Two words: Live Sports! I would have ditched cable/satellite loong ago
also except for that. I like to watch live sports. Until someone starts
streaming live sports I don't have a choice really.
With Netflix and my Roku with the Aereo TV app. I can watch live tv and DVR it
and for me it has almost completly replaced my cable.
As a couple of people have pointed out, most of the shows except sporting events
that people want to watch are available on broadcast digital television.
It's free, it now features a program guide and information, and the quality
of the picture cannot be rivaled by any other delivery method. It's
spectacular. You need an antenna, of course, but depending on where you live it
needn't be much. In most metro areas the same rabbit ears you used in 1955
will work with digital television. I just got back from Vegas, my annual trip
paid for by spending zero each month for television. Stayed at the Bellagio this
time. True, I may not be able to intelligently discuss 'duck dynasty'
with my colleagues, but from what I hear I'm not missing much and there
doesn't seem to be much intelligent discussion about it.
euakid -- Thanks for the heads up on the mistake in the story summary.
I've edited it in our system and the change should go through soon.And thanks everyone for reading the story and leaving such great
comments. It's interesting to hear so many personal stories of how the TV
landscape is changing.
Cable is a dying business model. RIP... their only hope is to go the Canadian
model, choosing your own content. But the cable giant guys are oblivious,
sports is propping them up, they don't think they need to change. They
think the cash cow will go on, forever, but it won't last.... Even sports
is losing it's appeal at that price for too many.
Re. Mom of 8I won't take offense but I'm 20 years into the over
50 group and I am technologically compromised (i.e. I was born before the
computer gene was inserted into the human genome). I had a smart phone but later
bought a dumb phone so I could make a phone call. I've never sent a text
message. But I have a computer and if I get stuck my children and grand children
can help me and I can get the stuff I want without polluting my mind. A lot of
the younger than 50 group will still watch trash no matter what the source
because that's what the want. Though I won't be sorry for to see
traditional TV die out (if I live that long) until we raise a generation of
intelligent beings, a lot of people will still focus on trash.
I think the only ones still keeping cable are those of older generations who
don't know how to use different technology. Nearly everyone (younger than
50, that is) I know has ditched cable. We use Netflix, Amazon, and we even have
a cheap antenna that picks up all the local network stations for free.My in-laws, on the other hand, and many of their friends who are also retired,
still purchase all the movie channels with their cable. They think TV is
supposed to cost $150/month. Can't get them to try anything else.Once that generation dies out, so too may cable.
I haven't had TV or cable for years and haven't missed it at all. Then
a few months ago I had to spend a few days in the hospital and so I watched the
cable TV available there. I felt like Dante' being dragged through hell.
Everything was silly or crude or violent or mindless drivel that appealed to
selfishness, greed,carnal desires or silly fantasy. Other than a tennis match,
nothing I saw was worth spending any time on. You only have one brain and you
are in control of what enter it so why watch brain rot. The fact that there are
people who actually do watch this gutter sludge is a sad commentary on them and
on our society.
Comcast has failed to keep up with the times......loading a menu full of
channels no one would watch and not allowing one to customize their package is
just plain stupidity and they deserve to go the way of the buggy whip! I pulled
my Comcast plug at home and the office, and haven't miss them one day!
With an HD antenna on my roof I get all of the major networks in crystal clear
HD for free. We have a dvr to record our favorite shows and then fast forward
through the commercials. One thing I find interesting is that the
less affluent people that I know are the ones that have the full cable packages
As a former Directv Rep., some 200 channels are nothing. I usually watch 4 or 5
channels and the rest are junk. Or my family combined they watch some 10
channels. Not worth having those channles. Online streaming is the best options.
@Evets - I am going to check out about Roku pay per view for sports
(all espn) if they offer that. Evets, do you know for sure Roku offer espn to
view all espn games live and how much per viewing (LIVE)? I have xbox but most
of the time I have to watch delay games.
Even cutting Comcast was just as painful as getting set up, paying bills,
getting service etc.They gave me the option to return the box or
they could pick up for a huge fee. I told them I would drop it off.Stopped in their store. They modeled it after the DMV. LOL! I walked in and
there were 6 Comcast employees and 4 customers. Good I thought! This will be
fast. They made me take a number. All of the customers sat and waited for
help. Apparently the only employee that could help us was busy. It took over an
hour to turn it in.My comments probably did move me up in the line
any faster, but, at least all of the customers were laughing.Seriously! You model yourself after the DMV?! I guess the genious that came
up with that idea, has never gone to the DMV.
Several years ago we cut DirecTV and haven't looked back. I have an HD
antenna in the attic which feeds into a Windows home theater PC running Media
Center, the dual tv tuner card I installed now records all the OTA TV we need.
My job requires me to have an internet connection so I chose Comcast to provide
it, now I have access to ESPN3 and all the other mentioned streaming services.
Netflix has a Media Center add in so that's easily browsed as well. Our
lives have gotten better AND cheaper since we cut ties with pay tv.
Several years ago I bought a Roku and I already had Amazon Prime. I added some
free and some paid channels and I had everything I wanted except local news.
Recently in Utah Aereo started up and it provides the local channels for $8 per
month via your computer, Roku, iSO and Adroid devices. Well worth it. If one
wants sports really bad there are Paid subscription sports via Roku and other
streaming devices. I save well over $1000 per year and watch stuff on my own
time, not some cable schedule.
I cut Comcast many years ago as I simply could not predict what they were going
to charge me. Despite my best efforts to nail down what my monthly payment
would be I just couldn't. I decided that if I couldn't predict what
they were going to charge me then I would cut the cord. I have not
regretted that decision.When that want to switch to a more ethical
billing model that is transparent, I might reconsider.
I can't say I cut the cable because I never had it. It is way too
expensive.I have a Roku, Amazon Prime and a news service. I get BYU -TV on
the Roku along with many, many others.Amazon Prime has an
interesting quirk: When I set the parental controls to keep porn off my TV, I
can't watch Star Trek with Captain Kirk because it is rated TV-MA. Come
on, they put Star Trek in the same category as porn? This is an evil conspiracy
to get people to allow anything.
@BeSmart - True, but even on Hulu and network sites, watching episodes online
means having to endure almost as many commercials as I'd have to watch on
regular TV. That's why I like to watch shows on Netflix: No commercials, no
waiting for the next episode to come out. Granted that means being behind the
current episodes, but that's not really a big deal for me. Commercials are
my biggest gripe with cable. I feel like if I'm paying for something I
shouldn't have to endure long commercial breaks, which seem to be even
longer on cable!
Many popular shows such as Modern Family, Big Bang Theory, and NCIS. Can be
streamed online for free through a computer. The hardest thing to get are
sporting events. But between Youtube, Hulu Free, and the broadcasters websites
viewing options are almost limitless for people who want no subscription.
The summary that shows under the headline in links to this article says the
exact opposite of what the article actually says. I think someone left out some
And I'm thinking of cutting mine - not just for economics, but because it
is so void of quality programs and they think we should have al jazeera! MTV is
disgusting (of course I don't watch it but), when grandchildren come and
flip through channels there it is. I long for a company that will let me choose
my channels and get rid of the rest.