Who needs cable TV in the 21st century?

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  1. TeacherNY

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    I got rid of cable about 9 years ago. We have Netflix and pay $65 for internet service. We have Amazon prime but I haven't watch anything from there yet. I'd rather read than watch anything on tv.
    Sometimes when I'm at the gym I watch the Food network since I do miss that.
     
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    I haven't had cable for 3 years. I have Netflix and there's more than enough on there to keep me entertained. I actually find I watch less TV now because I don't feel like I need to 'keep up' with any shows. Everything I want is available when I would like to watch it.
     
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    I GOT AN OLD CHURCH CHOIR SINGING IN MY SOUL!!
     
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    I have cable. I have thought about switching to something more affordable, but I haven't made the move yet. I really like the DVR feature and having cable available on all the TVs in the house. We also have Netflix, which we watch frequently, and Amazon Prime, which we don't (because it looks like you still have to pay for a lot of shows...?).
     
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    We keep talking about getting rid of cable, but apparently we are under contract, and it's bundled with our cell phone. Next time our contract is up, we'll seriously consider it. We watch it less and less, and it seems less worth it.
     
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    I noticed on Amazon Prime they will let you watch 1 or 2 episodes of a show and then if you want to watch more you have to sign up and pay for something else. At least that's what it looked like to me.
     
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    SlingTv has DVR for only 5 dollars
     
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    Oh, I didn't know that!
     
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    Yes they do. I did not put it on my package deal though
     
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    I am never that bothered by someone's spending habit
     
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    Except when it's $21 million for a military "parade".
     
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    LOL!
     
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    Another place for free content is yahoo view. Yahoo bought what used to be the free content portion of Hulu. They've got a lot of good older shows (Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Car 54 Where are You?), newer shows that are over (Buffy, Felicity, My So-called Life) and recent episodes of current shows (The Good Doctor, This is Us, The Orville). Can't beat good quality free content.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I probably won't use it on a regular basis but would check it out if there's something specific I want to watch and can't find it elsewhere.
    I literally almost cried when we gave up cable but it wasn't really a hardship if you put it into perspective of what's more important.
     
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    I have never had cable as an adult...I can't even imagine paying for all those channels I won't watch. I am lucky that my DH doesn't watch sports, since I think that's a reason a lot of families keep it. We pay $60/month for high-speed internet, $10 for Netflix, and $15 for HBO streaming. I have no idea how much money we save by not having cable, but I have a feeling it's a lot!
     
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    I think it depends on the show. Amazon Prime includes a good selection of free TV, but some things are still for pay.
     
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    I pay $140 for all 3 (internet, cable TV, & landline phone). I've had a cell phone for ages too, which I've done pay-as-you-go via TracFone for the past 2 yrs now, but I'll always have a landline forever. I like that security & I hate talking on cell phones in the house w/ their bad reception! I very rarely talk/text on my cell & use it only when I have to.

    I even have a 2nd phone w/o needing an actual 2nd phone line installed via a company called Ooma in which I paid a 1x $99 for the device at Best Buy, but it's only $4 & change a month, so for anyone who still wants landline, Ooma's the way to go for less than $5/month (& a 1x $99 for the device) or you could get Google Voice, which is completely free, but Ooma's better quality/clarity.

    If it's only texting you need to do, there's a completely FREE texting service called TextNow in which you pick a phone #: https://www.textnow.com/

    Now regarding the internet, I love my certain shows, so I'll probably NEVER give up cable TV. I also don't like watching TV while sitting at my glass desk in general. I like being cozy on my couch! I've never not had cable in my life, except from birth to about age 10 or 11, I think. I tried Netflix w/ the Roku once for a couple of mos. It was OK. Netflix just doesn't have all the shows I watch, in fact, I'm sure NO streaming device will have ALL the shows I like.
     
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    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    I have a Roku that connects to my TV so I am not watching on my tiny laptop :)
     
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    Feb 14, 2018 at 1:59 PM

    Yes, I did know that I could watch Netflix from my TV. I was just saying that I don't like watching TV from my computer in general. :)
     
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    Ok, I guess I'll look into it further. I just happened to look up one show that my friend suggested and that was what I found.
     

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