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2014-06-25 09:06:39 AM  

RussianPooper: I gave up cable 4 years ago. Never looked back except for sports, and hey, you find other things to do.


Like get drunk at a bar while watching sports on the big screen(s)?
 
2014-06-25 09:07:29 AM  

optikeye: In other news...the average consumer will say "Fark that" and go to over the air antenna and internet for movies and TV series.


And the movie and tv companies respond with, "the fark you will" and start introducing throttling and entertainment fees on your internet connection. Oh and ads.
 
2014-06-25 09:17:29 AM  

muck1969: at some point content providers (Disney, HBO, TBS, etal) will begin to challenge any laws governing subscriptions through cable providers,


I doubt it. Immensely popular channels like that are paid enormous amounts of money to be carried on the cable networks (and in HBO's case, on top of their premium subscription fees). Someone like ESPN makes the majority of their revenue from "subscription fees" paid by the cable companies. Under the current arrangement, you're paying to subscribe to ESPN even if you don't watch ESPN. There's no reason for ESPN to change that.
 
2014-06-25 09:17:47 AM  
It doesn't help that the local TV stations are now charging the cable companies money to retransmit their OTA signals.

//So blame EyewitnessActionNewsStation ##.
 
2014-06-25 09:22:44 AM  

muck1969: at some point content providers (Disney, HBO, TBS, etal) will begin to challenge any laws governing subscriptions through cable providers, and congress-critters will start to wonder why they simply cannot subscribe to a content provider directly and receive the content via internet stream.

i'm willing to bet this alone is the reason why cable-providers are trying to crush net neutrality now; they see the writing on the wall and are trying to set up an alternate revenue stream to offset those losses.


Warner Brothers is now charging for crap you used to be able to buy  at the dollar store. Enjoy these salad days, They're coming to an end.

We need a ginormous Bluetooth network...
 
2014-06-25 09:28:39 AM  
I just bought the antenna yesterday.  I think we are both (wife and I) ready to cut the cord.  The major test will be in August when Dr. Who comes back.  I can't for the life of me find a way to stream current episodes of Dr. Who without resorting to the dark arts of the internet.

/Red Sox picked a good season to really phone it in so I am not feeling horrible about missing sports at the moment
 
2014-06-25 09:28:44 AM  

StopLurkListen: When I first moved into this box canyon I installed an unpowered analog antenna on the roof -- haha! No way. I could only get one station's signal from San Jose, 30 miles away. Otherwise, the hills blocked the much closer San Francisco signals.

I'd be willing to try a powered HD antenna and see if it's any better. The Mohu Sky antenna is expensive ... sorta. It's only one month's cable bill.

Anyone have any experience with powered HD antennas in hill country? Thanks!


The best thing you can do is go to tvfool.com and put in your address (or preferably coordinates) and see what comes up. Then run the same thing adding antenna height of 10, 20, 30 feet. You might get away with an amplified antenna on the roof, or you might need to go batty with a tower in the yard.

If you want a new, weird mix of channels, try an FTA dish. You buy the dish, pick a satellite to look at, and get a receiver. You won't get many channels you've heard of, and it can be a hobby at times (looking for different satellites, adding more dishes, setting up a motorized system) but $200ish will get you your first dish and receiver.

SatelliteGuys FTA Section (may want adblock)
dishpointer
 
2014-06-25 09:29:14 AM  
I pay a fortune for Comcast Business internet, but it has no caps and is a wide open pipe.  But I'm saving about $70/month having dumped DirecTv for Hulu+, Amazon, and Netflix.  Plus with business it has a 24/7/365 SLA so if it goes down they fix it first.

My daughter (4) likes it better because she can pick what she wants to watch when she wants to watch it.
 
2014-06-25 09:29:46 AM  
My viewing habits have completely changed since I started watching Netflix.  Used to be I would flip through the traditional channels, like most people.  Netflix makes recommendations after each thing you watch and sometimes I will follow those suggestions down a rabbit whole and will end up watching a bizarre stretch of television.

