After reading multiple articles the last few weeks and an mgo.licio.us post regarding cutting the cord on cable tv subscriptions, I think I am finally ready to pull the trigger. I would save $1200 per year and can easily stream these programs from the internet. I just would like to hear some success stories (or failures) from people have (or tried to) cut the cord.
OT-Getting rid of cable tv
2 years ago, all we had was a European directv package for my father in law to watch soccer. I used a hdtv antenna for network shows.
I managed fine with netflix until football season came aroud and half of the Michigan games were on espn, or btn. (live in columbus so Osu took the network spots usually.)
If you have sports covered, you'll be fine.
You can stream just about every sporting event known to man on websites like frontrowsports. I watched most of the Michigan games on there the last 2 years at work. the whole regional coverage issue and ABC would show ASU vs. idaho instead of Michigan vs. Umass
I would rather pay for the cable than let a shady company like that to install an app on your PC, which is a requirement to watch their stream.
I understand, but you don't have to download anything. The HD thing they show at first is a stupid scam. Just close the box.
Also recommended that you get Ad-Block Plus to block all stupid ads that show up on that site.
Even though I haven't cut the cord on the cable, I have reduced my cable subscription to sports channels and basic. My brother gives me his cable info so I can watch Game of Thrones on the HBO ap, but other than that I have probably cut my cable bill by 3/4 since 2010, and I am still able to watch all the sports and the few shows that I like with no problem. I am not a huge tv watcher to begin with, so it wasn't very hard to get rid of alot of channels.
Yeah, I recently got cable, but it's only in one room, and it's basic (although basic for some reason includes BTN, even in Maryland)
I only watch HGTV and Travel Channel anyway, when no sports are on.
Between Netflix and HBOGO you can watch almost anything you want and stream the rest. Not being able to watch sports is the problem.
Once you have a couple options for streaming sports bookmarked (they usually post a few every liveblog around here) then it's really not a problem to watch whatever sporting event you want around the world.
It's always First Row Sports. firstrow1.eu firstrowsports.bz etc.
They have every game.
Of course, that's if you don't mind extremely poor quality video.
Last I heard, it has been looking pretty empty.
You will still be able to watch your favorite show ( The Bachelorette), so I say go for it! Oh and before I get negged, I know him, and know this to be true.
ABC Player on the IPad. So I'm good!
cause you are paying $1200 for something you barely use. that's $1200 that can go towards anything else that you want and would actually use.
Sports is really the only issue for me. The day a company decides to make a HULU for sports is the day my cable subscription is gone.
I don't see cable surviving past that day.
That would be a brilliant thing to have (sports Hulu-type thing). I can't see it happening though because networks like ESPN pay out the ass for exclusive rights to broadcast certain sports.
Comcast is also the majority owner of NBC and will continue to buy up smaller networks in an effort to box out internet providers/satellite/etc.. by providing Comcast only content. A more likely scenario is that comcast/<insert cable provider> will offer a Hulu-like package available to their high speed internet subscribers.
I use cable when we can afford it and I drop it when we can't; I refuse to make television a central part of my life.
That said, I usually work to make sure we can afford it during football season. It is very hard to watch football without it. I splurged on the MLB.tv package to watch the Tigers this year, and it works well since I live out of area, but I missed large chunks of the NBA and NHL playoffs without cable and I would miss almost every Michigan game this fall.
Sports is the hard part of the equation.
I've never had cable since escaping the nest. Or a TV of my own. I have had close to zero problems streaming every football game the last two seasons.
The quality isn't amazing, but it's good enough for me (given the amount of grumbling I see in LiveChat, this is clearly not the case for most on the board though :P)
you have to put in an account # from one of the cable providers to stream, no? if the answer is you use someone else's, ok but that won't work for everyone.
If you have to put a word on it.
VIPBOX and FirstRowSports are a couple of the go-to's.
Questionably, is how. :)
There's a thread asking for streams practically every weekend, and it's always the latest incarnation of VIPBox and FirstRow. And the link frequently gets posted at the top of the LiveBlogs.
2 weeks ago. I put up an antenna from radio shack and I'm able to pick up all my locals in hd. I have Netflix, Hulu, & vudu and it's more then enough. Plus I'm running plex media server for all my movies on my desktop which is hooked up to the tv in the living room. I'm able to stream big10 from a link I found online and I'm planning on logging into watch espn with my brothers cable acct. the legalities of those last two are a bit fishy but that's what comcast gets for charging me $200 a month for tv, phone & Internet.
What do you mean, "that's what Comcast gets..."
You're the consumer and chose to pay them. They didn't force you into that. Anyway, I guarantee you that you're not getting high definition with an antenna. You think you are, but it's not HD. The only way to get HD cable is via a cable company. You need an HD box (and satellite with those companies) to obtain the signal.
For someone who purports to be from among cyborgs, you know shockingly little about technology.
I realize there are things called "HDTV antennas," but they are nowhere near the quality of HD that a company can provide.
I bet you've bought a lot of Monster brand cables from Best Buy.
I have not purchased anything from Best Buy in the longest time (Amazon FTW). I also have never purchased Monster cables. Why? Because they're over priced. I always read Consumer Reports or CNET reviews when it comes to electronics and just about every report has concluded that all HDMI cables are virtually the same; there is no need to waste money on brands like Monster just because their sales reps say their cable produces higher quality picture.
This is a descent into self parody. You're like the "Lore is in charge now" individual edition of the Borg that appeared in the season 6/7 cliffhanger and was mercifully put to sleep.
