Bye Bye Cable TV

1973 Cable TV GUIDEDuring a long drive over the Christmas holiday, my wife and I discussed ways to simplify our lives, become more productive and save more money. In my 2014 goals post, I mentioned ways we’d simplify our financial lives, but I left out this particular money and time saving action item.

We really enjoy shows on the Food Network, Discovery Channel, and HGTV and we were not eager to give those up. The DVR is convenient too, especially for recording my son’s favorite show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. So we’ve been hesitant. We needed catalyst to help us pull the trigger, and last week one landed in our lap. The end result is we are saving $47 a month.

Frugality Vs. Dividend Investing

Before I get into why we dropped cable, I thought I’d compare the $47 dollars a month I’m saving to generating $47 dollars a month in dividend income. $47 x 12 months = $564 savings per year. In dividend stock terms, to annually generate the same amount of cash it would take:

  • 462 shares of Coca-Cola (KO) – about $18,817 worth
  • 214 shares of Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) – about $21,447 worth
  • 307 shares of AT&T (T) – about $10,720 worth

It goes to show that frugality and finding money to save in your monthly budget is a quick and efficient way to increase your savings and net worth. Dividend investing builds wealth over the long-term.

The Cable Company Lost My Business

To be clear, the cable company lost my business. They could have kept me, but they chose not to.

Once a year I go through the cat and mouse game of asking for a lower cable price. The special deal they gave me the previous year runs out and my price suddenly jumps. I call and they offer a new special one-year deal again that lasts until it runs out and I call back. A large percentage of customers must ignore it when their bill increases and they just deal with it, otherwise the cable companies wouldn’t treat long-term customers in this way. What other type of company operates like this?

We never had HBO or any premium channels and we don’t use a land line phone. All we wanted was a basic internet and TV package that gave us most of the channels we wanted and an occasional movie. We also rented the DVR.

Daniel Tiger

“Because it’s you I like”

This was a double-play package. However, in the past three years, the company must have offered to upgrade us to the triple-play package a few dozen times. They called, emailed, and snail-mailed me about it regularly. The offer was always a one-time great deal on a digital phone for only $19.99 a month introductory rate.  When they called I’d always say the same thing, “This is 201X. I don’t want or need a land line. But can you lower my TV and internet bill?”

So for the past three years, I’ve negotiated our total bill to around $115.  Our last bill at that price included 50 Mbs speed internet for $40, and the TV and DVR was about $75.

This time around when my discounted rate expired, my bill jumped to $182. When I called the company (Cox), they confirmed that the new regular price for our very basic package was $182. But this woman from the ‘retention department’ was able to get that discounted, just for me, a three-year loyal customer, down to $149.  The same package, internet, basic cable with a few non-premium extras and DVR, no phone. A 30% increase. Thanks a lot. I told her there was no way my family would endure a 30% increase for the same service. She had no objection, and put forth no effort to keep me as a customer.

The company made it obvious they did not want my TV business.

Ironically, yesterday I received a new land line offer in the mail for just $10 a month (for the first year). “A VALUABLE OFFER FOR A VALUABLE CUSTOMER” is what it said at the top of the page. This must be a high margin business or they wouldn’t subject us to these lame offers so frequently.

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This offer came in the mail yesterday. Everyone needs a cordless phone and analog clock. As always, the price is only good for 12 months.

They Could Have Kept Us

So far we are happy to lose the cable. But we were teetering, and the right retention specialist could have reeled us in.

When I went to return the DVR to their customer service location, the representative there asked me why I dropped the cable. Was it the price? Yes, it was the price. He asked if he could call me the next week to offer me something to get me back. He said he could probably offer a package at my last bill amount, or even lower. I said sure, you can try to win my business back. When he calls I’m going to ask for a lower internet price. (He hasn’t called yet).

Of course, I still need the internet, and unfortunately no other company services my house (that I know of). So the retention specialist priced out my same internet plan without the package and it increased to $72. I asked her to lower my speed from 50 Mbs to 25Mbs and that decreased my bill to $60.

The plus side here is that my cable modem can only accommodate up to 38 Mbs, so I wasn’t even utilizing the faster speed. So now my speed is lowered, but upon testing everything, the speed is just fine for our purposes.

How This Improves My Life

First of all, we save $47 per month. It always feels great to save. This money will go towards savings and investing.

