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How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« on: December 23, 2015, 04:00:16 PM »
I am thinking of cutting cable, but there are a few shows I still want to be able to watch. They are Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Americans, Gold Rush, South Park, Family Guy, American Dad, Better Call Saul, plus a few others I am sure I am missing. We have netflix and hulu right now so that covers a few of them. I think they have hbo separate from cable now to get game of thrones. I mainly need to find out the best way to get the amc shows and discovery channel shows.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2015, 04:04:48 PM »
Download them or stream them for free. Kinda like asking how you would listen to music if you sold your ghettoblaster and walkman...

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2015, 04:05:17 PM »
Welll, I made a clean break and no longer watch those shows that I loved, but no longer fit in my budget.  It only hurt a couple weeks, now I don't even miss them.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2015, 04:19:01 PM »
http://www.discovery.com/videos/full-episodes/
https://www.sling.com/package
Patience and the library/Netflix/Amazon/Vudu/etc.

...or you could just watch less television.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2015, 04:57:47 PM »
Well, this has been a strange year which causes more tv time. The weather this time of year there is normally enough snow on the ground and ice on the lakes for both ice fishing and snowmobiling. Right now I can't do either and don't have much other winter hobbies.

To the person that said download and stream them for free I was looking for where to do that, some I don't think it's that easy.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2015, 05:01:00 PM »
I also haven't been working all winter which normally keeps me very busy.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2015, 05:13:16 PM »
For AMC, verify if Hulu has you covered. If not, Sling is an option but an expensive one for just one channel.

We were full streaming 2 months ago and our current gap are TNT shows like Rizzoli&Isles and Major Crimes.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2015, 05:14:19 PM »
I am able to watch the shows I like (The Americans, Justified, etc.) for free because I borrow the DVDs from my great library.  So I am a season or two behind, but that doesn't matter to me.  I also watch PBS Masterpiece shows on their website.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2015, 06:31:59 PM »
Rumor has it that you an use others' HBO Go password. I purchase a season pass for Walking Dead from Amazon for something like $40.  Lots cheaper than $90/month for cable.  Those are the only shows I watch.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #9 on: December 23, 2015, 06:34:03 PM »
If someone could find a way to watch the English Premier league legally and would share it I'd be happy..

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #10 on: December 23, 2015, 06:43:02 PM »
For HBO, we use a relative's login. I don't feel that bad about it, because she pays like $250 a month for cable (talk about facepunch worthy!) and never watches it. For the Americans, I think we paid for it, or paid for some and (ahem) downloaded some. On other shows, we just wait for them to come on Netflix or Hulu.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #11 on: December 23, 2015, 06:56:05 PM »
Most of the time i'll just borrow seasons from the library, but occasionally, if i really love the show, i'll just buy the season pass on iTunes.  'The Americans' is the one show where i'll splurge on iTunes, but most of the time, i'll wait for stuff to come out later. 

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2015, 07:07:39 PM »
a few shows I still want to be able to watch. They are Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Americans, Gold Rush, South Park, Family Guy, American Dad, Better Call Saul, plus a few others I am sure I am missing.

Holy crap!  Is that really 8 shows you watch all of?  Maybe more?

Are they an hour per episode?  Are there like 22 episodes per season?  Are you really spending over 200 hours per year watching tv?  The equivalent of five solid weeks of 9-5 at your day job?  Do you watch any other tv besides those 8 shows?  Do you also read 8 books at the same time?

Getting rid of cable was arguably the best thing I ever did for my self and my family.  And for my health and sanity.  And for curbing consumerist desires.

My vote is to pick one and get it from the library.  You probably won't miss the others.


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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2015, 08:30:32 PM »
I am thinking of cutting cable, but there are a few shows I still want to be able to watch. They are Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Americans, Gold Rush, South Park, Family Guy, American Dad, Better Call Saul, plus a few others I am sure I am missing. We have netflix and hulu right now so that covers a few of them. I think they have hbo separate from cable now to get game of thrones. I mainly need to find out the best way to get the amc shows and discovery channel shows.

