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5/8/13 10:48 P

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Laundry where I go, gave up their Broadcast Basic cable (for businesses it's been $150 per month) in favor of Netflix streaming, for $7.99 a month (whether a household or a business, same price) ... but they have proper TV equipment to take advantage (digital flat screen).. they can use it on the slowest broadband there is, because it is not a computer - it is just a TV! Live and learn.

When my hand-me-down vintage low-res TV will blow out (may not be for years), I can think of what I will do next ...


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5/8/13 10:41 P

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AHOKE3, maybe this would work? http://www.youtube.com/user/HBO

For local cable with essential-to-me HBO, Showtime, and TCM, plus phone and internet, I'd have to pay $200. I stream Amazon Prime and Youtube. YT has tons of old films, many very obscure, and plenty of newer stuff too. Prime offers thousands of films and TV shows for free. It also has paid rentals, but I almost never buy them. Instead I get them from my library, which is connected to the whole state system. The system just got the first season of VEEP, or I could have rented it from Amazon for $15. On cable, season two is just starting; a one-year wait is typical. About 20 years ago, because of high ticket prices and obnoxious patrons, I gave up going to the movies and rented videos, so I'm used to waiting awhile.

I never heard of Roku but it sounds interesting. Am I right that if I wanted to stream Netflix I'd have to pay Netflix's monthly fee, or does Roku stream it without paying more?

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5/4/13 8:16 P

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Hi all. I have been thinking about dropping my UVerse for awhile. I really don't watch that much tv, but am honestly addicted to the Housewives shows and the HBO series (Game of Thrones, True Blood, etc.). If I could find another way to get access to these, it would be gone. Anyone know other options?

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4/29/13 11:28 P

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You got that right.

I live in the New York City metropolitan area, and the baristas give you side-eye if you don't pony up and order for the time spent there--unless you're that old dude in an armchair in a front corner - who probably lives in partial-day-shift-digs & that's why he's there ALL the time--totally unwired and not-sipping of their Wi-Fi or their general amenities, such as a place to lean on ...

I am not that old dude ... not even in the old days ...



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4/29/13 11:05 P

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Silly Me. When I moved I got a good deal on cable but not internet service and then I lost my job but I ended up spending more money using the internet at Starbucks and McDonald's(the library's cable is extremely slow). It is actually cheaper to have internet at home than drive and spend money somewhere.

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4/9/13 5:31 A

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I have not had cable since 2008. I don't miss it at all! I watch everything on Netflix or Hulu that I could possibly want. Recently I have bought the cords so I can connect my computer to the TV and may lose Netflix and Hulu bills since almost every show is available online for free now. I even watch football with my mom online (she can't live without her Steelers!). I am trying to get my mom to switch to a Roku player (which I have too) so she can ditch cable too. I don't see any reason to have cable anymore as long as you have internet (at least DSL).

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3/26/13 4:39 P

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We have Playon that came with a Roku box. It cost about $40.00. One time payment. Never have to buy anything again. You can pretty much stream whatever you want. You can add whatever channels you want to it. We love it. You don't have to set any recordings either. Everything is just there waiting to be watched. Including a lot of good workout videos too!

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2/19/13 2:56 P

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I wouldn't say that even if I lived in Appalachia.

Living in New York City, I cannot afford the theater, ballet, concerts, movie theaters anymore ... so that is the pits.

It depends on your priorities.

I work hard.

Having Cable TV (like they used to say about Andes Candies) is the perfect little "thank me"


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2/19/13 2:26 P

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We dropped our cable about 1 1/2 years ago. We keep our internet access and purchased Netflix, $8.39 a month. My husband put an antenna on the roof so we can get the local channels. Now we find that we don't watch much TV at all and we have time to do other things. It shaved about $75 from our budget and we are doing more things as a family. My daughter watches a couple shows on PBS and I watch the news every once and a while. It is great!! Even now that my husband is making more money we would not get the cable back. Life is good. Go for it! I think you will be surprised how much you don't miss it as well as how you ever found the time to watch before!!!

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2/14/13 10:26 A

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With reception worse than the mountains of Appalachia since the destruction of the World Trade Center towers in downtown NYC on 9/11/2001, this fact which I have stated downthread ... it's either snow on everything (I remember near total white-out, just like a REAL snow blizzard--featuring barely detectable images and sometimes all white, but with even TV sound cutting out) before digitization--AND with digital converter and antenna you get "Weak Signal" or "No Program" after 2 seconds. This is in the densely populated area where I live.

