Skip to comments.CABLE/SATELLITE VS NETFLIX/HULU/OTHER STREAMING SERVICES
Posted on 12/10/2013 4:48:49 PM PST by Extremely Extreme Extremist
Has any FReepers completely ditched their cable or satellite provider and went exclusively with streaming services, such as Roku or Wi-Fi Blu-Ray?
I did. I had cable that I was paying upwards to $80 a month. I got rid of it and simply stream Netflix, HuluPlus, or Amazon Prime and saved over half.
So what did that do to your high-speed internet cost? Just curious given the bundling issues.
Can you get Discovery and their related channels like Learning on H or N?
It was actually cheaper getting the stand-only internet service (with the streaming channels) than having it bundled.
If you buy a Roku (a streaming device) it has Discovery plus at least over 20 other fee-for-service channels. And some of those channels are free.
We have “variable speed” internet. Fine for data, no good for streaming. Stuck with satellite.
What about Fox News and the Weather Channel? AMC?
Yes...but why stop there.
Not sure there is a movie, cable channel, TV Show, or sporting event that can’t be found if you know where to look on the net.
Just did this a couple months ago.
Cable/satellite TV is dead.
I have Netflix streaming. HD quality suffers and seems to even fade from none back to HD while watching the program.
If your using Netflix, use your PC, laptop, or tablet to build your cue as opposed to the Netflix menu on your TV screen. For some reason they limit your choice in all genres to 75, whereas online you get to see everything they have
Streaming Fox I’d.done through your cable Sat provider acct. Catch 22 and not very good.
Dirty little secret about comcast...they use the same wire to bring cable tv into your house as they do the internet. If you pay for internet, simply use a “Y” splitter on the wire just prior to your router-there are about 25 HD channels they can’t stop coming thru.
I get the minimum cable service, read books, and purchase some series that are worth watching on DVD.
When my husband died last year, I lost income, and had to cut. So did away with the cable and phone service, but kept the internet.
My son gave me an iTV box, and I love netflix. Love it - can watch seasons of shows I never saw, many of them excellent. No commercials!
That said, I think Roku has more channels, but iTV has plenty.
Another excellent source for stimulating content is YouTube, which is available on iTV (think it is on Roku also, but check.
Some of you Freepers might want to put “Mises Institute” in, and look for the hour long series on the economy. Will give you a whole different perspective.
Also, any really good interviews that appear on cable will show up on Youtube.
I put up an HDTV Antenna ($30 from Home Depot) and subscribe to Netflix and Hulu Plus. I pay $16/mo. for both NetFlix and Hulu.
My teenage sons found plenty that they liked on Netflix and Hulu and we don't miss Cable/Satellite at all.
I kept my Comcast high-speed internet (need that for Netflix and Roku) and can tell you I can receive absolutely ZERO HD channels via Comcast on any of my SmartTV's. Nothing. All the channels here have been moved up to a Digital tier which require their box to receive them. No two ways around that.
Do you use ROKU for Netflix?
If so, check out the PLEX app. It allows you to use your PC to stream to the ROKU box/TV. PLEX has some ‘channels’ that connect to TV so you can view many recent broadcast programs.
I catch Fox News on the internet. I don't have time to watch it anyway even when I had cable.
Did the same thing a year ago and haven’t missed satellite/cable at all. Bought a powered indoor TV antenna to get local digital channels. Bought Apple TV to stream Hulu Plus and Netflix. You can also stream Amazon through Roku or Wii.
You do need a good wireless router. I got the Apple Airport Extreme. So, yes, there was some money upfront to pay for these items, but got back all I paid in 3 months (was paying 75$ a month for DirectTV).
I get all my news online.
I’ve been wondering... Is there any TV still available “over the air”. In other words, if you still have an old analog TV, is there some kind of antenna that pulls in anything, without having cable, dish, etc? Just curious.
So what? You cannot watch them unless you pay.
Fading back and forth to HD is a problem I have with Netflix. Seems to be a function of how many people are using the service at one time. Sort of like to many people taking showers in the same house at the same time.
Hulu and CBS.com take ads for Plan B abortifacients. So we just do discs, websites , and YouTube. Amazon prime might be a good deal.
Ditched cable 10 years ago and didn’t look back. Had a Canadian dish to watch hockey and curling for ten years. Now that there’s more curling content on the net these days, I have no use for the dish.
Can’t wait for the day of Google Fiber (1GB upstream and downstream) to come to Omaha. When that comes into play (not to mention ultra high speed wireless), cable and dishes will become relics of the past.....IMHO.
Also, say goodbye to the land line. Cell phones and skype will suck up that market.
There are plenty of channels "over the air", but they are all digital now. You'd need a digital converter box to watch them on an analog TV.
We did this about a month ago.
I did as well.
We ditched the cable cord over 5 years ago.
Here are few options:
Aereo.com (We live in the Atlanta area and get local channels for $8 a month. Not available in all cities.
lmtv.us - lots of good shows and movies.
