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Title: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: financialforager on August 14, 2014, 08:42:47 PM
I am throwing down the challenge. Getting rid of cable TV. Have any of you took the plunge? Here is the way I did it.

http://www.financialforager.com/?p=126
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: SingleMomDebt on August 14, 2014, 08:48:27 PM
Yes. been without cable for a year now. Have netflix and the county's free sub channels ('normal' channel 5 is on sub channel 5.1). So I don't feel I miss anything at all. In fact, with the sub-channels, I still get ION, AMC, Spike TV, Cartoon Network. Its all good. And you'll do fine, too. Happily saving more money. :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Primm on August 14, 2014, 08:49:38 PM
Never had it.

That was easy! :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: gecko10x on August 14, 2014, 08:55:50 PM
Dropped it about 5 or 6 years ago :-)
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Ethernet on August 14, 2014, 09:06:21 PM
Convinced the family to drop it a month ago. Kids at first complained about how they didn't get their nickelodeon shows, but after subscribing to Hulu they were quickly pleased.

Although nobody really watches TV in my house anymore, to be honest I think that's a change for the better.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Roland of Gilead on August 14, 2014, 09:09:55 PM
If we had any other way of getting high speed internet I would ditch cable, but all we have out here in the boondocks is Comcast.  Every year or so I threaten to switch to DSL and Comcast offers me a deal on internet + tv that is as cheap as DSL + phone (wouldn't use the phone).

Just today I *downgraded* to save $50 a month and the downgrade included the same channels but added HBO.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: jennifers on August 14, 2014, 09:46:04 PM
I never had cable but my boyfriend was paying almost 200$ a month for premium cable that he barely ever watched.  We decided not to get cable when he moved in with me last month.  So far it's going great with just Netflix and Amazon Prime. I told him we can buy or rent the DVDs for any shows he misses. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Mike2 on August 14, 2014, 10:07:31 PM
I dropped cable about 5 years ago and don't miss it at all besides some sporting events.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: dycker1978 on August 15, 2014, 07:55:45 AM
I got rid of the whole TV... none at all... life is good
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: kelladoo on August 15, 2014, 08:12:12 AM
Awesome! We would love to get rid of our cable bill since we never use it. EVER. However, we do use the internet all of the time, and the cheapest way to have internet is to get the bundle, with cable. Lame. Any experience getting around this? Our house is very weirdly and inconveniently located in a dead zone too (in a very populated Alexandria, VA) so we literally would have no cell service in our house without an internet connection (we have a network extender), so we definitely need the internet. Any tips? We would love to drop the cable bill.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Roland of Gilead on August 15, 2014, 08:20:16 AM
Unfortunately, no, there are not any great alternatives to Comcast and the amazing speed of their internet.   I consistently get 30mb/s download.   I just consider the TV portion of the package to be a freebie and ignore it for the most part (except for a few shows like GoT).

I considered Frontier but you have to have quite a bit of equipment installed and I have heard some horror stories about customer service, contracts, and true speeds.   Better the devil you know IMO.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: minimustache1985 on August 15, 2014, 02:21:13 PM
I would love to- I had Netflix and Hulu plus for years and am perfectly satisfied with those, but the husband is a sports addict.  I'll be broaching downgrading the package when football goes to post-season in January or so, but before that there's no way he'll be receptive to downgrading while his Steelers are on TV so I'm working some other angles like decreasing restaurant visits right now.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: solon on August 15, 2014, 02:33:19 PM
More Americans subscribe to cable internet than cable TV

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You can now officially think of American cable companies as internet service providers with a declining side business in television.

http://qz.com/250254/for-the-first-time-more-americans-subscribe-to-cable-internet-than-cable-tv/
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Davids on August 15, 2014, 04:53:48 PM
Technically yes. I have Comcast Limited Basic Cable (which is just network channels) and Internet for $50/month. If it was just Internet Only it would be closer to $70/month which makes absolutely no sense from a pricing perspective.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: financialforager on August 16, 2014, 10:32:44 AM
I pay $44.99 a month for internet. 30mb up 4mb down.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: jrhampt on August 16, 2014, 11:18:06 AM
Dropped it a couple of years ago and haven't missed it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: pachnik on August 16, 2014, 04:50:29 PM
We dropped cable 2 months ago and I haven't missed it.  I only really watched the news.  My husband does miss sports a little.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: MrsPotts on August 16, 2014, 05:15:39 PM
We dropped it about a month ago.  I was really afraid to bring it up with Mr. Potts but was pleasantly surprised.  We have Netflix, Amazon Prime, and a cheap costco antenna that allows us to get local stations (according to Mr. Potts; I haven't tried to watch it.)   This saved us 70 bucks a month (we already had Prime and Netflix.) 
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Astatine on August 16, 2014, 05:25:12 PM
Never had it.

