10 PM, T. Civitello wrote:

Citi bank is now forcing me to the system where the bills go
directly to the bank. My bills come to me by mail and that is the way

I want it to remain. Tom

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You're mixing two different issues.

If your bank is insisting on going to all electronic delivery, and you
don't want that, then you are going to have to change banks.

What's going on now in the billing world is very analogous to what went
on decades ago with regard to direct deposit. Billers and banks both
want to minimize paper and the possibility of bills getting lost,
misdirected, or "slipping through the cracks" as they can whether via
the mail or once they've arrived at an individual's home. What's
interesting is that most government services, such as water/sewer/trash
where I live, cannot be billed electronically, though you can pay them
via a bank bill payer but the payment is actually cut by check.

Eventually, paper bills will be a thing of the past. But you have
plenty of other options for banking. Your bank (whatever it may be)
sets its policies and those policies may drive you away as a customer.
That's certainly been true for me in the past.
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moderated Re: bank on line bill pay

Gene Warner
 

If there isn't an account number, I put the statement date or invoice number in the memo field. That usually works. I use convenient OCR in JAWS or Open Book to OCR the paper bills.

Gene...

On 7/29/2022 2:45 PM, Van Lant, Robin via groups.io wrote:
Late to the party here, but have a question on bill pay. I was thinking of trying this with my bank. Till now, I either set up recurring payments directly with the vendor or handle the bill as it comes in. I was thinking about trying this for doctor's bills and such that come in periodically by mail. So, if I set up my doctor as a payee, what do you do to tell the doctor what the payment is for, especially if multiple family members are at the same doctor? I mean, I'd think they could figure it out, but the paper bills always have the portion you tear off and you are supposed to write the invoice or account number on the check you send in. So, have any of you paid a paper bill this way with online bill pay? Do you have AIRA or OCR software read you the information to populate the payee information on your bank's site? Then, Is there a way you notate what that payment is for when you press the Go button to pay? Just wondering if this would be easier than waiting for someone sighted to help me with paper bills. I don't get a lot, as many offices are going to online portals for payment.
Robin
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I find it very convenient to set up as many of my bills for auto pay as I can on the condition that I be notified of the bill in advance of when it is paid. If they won't notify me in advance then I don't use auto pay for that biller.
Gene...
On 7/28/2022 5:59 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 05:31 PM, T. Civitello wrote:

Now the bills will go directly to your bank and they will send
payment to the payee and you are cut out of the loop till the end of
the month when you get a list on your monthly statement. Are all
banks now using this system?

-
No, and even those that do (one of mine does) give you the option to
use automatic payment (where they just pay whatever comes in) or to
follow the usual protocol where they notify you a bill has arrived,
and you must log in to pay it.

This is being driven as much by many billers as the banks. They've
found that payments often "slip through the cracks" when customers
have to log in to multiple sites to even see their bills then either
pay them from there or log out and then log in to their bank to pay them.

It's really quite convenient to centralize all bill paying in one
place and to have all of your electronic bills show up in your bank's
bill payer. You still choose whether payment is automatic or you must
authorize. It actually peeves me that one, and only one, of my
utility bills refuses to set up such that the bill goes to my bill
payer and I get notified that it's there for me to pay. I don't know
of a single bank that does "enforced automatic" or they'd lose
customers, as people could easily be bouncing the equivalent of checks
left and right if making payments is contingent on actual cash flow
(and it very often is). Many don't have tons of cash lying about in
their bank accounts that serves as a cushion and where no bill would
be larger than that cushion.
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moderated Re: bank on line bill pay

Van Lant, Robin
 

Late to the party here, but have a question on bill pay. I was thinking of trying this with my bank. Till now, I either set up recurring payments directly with the vendor or handle the bill as it comes in. I was thinking about trying this for doctor's bills and such that come in periodically by mail. So, if I set up my doctor as a payee, what do you do to tell the doctor what the payment is for, especially if multiple family members are at the same doctor? I mean, I'd think they could figure it out, but the paper bills always have the portion you tear off and you are supposed to write the invoice or account number on the check you send in. So, have any of you paid a paper bill this way with online bill pay? Do you have AIRA or OCR software read you the information to populate the payee information on your bank's site? Then, Is there a way you notate what that payment is for when you press the Go button to pay? Just wondering if this would be easier than waiting for someone sighted to help me with paper bills. I don't get a lot, as many offices are going to online portals for payment.

Robin
I

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
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To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

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I find it very convenient to set up as many of my bills for auto pay as I can on the condition that I be notified of the bill in advance of when it is paid. If they won't notify me in advance then I don't use auto pay for that biller.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 5:59 PM, Brian Vogel wrote:
On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 05:31 PM, T. Civitello wrote:

Now the bills will go directly to your bank and they will send
payment to the payee and you are cut out of the loop till the end of
the month when you get a list on your monthly statement. Are all
banks now using this system?

-
No, and even those that do (one of mine does) give you the option to
use automatic payment (where they just pay whatever comes in) or to
follow the usual protocol where they notify you a bill has arrived,
and you must log in to pay it.

This is being driven as much by many billers as the banks. They've
found that payments often "slip through the cracks" when customers
have to log in to multiple sites to even see their bills then either
pay them from there or log out and then log in to their bank to pay them.

It's really quite convenient to centralize all bill paying in one
place and to have all of your electronic bills show up in your bank's
bill payer. You still choose whether payment is automatic or you must
authorize. It actually peeves me that one, and only one, of my
utility bills refuses to set up such that the bill goes to my bill
payer and I get notified that it's there for me to pay. I don't know
of a single bank that does "enforced automatic" or they'd lose
customers, as people could easily be bouncing the equivalent of checks
left and right if making payments is contingent on actual cash flow
(and it very often is). Many don't have tons of cash lying about in
their bank accounts that serves as a cushion and where no bill would
be larger than that cushion.
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moderated Re: bank on line bill pay

Gene Warner
 

Chase offers recurring bill payments too. I used it to pay my rent, but then the apartment management decided to set up their own payment portal and will not accept rent payments any other way but through it. I hate it because the payment portal web site isn't accessible, I had to get help from Aira to set it up.

Gene...

