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We just cut our Time Warner Cable TV service.
from inside my head | Feb. 11th 2013 | Mad Dawgg

Posted on 02/11/2013 2:37:24 PM PST by Mad Dawgg

I've been 3 months trying to get TWC to come and get my defective DVR (we have 2) several calls promising they would come and they would adjust our bill blah blah blah.

Then the new bill came and informed us we are getting a price increase so we talked it over and did some research.

Our TV bill (We have their internet as well) was over 110 bucks a month. We realized we could get Hulu plus and receiver most of the shows we watch for about 9 bucks a month and the two shows we definitely watch that Hulu doesn't have we could download the entire season of both shows in HD for less than we spend for one month of cable. Further you get each episode just a few hours after it is broadcast on TV.

We are going to build an antenna so we can get local news and NFL football. SO total savings will be about $1100 dollars a year and we will still get about all the shows we enjoy.

How is Cable TV going to stay afloat when people realize it isn't necessary anymore?


TOPICS: TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: cable; cabletv; hulu; netflix; outofcontrol; playontv; ripoff; timewarner; timewarnercable
Bye Bye Time Warner you dirtbags!
1 posted on 02/11/2013 2:37:27 PM PST by Mad Dawgg
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To: Mad Dawgg

A lot of those cable channels get paid per subscriber even if nobody watches, they can air all the filth they want. It’s better if millions of us just stop paying them.


2 posted on 02/11/2013 2:43:12 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: Mad Dawgg

How much will you be charged just for the internet? We do the same thing with Comcast only with Roku and Netflix streaming.


3 posted on 02/11/2013 2:44:58 PM PST by liege
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To: Mad Dawgg

Get a dish.
I get about 30 channels on mine in the Philippines.
I have DSL for internet.


4 posted on 02/11/2013 2:45:22 PM PST by AlexW
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To: Mad Dawgg

Not that it really matters for your current situation, but they might just be looking forward to the new alliance they struck with Roku. From what I know of the deal, Roku users will be able to stream the entire channel offerings for a lower price than what cable costs. The savings are realized if they do not have to eventually maintain and operate the current infrastructure and pay the local taxes as well.

I do see a battle ahead if this gains traction just like the local channels thing with DirecTV. I loved having the ability to see network broadcasts at two different times until the local channels whining about worry of losing revenue brought that to an end and significantly raising the cost of DTV because of all the infrastructure the feds made them add, including satellites, just so every subscriber would get their local broadcasts.

I tried to have it removed from my bill since I use the local antenna now since they went digital, but noooooo.


5 posted on 02/11/2013 2:49:21 PM PST by mazda77
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To: liege

Total Bill with Internet and TV and two DVR boxes was 165 bucks. The TV part is about $110.00 so our Internet is around $55 a month and that is a 21 Mbps connection on average.


6 posted on 02/11/2013 2:50:43 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

That’s pretty darn good. We have a roof antenna that picks up the signal from Sacramento. Really good quality and for free!


7 posted on 02/11/2013 2:53:59 PM PST by liege
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To: Mad Dawgg

They’ll withhold the cash from your paycheck, just like the Feds do


8 posted on 02/11/2013 2:54:03 PM PST by Rome2000 (THE WASHINGTONIANS AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE ARE THE ENEMY -ROTATE THE CAPITAL AMONGST THE STATES)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Subscription here:
http://www.playon.tv/
(one time fee $45)

and a Roku and you are set.

We cancelled our cable 4 years ago, haven’t looked back.


9 posted on 02/11/2013 2:54:10 PM PST by ph12321 (We must, indeed, all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: mazda77

I dumped TWC TV recently and only use an antenna

I get about 10 very high quality stations with a silly $12 antenna from Radio Shack.