That was easy! :)

Me too!

To be honest, I'd be happy living without a TV at all (and have done so on and off all my life) but hubby likes his big screen TV for watching movies and the occasional TV show.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: greenmimama on August 20, 2014, 11:43:37 AM
I just looked up what antenna to get for my house, if I get one, it says I could get one channel, ABC.

One channel would be better than none, but I was hoping to get CBS, I've kind of gotten into watching football, I don't even know who I am anymore.

I did cut cable just last week and haven't replaced it with anything, we are just getting DVDs free from the library or watching our own small collection.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: unix_kung_fu on August 21, 2014, 01:48:08 PM
I live in a heavily populated urban area, so I get all the OTA channels just fine, just don't even watch most of those. I get a couple local PBS affiliates which is all I need. I have my Roku 2 device I bought a few years ago that still works (no need to buy the Roku 3 model for now) and it has a lot of free apps on there, including the PBS app which has most of their shows available for download for free.

Also use the Roku to stream internet radio through my receiver, have the Crackle app (free, unedited movies but commercial breaks every 20 minutes or so), among others. Sports is the big thing but for ESPN I go to a friends or a bar (not mustachian but it's budgeted in at least)
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: financialforager on August 21, 2014, 03:05:27 PM
I live in a heavily populated urban area, so I get all the OTA channels just fine, just don't even watch most of those. I get a couple local PBS affiliates which is all I need. I have my Roku 2 device I bought a few years ago that still works (no need to buy the Roku 3 model for now) and it has a lot of free apps on there, including the PBS app which has most of their shows available for download for free.

Also use the Roku to stream internet radio through my receiver, have the Crackle app (free, unedited movies but commercial breaks every 20 minutes or so), among others. Sports is the big thing but for ESPN I go to a friends or a bar (not mustachian but it's budgeted in at least)

Have you tried ESPN3 it allows you to stream sports if you have a internet connection. It will ask you for your ISP first. If it is on the list, your all set. Roku is ok for internet TV, but XBMC has so many more options. I can watch any show I want online for free.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Roland of Gilead on August 21, 2014, 05:35:42 PM
Those who totally cut the cable, where are you getting your wifis?
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: unix_kung_fu on August 21, 2014, 05:39:16 PM
Have you tried ESPN3 it allows you to stream sports if you have a internet connection. It will ask you for your ISP first. If it is on the list, your all set. Roku is ok for internet TV, but XBMC has so many more options. I can watch any show I want online for free.

Yeah, ESPN3 doesn't always have everything though.

I do have XBMC, actually built my own PVR from raw parts (using OpenELEC)  w/ Sickbeard and Couch Potato enabled, but that is beyond the scope of this post :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Rezdent on August 21, 2014, 09:47:36 PM
Those who totally cut the cable, where are you getting your wifis?

No cable.  Few OTA channels but I really don't watch "television".  DH sometimes uses Netflix.
I did spring for an air card from Ting because I am frequently the "on call" tech support for my work.  Nice thing is I only pay for what I use.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Primm on August 22, 2014, 03:17:02 AM
Those who totally cut the cable, where are you getting your wifis?

ADSL2+. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asymmetric_digital_subscriber_line)
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: unix_kung_fu on August 22, 2014, 08:06:47 AM
Those who totally cut the cable, where are you getting your wifis?

I guess not completely cut, where I'm at Comcast is the only option for high-speed. I'm paying like $60 for about ~22Mbps working speed. It's that or AT&T which will get me about 1.5Mbps for half that price.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Jack on August 22, 2014, 08:44:56 AM
Those who totally cut the cable, where are you getting your wifis?

