Can someone talk me out of cancelling my cable?

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    Sep 04, 2011 11:59 PM GMT
    So I've had comcast now for about 3-4 months. But I'm just looking thru these channels and it's not much other than music vids, and the same movies that come on 5 times a day in Cinemax. In a couple more months I'm going to be off the promotion price and back to regular billing.

    What do you watch and what am I missing?
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    Sep 05, 2011 12:24 AM GMT
    When I had cable, I was only watching maybe 4 or 5 cable channels, and maybe 3 broadcast channels. Wasn't worth the $50 a month I was paying for basic cable. I don't watch premium channels. Exclusive movies and tv series eventually end up on DVD anyways. And a lot of tv and cable shows are streamed for free directly from studio's website.

    So I'm getting by just fine with my Fios internet + streaming + DVD rental.
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    Sep 05, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    Some cable companies are considering the a la carte cable plan.

    Pay-per-channel could help save cable firms

    It's been discussed forever, but maybe cable companies have an economic incentive to offer this plan now.
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    Sep 05, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    Cancel it. LOST isn't on the air anymore.
  • commoncoll

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    Sep 05, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    You don't need it. I haven't had a TV for 5 years now.
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    Sep 05, 2011 12:37 AM GMT
    Saber170 saidCancel it. LOST isn't on the air anymore.


    I don't like those kind of shows. Ditto with Real World Challenge Rivals...

    MTV makes a huge deal out of these little cat fights for weeks, and then when the show finally aires, nobody actually got beat up. They just talked crap.

    Like the Jersey Shore head into the wall thing...that pretty much made me lose interest in the show LOL.
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    Sep 05, 2011 12:39 AM GMT
    What? You don't want to watch Shrek and reruns of Full House?

    TV is fucking garbage.
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    Sep 05, 2011 12:41 AM GMT
    Ermine saidSome cable companies are considering the a la carte cable plan.

    Pay-per-channel could help save cable firms

    It's been discussed forever, but maybe cable companies have an economic incentive to offer this plan now.

    It's not in the best interest for cable companies to offer a al carte service. See, cable TV is like text messaging. It has no quantifiable value. So they pick price point, and add "value" to it. Generally speaking, subscription pricing is highly profitable for any service type business. Because not everyone will utilize 100% of what they're paying for.

    "Dear customer, we're raising your rates from $100 a month to $150 a month. But we're adding 80 new channels!"

    Sounds like a great deal until you realize that the new 80 channels are all junk that you'll never watch.
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    Sep 05, 2011 12:45 AM GMT
    Ermine saidSome cable companies are considering the a la carte cable plan.

    Pay-per-channel could help save cable firms

    It's been discussed forever, but maybe cable companies have an economic incentive to offer this plan now.



    That would suit me just fine. We are currently paying $20 extra a month for a tier of channels because there are two in that tier we really want. I would be happy to get rid of every religious station, every shopping channel, Lifetime, Own, We, CMT and a bunch of other crap that comes with basic.
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    Sep 05, 2011 2:48 AM GMT
    I don't own cable for years because I am tired watching same movies, shows.....etc
  • dancedancekj

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    Sep 05, 2011 2:50 AM GMT
    Hulu serves most of my needs really well. Makes watching my shows even more time efficient, and I can watch them whenever I wish.

    Watching TV on an actual television set on its scheduled night is so 20th century icon_smile.gif
  • HndsmKansan