I can watch the simpsons and “bones” and ‘futurama” on TV for free, and this old house and stuff too... I leanred I can live with that and spend more time doing house projects rather than sitting in front of the tube

I have their internet but that sucks lately too- so I am looking for an alternative

I ‘upgraded’ to their best internet service (30Mbps) and the modem sux hard. I was happier with 20Mbps


10 posted on 02/11/2013 2:54:56 PM PST by Mr. K (There are lies, damned lies, statistics, and democrat talking points.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

I don’t understand why cable and Hollywood havesn’t stopped internet pirating.
Everything’s available instantly- and with no ads. And no malware.

I guess the politicians have told them there’s no way they are going to fight the ‘99%ers’ (bums). But then why does Hollywood give politicians all that money?


11 posted on 02/11/2013 2:56:13 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Good for you... Very encouraging, too. How in the world will you get along without all those mind-numbing TW in-house advertisements? You won't be part of their manufactured community!

Oh, the humanity!

12 posted on 02/11/2013 3:01:28 PM PST by Prospero (Si Deus trucido mihi, ego etiam fides Deus.)
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To: mrsmith
"Everything’s available instantly- and with no ads. And no malware."

Well lots of folks "like us" are opting for Amazon instant video and you can buy an entire season of a show and get each EP just a few hours after it airs.

That is a pretty good deal and gets you real close to what everyone wants from Cable. Paying for only the shows you want to watch.

13 posted on 02/11/2013 3:01:55 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

I signed up for cable 3 1/2 years ago. I had to pay extra since I am so far off the main road. I got the bill for the installation, but didn’t get my first month’s bill. I called the cable company because I didn’t want a double bill the next month. “Bill is on the way” they said. Called again after no second month’s bill and again after none for three months. I call every year on the anniversary date of paying for the installation and tell them I didn’t get my current bill. It’s still on the way apparently. I think cable is great,and it’s sure cheap!


14 posted on 02/11/2013 3:15:10 PM PST by conservaterian (NOW can we have a conservative candidate?????)
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To: Mad Dawgg

He spelled it out well.

http://hillbuzz.org/is-now-the-time-for-you-to-cancel-your-cable-and-stop-newspaper-delivery-86183


15 posted on 02/11/2013 3:16:19 PM PST by bicyclerepair (Zombies Eat Brains. Half of FL is safe.)
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To: Mad Dawgg

I got rid of Time Warner and we get it for free!

Worst customer service EVER! TW makes the USPS look like the local friendly cupcake shop.


16 posted on 02/11/2013 3:16:42 PM PST by freedumb2003 (I learned everything I needed to know about racism from Colin Powell)
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To: Mad Dawgg
Interesting.

I can't understand why Cable does this. Anyone can get satellite, but you can only get cable if there is a cable somewhere near you, so the potential audience is smaller for Cable (we can't get cable out here in the sticks - too few people for them to break even, I guess). You'd think they would bend over backwards to get and keep whoever they can.

17 posted on 02/11/2013 3:20:12 PM PST by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: mazda77

I have Direct TVHD and my bill runs 91 dollars a month but that is with getting both east coast and west coast. I refused local which is detroit and I live about 70 miles N. of detroit and don’t care what goes on in that city. When I changed to HD they charged me 10 dollars but I still get east and west coast...like you, if you miss a program at 7 you can get it at 10on the other channel....love it...but it cost 3.50 for the 4 networks...still worth it...


18 posted on 02/11/2013 3:30:40 PM PST by goat granny
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To: Mad Dawgg

Paying for cable or satellite is mark of the addle-minded. It’s all “reality” tv (pssst...hate to break it to some of you, but that is more staged and fake than ‘real’), all-singing, all-dancing celebrity contests and entire channels devoted to golf. Do they still have the sci-fi channel...the one with the professional wrestling all Friday night?
And don’t get me started on cable “news”. Cable news is to news as Cheez Wiz is to cheese. It’s not news. It’s processed news product. Yes, that means fox news, too.

Seriously, if you have cable or satellite that you pay for, please, stop voting. You’re too stupid to handle the franchise responsibly.


19 posted on 02/11/2013 3:31:53 PM PST by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: ph12321

We got rid of broadcast tv 20 years ago. No regrets, no withdrawels.


