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      04-25-2012 10:32 AM #51
      Maybe I missed it but have you looked into what OTA channels are available in your area?

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      04-25-2012 10:34 AM #52
      Quote Originally Posted by Oliver@triplezoom View Post
      Maybe I missed it but have you looked into what OTA channels are available in your area?
      Nada, I'm in the sticks of Vermont. There's a chance if I got a really good antena and mounted it on my roof I might get NBC and PBS. Not worth the effort.

      We are very happy with Hulu+ for next-day network shows, and Netflix and other online "venues" for other TV, but sports is the big issue for me. I haven't missed mindless HGTV or FoodTV stuff one bit.

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      04-25-2012 11:00 AM #53
      Sucks to be you, I'm getting all the Vermont HD OTA channels from Montreal except ABC

      I don't get all the NFL/NHL games but I'm happy with what I can watch and I can get the rest online. Saving 1200$/year (which ends up to about 2000$/year before 40% taxes ) more than makes up for it.
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      04-25-2012 12:00 PM #54
      I'm not tech savy at all, or I would have ditched Directv a couple years ago. One day I'll study up on streaming shows from the 'puter to the tv.
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      04-25-2012 12:21 PM #55
      I used to have regular cable, then cut it back to the 20 channel basic cable. Now I have uncompressed HD channels over the air being recorded by my homemade DVR instead of paying $80/month for highly compressed Comcast HD TV and a subpar DVR.

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      04-25-2012 12:35 PM #56
      I haven't had cable for over 6 years now. I subscribe to a newsgroup where I can download pretty much anything I want.

      The only thing I really watch though is Formula 1 and Starcraft II matches, which you can't get on tv anyway

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      04-25-2012 12:53 PM #57
      I cancelled about 6 months ago. I still get a decent amount channels through my cable internet line though, which is awesome. One strange thing happened last night. I get NBC Sports Network (previously Versus,) and the Devils/Panthers game 6 was supposed to start at 7:30. But for some reason when the game was supposed to come on, some documentary about the old Soviet hockey games came on instead. And after that, an episode of Costas came on. I've watched some of the other live Playoff games on NBC Sports, so I'm confused as to what happened. I was able to find a live NBS Sports Network stream online. The quality was sh!tty, but it was better than nothing.

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      04-25-2012 02:06 PM #58
      I haven't had cable for ~3 years now. I get to see what I want for the most part.
      My complaints, below.
      Certain networks (and hulu!): Why the hell do you block Google TV? I can watch the show on my computer from your website when hooked up to the TV, why the arbitrary restriction. What you've done is make me to go bittorrent and download episodes instead. The TV sees them on my hard drive and streams it in better quality than you were going to give me anyway.
      HBO: Why won't you let me just buy HBOgo? You've sent me to the torrent-wire again.
      Sports: Yeah, this can't really be helped.

      The only TV experience I think I really miss out on is the ability to flip through channels and see something interesting.
      With netflix and amazon prime you have all these choices...but you've got to be proactive. I sort of miss being able to just hit the couch and flip through channels until I land on something intereting on a lazy weekend.
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    9. 04-25-2012 02:12 PM #59
      For your sports fix, you can go to MLB.com and they have packages to watch every non-market (not sure if you'd fall into the Red Sox market or not) online for as low as $20/mo or $125 for the whole year. That gets every game of MLB. NBA I believe has the same kind of broadband package which I think is $90 for the entire year. May seem like a lot, but that's cheap compared to what you were paying before. The NBA you can even get a cheaper package and pick any 5 teams to watch instead of the entire league.I don't believe the NFL has a live broadband package yet, the only game I know which is legally online live is the Sunday night NBC game. I haven't look at hockey, so I don't know what they got available.

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      04-25-2012 02:50 PM #60
      I've done the same thing...ditched cable/satelite and use media center & xbox 360 for my DVR and media sharing needs.

      I also use this application which also acts as a recorder and records the streams from online channels.

      http://www.playon.tv/playlater

      It will also record ESPN 3 and MLB.tv (provided you have access to them).

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      04-25-2012 02:57 PM #61
      jumped ship 10 months ago, haven't really noticed, being i have netflix and hulu. this may all change come winter.

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      04-25-2012 02:57 PM #62
      I wish I could see damn baseball games.

      without buying MLBTV

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      04-25-2012 03:29 PM #63
      Looked into MLB TV but the Red Sox are in my "home market" so it's not worth it ot me.

      Wondering if I could get a digital converter box to run the cable through and that might bring back my HD channels. My TV says it can't decode the signal, it's not showing just a snowy screen like on the channels I clearly don't "get" at all.

      Running straight into a Sony Bravia from a few years ago.

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      04-25-2012 03:32 PM #64
      Cancelled the dish back in 2008, don't miss it at all. That said, you better have something else lined up (hobbies, family activities, etc) to do during that time you're used to sitting in front of the tube.
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      04-25-2012 03:36 PM #65
      Haven't had cable for a year now. Not missing it at all. For sports I either head over to my buddies house or I go to the sports bar down the road.

