Saving $44.22/mo. on Cable TV (Local Channels Only) by Using Roku 3 and the Internet

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    Jun 08, 2014 10:32 PM GMT
    I'm thinking if I cancel my cable tv which is costing me $44.22 per month for local channels only - no CSPAN, nothing but local channels, I can move that $44.22 per month to other lines of my personal budget.

    $ 68.19 for '19 720 HDTV
    $ 47.61 for $14. 3' ethernet cable and 4' HDMI cable3 +tax
    $108.24 for Roku3
    = = = =

    $224.04


    $224.04 divided by $44.22 = 5.07 months to break even then no more $44.22 / month

    So far, I've discovered the following free channels on Roku (they're replay channels, not live streaming)

    My Set I of Free Channels (visit more often)
    NBC News
    Fox Now
    PBS
    Watch ESPN

    My Set II of Free Channels (visit less often)
    Cartoon Club
    icomedy
    TED
    Gay Life Television

    On the internet, I visit the weatherchannel.com
    For news, I can listen to the radio when I commute to and from work (M-F)

    What do you think?
    If you're using Roku, any other ideas?
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    Jun 08, 2014 11:06 PM GMT
    Why not just buy an antenna for less than $35 and catch those same stations that you have to pay to see via Roku?
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    Jun 09, 2014 1:38 AM GMT
    The antenna solution does not work. I live about 35 miles away from the tower. I bought a $99 antenna and it did not work.

    Supposedly the signal comes from near Hwy 20, south of downtown Dallas. I'm in North Plano/Allen/McKinney.
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    Jun 09, 2014 1:41 AM GMT
    The HDMI cable:

    18 Gbps
    Ultra HD 4Kx2K
    1080p+
    HDMI High Speed with ethernet

    Hm, maybe I didn't need the ethernet cable?

    Roku said I did, but if the HDMI cable says with ethernet, maybe I didn't.
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    Jun 09, 2014 1:42 AM GMT
    You need an outdoor roof mounted antenna.
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    Jun 09, 2014 2:48 AM GMT
    Gaiam tv rocks. I explore that one as much as netflix
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    Jun 13, 2014 2:57 AM GMT
    Oh well, Gaiam isn't free.
    When I tried to register, they wanted billing information.

    I've removed that channel.
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    Jun 13, 2014 3:34 AM GMT
    RJ/internet for indoor activities, sports for outdoor activities. Pay nothing but internet bill. Fuck commercials. icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 14, 2014 5:20 AM GMT
    Gee that's a lot to pay for. I live at my older brother house. We pay like $50 for Times Warner Cable for 4 rooms and I also get Netflix (extra $8/month). They did something like a free wifi connection or whatever. It works.
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    Jun 14, 2014 11:15 PM GMT
    My Free Channels
    1] PBS
    1. Charlie Rose the Week (13/72)
    2. Moyers & Company (44/72)
    3. Religion & Ethics Newsweekly (58/72)
    4. Tavis Smiley (66/72)
    5. MetroFocus (NY region) (5/10)
    6. NYC-Arts (Tri-State Area’s cultural best) (6/10)
    7. Treasures of NY (10/10)

    2] Watch ESPN
    1. Tennis

    3] NBC News

    4] Fox 4 KDFW Dallas Fort Worth

    5] Fox Now
    1. Cosmos - A Spacetime Odyssey

    6] History

    7] Docurama

    8] TED

    9] YouTube
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    Jun 14, 2014 11:25 PM GMT
    LAXWill10 saidGee that's a lot to pay for. I live at my older brother house. We pay like $50 for Times Warner Cable for 4 rooms and I also get Netflix (extra $8/month). They did something like a free wifi connection or whatever. It works.


    My experience is that Time Warner Cable IS less expensive than AT&T Uverse television. If my complex allowed me to get Time Warner Cable, I would have looked into comparing costs.

    I dropped my Uverse TV Cable box at UPS today.

    Former Charges:

    AT&T U-verse TV U-basic (4 local channels) $19
    Receiver Fee $15
    Subtotal: $34
    Other Charges & Taxes: $10.22
    Total: $44.22 a month / $530.64 a year

    My uverse internet is 6 Mbs and that is $54.89/mo.
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    Jun 14, 2014 11:51 PM GMT
    StephenOABC saidI'm thinking if I cancel my cable tv which is costing me $44.22 per month for local channels only - no CSPAN, nothing but local channels, I can move that $44.22 per month to other lines of my personal budget.

    $ 68.19 for '19 720 HDTV
    $ 47.61 for $14. 3' ethernet cable and 4' HDMI cable + tax
    $108.24 for Roku3
    = = = =

    $224.04



    Okay, the 4' HDMI cable 18 Gbps was $29.99.

    Hm, I'm only getting 6 Gbps through Uverse internet.
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    Jun 14, 2014 11:52 PM GMT
    Yea, I can pay more and get 12 Gbps or pay even more and get 18 Gbps.
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    Sep 21, 2014 9:16 AM GMT
    Docurama is a great free channel on Roku3

    I just finished watching Chop Suey (Bruce Weber).