Skip to comments.First Person: How We Cut the Cord and Now Enjoy (Almost) Free TV
Posted on 01/21/2011 7:34:53 AM PST by WOBBLY BOB
We cut the cord after our local cable provider, Time-Warner, raised our rates to over $90 a month for our cable television service alone. We have one HDTV and were subscribed to the basic cable service, with a digital box. We also subscribed to what they called their "Variety" tier, which included A & E, BBC America, Discovery Channel and the other basic cable channels. We did not get HBO or any premium channels and there were many other basic channels not even included in their Variety tier. In addition, we were charged $10 a month for the rental of the DVR unit and another $10 a month for the ten or so HD channels they offered. The package was originally offered at about $50 a month, but promotional discounts were eliminated or expired and the rate climbed to over $90 for that same service level.
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I’m willing to pay $1/channel/month. There’s only about 10 channels I would watch occasionally. I threw out the cable about 10 years ago. Note that some broadcast stations have less compression than many cable channels.
To get the local channels, we bought a $15. digital TV antenna,
In two different locations, both well within a metropolitan area, I have gotten spotty reception with the new digital TV system. Scenes freeze up, or channels just become unavailable.
In my digital antenna cost more like $50.
If you dont have a digital antenna go get one and give it a try.
you would be amazed ow many stations you can get with digital clarity
I got rid of my $170 a month bill (multiple DVR boxes was the big killer) and now I have a computer video card and all the ability to record and play stations I want
I kept the internet service only
the cable bundles suck.
I watch maybe 3-5 channels:
Discovery,History,BBC America,Travel,occasionally Food Network.
We did the same thing. I bought a digital antenna for less than $50 and used the brackets from the satellite dish to mount the new antenna. DirecTV didn’t want their dish back anyway. We get 27 stations free, and all the networks broadcast in true HD during prime time hours, and a couple are HD 24/7. I feed 4 televisions in the house without any boosters. We now laugh every time we see a commercial for dish TV or cable.
You’re right about the digital antenna. We bought ours from Denny’s Antenna Service online. They had excellent customer service. I do miss the DVR capabilities, though.
Our cable bill was getting out of hand. So I called and complained and they magically offered me a much lower price for the same service.
I did that about 14 years ago when I told them I was canceling cable for satellite. They offered the lower price but I switched to a dish. Now the satellite is the same price the cable used to be. Switching satellite carriers is the remaining option. I can stream internet video from the Wii, Blu-Ray and a notebook computer, but that doesn't provide all the channels I want.
Buy a DVR.
Same here. But my complaint is that the History Channel plays the same shows over and over. I can only take so much about Hitler.
Now all their shows are about hillbillies digging trash out of their garages and selling it at pawn shops.
der Furher would be a pleasure to watch by comparison.
Here is a thread that I was in a while ago that has some information on this:
Nearly 800,000 U.S. TV households ‘cut the cord,’ report says - Yahoo! News
We should be able to pick the channels we want and dump the rest.
I have about 120 channels but watch maybe 25.The channels I would realy want are on a another and more expensive plan.
My buddy has Fios with about 300....and last weekend we watched USA network because there was nothing on the movie channels.
I quit the cable in Apr. 1997 when it went to 32 bucks, in July I got webtv for 21.95 a month, it’s still 21.95 a month. The cable is full of paid comercials at nite.