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 Posted: Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 06:30 am
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We went with the PlayStation Vue as we decided it was a better option then a Roku. Still get local TV and sports. Still have to keep Comcast for internet.



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 Posted: Fri Dec 23rd, 2016 08:49 am
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You can also look at at Sling TV for National Sports.

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You keep us all posted as to your adjustment period. I think it'll sneak up on you about missing some cable shows. Depending on your viewing habits you'll be good to go.

I've considered cutting the cord, but worry about missing something down the road.

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I looked into cutting the cord as we don't really watch TV other than sports now and again and kids shows. but it didn't seem like it was going to save much. 70% of our Comcast bill is Internet and their aren't any other internet providers in the area.

Once I factored in the monthly cost of sling tv it just didn't seem worth the hassle.

Does anyone have one of those leaf antennas? I was looking at one of those as well.



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Franchise wrote: I looked into cutting the cord as we don't really watch TV other than sports now and again and kids shows. but it didn't seem like it was going to save much. 70% of our Comcast bill is Internet and their aren't any other internet providers in the area.

Once I factored in the monthly cost of sling tv it just didn't seem worth the hassle.

Does anyone have one of those leaf antennas? I was looking at one of those as well.

I researched similarly and came to the same conclusion.  It's a big hassle to use all these multiple sources and at the end of the day you save very little, if anything.  The key here is that cable companies have transitioned into ISPs as well, so you can't completely leave them.  They're not stupid.  They've adapted.  And they give you deals on bundles so Internet and cable can be cheaper or not much more expensive than just one service.  Hell, up until a few years ago when I had Time Warner, it was cheaper to keep a landline (which I absolutely never used) with them than to just do Internet and cable.  They gave you a discount to take a product that was obsolete.





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Former cord-cuter here too. As others have stated, its a fucking hassle for little to no savings. My biggest issue is I live in the country so there is no cable TV or cable Internet. I have wireless Internet from a local ISP. It is fast enough for browsing, Xbox Live and streaming, just not all at the same time. I lasted about a year. Being a hockey fan in South Texas it is impossible to watch Hockey.

I now have DirecTV (had Dish previously) and got the NFL Sunday Ticket for signing up. I am much happier. Don't really even care how much more I am spending. Whatever it is, it's worth it.



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We have looked at all the options as well.  In the end, it isn't worth it.  I finally have convinced my wife that our land line is meaningless.  In 17, we are going to cut that out.  We have FIOS, 8 years now and I think that will save us about 40 per month.  Every 2 years we negotiate with Verizon and they always give us a better deal.  I could save some money being a cord cutter but I would be shut out of some things I want to watch.  Further, once you start layering the basic packages that are offered by the streamers with added options, it is almost as expensive as cable.  At least I don't use Comcast who I despise.   

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BTW - I am going to take the landline savings and put it into the red zone and the expanded NHL and MLB games. Wife doesn't know that yet.

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Franchise wrote: I looked into cutting the cord as we don't really watch TV other than sports now and again and kids shows. but it didn't seem like it was going to save much. 70% of our Comcast bill is Internet and their aren't any other internet providers in the area.

Once I factored in the monthly cost of sling tv it just didn't seem worth the hassle.

Does anyone have one of those leaf antennas? I was looking at one of those as well.

I used to be a cord cutter when we lived in an area that only had one cable company. Additionally, we could get the over the air networks from the cable connection to the modem since our cable company didn't block them. This was before streaming technology had really taken off.

When we moved to an area serviced by Comcast, we could no longer get the over the air channels since Comcast has the technology to block them. We get cable TV for less than $20 more per month as an add-on to the Comcast internet service. I suspect that Comcast just increases its internet service rate instead of its cable TV rate since most people need internet vs. cable. I considered getting a rooftop antenna but the cost and installation cost/hassle made Comcast seem like the better choice. Additionally, Comcast enables you to stream your TV content to any device.

Verizon FiOS is also available in my area and they have been offering a package that would be about $30 less per month than my current Comcast package. But I am sticking with Comcast since:

1) I used to work for Verizon and they layoff employees on a whim. They squeeze their employees so hard - it is like trying to get blood from a stone.

2) Comcast's tech support has always been able to resolve my issue. They also make service calls after hours and weekends.

3) When my contract was near expiration, Comcast offered me a one-year plan that was the same as my current plan and added DVR. The total package ended up being $10 less per month than I was paying.  