On 7/29/2022 12:38 PM, Tyler Wood wrote:
Hi,
I'd really hope this wouldn't be the new trend, either.
That being said, My bank has a list of options and a checkbox for recurring or not recurring as well as what date of the month this should be the case.
I do have this set up for bills which never change from month to month. It's so convenient especially when I have an option set to receive a notification on my Mobile the day before that a bill will be paid (or payment) will be processed. I also get notified the moment money is transferred into or out of any of my accounts, including credit card as it is also through my bank. I was able to catch a recent fraudulent charge on my credit card recently this way almost the second it happened. It was very interesting as several Uber rides were booked, all for $5 or $10 each, all in different locations until an automatic freeze was placed on the card. The notifications were about 45 seconds apart.
Mobile banking is highly recommended here for those who haven't tried.
-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill White
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:52 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay
Hi, Tom. No. Bank of America does not use this system yet, and I hope they don't start. If I wanted recurring payments, I would have signed up for that.
Bill White
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-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of T. Civitello
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 2:31 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay
As I originally started this thread I thought I would try one more question:
My bank switched how they pay your bill. They used to have a list of your
payees, you clicked on the payee you wanted to pay and you were taken to a
dialogue where you entered the amount you wanted to pay. Now the bills
will go directly to your bank and they will send payment to the payee and
you are cut out of the loop till the end of the month when you get a list on
your monthly statement. Are all banks now using this system? Tom
-----Original Message-----
From: Adrian Spratt
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 2:13 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay
This is why it's essential to note all the details on your credit or debit
card when it arrives in the mail.
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From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:51 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay
Before the first agent transferred me to the fraud department they first
closed my debit card and ordered me a new one for which I was charged $5,
then they gave me the direct number to the fraud department.
I used it the following day to dispute the charges and to get them removed.
They never offered to give me the email address to report fraud to.
Gene...
On 7/28/2022 4:23 PM, Adrian Spratt wrote:
I wonder if you first called the number Chase assigns for reporting fraud.
Also, they have a dedicated email address for reporting fraud, which is
how I would have gone about it. An additional benefit, apart from
convenience, is that the email serves as a record of the timeliness of
your filing, which might be helpful in the event fraudulent charges need
to be removed.

Our local Chase branch has people you can talk to when you have problems.
It's an additional layer of support. One woman there now answers my calls
when I dial her directly.

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-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 1:07 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

I beg to differ on Chase's phone support, and that is the reason I am
looking for a new bank. I recently had a problem with fraudulent charges
appearing in my account through my debit card. I called the bank to deal
with the problem, first I was told that my wait time would be 30 minutes,
then 30 minutes or so later that person told me that they couldn't help me
and that I needed to talk to their fraud department, then they transferred
me, I was then told that my wait time would be 50 minutes, I waited and
while I was waiting I played some games on my computer, later I checked
the time and realized that I had been waiting for two and a half hours and
was still waiting for someone to answer the phone. That's not what I call
good customer service!

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 12:54 PM, Adrian Spratt wrote:
If trust is the issue, opening accounts at two banks only doubles the
anxiety. It happens I do have accounts at both Chase and BofA. I find
Chase's website needlessly complicated but manageable, while BofA's is
simpler. However, BofA's phone customer service is terrible, while
Chase's phone and on-location service is good.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kelly
Pierce
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 12:49 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

Why not open accounts at both Chase and Bank of America and then try out
their websites and iPhone apps? After a few months, close the account you
like least.

Kelly



On 7/26/22, Howard Traxler <htraxler7@...> wrote:
I don't seem to trust my (an any other) bank to protect my account.
e issued a paper check to a grand daughter, not of a significant
amount, and she managed to cash it twice; and how many more times
before we caught the problem. As long as the recipient hangs on to
your check, who's to say how many times they can cash it?

Howard


On 7/26/2022 3:05 PM, Larry Thacker Jr. wrote:

Some aps are better than others at this. The Bank of America app
for iOS does a good jog of giving you directions and then
automatically snapping the pic when it’s right. I was surprised to
find that the app for a local bank I’ve been evaluating did this as
well. I am finding a few holes in it, but overall the app and web
site designed by Computer Services Inc. (CSI) seems to work pretty
well. A tell may be that when you go to online banking the web site
address reads yourbankname.mybanking.net. One caveat though, the
security lacks true two-factor authentication. As much as I want
to perf local business over mega corporations that don’t have my
interests at heart, this may ultimately be a deal breaker for me.

*From:* main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> *On Behalf Of
*Brian Vogel
*Sent:* Tuesday, July 26, 2022 2:10 PM
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

On Tue, Jul 26, 2022 at 01:58 PM, Gene Warner wrote:

You have to take pictures of the front and back of the check.

-
Well, yes, as that's how any mobile banking app gets the data
necessary to deposit the check and to have the legally required
images (when the bank processes the checks normally they're
scanned, and images are saved).

When it comes to things like this, it's always easier to enlist
sighted assistance, once, to get a "photo rig" set up for your
smartphone. I've done this on multiple occasions, and not just for
banking apps, so that the phone can be placed on top of the rig
(which is usually a small cardboard box, cut into what amounts to a
small table with an opening large enough for the smartphone's
camera to be able to take photos of items placed "on the floor"
(table top or desk top in reality) beneath the rig. Once set up
this tends to work like a charm for as long as the rig remains viable.
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moderated Re: Paying bills on line: on line:

Gene Warner
 

Yeah, the USA is behind the rest of the world in some many ways that I'm surprised that we aren't considered part of the developing world.

Gene...

On 7/29/2022 12:29 PM, Tyler Wood wrote:
I'm still shocked America doesn't have such a thing as Canada, E-Transfers. I can navigate to my bank, enter someone's email or phone number and have the money sent directly through my bank without needing a third party solution such as the case with the United states. It's quick, easy and I've never had to pay an extra fee to do so.
I use pay pal, but there seems to be an extra fee for literally anything unless you're paying for goods and services. Sending this way means that the person you pay gets the fee deducted from their payout and the person who sends you the money can dispute it at any time. Friends and family, aka similar to E-transfer, incurs a fee of $3 USD (or more!)
I'd still rather have both of these solutions as a posed to paper check. I'd switch banks in a heartbeat if they were required.
-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:54 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Paying bills on line: on line:
Yeah, I read their accessibility statement and was impressed, I am
thinking of going with them for my new bank.
I noticed that TD Bank has an arrangement with Aira such that Aira
assistance is free if you are doing banking chores with them. I wonder
if that means you need Aira to do anything with them or if they are just
as committed to accessibility as Capital One is.
Gene...
On 7/28/2022 5:44 PM, Angel wrote:
One of my banking accounts is with Capital One; which is accessible
using Jaws. The bank makes a point of advertising this. PayPal is a
fine vehicle which can be used to pay friends and family for things.
Lack of adequate security is one of the reasons not to use paper checks
at all. Particularly in view of the fact their security can be so
easily compromised.

