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Yea but overall it isn't the pricing that keeps me from going back. It was originally part of the reason, but prices have come down.
I actually might go back to cable IF it wasn't for the shitty pricing tactics. I can get basic cable and 60m internet today for $99...IF I add home phone. Wtf. Stop that. I don't want your stupid home phone. I also don't want to rent your boxes...I don't want to rent a DVR...an extra fee for HD? And my bill goes up after that first year....and I'm stuck in a contract... Screw all that.
When I quit cable I was paying $170/mo all in. Went from that to about $110 includes internet of course. I'm sure I could get close to that or we from cable today. I just don't want to anymore. It's not about price for me anymore...it's convenience. It's flexibility. Its about on demand.

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Been a cord cutter for about 5 years now and will not look back. Unfortunately as I feared, cable companies have caught on and are now breaking everything into streaming "packages". If you are not careful you could find yourself spending more to stream than what you paid for cable.

true, but you just got to know where to look. with all the different streaming packages being released and advertise, people forget there are other ways to get the same streaming. just a bit harder and not as pretty going from site to site
 

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Yea but overall it isn't the pricing that keeps me from going back. It was originally part of the reason, but prices have come down.
I actually might go back to cable IF it wasn't for the shitty pricing tactics. I can get basic cable and 60m internet today for $99...IF I add home phone. Wtf. Stop that. I don't want your stupid home phone. I also don't want to rent your boxes...I don't want to rent a DVR...an extra fee for HD? And my bill goes up after that first year....and I'm stuck in a contract... Screw all that.
When I quit cable I was paying $170/mo all in. Went from that to about $110 includes internet of course. I'm sure I could get close to that or we from cable today. I just don't want to anymore. It's not about price for me anymore...it's convenience. It's flexibility. Its about on demand.

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I doubt I ever go back to cable. got tired of paying for cable the paying again to save it because I was never home for favorite shows. right now I only have netflix and funimation for streaming though I do have amazon prime mostly for shipping. that is all I pay for.
 

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So I'm thinking about the Fire stick. I know there are many channels you can add but what channels can you get for free? I looked online and I can't find a straight answer. I'm not worried about movie channels like HBO because we have Netflix.
 
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Pluto is one. Crackle.
Got a Library card? Kanopy and Hoopla are 2 more.
There's a ton of commercial supported ones on Roku. Not as many on Fire but still quite a bit.

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What about History Channel, Discovery Channel, and other ones like that?
 

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Has anyone tried SelectTv? My wife and I have moved to the outskirts of town and can get cable, but the expense to get it hooked up is WOW! Let's just say Spectrum is willing to pitch in $3000.. The property has never had cable run to it. We got the MiFi and are now in a contract with Verizon. Which is working out good, but is not a long term solution. That's another story. We got the Roamio and really like the DVR cabalities and other built-in features. We currently use over the air programming and Amazon prime. But we are missing some programs and the antenna is inconsistent. I do have it 15 feet in the air, but it can change from day to day. Even the channel can come and go depending on the distributor.
 

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Sounds weird, but not looking for free. Just less expenses than paying Directv. I know SelectTv isn't free, but I was just wondering if anyone has tried it and what their experience was like. BTW: cabalities=capabilities!
 

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I'm not looking for free either just curious what you get for your $.
 

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So basically, SelectTv is the middle guy. And you end up paying the other services anyway. Moving on. I'll prolly be keeping Netflix and Amazon through the end of the year, because next year the membership goes up to $119. It just seems like you end up paying them what they want no matter what you do. I'll keep trying tho..
 

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It's different for me....I just swap back-and-forth after the promotional pricing ends for Comcast, AT&T, DirectTv, etc....typically, those deals come out to about $30-$50 more than standalone internet , BEFORE whatever bundle of other services you have to patch together for a comparable cable package.

So there's little to no savings, and a whole lot of inconvenience, for me to cut the cord. But it is becoming a hassle to haggle and switch services to get the best pricing (except I'd be doing the same with standalone internet).

Or I could just ditch the whole thing and use my phone to tether :)


Otherwise Comcast has a deal - with Verizon - for unlimited everything for $40 a month, and then a pretty good internet/cable bundle on top of that. But I don't want to be locked-in to Comcast on a cell contract when my internet/cable promo expires (which is why they offer it!).

AT&T does something similar. Maybe it's time to part with my VZW old unlimited plan and save some real money - maybe almost $2k over 2 years. How bad is the throttling after 22GB?
 
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It's different for me....I just swap back-and-forth after the promotional pricing ends for Comcast, AT&T, DirectTv, etc....typically, those deals come out to about $30-$50 more than standalone internet plus whatever bundle of other services you have to patch together for a comparable cable package.

So there's little to no savings, and a whole lot of inconvenience, for me to cut the cord. But it is becoming a hassle to haggle and switch services to get the best pricing (except I'd be doing the same with standalone internet).

Or I could just ditch the whole thing and use my phone to tether :)


Otherwise Comcast has a deal - with Verizon - for unlimited everything for $40 a month, and then a pretty good internet/cable bundle on top of that. But I don't want to be locked-in to Comcast on a cell contract when my internet/cable promo expires (which is why they offer it!).

AT&T does something similar. Maybe it's time to part with my VZW old unlimited plan and save some real money - maybe almost $2k over 2 years. How bad is the throttling after 22GB?
I have not seen any throttling ever, and we routinely go over the 22GB mark. One of my kids is at > 40 GB now, 1/2 way through our billing cycle.

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I have not seen any throttling ever, and we routinely go over the 22GB mark. One of my kids is at > 40 GB now, 1/2 way through our billing cycle.

That seems to be the consensus - lot of complaining about the potential, but have not heard of people being throttled. Plus, that will probably be non-existent once 5G comes rolling out.

So, anyway....$40 for unlimited everything is a heck of a deal, no? But once I look at the whole bundle, basically they just rope me in giving me the savings on my phone instead of the cable/internet. And I would assume, like everything else, that mobile package doubles (or triples) after 2 years.
 
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