Second, we’ll be less likely to sit down in the evening to watch the boob tube, working through all the crap we recorded on our DVR. That opens up time to get shit done around the house. It also frees up more time to work on this blog and get to some home improvement projects that I’ve been putting off.

Thirdly, when we do watch TV, we’ll be watching better stuff. We’ve been watching some mediocre shows, while we missed all of Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and a bunch of other good TV shows. Not to mention House of Cards, Arrested Development, and whatever Netflix has in the pipeline. We are TV and movie lovers, and there are hundreds of hours of programming out there waiting for us.

We Got Netflix

After I got off the phone with Cox, I went to Netflix and signed up.  We were actually customers about three years earlier, but we didn’t use the DVD service enough and cancelled. They happily took us back as customers and gave us one month free. Then it’s $7.99 per month, which is a great value. However, I just heard this week that Netflix may raise prices by $1-$2 for new customers. I think I’m not included in this increase because when I signed up, the price was clearly stated as $7.99. This is probably a good move by the company and should help deliver even better content. The numbers end up like this: $115(old cable bill) – $60(new internet bill) – $8(Netflix) = $47 in monthly savings. My son doesn’t know the difference. As long as he has his Daniel Tiger, he’s cool with it.

Bye Bye Cable, We’re Apple TV Users Now

Our existing Sony Blue-ray player has Netflix built into it, so we are using that to access Netflix. The only downside is that it doesn’t have wireless built in, so I have to run an Ethernet cable around a corner to get it there (first-world problem). No big deal as we had done that for the cable wire which is now gone.

We have been planning to buy Apple TV. But it’s widely expected that a new version of that is coming out this year. So we’ll use the Blue-ray for now, and upgrade to Apple TV when the time is right. We have enough gift cards from Christmas to make that a freebie. From the research I’ve done, if a household is already invested in the Apple environment (iPads, iPhones, Airport etc.), it’s best to go with the Apple TV. Otherwise they say, go with a Roku.

On top of that, we need to buy an antenna of some kind to get the free network channels. I have an old one that works, but our TV is on an inside wall and the reception is bad for many of the HD stations. So we are looking into solutions for that (Mohu Leaf?). Hopefully we’ll have it in time for the World Cup, although I expect that will be accessible online.

QUESTION
I’m curious, how much are you paying for your internet and for what speed?  Have you been through a similar experience with the cable companies? Do you miss your cable TV?

Lastly, there’s plenty of discussion to be had here about the future of internet, content, and cable, and the role of cable companies and telecoms like Verizon providing the data we need. Not to mention pure internet TV and companies like Google buying drones to possibly provide wi-fi in the future. You can discuss below. Maybe I’ll try to address this in a future post. Until then, bye bye cable.

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40 Responses to Bye Bye Cable TV

  1. assaf April 24, 2014 at 10:26 am #

    we did the same. we only watch youtube. it has everything.
    no land line phone, just cell phone with fix change of 27$ a month.

    • Retire Before Dad April 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

      Nice. I don’t’ think YouTube would have enough of the content we want. But Netflix is very reasonably priced for a ton of content.
      -RBD

  2. Michael Bedtelyon April 24, 2014 at 10:27 am #

    I haven’t had cable/satellite for over 4 years, and haven’t looked back. I have stuck with Netflix (2 Blu-Ray) + streaming. I love it. I have an antenna for local news/channels, and the rest is movies or shows from Netflix. For internet, I am using Century Link, and it is alright, but like you, sometimes I have to check the price. I am looking into internet from AT&T, but that is just to use a product that I am invested in. (First World Problem).

    Thank You for the article.

    • Retire Before Dad April 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      Michael,
      Good for you. We are not that extreme (yet). We are looking forward to all the content on Netflix, but we’ve been really busy lately and haven’t had much time in front of the TV. I’d like to get my data from Verizon Fios, but when they came to our neighborhood, no one responded to their requests so they left us. I used to have Verizon DSL at my old place and it stopped working. After two weeks of waiting for them to fix it, I had to quit. Almost sold my stock at that point too, then I spoke to a friend who was familiar with them and he explained why their DSL service was so bad. Fios is much better.
      -RBD

  3. Income Surfer April 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm #

    Good work RBD. We cut our cable years ago, and actually gave up our TV 16 months ago. (The entertainment center was taking up too much room in our living room). We stream what we want online. Our internet is $24 per month. It used to be $20, but they quit offering that option about 6 months ago.