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      04-25-2012 05:04 PM #66
      It's been almost three years for me without cable. Too damn expensive and I can watch "most" of the shows I was interested on cable from Netflix. Yes, I signed up again after canceling it last August for 5 months. I have an antenna where I get the TV stations in HD that televise the NFL games, so I'm good there, and if it's on a cable channel, I go to my brother's house and watch it.
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      Tax? I don't mind paying state sales tax. Every time a see a pothole, a school that is falling down or a canceled essential state program, I remind myself why.
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      535 members of congress plus 1 pres screwing us all the time...that's dirty pirate hooker level gang rape.

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      04-25-2012 05:08 PM #67
      Quote Originally Posted by Egilbe View Post
      I have an antenna where I get the TV stations in HD that televise the NFL games, so I'm good there
      Free over-the-air HD ftw!

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      04-25-2012 05:14 PM #68
      Quote Originally Posted by SOAR View Post
      Free over-the-air HD ftw!
      yeah, and it's so much clearer than anything from satellite or or cable that I've seen.
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      Tax? I don't mind paying state sales tax. Every time a see a pothole, a school that is falling down or a canceled essential state program, I remind myself why.
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      04-25-2012 05:55 PM #69
      In 6 years, Comcast has DOUBLED their net income and sales. Don't give the company line of "costs go up each year." I may not know the intricacies of the cable business, but claiming that is complete and utter B.S.

      Ala carte argument: http://www.usatoday.com/money/media/...09-cable_x.htm
      And so what if the smaller channels go under? The quality of programming on many of the cable channels are atrocious and border on stupidity. Not to mention the lack of quality shows lead the channels to repeat same night episodes. I'd rather pay $20-$25/month for the 5 channels I want than $30 for 100 I don't.

      And why, in the land of monopoly, is Comcast spending millions in sponsorships and advertising? People don't have a choice. No point, except to burn through cash.
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      04-26-2012 10:59 PM #70
      I cut the cord about 6-7 years ago before all the streaming options were available. It was a lot rougher then it is today. It was the best move I ever made. I don't have time/patience to sit still and watch hours of tv. I still remember people giving me a hard time when I first did it, but now it seems crazy to keep it.

      I work in the communications industry and the company I work for has begun dealing with iptv equipment so I went to a few trainings on wiring, and managed to pocket some tools.

      The tech who disconnected my house was lazy and never took the drop off of the pole side. A few snips, and connections later and I had free basic cable.

      I sat down to watch it, and could not stand more than half an hour. I don't know how anybody stands that many commercials. Now with everything available online, even with free cable I will never watch it. Hulu even tests my limits with the 30 second ads.

      I still watch TV but it's on my own terms. I have a big LCD with PS3, Xbox ,and a dedicated MacBook Pro hooked up for any type viewing I desire.

      Even my GFs ancient parents cut the cord after I bought them a Roku.

      The irony is that most people I know who cut the cord never became more productive, but just started spending more time on the tex, reddit, watching porn, playing ps3, etc.

      If I ever really wanted to get things done I need to dig an alligator pit around my computer, and throw away my smartphone.
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      04-26-2012 11:03 PM #71
      I'm the type of person that pays out his nose for television and rarely watches it. But if I were to cancel my subscription I'd sit around all the time wishing I could watch tv

      If/when the Apple Television comes out I'll be the first in line to buy. I love the idea of pay per watch and not pay for 1,000 channels I don't need.

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      04-26-2012 11:13 PM #72
      I've been cable/satelite free for close to 10 years!
      We now have FiOS internet 35/35 so it makes streaming really painless.

      Everything is online that I need because i'm not a sports guy.
      If I wanted to watch a sports game I can use the slingbox I have set up at my parents.

      We use Netflix, Hulu, amazon and other random places to steam shows.
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      04-26-2012 11:58 PM #73
      Can't quite honestly say we're cable free. We stuck with Comcast Internet, and it was cheaper to bundle it with basic basic cable. But we're saving ~50/month and reading a lot more now. Plus, we still get our local sports channel (Root) for Husky football in the fall...
      But no HD. Oh noes!

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      04-27-2012 12:46 AM #74
      Quote Originally Posted by Sporin View Post
      In the interest of trimming some bills, and after a long time of being appalled at how much it costs, I've canceled the cable TV. I didn't have any extras, I had the minimum setup to get HD channels and a DVR. A savings of $75/month. Heck, that will pay for 2 weeks worth of gas in the daily driver. Now I'll be relying on my PS3, Netflix, Hulu, and Redbox.

      I was raised by TV, as many of my generation were, so this is no small feat for me, but it's the right choice. We watch way too much TV, the wife and I, and our 7 year old is watching more and more and he can live without all that stupid Disney crap (Wizards of Waverly Place, etc).

      Check back with me in a few months and see if my resolve is still strong.
      Check out Crackle.com also.

      I watch way too much TV to ever get rid of it totally. Scaling down is a possibility but not the kybash on it all together.

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      04-27-2012 01:06 AM #75
      Quote Originally Posted by 1inhiding View Post
      Can't quite honestly say we're cable free. We stuck with Comcast Internet, and it was cheaper to bundle it with basic basic cable. But we're saving ~50/month and reading a lot more now. Plus, we still get our local sports channel (Root) for Husky football in the fall...
      But no HD. Oh noes!
      I too have the Comcast ghetto cable package. I don't even have the cable hooked up to my Tv. I get more channels (some in 1080) with an antenna I made from coat hangers. Seriously, there are a bunch of DIYs on youtube. Next is figuring out free satellite.

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