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Old 05-09-2014, 11:04 AM   #21
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I want to either go OTA, or to get bare bones basic cable TV instead of my present service. Maybe both. Still, it's kind of a big step and I'm not sure. I don't watch sports.

Right now I am paying over $171/month for cable TV and cable internet, and even though I can afford it that is just insane.

When I first signed up with Cox Cable back in May of 2000, the charges for cable internet only was $10/month, and the charges for cable internet+TV was $11/month. That was the cheapest possible TV service, but it also was why I bought a TV in the first place. Granted, my present TV service is the full digital package, but still I never thought I would end up spending more than 15 times as much just 14 years later.
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:15 AM   #22
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I want to either go OTA, or to get bare bones basic cable TV instead of my present service. Maybe both. Still, it's kind of a big step and I'm not sure. I don't watch sports.

Right now I am paying over $171/month for cable TV and cable internet, and even though I can afford it that is just insane.

When I first signed up with Cox Cable back in May of 2000, the charges for cable internet only was $10/month, and the charges for cable internet+TV was $11/month. That was the cheapest possible TV service, but it also was why I bought a TV in the first place. Granted, my present TV service is the full digital package, but still I never thought I would end up spending more than 15 times as much just 14 years later.
We thought about it this way, the extra $100 a month over maybe Internet alone was costing us $100 month X 12 months X 40 years $48K. In your case you'd likely save even more than $100 a month with just Internet alone.
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Old 05-09-2014, 11:43 AM   #23
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Right now I am paying over $171/month for cable TV and cable internet, and even though I can afford it that is just insane.
That seems high, is that just basic cable or you getting tiered/premium channels. Mine runs ~$90 for basic cable + internet.

Not a lot of options, no other internet is available. Can't get any OTA. Decoupling the TV part increases the price of the internet service. Netflix,Hulu+, Amazon etc are subscription service so even if you drop cable you pay for those
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We downgraded Comcrap to Basic, and the cost is about $78/month for internet and plain old TV channels.

Added Netflix, and will probably do some VOIP package and then say goodbue to Verizon POTS.
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I want to either go OTA, or to get bare bones basic cable TV instead of my present service. Maybe both. Still, it's kind of a big step and I'm not sure. I don't watch sports..
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That seems high, is that just basic cable or you getting tiered/premium channels. Mine runs ~$90 for basic cable + internet.
What you have, is what I am thinking of switching to. I have the full digital HDTV + extra packages. Wow, $90/month seems extremely high for just basic cable and internet.

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We downgraded Comcrap to Basic, and the cost is about $78/month for internet and plain old TV channels.

Added Netflix, and will probably do some VOIP package and then say goodbue to Verizon POTS.
That seems a little better, I guess. In my case, I wouldn't even bother with Netflix since I am not a movie buff.

I love American Idol and The Voice (yes, this week is TV heaven for me! ). I also like SNL, and local TV news. All of this could be obtained through OTA access.

I sometimes watch cable news channels (and get upset by all the doom-n-glooming, so why?). Occasionally I enjoy HGTV, the Biography channel, or History2 channel. But honestly, I could do without any of these and they sure aren't worth what I am paying. I lived with internet but no TV at all for many years and it never bothered me that much. The reason I got the full digital TV package + extras when I retired, was to see what I was missing. Very little, apparently.
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Through consolidation (a bad word) such as Comcast buying Dish now as an example, we are left without any real competition, and the monopoly is free to charge what ever they want, and you have nowhere to run. So you will soon see internet alone costing the same as bundled packages, or your megabits so restricted that any amount of streaming on line will cause you to go over your limit.

They are also fighting very hard now to stop Aereo from being able to obtain OTA signal and repackage it in a cloud format, and it is being challenged in courts siting copyright infringement, which they insist they must be compensated for. If they win this, then I can see them eventually filing suit down the road for a fee for the public use of OTA signals by the broadcasters using the same argument. I know it is not that way now, but things have a way of changing, and always as a minus for the consumers and a plus for the corporations.

They intend to get you eventually. They just need to have you were you have no choices left. Having to watch commercials in order to see programing wasn't enough. Then we went to five minutes of programing for five minutes of commercials. Today with cable, you have all of the above and have to pay on top of it to watch all those commercials. They stopped making full functioning DVR's here in the US. However, they are readily available in all other countries. I'm not counting Tivo since it is a subscription or a ransom fee to buy a lifetime subscription.

And the Magnavox and a couple of other they came out with don't work in the same manner and don't have the same capabilities. Why do you suppose that is? Do you suppose it is because we don't want them?
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Through consolidation (a bad word) such as Comcast buying Dish now as an example, we are left without any real competition, and the monopoly is free to charge what ever they want, and you have nowhere to run. So you will soon see internet alone costing the same as bundled packages, or your megabits so restricted that any amount of streaming on line will cause you to go over your limit.
This is my concern, as well. I do almost everything on the internet, so I do feel that internet access is important to me. But, cheap internet access seems harder to find than it was ten years ago.
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Call Comcast and tell them you want to drop the service. They'll offer you some cheaper deal to stay. Take the deal and insist on at least 6 months to a year. Write the date down and call a week ahead to do the same thing over again. Works for me.
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I would drop cable if it wasn't for baseball. The obstacle is MLB's blackout rules on their internet streaming package, that force you to subscribe to cable if you want to see your local team.