    I had to laugh when my neighbor told me he pays $175 per month for cable, phone and internet. Per month, ouch!
    -Bryan

    • Retire Before Dad April 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm #

      Bryan,
      Wow, that is cheap for internet. Part of the problem is we only have one high-speed provider. I think I can get it through DirectTV, but its slow and we’d probably need to buy a package. Also, I was not in a good negotiating position this time around, especially since the CSR didn’t care about me. So I’m planning to call a few times and see if it can be lowered. Going without TV entirely is impressive. We have a good room for it, and we like it. We limit our son to only times when we need to do something and not watch him. He would watch all day if we let him. My parents pay close to $200 with the phone, DVR etc. That’s way too much.
      -RBD

  4. Amy K April 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm #

    I don’t remember what we’re paying for cable. The last time my husband and I discussed it, it was somehow cheaper to keep a very basic cable (effectively the broadcast stations) along with our internet service because the “bundle” discount was more than the low-end cable added to the bill. We have Comcast in Massachusetts. We have an Amazon Prime membership and have started streaming shows through our Wii – they have Curious George as part of free streaming, which keeps our 3 year old happy 🙂

    • Retire Before Dad April 24, 2014 at 1:58 pm #

      We’re also considering Amazon Prime. A relative of ours has us on their plan which entitles us to free shipping, but not streaming. There is so much content to keep us busy with Netflix, I doubt we’ll get Amazon stream any time soon. Although we are considering Hulu too.
      Oh, and Curious George doesn’t do it yet for my son. We also like “Elmo” and Thomas the Train, but whoa he LOVES Daniel Tiger. It’s a good show.
      -RBD

  5. SavvyFinancialLatina April 24, 2014 at 1:56 pm #

    We haven’t had cable for about 2 years now. We have internet and stream everything. It’s awesome. Less commercials and cheaper. I haven’t convinced my mom to drop her cable subscription, I’m pretty sure she’s paying close to $50 for a basic package. Outrageous. I share my hulu and netflix subscription with her.

    • Retire Before Dad April 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

      Good to hear I’m not the only one. Seems like a lot of people are living this way. When I was living as a bachelor I didn’t have cable and it was fine. When my wife moved in, that was part of the deal! But we’re on the same page now. We really don’t have as much time as we used to, so this should be easy to adapt to.
      -RBD

  6. Dave April 24, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    How old is your tv? If it has a built in digital tuner, you should be able to just plug the coaxial cable into your tv. Get a splicer if need be. That should allow you to get the over the air hd stations.

    • Retire Before Dad April 24, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

      The TV is about 5 years old. 37 inch LG 720 I think. Interesting I’ll have to look into that. Thanks.
      -RBD

  7. JCulley April 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    I pay $47/month as part of a triple value package with GCI Alaska. I get a ton of HD channels and a tivo for each TV in the house (2) that talk to each other. Mine and my wife’s cellphones, internet are another $120. The landline and long distance minutes are a free add in after negotiating with them. I couldn’t replicate the programming for that cost using netflix, hulu, vudu, amazon prime tv, apple tv or any other combination of Internet tv.

    I couldn’t cut the cord, the winters here are soul killing enough with access to my favorite shows. -50 and missing my shows is a recipe for cabin fever.

    • Retire Before Dad April 24, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

      Oh yeah, I can imagine you need cable in Alaska! $47 is a good deal for all of that. Tivos for both TVs is a great deal. My DVR was costing almost $20 a month. Should have bought a real Tivo early on. I suspect we’ll come back again one day. But there is a big shift in how this is all working. 5 years from now it will probably be all different.
      -RBD

  8. Roadmap2Retire April 24, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

    Congrats on dropping the cable, RBD. Im sure your life is much better without it. I’ve never got cable in my life and saved a lot of money over the years, but more importantly, saved a lot of time and did something productive and explored the world outside. The downside is that I am not very current on the whole pop-culture happenings and miss when friends make references.

    I still enjoy the movies and some tv shows and am happy to pay for them via Netflix.

