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Seriously thinking of cutting the cable/satellite cord....

Discussion in 'BBS Hangout' started by Rockets2K3, Nov 15, 2013.

  1. Rockets2K3

    Rockets2K3 Member

    Jun 18, 2002
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    Just saw my recent DIRECTV bill and it went up another $5 a month.....WTF? :mad:

    I remember when I signed up with them 10 years ago that I was paying $39.99/month at the regular rate. Now my plan is at $81.99/month.

    They have jacked the DVR service from $7 to $10, charge HD $10/mo, and then want to charge $6/mo for using extra receivers. The sad part about all this is that I only watch 10-15 channels out of the 200+ channels they have.

    Currently, my TV watching consists of local channels and watching TBS/TNT/USA/NBATV/NFL Network. I dumped League Pass a few years ago and I just started streaming the Rockets/Texans games.

    I know I can call DIRECTV and they can drop my rate per month down, but what's the point if they keep increasing the price of the monthly plan and services? I know I can save a good amt. by going rabbit ears, spending $ on getting NetFlix, Hulu, Roku, etc., but I will miss out the option to record shows so I can watch them when I want.

    Has anyone dumped cable/satellite and gone this route? If so, what have you done for DVR options? I hate just throwing away $ to this conglomerate.
  2. DrLudicrous

    DrLudicrous Member

    May 9, 2002
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    I dropped my satellite a few weeks ago. For TV shows Netflix has enough of a backlog to keep me entertained. Texans are available over the air but without DVR. I have League Pass and can watch most Rockets games with it (only nationally televised games aren't available).

    It's kind of a pain but I was in the same boat as you. I didn't want to keep calling DirecTV every few months to argue with them. For the amount of time I watch TV it just isn't worth it.
  3. rhino17

    rhino17 Member

    Jul 13, 2006
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    I never watch stuff live anymore. I watch everything on Netflix, hulu, hbo go and league pass. I should probably cancel my comcast but I haven't gotton around to it. But I only pay $29.99 a month for mine
  4. B-Bob

    B-Bob "94-year-old self-described dreamer"

    Jul 26, 2002
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    Add my voice to the others. Mrs. B-Bob and I disconnected from traditional TV about 18 months ago and have been totally happy. DO IT.
  5. Commodore

    Commodore Member

    Dec 15, 2007
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    best thing I ever did was cut the cord, got a rabbit ear antenna for crystal clear HD local channels that give me most of the major sporting events, and stream the rest online
  6. ILoveWhiteGirls

    Jun 30, 2013
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    There's never anything on TV anyways. Cut the cord, and don't look back. You always have the internet to entertain you and it's cheaper, lol.
  7. Juxtaposed Jolt

    Apr 5, 2010
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    Just use the internet to find TV shows online.

    Just like sports streams, there are sites with full episodes of TV shows. There really is no use for cable / satellite.
  8. AstroRocket

    AstroRocket Member

    May 28, 1999
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    Between antenna TV, ballstreams, torrents, and buying a cheap desktop pc on Amazon solely for my TV (used office computers only 2 years old go for about $190), I absolutely do not miss cable AT ALL. Hell, I think I prefer it this way since the antenna provides better picture quality for network TV and the computer is so much more versatile in what's available to watch at any given time.
  9. Nolen

    Nolen Member

    Feb 15, 1999
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    Is anybody using Aero? The service is available in Houston now.

    I think it's like 8 bucks/month to watch all local channels, on demand, over the internet. Sounds invaluable to cord cutters, I'd like to hear from someone that has actually tried it.
  10. lost_elephant

    lost_elephant Member

    Mar 7, 2003
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    This. Did the same thing, and I watch any game/ show online. Has saved me a lot of $$$ last couple years
  11. white lightning

    Jun 13, 2002
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    I would do it, except for the sports. I don't want to watch online and I don't have a smart TV. Anybody have any suggestions?
  12. xcrunner51

    xcrunner51 Member

    Jun 19, 2002
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    I started a new job in a new city in June and cut the cord on cable tv. I pay $30 for comcast internet, use my sister's Netflix account for free, use a friend's comcast account for the Xfinity app and ESPN app and get OTA channels through the wall outlet (not sure why).

    I stream Netflix, ESPN, Comcast Xfinity and HBOGo through my Xbox 360 and watch NFL games on local stations. The time I spend at home not-sleeping is maybe 1-2 hours a day so whatever channels/stations I don't get hasn't affected me much.

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