Over the past couple of nights. I started with a documentary on Michael Morton (which was excellent BTW).  That segued into a documentary on the Source family, to the documentaryTallhotblond, to the documentary "Tabloid", about the beauty queen that kidnapped and raped some nerdy Mormon dude.
 
2014-06-25 09:32:34 AM  
When I cancelled my cable, the "account retention specialist" I got to chat with repeatedly asked why i was canceling cable, and I told her that I was no longer willing to pay to receive ads, along with my content, and that the "new media" model of the internet has ushered in an age where, generally, if you are willing to devote your time to watching an ad, you get the content for free, since you "paid for it" with your time. She didn't get it. She asked if I found the ads themselves offensive, and I said "Yes, but not in the way you're thinking about it. They're offensive because when I look at my cable bill and see I'm spending $60/mo for cable TV, what I'm actually doing is spending $40/mo on actual TV, and $20/mo for you to pipe me ads that I have to spend time watching, if I watch live TV."

"So...are the ads too violent, or do they use foul language...?"

"You still aren't getting it. Let me put it this way: if you bought a season of a TV show, and instead of the shows, you got discs full of ads. 100% advertising, no show. You would be irritated, yes? Probably wouldn't buy those DVDs?"

"What?"

"So let's say the DVDs (that you have paid for) are only 90% ads. Still irritating?

"Uh."

"Well, what if they're "only" 50% ads? That's obviously better, right?"

"I'm not sure..."

"If 50% is good, then 30% must be better! If they're only 30% ads, you'd have no problem paying for them then, right?"

"Pay for ads instead of a TV show? Why?"

"It sounds like you understand why I want to cancel my cable now."
 
2014-06-25 09:38:15 AM  
If I could figure out how to get the Cardinals and Blues games on the MLB and NHL apps I would get rid of cable.  I know there is probably a way but I cannot get either to work, and since, stupidly, the apps block out the games if you are in the city of the team, I am stuck with cable for now.  On the bright side, Charter bumped me up to 100mb speed line for no extra charge.
 
2014-06-25 09:41:48 AM  
We dumped cable 6 years ago, and haven't looked back - just go over to a buddy's house for the Superbowl.  It's much easier now since most networks post their own shows with fewer commercials than even Hulu.  And my friend and I split the annual cost of NFL.com's NFL Rewind.  We watch the games in 'play only' mode, and finish each in 15 minutes or so.

Here's the changes I made to our two worst bills:

Dumped Cable (in 2008), saving $50 (or so) a month, or $600 a year.
Switching to our cable company's 'limited' internet, which is more like DSL.  Saving $25 a month, $300 a year
Dumped Verizon for Republic Wireless' 3G plan, pay $25 a month per, save $40 a month.  I saved enough to pay for the phone in about 4 months, and no contract.  Love the Moto X phone.
 
2014-06-25 09:50:57 AM  

hej: Google Fiber with all the channels under the sun is $120.


Cost of Google Fiber = $120
Cost of Not Living in Kansas = Priceless
 
hej
2014-06-25 09:56:17 AM  

lilplatinum: hej: Google Fiber with all the channels under the sun is $120.

Cost of Google Fiber = $120
Cost of Not Living in Kansas = Priceless


Touche
 
2014-06-25 10:07:54 AM  

grinding_journalist: When I cancelled my cable, the "account retention specialist" I got to chat with repeatedly asked why i was canceling cable, and I told her that I was no longer willing to pay to receive ads, along with my content, and that the "new media" model of the internet has ushered in an age where, generally, if you are willing to devote your time to watching an ad, you get the content for free, since you "paid for it" with your time. She didn't get it. She asked if I found the ads themselves offensive, and I said "Yes, but not in the way you're thinking about it. They're offensive because when I look at my cable bill and see I'm spending $60/mo for cable TV, what I'm actually doing is spending $40/mo on actual TV, and $20/mo for you to pipe me ads that I have to spend time watching, if I watch live TV."

"So...are the ads too violent, or do they use foul language...?"

"You still aren't getting it. Let me put it this way: if you bought a season of a TV show, and instead of the shows, you got discs full of ads. 100% advertising, no show. You would be irritated, yes? Probably wouldn't buy those DVDs?"

