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Oct 27, 2021 - 3:43:32 PM
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12676 posts since 1/15/2005

like a free man. Service was with Charter Spectrum ..... started off at $139.00 a month for cable TV, Internet, and Land Line (which I still need for business). In the past several years it has almost doubled. When my wife and I and daughter were taking a mini-vacation a couple of weeks ago in the North Carolina mountains the house we were renting had a smart TV, but basic service with no sports channels. My daughter and I wanted to watch several college football games over the weekend, so she suggested that we try the 10 day "free trial" from YouTube TV. We did and were able to get all the football games and other great channels that we watch.

I called Spectrum yesterday and told them to cut the cable TV and keep the internet and land line. With Youtube TV and those two Spectrum services we are saving almost $100 a month. However, my wife is insisting on adding the Hallmark channels ($5.99 a month ...... $5.99 too much, but we are doing it). Any similar experiences?

Oct 27, 2021 - 4:10:39 PM

887 posts since 10/4/2018

Congratulations, I am sure you will find plenty of things to entertain you. Been a long time since I had cable Tv. At least a dozen years. I only really watch the world Cup and that's every 4 years. I can usually find some place to watch online. Otherwise I can go to a friend's place and catch the World Series, Superbowl and the Olympics.

Edited by - Good Buddy on 10/27/2021 16:11:31

Oct 27, 2021 - 4:16:07 PM

chuckv97

Canada

60400 posts since 10/5/2013

No cable (cabel in the US. ?) here,, I subscribe to “Sportsnet Now” on my iPad for baseball and hockey, some football and NBA. I have a little window antenna that gives me 3 TV channels.

Oct 27, 2021 - 6:22:19 PM
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279 posts since 7/29/2011

I have Spectrum/Charter Ultra internet (400 mbps) and Cable.
My monthly bill is $107.88, including all taxes and fees.
I discovered it is far cheaper to dump the Spectrum/Charter cable boxes and hardware and use the Spectrum TV app on my Apple TV and Roku devices (the Spectrum app will NOT work on a Firestick) for cable.
Spectrum charges far less for cable for using the app on streaming devices instead of their hardware. I have it on my phone and as many devices as I want for one low price.
This is a very easy way to reduce cable TV costs for people with Charter/Spectrum.
Adding the cable service via app only costs me about $20/month more than the Ultra high speed internet alone.
Many people don't know about this and pay a lot more to use their crappy cable boxes.

Edited by - Michigan Lefty on 10/27/2021 18:23:52

Oct 27, 2021 - 6:36:06 PM
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wizofos

USA

6181 posts since 8/19/2012

We recently cut the Spectrum cable and it only took 2 months of screwed up billing and several phone calls to people who kept trying to sell us other services. I finally asked for a supervisor in a rather nasty tone and said if they could not do that I was calling the state Consumer Protection people.
Our problem is that we still have to keep Spectrum internet as they are the only broadband option available.
We ended up with an antenna on the roof since all our network transmitters are over 35+ miles away. We then went with Roku with Disney package and Discovery+ with the no advertisement option. We ended up with more network channels than Spectrum offered and some options that they did not offer.
Lots of free options out there.
In the end we save about $60 a month and the initial cost of the antenna and Roku will be paid off in about 2 months.
The only thing is to make sure you have good internet connection for streaming the Roku.

Oct 27, 2021 - 6:42:49 PM
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Brian T

Canada

18845 posts since 6/5/2008

We don't have cable TV here. Somebody tried more than 20 years ago and failed.

We all use Sirius/XM for 300+ radio channels and Satellite TV is about 250 full service,
not counting the streaming audio channels.

I pay about $112/month for maybe 200TV plus the audio stuff. I do it for visitors. I don't use it.
I have so much trouble figuring out how to get it all turned on and connected.
The last time I tried, I learned eventually that the cat had stepped on some critical plug behind the TV. By then, whatever it was that I wanted to watch had finished. I might try in another 6-8 months.

Oct 27, 2021 - 9:34:12 PM

12676 posts since 1/15/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Michigan Rich

I have Spectrum/Charter Ultra internet (400 mbps) and Cable.
My monthly bill is $107.88, including all taxes and fees.
I discovered it is far cheaper to dump the Spectrum/Charter cable boxes and hardware and use the Spectrum TV app on my Apple TV and Roku devices (the Spectrum app will NOT work on a Firestick) for cable.
Spectrum charges far less for cable for using the app on streaming devices instead of their hardware. I have it on my phone and as many devices as I want for one low price.
This is a very easy way to reduce cable TV costs for people with Charter/Spectrum.
Adding the cable service via app only costs me about $20/month more than the Ultra high speed internet alone.
Many people don't know about this and pay a lot more to use their crappy cable boxes.