Cable has become a huge wasteland. If you're over 50, with an IQ over 100, there's nothing on there to hold your interest.
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Comcast told me that my internet will go up by over $10 if I dropped my cable (Internet was already $60 even without the increase), so I dropped them both. I now have DSL - slower for sure (since they don't have the high speed available in my area), but much more reliable than the internet I had with Comcast. I now have OTA with Windows Media Center enabled AverTV ($45ish) so I can record/play later, and Hulu+. I used to pay $120 for both cable and internet. I now pay $35is for DSL (1 year or 2 year contract.. can't remember... Gave me $50 to sign up) and $9 or so for Hulu+ - savings of $75 per month... I cannot watch CNBC or TLC, but that's OK if I can save this much money...
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Through consolidation (a bad word) such as Comcast buying Dish now as an example, we are left without any real competition, and the monopoly is free to charge what ever they want, and you have nowhere to run. So you will soon see internet alone costing the same as bundled packages, or your megabits so restricted that any amount of streaming on line will cause you to go over your limit.

They are also fighting very hard now to stop Aereo from being able to obtain OTA signal and repackage it in a cloud format, and it is being challenged in courts siting copyright infringement, which they insist they must be compensated for. If they win this, then I can see them eventually filing suit down the road for a fee for the public use of OTA signals by the broadcasters using the same argument. I know it is not that way now, but things have a way of changing, and always as a minus for the consumers and a plus for the corporations.

They intend to get you eventually. They just need to have you were you have no choices left. Having to watch commercials in order to see programing wasn't enough. Then we went to five minutes of programing for five minutes of commercials. Today with cable, you have all of the above and have to pay on top of it to watch all those commercials. They stopped making full functioning DVR's here in the US. However, they are readily available in all other countries. I'm not counting Tivo since it is a subscription or a ransom fee to buy a lifetime subscription.

And the Magnavox and a couple of other they came out with don't work in the same manner and don't have the same capabilities. Why do you suppose that is? Do you suppose it is because we don't want them?
The cable industry seems intent on thwarting any new technology that infringes on their current business model of ripping off consumers.

Good thing the horse and buggy industry didn't carry this amount of clout.
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Sure you can just get internet from your cable company without having TV. You could try DSL which I don't like as I find it too slow. We currently do have TV since it wasn't that much more to have TV than it did to have internet by itself.
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We get one channel OTA up north and none down south, so we count on Netflix (price going up a buck for current subscribers in a few years), Hulu, and Amazon. Also have Ooma, so we count on our internet. Down south we have Time Warner, who has sold out to Comcast. Not impressed with TW, but Fios is our only other option, and they want to charge on a two year contract, which isn't very handy if we are only here six months out of the year.
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The cable industry seems intent on thwarting any new technology that infringes on their current business model of ripping off consumers.

Good thing the horse and buggy industry didn't carry this amount of clout.

+1. I always feel like contributing to these threads on how to drop cable TV is a form of a public service announcement.

The cable companies are very sneaky the way they raise your rates without any advance warning and just hope you don't notice.
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About every 6 months or so I get a letter from Charter cable about my rates going up. Each time I call them up to renegotiate the deal or cancel. Their knee jerk response is that the deals are for new customers only and that I just need to accept the rate increase. When I push however, they transfer me to an "account retention specialist" who seem empowered to negotiate lower rates.

I HATE having to do this twice a year but it is effective. As a data point I pay 124.00 including taxes and surcharges for phone, A good size TV package that includes HBO and 30 Meg internet. Good luck.
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When we dropped cable and kept Internet with Cox, it was just a matter of dropping off the convertor box and DVR.

My only TV show is on CBS. The best part is that it is available same day without commercials. Almost an incentive to drop it.
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San Francisco, Bay Area, OTA, 40 - 50 channels. About 1/3 foreign.

Still, free. If you can, try an outdoor antenna. Depending on where you live you might be surprised at the number of good clear channels.
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We cut cable tv and have no landline. We have Internet DSL over our existing phone line. We installed an antenna in our attic and receive 55 local channels with excellent high definition picture quality. We were paying $130/month when we had the bundle - cable, landline and internet. Since we only have Internet now we only pay $35/month. We also have Netflix using Apple TV. We got tired of the semi annual cable TV rate increase.
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I am with the cable company for internet only. I ditched cable TV 3 or 4 yrs ago.

I am not a tv maven ie not a sportsoholic or movieoholic so over-the-air tv is sufficient when combined with some online steaming stuff
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