I guess not completely cut, where I'm at Comcast is the only option for high-speed. I'm paying like $60 for about ~22Mbps working speed. It's that or AT&T which will get me about 1.5Mbps for half that price.

I cut Comcast TV (when possible), but still use Comcast for Internet:
(Note that these prices have required many hours on the phone and/or web chat (and in the case of 2 years ago, multiple Better Business Bureau complaints) to achieve because Comcast has a habit of promising me a good price then trying to renege. When (or if) Google Fiber gets rolled out in Atlanta, I will switch instantly and never, ever become a Comcast customer again if at all possible.)

I tried AT&T DSL, but my house is going on 70 years old and DSL flat out doesn't work at any speed.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Roland of Gilead on August 22, 2014, 08:53:23 AM
Those who totally cut the cable, where are you getting your wifis?

I guess not completely cut, where I'm at Comcast is the only option for high-speed. I'm paying like $60 for about ~22Mbps working speed. It's that or AT&T which will get me about 1.5Mbps for half that price.

I cut Comcast TV (when possible), but still use Comcast for Internet:
  • $30 / 20Mbps two years ago
  • $40 / 20Mbps last year (and basic cable -- they wouldn't let me pay less for Internet-only)
  • $20 / 30Mbps currently (the speed went up when they EOL'd DOCSIS 2... but I had to buy a new modem so I was annoyed anyway).
(Note that these prices have required many hours on the phone and/or web chat (and in the case of 2 years ago, multiple Better Business Bureau complaints) to achieve because Comcast has a habit of promising me a good price then trying to renege. When (or if) Google Fiber gets rolled out in Atlanta, I will switch instantly and never, ever become a Comcast customer again if at all possible.)

I tried AT&T DSL, but my house is going on 70 years old and DSL flat out doesn't work at any speed.

You must have held a gun to their head to get $20 a month for 30mb service with no TV subscription required.   I should let you negotiate my next job, you could probably get me 500k a year!
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Jack on August 22, 2014, 10:06:38 AM
You must have held a gun to their head to get $20 a month for 30mb service with no TV subscription required.   I should let you negotiate my next job, you could probably get me 500k a year!

It was actually an advertised rate that they sent as a mail flyer! Now, they initially tried to claim it didn't apply to me (despite the fact that they mailed it directly to my house, which was also the service address), and then they made it a big hassle to actually switch to it, but in the end I got it.

Also, keep in mind this was in Atlanta, not an expensive market.

(I called on the phone and the person claimed I could only sign up for it via online web chat. Then I went online and the web chat person said I had to cancel my TV service over the phone. I had to go back and forth between phone and web chat a couple of times and have the CSRs make notes on my account for the others to read in order to get it done.)

I wish I were that good at negotiating salary...
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: DEBt DEBs on October 13, 2014, 06:53:34 AM
Dropped it this year and have plenty to watch with OTA antenna.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: TeresaB on October 13, 2014, 09:09:54 AM
We've never had cable. We do have Comcast internet, and the rep on the phone tried to get us to sign up for cable. (With our plan, the cable is free, but not having it doesn't increase the price. I think that the building we live in worked out a deal to get "free" cable for the building out of condo association fees.) We told him we didn't want it. He kept saying "but it's free!". We finally had to tell him that we don't own a TV so cable is worthless to us.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: The Architect on October 13, 2014, 09:33:07 AM
Dropped it over the summer and immediately saved $70 on my Comcast bill. I'd love to get OTA channels, but apparently the major broadcasters make more selling their programming to Comcast in my area than broadcasting. We now watch all our shows on various apps with an ipad mini connected to the TV; works great, all the network stuff is available a week or so after it airs - and we pay $0 for TV service (but still $75 or so for internet).
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: tracylayton on October 13, 2014, 09:39:09 PM
My contract runs out next month, and I am going to go with an antenna. Looking forward to saving $87 per month!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: iris lily on October 13, 2014, 09:42:15 PM
I've never had cable.