So you could do some of the illegal things people are suggesting here, like illegally downloading episodes or hijacking HBO (or maybe I'm misinterpreting the legality of this), or you could legally find ways to accomplish the same goal.
That way, when you retire early and people say "how on earth can you afford to retire early????", you wont have to skirt around parts like this.

Anyways, start viewing as 'entertainment' rather than 'I must watch this show!'.  Soon after doing this you will realize that you don't need to be addicted to particular series, and things like Hulu or Netflix make a variety of good series easily accessible. 
And for those great series that are just worth it, go rent them, or get HBOgo and binge watch a series for a month.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #14 on: December 23, 2015, 09:00:24 PM »
If you are a little patient most shows will be available on DVD eventually.  My public library allows me to request DVDs via interlibrary loan, so I can get most things.  There is a small fee - -usually $2 to cover mailing costs for a whole season of a show -- but it's cheaper than cable.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #15 on: December 23, 2015, 09:07:40 PM »
a few shows I still want to be able to watch. They are Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Americans, Gold Rush, South Park, Family Guy, American Dad, Better Call Saul, plus a few others I am sure I am missing.

Holy crap!  Is that really 8 shows you watch all of?  Maybe more?

Are they an hour per episode?  Are there like 22 episodes per season?  Are you really spending over 200 hours per year watching tv?  The equivalent of five solid weeks of 9-5 at your day job?  Do you watch any other tv besides those 8 shows?  Do you also read 8 books at the same time?

Getting rid of cable was arguably the best thing I ever did for my self and my family.  And for my health and sanity.  And for curbing consumerist desires.

My vote is to pick one and get it from the library.  You probably won't miss the others.
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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #16 on: December 23, 2015, 09:23:50 PM »
Too.Much.Random.Free.Time

Learn a foreign language. Learn to play a musical instrument. Learn to produce art or crafts. Volunteer. Earn that certification that would help you advance your career. Learn more about investing. Learn to cook better. Learn how to grow a garden for next spring. Learn how to fix or build something. Hit the gym or work out at home.

If you have children, then the list of meaningful opportunities is exponentially higher.

A good rule of thumb for people who overindulge in TV watching--limit yourself to one football game's worth of TV per week. That length of time covers one game for most sports or about four shows per week depending on your viewing preferences. You can catch a game with family/friends or watch a couple shows with your spouse and/or children. Not enough showtime to watch a show every day but enough time to feel like you're not deprived-- which will expose you to more productive things if you let it. And if you feel deprived, then that's a clear sign of input addiction. You don't self-direct, so you rely on something else to keep you entertained. When you reach the next decade milestone (30, 40, etc), do you really think you'll remember or care that you spent all that time on the couch? Different strokes, I guess.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #17 on: December 23, 2015, 11:09:53 PM »
We cut the cord 7 years ago.  I use Netflix.  There are more shows than I have time.  For the hubby we have Tivo.  I do not consider that  necessity but it makes him happy.  Occasionally I will purchase something through Amazon Prime (The Profit).  Very unmustachian, but it still beats cable.  I have had no regrets cutting the cord.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #18 on: December 23, 2015, 11:44:12 PM »
Getting rid of cable was arguably the best thing I ever did for my self and my family.  And for my health and sanity.  And for curbing consumerist desires.

My vote is to pick one and get it from the library.  You probably won't miss the others.

THIS!

We do Roku/Netflix/Amazon Prime/Hulu/library. If I can't get it via one of those options then I probably aren't aware of it and don't feel like we're missing anything. We're about four years or so into this "experiment".

The lack of advertising bombardment alone is worth it. The holidays are when we visit extended family and watch "normal" subscription TV and remember why we don't have traditional subscription TV. Idiotic commercials and idiotic TV shows abound. Don't get me wrong - I like an occasional funny commercial but when the eye-rollers come along every ten minutes (it seems) and the shows currently playing are a bunch of eye-rollers (Honey Boo Boo - my 3 minutes of you were enough).

We're so entrenched in our TV method that we actually debate traveling with the Roku so we can skip cable TV.

Everything will eventually be available to stream. It might be five or six years old by the time you see it but who cares - it's all new to you.

