i refuse to even consider this a possibility
This topic has popped up on the MGoBoard periodically over my time here so I wanted to share my experience with cord cutting. I want to start by saying I don't work for any of the companies mentioned nor do I get anything from them if you switch.
I was a Comcast subscriber for years (first during my time in AA then when I first moved out to DC) and I thought the service was good but the price was too high. I was paying over $120 for the most basic cable and internet bundle. This included 120 channels and 25 Mbps internet and HD DVR. Most of those channels I never watched, in fact with Netflix nad Hulu, the only live programming I watched were sports and GoT.
I recently discovered an App called Playstation Vue. It works a lot like Sling TV but it is better in my opinion. Playstation Vue can be accessed only on a playstation (3 or 4) or Amazon Fire TV. I had Apple TV before (I thought it was great) but I switched to save money. If you already have Fire TV or a Playstation 3/4 you don't need anything else. Amazon Fire TV is $85 (at least at the BestBuy where I got them) and a Playstation 3 is about $220 with a Playstation 4 running about $350.
You must create a log in for playstation if you don't already have one, butat it is free. However, once you create the profile (which can be done on a computer/tablet/phone) you will need to sign up for the service on a Fire TV or Playstation. At this point you will have to enter your credit card information. However, there is a 7 day trial so if you don't like it in your first week, you can always cancel and pay nothing.
Playstation Vue has 3 different packages you can choose from one that hass 55 channels for $30/month one that has 70 channels for $35 and one with 100 channels for $45. I purchased the $35 option becuase it has ESPN 1/2/U/News, FS1 and FS2 and BTN with alternates. It obviously has more channels but those are relevant ones for the purposes of this blog.
In addition to more channels, one advantage the Vue has over Sling TV is that you can stream on up to 5 devices under the same account, while Sling TV only allows 1 stream.
I recently added RCN internet and local channels when I dropped Comcast. I pay $50/month for the 70 channels that could be picked up with an antenna (though not with a lot of consistency) and 155 Mbps wifi (which is probably overkill).
So total I am paying $85 for something I was paying $120 for. Saving $35 a month seems like a no-brainer.
One thing most of you will ask is how are the live sports? I will tell you my expericence so far. When I first ordered the Vue with my old Comcast internet (25 Mbps) I was watching baseball and it was not the best quality. After I switched to RCN with my 155 Mbps internet, I watched the Kentucky spring football game on the league of extraordinary bagmen channel and it was if I had not switched at all! While the quality of play on the field was subpar, the clarity was great!
Now for the drawbacks, and there are a few. First, it only has NBC and Fox locals as part of the package. If you live in an area where an antenna can reliably pick up the local channels, this will be of no concern to you. If you want your local channels, such as ABC and CBS, then you will have to pay for them from your cable company, those this option is pretty inexpensive from most cable companies.
The second note of caution is your internet speed and the size of your dwelling. I live in a one bedroom apartment with my modem/router in the center of the apartment. I also have one of the Amazon Fire boxes plugged directly into the modem via ethernet cable. The internet I have is ridiculously fast, the guy who installed it said 50 Mbps would have been sufficient but for $10, I thought it was worth it. Obviously the slower your internet speed and the further away your Fire TV is from your router, the worse your picture will be. I suggest you try test these things during your 7 day trial period.
The last thing I would caution against it internet data caps. Some companies have them and streaming live TV will use a lot of data. You want to make sure your internet company doesn't have a data cap.
On balance, I think this is a good alternative to cable and I suggest you give it a try!
If you watch the video report from the local news station in Louisiana, you get more details in the case. A police officer found four guys in a car afterhours in a park smoking marijuana. There was marijuana in the car and two handguns, one of which was stolen. Charges were dropped because of "insufficient evidence".
Money quote and another example of SEC compassion comes from District Attorney Jerry Jones:
"I want to emphasize once again that the main reason I'm doing this is that I refuse to ruin the lives of two young men who have spent their adolescence and teenage years, working and sweating, while we were all in the air conditioning,"
...days until David Baas watches Michigan shut out Hawaii.
Best of luck to Jake!
Your move, Detroit Lions...bring him in for a physical.
Happy Father's Day everyone.
Just a quick note that if you backed the Kickstarter this year you have until midnight tonight to get your t-shirt order in or, if you don't get a shirt, to get your survey filled out on Kickstarter. At midnight I will pull the addresses we have, build the mailing list, and send that to the printer so they can start printing the envelopes tomorrow morning.
You should have an email from me (or me via Kickstarter) today if you need to do this still. If you're not sure, log into Kickstarter and see if you got a message today.
If your name is one of these things:
- Darrell Yonts
- Jason Liggett
- Wendell Jacobs
Then the email address you used for kickstarter is non-responsive.