I could have used that option also, but I was fed up with Spectrum TV.  We consistently had problems with the picture "tiling" (breaking up) right when there was a big game or something we really wanted to see was on.  If you ever called them about it, they did not know what you were talking about and we could not duplicate the problem when the repairmen were here.  Since my Samsung is from 2015, it is a smart TV, but we still had to buy Firestick ($27.00) to get the YOuTube TV.  So far...... so good!

Oct 28, 2021 - 6:22:31 AM
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DC5

USA

21177 posts since 6/30/2015

Never had cable. I have an antenna up in the attic for watching broadcast television, I used to stream some stuff on Hulu back when it was free. We have a landline with the local phone company, and used to have internet with them, but my son needed more bandwidth for his games so he had cable internet installed (Specrtum? I don't know I don't pay the bill) which does improve overall service when it works. When it goes out it can take days to fix. With my wife working from home we kept the cable after my son moved out. I don't think there is anything on television worth paying for. I would do pay per view for some movies, but don't want to subscribe to a service, so I don't.

Many moons ago, when they first brought cable into our neighborhood they were pushing the sales to get subscribers. They said they would do free connections, but we had to pay for the converter box. The box was something like $50, but they paid (supposedly) 10% interest if you returned the box after the 6 month trial. I said I didn't want the cable, but that I would take 100 boxes. The guy couldn't figure out what I was doing, so I just laughed and closed the door.

Oct 28, 2021 - 6:42:52 AM

Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

26513 posts since 8/3/2003

I have satellite TV and an over the air antennae and neither is 100% effective. Right now, Dish and Tengo are fighting about money and one of our local networks has been taken off Dish and Roku and anything else you try to get it on. The over the air antennae doesn't work for that channel, no matter which way I turn it or where I put it in the house.

I used to have cable and they kept deleting channels but not lowering the price.

I guess no matter what you do, you're not going to be completely satisfied and happy.

Me? I'm watching more on Roku and less and less on satellite. Thinking about cutting off satellite, but haven't done that yet.

Oct 28, 2021 - 7:28:29 AM

12676 posts since 1/15/2005

Sherry .... you are right ..... no one, I think, is going to be completely happy with their service. I guess it is a matter of selecting the one you hate the least. As per Dave's comments regarding not watching much TV .... if there is nothing worth paying for then he is certainly right that it would not be worth paying for a service that you don't use. If it were not for sports and a few channels like Discovery, History Channel, Nat Geo and a few more, it would not be worth it for me. ...... and my wife has to have Hallmark!

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:17:29 AM
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rinemb

USA

14108 posts since 5/24/2005

We cut the cable in the 1980s. Rented movies in replacement. As streaming came available we were early in that game. bought a Roku box and Sling tv subscription for 25.00 per month. Now we pay for several streams: Sing, hulu, appletv, Amazon prime, and we get HBOmax "free" as a part of our internet package with ATT.
More than enough content for me. Not cheap, but a good cable package in Wichita is about 275.00 per month.
Congratulations on the cable cut. Brad

Edited by - rinemb on 10/28/2021 08:17:47

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:30:09 AM
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dat

USA

31556 posts since 7/26/2006

I haven’t had cable in years, we never watched that much TV anyway, you’ll find out there is plenty to occupy your time without it, and enjoy life

Oct 28, 2021 - 8:38:05 AM
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rinemb

USA

14108 posts since 5/24/2005

I think of this scene!


 

Oct 28, 2021 - 11:23:19 AM
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DC5

USA

21177 posts since 6/30/2015

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Originally posted by BanjoLink

Sherry .... you are right ..... no one, I think, is going to be completely happy with their service. I guess it is a matter of selecting the one you hate the least. As per Dave's comments regarding not watching much TV .... if there is nothing worth paying for then he is certainly right that it would not be worth paying for a service that you don't use. If it were not for sports and a few channels like Discovery, History Channel, Nat Geo and a few more, it would not be worth it for me. ...... and my wife has to have Hallmark!


I do not have the sports gene, so I don't care about sports - but if people did not pay extra for sports channels, they would be offered for free.  They need you to watch more than you need to watch.  TV should be paid for by the advertisers.  When cable first came out in my area I went to friends houses who had it and I was shocked that they paid for TV and still had to sit through commercials.  Ironically, I was with a theater group that had a kids show on local Cable, but I was not a subscriber.  I do wish I had the tapes of the old episodes though.  We were submitted for some kind of award, but I don't think we won.  If we did, no one told me.  When I watched Hulu for free I sat through the ads, no problem.  There was some programming that required a subscription, but there was so much available for free I could not see the point.  How much TV can, or rather should you watch?  At least with streaming you can watch when you want.  I used to subscribe to TV guide, and whenever there was nothing to watch I would look at the cable listings and there was nothing to watch there either.  Everybody in broadcasting thinks nobody watches TV on the weekend. 

