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Old 7 July 2013, 15:35
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Cutting Cable

I wasn't sure if this belonged in the Lounge or Technology sections? I searched and couldn't find a thread specifically for this issue.

Has anyone here cut cable and only have internet? My wife and I are considering canceling our cable since we barely use it.

We use the services below.

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Hulu NOT Hulu + and is Hulu + worth it?
Memocast for Russian movies
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Old 7 July 2013, 15:38
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Old 7 July 2013, 15:50
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I wasn't sure if this belonged in the Lounge or Technology sections? I searched and couldn't find a thread specifically for this issue.

Has anyone here cut cable and only have internet? My wife and I are considering canceling our cable since we barely use it.

We use the services below.

Netflix
Hulu NOT Hulu + and is Hulu + worth it?
Memocast for Russian movies
We haven't had a TV in three years. Whether I'm in Israel, the States, or anywhere else I can watch whatever I want online, and keep up with the news via online radio or streaming news broadcasts.
I can't imagine ever going back to cable TV.
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Old 7 July 2013, 16:12
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I have cable, called in to cancel and they dropped my price raised my channels, and gave me HBO for 3 months so I could finish Game of Thrones. I have a sticky as to when rates go up on here on my PC, When my boy heads back home for the school year. Ill probably call up to check prices and switch from cable to netflix.

I can't see justifying the amount cable cost for the 3 - 6 channels I actually watch.
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Old 7 July 2013, 16:21
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Yes. AT&T U-verse kept raising their cable prices and finally stopped negotiating deals for me. I dropped their cable, but kept the internet due to the few days I telework from home. I now use an OTA antenna to get the basic stuff. My only regret is that I didn't do it sooner.

I don't have Netflix yet, but am considering it in the near future. I watch Hulu via computer and it serves my basic needs. In my research, I understand that Hulu + is loaded with commercials - I can't validate it because I don't use the service.
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Old 7 July 2013, 16:27
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What about the data charges from your ISP?
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Old 7 July 2013, 16:41
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I may be completely misunderstanding your question, but...

I don't access the internet via telephone simply because I have simple flip (dumb) phone and I *think* that is what your question concerns.

I haven't noticed any data charges from them in the four months since I dropped their cable and stuck with their high speed internet service. It is just one of their packages at a flat rate per month.
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Old 7 July 2013, 16:42
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I have cable, called in to cancel and they dropped my price raised my channels, and gave me HBO for 3 months so I could finish Game of Thrones. I have a sticky as to when rates go up on here on my PC, When my boy heads back home for the school year. Ill probably call up to check prices and switch from cable to netflix.

I can't see justifying the amount cable cost for the 3 - 6 channels I actually watch.

that was finally triggered me dropping cable. It's been 3 months and I don't miss it. I picked up Netflix and watch that through my apple tv and anything I can't find there I grab from iTunes if it's a must have. I went from ~2-3 hours/night a week to about 1 and that's only because I'm working through Dexter (on season 4 now)
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Old 7 July 2013, 16:54
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I went without for a while, then got DirectTv when I moved into this place. I can't say I really missed cable, but I've been pretty happy with DirectTv. Amazon Instant Video is tits if you cut out cable (if you're a Prime member, there's a bunch of movies and shows for free).
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Old 7 July 2013, 16:54
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Most of the Broadband providers have caps as far as I know, TWC being the only exception, so I wouldn't drop Cable unless I had a premium plan or a VPN at the very least. A lot of times when a Cable Technician comes out to remove equipment or swap out a box the ISP will send refresh hits to your modem, and suddenly you'll be getting a standard download rate instead of your former premium rate, and with Cox Communications that can be as little as 3mbps per second for 40 dollars a month. Not to mention Netflix having numerous buffering issues on certain Blueray players, and virtually none on Tablets. I think the decision is very ISP dependent.
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Old 7 July 2013, 17:43
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Maybe I don't understand what your saying, but I pay for 25 mbps. They can't change me to 3 mbps for dropping cable if i'm paying for the 25 mbps. If they truely want to mess around, I'll just move a few miles south and get Google fiber for free, or 1 gig downloads for not much more than I pay now.
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Old 7 July 2013, 19:29
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Maybe I don't understand what your saying, but I pay for 25 mbps. They can't change me to 3 mbps for dropping cable if i'm paying for the 25 mbps. If they truely want to mess around, I'll just move a few miles south and get Google fiber for free, or 1 gig downloads for not much more than I pay now.
Piping you right into PRISM! (cross-thread points?)