    Throw in another one for consideration in that mix – Amazon FireTV. I really like the spec on the device and yesterdays announcement to provide HBO shows is also a nice cherry on top.

    regards
    R2R

    • Retire Before Dad April 24, 2014 at 3:05 pm #

      R2R,
      I did catch the FireTV release and that HBO news on older programming. We’ll be making our decision after we see what Apple has in store with its TV. If its nothing special, I’ll probably buy an old one.
      -RBD

  9. Ravi April 24, 2014 at 8:27 pm #

    I’ve got an internet and basic tv package through Comcast. I got it for a 1 yr deal at $50 for around 10-15 channels (including HBO), and 20mbps internet. I bought my own modem from Amazon for $80 to save $7 in modem rental fees, so then it went to $43.

    Randomly, last month, the total fee dropped to $25. I’m not sure why, but I’m not complaining and don’t want to call and ask in case they realize their mistake and jack up the price in a few months. 🙂

  10. Mrs. PoP April 24, 2014 at 9:42 pm #

    I’d be surprised if Cox is your only option – your local landline company probably provides DSL as well. We pay $35 for DSL ($15 for a year due to a special) and are not required to buy a land line as an additional charge. (When they tell you that it’s a technological necessity, they are lying, so push back. We did… it would have been an extra $15/mo at least from the start for a landline.)

    The speed of our connection is slow, and I believe might no longer be sold by our provider – 1.5Mbps. Keeping this lowest tier is one reason we haven’t fought back on the last $2 price increase – the next tier available has a $39 promo rate + fees, but then climbs from there. And to be honest, we really don’t need anything faster. 1.5Mbps is enough for us to stream movies and tv shows (sometimes it buffers a bit if we’re both trying to stream at the same time, but that’s a rarity). Given there are only two of us in the house and only one movie projector (we don’t actually own a tv) and one iPad – neither of which are HD, it’s not a huge restriction.

    Also, we do Hulu over Netflix and take advantage of a lot of the free streaming that our library has. Hoopla and we even tried IndieFlix once too. Between all that it’s been a long time since we’ve gone to the RedBox.

    • Retire Before Dad April 24, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

      Thanks for that detail POP! I looked into Verizon before I called to cancel the cable to see if it could help me negotiate. They said they had some deal with Direct TV for internet. So I think I need to do more research on them. There is some comm equipment in my yard that I think is the phone company. I had a bad experience with Verizon DSL once before so I may only use them to negotiate a better price.
      -RBD

  11. peter April 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Interesting article. I was a 12 year subscriber to Directv until last week. On average I was paying $120 a month. Until last week, I kept Directv for the kids and maybe two shows I watched regularly. What I’ve found is that Netflix at $8 a month has more than enough on it to keep the kids interested. They have not complained once about losing Directv and I can honestly say I don’t miss the shows. I see this type of scenario growing as alternative options become appealing and very affordable.

  12. Karen April 25, 2014 at 12:07 am #

    Thank you for the post RBD. My husband and I have been discussing cable for a few months since going thru Financial Peace University last summer. We have a contract for Directv that is up in July. We currently pay 88.95 a month for the lowest package, 2 receivers and DVR. We have internet thru Cox for 41.99 for 25mbps but my coupon expires soon and will go back to $61.99 in a few months. A family of 5, we have 4 iPhones, a kindle, 3 laptops and a nabi for the little one who adores Daniel Tiger. The DVR has been great for recording her favorite show but when we cancel Directv she can watch it on the KPBS app pretty much anytime. We have one of those Sony blue ray things so I think we will be just fine for devices and a Netflix subscription. I can’t wait to cut the cord! I am concerned about streaming a movie and having 2 or 3 other devices going at the same time, but that doesn’t happen that often.

    My husband is “worried” about how he is going to watch sports. Monday night football, golf and basketball are his main concerns. I was wondering if you or any of your readers had any work around for that. I tried looking to see if he can buy a separate monthly subscription to ESPN or something but couldnt figure anything out. I told him to make friends with the neighbors but he isn’t going for that 🙂 but as of today he is on board with cancelling. Thank you!

    • Retire Before Dad April 25, 2014 at 8:59 am #

      Karen,
      Thanks for your comments. Glad to see my Cox internet price is similar to yours. I found a site called speedtest.net where I could confirm the speed was sufficient. As long as you modem is fast enough, 25Mbs is enough. Netflix recommends 5mbs for streaming HD. Mine comes in around 18mbs with a pretty weak modem and Apple AirPort Extreme for wifi.

