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Old 10-29-2014, 04:31 PM   #141
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Sounds great!

I am saving $110/month by dropping cable TV, and honestly I don't miss it one bit (especially all the ads). I am thinking of dropping my landline soon, too.
Get an Obi and setup Google Voice. You plug a regular phone into it and works great. Select your own phone number and you can make/receive free calls anywhere in the US/Canada plus dirt cheap international.
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I just finished my annual call to Time Warner. This call is to lower my monthly payment back to the intro rate for internet service. They keep throwing in free starter cable tv on top of that when I ask them to cancel the TV part of the service. This is the second year they have done that. Five minutes of phone call equals $600/year savings. Having a local competitor makes this negotiation easy.
Now that I'm a snow bird, I sign up new with the appropriate cable company every 6 months, getting the new customer deal each time. It's working out great. All I have to do is return the equipment before heading to the other house, and make an appointment to get the new set up. This way I get the new equipment, a decent price, and a decent package each time. The companies keep telling me I can go dormant while out of town for just $10/month (per service), but what would be my incentive to do that? Pay extra to get less service for higher prices?
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Get an Obi and setup Google Voice. You plug a regular phone into it and works great. Select your own phone number and you can make/receive free calls anywhere in the US/Canada plus dirt cheap international.
+1 for Obi + Google Voice.

The one-time cost for an Obi100 is around $35 on Amazon. After that, totally free calling in US and Canada, with most international calls at 1-2 cents per minute.

It's the best solution I've seen for people wanting to dump their landline service, but not yet ready to go pure cellular. In our case, we get sketchy cellular reception at the house and have several wired and wireless handsets that we wanted to continue using.
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+2 for Obi and GV, if you really need a cheap VOIP solution. I've been using it for years after we got sick of telemarketers and pols calling, not to mention all the junk fees with a landline. Many just get by with cells.

As for the frontrowsports recommendation to get live sports, this is a big YMMV. These are often crappy and unreliable streams that you're bootlegging from somebody broadcasting them over the net. And if you like your sports in full HD with DD 5.1 sound like me, no way.

If you're a frugal (ok, cheap) guy like me that still wants all his sports, call your cableCo every year and select the option to downgrade or cancel service. This gets you to the retention reps with the best deals - on Comcast this always gets me a good double play deal (HSI/cable) for less than $100 a month. You have to have HSI anyway, right? My current deal gets me 50mb HSI + all channels + HBO for $90, and I expect to get something similar in a couple of months when that promo expires. Been doing this for years.
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Other reason to to OTA.

Dish just dropped CBS for a lot of cities.

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After weeks of negotiations over rebroadcasting fees, CBS programming went dark on DISH networks in more than a dozen cities, including New York and Los Angeles.

CBS Corporation announced that as of 7 p.m. ET Friday, programming was no longer available to Dish subscribers in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Dallas, Denver, Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and several other markets.
CBS programming goes dark on DISH networks - CBS News
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Here's an interesting twist to the Dish and CBS agreement. Apparently, the ability to automatically skip commercials has been degraded.

Dish Deal With CBS Effectively Makes Ad-Skipping DVR Pointless – Consumerist

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“As part of the accord, DISH’s AutoHop commercial-skipping functionality will not be available for CBS Television Network-owned stations and affiliates during the C7 window.”
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Here's an interesting twist to the Dish and CBS agreement. Apparently, the ability to automatically skip commercials has been degraded.

Dish Deal With CBS Effectively Makes Ad-Skipping DVR Pointless – Consumerist
Wow. I'm assuming this deal to degrade only applies to Dish DVRs? All the more reason to go OTA if a big CBS fan.

I love watching CBS This Morning, but if I had to watch the commercial and local news I'd considering no longer watching. I always skip past the interruptions.
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Wow. I'm assuming this deal to degrade only applies to Dish DVRs? All the more reason to go OTA if a big CBS fan.

I love watching CBS This Morning, but if I had to watch the commercial and local news I'd considering no longer watching. I always skip past the interruptions.
Manually skipping the commercials, as Dish customers with DVRs predating the Hopper/Joey models do, still works just fine. A few taps on the +30 second button and I'm back to the program.

