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Old 05-19-2020, 01:42 PM
 
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You must be grandfathered in as their free rate structure shows taxes and fees.

https://support.ooma.com/home/taxes-and-fees/
Yes. Anyone who purchased the original Hub was grandfathered in.
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Old 05-22-2020, 06:36 AM
 
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What I have now:
Comcast (internet only): $96 (and change, can't recall what the phone rep quoted me)
(I keep the higher speed, as I have teenagers who sometimes run multiple devices at once, streaming, gaming, etc.)
SlingTV Blue w/DVR: $25 first month, $35 after.
Netflix: 12.99
Promotional bundle of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN: $12.99/month for a year
STARZ: Promo $5 for 3 months (will cancel before promo ends)
HBO: Promo $11.99/month for 1 year
Showtime: Promo free for 30 days (will likely cancel after)
Britbox: $6.99
Total monthly costs for internet & TV stuff: $180.96
227.03 - 180.96 = Savings monthly of $46.07

And I have my Amazon annual membership that did not change, and also signed up for an annual subscription to Curiosity Stream (documentaries) for $11.99 for a whole year.
Not much you can do about Comcast $96 as with a family as four individual UMLIMITED cell phone plans can add up.

But unless you are watching a lot of sports, you are paying your highest monthly to SlingTV to watch shows interrupted by commercials. Most shows are available the day after on Hulu
(1) On May 27th you can upgrade HBO Now to HBOMAX which will provide you some Live TV at no extra cost
(2) About 1/3 of the country can get nonprofit ww.Locast.org which provides over a dozen Broadcast TV signals for $5 a month
(3) Pluto TV has a lot of live TV at little or no cost.
(4) CW streaming is free and is particularly popular with teens.

To supplement your streaming at no cost
(1) Kanopy, available if you have a library card
(2) Roku Channel, free movies and ABC news and cheezy live tv. Commercial supported

STARZ and Showtime are perpetually offering discounts. Cancel them periodically because they will keep offering you introductory rates.

Hulu (No Ads), Disney+, and ESPN+ all for just $18.99 The extra six dollars make watching the library much more pleasant.
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Old 05-22-2020, 11:24 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Not much you can do about Comcast $96 as with a family as four individual UMLIMITED cell phone plans can add up.

But unless you are watching a lot of sports, you are paying your highest monthly to SlingTV to watch shows interrupted by commercials. Most shows are available the day after on Hulu
(1) On May 27th you can upgrade HBO Now to HBOMAX which will provide you some Live TV at no extra cost
(2) About 1/3 of the country can get nonprofit ww.Locast.org which provides over a dozen Broadcast TV signals for $5 a month
(3) Pluto TV has a lot of live TV at little or no cost.
(4) CW streaming is free and is particularly popular with teens.

To supplement your streaming at no cost
(1) Kanopy, available if you have a library card
(2) Roku Channel, free movies and ABC news and cheezy live tv. Commercial supported

STARZ and Showtime are perpetually offering discounts. Cancel them periodically because they will keep offering you introductory rates.

Hulu (No Ads), Disney+, and ESPN+ all for just $18.99 The extra six dollars make watching the library much more pleasant.
Commercials don't bother me too much. I mean, I grew up with just regular network TV and all kinds of annoying commercials, nowadays if I can't FF through them (sometimes I can) I just mute it. One thing I actually like about the ads on Hulu is that they've got a little timer at the top, so I can see when to unmute. It often gives my fiance and I a couple minutes to comment on the show we're watching, without talking over it.

I don't want to pay more for no ads.

The configuration I've got now is just a "for now" setup, to see how things work and what we actually end up using more or less, what is worth it and what isn't. I'm not willing to pay the full price for STARZ or Showtime or Cinemax (we don't have Cinemax now anyhow, but I classify it on the same level) and as far as I'm concerned, HBO is on probation with me...like I'll probably keep it through June, to see if the new offerings with HBO Max are enjoyable enough for us to keep it around. But for a while now, I've signed up for specific shows, then cancelled when a season of a show we like ended. I'm pretty sure I'll be getting rid of Showtime & STARZ when their promos end for me, but I'll keep an eye out for any other free or very cheap promos with them.

I admit that I signed up for a bunch of stuff out of sheer enthusiasm to play with the new "toys" (Rokus) we got and I had/have every intention of slimming it down within the coming months.

I'm not sure about Sling. We really like SyFy channel and Cartoon Network and have several shows set to record on DVR with Sling. Some of those same shows do NOT stay anywhere near up to date with Hulu or any of our other services, and new episodes or even seasons cannot be reliably found there when we want to watch them. I know it's the most costly service on my lineup right now, so it'll have to prove itself worthwhile.

But I feel strongly that people need to gauge what they want based on how they view TV and what is "worth it" to them. What I want in a TV experience, is immediate access to anything I wish to watch, on demand, as soon as it's available. I'm willing to occasionally pay a rental fee to watch a movie. I'm willing to have an entertainment budget, though I prefer to keep it at a certain level. I'm willing to sign on for a premium channel temporarily to watch one show. I get very passionate about specific shows.

