I know this won't be of interest to everyone, but maybe a few people are in my situation:
Comcast recently decided that they had been offering me their TV-on-internet service in error, and yanked it--annoying turn of events since they had offered me this service as an inducement to subscribe to one of their many dumb packages along with a free internet-based phone servuce that I do not use. I don't do cable, and have been watching most games on the internet for years. They want an additional $30; that will get me some cable I won't use and the Internet-on-TV service back. (I don't avail of their bad movies since we already sub to Netflix and Hulu.)
All of which I would consider if it got me Michigan basketball and football, but it doesn't. What it has obtained in the past is an often-bad ESPN feed (carrying some of the bigger UM games) that was usually bettered by online streaming at places like VIP sports, Front Row sports, and goATD.Net. The Big Ten Network is not available with Comcast's package, so my only option--apparently--would be to pay for that, too, although on the rare occasions when I signed for free trials with BTN, their stream was also often worse than those streaming "services."
The problem is that all of those services suddenly don't work for me, either, and I wonder whether anyone else is facing this. The blizzard of popups that go with a stream --some of which can be beaten off with the likes of ad block--are also now followed by a black screen and a "play" symbol to press that doesn't get me the games, just a whirling time symbol and a return to the black screen.
Anyone got any advice, other stream providers or ways in? I use Firefox, for what it's worth. I may yet succumb, but it seems like the option of $50 or so more bucks to obtain undependable streams, in this day and age--when all content is supposed to have long-since "migrated" online--is nuts. Would my best bet be to buy a tv tuner for my computer?
Thanks for any helpful thoughts, mglobules.