Oct 28, 2021 - 11:48:46 AM

3937 posts since 7/8/2010

Roku and YouTube has saved us over 60 bucks a month. Roku has many old movies that I Like. On YouTube we only watch three or four channels.

Oct 28, 2021 - 12:28:33 PM
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10563 posts since 8/22/2006

The cable/Satellite services can change all the want but start monkeying with Yellowstone the you are in for a ride to the Train Station. :-)

Oct 28, 2021 - 1:24:47 PM

2426 posts since 7/20/2004

I've been tempted to cut off our cable subscription, but my wife is addicted to Hallmark Channel, and I enjoy a few things like F1 GP, the World Series, and the NFR rodeo finals that I get from it. Mostly we watch Discovery+ and BBC via streaming on Roku. At this point I'm willing to pay the dun for the few things we actually watch on cable, and of course, it's also our high-speed internet connection. If we get a direct fibre cable to our door in the next couple of years I may rethink things.

On the subject of satellite, over the past 25 years I've tried, and was a dealer for, Prime, Dish, and DirectTV.  I'm done with those now, thank you.

Edited by - CW Spook on 10/28/2021 13:27:07

Oct 28, 2021 - 2:08:28 PM

12676 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by DC5
quote:
Originally posted by BanjoLink

Sherry .... you are right ..... no one, I think, is going to be completely happy with their service. I guess it is a matter of selecting the one you hate the least. As per Dave's comments regarding not watching much TV .... if there is nothing worth paying for then he is certainly right that it would not be worth paying for a service that you don't use. If it were not for sports and a few channels like Discovery, History Channel, Nat Geo and a few more, it would not be worth it for me. ...... and my wife has to have Hallmark!


I do not have the sports gene, so I don't care about sports - but if people did not pay extra for sports channels, they would be offered for free.  They need you to watch more than you need to watch.  TV should be paid for by the advertisers.  When cable first came out in my area I went to friends houses who had it and I was shocked that they paid for TV and still had to sit through commercials.  Ironically, I was with a theater group that had a kids show on local Cable, but I was not a subscriber.  I do wish I had the tapes of the old episodes though.  We were submitted for some kind of award, but I don't think we won.  If we did, no one told me.  When I watched Hulu for free I sat through the ads, no problem.  There was some programming that required a subscription, but there was so much available for free I could not see the point.  How much TV can, or rather should you watch?  At least with streaming you can watch when you want.  I used to subscribe to TV guide, and whenever there was nothing to watch I would look at the cable listings and there was nothing to watch there either.  Everybody in broadcasting thinks nobody watches TV on the weekend. 


Dave ..... as a non-Cable watcher, you would be perfect Hangout critic for Fox News .... CNN ... and MSNBC wink

Edited by - BanjoLink on 10/28/2021 14:09:12

Oct 28, 2021 - 6:57:37 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

15481 posts since 9/27/2007

Oct 29, 2021 - 6:36:41 AM

7022 posts since 9/5/2006

we are going to have to do the same thing,,our sputrum bill is now 210 a month and we only watch maybe 10 channels.. we are sports freaks but looking at options by just keeping the internet and going with a fire stick or just buying a new tv. its robbery considering all of the useless channels on there now....

Oct 29, 2021 - 3:46:19 PM

12676 posts since 1/15/2005

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Originally posted by 1935tb-11

we are going to have to do the same thing,,our sputrum bill is now 210 a month and we only watch maybe 10 channels.. we are sports freaks but looking at options by just keeping the internet and going with a fire stick or just buying a new tv. its robbery considering all of the useless channels on there now....


Correct Terry ..... the bill just keeps going up.  YouTube offers about all of the sports channels which is what I watch most, especially during weekends.  Unlike Spectrum, you can record as much as you like and don't have to worry about running out of space or recording more than 2 programs at a time.  My TV is a Samsung "Smart TV" and for some reason would not download the YouTube App, so we had to buy a Firestick.  There are about 5 different grades of the Firestick and I bought the next to the lowest for $27 and you can turn the TV on and off from it and it is the only controller I need.  My wife's TV has the cheapest Firestick and she has to use her TV's controller to turn it on and off.

Oct 30, 2021 - 12:52:19 PM
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donc

Canada

6780 posts since 2/9/2010

When I was 9 my parents purchased a bigger house. Along with that house came a channel 12 antenna on the roof. Our service doubled from one CBC channel to an additional CBS channel from Bellingham, Wn. It was like leaving the dark ages and entering the Renaissance. Our most recent fibre service has about 40+ channels. I've now got about 4 channels I actually bother to watch. Modern day TV is geared for the mentality of a 12 year old who has no constructive interests or hobbies. If it wasn't for the other loyal subscriber in this house I would likely revert back to the roof antenna.

Edited by - donc on 10/30/2021 12:54:25

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