      Sports is a big issue. I’ve learned from another comment above that the cable wire split from the internet line should provide unencrypted local channels. That used to be required by law, but the law has changed. So its possible Cox does not allow it. I tried testing it last night but my in-laws are visiting and were watching Netflix so i didn’t have enough time to get it figured out. Otherwise, I’ll go with the Mohu Leaf, highly recommended on disablemycable.com. ESPN is the question mark. I haven’t looked, but it’s possible they have a streaming plan but I haven’t looked. If so, that is the answer. The antenna should provide the mainstream network games though. Good luck! And stick to the FPU to get out of debt and save the emergency fund. After that, his advice gets some criticism.
      -RBD

    • Paul August 31, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

      Your husband might want to look into getting an NBA subscription. I have an mlb.TV account that was $150 or so for the entire season, every game except local games which u should be able to get with leaf for most part. Also good excuse to go hang out with friends for football games and drink beer.

  13. Evan April 25, 2014 at 2:25 pm #

    I have wanted to cut the cable for years…I have never pulled the trigger b/c I don’t want to deal with teaching my parents how to use a new system when they come by lol! I hate how many channels I am paying for that I just completely don’t even pass by when flipping lol

  14. Dividend Mantra April 25, 2014 at 11:31 pm #

    RBD,

    Nice move here. We haven’t had cable in quite a long time now. I’m currently watching the nightly news in high definition using a cheap GE digital antenna I bought years ago. It was exactly because I knew the THOUSANDS I’d have to invest to offset the cable expense that I cut the cord. I will be honest and admit I miss some of the sports programs, but other than that I stay too busy to really care about any other programs. I do like Shark Tank, but luckily it’s on ABC and I get that channel perfectly.

    Best wishes!

  15. Liz April 26, 2014 at 7:39 am #

    I dropped cable TV 2 months ago, under very similar circumstances. I really like the amazon basics amplified flat antenna (similar to roku). The HD over the air picture is better than what I had with cable. My original thought was to drop cable and see if at some point they would let me have the “new sub” rate again, but now I don’t think I would go back. Still have cable internet, would love FIOS if it ever comes to our area, that seems unlikely.

    Interesting to see HBOs deal with Amazon. I remember years ago, getting a DVD player, then asking at Blockbuster if they were going to carry the new-fangled discs. No, they said at the time. I signed up for netflix, and never went back to blockbuster. I hope the HBO deal shows they are realizing that they don’t want to tie their fate too closely to cable!

  16. Zee @ Work-To-Not-Work April 27, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    I cut cable about 3 years ago and never looked back. Honestly it was one of the best decisions I made. I did it a little differently though, I got a home theater PC that I hooked up to the TV so that I could use it as a DVR for regular TV in case there was anything I really wanted to see on network that I probably wouldn’t catch live.

    The only issue is sports really, it’s hard to catch live sports. You really have to find a website online that you can stream it from. The reception is blurry usually, but I don’t need HD to follow the game or anything so it does the job.

    I just really wish companies would compete for better internet prices. There are so few options available that it’s hard to just leave one company for another. I also think most of the cable companies are realizing that everyone just calls to get a new deal every year and if they just let customers walk next time they come back (I’m guessing that customer churn is pretty regular) they will just stay instead of dealing with the hassle of switching providers every year.

    • Retire Before Dad April 29, 2014 at 7:18 am #

      Zee,
      I will miss some sports, however over the years I watch less and less because I am no longer in the same town as my favorite teams, and the games aren’t on my cable. Maybe there will be better deals in the future for sports. Obviously the consumer is craving more options.
      -RBD

  17. Kay April 28, 2014 at 6:30 am #

    Congrats! We pay $50 a month for high speed internet and it kills me to pay even that! But my husband works from home so we need that. We bought a $30 digital antenna from Walmart so we get the local stations plus PBS which is plenty. We also have Netflix like you (we are fans of Mad Men and HOC). I doubt you’ll miss cable.

    • Retire Before Dad April 29, 2014 at 7:16 am #

      $50 isn’t too bad. Its a must have for working at home (I do sometimes too). Funny how internet has become way more important than cable TV!
      -RBD

  18. SavvyJames April 28, 2014 at 5:46 pm #

    We pay about $95/month for our Internet service of 50 Mbps down and 450 GB of data monthly. It is absolutely pricey; however, we only have the basic cable service and stream quite a bit of content from Netflix, Hulu Plus, Vudu, Amazon, etc. to multiple devices (Xbox one, Roku players, Apple TV, etc.) around the house. I could pay less, but the truth is, I enjoy television.