Now if you are trying to keep up with the copy room / watercooler discussions at work / on Facebook then you might be screwed. You might not be able to watch the same shows the same night as the cable TV subscribers.

To give you an idea of my consumption patterns: I watched a couple of episodes of Cheers today. Watched "Gravity" last night late. Watched about the last 1/3 of Interstellar the night before with my son and his buddy who wanted to discuss the science afterwards. I have no idea whatsoever was on live tv tonight. Plenty of free news on the Roku channels (NowhereMan channel and PBS hannel are excellent). The older i get the less I need from the 24/7 news cycle. Watch "Merchants of Doubt" if you want to know why (false "experts").
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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #19 on: December 24, 2015, 12:05:13 AM »
a bunch of the channels here allow you to stream the show online.  I go to their website and can watch it the day after every time it airs

A lot i know have hulu, android boxes, etc etc that also allows easy streaming.  there's an app called Kodi that also allows some of this too via computer.  depends on your tech savy level, i have my computer hooked up to the tv, some just use the android boxes.  all you need is internet then.  I saved over $60+ a month by dropping it, even though i had to get a $10 better internet plan.  Still a win

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #20 on: December 24, 2015, 05:38:55 AM »
So you could do some of the illegal things people are suggesting here, like illegally downloading episodes or hijacking HBO (or maybe I'm misinterpreting the legality of this), or you could legally find ways to accomplish the same goal.
That way, when you retire early and people say "how on earth can you afford to retire early????", you wont have to skirt around parts like this.

Yes, yes. I calculate I will get to retire 1.2 days early and will feel profound shame for the fact that once in a while I watched HBO on my mother-in-law's account, so much so that I will leave out that crucial detail when I discuss my early retirement with others. 

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #21 on: December 24, 2015, 05:40:04 AM »
When we cut cable, we signed up for sling tv. Sling had a promotion where you got a free Roku for prepaying three months of service. We have been pleasantly surprised by the additional channels available on the Roku itself. I watch south park on comedy central's roku app. One episode is available on demand. I can't binge watch it (which is a good thing) but I can keep up with new episodes. You can also use Roku to access Netflix/Hulu/Amazon but we don't have any of those services.

Just cut the cord. You may go through a period of withdrawal symptoms, but you will come out stronger on the other side.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #22 on: December 24, 2015, 06:57:42 AM »
I recommend switching to PC gaming. You can play Civilization 5 over and over and over again in tons of different ways.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #23 on: December 24, 2015, 07:01:53 AM »
Game of Thrones is from books. Read books.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #24 on: December 24, 2015, 07:29:26 AM »
Netflix + Torrents. Works for movies too. But not music. Always buy/stream music legally. Roommate downloaded ONE song and the next day I got a notice from my ISP. Bastards.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #25 on: December 24, 2015, 08:51:44 AM »
We went even cheaper than downloading. Rooftop antenna for $30. We didn't want to pay for more internet to stream shows, there are tradeoffs though. We do not have a DVR, and I miss being able to rewind/FF.

A few things may differ between us and you.

1. I only really care about 2 shows - Hockey night in Canada, and the News. This means I only need 2 channels to come in clearly
2. We live on a high point of land and from our rooftop there is a clear line of sight to the CN Tower (Canadian Broadcasting tower) and Buffalo.

Our rooftop antenna usually brings in about 20 channels. On a really good day we get closer to 30. On a bad day we only get the Toronto channels - around 10. But I always get TVO, PBS, CBC and CITY TV. We get about 4 'international programming' channels.

If the antenna route is appealing to you there are websites that will show you what channels are available from your location based on line of sight. This can be a tricky since a tree or apartment building may block your signal - and the LoS estimates can't know every building and tree.
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« Reply #26 on: December 24, 2015, 10:29:57 AM »
Well, the first step is to really think about what you want to watch in real time. Is it really important to you to watch all those shows as they are airing? I like television myself, but I have found that the number of shows I really care about seeing right away is limited. For cable shows, you can often watch the most recent episode on your computer ( don't care for that, but some people have better set-ups for it than I do) or buy them from Amazon or iTunes. For network television except CBS, Hulu is the cheapest option for me.