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moderated Re: bank on line bill pay

Tyler Wood
 

Hi,
I'd really hope this wouldn't be the new trend, either.
That being said, My bank has a list of options and a checkbox for recurring or not recurring as well as what date of the month this should be the case.
I do have this set up for bills which never change from month to month. It's so convenient especially when I have an option set to receive a notification on my Mobile the day before that a bill will be paid (or payment) will be processed. I also get notified the moment money is transferred into or out of any of my accounts, including credit card as it is also through my bank. I was able to catch a recent fraudulent charge on my credit card recently this way almost the second it happened. It was very interesting as several Uber rides were booked, all for $5 or $10 each, all in different locations until an automatic freeze was placed on the card. The notifications were about 45 seconds apart.
Mobile banking is highly recommended here for those who haven't tried.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bill White
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:52 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

Hi, Tom. No. Bank of America does not use this system yet, and I hope they don't start. If I wanted recurring payments, I would have signed up for that.

Bill White

billwhite92701@...

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io [mailto:main@jfw.groups.io] On Behalf Of T. Civitello
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 2:31 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

As I originally started this thread I thought I would try one more question:
My bank switched how they pay your bill. They used to have a list of your
payees, you clicked on the payee you wanted to pay and you were taken to a
dialogue where you entered the amount you wanted to pay. Now the bills
will go directly to your bank and they will send payment to the payee and
you are cut out of the loop till the end of the month when you get a list on
your monthly statement. Are all banks now using this system? Tom

-----Original Message-----
From: Adrian Spratt
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 2:13 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

This is why it's essential to note all the details on your credit or debit
card when it arrives in the mail.

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-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:51 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

Before the first agent transferred me to the fraud department they first
closed my debit card and ordered me a new one for which I was charged $5,
then they gave me the direct number to the fraud department.

I used it the following day to dispute the charges and to get them removed.

They never offered to give me the email address to report fraud to.

Gene...




On 7/28/2022 4:23 PM, Adrian Spratt wrote:
I wonder if you first called the number Chase assigns for reporting fraud.
Also, they have a dedicated email address for reporting fraud, which is
how I would have gone about it. An additional benefit, apart from
convenience, is that the email serves as a record of the timeliness of
your filing, which might be helpful in the event fraudulent charges need
to be removed.

Our local Chase branch has people you can talk to when you have problems.
It's an additional layer of support. One woman there now answers my calls
when I dial her directly.

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-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 1:07 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

I beg to differ on Chase's phone support, and that is the reason I am
looking for a new bank. I recently had a problem with fraudulent charges
appearing in my account through my debit card. I called the bank to deal
with the problem, first I was told that my wait time would be 30 minutes,
then 30 minutes or so later that person told me that they couldn't help me
and that I needed to talk to their fraud department, then they transferred
me, I was then told that my wait time would be 50 minutes, I waited and
while I was waiting I played some games on my computer, later I checked
the time and realized that I had been waiting for two and a half hours and
was still waiting for someone to answer the phone. That's not what I call
good customer service!

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 12:54 PM, Adrian Spratt wrote:
If trust is the issue, opening accounts at two banks only doubles the
anxiety. It happens I do have accounts at both Chase and BofA. I find
Chase's website needlessly complicated but manageable, while BofA's is
simpler. However, BofA's phone customer service is terrible, while
Chase's phone and on-location service is good.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kelly
Pierce
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 12:49 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

Why not open accounts at both Chase and Bank of America and then try out
their websites and iPhone apps? After a few months, close the account you
like least.

Kelly



On 7/26/22, Howard Traxler <htraxler7@...> wrote:
I don't seem to trust my (an any other) bank to protect my account.
e issued a paper check to a grand daughter, not of a significant
amount, and she managed to cash it twice; and how many more times
before we caught the problem. As long as the recipient hangs on to
your check, who's to say how many times they can cash it?

Howard


On 7/26/2022 3:05 PM, Larry Thacker Jr. wrote:

Some aps are better than others at this. The Bank of America app
for iOS does a good jog of giving you directions and then
automatically snapping the pic when it’s right. I was surprised to
find that the app for a local bank I’ve been evaluating did this as
well. I am finding a few holes in it, but overall the app and web
site designed by Computer Services Inc. (CSI) seems to work pretty
well. A tell may be that when you go to online banking the web site
address reads yourbankname.mybanking.net. One caveat though, the
security lacks true two-factor authentication. As much as I want
to perf local business over mega corporations that don’t have my
interests at heart, this may ultimately be a deal breaker for me.

*From:* main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> *On Behalf Of
*Brian Vogel
*Sent:* Tuesday, July 26, 2022 2:10 PM
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

On Tue, Jul 26, 2022 at 01:58 PM, Gene Warner wrote:

You have to take pictures of the front and back of the check.

-
Well, yes, as that's how any mobile banking app gets the data
necessary to deposit the check and to have the legally required
images (when the bank processes the checks normally they're
scanned, and images are saved).

When it comes to things like this, it's always easier to enlist
sighted assistance, once, to get a "photo rig" set up for your
smartphone. I've done this on multiple occasions, and not just for
banking apps, so that the phone can be placed on top of the rig
(which is usually a small cardboard box, cut into what amounts to a
small table with an opening large enough for the smartphone's
camera to be able to take photos of items placed "on the floor"
(table top or desk top in reality) beneath the rig. Once set up
this tends to work like a charm for as long as the rig remains viable.
--

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moderated Re: bank on line bill pay

Gene Warner
 

I agree with you, unfortunately not everyone else does, I just got a bill from a local hospital that wanted me to pay online but their payment portal wasn't friendly to my screen reader so I couldn't use it and had to tell them to send me a paper bill.

Gene...

On 7/29/2022 12:21 PM, Tyler Wood wrote:
Hi,
I Personally will never go back to paper as long as I am able. Such an inconvenient process, though your mileage may vary of course. Normally it also has accessibility barriers in some form or another for those of us who can’t read or fully write print.
Having the ability to simply read a bill directly via phone or computer without the issues of scanning a document, to pay that bill electronically without having to go through the process of writing a check (assistance usually required). I can budget via excel spreadsheets and have everything written down as far as when each bill is due, when it will be automatically withdrawn.
*From:* main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> *On Behalf Of *T. Civitello
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 5:33 PM
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay
Under the former system each bill paid said it was paid electronically. Oh well back to writing and mailing checks.  Tom
*From:*Brian Vogel <mailto:britechguy@...>
*Sent:*Thursday, July 28, 2022 3:25 PM
*To:*main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Subject:*Re: bank on line bill pay
On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 06:10 PM, T. Civitello wrote:
Citi bank is now forcing me to the system where the bills go
directly to the bank. My bills come to me by mail and that is the way
I want it to remain.  Tom
-
You're mixing two different issues.
If your bank is insisting on going to all electronic delivery, and you don't want that, then you are going to have to change banks.
What's going on now in the billing world is very analogous to what went on decades ago with regard to direct deposit.  Billers and banks both want to minimize paper and the possibility of bills getting lost, misdirected, or "slipping through the cracks" as they can whether via the mail or once they've arrived at an individual's home.  What's interesting is that most government services, such as water/sewer/trash where I live, cannot be billed electronically, though you can pay them via a bank bill payer but the payment is actually cut by check.
Eventually, paper bills will be a thing of the past.  But you have plenty of other options for banking.  Your bank (whatever it may be) sets its policies and those policies may drive you away as a customer. That's certainly been true for me in the past.
--
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moderated Re: Paying bills on line: on line:

Tyler Wood
 

I'm still shocked America doesn't have such a thing as Canada, E-Transfers. I can navigate to my bank, enter someone's email or phone number and have the money sent directly through my bank without needing a third party solution such as the case with the United states. It's quick, easy and I've never had to pay an extra fee to do so.
I use pay pal, but there seems to be an extra fee for literally anything unless you're paying for goods and services. Sending this way means that the person you pay gets the fee deducted from their payout and the person who sends you the money can dispute it at any time. Friends and family, aka similar to E-transfer, incurs a fee of $3 USD (or more!)
I'd still rather have both of these solutions as a posed to paper check. I'd switch banks in a heartbeat if they were required.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:54 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Paying bills on line: on line:

Yeah, I read their accessibility statement and was impressed, I am
thinking of going with them for my new bank.

I noticed that TD Bank has an arrangement with Aira such that Aira
assistance is free if you are doing banking chores with them. I wonder
if that means you need Aira to do anything with them or if they are just
as committed to accessibility as Capital One is.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 5:44 PM, Angel wrote:
One of my banking accounts is with Capital One; which is accessible
using Jaws. The bank makes a point of advertising this. PayPal is a
fine vehicle which can be used to pay friends and family for things.
Lack of adequate security is one of the reasons not to use paper checks
at all. Particularly in view of the fact their security can be so
easily compromised.

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moderated Re: bank on line bill pay

Tyler Wood
 

Hi,

I Personally will never go back to paper as long as I am able. Such an inconvenient process, though your mileage may vary of course. Normally it also has accessibility barriers in some form or another for those of us who can’t read or fully write print.

Having the ability to simply read a bill directly via phone or computer without the issues of scanning a document, to pay that bill electronically without having to go through the process of writing a check (assistance usually required). I can budget via excel spreadsheets and have everything written down as far as when each bill is due, when it will be automatically withdrawn.

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of T. Civitello
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 5:33 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

 

 

Under the former system each bill paid said it was paid electronically. Oh well back to writing and mailing checks.  Tom

 

Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 3:25 PM

Subject: Re: bank on line bill pay

 

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 06:10 PM, T. Civitello wrote:

Citi bank is now forcing me to the system where the bills go directly to the bank. My bills come to me by mail and that is the way

I want it to remain.  Tom

-
You're mixing two different issues.

If your bank is insisting on going to all electronic delivery, and you don't want that, then you are going to have to change banks.

What's going on now in the billing world is very analogous to what went on decades ago with regard to direct deposit.  Billers and banks both want to minimize paper and the possibility of bills getting lost, misdirected, or "slipping through the cracks" as they can whether via the mail or once they've arrived at an individual's home.  What's interesting is that most government services, such as water/sewer/trash where I live, cannot be billed electronically, though you can pay them via a bank bill payer but the payment is actually cut by check.

Eventually, paper bills will be a thing of the past.  But you have plenty of other options for banking.  Your bank (whatever it may be) sets its policies and those policies may drive you away as a customer.  That's certainly been true for me in the past.
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moderated Re: epub books and what to use to read them

Phillip Gross
 

You can now do this with Kindle as well.
Your Kindle can finally read ePub books | PCWorld


moderated Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

Richard B. McDonald
 

Hi Karen!

 

OK.  Well, it sounds to me like you will be trying the Asus.  If and when you do, would you please let us know how it worked and exactly which model you got?

 

Many thanks!

Richard

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Karen Reynolds
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:30 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

Hi Richard,

The tech here suggested the Asus. I don’t know if it is accessible. Perhaps someone else can say? We haven’t ordered ours yet.

 

Karen

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard B. McDonald
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 11:23 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

Hi Karen!

 

Wow, there are a lot of routers listed there!  Might you have a suggestion for one that is “best” and most accessible?  I do need one that is dual band.

 

Thanks!

Richard

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Karen Reynolds
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 9:37 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

You are welcome. I hope you can find one that works.

 

Karen

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard B. McDonald
Sent: Wednesday, July 27, 2022 12:06 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

Thanks Karen!

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Karen Reynolds
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2022 11:39 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

Hi Richard,

Here it is. You may need to choose the service you are getting to see what is compatible with their equipment.

 

https://www.spectrum.net/support/internet/compliant-modems-spectrum-network

 

Karen

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Richard B. McDonald
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2022 11:22 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

Hi Karen!

 

Soon, I am likely to get Spectrum cable Internet in California (Rancho Cucamonga).  I would probably have this same issue.  Could you please reply with the link to the Spectrum website where they list compatible routers?

 

Thanks!

Richard

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Karen Reynolds
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2022 6:40 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

Hi Dave,

We have that same issue with the router that came with Spectrum. The tech who came out suggested the Asus router that they list will work on their website with their equipment. You might want to find out which routers work with their equipment and then find out which one is accessible.

 

Karen

 

 

From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave Durber
Sent: Monday, July 25, 2022 4:09 AM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

Glenn:

 

I forgot to mention, The EE router, does have a web interface but, as I said before, there are buttons which are not standard HTML buttons, which is why JAWS will not recognize them.

 

Dave

 

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2022 9:13 PM

Subject: Re: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

Hi Dave,

I use a Linksys Smart router, but I don't use any Linksys software, I use the web interface, and I find that Internet Explorer works better than the three main browsers for router interface.

Glenn

----- Original Message -----

Sent: Sunday, July 24, 2022 3:08 PM

Subject: Routers which have an interface which is accessible using JAWS

 

Hello everyone:

 

I need to set up port forwarding for a particular purpose. My ISP provider, is EE. The router's interface is mostly accessible. I was able to choose the device from the list, enter the start and end port forwarding addresses but, I could not find the button to press, which saves the new settings. I called EE and explained my problem. EE sent a technician to my home to try and help me set up the port forwarding function, which is when we discovered there were a couple of buttons on the port forwarding page which had been designed as graphics, which of course,no screen reader cannot speak.

 

Now, I am looking for a router, which has an interface, which is accessible using JAWS. Until 2014, when Annie and I moved to the UK, we always had Lynksys routers. Are the modern day Lynksys routers fully accessible using JAWS, if not, can any list members recommend a router, which is accessible, using JAWS.

 

Any suggestions, must contain both make and model numbers.