"What?"

"So let's say the DVDs (that you have paid for) are only 90% ads. Still irritating?

"Uh."

"Well, what if they're "only" 50% ads? That's obviously better, right?"

"I'm not sure..."

"If 50% is good, then 30% must be better! If they're only 30% ads, you'd have no problem paying for them then, right?"

"Pay for ads instead of a TV show? Why?"

"It sounds like you understand why I want to cancel my cable now."


No snark, but if more people follow your path I'm guessing we're going to hear a slew of stories about people complaining about receiving their fifth copyright violation notice after going to youtube, or why their internet is as slow as fark yet costs almost as much as their old cable bill. And that "new media" model sounds a lot like the old broadcasting standard.
 
2014-06-25 10:09:02 AM  

muck1969: at some point content providers (Disney, HBO, TBS, etal) will begin to challenge any laws governing subscriptions through cable providers, and congress-critters will start to wonder why they simply cannot subscribe to a content provider directly and receive the content via internet stream.

i'm willing to bet this alone is the reason why cable-providers are trying to crush net neutrality now; they see the writing on the wall and are trying to set up an alternate revenue stream to offset those losses.


http://hbonordic.com/home already exists. So yeah, that's very much on their mind.

I hope for you that you'll also be able to select individual channels instead of packages in the future, like we can in Denmark. (here it works like this, you get a basic free package, with some must carry government channels, and the free German, Swedish and Norwegian channels. Then on top of that you can select which individual channels you want, at varying prices. Some are very cheap, some quite expensive.).
 
2014-06-25 10:11:39 AM  

qorkfiend: muck1969: at some point content providers (Disney, HBO, TBS, etal) will begin to challenge any laws governing subscriptions through cable providers,

I doubt it. Immensely popular channels like that are paid enormous amounts of money to be carried on the cable networks (and in HBO's case, on top of their premium subscription fees). Someone like ESPN makes the majority of their revenue from "subscription fees" paid by the cable companies. Under the current arrangement, you're paying to subscribe to ESPN even if you don't watch ESPN. There's no reason for ESPN to change that.


That model is ending.  HBO knows it.  ESPN knows it.  Which is why both are building up their online presences.  And these days cable companies make more on their ISP services than they do on traditional TV.
 
2014-06-25 10:12:32 AM  
So - we've basically worked out we're paying around $1000 a year to watch get Game of Thrones, which feels pretty steep.

I figure if I get a move on with reading the books I won't need to worry about spoilers next season and am looking at going with Internet + Netflix + Amazon Prime combined with the
occasional iTunes buy.

Has anyone done this?
What have your pros and cons been?
Any recommendations on internet speed I should go with? For practical purposes is anything over 10Mbps going to be
noticeable?
 
2014-06-25 10:14:45 AM  

kittyhas1000legs: StopLurkListen: When I first moved into this box canyon I installed an unpowered analog antenna on the roof -- haha! No way. I could only get one station's signal from San Jose, 30 miles away. Otherwise, the hills blocked the much closer San Francisco signals.

I'd be willing to try a powered HD antenna and see if it's any better. The Mohu Sky antenna is expensive ... sorta. It's only one month's cable bill.

Anyone have any experience with powered HD antennas in hill country? Thanks!

The best thing you can do is go to tvfool.com and put in your address (or preferably coordinates) and see what comes up. Then run the same thing adding antenna height of 10, 20, 30 feet. You might get away with an amplified antenna on the roof, or you might need to go batty with a tower in the yard.

If you want a new, weird mix of channels, try an FTA dish. You buy the dish, pick a satellite to look at, and get a receiver. You won't get many channels you've heard of, and it can be a hobby at times (looking for different satellites, adding more dishes, setting up a motorized system) but $200ish will get you your first dish and receiver.

SatelliteGuys FTA Section (may want adblock)
dishpointer


Wow, thanks! That's impressive.
 