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    Sep 05, 2011 2:52 AM GMT
    My cable is about $60.00 a month and I think it's ridiculous.. but if cancelled, I have to admit, I'm miss several stations a great deal. It's
    one of those "damned if you do, damned if you don't propositions.
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    Sep 05, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    I haven't had cable in a coon's age . . . I miss the tennis matches but nothing else . . .
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    Sep 05, 2011 2:57 AM GMT
    Dude most of that shit is reality TV. I stopped watching TV myself because I had a life, and frankly Jersey Shore is a horrible abomination. I never grew up with cable, so it's not hard for me to deal with it, and over the course of those 18 years, my rents saved somewhere between $6500 and $16200, maybe more. That's roughly the price of a used car or a semester to a year in college for me.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 05, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    How will you watch Jersey Shore?
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    Sep 05, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    I got rid of my satellite dish months ago. I started figuring it out and it doesn't look like much at $64 a month, but put it into perspective that's actually $768 dollars a year. icon_eek.gif
    To show you how desperate the satellite company is, when I called to disconnect, they said if I wanted to reconnect in the future there would be no charge!
    I could spend that money on more important things.
    For the few shows that I still like to watch I get them through Hulu, minimal commercials is nice. The other show I watch I get through a free podcast on iTunes (no commercials).

    So, that's how I roll. To see if I missed satellite first, I called for one of those "extended absence" disconnects (up to 6 months) to see if I would miss it. At the end of the time, I then cut the service. Good way to test the water.

  • barriehomeboy

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    Sep 05, 2011 3:31 AM GMT
    I can't post messages. Is anyone else getting private messages from spam?
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    Sep 05, 2011 3:50 AM GMT
    I think it must have been a decade or so without cable now. If you are looking for me to talk you out of cancelling, I would have a tough time. The biggest "drawback" is that you find that you have lost touch with so many of the subjects that are co commonly used as "small talk." Think of how many conversations start "did you see...?" or "you should watch..." If you don't have problems making conversation with others you will be fine. If you do have trouble (as I do) and neither watch cable nor sports you will find much of your easy subject matter gone. However, you get used to that and you start to appreciate the extra time that you gain.
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    Sep 05, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    ...Cancel it and upgrade your internet speed, upgrade your gym membership, and put more money into your 401k for your retirement.... TV is TRASH!
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    Sep 05, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    Cancel it and start learning a new language. ;-)
  • Webster666

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    Sep 05, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    I watch the PBS news.
    And, once in awhile, something else on PBS.
    That's about it.
    I have the DISH network satellite.
    Big waste of money since I read the news online, everyday, anyway.
    Add to that the price of TIVO.
  • commoncoll

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    Sep 05, 2011 5:01 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidI watch the PBS news.
    And, once in awhile, something else on PBS.

    PBS is awesome. That is the one channel I watch regularly on my laptop.
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    Sep 05, 2011 5:22 AM GMT
    The cable companies are in the unfortunate position of being caught between consumers who don't want their bills to go up and content providers that are ramming through an increase in charges to the cable companies that can only be described as explosive.

    Even your local network stations are in on the racket.

    http://www.nab.org/advocacy/issue.asp?id=1891

    Yes, your cable company pays money to your local NBC, CBS, and ABC affiliates to retransmit that signal you could receive with bunny ears but don't.

    Disney, owner of ABC and...ESPN has relentlessly pursued ever increasing revenue streams from anything that retransmits its programming. ESPN has been the most expensive programming for cable providers since the 80's.

    I pay $60 for high-speed data and get my programming through streaming, HULU, and buying HouseMD on DVD at the beginning of the next season.

    They are in it to make money. But, it isn't easy to figure out who's making what.

    Fortunately, I live near a SuperSport gym with TVs mounted on most of the cardio machines. If my gym monthly goes up again, I know who to blame.icon_sad.gif

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    Sep 07, 2011 4:19 AM GMT
    Your really won't be missing a damn thing on the bitch, because they show so many repeats on many channels, half the channels you prolly don't even watch or even get a chance to, your better off just having internet and phone. Cable (now) is truly a waste of money and time.
  • shoelessj

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    Sep 07, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    we were thinking of doing that for awhile but we watch sports and we like to watch it on the big TV not on a laptop, and you can't do that online or whatever without jumping thru some hoops of some sort or another. same thing with live news shows, such as on CNN and MSNBC. Sure, we could download the rachel maddow show, et al to watch later on the mac books, but we like to watch shows as they air - i'm odd like that.

    we have, however, done without the movie channels and have found that we can get all sorts of movies and shows from channels we don't subscribe to, such as BBC America, thru the On Demand feature.