Then there are shows I enjoy seeing eventually, but don't need to pay to see as they are broadcast. For instance, I am fine watching the Walking Dead later on Netflix. These days, almost all series except premium cable turn up on one of the streaming services eventually. Other options are DVDs from Netflix or the library. (Sadly, my library doesn't buy TV on DVD, just movies. I am jealous of those of you who have that option!) I usually have enough "backlog" to fill in when the shows I watch in realtime are off the air.

For HBO in particular, last year they were doing an offer for new subscribers where the first month was free. The other thing about HBO is that they archive all of their television (the movies come and go). So if I had been a little smarter, I would have waited to subscribe until the last month of Game of Thrones' run, then watched all the episodes during that one free month. Unfortunately, I'm assuming the free month is only for 1st time subscribers so this spring, I will use that tactic, but only pay for one month before I cancel. (If the terms of service have changed, I'll be back to going over to my sister's house and watching with their family.)

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #27 on: December 25, 2015, 12:50:35 AM »
Although I agree with them in theory, forget all these pedantic mustachianer-than-thou types. They really rub me the wrong way as well.
I go to a friend's or a bar where I know the owner/bartender for things I would like to watch live.
A friend with Netflix added me as a user, they can add up to five. I'm on a family member's prime membership.
If not, hit the library; some have digital memberships.
If all else fails, learn to do without; I didn't miss them. They'll be out at the library in a couple of years.

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« Reply #28 on: December 25, 2015, 08:42:20 AM »
I agree with some here... Kill your television. 

I cancelled cable in 2003 and never looked back.  I have netflix, but I've watched less and less over the years and I have slowly developed some replacement hobbies that are much more fulfilling.

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« Reply #29 on: December 25, 2015, 10:33:51 AM »
So you could do some of the illegal things people are suggesting here, like illegally downloading episodes or hijacking HBO (or maybe I'm misinterpreting the legality of this), or you could legally find ways to accomplish the same goal.
That way, when you retire early and people say "how on earth can you afford to retire early????", you wont have to skirt around parts like this.

Yes, yes. I calculate I will get to retire 1.2 days early and will feel profound shame for the fact that once in a while I watched HBO on my mother-in-law's account, so much so that I will leave out that crucial detail when I discuss my early retirement with others.

I feel the best way to address this is not to argue you are right or wrong, but rather show how much money you are saving illegally.

Not sure how much HBO go is; let's say $15/month.  That's $1800 over ten years, a possible/example amount of time for someone to retire.  It is a small component of the $500,000-$1,000,000  that someone needs to retire, but a contribution nonetheless. 

Most of us here probably have some little areas where we bend/break the rules.  My bigger issue with it is your attempt to defend/legitimize it, when there is a very easy alternative that costs even less.
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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #30 on: December 25, 2015, 11:04:05 AM »
Use Kodi. It's the best solution these days for TV series, hands down.

Install on Mac: http://www.tvaddons.ag/tvmc-mac/

Install on Amazon Fire TV: http://www.tvaddons.ag/tvmc-fire-tv/

Install on Kindle Fire tablet: see attachment

Genesis is the best source I've found. http://www.htpcbeginner.com/best-kodi-addons-2015-for-cordcutters/


Enjoy!
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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #31 on: December 26, 2015, 12:28:14 PM »
Use Kodi. It's the best solution these days for TV series, hands down.

Install on Mac: http://www.tvaddons.ag/tvmc-mac/

Install on Amazon Fire TV: http://www.tvaddons.ag/tvmc-fire-tv/

Install on Kindle Fire tablet: see attachment

Genesis is the best source I've found. http://www.htpcbeginner.com/best-kodi-addons-2015-for-cordcutters/


Enjoy!
First post here.

My two cents on Kodi

KODI works as a open source program that includes add on apps that finds online streams. The key here is that these online streams most likely come from over seas. Why is that important is because some of the streams are illegal and the USA don't have authority of over seas servers. 

