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Old 09-10-2018, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Aurora Denveralis
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The con of cutting remains "You can't watch wall to wall sports by flipping channels."

Workarounds and options continue to increase, though.

Word has it that as of the 2021(?) contract expiration, NFL games will be available NOWHERE except from an NFL streaming app. No broadcast. No cable. No general availability. At last, we'll be able to sleep nights knowing that poor NFL Inc. isn't leaving nickels on the table for others, or letting a single pair of eyeballs watch for free. Their precious billions in revenue will be safe at last.

But, of course, there's their unpaid farm system to consider...
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:53 PM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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No cons.
It should be noted, though, that nobody in the household watches televised sports.
This is my situation, as well.

I also have cheap, slow internet and don't stream.

I get TV shows and movies from the library for free or rent them from Family Video. That's how I watched "Game of Thrones."

More power to you if you want and can afford cable, but I help seniors and others on fixed incomes set up over-the-air antennas and find alternatives, like borrowing TV shows on DVD from the library. Affordable entertainment is out there.

For some sports, a tall TV antenna with a rotor can be used. A neighbor uses that to get a lot of the local games. That was a one-time outlay of around $450, but it has long since paid for itself.

I don't care for sports, and 23 over-the-air channels (including MeTv and the new movie channel) are plenty for me. I mostly watch PBS, anyway.
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Old 09-10-2018, 05:58 PM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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We cut the cord a year ago, no regrets, just significant savings. Our cable + internet had been running close to $200/month ($180-something, I believe). We now have internet, Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu. Cost (in order) is $30, $8, $10, and $12 (we gladly pay the extra $4/mo to get Hulu without commercials).

So we now pay $60/month instead of $180-ish.

This house happened to have an outside antenna left by the previous owners, which is nice to have, but we rarely watch live TV.

Plus, around the same time, we slashed our cell phone bill from $118 for our 2 phones down to $60 (that's the total, no additional taxes or fees, and it is unlimited everything), price locked in forever with TMobile's promo for age 55 and up.
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Old 09-10-2018, 06:01 PM
 
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I think the sports channels are where the cable companies have you over the barrel. Try as we would, we simply could not get EPL and MSL games without extra fees, and one channel never has them all, you have to subscribe to Bein, Espn, FSC, and Lord know what else to get a complete lineup. I can't imagine what it must be like if you follow more than one particular sport regularly.

Check out YoutubeTV. I think they just went to $40/mo.. I'm still locked at $35/mo


But.. Sports? Covered for me. OP talking about soccer, not sure about it, but sports channels are.. ESPN, ESPN2, SEC Network, ESPN U, ESPNNews, FS1, FS2, Fox Sport Southeast, Fox Sports Carolinas, NBCSN, NBA TV, MLB Network, BTN, CBS Sports Network, Golf Channel, Olympic Channel and Tennis Channel.

Couple that with local NBC, CBS, Fox, ABC and CW channels.. I'm covered. Plus.. they stream in full 4k.

Also get all news channels, and most everything that's not Viacom or Discovery.

The big things I wanted.. I wanted College Football, Hockey, Doctor Who, local channels, AMC and Comedy Central for South Park. I don't get Comedy Central, but they post South Park to Hulu the next day, uncensored. So.. I'm fine with that.
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Old 09-11-2018, 10:14 AM
 
Location: 49th parallel
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Plus, around the same time, we slashed our cell phone bill from $118 for our 2 phones down to $60 (that's the total, no additional taxes or fees, and it is unlimited everything), price locked in forever with TMobile's promo for age 55 and up.
Did that include all the data you want? Sounds a great deal. A bit more than the $40 I'm paying for 2 phones but I have limited data with that. What about service outside the US with that plan?
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Old 09-11-2018, 10:42 AM
 
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
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I got something in the mail that says they now have a package where you pick 10-15 channels plus locals for $21.99/month (price for first 24 months).



now THAT sounds intriguing!!
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Old 09-11-2018, 01:18 PM
 
Location: We_tside PNW (Columbia Gorge) / CO / SA TX / Thailand
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No TV since 1968

I found better things to do with my time (I live rural)
No loss

No available cable / DSL / internet at my home (rural)
Satellite dishes not allowed (National Scenic area)

Simple solution... find something else to do. (more productive)
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Old 09-13-2018, 01:59 PM
 
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Cut Dish Network satellite 2 months ago. Got DirecTV now streaming and an outsidectv antenna. Went from $120 a month to $40 a month with all the channels we watched.
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Old 09-15-2018, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Kudos to those people who live in areas where fast internet service can be purchased for about 40 to 50 per month. Where I live, at that price point, the speed for streaming and browsing would be ok during non peak usage but just awful during those times of day where network usuage is high.
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Old 09-15-2018, 03:54 PM
 
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Kudos to those people who live in areas where fast internet service can be purchased for about 40 to 50 per month. Where I live, at that price point, the speed for streaming and browsing would be ok during non peak usage but just awful during those times of day where network usuage is high.
I stream tv service on 3.5 Mb internet...granted thatís one tv and I donít do much on the internet.
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