Skip to comments.Here’s what you’ll save by ditching cable TV (MarketWatch cord-cutting calculator)
Posted on 06/25/2014 6:07:06 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen
Stop paying the electric bill and theyll turn off the lights. Cable TV, however, is no longer quite so essential. Its now possible to stop paying the cable bill and enjoy much, if not all of your favorite programming at great savings.
But is cutting the cord right for you? To help answer that question weve created a new interactive cord-cutting calculator .
Heres how it works: Answer a few questions about your TV watching needs, including your favorite shows and sports leagues, and the tool will crunch the numbers and give you several options to best approximate your cable TV experience.
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I dropped UVerse and cut my entire AT&T bill in half. Now I pay only for Netflix and Hulu at $8 per month each. I’m saving quite a bit.
“Its now possible to stop paying the cable bill and enjoy much, if not all of your favorite programming at great savings.”
Game of Thrones? No.
I suppose reading the books (and be like many of us and frustrated with how long we've waited for the next book) would be the cheapest option (used books are VERY cheap...) Next would be just buying the season on BluRay when it comes out each year and suffering through the spoilers that appear on Facebook. (Or save more time and money and don't use Facebook.)
Well, I read the books years ago already. I read the original novel in 2000 - about 4 years after it came out.
I did buy the first season on DVD. I hated having to wait months and months just to get the DVDs for shows that aired on channels I did not have.
I don’t do Facebook so there would be no spoilers that way (and I already read the books so...).
My main problem with cable is the fact that I pay for hundreds of channels I don’t watch because its the only way to get the dozen I do watch.
Until there is a FreeRepublic Channel, there is zero need for a television set, let alone cable/satellite programming.
There are 3 or 4, the rest could go away and I doubt I would care.
I’ve got like 6 different PBS channels now. Not to mention some 30 odd music channels.
I only get the channels I want.
Besides, at this point in my life, watching Frozen for the eleventy-seventh time is more important than television.
The joys of being an active grandparent...
There is non-monetary savings. I’ve been without television for going on three years. If I want to watch tv, I have lots of DVDs or internet sources.
Getting away from the commercials, from the biased news, from the constant liberal messaging and the 95%+ crap programming is better for one’s mental, spiritual and even physical health. Now I control the content, timing and cost. And I’ve discovered the world of internet radio and yes, rediscovered these things called books. One of the best things I’ve ever done, even though people look at me like I’m a space alien when I tell them I don’t have cable tv.
Using the $100/mo. figure, my initial savings were $1,200/year.
We subscribe to Hulu (getting ready to drop that, too many "commercials") Netflix and Amazon Prime (mostly for shipping, but the TV&Movies included in Prime is really quite good.
We spend $8/mo. for Hulu, $8/mo. for Netflix and Amazon Prime is $6.67/mo. ($79 / 12.) So I'm really saving about $78/mo. factoring in the Hulu, Netflix & Amazon Prime subscriptions. That's still $936/year.
I didn't need to upgrade my Comcast internet service ($39/mo. for 25mb down/6mb up) so that remained the same.
I figure $936/yr. saved to watch the idiot box isn't bad! I have maybe two shows I watch/week (BlackList & 24 Live Another Day) which I get with my OTA antenna. If it weren't for my two teenage sons, I'd be perfectly happy dropping Hulu and Netflix altogether. I buy so much on Amazon I'd keep the AmazonPrime service.
BTW, we dropped DirecTV 2 years ago this August. Got a few Roku devices for the TV's and never thought about going back to DirecTV. I think devices like Roku which let you subscribe to the content you want vs. having to buy large bundled packages from Cable/Satellite providers is absolutely the future.
I've got a set of twin 14 year old step grandkids that ask to come to visit because there is a)always something interesting going on b)no television.
I dropped DirecTV February 17 2013 (final episode of Downton Abbey). Haven’t had cable or satellite TV since and haven’t missed it for a second.
I was paying $96 monthly (except for football season, when the NFL Sunday Ticket boosted the bill to something like $170 or so). So, I guess I’ve saved about $1800 or $1900 so far.
DTV sends me junkmail regularly, wanting me to sign back up. I just throw it in the trash.
You can watch a show a year after it's off the air, i.e. available on Netflix, without having to worry about hearing any spoilers.
The other thing is that so many people are watching shows delayed via DVR that even those people that watch the same shows are reluctant to talk about the plots in public for fear of revealing a spoiler to someone who hasn't gotten a chance to view it off their DVR yet.
I watched entire seasons of Dexter two years after they were out without knowing a single plot twist.
Hmmm I must be doing it wrong then I watched all ten episodes and I don't have cable or Sat or even an antenna.
I'm still not happy with AT&T. My house can't take 6Meg so I get 3Meg at least on paper. Many times I've measured the speed at 0.25Meg. When I watch Netflix I rarely get a crystal clear picture. I'm almost always getting a lower rez.