 

Thank you in anticipation for any and all suggestions.

 

Dave Durberr

 

 


moderated Re: can a headset be plugged into the Roku

K0LNY
 

Hi Gaylen,
I sure don't know why none of these devices come with a headphone jack, for
plugging into speakers, but if you plug in an HDMI to VGA adapter, the
adapter should have a little speaker jack.
I'm sure there isn't much power out of it, I plug mine into a little powered
speaker, a little bluetooth cube that you charge up and can connect either
via eighth inch plug or bluetooth, and obviously by wire for this setup.
I'll bet ear buds would work on it but big headphones might be questionable.
The HDMI to VGA adapter can be found on Amazon for less than 15 dollars, and
although I think they all have an audio out port, make sure to read about it
in the description first.
The adapter is about exactly the size of the Roku, and I just fold them
together and put a twisty around the looped HDMI cable, which makes a cable
loop at the top for carrying or hanging.
The cable on it is about 3 or 4 inches long before folded over.
HTH.
Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gaylen Kapperman" <gkapperman@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 10:03 PM
Subject: can a headset be plugged into the Roku


Glen, can you plug a headset into the Roku instead of a speaker?
Gaylen Kapperman



-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny via
groups.io
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:21 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

It's like a firestick, a small device you plug into your HDMI port and you
plug it in to USB power and it comes with a remote and you connect it to
your WIFI and stream from services like HULU and Netflix and Amazon Prime.
If you have Amazon Prime for shipping, you can stream TV too.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Machise" <jdmachise@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


what is this Roku
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Oh and I almost forgot, Roku has a ton of free streams to play around with.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 8:07 PM, Gene Warner wrote:
I just ordered one from Amazon, I chose the Roku Stream Bar. Since I
can't see it I don't have a TV so all I need are the speakers so the
Stream Bar is perfect for me.

The Stream Bar is a sound bar with a streaming player in it. Sighted
users would then hook it up to their TV via HDMI and they are good to go.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:59 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:
wish you can by a stream box.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Picking your streams is easy, the first thing to do is to decide what
kind of programming you want. That will narrow your choices
significantly. Of course that depends on what kind of TV watcher you
are, I'm very picky about what I'm willing to spend time watching. My
brother on the other hand will watch almost anything that's on.

Since science, nature, and documentaries are my favorite programming,
Curiosity Stream is a natural choice for me. Now I only need to pick one
or two more streams. And since I'm not in any hurry to cut the cord, I'm
giving myself until the end of the year, I have time to make my choices.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:40 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:

Glenn I agree with you, this streaming is to much for me also.
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Glenn / Lenny <mailto:glenn@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:37 PM
*Subject:* CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

We are switching providers here because Sparklight is going to stream
only, and I don't want that.
We do have a couple firesticks, and a Roku, and several streaming
subscriptions, but honestly, deciding what I want to stream is not a
decision I care to put effort into.
I prefer to turn on the TV when I know a show in particular is on, or I
can check my TV guide that comes in my eMail to see what will be on, and
if nothing good is on, I don't mind not watching TV at all.
But when I do watch commercial TV, I use commercial time to read eMails
or go to the wash room, or something else that I need to do around the
house.
But this whole streaming thing of deciding over the thousands of choices
is too much and more than I care to put effort into.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Brian Vogel <mailto:britechguy@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:10 PM
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 07:04 PM, Gene Warner wrote:

I am very seriously considering cutting the cord on cable TV.

-
And if you can get decent high-speed internet service so you can stream,
that's a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

I still have Comcast basic cable (and I do mean basic, and they don't
even make new customers aware the option exists) that costs me $40 per
month but there's no way I want the next step up, which contains tons of
crap I'd never watch, for over $100 per month.

My internet service (all of it) is now handled through the mobile
hotspot feature of the two 5G smartphones in the household. We stream a
ton from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and occasionally from the
various commercial networks if there's something we missed that we want
to see. I have considered cutting the cable cord and with that savings,
if I wanted to burn all of it monthly, I could subscribe to between 6
and 8 streaming services, including PBS Passport, and never look back.

Once you start streaming it's amazing how fast it becomes painful to
have to deal with commercials. I don't miss them one bit!

--

Brian -Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

*Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.
If you’re alive, it isn’t.
* ~ Lauren Bacall











moderated can a headset be plugged into the Roku

Gaylen Kapperman
 

Glen, can you plug a headset into the Roku instead of a speaker?
Gaylen Kapperman

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Glenn / Lenny via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:21 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

It's like a firestick, a small device you plug into your HDMI port and you plug it in to USB power and it comes with a remote and you connect it to your WIFI and stream from services like HULU and Netflix and Amazon Prime.
If you have Amazon Prime for shipping, you can stream TV too.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Machise" <jdmachise@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


what is this Roku
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Oh and I almost forgot, Roku has a ton of free streams to play around with.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 8:07 PM, Gene Warner wrote:
I just ordered one from Amazon, I chose the Roku Stream Bar. Since I
can't see it I don't have a TV so all I need are the speakers so the
Stream Bar is perfect for me.

The Stream Bar is a sound bar with a streaming player in it. Sighted
users would then hook it up to their TV via HDMI and they are good to go.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:59 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:
wish you can by a stream box.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Picking your streams is easy, the first thing to do is to decide what
kind of programming you want. That will narrow your choices
significantly. Of course that depends on what kind of TV watcher you
are, I'm very picky about what I'm willing to spend time watching. My
brother on the other hand will watch almost anything that's on.

Since science, nature, and documentaries are my favorite programming,
Curiosity Stream is a natural choice for me. Now I only need to pick one
or two more streams. And since I'm not in any hurry to cut the cord, I'm
giving myself until the end of the year, I have time to make my choices.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:40 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:

Glenn I agree with you, this streaming is to much for me also.
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Glenn / Lenny <mailto:glenn@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:37 PM
*Subject:* CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

We are switching providers here because Sparklight is going to stream
only, and I don't want that.
We do have a couple firesticks, and a Roku, and several streaming
subscriptions, but honestly, deciding what I want to stream is not a
decision I care to put effort into.
I prefer to turn on the TV when I know a show in particular is on, or I
can check my TV guide that comes in my eMail to see what will be on, and
if nothing good is on, I don't mind not watching TV at all.
But when I do watch commercial TV, I use commercial time to read eMails
or go to the wash room, or something else that I need to do around the
house.
But this whole streaming thing of deciding over the thousands of choices
is too much and more than I care to put effort into.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Brian Vogel <mailto:britechguy@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:10 PM
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 07:04 PM, Gene Warner wrote:

I am very seriously considering cutting the cord on cable TV.