But that said, I watch too much tv/film as it is, though, with a disc Netflix subscription, the Library's huge collection, and Hulu on my computer. And then, my friend invites me over for streaming shows so I've seen the latest hot series like Oragne and True Detective and Homeland Season 3, etc at her house.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Spartana on October 14, 2014, 05:26:55 PM
No cable here either - never had it. Have a rabbit ears antenna on top of my 32 inch TV and it gets pretty good reception and lots of network channels (plus crazy-ass local stuff and lots of PBS) since I'm less than 50 miles from LA. Other than news and the occasional PBS show I really only watch a couple of 2 TV shows and generally just channel surf so no need to get cable. Occasionally rent/borrow DVDs from my local library which has a big stash of them or from Redbox.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Public Hermit on October 15, 2014, 10:24:37 AM
I just cut cable a month ago. Best move I ever made!

I just purchased a cheap OTA antenna on Amazon last night, hoping to pick up 1 or 2 local channels in addition to Netflix.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Bob W on October 15, 2014, 10:29:38 AM
I got rid of the whole TV... none at all... life is good

That rocks -  obviously you still have a computer with internet?  Do you hulu or just forego the whole waist of time altogether?

What do you do for entertainment then?   I need replacement behaviors that are free or close to free.  Been thinking of taking up the guitar again.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: drewski83 on October 15, 2014, 11:32:49 AM
I wish, I've been trying to convince my wife that we don't need it. It's sad when a bill for something as useless as TV creeps past your electric and gas bills every month.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: vivian on October 15, 2014, 07:41:59 PM
I realized recently how much I enjoy cable free life. We've been cable free for a few months. We just use Netflix when we want entertainment. My parents came to visit and insisted we needed live TV. They very first day, the went and bought an antenna so we could get a couple of live channels. They spent a lot of time watching TV and now they've left and I have a whiny child who insists on turning on the TV all the time. Hopefully it won't take too long for him to remember he survived without TV since we keep turning it off.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: SpareChange on October 16, 2014, 11:07:44 AM
No cable here. Just before I moved into my efficiency, my tv broke. Instead of replacing it, I bought a usb tv tuner and just use my computer monitor to watch local stations occasionally, basically for sports. Already used the computer to watch the few shows I follow and movies.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: MandalayVA on October 16, 2014, 11:29:26 AM
Got rid of DirecTV earlier this year--the only reason we had it was so I could watch hockey, but once I discovered Hockeystreams.com we cut it off.  Mr. Mandalay has a Netflix account but I don't know how often he uses it. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Natcat on October 17, 2014, 10:43:13 AM
I've lived mostly without cable since I was 21 (now 29) and until even toy without netflicks. At the time it was a difficult decision to make and one made before I became frugal. It was a decision necessitated by lowering expenses to make my student loans stretch further. At first I didn't know what to do with myself in the evenings but that quickly passed.

When my spouse moved in with me nearly 2 years ago he bought a little tv and hooked up cable as he insisted he couldn't live without it. Fast forward to this summer and I've got him off the cable and onto netflix. This is proof that even tv lovers can happily go without cable.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: yyc-phil on October 17, 2014, 03:25:31 PM
I cut the cable a decade or so ago, and never looked back. We do own an old big screen TV which is mostly there to hide a shitty drywall repair job I did a few years ago, and to watch the occasional DVD from the public library. We also recently cut our internet/land line combo and now only have home internet via hotspot on my wife's smartphone on a $35/month Windmobile plan which includes "unlimited" internet, which is enough since we do not watch videos, play music or video games. Unfortunately, because I work in an area where my wife's cheap plan does not work, I must subscribe to a call/text plan with Bell Mobility. Cheapest is $45/month, without a data plan which I can live without since I am connected to the internet practically 24/7 at the office and at my crashpad, for free.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: JoshuaSpodek on October 19, 2014, 08:59:55 PM
Got rid of my cathode ray tube when I renovated my apartment last winter. I haven't gotten around to getting a new TV yet.

Actually, my friends gave me an old one -- flat screen! -- they were getting rid of. It's just sitting in the corner, not plugged in to power or cable. It looks like it should be worth something, but it doesn't seem worth my time to connect it or try to sell it.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: GumbyPickles on October 20, 2014, 07:30:33 AM
I would be great without cable except for SPORTS.  It's the one thing that I enjoy brain-dead watching and it's only available on cable.

