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Old 12-23-2015, 10:25 AM
 
Location: New York
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My Direct TV bill is $77 a month...~$924 a year. Saving roughly a grand a year relative to our income is simply not enough savings for me to cut the cord. The convenience and we like to watch sports is worth it for us.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:09 PM
 
Location: Upper Darby, PA
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If I didn't watch sports, I wouldn't have cable. I don't watch any other programming with advertising. Sports and premium movie channels is it. I'm affluent enough that my cable bill is lost in the noise. If sports went to ip streaming and pay per view, I would dump cable immediately.
That's my issue since I am a sports fan and currently have Comcast. I do eliminate the sports package in June since NBA and the NFL are not in session during the summer and then add it back in September.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:24 PM
 
Location: SW Virginia
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Luckily we get good Antenna reception here. We have never had Cable or a Dish ever. The more time goes on, the more TV we get. They keep adding channels. Also we got Roku for a gift and now also get Netflix as a periodic gift. Now we have so much TV, it un-believable. All for no money. We have never spent 1 Cent on TV since Cable was first available back in the 80's.

Now I do miss out on a little. I'm a big Nascar fan and they had shortened up the TV time a little more this year. I still got most of the races, but missed some. But, there is still the Radio and I usually get Free "Race Buddy" on the computer live to go along with it. Either that or I just get more work done outside and then check the results online afterwards, lol.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:37 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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It all depends if you actually have competition in your area for internet service.

In my area there are two companies you can go with for internet service - one cable and one DSL. They both charge within $5 of each other and have ridiculously low bandwidth caps. When you add the cable TV package with the cable company, your bandwidth cap expands exponentially, more than covering HD streaming.

As a sports fan I am going to see my games one way or another. If I don't see them at home I will go out, probably buying a couple beers and food in the process. It saves money for me to stay in and just pay for the cable.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:43 PM
 
Location: Upper Darby, PA
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I tried to leave Comcast a few years ago for Clear Internet at $9.95 a month but the service was so crappy I ended up going right back to Comcast four months later.
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Old 12-23-2015, 09:47 PM
 
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I could have internet only and be quite happy but Mr. CSD loves his television and I feel he deserves to watch television when he wants to. He also likes a home telephone so we will have cable television, internet and home phone until we no longer need them.
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Old 12-23-2015, 10:41 PM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I could have internet only and be quite happy but Mr. CSD loves his television and I feel he deserves to watch television when he wants to. He also likes a home telephone so we will have cable television, internet and home phone until we no longer need them.
We have been seeing Verizon trucks near our neighborhood and they are installing cable. So soon we may have an alternative to Comcast. Competition is healthy. We just want internet but it's more expensive to just have internet alone without basic tv.
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Old 12-24-2015, 12:15 AM
 
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I have had to damp down my desire for instant gratification, though.
Instant gratification can be very expensive.

The original Star Wars in 1977 took from Memorial Day to Independence Day to sell as many tickets as the sequel sold in the initial 29 hour period last thursday/friday. Now we have 40,000 movie screens with millions of seats that mostly sit empty so that no desire for instant gratification will go unquenched.

But decades ago, the frugal still avoided movie theaters to watch movies on TV. So now, we just have to decide when we see them on TV.
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Old 12-24-2015, 01:17 AM
 
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For most people who can't "ditch cable" they are kept/drawn back by sports.

For the majority of the rest of us.... Nonissue.
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Old 12-24-2015, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Wartrace,TN
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I cut the cord almost ten years ago; I was spending about 85 dollars a month on a direct TV package. I put up an antenna but the transition to HDTV didn't work out well for me in my location being almost 60 miles from the towers. I could get OTA television occasionally but it wasn't reliable. A storm came by one day and destroyed the antenna and I never bothered to replace it.

I use netflix streaming exclusively. I have adjusted quite well to the absence of TV. I have not watched a commercial in years. I do not watch the so called "news" and feel I am better off for it. I'll never go back to cable/satilite.

BTW- I just saw on my local news webpage that all the cable/Sat companies are planning a rate increase next year. ~ about 100 dollars more per year. (that increase is more than I pay per year for netflix )
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