    And by the way, when you have a chance, do check out “Breaking Bad.” Simply put, the best show ever.

    • Retire Before Dad April 29, 2014 at 7:15 am #

      I enjoy TV too. It’s the easiest way to unwind at the end of the day. Netflix is going to be fine for a while. Now that I’ve started Breaking Bad, that’s hours of entertainment ahead of me. Although my wife isn’t into the violence.
      -RBD

  19. DivHut May 3, 2014 at 2:33 am #

    We ditched cable in 2007 and havn’t looked back. You can find anything online these days for free or close to free. The reality in todays world is that the main “utility” that most homes can’t cut would be an internet connection. As long as you can get online you can make phone calls, suft net, wifi, watch movies, bank etc. etc.

    • Retire Before Dad May 3, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

      DivHut,
      Agreed. Internet is really important now. Think, if you lose your job, it would be one of the last things to cut since you need to get online to look for a new one. I’m worried my provider is going to crank up the price, and I won’t have another provider to go to.
      -RBD

      • DivHut May 3, 2014 at 5:52 pm #

        We have ATT Uverse and every time our “contract” ends I call up and say I want to cancel. So far, after three years they always renew my account for 6 months, sometime one year, at a very reduced rate. You might want to consider free internet from FreedomPop. I plan on writing about them in a blog post under my Frugal category.

  20. A Frugal Family's Journey May 3, 2014 at 5:19 pm #

    We were paying roughly $150 for internet, phone and cable until our introductory rate ended. Our cable company (AT&T) wanted to raise our monthly bill to $197 (roughly 25% increase!). Like you, we just got tired of playing the cat and mouse game and decided to cancel do without. It has been a month and I don’t miss the shows but have to admit that I sometimes wish I had access to live sports games with NBA and NHL playoffs underway.

    We currently have Netflix and Hulu Plus but definitely still trying to adjust with our new life without cable. So far, I’m still glad we did it because, in time, I’m positive we’ll find ways to fill the void.

  21. Happy Healthy and Wealthy Girl May 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm #

    I dropped cable a year ago when we moved to a new house. We use Netflix a lot. I was worried my teenagers kids would be upset. Nope. They found their favorite shows on netflix and my son also loves to watch youtube. I also have Roku and it has more channels but we only use netflix.

    • Retire Before Dad May 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

      Thanks for commenting HHandWG. So far so good with no cable. I miss Shark Tank and some sports, but not too badly. We still need to get that antenna. Loving Breaking Bad on Netflix, and we’re watching House of Cards too.
      -RBD

  22. Hotheads3 July 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    We got rid of cable a few years ago. We have 6Mbps for $49.95 from Comcast. I’m not fond of Comcast, but its what I got. We hit Netflix hard for shows (especially tons of kids stuff). We have an OTA HD antenna for all ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox stuff. I built an HTPC when we dropped cable, because I had to have the DVR functions. Having two kids never allows us to watch a show live. I had never built a PC before, but used Assassin HTPC guides. It was fun and easy, and way cheaper than paying for a Tivo and subscription service. The HTPC allows me to have a guide to see what is playing and schedule recordings. I use it just like a DVR while also having access to the internet, Netflix, personal movie storage, music and more all connected to my TV. The 6Mbps has been plenty fast with no buffering while being hard wired to network. I will never pay for cable ever again. As for most, not having ESPN has been my only complaint. We deal.

  23. Dividend Harvester September 2, 2014 at 6:19 pm #

    A little late on the comments, but we cut satellite about 4 months ago. I had aging hardware that I bought 17 and 15 years ago and just decided we could do with out it. Bought a new antennae and hooked it up and we have 40+ over the air channels (most in HD), and the best part for us was 7 PBS channels and QUBO for our son.

    DSL was running $50/month, and I just dropped to a different plan with DHCP IPs at the same speed and now it’s $30, so we went from $75+$50 per month down to $30+$8 for Amazon Prime. They had a 2 month free trial that I signed up for right about when we decided to cut satellite (the timing was PERFECT). I just added a Roku box for some extra coverage, but between over the air channels, Amazon Prime and the Roku; we’re getting by quite well. At times I think my son enjoys it more (even though he’s limited to 1 hour per day).

    I’ll take the $87/month savings!!!

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