Advice on Cutting the Cable Cord

Updated on May 11, 2014
M.N. asks from Jesup, GA
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So we are thinking about cutting the cable cord. Would like to hear from those that have already cut the cord. What you like, what you don't like, what services you use for streaming etc. Any information, advice, guidance would be most appreciated.

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Thank you for the info. We are getting ready to move and we are thinking this might be the perfect time to get rid of cable and the huge bill that goes with it. :-)

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answers from Indianapolis on

I haven't had cable, or even TV channels, for years. We use Netflix. Get movies from the library. Read a lot of books.

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answers from Albuquerque on

We finally (last month) cut our satellite plan!! I'm so happy! We had worked our way up to a $105/mo bill for a ton of channels that we hardly ever watched (my brother was living with us and paid for part of the bill to have our package upgraded to include sports channels he wanted). Now, we are down to the most basic package and our bill is $30/mo! Maybe one day I'll get the nerve to cut it all the way... We just bought a smart tv that has apps like Netflix, Hulu, etc built in. Between those 2 I can watch most of the old shows I like and all of the new ones on popular channels! We pay $8/each for Netflix and Hulu, which we were also paying for when we had the bigger satellite package. We do get local channels by antennae (the standard antennae in our camper can pick them up anyways), but anything I'd want to watch local, I could also watch online.

Once you make the decision, just do it! Good luck mama!

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answers from Chicago on

We've been cable free for 10 years. We have a play station to stream, and we use netflix and amazon prime. Love it!

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answers from Anchorage on

We got rid of it almost a year ago and do not miss it at all. We still have netflix which the kids mostly use to watch cartoons over apple tv. We stream to our tv from our computer and watch all our shows that way, and there has never been a show yet we have not been able to watch. Some of the sites we use are video bull, project free tv, and stream-tv.

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answers from Houston on

I read more books, get DVDs from the library, buy DVDs from yard sales, thrift stores.

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answers from Chicago on

We cut it over 3 yrs ago. So happy we did it. We have netflix and an HD antennae. Just do it.

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answers from Reading on

Google on line what kind of antennae you need for your area. We get around 30 stations over the air, most of which we don't watch. We have roku on two tvs for Netflix and Amazon prime and a wii on the third for watching netflix. I still have cable (not cable tv, just the physical cable to deliver internet and phone) for our internet and phone, but our bill is cut in half of what it was. Don't miss it one bit.

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answers from Washington DC on

you guys encourage me!
but my dh will never go along with it.
:) khairete

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answers from Houston on

We've been cable free for about a year and a half. We've missed it from time to time. But the moment passes.
We have Netflix through our Bluray player in the living room. The kids can access it through their PS3 and Wii. And we have a Roku device in the office.
The Netflix price for up to4 devices at a time is $11 I think, maybe $12 a month. For 2 devices it's $8 a month.
We also have an HD antenna (Target, $40) that allows us to pick up a couple of network channels, NBC and FOX for FREE! It's just how they work.
Good luck.



answers from Norfolk on

We haven't had cable/TV in over 12 years. It's awesome! I always said that it's not that I'm better than cable, but that cable would always get the better of me!

We have Netflix. Both ordering the discs and livestreaming. That's it. And a good old fashioned DVD/VCR player. I read a lot. Kids stream some stuff but are not electronic slaves. Only one TV in our house and it's in the family room.

Oh, and my DH could care less about watching sports. I think that seems to be a big one for those considering cutting the cord.

It will take a few weeks to get over your shows and find better ways to fill up your time. Only time I ever regret giving it up is when I'm sick or hungover and just want to veg all day! Good luck!

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