Congratulations on reading consumer reports and CNET; if you think that you can't get local HD channels using an antenna you have been greatly deceived, and understand very little about the FCC HD transition that got this whole thing rolling in the first place.
Before the cable upgrade in January, we used a big metallic antenna on the roof to receive TV signals on the 50 inch TV downstairs. We upgraded in Jan, and there is virtually no difference in HD quality now that we have FiOS...and that was an old antenna that had been up there for decades. All you need is a TV tuner to convert the signals and you're good.
I don't know if I've ever seen anyone completely fail to miss a point by such an incredible degree. Well done.
Not true, my over the air looks almost as good as blu ray, and most wouldn't even be able to see a difference in that.
That describes most old people wearing hearing aids.
(I am authorized to make this joke as I wear em...)
Yes I chose to pay them...my fault but I finally chose to stop after they continually raised my prices.
Where you are incorrect is with the HD. Inget a much better HD picture with an OTA antenna, due to the fact that comcast has to compress the signal to take up as lite bandwidth as possible. With an OTA antenna there is no compression of the signal and I get true Hd.
Perhaps, but if that is true, I have to believe more people would do that. Maybe it's just that most people are willing to sacrifice picture quality for channels, which is crazy to me considering half (or more probably) of the shows on TV these days are shitty reality garbage. I don't understand the obsession this country has with reality shows and it cannot end soon enough.
There's very little "choice" involved with cable companies. They're government-sanctioned monopolies, so there's no competition and they have no incentive to provide customers with a better product or a lower price. They generally offer very little in the way of graduated pricing in order to force people to pay for everything instead of only paying for the things they want.
The only choice you really have is to use them or not use them. If you want to use them, then you have to pay them a ridiculous amount of money. You've chosen not to use them. Excellent choice.
I'm all about capitalism and don't mind someone making a buck, but I fucking hate Comast wth all my essense. As you suggest some competition would be helpful. I have Dish at my cottage and it is about 100 times better than Comcast, but no high speed internet, nor phone.
We stll have an appaling lack of competion for TV and high speed internet at the moment.
This thread is great but still my only choice for high speed internet at the moment is Comcast, so even if I drop TV and do VoIP I still have to deal with those assholes at Comcast.
I may be dropping cable but I'm stuck with their internet service.
What is really funny about this post is that over the air HD signals are superior to the same channel you get via cable/satellite. Because cable and satellite have to handle so many channels via capped bandwidth, they compress the hell out of the normal HD signals to make them all fit. The HD signals on cable/satellite will have much more compression artifacts and even have lower resolutions than the signals you get over the air.
When we moved OOS, I thought no big deal I can always go to Bdubs/stream online and then I found out that really both of those options suck. While I do not mind so much when M plays Western/Central/Eastern, when its M/Ohio I want some damn clarity in my signal.
Thusly I've ended up with DirecTV and am happy (at least until my promo's/credits run out).
I don't have a coard...I have a satellite.
Trying to watch Michigan games at a bar surrounded by Ohio fans is just too annoying.
I have your same issue (live in Rocky River).
I live in Sylvania, Ohio - and somewhere along the line Buckeye Cablesystem obtained rights of exclusivity as a cable provider. This sorely impacts competition as Comcast, TimeWarner, etc. aren't allowed in our area. Thusly, Buckeye feels they can charge whatever the F* they want, increasing fees and rates constantly.
Have friends who've gone the Dish route but have complained about poor customer service, bait & switch rate plans, and overall dissatisfaction further limiting my options.
Buckeye Cablesystem: Yet another reason Buckeyes Suck.
Mi. and charter cable has done the exact same thing. No other cable provider is allowed in the area. So now I'm getting charged over $200 per. Seems as though this should be illegal.
I actually live in a town that has two cable TV providers: Comcast and Wide Open West. If anyone remembers Ameritech and their desire to diversify their business with cable TV, Americast, then that's why we have 2. When Ameritech got gobbled up by SBC, SBC dumped the CATV business to Wide Open West.
So, does competitive cable actually keep prices down? Not really. It's still only 2. I had frequent service problems with WOW, so I dumped them for DirecTV. Best decision I ever made. Oh, and to be the first guy on the block to get HDTV, I put an antenna in my attic so I could see glorious HD on my 50" rear projection TV that converted the digital HDTV signal to analog to project the picture with 3 CRTs. Now that's the price of being an early adopter.
Cable competition is just not going to happen. Installing wire/fiber is very expensive and takes a lot of effort (zoning, digging, etc.) For some communities devasted by Hurricane Sandy, Verizon is not going to put new cable plant in the ground for phone service. Can't cost justify it. So, they are going to get a wireless solution instead.
When I first got rid of cable sports were the BIG issue, but I have since found a great work around. A good over the air antenna can pick up all of your local channels (this little guy is an absolute champ), but it was a pain having to go to BW3s any time there was a game I wanted to watch on ESPN. Since I found out about the watch ESPN app on Xbox 360 (and I assume Xbox one), however, I have been able to watch all of those games in broadcast quality. They allow you to view out of market games for free, but with someones cable password you can set it up to view all ESPN assets live--from sportscenter to the MensBB national championship game.
Now the only thing I can't stream in HD is Big Ten Network, TNT, and TBS (for NBA). Don't miss cable a bit!
Cable from August to March Madness
No cable after the Final Four until August when I get the Michigan football fever and want to watch all the fluff shows on ESPN and BTN.