Instead, I negotiate the hell out of my cable/internet contract.  Was able to get UVERSE 18 Mbps w/ whole home U300 HD-DVR for under $77.  Just had to ask to speak to supervisors 3 times to get the prices I wanted. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: ranDMC on October 20, 2014, 08:31:39 AM
I just kicked Comcast out of my house in favor of a promotion a regional internet/cable provider was offering. $35/mo for 25mb/6mb and all the free stuff that I get when I plug the TY into the wall. saves me $45/mo compared to the "deal" I was getting with Comcast.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Cardinal12 on October 21, 2014, 09:45:42 AM
Finally got ride of cable this week!

Held onto it for an extra 6 months because it was cheaper to downgrade it than it was to flat out cancel! Weird how bundled deals work like that.

Now to trim back the $60 a month on internet...
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: financialforager on February 20, 2015, 07:24:16 AM
There is no need for paying for cable any more. All you need is a antenna and an internet connection.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: gluskap on February 20, 2015, 02:24:49 PM
We just got rid of cable this year.  We were paying $138 for cable/internet/phone.  Now we pay $72 for internet/phone so a lot of savings.  Unfortunately can't get rid of the phone since hubby insists on having an alarm system and we need a phone line for that.  We have Charter.  Wondering how some people above got cheaper deals with basic cable and internet?  Is it worth calling to see if adding basic cable might reduce the cost?
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: kander on February 21, 2015, 04:45:53 AM
I did this too! On april 1th 1st we won't have cable anymore.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: gaja on February 21, 2015, 05:17:09 AM
Cable is way to much hassle. We have had it on and off the last ten years, but every time we try, it is just so much work getting it function. And then you can't see what you want when you want. So we always go back to apps, like viaplay, netflix or HBO. The national TV has started digitizing all old films and shows, their app is getting better every day. Had a computer hooked up to the screen for many years, but now we are using ChromeCast. It's ok, but not perfect.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Dexterous on February 22, 2015, 01:46:33 AM
I haven't owned cable tv in 6 years, and when I did it was at a $29 price with internet (I was "friendly" with a mediacom employee, lol).

However, I do have an indoor UHF antenna with a 35 mile range to pickup some broadcasts.  Additionally, we use amazon prime (at the student discount price of $49 year) which includes a lot of tv shows and movies.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: cshaw on February 22, 2015, 03:35:40 AM
Finally got ride of cable this week!

Held onto it for an extra 6 months because it was cheaper to downgrade it than it was to flat out cancel! Weird how bundled deals work like that.

Now to trim back the $60 a month on internet...

Would love to get down to $60 a month for internet.  Moved from Utah to Idaho about a year and a half ago.  Signed up for the $55/month introductory cable internet (no TV).  Have seen that grow from $55, to $70, and now $100/month because of our data usage.  There four of us in the house and Netflix gets a lot of use in the Winter months.  My teenage son also plays a lot of online games on top of watching Netflix (sometimes at the same time).  The local cable company has absolutely zero serious competition and they know it.  The $100/month cable bill pisses me off almost as much as that $240 cell phone bill use to.  Ting helped remedy that one.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: willow on February 22, 2015, 06:24:36 PM
I am throwing down the challenge. Getting rid of cable TV. Have any of you took the plunge? Here is the way I did it.

http://www.financialforager.com/?p=126

Kudos to you! I've been cable sober for years now. Couldn't afford it in college, then when I got out, didn't make sense to drop all that money on it. If we do watch TV or movies, it's whatever is available via the show's website or redbox/amazon instant video.

Nova and PBS do a great job of putting a lot of their stuff online.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: wintersun on February 22, 2015, 06:47:48 PM
We love being cable-less.  It is years since we had it, I think it was 1999.  There are so many other things to do with my evenings.  Of course the computer screen is just as addictive, I have spent hours peering at it today.  I hope you love your newfound freedom.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: 1967mama on February 23, 2015, 01:29:46 AM
Watched the Academy Awards tonight in HD with our $129 OTA digital antenna. Possibly my best purchase of 2014!
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: anon-e-mouse on February 25, 2015, 05:42:37 PM
We cut the cord so long ago, I forget when.
I don't miss it at all except nightly news and sports.
Now that I installed an HD antenna for the t.v. (about 70 channels!), I find that I don't even watch it at all.
Stupid rambling and fear mongering in the news, regurgitated hourly.

