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Old 05-22-2013, 08:35 AM
 
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I have opted for netflix and hulu, it is only 25 buck a month for both( i have the one dvd out at a time plan with netflix with the streaming package. In, addition I have crackle on my ps3 so I have opted to not pay for cable tv or satellite. How many of you have done the same. I was feed up with 130.00 dollar cable bills.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:02 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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I do without cable more often than not. When I paid to get cable last summer, it had been at least a couple of years that I'd done just fine without it. The only reason I had it re-installed was because I thought that I should keep myself informed for the November elections.

Ha-ha-ha! I should have spared myself the time and money.

Anyhow, I'm getting ready to have it disconnected again. I agree with the OP that most cable companies charge too much money for too few good programs. I love music and I really like to discover all the great things that are and have been put out by different groups and singers. I can listen to Pandora or other Internet music stations all day long, and I like to listen to NPR. too. The Internet in general is more interesting to me than the junk on cable. Books are great stuff, as well.

If I want to see something on video, I can usually rent it on the cheap from Netflix or Red Box or else go over to a friend's and watch cable on THEIR dime.

Too many people have become captive to the cable companies, IMO. Despite all the competition, they still all seem to charge astronomical fees for programming that's not much better than one of those videos of birds that you can leave on for your cat so she won't get bored if you're gone.

Plus, they give you a low price for a month or two, but then do the old switcheroo on the customer and you're paying double before you know what hits you. This last bit REALLY ticks me off.

Cable? Meh.
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Old 05-22-2013, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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I bought a leaf antenna and get 58 channels. After subtracting the Spanish and religious and the ones I don't ever watch I have about 15 programmed in. I mostly watch METV, a local independent channel, the CW, the 3 PBS channels, and the 4 networks.

We have a great library system and I order the movies online and they call when they come in.

I got rid of Netflix last fall and cable last winter. The networks show enough sports for me.

When I had cable I found myself settling in for the night as soon as baseball started and not really doing much else.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:04 AM
 
Location: Windham County, VT
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My comment
(no, I don't even have a tv-I free stream shows online via desktop)
is posted in this thread-
Are You Watching Less TV Because of YouTube?
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Old 05-23-2013, 02:36 PM
 
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We exclusively use Netflix on our Xbox and download whatever else we want, and I couldn't be happier.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I recently cancelled my cable. My tv was in the shop for about a month, so I watched my shows online at that time, and got used to it, so it just made sense to cancel my cable and save money. I have Netflix, so I can still watch things on my tv, and my regular shows I just watch online (although I'll probably have to Netflix It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, since that doesn't seem to have full episodes on Hulu). I figure this will save me about $800.00 a year. Only thing I miss is baseball, and seeing as the White Sox suck this year, I'm not missing much.
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Old 06-15-2013, 10:05 AM
 
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Cable is no big deal to me. I can live with or without it. Sometimes, I get it because it's on a special and it's just cheaper to get cable and internet together than paying internet alone....but once that special rates are over; there goes the cancellation. There is only a few channel that I watch anyway which are ESPN and NFL network.
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Old 06-15-2013, 05:52 PM
 
Location: St. Louis, MO
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DH & I opted out over 3 1/2 years ago in favor of Netflix Streaming ($8.55/mo inc tax) and more recently Amazon Prime. We honestly just don't watch enough TV to constitute paying for cable / satellite as we find that there is often "nothing on anyhow"! We only pay $29/mo for internet alone, so it's not in our best interests to pay extra for cable.
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Old 07-20-2013, 03:35 PM
 
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No cable/satellite and the only time I turn on my TV is for the local news and weather now and then. If my television broke, I would not replace it.

Like Colorado Rambler, TV isn't my only form of entertainment. I use Pandora, Spotify, listen to NPR, local talk radio in the morning, catch up with podcasts on my iPod, play games on my phone or iPod or Kindle, and read books or magazines. I have a digital radio tuner on my iPod and my phone for stations worldwide, and sometimes I go old school and turn on an actual radio . There's just too many other home entertainment options to justify paying for cable and then taking the time to use it to its full extent.

I don't watch a lot of shows, but the ones I do, I stream for free online. Plus online, I can find older shows too, not just what the networks schedule. Not to mention the Canadian and UK programs I like that aren't on here in the USA. Right now I'm watching The White Queen tv series, which isn't on here in the US yet, but when it debuts it will only be on Starz. I also have a program that changes my IP to a UK address so I can stream from BBC's iPlayer. I could watch TV for free all day, everyday online, and still not be able to watch everything that I find interesting or entertaining. Why would I pay over $100/month for programming I don't watch that much and don't even like the content of?

Cable prices are ridiculous. Never again. Kind of like how I'll never have a landline again....it's been replaced by something else that's cheaper, does more, and is portable.

The TV's pretty dead to me; I don't mourn the loss.

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Old 07-20-2013, 04:07 PM
 
Location: Somewhere out there
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I cut off Direct TV a couple of years ago before moving into town used a converter box picked up 40 channels for free. Then sold the farm moved in town we got basic cable and Netflix after about 3 months of no TV. Now I only pay $7.99 per month for Netflix cable is free it's a perk for this 55+ community. Rest I watch online if I miss something for free.

I think cable companies waited a little to late to start worry about how to keep customers. Now they are doing whatever they can to keep customers like offering free cable to certain complexes I'm sure they give the complex owners a great deal.
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