2014-06-25 10:16:29 AM  

gingerjet: qorkfiend: muck1969: at some point content providers (Disney, HBO, TBS, etal) will begin to challenge any laws governing subscriptions through cable providers,

I doubt it. Immensely popular channels like that are paid enormous amounts of money to be carried on the cable networks (and in HBO's case, on top of their premium subscription fees). Someone like ESPN makes the majority of their revenue from "subscription fees" paid by the cable companies. Under the current arrangement, you're paying to subscribe to ESPN even if you don't watch ESPN. There's no reason for ESPN to change that.

That model is ending.  HBO knows it.  ESPN knows it.  Which is why both are building up their online presences.  And these days cable companies make more on their ISP services than they do on traditional TV.


Have you ever known a corporation to accept less compensation for the same product for an extended period of time? That's for the peons. It's not for the masters. And at the same time you'll see the smaller, niche channels die off.
 
2014-06-25 10:16:56 AM  

gingerjet: qorkfiend: muck1969: at some point content providers (Disney, HBO, TBS, etal) will begin to challenge any laws governing subscriptions through cable providers,

I doubt it. Immensely popular channels like that are paid enormous amounts of money to be carried on the cable networks (and in HBO's case, on top of their premium subscription fees). Someone like ESPN makes the majority of their revenue from "subscription fees" paid by the cable companies. Under the current arrangement, you're paying to subscribe to ESPN even if you don't watch ESPN. There's no reason for ESPN to change that.

That model is ending.  HBO knows it.  ESPN knows it.  Which is why both are building up their online presences.  And these days cable companies make more on their ISP services than they do on traditional TV.


ESPN just signed a 20 year contract with the SEC athletic conference. They got the best college football in the country locked into their cable tier for 20 years.
 
2014-06-25 10:19:11 AM  
Comcast stock is up 31% over the last year. I wonder why?
 
2014-06-25 10:20:54 AM  
In related news, the Supreme Court just ruled that Aereo is illegal.
 
2014-06-25 10:22:30 AM  

padraig: MmmmBacon: SlothB77: i wish my cable bill was only $200 a month.

I was paying about $210 when I dumped cable TV entirely last year. I've been doing only Cable Internet since, and that is still overpriced at $76.95/month for 50Mbps down and 12Mbps down.

210 dollars for cable ? What the hell is wrong with America ?


35€ for HD and sports package. 150mbps
 
2014-06-25 10:24:50 AM  
Jiro Dreams Of McRibs:

ESPN just signed a 20 year contract with the SEC athletic conference. They got the best college football in the country locked into their cable tier for 20 years.

It'll be interesting to see what college football looks like in 20 years, particularly given the NLRB appears to be leaning towards declaring athletes as college employees.

With a bit of luck we'll see college sports turn into amateur athletics for students to play recreationally and have the current NFL training camp teams split off into a second division professional league.
 
2014-06-25 10:27:53 AM  
I canceled my cable from Comcast and now I only get internet from Comcast so like umm... suck it Comcast?
 
2014-06-25 10:37:53 AM  

Target Builder: So - we've basically worked out we're paying around $1000 a year to watch get Game of Thrones, which feels pretty steep.

I figure if I get a move on with reading the books I won't need to worry about spoilers next season and am looking at going with Internet + Netflix + Amazon Prime combined with theoccasional iTunes buy.

Has anyone done this?
What have your pros and cons been?
Any recommendations on internet speed I should go with? For practical purposes is anything over 10Mbps going to benoticeable?


This is exactly what we did over three years ago, and we haven't looked back. The pros are obvious, many $$$ saved, no commercials, the ability to binge watch shows, etc.

The cons are no sports, which was huge to me. Luckily, I live in MN, so the sports teams haven't been worth watching. Over the years though, I've become less of a sports fan because of it. My wife misses HGTV and the food network, but she seems to have gotten over it. Another con is when there is an interference with my internet connection (which seems to happen a lot!) we lose TV. Oh well, there are worse things.

One added pro for myself is one that you mentioned. Reading has become one of my favorite pastimes, and I now feel the way about my Kindle as I did about TV a number of years ago.

My only recommendation on internet speed would be the more the better, especially if you have multiple devices connected.
 