When a country or faction goes to war, the first thing they knock out is communications systems.

The plus side is that my hand-me-down vintage 1986 TV works as good as new after lying totally fallow for 5 years ...

Another plus is that if an interesting show comes on during what is my "exercise time", I just do my exercise in front of it ... I don't use any equipment that would be motorized and make whirring noises because I have no room for equipment in my little apartment ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 2/14/2013 (10:48)

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2/14/13 6:09 A

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I don't get what you are saying. Now that we have gone digital, we get less TV snow. I find generally either the channel will work or it won't. There is no snow. (Although sometimes there are colored blocks.)



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2/13/13 12:05 P

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It's all trade-offs in the service of living well.

Many other people who would rather be without cable $$-wise, were able to do so back when TV had still been analog. "Snow" used to be a four-letter word to me ONLY when it referred to the weather. As now, where I live.

Of course, having to watch the amount and degree of TV snow, blur and double-images I'd had, may have affected my vision down the road.


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2/12/13 8:56 A

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Dropping cable and what not would help our family but husband is a Directv fan due to the Sunday Ticket (NFL)...it would be unfair for me ask him to drop it because he provides hard for our family. :)

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2/10/13 10:32 A

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Keeping this cable .. although as recently as yesterday, I'd had my regrets. I do weird stuff, like watching Good Morning America (that part which I still can catch) in the mornings while getting ready for work.

ABC Has turned me into a news junkie. (Not altogether undesirable)

Actually, I don't get OWN (had been misinformed on this by a family member), but I do get TBS. Have not figured out how to work "ON DEMAND" services. Better off not knowing.

Still kept my Netflix membership. Bare minimum, no streaming.

Gym-free and proud of it, since 2008, though ..

Incidentally, as to diet, I've had to switch to low carbing such as South Beach ... seems I've had to big-time because of my health concerns, now ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 2/10/2013 (10:34)

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2/9/13 5:43 P

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I find it interesting that people are struggling with this so much. For me I don't have a choice right now because there are just too many bills to afford both a cable bill and an internet bill so

I had to make the choice in 2010 when I got my own apartment after college. I decided to go with internet and so far it hasn't been too bad. Well to tell the truth for 2010/2011 I frequently went over to my boyfriend's house to watch cable TV.

However in Fall of 2011 we moved to Boston and couldn't afford an additional cable bill (if I wanted to keep internet which I consider way more precious). We lived all of 2011 without any cable (not even free stations) because I didn't realize how many good free HD stations we could pick up with an antenna in our new neighborhood. Early in 2012, my boyfriend's dad let us have an old antenna and so we checked it out. Sure, I don't get TLC or any fancy on demand stations but there are some REALLY interesting educational programs out there and I still get to watch American Idol and some of my fav. prime time reality shows like Undercover Boss on CBS.

When I think of the things I was able to do because I wasn't tied down by a cable bill I feel so blessed. First of all, I wasn't as tied to the TV as I'd been in the past. And second, I was able to have more money for traveling to NYC and having mini shopping sprees there. I also am able to visit home (which is a 9 hour trip) without too much monetary expense.

I still am sorta sad about not having cable but I watch Honey Boo Boo and Toddlers and Tiaras on You Tube and the new shows that I don't even know I'm missing on the Food Network or the Travel Channel don't really bother me precisely because I DON'T KNOW WHAT I'M MISSING LOL

Maybe when I have a stable job I'll add back in cable but for now I'll use the extra savings on food/monthly gym bill/fun travels.

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1/2/13 11:10 P

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Well, those coffees are the hardest to ditch ...
I don't use Android data very much ... but I'm paying a lot for a smallish package (I am pay-as-you-go)
Netflix, I have the next to lowest service level ..

Oh, I forgot to mention that I'm fairly frequently going to the Blockbuster kiosk, as well.
I do not have the time to devote to watching all those movies.
May miss those ... emoticon

I don't have but speeds possible on DSL in my densely populated area ... I will not go to VOIP, or a bundle over my landline .. for obvious reasons (Sandy) ... so no Hulu, ROKU, Netflix streaming (or any streaming, really unless short clips) ...

I have as good as NO reception. I have to TV on for two seconds and I get "Weak Signal", and soon "No Program" ... I have broken two antennas back in the day ...

have to figure out the sedentariness factor of having TV back after a 13 years period.
When I'd lived with relatives, we'd had diametrically opposed taste in TV shows.