We're FAR from mustachian, but getting closer all the time.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: MLKnits on February 25, 2015, 06:01:50 PM
Never had it. I have a little LCD TV that I haul out to watch DVDs with friends occasionally--well, I've done it twice in four years--but with a laptop, who needs a TV?

Helps that I loathe "background" noise/movement. I will never grok people who just leave the TV on all day. TVs in waiting rooms and in the back of (other people's--mine is OFF) airplane seats drive me up the wall. One of my sisters sleeps with all the lights on and the TV running, which blows my mind.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: 1967mama on February 25, 2015, 11:30:55 PM
I currently have the following out from the library:

"Argo"
"Philomena"
"American Hustle"
"Gravity"

As well, I have out these documentaries:

"Coast"  -- BBC Series
"Fed Up" -- Katie Couric expose on the food industry and sugar

Should keep us busy for a while!
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Cornelia on March 02, 2015, 09:48:31 AM
Huzzah!
Finally canceled the cable last week, just switched over to a cheap rabbit ears antenna with a digital converter box (long live our old CRT tv). We get a few local channels for news etc, and local TVO public station for cartoons for the kiddos. I'm still trying to figure out how to hook my series2 TiVo up to it... might just have to cancel the TiVo service too, if I can't figure it out!



Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: The Southern Stache on March 03, 2015, 08:22:50 AM
Check out SLING TV. Not perfect, but looks like a great supplement to OTA Local Broadcast Antenna Channels.  I believe the service was rolled out in February of this year, so still new, however the online reviews sound good.  I believe there is a free 14 day trial.  I plan on a trial using my amazon fire TV (which I also highly recommend).  As I understand it, it is $20 a month for basic package to include ESPN, ESPN2, CNN, Disney and a few others, including a Spanish network.  $5 extra for each of the other tiers (sports, kids, news).  No DVR (record, pause, rewind, fast forward, etc) functionality as a rule, some VOD.  Downside is that they are the actual channel broadcasts so you will have commercials.  But again, for the price...and being able to watch the games, could be worth it.  Good luck to you all. 
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: KD on March 03, 2015, 08:25:30 AM
Took me about five years of intermittently bringing it up to get Hubs (who watches one show-which is available online) to finally agree.  Cancelled it in February!!!  YEEEEEEEEEEEE=HAW!  $55.00 a month for the WIN!!!
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: b4u2 on March 03, 2015, 09:13:59 AM
I'd like to do this. I have been with Directv for many years. I have netflix and chromecast and amazon prime. I think I used prime once but it doesn't work well with chromecast. I had to cast the screen since amazon and google don't like each other. The video quality was trash. I also like to watch football, college and pro. If I can find a viable way around cable I would take it. I also use dvr a lot since we are not glued to the tv at certain times.

I am currently trying plex also. My wifi network seems to have issues and it pisses my off when it lags or buffers frequently. I have a friend working with my to try and figure out the issues.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: rocksinmyhead on March 03, 2015, 10:20:31 AM
Helps that I loathe "background" noise/movement. I will never grok people who just leave the TV on all day. TVs in waiting rooms and in the back of (other people's--mine is OFF) airplane seats drive me up the wall. One of my sisters sleeps with all the lights on and the TV running, which blows my mind.

OMG this is me too! (Except that I do have a TV, I like watching movies and many TV shows on Roku). Seriously just reading your description of TVs being on in the background makes me feel anxious. LOL.

Also +1 to whoever said watching the Oscars in HD with their OTA antenna was lovely!
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: forkneedlepen on March 03, 2015, 10:51:05 AM
We got rid of cable TV a couple years ago. It was kind of part of the evolution of getting fit and also getting serious about cutting expenses. We are not sports watchers, so that never was a factor. We do have Netflix and Amazon Prime which we stream through a Roku 3, although we are contemplating canceling Netflix since the two of them seem to have much of the same programming and all we ever watch are nature documentaries.

We cut our $160 a month cable and internet bill to a $65 a month internet bill.

We were also able to cut our gym memberships back since I can get yoga and pilates class through Daily Burn for $10 a month.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: yyc-phil on March 03, 2015, 11:31:54 AM
We cut the cable years ago, and don't have home internet. But my elderly mother is visiting us for a while and I need to find a quick and cheap solution to entertain her during the day while my wife and I are away. I tried a couple of cheap antennas to get local channels without any success. I am wondering if a more expensive antenna would have better results. Any advice?
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: 1967mama on March 03, 2015, 11:52:35 AM
I am wondering if a more expensive antenna would have better results. Any advice?