I have tried one of the leaf antennas but it didn't work well for me since my TV room is in the basement. Despite attaching the leaf antenna to a basement window, it couldn't pick up anything. I think the big factor is your location. There were lots of positive reviews for the leaf antenna on Amazon so I suspect that I am just in a terrible location for it.

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My experience was much like Rossi's, Time Warner and Windstream both service my area and both were cheaper with the triple play bundle, tried Windstream first, shitcanned them in 2 months as internet service was spotty at best, used TWC for a year but realized that I was wasting my money so decided to cut back to internet only, it costs $58/month after taxes surcharges and all the other bullshit, but it's better than $138 for TV I rarely watch and a "home phone" I never ever used.

Have a Roku and pay for Netflix and HBO Now, $24/month for both of them and that's all the TV I need, if I want to watch any particular sport or PPV it's a simple thing to log into firstrow and watch on the computer.



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Franchise wrote: I looked into cutting the cord as we don't really watch TV other than sports now and again and kids shows. but it didn't seem like it was going to save much. 70% of our Comcast bill is Internet and their aren't any other internet providers in the area.

Once I factored in the monthly cost of sling tv it just didn't seem worth the hassle.

Does anyone have one of those leaf antennas? I was looking at one of those as well.

I really don't get to watch that much sports these days because the little guy watches Sprout, Nick Jr., Disney. We do get local channels and ESPN, CSN Fox Sports. The only thing is that Sling TV had AXS TV ( New Japan Wrestling), but I plan on getting NJPW World after the new year.



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Ultimark wrote: We have looked at all the options as well.  In the end, it isn't worth it.  I finally have convinced my wife that our land line is meaningless.  In 17, we are going to cut that out.  We have FIOS, 8 years now and I think that will save us about 40 per month.  Every 2 years we negotiate with Verizon and they always give us a better deal.  I could save some money being a cord cutter but I would be shut out of some things I want to watch.  Further, once you start layering the basic packages that are offered by the streamers with added options, it is almost as expensive as cable.  At least I don't use Comcast who I despise.   
FIOS isn't in our area. Our package agreement ended and it went from $180 to $230 without any notice. We had the Comcast Triple play and once the 6 month grace period is over, my wife is going to sign up for it (was in her Dad's name) and try and get the new customer deal.



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katook wrote: My experience was much like Rossi's, Time Warner and Windstream both service my area and both were cheaper with the triple play bundle, tried Windstream first, shitcanned them in 2 months as internet service was spotty at best, used TWC for a year but realized that I was wasting my money so decided to cut back to internet only, it costs $58/month after taxes surcharges and all the other bullshit, but it's better than $138 for TV I rarely watch and a "home phone" I never ever used.

Have a Roku and pay for Netflix and HBO Now, $24/month for both of them and that's all the TV I need, if I want to watch any particular sport or PPV it's a simple thing to log into firstrow and watch on the computer.

We got a ROKU for my Father-In-Law and he loves watching Westerns and the Hallmark channel, so he'll be good with that. We don't have much time to watch HBO, so that isn't a big deal for us. Even if we last 6-9 months, he are still saving around $100 per month.



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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: Franchise wrote: I looked into cutting the cord as we don't really watch TV other than sports now and again and kids shows. but it didn't seem like it was going to save much. 70% of our Comcast bill is Internet and their aren't any other internet providers in the area.

Once I factored in the monthly cost of sling tv it just didn't seem worth the hassle.

Does anyone have one of those leaf antennas? I was looking at one of those as well.

I really don't get to watch that much sports these days because the little guy watches Sprout, Nick Jr., Disney. We do get local channels and ESPN, CSN Fox Sports. The only thing is that Sling TV had AXS TV ( New Japan Wrestling), but I plan on getting NJPW World after the new year.


Just wanted to say that this thread is why I really love the Beeji Board....

I started getting New Japan World this month & have been getting caught up on 2016's shows to get ready for WK11 at the first of January....I must say they did a great job of setting up the main event of Okada and Omega during the last show of the year last weekend "Road To Wrestle Kingdom 11"....I love it, but the only thing they need to fix is the actual website. They need an English speaking person to create an English Language version if they are really serious about breaking into the North American market.... & Europe to for that matter....

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Well, we lasted only 2 weeks and we have Comcast back again. My wife was able to get our bill cut in half and we got their X1 DVR preferred package for 2 years. Our internet is the fastest it's ever been with our new modem. TV sucked with the Playstation Vue and my Father-In-Law's connection for the ROKU rarely worked.



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