So what's holding you back?

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  1. PereDroid

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    I actually just got an email from Hulu the other day that I can have a free month trial. I subscribed to it years ago when I got a discount for having a student email address, but eventually decided to GET cable.

    It might be worth it for me to try it out and see if the shows that the wife and I DVR are available. I know I'll have to get an HBO Go subscription and possibly others, but at least I know I could try it out for free for what I think should be long enough to know I'm not missing shows I actually want to watch.

    I would make the argument that needing the channels for the kids keeps us paying the cable bill each month, but ever since my stepson figured out how to use Netflix on the smart TV, I don't know that he's watched anything On-Demand from cable, let alone live.

    The baby doesn't really care what we watch at this point in his life.
     
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    HBO also has a 30 day free trial.

    My neighborhood actually just got wired for ATT. I was actually waiting for that for years. So when they came to my door I entertained the idea. Actually signed the paperwork... then came to my sense and cancelled.

    A little more in depth why.
    Originally I was paying $165 /month with Time Warner for TV, 1 DVR and 15M of Internet. On top of that we paid for Netflix and Amazon Prime. So roughly $185.
    Dropped everything but internet from TWC. Added Hulu and Hbo.
    $60 for 15M, +Hulu +Amazon +Netflix +HBO = $107.
    (Spectrum bought TWC and my Internet got bumped to 60M for $65): $112.

    ATT came to my door offering 45M + 120 channels for $85 with whole house DVR and 4 boxes. It was tempting. But add +Netflix +Amazon and my kid crying "What do you mean you're going to cancel Hulu!"???? CANCEL.
    Even though we would get access to almost everything on Netflix, he is used to Hulu. He knows how to run the remote. Like you said, Johnny, my kid between Netflix and Hulu has so much to watch he has no interest in "regular" TV.
    I thought not having a DVR would be hard to get used to. What do I need that for if everything is On Demand?

    I get why Sports Junkies don't cut... but for the rest of you... IT'S TIME! :D
     
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    I've got HBO Go right now because I have that tier from Spectrum (I've been on Charter this whole time. They actually bought Brighthouse and TWC and for some reason changed the name in the process, though we all still call it Charter here.)

    Aside from checking out Hulu, I'll have to do the math, but I'm sure we'd save money.

    I don't count Amazon as a video streaming fee, because I really just pay for it for the shipping perk.
     
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    Same with Amazon here. Of all the stuff I stream, I think Amazon is probably the least though they do have some good original content. I think I watch Crackle more them Amazon. LOL

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    My wife and I DVR a lot of shows. That's our main source. We've got (and pay for) 2 DVRS. One in the main family room where she records shows she likes and we record shows that we watch together and one in the man cave where I record shows that only I'm interested in.

    Like you said though, if I can get most of the stuff I want streaming on demand, it's definitely something I should look further into now that the kid doesn't care about live TV.
     
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    Look into Plex. You can record shows and view them later. Dump the DVR charges.
     
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    I'll keep that in mind, but if we go all streaming, it won't be that big of a deal. The only reason why we DVR so much is because it's easier to just search and setup a recording for a show than to go through the hassle of figuring out if it's on a channel that even offers On-Demand through Charter and then to figure out if that's a show that the channel offers On-Demand. Not to mention, NBC and others that won't let you pause, fast forward, etc. when watching On-Demand.

    If everything we watch is just available to stream whenever we have time to watch it, I doubt we'd even need more than the streaming services that offer them.
     
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    I think I have cut 90% of my cords. I get basic cable with local channels and unlimited internet for $65, six additional free OTA channels, Netflix $10, HBO now (free bc my son's subscription) and use my Google rewards when I want to watch a movie that's not on Netflix.

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    Only cord I can't cut right now is internet. Working on fixing that too.
     
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    Working on stealing your neighbors wifi? Or becoming a monk? :D
     
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    Going back to farming. Not much wifi in the fields.
     
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