20 posted on 02/11/2013 3:42:01 PM PST by spudville
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To: ph12321

What do you do when you have 8 TV’s(at least)that all get watched? And I stream from the slingbox whenever I want on the 16 other wireless/wired devices in the house...These simple solutions works great for a 2 TV house but won’t do squat for my needs...unfortunately.


21 posted on 02/11/2013 3:50:41 PM PST by BreezyDog (Illegitimi non carborundum)
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To: Mad Dawgg; All

We’re with Comcast. We don’t watch much TV. But we do enjoy watch old TV shows - Have Gun Will Travel, The Rifleman, Leave It To Beaver ... I bought a Roku so we could cancel Comcast but I haven’t found any place that offers the old shows. Netfix doesn’t. Any suggestions?


22 posted on 02/11/2013 4:28:41 PM PST by DukeBillie
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To: Mad Dawgg
I cut the cord 6 years ago and haven't regretted it for one second. Also, I don't buy newspapers or magazines. I choose what I want to watch, when I want to watch it and I get my news and information from a variety of sources so I feel better informed.

There is life after network (cable included) television and reliance on limited sources of print information.

This helps break the MSMs hold on 'the truth' which is nothing but good.
23 posted on 02/11/2013 4:40:12 PM PST by BattleFlag (The right to self defense, one without which none others matter)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Anyone have any luck homebrewing an antenna using an old Dish Network satellite dish? There’s one installed on our house with a cable coming down inside. We don’t subscribe but I’m wondering if there’s a way to use it as an antenna for other stations/satellites without a subscription. No hacking here, just picking up publicly available channels.


24 posted on 02/11/2013 5:00:21 PM PST by ggrrrrr23456
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To: ph12321

If you don’t mind me asking, what do you do for internet?


25 posted on 02/11/2013 5:20:19 PM PST by FamiliarFace
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To: DukeBillie

XBMC has every TV show ever made and it is free, install on windows or Linux, personally I use Linux.


26 posted on 02/11/2013 5:24:08 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: DukeBillie

Leave it to Beaver is on Amazon.


27 posted on 02/11/2013 5:40:51 PM PST by UB355 (Slower traffic keep right)
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To: eyeamok; UB355

Thank you


28 posted on 02/11/2013 7:31:57 PM PST by DukeBillie
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To: DukeBillie

Your local over the air station might broadcast “MeTV” on one of it’s digital channels (most statioms broadcast 3 channels). It has nearly all of the old shows.

It’s free, you just need an antenna. Check the listings for your local over the air stations.


29 posted on 02/11/2013 7:37:59 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: eyeamok

I just ordered parts to build a Raspberry Pi box specifically to run Raspbmc. Can’t wait to play with it.


30 posted on 02/11/2013 7:55:34 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Mad Dawgg

Anybody have suggestions for a low profile or indoor HDTV antenna. We live 23 miles from the transmitter and in a tin sided house and cannot pick up anything.

The only transmitter is in Fairbanks. Nothing else near.


31 posted on 02/11/2013 8:01:12 PM PST by Jet Jaguar
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To: DukeBillie

Your Welcome, I use navi-x addon and it literally has anything and everything you would ever need.


32 posted on 02/11/2013 8:22:25 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: FreedomPoster

Yeah I have been looking at building one to replace the HTPC’s I have going. Linux Boxes with ATSC,DVB-S,XBMC,IPTV...Raspberry will be nice and small and uses very little power and is Silent.


33 posted on 02/11/2013 8:26:46 PM PST by eyeamok
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To: ggrrrrr23456
Yes, A friend of mine has been making HDTV Antennas out of old Sat dishes.

Ge:t you one of these: that is an old 75ohm converter that was used to transform a cable signal to antenna connection on older TVs. You can still get them at Radio shack.

