Monday, July 31, 2017

Cable TV Alernatives?


UPDATE: We just got our Time Warner bill this afternoon  and without any notice, they just raised us $20. to $158.+. They say our discount expired. So this post is very timely. I will be calling them in the morning when I am less tired. If they stick to this amount, we are going to piecemeal what we want using other services.

We are getting very tired of Time Warner. For the past 7+years we have had really poor service. We have had the service people out so many times over the years that we know them all by name. They have never been able to fix it.  For some reason we are not on the Buffalo feed but instead are out of Syracuse which is miles and miles away. We have also been told that we are at the very end of the feed and that is the problem. When I brought that to bigwigs  attention, they denied it. Their own service personnel told us this.

So we are considering switching to Sling TV through our Roku. We do have a Roku on each TV now.  We are researching it and had our son go through it with us today. There may be other services that we want to add but none of it will add up to what we are paying now.

The other problem is that Time Warner was purchased here by Charter Communications. They now say they are Spectrum. If you have Time Warner and you call to remove or add a service, they switch you to the new company, Spectrum. When they do this your next bill is $20.+ higher than your last month's bill without adding anything.

We are sick of the cable companies tactics. We have to use them for internet( no alternative here) but nothing else. We can either go without our home phone or get service from someone else. I think what we would do is use VOIP.   

However I need your help, please. If you have gotten away from the cable company, please share with us how you did it. I know I could get rid of it permanently without getting anything else but Hubby would miss it. Me not so much!

Most importantly if any of you out there have gone with Sling TV, could you tell us how you like it. Also did you buy another service in conjunction with it? We already pay for Netflix and Amazon Prime.  Please share what you do. We are older and not as savvy as some of you young people.

Thanks in advance for your help. 
   

27 comments:

  1. Hi, we cancelled cable too and have sling we like it, it has different options to pick which channels you want. We also have Hulu and we really use it most. We have Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and Sling. Lot's of choices!

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    1. Thanks Kim. Sling TV is looking very good. I will have to research Hulu.

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  2. Great post over at Steward and Slave about this very topic! https://stewardandslave.com/cut-the-cord/

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    1. Thank you. That is a very interesting article with a wealth of information.

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  3. Hi AD, this is Chris. I hear you about the cable bill. Our daughter and son in law switched to Sling TV and really like it, it still has most of the sports channels, at least the one they have does, so son in law is happy. They also have the Netflix and Amazon Prime like you do. We always just had internet until our move a few years ago and I am feeling like you, that our bill just keeps creeping up and I am wondering if I should just switch back to internet only. We really don't watch the cable tv part too much, and would be able to get the broadcast stations ok with an antenna. I will be interested to follow the comments on this post, thanks for writing it.

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    1. Hi Chris,

      Our your son and DIL in Ohio too? The reason I ask is I need to know if Sling TV carries the Buffalo Bills. I see thy have NBC but I am afraid out of NYV and they will carry the Giants instead. Could you ask them? Or do you guys nto get the Bills there?

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    2. AD, I will ask them. They do live in OH also, a short walk from our new house.

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    3. AD, our son in law said on their Sling TV he can get the NFL on Fox, CBS, and NBC. Their Sling TV also has ESPN. He is a Cleveland fan.

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    4. AD, I think you might have to get an antenna for the broadcast channels.

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  4. Put up an antenna on your TV. You can get a master one and hook up all your TVs to it. You'll get the local news, plus CBS, NBC, ABC and PBS. We use Netflix for everything else. I watch tons of free stuff on YouTube.
    What's the problem?
    Please don't tell me mountains, because I live in the Catskills. We can pick up some channels out of Albany.

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    1. Hi Cindi,

      I am looking at an antenna.We have been told by some of their techs that we are on the very end of the feed out of Syracuse and it isn't strong enough.

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    2. But one at Wal Mart. You know...like the big, old fashioned ones. Maybe you can put it up in the attic.
      Anyway, buy one and try one. If it doesn't work, bring it back to Wal Mart or Best Buy etc. and get a refund.
      No harm. No foul.
      We have a small one, those flat black square ones...we hang it out our window. LOL. Hey! It works.

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  5. We cut cable about two years ago. It was a little bit of an adjustment at first. We bought an antenna and then a TIVO. We purchased the TIVO because we like to DVR shows. Cartoons for our daughter and then prime time television shows that are on after 10pm. The up front money was for the antenna and the TIVO. We then pay $16.04/mo for the DVR service. We've tried other services like HULU but we found that our internet wasn't fast enough to support it. (We are on the outskirts of the providers area so we can't get faster service.) We don't miss it and especially not the ever rising bill!

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    1. Thanks for the info Wendi. I can get DVR with Sling TV.

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  6. We use Amazon Prime, Netflix and Hulu. Works out well and we have yet to run out of things to watch.

    Joanna M.

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  7. We dropped directv several years ago, when we were wanting to pay off our mortgage early. Dh installed an antenna, so we can get local programming, and we have netflix. Kids missed cartoon network for a while, but quickly adjusted. Now when we go on vacation, we flip through the channels, and there is really nothing that we miss.
    We also dropped landline phone and went to ooma. It has saved us a lot of money through the years.

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    1. Hi Kathy,

      We have decided on what antenna we want if we change.

      Thanks for the tip on ooma. I will be searching that.

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  8. HI AD. This is Linda.
    Great timing for this post, as our local TV station had a piece about alternatives to cable, which a lot of you have mentioned. The news said that nearly 1 MILLION homes have cut off Cable TV in the first 3 months of this year!! WOW.

    Our Cable bill kept creeping up and up. Finally, 5 years ago, we dropped the cable, and put up an antenna. DH researched it, and bought one that is omnidirectional (signals received from any direction). It is on our house, and although we are far away from broadcasting stations, we still pick up about 50 channels! AND it is FREEEEE. We both did miss a few channels on cable for a while, but finally settled into the few shows we watch in the evening, and the national big 3.
    It was a great decision for us.
    Seems lots of people are dropping Cable TV.

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    1. Hi Linda,

      Thanks for sharing. The biggest hangup here are sports for Hubby. So I am researching what service has them. Sling TV has quite a few.

      Our cableTV, internet, and telephone bill started out 7 years ago at $ 99. Now they want $ 158.19. It's ridiculous.

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  9. We were getting ready to cut cable too. Funny thing when we 'actually' disconnected service, they called us the next day and offered us our $88/ month package for $16/ month. Go figure!! It's makes me angry that we can't get good deals until we disconnect.

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    1. Spectrum does not seem to do that here. My son called to disconnect last Friday and was offered $4.00 off after a $20.00 increase. So he cut the cord.

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  10. We dropped cable 2 1/2 years ago. We have sling - love it and hubby can get all the sports he wants. We have fire sticks on all but one tv which has roku. We have Netflix and Hulu also.

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    1. Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for sharing. Sling TV is looking like a great option.

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