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Old 10-21-2015, 09:04 PM
 
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So here are two options. My wife wants cable and not the cheap cable. I am looking to find cheaper ways to get cable via streaming. Internet I would like to go with which is $70 total with taxes per month. So I'd like to stay under $30 a month for a cable streaming internet based package.

Sling tv facts: Monthly subscription - $20 plus ny tax - best of live package - needs to be minimum 2.5 Mbps - if regular TV have to use roku (and you plug into usb part of TV)

$50 one time fee for roku box

If you have high speed internet you won't be charged for data (high speed is 25/5)

Make sure you have high speed internet - they provide channels over the Internet - can watch on iPad without roku (sling has contract w the channels is how you get to see it)

Other option is more costly:

Optimum TV deals

Cable and Internet - package deal

$64.95 for cable
(Tnt. Tlc. Msg)
$7.80 for one box
59.99
4.95 modem
Surcharge 5.00
Tax 8.00

$151.67
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:24 PM
 
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You can buy the modem from amazon for ~35 and you will not have to pay the $4.95 modem rental

I've cut the cable cord 3yrs ago,
Have RoKu (3 of them)

Pay for Hulu + $9mo
have Amazon Prime 99/yr (part of the package)
Netflix now 9mo

Have hundreds of free channels available on the RoKu list.
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:26 PM
 
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What Channels does she want? on cable?
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Old 10-21-2015, 09:52 PM
 
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What Channels does she want? on cable?
Just stuff she can watch while I am working my second job at night.

ID. That's her favorite. Lol

But basically I think Sling TV is a good start. Want to try to find services for live TV via Internet on the TV.
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:31 PM
 
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Question about owning your own modem: It is stops working, will the cable company repair it? I doubt it.

I use an indoor tv antenna and get 34 channels. It's a Winegard Flatwave HDTV antenna that costs $28 (plus tax) at Home Depot, or one can purchase online. They also offer an amplified antenna for those who live further away from tv stations, that one runs around $50.

I receive CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC, PBS, MeTV, Antenna TV, Cozi TV, THIS, LAFF, and Movies!, etc. There are a few I don't need or watch, but all in all, am extremely satisfied with the reception and so glad to be free of paying for cable tv. If there is a cable show I desperately want to watch, most are on the internet the next day.
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:40 PM
 
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Question about owning your own modem: It is stops working, will the cable company repair it? I doubt it.
No, But @ $40-50 you go buy a new one. Unless you get a dud, A Cable Modem will last for years.

Just changed from Clear to Comcast, Bought my Clear Modem in 2010, ($50 then) was still going strong when unplugged it last month, (Clear is ending service next month).


so $5/Month x 5 year (60months) = $300 if i rented Could have bought 1 a year at there rental rate.
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Old 10-22-2015, 02:45 PM
 
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No, But @ $40-50 you go buy a new one. Unless you get a dud, A Cable Modem will list for years.

Just changed from Clear to Comcast, Bought my Clear Modem in 2010, ($50 then) was still going strong when unplugged it last month, (Clear is ending service next month).


so $5/Month x 5 year (60months) = $300 if i rented Could have bought 1 a year at there rental rate.
Very true, it is a long term investment that will pay for itself.
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:08 PM
 
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Very true, it is a long term investment that will pay for itself.
There's something called Vue where you can pay $50 and work off Playstation 3 console. My wife wants ID. Perhaps that's good enough to make her happy without us breaking the bank for cable. It's internet cable. Has the shows she wants. 60 channels.
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Old 10-22-2015, 03:14 PM
 
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One warning thing My Son has told me about the PlayStation and Vue,

The PS seem to get hot over time, from using it as a TV receiver, so pre-mature failure of the PS from the heat may be a factor you need to think about.
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:52 PM
 
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Question about owning your own modem: It is stops working, will the cable company repair it? I doubt it.

I use an indoor tv antenna and get 34 channels. It's a Winegard Flatwave HDTV antenna that costs $28 (plus tax) at Home Depot, or one can purchase online. They also offer an amplified antenna for those who live further away from tv stations, that one runs around $50.

I receive CBS, ABC, FOX, NBC, PBS, MeTV, Antenna TV, Cozi TV, THIS, LAFF, and Movies!, etc. There are a few I don't need or watch, but all in all, am extremely satisfied with the reception and so glad to be free of paying for cable tv. If there is a cable show I desperately want to watch, most are on the internet the next day.
My cable modem is almost 15 years old that I am presently using. If I had rented that whole time for $6/month that's over $1,000 in rental fees...
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