What I do NOT want, is to feel like I'm wasting money on a lineup that is 90% or more stuff I just don't care about. To page through a guide full of shows that look stupid to me. The days where I would watch a vapid sitcom because it was the only thing on...or just having "content" available...that is in the past. I'd rather have the TV off, than just have whatever playing in the background of my life.

But all that? Just opinion. Preference. What I've been trying to do is list prices and features from my research and my experiences, so that others can have info, to make choices for whatever fits their needs.
*shrug*
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Old 05-29-2020, 10:16 AM
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We have a cable/wifi/landline bundle with Comcast. love the service but hate the way my bill keeps going up. we pay 175 now. my bill says i have a boosted internet speed, i don’t see much difference and my xfinity streaming app buffers a lot.
there are so many fees including one for sports. what sports? there is nothing going so why the fee?
if you have comcast can you share how much you pay and what you get?

I pay Comcast for internet (download speeds = 100mbps) and television (digital preferred with sports/entertainment pkg), and my bill is $160/month. What I actually receive is an internet connection that only works 70% of the time and has download speeds of 12mbps. Twenty-plus service visits over the past 2.5 years have determined the reason for my frequent internet outages is a line problem somewhere in the area but they can't or won't fix it, and I've given up. Unfortunately, Comcast is my only choice for internet except DSL which only offers 5mbps speeds in this area. I've been trying to cut the Comcast cord for television because their programming is terrible, but I can't do it with such crap internet service. If I had other options, I'd change in a heartbeat because I'm tired of paying this much for such lousy internet service and customer service.
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Old 05-29-2020, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Boring suburb in the North
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I pay Comcast for internet (download speeds = 100mbps) and television (digital preferred with sports/entertainment pkg), and my bill is $160/month. What I actually receive is an internet connection that only works 70% of the time and has download speeds of 12mbps. Twenty-plus service visits over the past 2.5 years have determined the reason for my frequent internet outages is a line problem somewhere in the area but they can't or won't fix it, and I've given up. Unfortunately, Comcast is my only choice for internet except DSL which only offers 5mbps speeds in this area. I've been trying to cut the Comcast cord for television because their programming is terrible, but I can't do it with such crap internet service. If I had other options, I'd change in a heartbeat because I'm tired of paying this much for such lousy internet service and customer service.

The problem for me is I actually love their service. Responsive customer service as well. We also have Verizon and I hated it. We rent our router from them mainly because they cannot blame my router if there is a problem. Plus they replace it with a newer model. We also have a land line. So my fee is higher.
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Old 05-30-2020, 10:06 AM
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The problem for me is I actually love their service. Responsive customer service as well. We also have Verizon and I hated it. We rent our router from them mainly because they cannot blame my router if there is a problem. Plus they replace it with a newer model. We also have a land line. So my fee is higher.

Comcast just increased my bill from $160 to $175/month without explanation. So now we have the same bill, but I only have television plus internet at 12mbps. Yup, they offer great service.
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Old 07-18-2020, 06:38 PM
 
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FYI your “land line” is worth maybe $5 a month. I get gigabit internet for $80 a month so you’re paying around $140 a month for TV.
These are the advertised prices for these services in my area
$59.99 Digital Television
$29.99 Internet 100 Mbps
$10.00 Phone
$99.98 Total

These are the rates we actually pay with taxes, surcharges and equipment rental (we bought our own router)
$142.29 Digital Television
$38.60 Internet 100 Mbps
$24.03 Phone
$204.92 Total
$3.01 Additional (no longer first year)
$207.93 Total


Prices of most popular streaming services
HBO Max $15 2 Number of screens at once
Netflix $13/$16 2/4 Number of screens at once
Amazon Prime $13 2 Number of screens at once
Sling $45 4 Number of screens at once


You need SlingTV if you want to watch a reasonable selection of sports
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Old 07-18-2020, 06:42 PM
 
Location: Huntsville Area
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I got tired of getting charged for 3 porno movies at the same time, same night. Month after month.

Had to beg'em to adjust the bill. Then they raised the bill every 3 months. I'd have to call in and theaten to cutoff the service, and they'd always go down 20-25% on charges.

It's just a terrible company. The local reps are great, but they're not given the authority to make deals like the on the telephone reps you're talking to in Taiwan or India.
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Old 07-18-2020, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Boring suburb in the North
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Comcast just increased my bill from $160 to $175/month without explanation. So now we have the same bill, but I only have television plus internet at 12mbps. Yup, they offer great service.
I just got my bill reduced to 160 from 181. we get all the cable tv as before and voice and 200 mb of internt. contract for 2 years but no guarantee fees wont go up. i also get unlimited xfinity calls and text and tiny bit of data for my cell phone for 15/month. try to get by with wifi when i go out and not use my data
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