-
And if you can get decent high-speed internet service so you can stream,
that's a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

I still have Comcast basic cable (and I do mean basic, and they don't
even make new customers aware the option exists) that costs me $40 per
month but there's no way I want the next step up, which contains tons of
crap I'd never watch, for over $100 per month.

My internet service (all of it) is now handled through the mobile
hotspot feature of the two 5G smartphones in the household. We stream a
ton from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and occasionally from the
various commercial networks if there's something we missed that we want
to see. I have considered cutting the cable cord and with that savings,
if I wanted to burn all of it monthly, I could subscribe to between 6
and 8 streaming services, including PBS Passport, and never look back.

Once you start streaming it's amazing how fast it becomes painful to
have to deal with commercials. I don't miss them one bit!

--

Brian -Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

*Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.
If you’re alive, it isn’t.
* ~ Lauren Bacall











moderated Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

Joseph Machise
 

thanks

----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn / Lenny" <glenn@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:26 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


I forget now, you hold down a button on the remote and you can toggle the
voice on and off.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Machise" <jdmachise@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:25 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


I don't how do you make it talk.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn / Lenny" <glenn@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:20 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


It's like a firestick, a small device you plug into your HDMI port and you
plug it in to USB power and it comes with a remote and you connect it to
your WIFI and stream from services like HULU and Netflix and Amazon Prime.
If you have Amazon Prime for shipping, you can stream TV too.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Machise" <jdmachise@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


what is this Roku
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Oh and I almost forgot, Roku has a ton of free streams to play around with.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 8:07 PM, Gene Warner wrote:
I just ordered one from Amazon, I chose the Roku Stream Bar. Since I
can't see it I don't have a TV so all I need are the speakers so the
Stream Bar is perfect for me.

The Stream Bar is a sound bar with a streaming player in it. Sighted
users would then hook it up to their TV via HDMI and they are good to go.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:59 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:
wish you can by a stream box.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Picking your streams is easy, the first thing to do is to decide what
kind of programming you want. That will narrow your choices
significantly. Of course that depends on what kind of TV watcher you
are, I'm very picky about what I'm willing to spend time watching. My
brother on the other hand will watch almost anything that's on.

Since science, nature, and documentaries are my favorite programming,
Curiosity Stream is a natural choice for me. Now I only need to pick one
or two more streams. And since I'm not in any hurry to cut the cord, I'm
giving myself until the end of the year, I have time to make my choices.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:40 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:

Glenn I agree with you, this streaming is to much for me also.
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Glenn / Lenny <mailto:glenn@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:37 PM
*Subject:* CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

We are switching providers here because Sparklight is going to stream
only, and I don't want that.
We do have a couple firesticks, and a Roku, and several streaming
subscriptions, but honestly, deciding what I want to stream is not a
decision I care to put effort into.
I prefer to turn on the TV when I know a show in particular is on, or I
can check my TV guide that comes in my eMail to see what will be on, and
if nothing good is on, I don't mind not watching TV at all.
But when I do watch commercial TV, I use commercial time to read eMails
or go to the wash room, or something else that I need to do around the
house.
But this whole streaming thing of deciding over the thousands of choices
is too much and more than I care to put effort into.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Brian Vogel <mailto:britechguy@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:10 PM
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 07:04 PM, Gene Warner wrote:

I am very seriously considering cutting the cord on cable TV.

-
And if you can get decent high-speed internet service so you can stream,
that's a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

I still have Comcast basic cable (and I do mean basic, and they don't
even make new customers aware the option exists) that costs me $40 per
month but there's no way I want the next step up, which contains tons of
crap I'd never watch, for over $100 per month.

My internet service (all of it) is now handled through the mobile
hotspot feature of the two 5G smartphones in the household. We stream a
ton from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and occasionally from the
various commercial networks if there's something we missed that we want
to see. I have considered cutting the cable cord and with that savings,
if I wanted to burn all of it monthly, I could subscribe to between 6
and 8 streaming services, including PBS Passport, and never look back.

Once you start streaming it's amazing how fast it becomes painful to
have to deal with commercials. I don't miss them one bit!

--

Brian -Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

*Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.
If you’re alive, it isn’t.
* ~ Lauren Bacall











moderated Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

Gene Warner
 

That sounds like a neat set up! Since I live is a small one bedroom apartment, I don't really need to carry my entertainment around the place to hear it.

Gene...

On 7/28/2022 8:36 PM, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
My Roku I have plugged into an HDMI to VGA converter, and it has a port for
an eighth inch speaker wire, and I plug it into a small rechargeable
speaker, and I can put my TV in my pocket and carry it around the house.
My firestick won't do that with this adapter, because its HDMI is a male
plug, and the Roku has a female port that fits my HDMI to VGA adapter.
Those adapters are on Amazon for around 15 dollars.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay
I don't have a TV tto plug a stick into.
Gene...
On 7/28/2022 8:25 PM, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
I don't know why they would not make eSpeak available, it is a free open
source TTS, and if folks want it, they should make it a TTS option.
VoiceView on the firestick is good.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:22 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Since I'm such a nice guy, turn your head when you puke, I'll let you
know when my Stream Bar arrives next Tuesday.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 8:18 PM, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
I wish they would use eSpeak, maybe my request sunk in if they are using
it.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:16 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Yeah, I've heard they used E-Speak which is the default voice NVDA comes
with. It isn't very good but it is understandable with some practice. I
didn't like any of the other choices available, most, if not all of them
would have required me to get a HDMI to analog audio converter because
they didn't have audio out. The Stream Bar eliminates that problem.

Gene...

On 7/28/2022 8:09 PM, james hooper wrote:
Only thing I don't like about roqu is the sound quality of their
speech.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:09 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

Oh and I almost forgot, Roku has a ton of free streams to play around
with.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 8:07 PM, Gene Warner wrote:
I just ordered one from Amazon, I chose the Roku Stream Bar. Since I
can't see it I don't have a TV so all I need are the speakers so the
Stream Bar is perfect for me.

The Stream Bar is a sound bar with a streaming player in it. Sighted
users would then hook it up to their TV via HDMI and they are good to
go.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:59 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:
wish you can by a stream box.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Picking your streams is easy, the first thing to do is to decide what
kind of programming you want. That will narrow your choices
significantly. Of course that depends on what kind of TV watcher you
are, I'm very picky about what I'm willing to spend time watching. My
brother on the other hand will watch almost anything that's on.

