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Old 05-16-2012, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Charlton, MA
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Default Canceling Cable?

Just wondering if there are those out there without cable tv.

I have heard you can get several stations over the air with a simple antenna.
Also with internet and resources like Netflix, Hulu, etc. there are still plenty of options for entertainment on the television.

What's your experience? Where do you live? What stations do you get? What kind of antenna do you use?
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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Just wondering if there are those out there without cable tv.

I have heard you can get several stations over the air with a simple antenna.
Also with internet and resources like Netflix, Hulu, etc. there are still plenty of options for entertainment on the television.

What's your experience? Where do you live? What stations do you get? What kind of antenna do you use?
I have debating this for a while.... there are so many channels that I never, ever use.

The only thing that keeps me tied to cable is NESN. I can't go without my Bruins or Red Sox. If you legally buy the online streams, they black out local games. There are other not so legal options, but I worry about supplying them with my personal info due to all this SOPA stuff. The "free" streams over the internet are hit or miss and the quality blows.

So until there is a way to get local NHL games streaming online, I will be tied to cable.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:06 AM
 
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I have debating this for a while.... there are so many channels that I never, ever use.

The only thing that keeps me tied to cable is NESN. I can't go without my Bruins or Red Sox. If you legally buy the online streams, they black out local games. There are other not so legal options, but I worry about supplying them with my personal info due to all this SOPA stuff. The "free" streams over the internet are hit or miss and the quality blows.

So until there is a way to get local NHL games streaming online, I will be tied to cable.
Ditto... life isn't fair.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Charlton, MA
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We don't watch sports here so that isn't an issue for us.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:19 AM
 
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I got a deal from Comcast (hate them, but ok deal) for $40/month for high speed internet and basic (extremely basic) cable. The deal runs for 24 months.

Once this promo is over, I might look into Verizon if they're in my neighborhood yet or get rid of cable altogether. I use hulu and netflix.

I'll miss watching NFL and college football on network, but I think there are tricks and ways to stream sports.
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Old 05-16-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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We got rid of our $185 basic cable/phone/internet bundle about 2 years ago. We use Fios internet which was $55/month for the first year and now it is $65/month. We bought a $99 Ooma voip device for our landline phone service(transferred our number) and bought a Samsung tv that has Hulu and Netflix built in, each of those services is $7/month. The TV was spendy but we needed a digital TV anyway. We also bought a cheapie OTA digital antenna that allows us to get all of Boston's local channels. So even with the $700 we spent between the tv and the Ooma we recouped our outlay in less than a year since we are saving over $100 a month. If you already have a digital TV you can just buy a $75 Roku that has Hulu and Netflix and avoid the biggest purchase and be rolling in savings.

Ooma does charge a monthly fee of the FCC taxes for the voip landline, so we pay $3.50 a month for landline service.

We don't watch sports so I can't comment on that and CBS does not participate in Hulu so we have to watch CSI and stuff like that on our PC (which is connected to our TV but most won't be). We did have a freak out when we realized that we couldn't get the Tour de France but we bought the NBC $30 all access internet pass and watched it that way from the PC output to the TV.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Charlton, MA
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We can stream thru our blu ray players. The only thing we would need is antenna for over the air.
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Old 05-16-2012, 12:51 PM
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Location: Commiewealth of Mass.
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I have debating this for a while.... there are so many channels that I never, ever use.

The only thing that keeps me tied to cable is NESN. I can't go without my Bruins or Red Sox. If you legally buy the online streams, they black out local games. There are other not so legal options, but I worry about supplying them with my personal info due to all this SOPA stuff. The "free" streams over the internet are hit or miss and the quality blows.

So until there is a way to get local NHL games streaming online, I will be tied to cable.
Yeah, who wants to watch games like its 1980 on TV38!
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Old 05-16-2012, 08:54 PM
 
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I actually go without cable.
You get ABC, NBC, Fox, and some more, free to air... that keeps me going.
Besides that I have Hulu and Netflix so there's not a whole lot I miss.

Only thing as someone said is NESN but you can get most sports online if you are resourceful.

I'll prob get cable when I can afford it again but right now it's a luxury... an internet connection and an antenna pretty much lets me watch 99% of stuff I like.

Cable is great with all the extras but if your looking to save a few buck you won't exactly miss a whole lot with the above.
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Old 05-18-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: MA
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Haven't had cable for 9 months, don't miss it. If there were an a la carte way of having cable then I'd get it for a few stations, but paying $80+ a month for 900 channels I would never watch is such a waste. I don't bother with an antenna either, don't care for the big news stations or their crap programming.

I'm like Morris Wanchuk in that I'm a big Bruins fan, so I miss NESN a bit. But the free streams quality aren't that bad. I also end up going out with friends to watch games at local bars occasionally.

But between Netflix, Redbox, Hulu and other streaming websites I can watch anything I want to see for short money.
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