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Old 06-19-2019, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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...my big question is to see if anyone else >50 cut the cord and how do you feel about it?
Disclaimer, I have not read the thread yet, but decided to respond anyway to the initial post.


I have never had cable television in my life, but did have satellite for some years. Cut that off in 2010 right after the winter Olympics. Started with the satellite dish around 1998 or so, and when I had that, did not receive local channels. Since then, I have had a Roku only.

The downside is that I have missed a lot of the popular culture that arose since then. When people discuss some a television show, I haven't a clue. I really do miss The Tennis Channel. Don't get to watch any of the tournaments anymore. Miss watching the professional bicycle races too. (Don't follow any of the pro sports since the Dodgers traded Steve Garvey to San Diego. Broke my heart and never recovered.)

However, there are a lot of good things. No more +$100 monthly bills, no commercials, and no laugh tracks. Those are so insulting that they turn my stomach. Do they really think we're that dumb that we need to be prompted when to laugh? (That was rhetorical, yes, I know that they really think we're that stupid.)

I have found the Youtube channel on the Roku to be most valuable. A lot of the Discovery Channel and History Channel stuff is on there as well as Hallmark movies. Best of all, I get to watch southern hemisphere and international test rugby matches! What more could anyone want? Netflix gives me all the movies I could possible want to watch.


Pre-retirement, I had naked DSL for internet and that worked well enough. Since then, wireless is provided in our 55+ community. That's been working fine too. I get my news from an electronic subscription to the local newspaper and from the internet. If something happens that is so important, it filters down to me eventually.
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Old 06-19-2019, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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I have internet, Hulu and Netflix. I get broadcast stations via a window antenna. Great reception. I have a second floor bonus room over the garage that faces that broadcast towers, which are less than 20 miles away. If I move the antenna away from the window, I get fewer channels or some start to breakup. This is the antenna I have: https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...d_antenna.html
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Old 06-19-2019, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Mammoth Lakes, CA
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I cut TV when I retired and don't miss it at all. I never watched much TV anyway, even as a kid (parents constantly told me, "it's a waste of time and your life!")
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Old 06-24-2019, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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I cut cable a couple of years ago. Lasted about 9 months then went back. I could do without the myriad of channels but what I really missed was the news - CNN and MSNBC. Reading this thread is encouraging me to try it again, at least for the summer when I’m less homebound.

I like to practice my 2nd language (German), and there is a streaming service called MHZ that has popular European tv shows with English subtitles. It’s a cheap option for anyone so inclined.
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Old 06-24-2019, 11:08 AM
 
Location: NYC
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I cut cable a couple of years ago. Lasted about 9 months then went back. I could do without the myriad of channels but what I really missed was the news - CNN and MSNBC. Reading this thread is encouraging me to try it again, at least for the summer when Iím less homebound.
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There are a few services now, around 5-6 I think, that are like cable tv "lite" & carry several popular channels including some news for a small monthly fee. Then you can add separate services like MHz to this.
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Old 06-24-2019, 12:38 PM
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Location: Eureka CA
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NO. I couldn't live without my daily helping of Rachel Maddow on MSNBC.
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Old 06-25-2019, 06:56 AM
 
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I heard her ratings were tanking.
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Old 06-25-2019, 01:36 PM
Status: "Send HIM back- to Queens!" (set 3 days ago)
 
Location: Eureka CA
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You're like Trump. "Everybody says....."
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Old 06-25-2019, 02:31 PM
 
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You're like Trump. "Everybody says....."
Ok, her ratings are down 15%.
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Old 06-26-2019, 07:27 AM
 
Location: Western PA
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I'd like to cut the cable, but I'm not very tech savvy about hooking things up correctly and I depend on having a customer service number to call. With a lot of these new services, you're pretty much on your own if something goes wrong, which is a big negative for me. I hate the way Comcast keeps raising the rates and wish I had a good alternative.
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