Since science, nature, and documentaries are my favorite programming,
Curiosity Stream is a natural choice for me. Now I only need to pick
one or two more streams. And since I'm not in any hurry to cut the
cord, I'm giving myself until the end of the year, I have time to make
my choices.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:40 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:

Glenn I agree with you, this streaming is to much for me also.
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Glenn / Lenny <mailto:glenn@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:37 PM
*Subject:* CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

We are switching providers here because Sparklight is going to
stream only, and I don't want that.
We do have a couple firesticks, and a Roku, and several streaming
subscriptions, but honestly, deciding what I want to stream is not a
decision I care to put effort into.
I prefer to turn on the TV when I know a show in particular is on,
or I can check my TV guide that comes in my eMail to see what will
be on, and if nothing good is on, I don't mind not watching TV at
all.
But when I do watch commercial TV, I use commercial time to read
eMails or go to the wash room, or something else that I need to do
around the house.
But this whole streaming thing of deciding over the thousands of
choices is too much and more than I care to put effort into.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Brian Vogel <mailto:britechguy@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:10 PM
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 07:04 PM, Gene Warner wrote:

I am very seriously considering cutting the cord on cable TV.

-
And if you can get decent high-speed internet service so you can
stream, that's a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

I still have Comcast basic cable (and I do mean basic, and they
don't even make new customers aware the option exists) that costs me
$40 per month but there's no way I want the next step up, which
contains tons of crap I'd never watch, for over $100 per month.

My internet service (all of it) is now handled through the mobile
hotspot feature of the two 5G smartphones in the household. We
stream a ton from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and occasionally
from the various commercial networks if there's something we missed
that we want to see. I have considered cutting the cable cord and
with that savings, if I wanted to burn all of it monthly, I could
subscribe to between 6 and 8 streaming services, including PBS
Passport, and never look back.

Once you start streaming it's amazing how fast it becomes painful to
have to deal with commercials. I don't miss them one bit!

--

Brian -Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

*Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.
If you’re alive, it isn’t.
* ~ Lauren Bacall




































moderated Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

K0LNY
 

My Roku I have plugged into an HDMI to VGA converter, and it has a port for
an eighth inch speaker wire, and I plug it into a small rechargeable
speaker, and I can put my TV in my pocket and carry it around the house.
My firestick won't do that with this adapter, because its HDMI is a male
plug, and the Roku has a female port that fits my HDMI to VGA adapter.
Those adapters are on Amazon for around 15 dollars.
Glenn

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:30 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


I don't have a TV tto plug a stick into.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 8:25 PM, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
I don't know why they would not make eSpeak available, it is a free open
source TTS, and if folks want it, they should make it a TTS option.
VoiceView on the firestick is good.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:22 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Since I'm such a nice guy, turn your head when you puke, I'll let you
know when my Stream Bar arrives next Tuesday.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 8:18 PM, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
I wish they would use eSpeak, maybe my request sunk in if they are using
it.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:16 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Yeah, I've heard they used E-Speak which is the default voice NVDA comes
with. It isn't very good but it is understandable with some practice. I
didn't like any of the other choices available, most, if not all of them
would have required me to get a HDMI to analog audio converter because
they didn't have audio out. The Stream Bar eliminates that problem.

Gene...

On 7/28/2022 8:09 PM, james hooper wrote:
Only thing I don't like about roqu is the sound quality of their
speech.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:09 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

Oh and I almost forgot, Roku has a ton of free streams to play around
with.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 8:07 PM, Gene Warner wrote:
I just ordered one from Amazon, I chose the Roku Stream Bar. Since I
can't see it I don't have a TV so all I need are the speakers so the
Stream Bar is perfect for me.

The Stream Bar is a sound bar with a streaming player in it. Sighted
users would then hook it up to their TV via HDMI and they are good to
go.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:59 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:
wish you can by a stream box.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Picking your streams is easy, the first thing to do is to decide what
kind of programming you want. That will narrow your choices
significantly. Of course that depends on what kind of TV watcher you
are, I'm very picky about what I'm willing to spend time watching. My
brother on the other hand will watch almost anything that's on.

Since science, nature, and documentaries are my favorite programming,
Curiosity Stream is a natural choice for me. Now I only need to pick
one or two more streams. And since I'm not in any hurry to cut the
cord, I'm giving myself until the end of the year, I have time to make
my choices.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:40 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:

Glenn I agree with you, this streaming is to much for me also.
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Glenn / Lenny <mailto:glenn@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:37 PM
*Subject:* CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

We are switching providers here because Sparklight is going to
stream only, and I don't want that.
We do have a couple firesticks, and a Roku, and several streaming
subscriptions, but honestly, deciding what I want to stream is not a
decision I care to put effort into.
I prefer to turn on the TV when I know a show in particular is on,
or I can check my TV guide that comes in my eMail to see what will
be on, and if nothing good is on, I don't mind not watching TV at
all.
But when I do watch commercial TV, I use commercial time to read
eMails or go to the wash room, or something else that I need to do
around the house.
But this whole streaming thing of deciding over the thousands of
choices is too much and more than I care to put effort into.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Brian Vogel <mailto:britechguy@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:10 PM
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 07:04 PM, Gene Warner wrote:

I am very seriously considering cutting the cord on cable TV.

-
And if you can get decent high-speed internet service so you can
stream, that's a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

I still have Comcast basic cable (and I do mean basic, and they
don't even make new customers aware the option exists) that costs me
$40 per month but there's no way I want the next step up, which
contains tons of crap I'd never watch, for over $100 per month.

My internet service (all of it) is now handled through the mobile
hotspot feature of the two 5G smartphones in the household. We
stream a ton from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and occasionally
from the various commercial networks if there's something we missed
that we want to see. I have considered cutting the cable cord and
with that savings, if I wanted to burn all of it monthly, I could
subscribe to between 6 and 8 streaming services, including PBS
Passport, and never look back.

Once you start streaming it's amazing how fast it becomes painful to
have to deal with commercials. I don't miss them one bit!

--

Brian -Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

*Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.
If you’re alive, it isn’t.
* ~ Lauren Bacall




































moderated Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

Gene Warner
 

I don't have a TV tto plug a stick into.

Gene...

On 7/28/2022 8:25 PM, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
I don't know why they would not make eSpeak available, it is a free open
source TTS, and if folks want it, they should make it a TTS option.
VoiceView on the firestick is good.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:22 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay
Since I'm such a nice guy, turn your head when you puke, I'll let you
know when my Stream Bar arrives next Tuesday.
Gene...
On 7/28/2022 8:18 PM, Glenn / Lenny wrote:
I wish they would use eSpeak, maybe my request sunk in if they are using
it.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:16 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Yeah, I've heard they used E-Speak which is the default voice NVDA comes
with. It isn't very good but it is understandable with some practice. I
didn't like any of the other choices available, most, if not all of them
would have required me to get a HDMI to analog audio converter because
they didn't have audio out. The Stream Bar eliminates that problem.

Gene...

