Giving Up Cable And Satellite Tv
Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:27 AM
Posted 14 June 2012 - 08:21 AM
I was paying $100 per month just for the tv portion of my bill. I had just the basic service, no premium channels. Of the 100 or so channels I got, I only watched 7 or 8.
Cable tv services are going to have to change their methodology. People are getting tired of paying for things they don't use, and now real alternatives exist. The only way I'd ever consider going back is if they offered an ala carte option that was reasonably priced. Something like $30 per month for ten channels of your choice.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:11 PM
The only thing is that Hulu Plus has some commercials. However, they're only a minute or so long (and there are only a few ad breaks in a half hour program), and so they don't annoy me too much. Make the ad breaks shorter, and I might actually watch the ad!
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 01:21 PM
The only problem with cancelling the cable is that in a lot of places, cable internet is one of the only options, and so you're stuck paying the cable company whether you like it or not. (even if you're paying them less than before) In my case, my dad cancelled the cable TV a few years ago, and switched to Hulu Plus, Netflix, and OTA programming. Of course, we found that the 1.5mbps ATT DSL (the max they offer; now they're only offering 768kbps) we had wasn't enough to stream anything in a resolution better than 480p (which doesn't look good on a 1080p 46" TV, trust me), and so we eventually switched to 15mbps comcast internet.
Honestly, I doubt they'll offer ala carte channels unless they're forced to. Just look at Verizon's new plans - plenty of minutes (what people are using less and less nowadays), and less data (what people are using more and more of). They just have to make more money...
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Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:17 AM
The fastest private (ie: NOT a party-line DSL) internet I can get is 220Kbs.
So NO, I'll keep my cable service @ 499 Peso/$11.88 per month.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 06:21 AM
MLS: All of the above apply. Besides doing computers, I do earth stations, both installation and maintenence. TV experience goes back to the vacuum tube days. Presently training a replacement so I can retire by the end of the year.
Posted 15 June 2012 - 11:19 AM
Posted 15 June 2012 - 02:24 PM
I have til Aug. when my DISH contract is up, and believe me, I will have even MORE knowledge about all this alternative TV by then, and I hope and pray that someone from Dish and the rest is reading this, and forwards it on to 'Those in Power', so they will 'Get It' and make some moves towards "Ala Carte" TV. - I absolutely HATE paying for 'The top 120', only to have included for my Paid TV programs that include channels that are straight up advertising, (The Vacuum Cleaner Ch., Jewelery Ch., Multiple Sports ch's, etc)- and even tho I don't watch 'em, I PAY for 'em! (with NO CHOICE!
Listen up and read, DISH, DIRECT, Cable Co's., etc!! - YOUR time's a comin' - (Hell, it's already here!)- Start making some serious changes, or it's So Long!!
BTW, just another thought, - DISH likes to brag that they have "Over 30 million Satisfied Customers". - So #1, I doubt that they are ALL satisfied!
#2, - if you multiply 30 Million, times say, $50.00 per month, (a minimal, rounded average), then we come up with One hundred, Fifty Million Dollars per month!! - And the reps tell me that they 'need' to include all the BS channels to help pay for the 'Good Stuff'!! - Some how, I doubt it!!
Posted 02 October 2012 - 03:26 PM