I really want to get rid of cable but my wife is addicted to crap like Lifetime television for women. I need to find a way to ween her off.
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Old 7 July 2013, 19:47
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I got rid of cable and built one of these when I was living down the shore - I got about 25 channels, some good, some not so good but it was all free. Digital TV is line of sight, so where I was living it was a good move. Now I am living in the mountains and get squat with this antenna

http://www.popularmechanics.com/tech...tal-tv-antenna
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Old 7 July 2013, 19:49
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You may want to check with your cable company, I know with some cable companies they will not offer you internet unless you have at the bare minimum basic cable running into your residence.

I recently moved where I was paying $140 month for my cable/internet and getting 15 down 2 up. Where I live now, I have a better package with more channels for about $10 more than I was paying but I get 25 up 5 down.

I could live without my cable but I don't think I will go that route as I like to record the shows I miss and watch them later plus I have on demand which lets me find shows and watch them when I want.
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Old 7 July 2013, 19:50
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I got rid of cable and built one of these when I was living down the shore - I got about 25 channels, some good, some not so good but it was all free. Digital TV is line of sight, so where I was living it was a good move. Now I am living in the mountains and get squat with this antenna

http://www.popularmechanics.com/tech...tal-tv-antenna
That looks like a fun project for shits and giggles. Thanks for the link.
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Old 7 July 2013, 19:55
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A lot of times when a Cable Technician comes out to remove equipment or swap out a box the ISP will send refresh hits to your modem, and suddenly you'll be getting a standard download rate instead of your former premium rate, and with Cox Communications that can be as little as 3mbps per second for 40 dollars a month. Not to mention Netflix having numerous buffering issues on certain Blueray players, and virtually none on Tablets. I think the decision is very ISP dependent.
No technician removed anything from my home because the company has you send the equipment back to them or they charge your for it. They got the DVR, but I kept the modem for the internet since I kept that service.

I will say that nothing stops them from raising the internet price in order to get me to bundle services, but until that happens I will stay with my 3mbps plan .

I agree that the decision is very ISP dependent. My plan may not work for everyone, but I don't miss the cable bill.

This site helped me immensely when researching the direction of the OTA signals in my area: http://tvfool.com/
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Old 7 July 2013, 21:52
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If PRISM is recording my stuff, its doing now just at a slower speed. I don't have anything to hide, so why not make it faster for the both of us. They are going to record me regaurdless right!?!?!

Gracie, i'd look into getting your own modem. I bought mine off newegg. I have saved in rental fees the cost of the modem and now I am just saving that extra 5-7 dollar rental fee every month.

I'm with Comcast, they let you have internet without cable, they just do the bundles to make you feel like you are saving and suck you in.
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Old 7 July 2013, 22:56
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We've been considering dropping cable as well but my chief concern is missing college football, the World Cup, or the Olympics. Any free or low cost suggestions?
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Old 8 July 2013, 08:29
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My house is closer than ever. My wife is almost there, I've been there for a while - but she pays that bill so it's basically her call at this point. But I recently found out I can get a free apple TV box with some built-up ESPN fantasy points. And my wife is an apple user so she likes that idea. We are under contract still for a few months, but I'm hoping by summers end I can make the switch.
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Old 8 July 2013, 09:35
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One of the guys I work with picked up cable just for the olympics. He has been lazy at turning it back off, but the Olympics are every 2-4 yeards depending which one you like. As far as the other sports, thats much different.
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