Just note that the some of the streams are illegal and if you download some of the movies or TV SHOWS you might get in trouble. My friend received a letter from his Internet provider stating he needs to stop downloading from third party software. He got scared and stopped but still streams the shows.

We personally only stream once in a while beause some of the streams have been lacking lately has the number of users on the KODI platform increased and are now asking for support to donate to keep their software up and running.

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« Reply #32 on: December 27, 2015, 05:46:37 PM »
The first thing I had to get used to when I cancelled my cable TV was that I could still watch what I wanted, just not when it aired on TV.  Sometimes I'd visit people who liked watching it, or I'd buy the DVDs, or get the DVD mailed to me via Netflix.   There is an ambiance to watching something when you know other people are watching it too... just like when you listen to the radio, there is a connection some people feel and enjoy from all that.   There are other ways to connect with people, though, so consider just watching your shows later than when they air, and you'll be able to make that transition ok.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #33 on: December 28, 2015, 04:52:34 AM »
Are many of the shows on free to air TV? You know, the one using the aerial on the roof? :)

I just lost interest in the shows, and I haven't even seen any of the Game of Thrones series. (I just cancelled Netflix too)

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #34 on: December 28, 2015, 06:04:31 AM »
a few shows I still want to be able to watch. They are Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, The Americans, Gold Rush, South Park, Family Guy, American Dad, Better Call Saul, plus a few others I am sure I am missing.

Holy crap!  Is that really 8 shows you watch all of?  Maybe more?

Are they an hour per episode?  Are there like 22 episodes per season?  Are you really spending over 200 hours per year watching tv?  The equivalent of five solid weeks of 9-5 at your day job?  Do you watch any other tv besides those 8 shows?  Do you also read 8 books at the same time?

Getting rid of cable was arguably the best thing I ever did for my self and my family.  And for my health and sanity.  And for curbing consumerist desires.

My vote is to pick one and get it from the library.  You probably won't miss the others.

Same for our house! We stopped watching TV over a year ago and we don't miss it. We spent a lot of time at homes of family members this holiday season and they all have their TVs on and were blasting commercials 40% of the time.

We do own a 60" LCD TV that has been converted to a computer monitor. The family computer is hooked up to it and we can do our office work from the couch. We can go to PBS kids website and my 2 year old can watch Curious George, Thomas and Friends. I watch instructional youtube videos and my wife will watch something on Amazon.  Ad Blocker will block youtube ads, so the 4 hours a week of tube time we get is 99% commercial free.

Once a month we buy a digital movie for less than $10. There is a application called Plex where you can share your digital movie collection that you have obtained legally. We have 2 other friends who buy a movie once a month that we share with.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #35 on: December 28, 2015, 06:40:06 AM »
...The equivalent of five solid weeks of 9-5 at your day job?  Do you watch any other tv besides those 8 shows?  Do you also read 8 books at the same time?...

Sol, I just became an instant fan.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #36 on: December 28, 2015, 07:44:36 AM »
We got the $25 special on Roku SE on Black Friday.  Hate it.  I don't really watch much TV; it's really for DH.  Find what looks like a good show - maybe one of those real life crime shows - and it only has the last half, or only the first half, or not even that - just a 20 min clip.  This is not to mention the same ad running every 5 minutes. STUPID. 

I watch Project Runway and was so excited when I found it.  Then saw it's $2.99 per episode.  LOL.

So we got a $50 antenna to go up in the attic.  Right now it's in the bedroom and gets a few channels, but it needs to go up higher.  Still better than the ridiculous $145 Comcast bill we were paying. 

Now the problem is I'm still having to pay $70 for crap internet.  It's supposed to be 25 mbps, and testmy.net usually has download speed between 1 and 5 mbps.   Comcast has a monopoly here, so no other choices.  Waiting impatiently for the day we can do hotspot cell phone wifi.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #37 on: December 28, 2015, 07:51:45 AM »
We got the $25 special on Roku SE on Black Friday.  Hate it.  I don't really watch much TV; it's really for DH.  Find what looks like a good show - maybe one of those real life crime shows - and it only has the last half, or only the first half, or not even that - just a 20 min clip.  This is not to mention the same ad running every 5 minutes. STUPID. 

