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Old 03-30-14, 04:40 PM   #1
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So I'm Kicking The Cable TV Company Out of My House...

I have my PS3 in the basement with Netflix on it, a Roku on the main living floor with 44 channels of Digital HD Antenna programming (all my local stuff), and in our bedroom I am contemplating getting another Leaf Antenna. I am just so SICK of PAYING over $200.00 a month for frigging TV!!! Al I want out of hem now is my internet. That will cost me $50ish a month. Hasanyone else kicked the Cable TV companies out of their house hold's? I have 9 and 12 year old with me, and all they watch is Netflix.
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Old 03-30-14, 04:44 PM   #2
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I have my PS3 in the basement with Netflix on it, a Roku on the main living floor with 44 channels of Digital HD Antenna programming (all my local stuff), and in our bedroom I am contemplating getting another Leaf Antenna. I am just so SICK of PAYING over $200.00 a month for frigging TV!!! Al I want out of hem now is my internet. That will cost me $50ish a month. Hasanyone else kicked the Cable TV companies out of their house hold's? I have 9 and 12 year old with me, and all they watch is Netflix.
In the UK we have FreeView which is pretty much as the name suggests. We still have to pay a TV license - even if we don't watch BBC channels we have to pay for them on the basis we might watch them. We disconnected our cable a couple of years back - we saved 30/month by not having it and paid 150 for a FreeView box with a built in recorder. The box has a user interface which is one of the worst I've seen in a while but it's paid for itself several times over now.
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Old 03-30-14, 05:12 PM   #3
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I pay $7.99/mo for Netflix, $50/mo for internet, and less than $10/mo average on my pay-as-you-go cell phone. No cable bill.
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Old 03-30-14, 05:16 PM   #4
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I pay $7.99/mo for Netflix, $50/mo for internet, and less than $10/mo average on my pay-as-you-go cell phone.
Similar here on NF, $15/mo for uverse internet only , and ~$30/mo smartphone pay-for-what-I-use. Dumped Direct tv over a year ago. No regrets.
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Old 03-30-14, 05:20 PM   #5
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We dumped cable about four years ago. Also, on a limited data plan, so no NetFlix or any other big video downloads. We get three or four versions of public television, and the same amount of Ion... but lately haven't watched much of anything. We rented House of Cards 1st season from RedBox DVD kiosk; I was gifted Game of Thrones seasons 1 & 2 for X-mas. Great TV, but content to pick up DVDs to watch when convenient.
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Old 03-30-14, 05:24 PM   #6
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We do the minimum package with Dish. The rate increase just hit taking it to about $88 a month. We called and told them what we watch vs what we pay just isn't worth it so we'll be saying goodbye. They dropped our monthly bill back to around $52 a month and that deal will take us a year down the road. We'll see what happens then.
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Old 03-30-14, 06:22 PM   #7
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Every time I think about it, my wife unthinks it.
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Old 03-30-14, 06:38 PM   #8
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I went from cable to Direct TV then dumped paid TV altogether a few years ago. I am so glad I did. Back in the day "cable" had some decent programming. History Channel, Discovery, The Learning Channel all had excellent programming. Now they have nothing but garbage "reality" shows.

I used to LOVE TVLand. I really enjoyed the retro commercials back in the day. They had lots of great old programming. First they cut the retro commercials. Then they starting clipping time off of the shows in place of commercial time. Then they dropped a lot of their old shows altogether.

Too much sports, too many reality shows and too much infomercial channels. I was tired of paying for all that garbage that I don't watch.

Now with digital channels, there is a lot of decent programming OTA. I fill that in with Netflix. I will turn it on for a month or two then turn it off. My one complaint about Netflix is they don't have a whole lot of good movies. I also pay season passes for The Walking Dead and Falling Skies.

One reason that I held out for so long on DirectTV as my DVR. I loved the DVR. But now I bought a media center PC, a tuner card and installed Windows Media Center and XBMC and I love it. Better than any DVR I every had.

The only problem I see with dropping cable is finding out about great shows like The Walking Dead that might only be on cable.
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Old 03-30-14, 06:40 PM   #9
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My ISP is Cox and I that's the only service I get from them. We use Hulu, Crackle, and the various network sites to view content, while the kids watch a bunch of youtube- mostly screencasts of video games and football highlights. Otherwise, it has been rabbit ears for 20 years for local broadcasts.
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Old 03-30-14, 06:42 PM   #10
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"Cable" companies have resisted offering a la carte programming. I think it is going to come back and bite them in the butt. People are dropping paid TV in droves.
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Old 03-30-14, 06:42 PM   #11
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I've never had cable, finding it just too expensive, coupled with the fact that there are very few TV programs on today that I consider "must watch". Of course, "24" is returning on May 5th, but aside from that, very little. I get by with Netflix DVD rentals, and streaming. If something is really good, I'll consider yakking up a few bucks to buy it from the ITMS. Plenty of stuff available via Netflix streaming and HULU.

