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View Poll Results: Is there a specific reason you get cable TV?
I get cable for the mix and watch most channels. 5 17.24%
I get cable but spend most of the time hunting for something to watch. 6 20.69%
I get cable for the sports and could care less about the rest. 3 10.34%
I get cable for the news and could care less about the rest. 5 17.24%
I get cable for the movies and could care less about the rest. 1 3.45%
I get cable for the specialty channels and could care less about the rest. 5 17.24%
I get cable, but for no specific channel groups or types. 8 27.59%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 29. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 09-16-2016, 09:06 PM
Location: Greater Houston
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Originally Posted by oregonwoodsmoke View Post
Mostly cable is running old network TV shows. A lot of them from the 70's, and running the same show for hours on end. The good cooking shows are all gone. The home improvement/ flipping shows are mostly gone and the ones that are left, they run the same show over and over.
That's what is being shown on the OTA subchannels of the major broadcast stations (English & Spanish--there some English-language subchannels on these stations in Houston). At least I don't have to pay cable for the same reruns!

Originally Posted by AtkinsonDan View Post
I have cable TV because my internet provider is the cable company and for whatever reason they are charging more for standalone internet than for internet plus TV. It does not make sense, you would think that it would be better for the service provider to have internet only customers because it would lower the carriage fees they pay to the media companies. Carriage fees are calculated per subscriber.
I would have gotten the VOIP home phone instead. It's cheaper than the TV package and converter box rental. Comcast/Xfinity allows me to call the entire U.S., Canada, and now Mexico, China, India, and Singapore for free.

Even if you kept standalone internet, it will save you the hassle of price increases on the packages when the promos expire. Internet-only is usually cheaper than a package with TV.

I've saved money by cancelling my cell phone (when the contract expired a few months ago) and just having a VOIP landline. Less hassle, less fuss. One less voicemail to check, one less phone number to keep track for incoming calls, no more $100/month bill, and the feeling of not being tracked by the GPS built into the cell phone!!! It's part of simplifying my life. I just don't like being interrupted while on errands.
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Old 09-16-2016, 11:51 PM
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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Just a few months ago, I was paying 181 for internet, home phone service and TV. Now I only pay 96 for all 3...which my internet is MUCH FASTER. I'm still under contract with Dish, but my goal is to get hulu and netflix combo with a home recorder to record my local shows. I also want to get a VIOP adapter so I can use google voice on my land line, that would save me $6 a month. And I also can get sling TV during NBA season for 20 a month but cancel once the season is over. Overall, my plan is to spend 42-62 a month on these things...A huge upgrade from paying 181 for an inferior product.
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