I'm thinking of signing up for Time-Warner business internet only. It's $100/month but I understand the speed and support are much superior to what Time-Warner provides to their non-business customers.
Yeah there is one down side to cutting the cord. (Or maybe it is really an upside...)
I can't watch Live TV now. The commercials annoy me so much I just leave the room or start reading my Kindle. Over Thanksgiving I was at the In-laws House and they had the NFL game on and I could not watch it. We watch all our games now over the net in time delayed mode so we don't need to watch Commercials. Even the Super Bowl is unwatchable for me in real time now.
Yo ho ho and a Game of Thrones, FRiend. I’d be shocked if it took 12 hours to hit the public trackers.
Personally I’m just reading it, but that’s because I’m too antsy to sit around and watch stuff anymore.
The SEC Channel starts up in August and one of their first broadcasts will be the Kentucky mens basketball Big Blue Bahamas exhibition tour.
We cut it completely - put up an outdoor antenna and can pull in a surprising number of high quality digital stations. The average quality is higher then DTV had for example. For most other stuff we can get it online, or go with dvd. The Public Library often has the latest DVDs for free but you may have to wait for them.
We do not miss DTV at all.
What web site did you use?
Anyone here use Roku? We’ve been thinking of doing that. Our DirecTV bill is $92 and we’re getting a discount because I complained about the high cost. We have not the basic package, but the one just above that.
We have Time Warner Internet Non-business and I have no complaints. The three of us can stream Netflix/Amazon/Hulu at the same time on different TVs/Devices and still get a sharp HD pic. Its much cheaper too we pay 54 bucks a month and I still get almost 8MBPS on the independent speed test site while all three of us are streaming video at the same time.
How can I drop DirecTV and still get college football? If there’s a way, I’m in!
“My main problem with cable is the fact that I pay for hundreds of channels I dont watch because its the only way to get the dozen I do watch.”
It bothers me, also, that I would be paying for soft porn, which is another reason why I have antenna TV for free.
Do you want to build a snowman?
They change. We don't download them until they are available for purchase so we just do a net search about an hour after the show airs and someone is always streaming it. The sites that do it are all overseas and they change weekly.
Fox College Sports is a network you can watch via Hulu. Not sure if that shows what you want, but it might be worth checking out.
I have all of that plus two golf channels and numerous home shopping channels.
I dropped my landline phone and satellite TV and saved $200 a month. I just paid my car off a few months early and that’s $500 a month I now don’t have to worry about.
What about sec college football games?
do you want them right away or they can wait?
Amazon Prime has a new relationship with HBO and they are putting their series up for free. GoT is not there, yet.
We don't do College Ball we just watch the NFL via their net package But I bet someone has such available. The NFL package is like 69 bucks for every game of the season.
I dropped DirectTV....the other day.
We just finished our first year “traditional” TV free. We do have Netflix, Amazon Prime and something else. But, I watch TV so much less. I don’t turn it on in the morning, and if it is just me in the evenings, I may not turn it on then either.
If I could get all my college football, game of thrones and the walking dead, I would tell dish network to go jump in the lake.
“..put up an outdoor antenna and can pull in a surprising number of high quality digital stations. ..”
Same here, as I just said.
I love to record, and our dvd recorder just broke.
So we bought another one, but it won’t allow you to record. Then we got a DTV converter box, and can now record.
I wonder why the people who make dvd recorders don’t make it accessible to record any more without going around it (a DTV converter box). Is there a new law so that we are forced to purchase cable, or a dish, if we wish to record?
Walking dead is available on Amazon literally minutes after it airs on TV and I bet Game of Thrones follows very soon.
I am hoping it is coming. Even though I don’t like professional sports, particularly, the sounds of NFL on a fall Sunday afternoon are powerful.
I could maybe subscribe to their audio - $20 for the season. I do that for baseball. Same thing; not a fan, but love the sounds.
NCAA will figure it out soon.
Make it so!!
Just did the same, the cost doubled after my ‘trial’ period was over. Funny, my TV is never on, unless I’m trying to find the Blackhawks :) Ah, such freedom.
Sounds like that DirectTV ad scam.
“Watch hundreds of broadcast shows on your TV for totally free, no monthly bills. Free network TV. “
Yep, watch the three networks ABC, CBS and NBC for free, except commercials.
I have worked too hard to have to put up with that crap I had to when I was a teen.(before cable was available)
I have a Roku ... love it. And with the Watch ESPN channel, I can watch all the World Cup I want, and anything else ESPN3 shows.
They have a lot of channels available that you can’t get on a smart TV.
Roku + Plex + PlayOn (for live TV) = Much joy
I’m this close to dropping the landline. We’re only keeping it in case of emerceny because out in the country, electric/cable/cell/internet service is iffy. But in this economy, something has to give.
plus another 100 spanish channels