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2016 or before 67 37.43%
2017-2018 18 10.06%
2019-2020 22 12.29%
2021 or later 23 12.85%
I have cable/satellite primarily but augment with TV streaming 35 19.55%
I only have cable/satellite still 14 7.82%
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Old 01-18-2023, 03:47 PM   #21
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Cut the cord in 2013 and was just on a very basic ~$11 package leading up to that.

Switched to an antenna at that time.

And I'm still not paying for any streaming services - never have.
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Old 01-18-2023, 04:11 PM   #22
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We dropped cable/sat TV in 2010, when our last son moved out of the house.
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Old 01-18-2023, 04:40 PM   #23
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NFL + you pay $10 a month, cancel whenever you want and get every game - full length or condensed on your big screen. Only catch is you can watch it same day, just not live.
So last season we would go out and play during a sunny Sunday and return home to watch the game on our time. $40 total for the season.
Problem is I watch other sports like most people, not all are available separately like NFL+, and it would undoubtedly cost more to subscribe to each anyway if it was possible. So there’s still no streaming package for multiple live sports other than Hulu+Live, or YouTube TV, Sling, Fubo or similar.
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Minimal cable, provides a steady picture when internet bandwidth is spotty due to neighbors streaming porn.
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Old 01-18-2023, 05:07 PM   #25
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I cannot understand why anyone would have cable. How do they tolerate the commercials.
And that's why I'm willing to pay (all of $20/month, which includes high-definition upgrade) for Netflix. When I DO watch HGTV, etc., I'm unpleasantly surprised at the length of the commercial breaks. It's so nice to watch shows in 2/3 the time it would take on commercial-supported TV.
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Old 01-18-2023, 05:21 PM   #26
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Minimal cable, provides a steady picture when internet bandwidth is spotty due to neighbors streaming porn.
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Old 01-18-2023, 05:25 PM   #27
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We dropped traditional cable in 2013 (FiOS in our case). Converted the landline phone to free VoIP using GV.

For TV, we've been through lots of changes over the years. Our main issue is no OTA. At first, we kept a bare-bones "broadcast TV tier" that FiOS offered. Messed around with Locast for a while. Later, we subscribed to PS Vue and now YTTV.

We also have Netflix, Prime, and several other on-demand streaming services, which we cycle through as new content becomes available. There have been some significant price increases, but we added stuff as well. We also upgraded to Gigabit internet service.

Savings were huge in the beginning. Not so much anymore. Most of what were saving is from dropping the landline, no STB rentals, and the taxes and junk fees that come with traditional cable/sat.