2014-06-25 10:44:50 AM  
I don't know if lots of people know this about Roku but you can set the minimum Mbps on your box.

Press the HOME button 5 times
Press the REWIND button 3 times
Press the FORWARD button 2 times.

Then move from automatic to the highest speed (I think it's 3.5 which should be all HD).

It seems to have gotten rid of much of the pixelation--YouTube is never a guarantee because the posted videos aren't always the best quality.  Sometimes it tends to hand before loading. YMMV.

Here's a video on YouTube about it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXdMmpQerFA

And you don't have to enable debugging.
 
2014-06-25 10:46:23 AM  

Target Builder: With a bit of luck we'll see college sports turn into amateur athletics for students to play recreationally and have the current NFL training camp teams split off into a second division professional league.


Yeah, then we can move away from the boredom of college football and turn it into the excitement of AAA baseball or the D-League!
 
2014-06-25 10:46:39 AM  
We dropped Cable TV and Cell Phone service...
We have Fiber with AT&T and pay $85 a month for unlimited data.
If we're out and about, we find a wireless access point - they are nearly everywhere these days..

We've managed this way for nearly 8 years now... I don't miss it at all and I still watch more than I have time for, via streaming, including sports, even out of market sports, hell, out of Nation sports... it's all out there if you know where to look.

We also subscribe to Hulu+ and Netflix, and even with my Internet bill, and these charges, it's less than carrying Cable TV by itself.

Cut the cord folks, it's the only thing the cable corps will listen too..

Having more savvy consumers would help too, if you'd quit treating your cell phones like a goddamned computer that you need to download shiat on and watch Youtube and stream media on instead of , using it to make phone calls, We'd all be better off.

 
2014-06-25 10:46:57 AM  
I haven't read all the comments, but count me as one of those who went with an over the air antenna, and internet only for $35 a month + Amazon Prime + Netflix. And even Prime and Netflix are luxuries that we feel we can afford. So our Phone (we went with VOIP), Internet, and Netflix/Prime cost us about $52 a month, vs the $130 we were paying for all of the above.
 
2014-06-25 10:48:10 AM  
I have Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu Plus.  I'm thinking about dropping Hulu at this point because there's so much content out there that I can watch TV in the background of my second monitor at work all day and still have too much to ever catch up on the shows I actually want to pay attention to when I get home.

I cannot comprehend what anyone would do with cable these days that I can't with just an internet connection.

Not to mention, if I switch to Comcast (which I will never do) I could even get an HBO Go account without a cable subscription.  Unfortunately for them, I have friends to share with instead.

/grew up without cable
//can't think of a single reason to change that
///spoiled "millennial"
 
2014-06-25 10:50:59 AM  
oh and apparently--as demonstrated in the video--it takes a while for the box to lock into the set rate. You'll still get slower rates for sometime. At least I did.
 
2014-06-25 10:51:04 AM  

Rapmaster2000: I canceled my cable from Comcast and now I only get internet from Comcast so like umm... suck it Comcast?


For fun download the xfinity tvgo app. Log in and see if any shows or movies stream.

SWIM is still able to watch an awful lot of xfinity on demand while only paying Comcast for cable
 
2014-06-25 10:51:50 AM  
I use Aereo, so I told all the providers to suck it! Check. Mate!
 
2014-06-25 10:53:33 AM  

lilplatinum: Target Builder: With a bit of luck we'll see college sports turn into amateur athletics for students to play recreationally and have the current NFL training camp teams split off into a second division professional league.

Yeah, then we can move away from the boredom of college football and turn it into the excitement of AAA baseball or the D-League!


You'd have the same athletes playing the same sport.
 
2014-06-25 11:04:12 AM  
Fiber optic is coming to my town this summer. Goodbye Comcast, you sons of biatches.
 
2014-06-25 11:04:38 AM  

Tenga: I use Aereo, so I told all the providers to suck it! Check. Mate!


Um...
 
2014-06-25 11:14:31 AM  

Target Builder: I figure if I get a move on with reading the books I won't need to worry about spoilers next season and am looking at going with Internet + Netflix + Amazon Prime combined with theoccasional iTunes buy.

