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Old 01-11-2016, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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No. Rather, sports is one of many reasons why cable is still the best option for many people. However, many people who don't watch a minute of sports still have rational and compelling reasons to stick with cable, even though that doesn't jive with the favored cord-cutting narrative.
Right, I see your point.

Speaking for myself I think I get my value out of cable, mostly for the sports. It's not the first bill I would cut if I had to.

Having cable keeps me in the house. In my younger days I was well known to not watch TV all that often and go out much more. It's quite easy to spend the equivalent of a monthly cable bill on just one night on the town. You buy dinner, a few drinks for yourself, a few for your friends, boom, $100 gone in a few hours vs. for cable $100 gone over a month.

I would almost certainly go out more if it weren't for TV and spend quite a bit more than my cable bill on that.
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Old 01-13-2016, 05:27 AM
 
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It's quite easy to spend the equivalent of a monthly cable bill on just one night on the town. You buy dinner, a few drinks for yourself, a few for your friends, boom, $100 gone in a few hours vs. for cable $100 gone over a month.
It reminds me of the government birth control efforts in India. When you think of birth control, TV is not the first thing you think of, but the government has learned that TV options are critical in reducing the fertility rate.

It has always been cable's strongest argument. No matter what the cost of cable, it is always cheaper than real life.
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Old 01-15-2016, 10:32 AM
 
Location: 2016 Clown Car...fka: Wisconsin
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We aren't sports fans and that usually seems to be the draw to keep cable. We are using Hulu now and are enjoying watching a series from beginning to end then finding a new one. Internet did go up for us to $60 per month but still much better than the $200 we were spending for internet+cable.
I agree wholeheartedly! I purchased a TiVo (and now pay for the subscription service) and rent Netflix. I've never had crappy reception or buffering and it streams perfectly. I already get OTA programming, so that's a bonus. All in all, I pay $20/mo for TV and $40/mo for 50mb internet (250gb cap) and the $60 I pay now sure does beat the $170 I was paying for satellite TV and broadband internet. I mean seriously...what TV programs are SO special that I am compelled to shell out $100 a month to watch it?

Maybe there are two camps of cord cutters: those who do it and move on to a different lifestyle and those who do it and continue to mourn their old lifestyle Just sayin'...

RVcook
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Old 01-15-2016, 11:56 AM
 
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If I genuinely had time to watch TV I'd get cable..but I don't. I maybe watch 1-2 shows a year and can usually stream that on Nexflix or other streaming service.

Only sport I watch if football, and my over-the-air HDTV antenna takes care of that.

Local news? HD antenna again

Believe it or not my Playstation 4 is the #1 entertainment device in the living room. Not for video games but that's how I watch Blu-ray movies, stream Netflix or Amazon or Youtube for kids shows, Spotify for music, or once in a while actually play some video games.
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Old 01-15-2016, 05:25 PM
 
Location: Suburban wasteland of NC
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I agree wholeheartedly! I purchased a TiVo (and now pay for the subscription service) and rent Netflix. I've never had crappy reception or buffering and it streams perfectly. I already get OTA programming, so that's a bonus. All in all, I pay $20/mo for TV and $40/mo for 50mb internet (250gb cap) and the $60 I pay now sure does beat the $170 I was paying for satellite TV and broadband internet. I mean seriously...what TV programs are SO special that I am compelled to shell out $100 a month to watch it?

Maybe there are two camps of cord cutters: those who do it and move on to a different lifestyle and those who do it and continue to mourn their old lifestyle Just sayin'...

RVcook
There probably are. Some people just have to see the newest TV show episodes that aired last night and some people like myself are more than happy to watch whatever happens to be available on Netflix, free Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. Some people are really into sports, some like myself enjoy watching college football but are only willing to pay so much to do so, and some couldn't care less. Some people grew up watching TV and some people like myself literally didn't even know cable existed until we were about 14.

It also depends on the type of person you are. Some people make a lot more money than others and to them $70 a month isn't much. Others hate to overpay for anything or don't watch enough TV to be able to justify the cost of cable to themselves.

For example during the 2014 football season while I was paying for cable A&E was running an interesting show called The Returned. I started watching it, but once the Superbowl was over it was literally the only thing I was watching on cable. The show was good, but not worth $70 a month. I suspended the cable till the 2015 football season and finished watching The Returned once it hit Netflix.
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Old 01-17-2016, 04:45 PM
 
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I just cut my cable down to the basic channels. But they took away my DVR recorder. I want to record my daytime shows and I can't find a cheap DVR recorder to buy. They don't make them anymore. Netflix is boring too.
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:17 PM
 
Location: 2016 Clown Car...fka: Wisconsin
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I just cut my cable down to the basic channels. But they took away my DVR recorder. I want to record my daytime shows and I can't find a cheap DVR recorder to buy. They don't make them anymore. Netflix is boring too.
If you were a cable/satellite customer and cut the cable, 'they' took away your DVR because they owned it. Also, DVR's were never cheap. You are probably thinking about the cheap VCR's that were produced for a while and that you can still purchase on ebay. I have 3 in my basement along with a converter box that I don't use.

As I previously stated, I purchased a TiVo (DVR), paid $180 and it records everything digitally. Considering how much I'm saving each month, (about $90), the TiVo and subscription service for an entire year was paid for in 4 months.

My needs are simple so having an extra $1000 a year in my pocket is a bonus.

Yep...two camps for sure.

RVcook
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:49 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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I haven't watched much television since highschool, and I got cable two years ago, I just couldn't get back into watching it, so I cancelled the service. There weeks where I wouldn't watch anything, yet I was still paying for it. I work 40 hours a week, so spending my precious free time watching tv seems like a colossal waste. I'd rather go to the beach, or socialise with friends.
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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In another 10 years, internet access will cost more than cable TV packages. It already is in my market. If I just wanted cable TV I'd pay a few dollars less than if I just wanted internet.
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Old 01-18-2016, 10:10 AM
 
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I just bought Apple T.V. But I am just learning to use it. Any suggestions?
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