Living without cable TV?

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    Apr 25, 2010 10:09 PM GMT
    OK so I am not usually a thread starter, but I am getting ready to move and am wondering what other people's experiences are doing without cable / satellite. My friends think I am crazy for considering this by the way.

    So cable and satellite are both like 50-80 a month, depending on features, and although I love TV as much as the next guy I have trouble justifying the expense.

    I spend half of what cable costs on internet and it provides much more hours of entertainment, not to mention Netflix which provides a greater selection of movies and TV shows, although less recent, at a lower cost.

    I would likely really miss watching live tennis and some of the shows on Discovery channel... But for $60 a month * 12 months is enough to buy a lot of tickets to tennis tournaments around LA or gas to drive to Yosemite!

    I suspect I am not the only one feeling gouged. I wish it were possible to just pick like a dozen channels and pay the royalty fees for them instead of getting packs of 100. Is it possible to live off of DVD's and broadcast TV after being spoiled by cable for 20 years?
  • Paradigm_Shif...

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    Apr 25, 2010 11:37 PM GMT
    There are so many great options for watching your shows online that I have been without cable for about 2 years now. I agree, spending $70-$120+ a month just to watch TV is a huge waste.

    Its actually kind of ironic because I live in Philadelphia literally right beside the Comcast Center (Their brand new 975 foot glass tower headquarters) lol. I guess you can see what all of your cable bills pay for lol.

    I can find any show I want to watch either on Hulu, netflix, iTunes, or via bittorrent. Best part about it is Netflix is only $10 bucks a month, its a huge savings.

    I say cut the cable!!
  • calibro

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    Apr 25, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    i've never paid for cable in my life
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:42 PM GMT
    mynameisrusty saidOK so I am not usually a thread starter, but I am getting ready to move and am wondering what other people's experiences are doing without cable / satellite.
    I have never subscribed to dish or cable TV in my entire life, with the exception of when I had a roomy or bf who wanted it.

    Hobbies pwn TV. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:44 PM GMT
    I live in metro Phoenix but I suspect in any major market you can pick up quite a few channels (including HD) with nothing more than a paper clip. Seriously. I get 24 channels that way. Cut the cord.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:47 PM GMT
    I stopped watching broadcast television (by that I mean broadcast by any method: airwaves, cable, satellite), in 1993.

    "Everyone" also thought (and thinks) "I'm crazy."

    IMHO, it's "everyone else" that's crazy.

    I'm still mostly culturally aware, but I'm not obsessed, and "junk culture" doesn't take up much of my time. I still watch 30 Rock occasionally, and "Survivor", and I enjoy watching TV on special occasions over friend's houses. But I've haven't felt the need to plug in to a cable or antenna or dish since I unplugged almost 20 years ago.

    And besides, the Internet has made broadcast media mostly obsolete, as Paradigm said (except for the types of "live coverage of unfolding events" that it was invented for).

    I'll ask you an obvious question:

    What prevents you from just running an experiment to see what life is like for month without being plugged in? Do you think you can still "live?" If so, give it a try, then make your decision.
  • Midas426

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    Apr 25, 2010 11:48 PM GMT
    I'm seriously considering cutting the cord myself, keeping of course only my Internet. I hardly watch that much TV and when I do, it's mostly Netflix and network TV.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    I've gone without cable for more than 10 years now. The programming is not worth the price and I'm much happier with a book.
  • MilitaryWolf

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    Apr 25, 2010 11:49 PM GMT
    I hate television. It's either reality TV show garbage or biased news sources. You can get anything you need from the internet.
  • stevendust

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    Apr 25, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    Yeah, just stick to the internet and whatever your TV grabs over the air. Netflix has become the newest easy access option for me and the man. We stream everything through the PS3. It also seems like a waste that the Xbox requires the premium subscription on top of the Netflix cost to stream. Very glad I have a PS3 to do it for free.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:51 PM GMT
    iguanaSF said
    "Everyone" also thought (and thinks) "I'm crazy."



    Not crazy at all. Mostly it'd a big waste of time
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:53 PM GMT
    In Sydney I live with 6 or 7 channels. There's a few more with HD.