Has anyone done this?
What have your pros and cons been?
Any recommendations on internet speed I should go with? For practical purposes is anything over 10Mbps going to benoticeable?


One thing that was a PRO for us, but might be a CON for others: you never really just turn on the TV and flip around the channels.  It means I watch a LOT less TV, though the TV I watch is a lot more worth watching.  I keep track of shows by having bookmarks on my laptop, then go check ever once in a while to see what we can watch.

The other thing we do is sort of divide our shows...more binge watching (even if its over a few weeks).  So instead of having 6 different shows we watch every week, we're more likely to be alternating between 2 shows, then, when we're done with those, move onto different shows for a few weeks (*warning* can't do that with shows you stream through network websites since episodes expire after 30 days, but it does work for slightly older stuff or paid content, and Hulu+).

We split our viewing between the PS3 in the living room (Amazon Prime) and using my laptop for network websites.  Prime makes great sense for us, because we're in a little town where my only real shopping options are 1) Walmart, 2) drive 45 minutes each way to nearest bigger town.  We also get Netflix each year until we finish House of Cards and any other show we want to binge.

The only sports I ever watch is NFL, and my buddy and I split the $60 a year for NFL.com's Rewind.  While other people watch Monday Night Football, we can watch 12 games, commercial free, because the 'play only' option has each game lasting 12-15 minutes.  Or just go and watch their highlights, each game gets 2-4 minutes instead of ESPN's 30 seconds of footage.
 
2014-06-25 11:16:46 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: optikeye: TuteTibiImperes: I'm paying closer to $300/month right now when you factor in Internet service.

Dude..for 300 bucks a month..is it really really worth it to see sweaty guys on a field trying to tackle each other.

And as for as HBO goes...sure it has some decent thing...but nothing you can't chill out for a year and get the DVDs from the local library.

Well, it's closer to $250 now that I do the math, but now that I'm looking at it, if I went to all Comcast I could shave about $100/month off of my bill.  That might be worth crawling back to them.

The funny thing is that my team only gets three or four televised games per year anyway.  All of the home games are streamed for free over the website, but I'm almost always working during them, so I have to wait for the next day for the stream to go into the 'library' online.

I could catch up with a bunch of old series on Netflix and just catch the new stuff I want to see after it's moved to streaming or via DVDs by mail....

Now I'm actually contemplating this.  I've just gotten used to paying the bill every month and never really thinking about it.


We kicked DirectTV out last year. We have Xfinity bundled with out internet and to upgrade to 2 HD boxes it is $20 extra a month.

We use a Roku/Console in the other rooms.

Saves us well over $150 a month. We miss some of the shows we used to like, but we got over it.
 
2014-06-25 11:21:31 AM  

Pumpernickel bread: to the documentary "Tabloid", about the beauty queen that kidnapped and raped some nerdy Mormon dude.


.....and added.

Thanks!

/*fap*
 
2014-06-25 11:22:34 AM  
I have the 100 Mbps internet-only plan from Comcast that when I signed up had a special that threw in 45 channels + HBO free for a year. I don't even watch the damn 45 shiatty channels. Here's what I do, and recommend you do the same:

1) Download Popcorn Time. Latest version includes TV shows, and not just movies.
2) Most other stuff I choose to watch is available for free as part of my internet subscription through XFinity On Demand (website) or through the channels themselves (The Daily Show, Colbert Report, South Park, etc)
3) Even if I didn't get the local channels in HD for free through the internet subscription, I could get them with digital rabbit ears.
4) Install AdBlock+ and NoScript and watch sports at either Front Row Sports or Free2all.eu (it's how I watched UVA vs Vanderbilt the other night and all the world cup action)
5) If you're feeling especially geeky, set up Sick Beard and SAZNbd+ on your computer and pay ~50/year for Usenet service and NZB engines to download the what can't be acquired from aforementioned means automatically when they become available.

/seriously though, Popcorn Time is the shiz
 
2014-06-25 11:24:12 AM  

Slam Bradley: I just bought the antenna yesterday. I think we are both (wife and I) ready to cut the cord. The major test will be in August when Dr. Who comes back. I can't for the life of me find a way to stream current episodes of Dr. Who without resorting to the dark arts of the internet.