Only the automated commercial skip done on programs more than a day or two old is disabled for CBS. Manually skipping these still works just fine.
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Dropping Xfinity-Comcast cable TV and phone (keeping Internet) after the holidays when Costco isn't so crazy with shoppers. DirecTV is already offering the 2015 NFL Sunday Ticket and Costco has upped the free gift card to $300 through 1/15/15. I'll finally have TV back in my master BR, guest BR and exercise loft and this time they'll be wireless HD.
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I'm interested in some Starz programming. That can be purchased through Apple iTunes or through Amazon Instant Video. You can buy an episode or a season. It's expensive, but way better than paying a monthly cable bill and having to DVR the shows of interest.

HBO series are available the same way.

Occasionally a series is available on Hulu or Netflix or Amazon for a period, but often not.
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Dropping Xfinity-Comcast cable TV and phone (keeping Internet) after the holidays when Costco isn't so crazy with shoppers. DirecTV is already offering the 2015 NFL Sunday Ticket and Costco has upped the free gift card to $300 through 1/15/15. I'll finally have TV back in my master BR, guest BR and exercise loft and this time they'll be wireless HD.
Can you give a few more details on the $300 gift card? Is it a Costco gift card? Does one have to buy NFL Sunday to get it?

This could push a few people over the edge.
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Wow. I'm assuming this deal to degrade only applies to Dish DVRs?
The commercial-skipping feature, in question, was only offered on Dish DVRs. No other commercial DVR offered such a feature.
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The OBI talk has me wondering it there is a way to keep our current home phone number and switch to OBI google voice solution. Our current phone service is part of cable company bundle.
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The commercial-skipping feature, in question, was only offered on Dish DVRs. No other commercial DVR offered such a feature.
Thanks. just read about the auto hop with Dish DVRs.

The DVR I have is one where you set how much to advance at each press ( say 30 seconds, 1 min, 5 min) but the Dish DVR skips them completely.

I do see why CBS and Dish reached the compromise then.
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Can you give a few more details on the $300 gift card? Is it a Costco gift card? Does one have to buy NFL Sunday to get it?

This could push a few people over the edge.
It's a Costco gift card and the NFL package, as always, is free for one season with the "Choice" and above packages. Choice is a good deal, but I don't need to go higher. Also, Costco really slashes the pricing by giving Year 1 and Year 2 discounts. After the first year, I'll be shelling out $300-ish for NFL, but gotta have my Packers.
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DW too. She's very interested in the Sam Heughan's butt programming.
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The OBI talk has me wondering it there is a way to keep our current home phone number and switch to OBI google voice solution. Our current phone service is part of cable company bundle.
You cannot directly port a landline phone number to Google Voice. You can port a mobile number, or you could do a two-step process, which is well-documented on the web. My advice would be to ditch the old landline number. We had one for 35 years, and the vast majority of incoming calls were some type of telemarketing, political poll, police union pension, charity fundraising, etc. That number was in so many telemarketing databases, we were happy to give it to somebody else and start over. We're very careful not to give the new GV number to anyone except family and friends, which has resulted in zero unsolicited incoming calls.
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Wow. I'm assuming this deal to degrade only applies to Dish DVRs? All the more reason to go OTA if a big CBS fan.

I love watching CBS This Morning, but if I had to watch the commercial and local news I'd considering no longer watching. I always skip past the interruptions.
I'm actually replying to your signature: "Have you ever seen a headstone with these words "If only I had spent more time at work" ... from "Busy Man" sung by Billy Ray Cyrus"

Not yet, but I probably will. My ex-boss (our COO) comes to work at 6 a.m. and leaves at 9 p.m., comes in all day Saturday and works from home on Sunday. He's 2 years my senior, but looks 10. One morning, we'll find him slumped in his chair and I hope it's not on an August Monday. Our building's A/C shuts off for the weekend at noon on Saturday!
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DW too. She's very interested in the Sam Heughan's butt programming.

Ha, Harley and Audrey, I was thinking it was all about that (b)ass!
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DW too. She's very interested in the Sam Heughan's butt programming.
What am I missing?

Must investigate!

I'm interested in the Da Vinci's Demons series.
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