    I just don't watch enough TV to consider wasting money on it. When I do want to watch TV it is usually a film to wind down and relax, and I can just download or hire one.

    If you want live sports, just check it out online unless you watch a LOT of TV.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:54 PM GMT
    I don't watch that much TV away but I would certainly want the luxury of having lots of channels to choose from when I do, life is short enough.

    Having said that, I do realize I could be doing so much more than just watching TV, but still its nice to relax and know you have plenty to choose from.

    Besides I always feel like a loser when I miss the biggest TV headlines like balloon boy, Janet's wardrobe malfunction, and Kayne West's rude interuption on Taylor Swift's speech.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:55 PM GMT
    I say SQUASH it! I lived without it for 2 years and it was great! IF I wanted to watch TV, I'd plug my laptop in to my TV and watch Hulu or something. I only have it again now because of the flatmate situation.
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    Apr 25, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    i gave up cable in grad school (too distracting) and didnt miss it much. of course that was years ago -- now we have an absurdly expensive package that includes land line, mobile, cable and internet for about $200 per month. i think its a ripoff but its too much trouble to switch and anyway we're gay, so we rarely stop to think about how much shit costs. lol.icon_redface.gif
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:09 AM GMT
    I don't own a TV. Also currently I live outside the US so no Hulu for me either. It's not indispensable.
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:13 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidI don't own a TV. Also currently I live outside the US so no Hulu for me either. It's not indispensable.


    That's awesome to hear.

    Quite a few of the most successful and proactive people I know do now own or use TV's.

    Only time I lived without one was in Kenya for six months, however after a couple of days there, you don't miss it in the slightest.
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:20 AM GMT
    I agree with you. The next time fees get raised I'm getting rid of cable tv
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:22 AM GMT
    With YouTube, Hulu, and most Networks offering shows the next day it's a safe bet you won't miss much. You could even try *cough* torrents*cough* if you really like a show that's aired.

    I've been w/o cable for going on 1 year and it's great have the extra cash around.
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:23 AM GMT
    I so want to cut the cord, but having basic cable included in rent is a selling point for getting and keeping a roommate. Plus, for Comcast they would raise the internet part of the bill up higher if you ditched the basic cable part.
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:25 AM GMT
    mynameisrusty saidOK so I am not usually a thread starter, but I am getting ready to move and am wondering what other people's experiences are doing without cable / satellite. My friends think I am crazy for considering this by the way.

    So cable and satellite are both like 50-80 a month, depending on features, and although I love TV as much as the next guy I have trouble justifying the expense.

    I spend half of what cable costs on internet and it provides much more hours of entertainment, not to mention Netflix which provides a greater selection of movies and TV shows, although less recent, at a lower cost.

    I would likely really miss watching live tennis and some of the shows on Discovery channel... But for $60 a month * 12 months is enough to buy a lot of tickets to tennis tournaments around LA or gas to drive to Yosemite!

    I suspect I am not the only one feeling gouged. I wish it were possible to just pick like a dozen channels and pay the royalty fees for them instead of getting packs of 100. Is it possible to live off of DVD's and broadcast TV after being spoiled by cable for 20 years?


    Yes, you can. I do and don't miss it. Cable is the biggest rip off there ever was and cable and satelite companies are one of the richest corporations in America. There are so many other worthwhile things to do with all that money you will save.
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:30 AM GMT
    Many are dropping there cable or satelite here because they keep raising rates and are almost $100/month now. It's ridiculous. Since people have been dropping their cable, the cable company is now offering their rates at half price. lol
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:33 AM GMT
    I only turn the cable on for College Football season. Otherwise I don't watch TV. I occasionally will watch something on line or netflix. I only miss it for about week after shutting it down.
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    Apr 26, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    I haven't had a TV in 4 years - and honestly don't miss it. If I used my computer more often for downloads etc I probably would miss it even less. Put it this way, try without it for awhile.
  • starboard5

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    Apr 26, 2010 12:35 AM GMT
    Don't own a television. I miss documentaries, but you can get them on dvd...or, like you said, there's plenty of stuff to watch directly on Netflix. I find living without TV a lot more peaceful. And the price is good too.