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For anything hobby-related, YouTube is your friend.

I'm guessing they enjoy watching shows on car restoring. They're not looking on how to do a repair. I like some car shows too like Overhaulin'.

PSU
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We had those same issues.

We want high speed internet and the few channels we regularly watch are not on broadcast and not part of internet streaming packages.

The only thing we found was to call the company up (Verizon) and threaten to quit. That usually got us a somewhat better deal.


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Hubby isn't keen on loosing his favorite channels, but I'm looking for alternatives to reduce cable tv expenses... since these costs are not healthy for our income.

My suggestion is that you have a list of your expenses and weigh one against another. Would your husband rather have his channels or [fill in the blank]? The other piece of this is alternative & cheaper ways to just get those channels. You may want to see what something like ROKU offers at what cost.
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I dumped cable TV about ten years ago. There were only a handful of the 200 channels I watched. And most of those I could view over the air with a rabbit-ear antenna in 1080p definition. (I live in an urban area.) Some inexpensive streaming services pick up the rest.

I now play off Comcast against Centurylink for my internet service when my contract expires. I've been paying less than $30/month for 60 MB Internet for more than 5 years.

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I have internet service only at home for $53 and change. There are several streaming services depending on what channels you want, but I'm a fan of Google TV which has local channels (wherever you happen to be), allows 6 separate user accounts and has unlimited DVR functionality with no hardware. There are premium channels if you want, but the basic price is $49 plus tax.
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Throw out your TV. You'll be happier and healthier!

Turn that TV time into card games, board games, walking the dog, taking time to enjoy cooking, read books and magazines!

Seriously, just quit watching TV.

Tim
TV-free for many, many years
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Throw out your TV. You'll be happier and healthier!

No I won't.

PSU
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First off, get a good OTA antenna. I got one from Amazon for about $30 and it gets about 70 channels, including all the local ones. And some that Cox doesn't even have.

Beyond that, you have to decide which channels are important to you and shop around. Different packages have different channels. For me, a deal-breaker was that I wanted both Hallmark and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries. Many packages have one or the other, but not both.

Some useful sites:

Cord Cutter news: https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/
Reddit Cordcutter group: https://www.reddit.com/r/cordcutters/
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Throw out your TV. You'll be happier and healthier!

No I won't.

Don't be too sure about this. About 40 years ago, I read the Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television. It made me really think, and I decided I wanted to be a participant in life and not a spectator.

I now watch some TV that I am older and do not get around as well.

Here is a synopsis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Arguments_for_the_Elimina...

Larry
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Don't be too sure about this.

I'm sure.

PSU
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Here is a synopsis.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Arguments_for_the_Elimina......


I read the synopsis...quite vague and boring compared to a good TV show.
It had no pictures.
It had no sound.
There was no catchy jingle at the start.

Thanks, but no thanks.
I'll keep my TV.

Mike
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Any suggestions will be gratefully appreciated.

Spectrum is the main player in my area.

Spectrum and I have a game we play annually.

Once a year they send me a letter saying my costs are going up. I go to one of their centers and say I don’t want to pay for several hundred channels when we only watch, maybe, 10 channels. We go back and forth for a few minutes, and praise the Lord, I get a better deal.

My advice is go to a center for a face-to-face meeting and tell them you want a better deal (make sure you know the channels that you want).

Good luck,
AW
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<<Once a year they send me a letter saying my costs are going up. I go to one of their centers and say I don’t want to pay for several hundred channels when we only watch, maybe, 10 channels. We go back and forth for a few minutes, and praise the Lord, I get a better deal.>>


Yeah, I did that a few times with Comcast.


However it was when I actually cut the cable for real that they really started to be unhappy.


Seattle Pioneer
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Hubby isn't keen on loosing his favorite channels, but I'm looking for alternatives to reduce cable tv expenses... since these costs are not healthy for our income.

Are the favorite channels sports channels?
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This is in response to VKG, who inquired if the favorite channels were sports channels...yes, sports channels + car mechanic/restoring channels are among his favorites.

~Apache~
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Arguments_for_the_Elimina...

What I got from that is:

[Television can] organize society in a certain way.

But that would be true of public education, religion, newspapers, books, etc. And, today, the Internet. Even language itself. Anything that allows people to express or organize ideas and indoctrinate people. All these little "echo chambers" (AKA "preaching to the choir").