Lots of "Frugal New Englanders" are cutting the cable. Antennas such as the ones offered by Terk, and the Mohu Leaf Antenna, are enormous sellers around here.
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Old 03-30-14, 06:57 PM   #12
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Really I have to have good TV service in my household. We are not the " creative" type and need a boob tube.
I really like having the Russian channels on my sets, I think they have the best music and most intriguing culture.
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Old 03-30-14, 07:07 PM   #13
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Netflix and Hulu Plus, and Crackle for us. I'm building a fractal antenna systemm for the TV for an outdoor antenna because we have 18 digital stations in range and otherwise, conecting with the big TV via HDMI from a laptop as a streaming device. I get 100 Meg internet service via fiberoptic (Not bad for a rural telecom), and if there are problems with my connection, I get fast service, unlike if I were still dealing with Comcast. bY THE WAY, WITH A 100Mb/sEC PIPELINE, VIDEO STREAMS DO NOT STUTTER OR FREEZE AT ALL........
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Old 03-30-14, 07:11 PM   #14
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I'll consider yakking up a few bucks to buy it from the ITMS.
OK I give up. What is ITMS?
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Old 03-30-14, 07:31 PM   #15
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Every time I think about it, my wife unthinks it.
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Old 03-30-14, 08:32 PM   #16
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iTunes Music Store, most likely.
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Old 03-30-14, 09:45 PM   #17
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"Cable" companies have resisted offering a la carte programming. I think it is going to come back and bite them in the butt. People are dropping paid TV in droves.
Cable companies want to do it, it's the media companies that don't want it. They insist on lumping their channels together in negotiations, basically driving up the cost of all programming by virtue of the one channel of theirs that you might want to watch. This is one of the biggest reasons that revoking old rules on media ownership wasn't really good for anybody. In theory, you have more channels, but in reality you don't want at least half of them, but are forced to pay fees that help subsidize the stuff you don't want.

This type of stuff is why Time Warner played hardball with CBS in New York and other major markets this year and why they were willing to let them go off the air for more than a week. Content providers have been betting that too few people were willing to cut the cord to make a difference. That used to be true, but might not be anymore.
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Old 03-30-14, 10:03 PM   #18
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I have not had cable for 5 years, and did not watch cable for many years before that even though it was available.

Have been television free or light for most of my life, used to have pepole come over and ask where my TV was... I used to keep a small B&W set in a cabinet for watching hockey games if I was not going out.

We do have a high speed connection here and a Netflix subscription... we share the cost of the high speed with our tenant downstairs.
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In this day and age, the idea of having to watch a program at a specific time is so obsolete. Really, is it easier for them to pour 100 shows at you than for you to select one that you want from a catalog and then they download just that one?

I don't have cable. My broadcast TV watching has gotten down to infrequent episodes of NCIS. Since I pretty much saw everything the library has that I want, I'm currently into a phase of just opening up YouTube to see what they have.
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Old 03-31-14, 05:57 AM   #21
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For you cable cutters, have you switched to local HD television via antenna? If so, how is that working and what antenna are you using?
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Old 03-31-14, 06:14 AM   #22
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I've been off the cable for about a year. No big loss. I'm using rabbit ears. Except for a local station whose transmitter is fairly far away, I get all the local stuff and public tv.
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I have not really ever had TV. Okay, there have been times in my life when there has been a crappy tv somewhere in my orbit. But, I have managed to never, ever, ever have cable.

However, what with the internet, I get my share of screen time.

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No TV since '96. Just got an antenna for the superbowl and olympics. It's hooked to a TV in my studio above our detached garage
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For you cable cutters, have you switched to local HD television via antenna? If so, how is that working and what antenna are you using?
An el cheapo attic antenna ($40) from chinamart picks up all but one of the dozen available channels. And I'm not missing anything with the 12th. I figured I'd start on the cheap end of the spectrum till I found something acceptable.

FWIW, I did make one using one of the many DIY plans out there. It didn't work and I didn't have any more time to screw around with it. My investment was more time than materials. You're close enough to DFW that a basic antenna's reception would be great.
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