Netflix taught me never to watch inane TV ... this cable package is BAREST POSSIBLE BONES .. just the broadcast channels, OWN, NY1 (which I would like in the mornings), CSPAN stuff ... I do like broadcast shows that are a bit sillier than the rest of those parts of my family I've lived with ...I miss reality shows ... it's been nearly a decade ...

Bear in mind, I am not young, not highly energetic, not outdoorsy or live anywhere other than urban, I commute 3 hours a day, live in a colder climate, can borderline multitask, and do not have roommate or anyone sharing to provide noise/activity/relatingness at the speed of life ...

I think I've just given great budget hints to a family that may be pretty comfortable but decided to go back to basics, downsize and streamline .. but in my case, I am not financially comfortable, just trying to tread water doing a swap-out ... Guaranteed, just as in dieting, I don't go over my $$ allotment (no, I don't do intuitive eating, or low-carbing, btw) ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 1/2/2013 (23:26)

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1/2/13 6:46 P

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You might find in the next few weeks you really don't miss it.
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An update on my cable accessibility:

Somehow, my residential address passed muster for being cable-ready--they did not have the courtesy of letting me know that it passed. I set up an appointment just today, but for a few weeks from now.

I've been without my own cable account for over twelve years (used to live with relatives who've had cable when I could not find work for a long time--that should count because they had premium channels and on-demand TV; but I could rarely watch what I want); before digitization (as well as before the 9/11 tragedy in New York City which devastated broadcast transmission signals in the area) had put up with a lot of "snow" - nearly affecting my vision with the amount of TV I watched. After digitization, with a converter box, I've had reception worse than in the mountains of Appalachia.

Now, I will be doing a lot of pilates and cleaning up my place in the intervening weeks before the cable guy comes out and hooks up my TV for Broadcast Basic. After that, life will never be the same ... and I may drift into out-of-shape ness I have not seen in years ....

Without cable, I think I would just about go insane. As it is, I surf the net incessantly and watch old TV via DVD. The only other people I knew in my life who did that, had to get rid of their cable because they were going to law school or something like that. In my life, all I've had were a lengthy commute and more steep hills to shopping and transportation than you could shake a stick at, for the past 5 years. I once had been one of "those" who would watch news-talk in the mornings while getting ready for work, and syndicated old comedies to be a little less crazy after coming home from work, irrespective of whatever was going on in my life at the time.

So, SO not-so-lofty!

So, it's about time!! Will have to downgrade my Netflix membership; and my data package with AT&T on my Android phone, to the bare minimum, and going very easy on those takeout coffees during my commute, to sort of make this work, budget-wise ...

Edited by: TINIERTINA at: 1/2/2013 (14:58)

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1/1/13 2:29 P

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I dont have cable here in UK we have freeview and freesat just basic stations but we can get about 50 channels we dont watch enough tv to have cable.

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I, like some, only have cable because it is free and comes with my rent.
I also have Internet which comes free with my rent.
So does water, sewer, pest control, trash pickup and Electric.

If I had to pay for Cable I would not have it. I would get the antenna and
live with the few channels I get and don't watch much of.

I do really want to keep my internet though and would checkout roku etc.

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I use a Roku too and we loooooove it. A subscription to Netflix (the download only, not DVD service) & Hulu works really well for us. Hubs just signed up for Amazon Prime, so we're going to see if that adds anything important (he did it for the free shipping, which is awesome).

We do have a tv screen that is hooked up to a computer as well because there are some shows (like 30 Rock on Hulu) that you can't see though the Roku and other shows (like Revenge) that we watch through websites (abc.com or cbs.com or whatever).

The only issue for hubs is sports, but since he's a 49ers fan in Texas, our cable wouldn't provide most of the games anyway. He streams them online or goes to a sports bar when he needs to get his fix. And I do the same with my team (the Fightin' Texas Aggies! Whoop!).