And, the book was written in 1978. At that time, I only remember ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, and one independent station broadcasting shows in a major metropolitan area. More control. Less diversity. A few years earlier, some signed off at midnight and started again at 6 am. It wasn't until I got out of college a few years later that I had an apartment with a cable hookup, which added HBO and Showtime. But, at the time, they primarily just showed theatrical releases. It wasn't until later that they did original content, when they found out that could be a cheaper way to fill out the schedule.

Three's Company came out in 1977. It was so cutting edge on its topics, it almost never made it to air. Compare that to the topics covered by South Park. :)
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My family is in similar situation to yours. I've been doing research on best options for us to cut the cord.

Resources

- Best Buy has an interactive website which provides customized alternative to cut the cord
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/tv-home-theater/cable-alternati...

- Find Digital channels you can receive with an antenna

https://www.fcc.gov/media/engineering/dtvmaps
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One of the best moves I made when I dumped DirecTv last year after 18 years was to put up an antenna and purchase a Tablo Personal Video Recorder and subscription. For the upfront costs of the system (depends a bit on how much storage capacity you want and the antenna you need) and $5 per month, I get all the local channels and can record. Plus access those recordings from anywhere in the world from a computer, phone or tablet. I think the system costs me about 2 months worth of DirecTv payments so it's a bit to pay upfront but going down to $5 per month is great.

I highly recommend a Tablo. Then you can flex in streaming services to cover live sports as needed during the wanted seasons, if at all. And I get the "streaming" series from the library on DVD when they come out - no need for CBS All-Access or others if you can wait a while for them to publish the package (yes, there will probably be a point when they stop doing that but for now, it works)

Jen
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<<My family is in similar situation to yours. I've been doing research on best options for us to cut the cord.

Resources

- Best Buy has an interactive website which provides customized alternative to cut the cord
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/tv-home-theater/cable-alternati......

- Find Digital channels you can receive with an antenna

h>>



Don't overlook borrowing DVDs at your local library.

Around here, I have access to the Seattle Public Library and King County Library. I can look up DVDS on either system, reserve them and have them sent to my local library.

That works very well, and they have THOUSANDS!


Seattle Pioneer
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Don't overlook borrowing DVDs at your local library.

Around here, I have access to the Seattle Public Library and King County Library. I can look up DVDS on either system, reserve them and have them sent to my local library.


Even better, you can stream movies through Kanopy with your library card. Tons and tons of great movies and lots of learning courses as well.

https://spl.kanopy.com/
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yes, sports channels + car mechanic/restoring channels are among his favorites.

~Apache~


This limits the options. Movies, PBS and some show are available for streaming. Sports channels
are more difficult to obtain.
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Don't overlook borrowing DVDs at your local library.

Many libraries now have Hoopla: https://www.hoopladigital.com

hoopla digital [provides] public libraries of all sizes the ability to offer ... enormous selection of digital video (movies and TV shows), music, audiobooks, ebooks and comics to their patrons. For these libraries, we’ve pioneered a unique model that allows patrons to borrow content immediately, removing artificial availability constraints and maximizing the power of digital content and Internet distribution. Technologically, we focus on the latest browser, phone, tablet, and TV products to deliver the best possible experience to our user – our passion – the public library patron.
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SP: "Around here, I have access to the Seattle Public Library and King County Library. I can look up DVDS on either system, reserve them and have them sent to my local library."



Public library? SP is a Socialist?
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We don't have cable out in our area, so DirecTV is the choice. Works well. I use (wired) AT&T for phone and internet.

Vermonter
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We recently cut the cord. We tried a bunch of the streaming services (most give a free month trial) and decided on You Tube TV. Works perfectly for us but we already have fiber internet for work.
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Piggy-backing off of rharmelink's comment, the starter guide from /r/cordcutters on Reddit is really a good place to start:

https://www.reddit.com/r/cordcutters/wiki/index

About a year ago we cut DirecTV and switched to streaming services and we save close to $100 per month. We went with a combination of Roku and FireTV devices. I personally like the FireTV devices but the clean, simple Roku interface seems to work much better for others.

I was worried that there would be technical issues or content limitations but it's really been the opposite. We have fewer outages compared to DirecTV and once you get used to the streaming concept it actually much easier to find the content you want.
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car mechanic/restoring channels


For anything hobby-related, YouTube is your friend.
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For anything hobby-related, YouTube is your friend.

I'm guessing they enjoy watching shows on car restoring. They're not looking on how to do a repair. I like some car shows too like Overhaulin'.

PSU
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