I watch Project Runway and was so excited when I found it.  Then saw it's $2.99 per episode.  LOL.

So we got a $50 antenna to go up in the attic.  Right now it's in the bedroom and gets a few channels, but it needs to go up higher.  Still better than the ridiculous $145 Comcast bill we were paying. 

Now the problem is I'm still having to pay $70 for crap internet.  It's supposed to be 25 mbps, and testmy.net usually has download speed between 1 and 5 mbps.   Comcast has a monopoly here, so no other choices.  Waiting impatiently for the day we can do hotspot cell phone wifi.

Do you see the same speeds if you're directly connected to your modem? Something is wrong...

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #38 on: December 28, 2015, 08:11:36 AM »
We don't have cable tv, never have had it. We don't have ANY pay streaming service. Did try Amazon prime for a while, but you might as well wait for DVDs to come out, they don't get titles quickly. I do have a dvd subscription to Netflix, and I use the public library heavily.

We have a modern tv antannae that allows us to get about 15 channels. I hate network dramas and won't watch them but I do watch a few of the comedies.

For quality tv which is not network,  any more I prefer to load up on a season and binge watch. I use DVDs.

We just finished watching all of Justified this way. I watched two seasons on eve, knew it was really good, and wanted to,wait until the entire show finished since by the time I watched it
I,knew it was ending with 6th season. These shows are more intense and interesting this way. The experience is multiplied by being able to watch an entire season in, say, a week.

I'm waiting for next seasons of Homeland, The Affair, House of Cards, Oranhe is the New Black, Ray Donovan, etc to come out. I am so enamoured of everything I hear about Game of Thrones that I will just wait until the entire thing wraps up, and I realize that may be a decade.

It's also important to recognize that one looses a bunch of content in stream vs dvd. The dvd format has many kinds of extras such as additional scenes, commentary on production, etc. It amazes me actually that people don't talk about what they lose. Now greatness, I don't watch all extra content on DVDs but I DO watch it on shows that are great.



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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #39 on: December 28, 2015, 08:22:33 AM »
I have not had Cable or Wifi at home for last 2 years.
Best thing I ever did!
Now I visit my local library often.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #40 on: December 28, 2015, 08:25:01 AM »
We got the $25 special on Roku SE on Black Friday.  Hate it.  I don't really watch much TV; it's really for DH.  Find what looks like a good show - maybe one of those real life crime shows - and it only has the last half, or only the first half, or not even that - just a 20 min clip.  This is not to mention the same ad running every 5 minutes. STUPID. 

I watch Project Runway and was so excited when I found it.  Then saw it's $2.99 per episode.  LOL.

So we got a $50 antenna to go up in the attic.  Right now it's in the bedroom and gets a few channels, but it needs to go up higher.  Still better than the ridiculous $145 Comcast bill we were paying. 

Now the problem is I'm still having to pay $70 for crap internet.  It's supposed to be 25 mbps, and testmy.net usually has download speed between 1 and 5 mbps.   Comcast has a monopoly here, so no other choices.  Waiting impatiently for the day we can do hotspot cell phone wifi.

Do you see the same speeds if you're directly connected to your modem? Something is wrong...

I think the hardwired desktops have better speed, yeah.  Still hate comcast LOL.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #41 on: December 28, 2015, 10:41:50 AM »
We got the $25 special on Roku SE on Black Friday.  Hate it.  I don't really watch much TV; it's really for DH.  Find what looks like a good show - maybe one of those real life crime shows - and it only has the last half, or only the first half, or not even that - just a 20 min clip.  This is not to mention the same ad running every 5 minutes. STUPID. 

I watch Project Runway and was so excited when I found it.  Then saw it's $2.99 per episode.  LOL.

So we got a $50 antenna to go up in the attic.  Right now it's in the bedroom and gets a few channels, but it needs to go up higher.  Still better than the ridiculous $145 Comcast bill we were paying. 

Now the problem is I'm still having to pay $70 for crap internet.  It's supposed to be 25 mbps, and testmy.net usually has download speed between 1 and 5 mbps.   Comcast has a monopoly here, so no other choices.  Waiting impatiently for the day we can do hotspot cell phone wifi.