I'm in the same boat. Which is why we usually have to wait until they come out on DVD. (And then we borrow them from the local library.) If it's something we want to watch immediately, such as the 50th anniversary special or the Christmas special, we suck it up and buy it from Amazon.

But I actually prefer waiting for it to come out on DVD and watching it all at once, so I plan to wait for the first Capaldi season to finish and then grab the disks.

Cut the cord a year ago, and while there are things I miss, I'm very happy. If I could just switch over to just a pure internet service and not have to go through AT&T, I'd be even happier.
 
2014-06-25 11:24:31 AM  
That 100 Mbps plan is only $60 a month.
 
2014-06-25 11:25:28 AM  

Slam Bradley: I just bought the antenna yesterday.  I think we are both (wife and I) ready to cut the cord.  The major test will be in August when Dr. Who comes back.  I can't for the life of me find a way to stream current episodes of Dr. Who without resorting to the dark arts of the internet.

/Red Sox picked a good season to really phone it in so I am not feeling horrible about missing sports at the moment


I use http://projectfree.tv/  to binge watch my shows each season.  Hint: Install pop-up blockers and also keep track of which servers stream the best for your service.  Between that and Netflix, the only time I ever watch broadcast television is if there is a pending severe storm.  I have never had cable or satellite in the almost 20 years I've been living in the sticks, and I haven't watched broadcast TV in two or three years since wireless broadband came to my area.
 
2014-06-25 11:27:34 AM  
I pay 50 bucks a month for internet from Charter. I get no TV, other than what I can get over the air, which is only a few PBS stations occasionally.

My life has changed in no real way since I dropped cable a few years ago. I do Netflix, watch a few shows on their websites (Daily Show, Conan, etc), and have a ton of other online content I regularly watch via Blip and YouTube. That's more than enough, actually.
 
2014-06-25 11:33:23 AM  
the only reason i watch tv anymore is for sports, i think i'd rather get ripped off by an nfl team and just remove the middle man
 
2014-06-25 11:35:58 AM  

pueblonative: No snark, but if more people follow your path I'm guessing we're going to hear a slew of stories about people complaining about receiving their fifth copyright violation notice after going to youtube, or why their internet is as slow as fark yet costs almost as much as their old cable bill. And that "new media" model sounds a lot like the old broadcasting standard.


Except for the part where you didn't have to pay for broadcast TV. Not that you do now for OTA stuff, but how many people are actually getting "broadcast" TV from an antenna these days?

Why are you suggesting that people would start getting slammed for IP/copyright infringement by "cutting the cord" en masse? Underhanded retaliation from cable companies? As the revenue stream dries up, so will their power and influence.

I can't really be concerned with entirely theoretical outcomes of a major shift in the media economy of this country- what I can do is stop paying to have content and ads I don't watch nor have any desire to, delivered to me. As such, I'm pretty happy getting twice the internet bandwidth I had before for less than a third of what my total bill was prior to removing cable. Like Tyler and Cornelius, after the first month, I didn't even miss it.

I feel the same way about Hulu+. Pay for it, and STILL get unskippable ads? Asinine.

/fun fact: if you have an HBO GO subscription tied to your cable account, and then cancel that cable (and even switch providers!) on an XBOX, it won't "unauthorize" your HBO account, despite not having HBO or cable anymore. I see no reason to bring this to anyone's attention who won't benefit.
//I'm sure it'll run out eventually
///The Holy Grail of cable: HBO without a cable package sub.
 
2014-06-25 11:36:19 AM  

TommyymmoT: My internet speeds are crap for fully 1/2 the day


I found my own solution: buying a different router that isn't on their "approved" list and using it anyway. It's fully technologically capable, but the ISP doesn't have the capability to mess with it.
 
2014-06-25 11:37:12 AM  
Had to rid myself of time warner when they got my bill up to $220.  I called them to ask them to lower the bill and they basically told me to pound salt.  I dropped the tv the next day.
 
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