There are many other websites you can try. Anything on TV can be found on the web. If you watch any site on the internet, Malwarebytes is your friend.(Thank you Al Gore)
What about those internet ‘free movies’ sites????????????
Other, iffy, FREE link sites (NOT torrent).
To use these I recommend a download program, a host manager, a video play program; and pop-up and ad blockers.
I use Orbit, Host Manager, and VLC. There are other good programs.
Of course your security programs should be up to date.
I’ve never had a problem, but...
http://board.dailyflix.net/ (poor search, but good organization and great selection))
http://www.movie-forumz.tv/ (don’t have to join for the older stuff)
http://stagevu.com/index (May be oldest link site)
http://www.primewire.ag/ (tricky but best selection- just watch where you click)
http://www.primewire.ag/index.php?search (very good ‘search’!)
“Lilyhammer” and “Mr. D” and “Black Mirror” are a few good foreign English language shows that can only be seen on the link sites AFAIK.
Unless you are willing to go to some of those shady sites, which I’m not, there are some you can’t find. I looked high and low for “person of interest” when I missed an episode and never could find it.
They’re idiots, if I had a TV show I’d make sure to stream it. If it was a broadcast show like POI I’d have commercials on it.
Great tip. I ditched DISH about 5 months ago. Still getting used to it, love the minimal commercials. Are there sports fans out there getting programming without cable or sat?
> Is there any TV still available over the air. In other words, if you still have an old analog TV, is there some kind of antenna that pulls in anything, without having cable, dish, etc? Just curious.
Yes, emphatically yes! I quit satellite a year or two ago. There are more digital channels over the air than there used to be analog channels. You need a digital tv to see them, of course — which, I believe, all tvs are now — or an analog tv with a digital converter box.
I have an old indoor powered antenna, rabbit ears (about $20 or $30), and am near Columbia, SC, a medium-sized city. (A non-powered antenna wasn’t good enough.) I receive free — supported by advertising — over-the-air hd transmissions of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, three educational channels (including PBS), two retro or vintage channels (old tv shows), a couple of old movie channels, a Spanish-language channel, a programming-for-blacks channel, several weather channels, and a religious channel (and maybe some more — I don’t have them all enabled on my tv). Also, I find many tv shows and old movies on the net.
The main thing I miss is access to some of the ESPN broadcasts. Through my ISP I can see ESPN2 and ESPN3, but I can’t see ESPN broadcasts live, only later in rebroadcasts on ESPN3. On the whole, though, I’m pleased with what’s available. It’s nice not having to pay monthly bills for cable or satellite.
Spend $90 on a Roku3 and sign up for Netflix. Get the cable and satellite TV companies out of your life. CNN, msnbc, cnbc...these companies hate you. If you are paying for cable or satellite TV you are putting money in their pockets every month whether you watch those channels or not. Cut. Them. Off.
I ditched the Comcast internet a year ago and went to cheaper Frontier FIOS.
Ditched the spendy Comcast package for a basic at 23 bucks per month.
Stream Netflix through a Tivo. My only problem is I cannot get SyFy on basic Comcast I can watch full seasons on my Tivo,but not until released to Netflix
Does Roxu have SyFy?
As well as some local channels from nearby cities. Maybe its just the way its routed around here, but I learned about it from a friend at work who learned from a relative in another area and it works for all of us. Good luck.
Sy Fy is free on ROKU
Let me know what episode you need and I will provide a direct link.
Not analog but I bought the radio shack $25 antenna (looks like a black square 2”high by 12” long by 12” wide) and was able to get all my local channels in digital quality plus a bunch of junk channels like I listed in my previous post. Got rid of it when I found the comcast split thing.
Yes, yes more than ever.
If you don’t live in the boonies any old cheap antenna will work.
TV’s less than about 5 years old already have a digital tuner.
Site to check out: http://www.tvfool.com/
Some sites are like that, others are BS scams that try and get you to download virus stuff... others though are just like YOUTUBE, simply click and play.
got my new Smart TV in the garage and don’t feel like extending the cable line, but have WIFI. Do you recommend these services listed?
You need to get a set top converter to recieve over the air TV with an analog set. Wal-Mart has them for about $40.
Check your freepmail, these 4 sites site might interest you.
Interested to know if you ever use any of these.
How long have you been using the splitter? (I wonder about the likelihood of the provider finding out- though it shouldn’t be a problem to look out and remove it if I see one of their trucks in my driveway.)
Could be a basic service they don’t advertise when you pay for internet only but...been doing for nearly a year now with no issues. Wire is in my living room and, just like the late 80’s when you would split a signal to have cable on multiple TV thruout the house, I used one of my old splitters to do it.
I used to use movie4k, but dailyflix lets you know what quality the movie is and has as good selection.
Will check out that sports link, I use http://myp2p.cc/index.php?sport=NFL but the quality is usually poor.