On 7/28/2022 8:09 PM, james hooper wrote:
Only thing I don't like about roqu is the sound quality of their speech.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@jfw.groups.io <main@jfw.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene Warner
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:09 PM
To: main@jfw.groups.io
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

Oh and I almost forgot, Roku has a ton of free streams to play around
with.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 8:07 PM, Gene Warner wrote:
I just ordered one from Amazon, I chose the Roku Stream Bar. Since I
can't see it I don't have a TV so all I need are the speakers so the
Stream Bar is perfect for me.

The Stream Bar is a sound bar with a streaming player in it. Sighted
users would then hook it up to their TV via HDMI and they are good to
go.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:59 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:
wish you can by a stream box.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Picking your streams is easy, the first thing to do is to decide what
kind of programming you want. That will narrow your choices
significantly. Of course that depends on what kind of TV watcher you
are, I'm very picky about what I'm willing to spend time watching. My
brother on the other hand will watch almost anything that's on.

Since science, nature, and documentaries are my favorite programming,
Curiosity Stream is a natural choice for me. Now I only need to pick
one or two more streams. And since I'm not in any hurry to cut the
cord, I'm giving myself until the end of the year, I have time to make
my choices.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:40 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:

Glenn I agree with you, this streaming is to much for me also.
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Glenn / Lenny <mailto:glenn@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:37 PM
*Subject:* CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

We are switching providers here because Sparklight is going to
stream only, and I don't want that.
We do have a couple firesticks, and a Roku, and several streaming
subscriptions, but honestly, deciding what I want to stream is not a
decision I care to put effort into.
I prefer to turn on the TV when I know a show in particular is on,
or I can check my TV guide that comes in my eMail to see what will
be on, and if nothing good is on, I don't mind not watching TV at all.
But when I do watch commercial TV, I use commercial time to read
eMails or go to the wash room, or something else that I need to do
around the house.
But this whole streaming thing of deciding over the thousands of
choices is too much and more than I care to put effort into.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Brian Vogel <mailto:britechguy@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:10 PM
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 07:04 PM, Gene Warner wrote:

I am very seriously considering cutting the cord on cable TV.

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And if you can get decent high-speed internet service so you can
stream, that's a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

I still have Comcast basic cable (and I do mean basic, and they
don't even make new customers aware the option exists) that costs me
$40 per month but there's no way I want the next step up, which
contains tons of crap I'd never watch, for over $100 per month.

My internet service (all of it) is now handled through the mobile
hotspot feature of the two 5G smartphones in the household. We
stream a ton from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and occasionally
from the various commercial networks if there's something we missed
that we want to see. I have considered cutting the cable cord and
with that savings, if I wanted to burn all of it monthly, I could
subscribe to between 6 and 8 streaming services, including PBS
Passport, and never look back.

Once you start streaming it's amazing how fast it becomes painful to
have to deal with commercials. I don't miss them one bit!

--

Brian -Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

*Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.
If you’re alive, it isn’t.
* ~ Lauren Bacall




























moderated Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

Gene Warner
 

Press the star key on the remote four time quickly.

That was from the Roku site.

Gene...

On 7/28/2022 8:25 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:
I don't how do you make it talk.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Glenn / Lenny" <glenn@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:20 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay
It's like a firestick, a small device you plug into your HDMI port and you
plug it in to USB power and it comes with a remote and you connect it to
your WIFI and stream from services like HULU and Netflix and Amazon Prime.
If you have Amazon Prime for shipping, you can stream TV too.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joseph Machise" <jdmachise@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay
what is this Roku
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 8:09 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay
Oh and I almost forgot, Roku has a ton of free streams to play around with.
Gene...
On 7/28/2022 8:07 PM, Gene Warner wrote:
I just ordered one from Amazon, I chose the Roku Stream Bar. Since I
can't see it I don't have a TV so all I need are the speakers so the
Stream Bar is perfect for me.

The Stream Bar is a sound bar with a streaming player in it. Sighted
users would then hook it up to their TV via HDMI and they are good to go.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:59 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:
wish you can by a stream box.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gene Warner" <genewarner3@...>
To: <main@jfw.groups.io>
Sent: Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:55 PM
Subject: Re: CableTV, was bank on line bill pay


Picking your streams is easy, the first thing to do is to decide what
kind of programming you want. That will narrow your choices
significantly. Of course that depends on what kind of TV watcher you
are, I'm very picky about what I'm willing to spend time watching. My
brother on the other hand will watch almost anything that's on.

Since science, nature, and documentaries are my favorite programming,
Curiosity Stream is a natural choice for me. Now I only need to pick one
or two more streams. And since I'm not in any hurry to cut the cord, I'm
giving myself until the end of the year, I have time to make my choices.

Gene...


On 7/28/2022 7:40 PM, Joseph Machise wrote:

Glenn I agree with you, this streaming is to much for me also.
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Glenn / Lenny <mailto:glenn@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 7:37 PM
*Subject:* CableTV, was bank on line bill pay

We are switching providers here because Sparklight is going to stream
only, and I don't want that.
We do have a couple firesticks, and a Roku, and several streaming
subscriptions, but honestly, deciding what I want to stream is not a
decision I care to put effort into.
I prefer to turn on the TV when I know a show in particular is on, or I
can check my TV guide that comes in my eMail to see what will be on, and
if nothing good is on, I don't mind not watching TV at all.
But when I do watch commercial TV, I use commercial time to read eMails
or go to the wash room, or something else that I need to do around the
house.
But this whole streaming thing of deciding over the thousands of choices
is too much and more than I care to put effort into.
Glenn
----- Original Message -----
*From:* Brian Vogel <mailto:britechguy@...>
*To:* main@jfw.groups.io <mailto:main@jfw.groups.io>
*Sent:* Thursday, July 28, 2022 6:10 PM
*Subject:* Re: bank on line bill pay

On Thu, Jul 28, 2022 at 07:04 PM, Gene Warner wrote:

I am very seriously considering cutting the cord on cable TV.

-
And if you can get decent high-speed internet service so you can stream,
that's a perfectly reasonable thing to do.

I still have Comcast basic cable (and I do mean basic, and they don't
even make new customers aware the option exists) that costs me $40 per
month but there's no way I want the next step up, which contains tons of
crap I'd never watch, for over $100 per month.

My internet service (all of it) is now handled through the mobile
hotspot feature of the two 5G smartphones in the household. We stream a
ton from Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, and occasionally from the
various commercial networks if there's something we missed that we want
to see. I have considered cutting the cable cord and with that savings,
if I wanted to burn all of it monthly, I could subscribe to between 6
and 8 streaming services, including PBS Passport, and never look back.

Once you start streaming it's amazing how fast it becomes painful to
have to deal with commercials. I don't miss them one bit!

--

Brian -Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H2, Build 19044

*Here is a test to find out whether your mission in life is complete.
If you’re alive, it isn’t.
* ~ Lauren Bacall