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I have had my Roku box for around the past 5yrs so it's one of the old ones. It's still going strong though!! Also it's one of the best investments I have ever made... It's been so long I don't even remember what I paid or how I ever found out about it. Yeeesh!
I am also thinking about going cable-less. My cable company's prices are outrageous for the programming I receive and their customer service is horrible. I do have their high-speed internet and won't give that up. That is a necessity with everything I use my computer for.
I do have a converter box and will be hooking it up for local channels. So in a couple of weeks I'm taking the cable box back to their local office. Hopefully, things go smoothly (fingers crossed)
If you are interested in Roku, I urge you to check out their website and see what it's about. It is so simple to set up and use. I have Netflix ($8mo) and Amazon Prime (they have free instant video for Prime members) Also Roku offers free channels that have commercials like Crackle. There are many others esp if you like old movies or westerns. You can also subscribe to Hulu (I believe it is $8mo too). If a movie is on DVD and it isn't on Amazon Prime, I can always pay to rent it easily thru my account on Amazon. Movies on Netflix vary to taste - I personally like horror movies and have watched a lot of good ones on it. They have lots of full TV series. Right now in my queue I have Murder She Wrote (~250 episodes) and the prev 2 yrs of The Walking Dead. Unfortunately they don't have Top Chef (my favorite!) Just to let you know, I get my $8 mo out of Netflix.
FYI: There is a promotion going on for Roku right now saving you $15-$25 on their boxes. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post the link, but you can find it by searching for the Roku page on Facebook and then clicking on Roku Deals.


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11/24/12 1:36 P

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OK, Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, changed all that. Now I cannot pull in a single station off my converter box for more than one second and then I get a "No Program" readout no matter what I do to my otherwise powerful (nearly anywhere but this metropolitan area) antenna; that, AND Netflix service became constipated in swapping out a video (the speed of your subscription depends totally on the U.S. Postal Service, far from unaffected by Sandy) ... I would have been able to be signed up on the spot for (Basic only) cable, which is all I can afford, but according to the cable company I am totally off-the-grid [gerrymandered building acquired cable access only shortly after I'd moved in 5 years ago], and they must do an investigation of cable access in the building to my apartment. Go figure!


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11/4/12 10:17 P

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I got rid of my cable over a month ago because I don't watch enough t.v. to justify paying for it. My husband never watches t.v. I can still get local channels. I don't really miss it. I go to the library and to our local video store and get free tapes for the grand kids if they stay over night.










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I would get rid of cable if i had to pay.. but i dont! my boyfriend does cause he wants the sports channels and movie channels too. I could go for just internet, tons of tv shows suck!

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10/26/12 9:22 P

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I have not had cable in 8 years, and I live in a post-9/11 New York City area (zilch reception due to fallen broadcast transmission towers) .. pulling in 2 stations using digital converter ... worse TV (and radio) reception than Appalachia ... but I have my Netflix and not much time ...

When I'd HAD cable, I used to need one premium movie channel for a time ...


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Interesting ideas...

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In the past 10 years, I've paid for cable once for about a year. I haven't paid for cable since 2007.

Currently, we live in a basement apartment where cable is included in the rent, but we didn't have a TV for the first 8 months until a friend of a friend was getting rid of their old CRT in favour of a new flatscreen. It's not really that important to have cable when you have high speed internet.

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http://www.free-tv-video-online.me/

it pops a few adds each episode, just keep up on closing them. Any links hosted by putlocker seem to work the best usually



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I am going to ask my kids about Roku.

It sounds good, but I wonder, would I get anything out of it that I couldn't get by connecting my TV to my computer? The computer costs more, but I already have one.
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Of course, I am not using my computer to access free TV, but I suppose I could learn how...

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It depends on where you get them from. There is a good, and unbiased, review at CNET.com and at the Roku website. Amazon is always a good source if there are lots of reviews. I've included links to all of them if you's like to look.
My personal experience with Roku is very limited since I purchased on, set it up (it was very simple), and the next day found out my husband had cancer. During his treatment (VERY rough but thankfully successful) and now his extremely slow recovery he hasn't wanted to give up cable, so it has basically just sat there. Hopefully he'll feel up to exploring it soon.
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Roku sounds interesting! Thanks! I m going to look it up!

I do like on demand workouts. Would that be available, also?

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Have you thought of trying something like Roku? You have to have a high speed internet connection, but it sounds like you wanted to keep that anyway.
So, if you're just dropping the TV access, then you can regain a lot of it for free and still watch it on the TV screen. It costs about $60 to buy the device (a very small box) and an HDMI cable to connect it to your TV. After that you don't have to spend anything else if you stick to the free channels, and there's plenty of them. You can also watch streaming videos and movies from pay sources like Netflix and Amazon. Just a thought.

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Makes sense! Not a bad choice.

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I dropped cable AND netflix so I could afford more/better food. It has been the best decision of my life. Lower power bills due to less tv/computer usage, and i get out more with my kids to kick the soccer ball around.



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My husband and I have netflix, but not cable. :) $8 a month, and we don't use that one so much even.

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We do not have cable. We have talked about it and I just can't see spending that much money to sit on my bum all night.

Currently the TV is usually just on for background noise in my house.