Do you see the same speeds if you're directly connected to your modem? Something is wrong...

I think the hardwired desktops have better speed, yeah.  Still hate comcast LOL.

Heh. Hate or not, it may not be their fault. :P

Run a speed test directly connected to the modem (bypassing any router) and see what you get there, or if wired desktops are working fine, run a speed test from there (I use speedtest.net). Your wireless router might be dying.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #42 on: December 28, 2015, 11:54:34 AM »
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We got the $25 special on Roku SE on Black Friday.  Hate it.  I don't really watch much TV; it's really for DH.  Find what looks like a good show - maybe one of those real life crime shows - and it only has the last half, or only the first half, or not even that - just a 20 min clip.  This is not to mention the same ad running every 5 minutes. STUPID. 

I watch Project Runway and was so excited when I found it.  Then saw it's $2.99 per episode.  LOL.

There is free content on Roku if you look around i.e. PBS, Crackle, A&E but it's worth the $7.99/month for Netflix to supplement the free content. There are also a lot of YouTube channels that produce quality free content. Personally i've been using my Chromecast more than my Roku recently.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #43 on: December 29, 2015, 02:01:49 PM »
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We got the $25 special on Roku SE on Black Friday.  Hate it.  I don't really watch much TV; it's really for DH.  Find what looks like a good show - maybe one of those real life crime shows - and it only has the last half, or only the first half, or not even that - just a 20 min clip.  This is not to mention the same ad running every 5 minutes. STUPID. 

I watch Project Runway and was so excited when I found it.  Then saw it's $2.99 per episode.  LOL.

There is free content on Roku if you look around i.e. PBS, Crackle, A&E but it's worth the $7.99/month for Netflix to supplement the free content. There are also a lot of YouTube channels that produce quality free content. Personally i've been using my Chromecast more than my Roku recently.

We have Netflix, actually.  But people have spoken so excitedly about Roku, and I just find it a huge disappointment.  Every time you think you find something that looks great, it's loaded with ads and is just small clips.  What's the big deal about that?  Will tell DH to check out your recommendations.  I only watch Netflix on my laptop, usually while I'm either cleaning, cooking, or doing my planks and other yoga/strengthening exercises. 

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #44 on: December 29, 2015, 02:18:27 PM »
DH and I never had cable. When we had a Netflix DVD subscription, we'd order the DVDs one year behind airing on TV. When we switched to Netflix streaming, we'd still sign up for one month of Netflix DVD service every once in awhile (when we ran out of interesting shows available on streaming) and binge watch to catch up on our favorite shows. OK, not really a binge, it was more like 2 episodes a night.

Now that we have cut out all paid streaming services, we stopped reserving an hour or two in the evening for TV and we spend the time on other (better) things. So we don't really have time or interest to binge watch our shows. Once in awhile we'll see that a friend or family member has some interesting DVDs (e.g. Game of Thrones) and we'll borrow them. We don't really go seeking them out.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #45 on: December 30, 2015, 01:41:15 AM »
Steering this thread back on track.


OP, here's another website I've used for streaming shows: tubeplus.is

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #46 on: December 30, 2015, 05:45:10 AM »
Most gyms have TV's, the local gold's gym near me has a bunch on the walls and on their treadmills. Membership is $9.99 a month with no contract but with a $19.99 signup fee. If you have to watch TV I would think this would be the most mustachian way to do it.

If you like new release movies you could get a job at a movie theater part time.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #47 on: December 30, 2015, 05:40:00 PM »
Well, we officially got rid of cable today, so hopefully it goes well, I am optimistic.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #48 on: December 30, 2015, 06:26:53 PM »
Nice job!  You'll find it's a bit weird for the first couple months, but after a while you just end up filling your time with more worthwhile/less passive activities.

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Re: How do you cut cable and still watch your shows?
« Reply #49 on: December 30, 2015, 09:41:16 PM »
Digital Antenna. Netflix. YouTube. Redbox.

If you are feeling adventurous - Amazon Fire tv stick + KODI.

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