Cutting the cable cord: Moving to Internet subscription servies

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  • H8 Red Centerville, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 3:23 p.m.

    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.

  • RSLfanalways West Valley, UT
    Nov. 19, 2013 3:08 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 17, 2013 9:30 a.m.

    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.

  • Devon Merling Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 6, 2013 10:08 a.m.

    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.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Nov. 6, 2013 5:00 a.m.

    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.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 5, 2013 6:26 p.m.

    Re. Mom of 8
    I 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.

  • Mom of 8 Hyrum, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 4:11 p.m.

    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.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Nov. 5, 2013 4:02 p.m.

    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.

  • TRUTH Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 3:36 p.m.

    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!

  • Go Big Blue!!! Bountiful, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 3:31 p.m.

    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 subscriptions.

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 1:38 p.m.

    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.

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 12:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Johnny Triumph American Fork, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 12:26 p.m.

    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.

  • Evets Eagle Mountain, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 11:38 a.m.

    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.

  • Samson01 S. Jordan, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 11:36 a.m.

    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.

  • The Rock Federal Way, WA
    Nov. 5, 2013 11:32 a.m.

    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.

  • Shawnm750 West Jordan, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 10:52 a.m.

    @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!

  • BeSmart Cheyenne, WY
    Nov. 5, 2013 10:30 a.m.

    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.

  • euakid Stansbury Park, UT
    Nov. 5, 2013 10:27 a.m.

    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 words...

  • Star Bright Salt Lake City, Ut
    Nov. 5, 2013 10:23 a.m.

    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.