Splice in the wired end to your dish.(you'll need to cut and splice the wires that lead to the element in the middle of the dish) Now if the dish was installed properly it should have one of these: (it may have more connections usually 2 or four) make sure the coaxial side of the 75 Ohm transformer is connected to it and then connect the other side to the cable that will run inside your house. This is important because it grounds your antenna and can protect against lighting. There should be a grounding wire that runs from this down to a metal rod that sticks in the ground.

The dish will need to be pointed in the direction the TV stations that you are trying to pickup are located.

34 posted on 02/11/2013 11:36:43 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: BreezyDog
"What do you do when you have 8 TV’s(at least)that all get watched? And I stream from the slingbox whenever I want on the 16 other wireless/wired devices in the house...These simple solutions works great for a 2 TV house but won’t do squat for my needs...unfortunately."

Research ROKU. They have a multi-tv system. My BIL has it and he loves it.

35 posted on 02/11/2013 11:44:47 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: AlexW
Get a dish. I get about 30 channels on mine in the Philippines. I have DSL for internet.

Upon moving into a new house, my sister and her husband in Colorado recently fired Comcast in favor of Dish Network (or whatever it's called) plus a DSL for internet.

They're getting excellent TV, such as it is, from the satellite for substantially less than they were paying Comcast. However, their internet sucks. (It was great over Comcast at their old house a couple of miles away!)

As for me, I don't even own a working TV (since the digital switchover). As far as I'm concerned, the internet is all that matters. I have Verizon FiOS.

So it would seem, if you care about TV, the proper strategy is buy your TV from Dish and buy your internet (but probably not your TV) from the fastest service that passes by your house.

36 posted on 02/12/2013 12:01:51 AM PST by cynwoody
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To: cynwoody

” However, their internet sucks. (It was great over Comcast at their old house a couple of miles away!)”
______________________________________

Yes, the cable companies can provide very fast internet.
We have yet to get cable in our town, but it is on the way.

DSL providers often have different levels of service.
Our telephone is also part of the DSL line.
You should ask your provider.
At first I had only 500 K, but for a little extra they upgraded me to 2 megs max, but it is sometimes slower then that.

I am not sure about Satellite internet.
I have a friend in rural Alabama that had such internet, but I think it was only for the download. I think his upload was by phone line and the upload was quite slow.
I will have to ask him about it.

Having been out of the USSA for the past 12 years, I am way behind on what is available, even though my business was radio communications.


37 posted on 02/12/2013 6:34:49 PM PST by AlexW
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To: Mad Dawgg

I cancelled Comcast a few weeks ago and I love it. I’ll be saving 80 bucks a month. I would have missed O’Reilly and Special Report but I can listen to those shows on the fox news radio app so I dont miss it that much. Plus I have to say the picture is sooooooo much clearer with the digital antenna over cable. I really enjoyed watching the Super Bowl.


38 posted on 02/12/2013 7:50:57 PM PST by fkabuckeyesrule
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To: Mad Dawgg
May I recommend Directv ?
39 posted on 02/12/2013 7:56:24 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
"May I recommend Directv ?"

The reason I had TWC was because DirecTV's DVRs would crash and they would take weeks to replace them. But, they still charged me the full month's fees.

40 posted on 02/12/2013 9:07:44 PM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: Mad Dawgg

I don’t use their DVR, so I wouldn’t know.


41 posted on 02/12/2013 9:10:57 PM PST by Yosemitest (It's Simple ! Fight, ... or Die !)
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To: Yosemitest
Long ago in a galaxy far far away I was in a recording studio helping some friends do a demo for their band and the engineer offered me the use of the CS-80 they had in the studio. I was in heaven! Also they let me use their real Hammond B-3 and Yamaha CP 80 Electric Grand Piano. I think the price tag of those 3 instruments combined was well over 14 thousand dollars in 1980.

5 Years later I bought my first New Car and paid just over 7 thousand dollars.

My first digital setup of Keyboards cost me almost as much as my Car did. 2 Dx7s a Dx9 a KX5 Keytar and a Roland Juno 106.

42 posted on 02/13/2013 3:26:11 AM PST by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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