Not complaining. But it still feels like a work-in-progress... things like no Bally RSN on YTTV. That's beyond irritating given how much we pay for that service. But still, I think the systems overall are better and more consumer-oriented, like free trials and being able to come and go as you please.
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Old 01-18-2023, 05:34 PM   #28
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we've had cable tv since the early 80's. we first got it for my wife. she had gone skiing with the local park district one day (honestly, it was on a Friday, the 13th) and she came home with torn ligaments in her knee. she was off work for 6-mos. no kids, no nearby relatives and no remote control on the TV. so we got cable tv (Jones Cable if I recall correctly) for her since that had a remote. we liked it...a lot...and have kept it all these years.
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Old 01-18-2023, 05:54 PM   #29
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I would drop cable in a heart beat. It's better to have a happy wife. She doesn't understand why the different remote and has a love affair with channel numbers. Like a earlier post, she needs her cooking shows -- she doesn't cook.
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Old 01-18-2023, 06:04 PM   #30
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I have the receipt for returning two cable boxes stapled inside my Utilities Folder, just in case one day they decide they didn't get their boxes back. It is dated 4-2-18. So getting close 5 years. So if cable averaged $100 over 5 years, that's $5,000! Although I did spend some on Firesticks and I got a FireTV Recast, for my wife to record her soaps, that has worked out very good. I even use it once in a while.
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Old 01-18-2023, 06:09 PM   #31
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Just about a year ago for us. Don't miss it at all.
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Old 01-18-2023, 06:20 PM   #32
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i dropped cable before I retired in 2014. Never missed it. I've never been much of a TV watcher. I have an antenna that more than meets my needs. Occasionally, use a free streaming service.
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In the 80s and 90s we had a BUD with a-la-cart pricing. At some point the cable lobbies got us BUDs out priced and forced us to dish/cable. Dropped it all including fiber internet to the house ($240/mo) when we retired in 2016. Purchased a T-mobile over 55 two phone plan with 10g hotspot on each phone for fixed 80/mo. We don't stream anything. A roof antenna for ota pulls in 96 channels ne of Dallas. The 10g max each phone is really 2g ave per month and I run TD Think Or Swim several times a week with rt l2 quotes without delay or problem.
Looking back I don't miss watching around 6 channels on paid cable while paying for hundreds including some I objected to the content.
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I didn't fit into the poll. I'm the rare "cord never". I watch plenty of TV, have a Tablo and Roku, but I've never subscribed to cable or satellite.
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I originally cut the cord around 2011. When I moved into a new house in 2016 Comcast had a deal for new location customers and it was comparable in price to the internet and what I was streaming at the time(PS Vue) so I went the cable route. Cut the cord again in 2020 and don't see ever going back to cable. Right now I have Comcast internet, Peacock, Paramount Plus/Showtime combo deal and an antenna that gives me all the major networks and their subs. In the Fall I will probably sign up for Sling or YTTV for football. I rotate stuff around as I'm sure others do.
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As a side note, in the late 60s, the local drive in theater near my house, put the note "Save Free TV" on their marquee. They lost, but it took 60 years to drop cable and get back to antennas.
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And that's why I'm willing to pay (all of $20/month, which includes high-definition upgrade) for Netflix. When I DO watch HGTV, etc., I'm unpleasantly surprised at the length of the commercial breaks. It's so nice to watch shows in 2/3 the time it would take on commercial-supported TV.
That is what they make DVRs for.
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Old 01-19-2023, 06:43 AM   #38
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Helped the kid move into his new apartment.

Furnished with high-end used stuff bought locally (e.g., $3500 new leather couch for $500)

The only thing he plans on buying new is a HDTV on pre-Superbowl special.

Internet is included with the rent, but not cable...he'll put up an inexpensive indoor antenna and use streaming apps instead.

We're still on cable for a couple more years until an "epoch_time" issue disables the CableCard in my Tivo...there may or may not be a fix.

If not, I'll switch the Tivo (base Roamio model) from cable to antenna, since it supports either, but not both at the same time.
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"our generation is the most resistant to cutting the cord"

It's funny, we just this month cut the cord, but our 3 adult children have never had cable since they've moved out. Also, up until very recently we had a land phone line.
We're in the same situation... just canceled cable about 3 months ago and haven't missed a thing. Our three adult children have never even had cable and only watch TV via streaming services.

But... we did ditch the landline about 10-12 years ago. Nobody was using it and it would just get random junk calls. One day I was looking over our bills and said to DW, "why am I paying for 6 phone numbers for 5 people?". She was skeptical about dropping the landline and cable but hasn't missed either one.
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I originally cut the cord around 2011. When I moved into a new house in 2016 Comcast had a deal for new location customers and it was comparable in price to the internet and what I was streaming at the time(PS Vue) so I went the cable route.
Comcast was the last traditional cable carrier I had. When DH and I moved here the previous owner had Comcast and said that if we signed up with Comcast they'd guarantee 2 years at his current rate. So, we did. Of course they wouldn't tell us what he'd been paying ("confidential") but they gave us a price and promised a $200 gift card, which never arrived. The previous owner had been avidly interested in knowing whether we'd signed up so I suspect HE got a gift card for referring us and they weren't going to give us a second one.

The deal-breaker was a year later when they increased one of the fees on the bill for sports programming. It was only $3 or so but to me that was a broken promise. So I dropped them.
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