@ykphil,

We tried a $19 antenna first, and it was lousy -- maybe 2 channels and lots of pixelation. 

We have upgraded to a $129 one and its great! We get 5 channels with perfect HD reception. As you probably know, it also depends on your area (topography and trees/buildings etc) and the location of the towers. We do move ours to a different spot for one particular channel.

Here is a link to it:
http://www.futureshop.ca/en-CA/product/antennas-direct-antennas-direct-clearstream-amplified-indoor-digital-tv-antenna-csm1-xg-cn-csm1-xg-cn/10319742.aspx?path=e34a1d23bbd1ed3d317c4b6634e4b4c1en02

Hope that helps!

Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: b4u2 on March 03, 2015, 12:29:58 PM
We cut the cable years ago, and don't have home internet. But my elderly mother is visiting us for a while and I need to find a quick and cheap solution to entertain her during the day while my wife and I are away. I tried a couple of cheap antennas to get local channels without any success. I am wondering if a more expensive antenna would have better results. Any advice?

Check the first post. He has a link to 2 different antenna sites. They can help you pick the right one based on your zip code. I looked and mine was a red type so I'll be shopping for the correct one.

I'm also looking at ditching Directv and mediacom and switching to IMON. Would save me about $80 a month over using the other two.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Cornelia on March 08, 2015, 08:52:08 AM
Had to share-

We cut the cable a couple weeks ago, and lo and behold a couple days ago a rival cable company telemarketer called and asked about our cable.

 I said we didn't have any cable, and he said, slightly dumbfounded, "what do you do for entertainment then?" I replied, "I don't know, live life, have fun?". After a longish pause, he just said, "Okay, have a nice day, good bye."

I burst out laughing, it was the highlight of my day :)
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: financialforager on April 05, 2015, 05:27:32 PM
Had to share-

We cut the cable a couple weeks ago, and lo and behold a couple days ago a rival cable company telemarketer called and asked about our cable.

 I said we didn't have any cable, and he said, slightly dumbfounded, "what do you do for entertainment then?" I replied, "I don't know, live life, have fun?". After a longish pause, he just said, "Okay, have a nice day, good bye."

I burst out laughing, it was the highlight of my day :)

Great stuff!! There is no need for cable tv or direct tv. All you need is a HD antenna and a internet connection.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: FrugalKube on April 07, 2015, 09:12:04 PM
I think I can handle this! Cut down my internet/cable bill from $150 to $50
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: southern granny on April 08, 2015, 06:11:06 PM
I'd like to do this. I have been with Directv for many years. I have netflix and chromecast and amazon prime. I think I used prime once but it doesn't work well with chromecast. I had to cast the screen since amazon and google don't like each other. The video quality was trash. I also like to watch football, college and pro. If I can find a viable way around cable I would take it. I also use dvr a lot since we are not glued to the tv at certain times.

I'm preparing to drop the cable and I signed up for amazon prime and chromecast and it works great.  Better than I expected since my internet is slower than recommended for the chromecast.  I have been binge watching Downton Abby
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: mrpercentage on April 15, 2015, 05:19:34 AM
I did for two years but it came back with a vengeance (my wife). She really wanted to see the olympics (Im in a bad reception area for NBC) and a temporary good deal and a contract came together. So now I pay.. eh don't remind me.

To ease the pain when I did I bought a Roku $60 and used my Xbox to stream Netflix and purchases from Amazon.
If there is just 1 or 2 shows you must have Amazon has 99% of them the day after they air for $2 with no commercials and you own them for life. So the walking dead subscription is only $8 a month. Not bad if you were paying $105 for cable.

Now there is sling TV and Apple TV service and even HBO without cable on online. HBO is $15 but can you say content so go ahead and binge that Game of Thrones.

Im not trying to get you guys to spend money.. Im just trying to say there are options and seasonal HBO and 1 or 2 shows purchased wouldn't be that bad and you would avoid the commercial brainwashing.
Title: Re: Getting rid of cable TV.
Post by: Miamoo on April 16, 2015, 09:36:31 AM
Done 4 or 5 years ago.