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Old 09-18-2019, 09:03 PM
 
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Too expensive imo. I know many people have done some creative things to eliminate cable costs. What have some of you done ? I have heard of the " Fire Box ". What tips you got...
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:36 PM
 
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I cancelled my own cable service. I kept my internet, because I need it for work, and also it's 2019 lol. I used to have an Apple TV, then I had a FireStick, then I switched to Roku. That one is my favorite of all of the streaming devices I've tried so far.

I mooch a friend's Netflix account. I pay for Hulu, which is how I watch all of my network TV (everything but CBS shows, I no longer watch those - they want you to subscribe to their streaming service and my answer is a big fat nope). I also have Prime, but don't include that in my entertainment costs, because I am going to have Prime regardless. And the kicker (which is kind of cheating and the only way I'm able to make this work lol)....I use my mom's log in for everything else (HBO, Showtime, HGTV, Food Network, MTV). I manage her account for her and claim this as my fee

It took me about 2 years to figure out how to replace my cable with streaming options, but still be able to maintain most of what I like to watch. It's much more prevalent now, so probably easier. But the main point is to figure out what channels you NEED and then how you'll replace them.

My bill was about $130 for 1 DVR box, 1 premium channel and internet. Now I pay $60 for internet and $5.99 for Hulu. I returned my cable box almost 2 years ago and have no intention of going back.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:44 PM
 
Location: New York, NY
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We dumped cable and bought digital rabbit ears for $12. You get all the local channels in HD for free, including some fun ones.

We only have internet access. Then we have Amazon Prime and Netflix.
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:13 PM
 
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:22 PM
 
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Cable is old school, its like going to a travel agents office to book a trip.

Split netflix with a friend, hulu free from sprint, prime through amazon and free local channels, youtube is free.

Only thing you should be paying for nowadays is the actual internet connection.
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:13 AM
 
Location: New York, NY
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I have Hulu Live version and use Sling as well for NHL Network. Basically cut the costs down buy more than half. About $100 a month now or less. I need the sports package too, so I have a separate subscription for the NHL.
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:18 AM
 
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Cable is old school, its like going to a travel agents office to book a trip.

Split netflix with a friend, hulu free from sprint, prime through amazon and free local channels, youtube is free.

Only thing you should be paying for nowadays is the actual internet connection.
The truth
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:21 AM
 
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I have Hulu. I have Amazon Prime as well, so I download things to watch offline on that while commuting. I ditched Netflix, as their offerings have really waned.

My family uses my accounts for the above. I use their cable account to watch things occasionally. If they move, I will get Sling for the YES Network to watch the Yankees when it's baseball season. I can always reactivate that when I want.
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:25 AM
 
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Only get internet access at home. No television, dvd, dvr, or whatever you guys want to call it. Nowadays, we have way too much information out there than we can comprehend. Little bit of entertainment can always be done by having an account with Netflix or Hulu by sharing it with friends and family. Since those big corporation never paid their taxes, why should we pay them a membership fee if we can simply share the account with someone else.

Focus on what matters to you more on a daily basis. Don’t try to make changes on something you don’t have control over.
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:31 AM
 
Location: Confines of the 101 Precinct
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I'm never getting rid of my cable. I'm paying for the convenience to not have 50 separate places to sign in to watch stuff. It's convenient for my family too. Just as there are channels I never watch, there are websites I never go to as well. I pay about $220 a month for Fios triple play and I have every channel, 75/75.
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