There are days I miss certain shows but then I think ya know it is not killing me to not watch it and if i did what would I have NOT gotten done.

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Well, if it is not for budget reasons some other alternatives are:

- a TV and Internet free day every week or every month
- a limit of say, 2 hours per day...

Some days I don't watch any TV all day simply because I do not want to do so (or am too busy doing other things.) As for the Internet, I think I "need" it about as much as I need a phone. I could live without it, but I really do rely on it for communication with many people and people do expect me to check my e-mail.

However, I have tried both limiting my Internet time to devote more time to other things, and also using extra Internet time as a reward for myself for accomplishing a goal.

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A lot of days I think I would like to shut off my dircttv and my internet for 3 to 6 months so we can grow closer as a family. I spend too many hours on the computer and my husband spend too many hours watching sports on tv. I have been thinking about it but it is hard to do.

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We lived without TV for two years when we younger, don't think we could go back...



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I personally can do without TV altogether but DH can't. I don't turn the TV on when he isn't home unless I'm babysitting my GD & she wants Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. I have talked him into letting me get rid of the pay channels, HBO, Showtime etc, so that helps. Also my DIL has Netflix & our DVD will channel somethings from the internet like Netflix. She added our DVD to her account as she can have up to 5 computers on that account. I went 2 yrs without TV when I was by myself & never missed it. I like to read & have lots of hobbies.
However I would missed the internet so that would have to be in my budge Good luck.

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I think its good to realize that we can go without things that have become common place in our culture. We get the idea that we have to have certain things when really we can get along without and even be happy without things.
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Well I dropped it...five days ago! I paid just over 11 bucks for an antenna and now I get at least 35 channels (w/ 12 being in Spanish) so I am pleased. Of course I miss my guilty pleasure cable shows (Top Chef, Real Housewives, Face Off & Being Human) but I hope to find a site that airs them online. The amount of money I'll be saving is awesome and while it's only me and my dog (who doesn't care what is on t.v.) making the change was not that hard. I also miss the on air tv guide/menu but that is something I have to get used to. After my debts are paid off...which is going to take several months, I will re-consider getting cable back. It's perfect because the internet special they offered me when I called to drop the cable lasts for six months also and that's good timing for re-evaluation of my debt/income ratio.

Thanks for everyone's input and point of view....I appreciated the feed back!

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I didn't even think about dropping my tv. We have dish and my husband was mad when I reduced it to the basic package. I think I would throw him into the hospital if I cut it off together. But hey, this idea would help us.

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We stream football on our computer also. I watched the Superbowl on the computer while my husband and kids went to a Super Bowl Party. We'll wish we had television for the Olympics, but we'll survive.
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My "other" is a programmer, so "no internet" is not an option for us. But we don't do TV. We have Netflix for when we want movies, or TV shows. But we don't seem to miss it. Our biggest complaint~ the 16yr old misses Football... but we can stream that on the computer.

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We are currently living without any television. This is the second time we've done this. We did it for about 5 years and then got cable for 2 and now we are without again. Our problem is without cable we can't get any television. People wonder how we do it. We have two teenagers and they were actually mad when we got cable the last time. We watch favorite shows on Youtube or on Hulu. We have internet and the kids would rather have their XBox Live which is suppose to have a television or movie component in the future. I've heard many talk about going without television and relying on internet or game system substitutes to get television. My husband and kids talk about getting more television through the XBox being something that is coming. But, right now, I kind of like not having television. What I noticed when we had it, we all were guilty of just sitting mindless in front of it. Or having it on for the sound of it. Our house is pretty quiet, but I think that is good. Yes, we miss out on stuff, like the newest television shows, but some of it I really don't care about. We found with cable that I we only watched one or two shows anyway. And it did get old after a while.
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Where I live there are a variety of packages, but getting just the Internet is cheaper than getting a package with TV too.

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we lived in england for over 20 years. when we first went there there were only three stations and they didn't come on until about 10 in the morning and went off around 11 at night. so i was use to not having tv all the time. when we came back to the states, we didn't sign up for anything and found that the local stations was really enough. I think that's part of a lot of Americans health and weight problems. Notice the Europeans are generally more fit than we are. it's easy to become a coach potato. Not to mention the high price we pay. Spend the money on healthy food, saves on medical bills in the long run.

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Has anyone dropped their cable? I don't think I can go without the internet though.

I know I'll save money by doing this but it's so drastic! I think I'll be able to get some rabbit ears and catch the local channels still...for free, imagine that!

Any advice would be helpful, thanks!

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