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  • So... who has pulled the plug on cable?

    I don't watch much TV, but I have a rather extensive cable bundle that includes a bunch of TV channels as well as a home phone (that I've literally never used) and a reasonably fast 80/80 mbps Internet connection, all through FiOS. The main reason for the TV stuff is for entertainment for my wife, who currently watches a lot of TV... but she was talking to our daughters and they don't have cable - just Internet and Netflix and Hulu... and so now she wants to get rid of cable.

    I have heard that many people are ditching cable, but I thought it might be interesting to see how many of you have... so... have you? Any regrets? Any advantages to doing so?

    (Yes, this is a repeat of a thread I started earlier today... we apparently had a bit of a glitch and a bunch of SSS threads were accidentally deleted... )
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  • #2
    I got rid of my cable 20 or so years ago when the FCC made them separate the equipment rental from the service on the bill. My cable service was costing me about $9/month at the time (basic channels only, no movies or sports). They said that the price would go down for most users, mine went up to about $12/month, so I canceled. I get all the TV I can stand over the air. Plenty of dumb stuff to watch when I can't find anything better to do.

    A few years ago I started collecting TiVos from the local Freecycle list. I have one that still has old enough software so that it will record without a subscription (you have to enter the time and channel manually) and I use a digital-to-analog converter as a front end for that. Good for those late night old movies. It's a good match for my nearly 30 year old Zenith TV. No 4K here.

    And who cut the cable on the last few days' messages here?
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    • #3
      I guess someone didn't like what I said

      nat whilk ii

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      • Phil O'Keefe
        Phil O'Keefe commented
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        Loved and appreciated your response Nat - sorry it was lost.

    • #4
      I quit cable years ago and went with satellite for a time. Continually rising prices and poorer service (and stupid channels) got me pretty tired that quickly. About 2 or 3 years ago, I finally found a high speed internet connection for my rural area, and ditched the pay TV completely.

      I bought a huge old TV antenna and put the UHF section (which digital TV uses) into the attic. That is our only source of commercial TV. I don't watch it much at all, except This Old House and a couple others on public TV.

      But with a good high speed connection, we went to Netflix and Hulu (total of about 16/month above the cost of internet) which we watch almost exclusively. Tried Amazon for a year, but it was poor both in programming and reliability. Hulu has some really great music documentaries, hundreds of them!

      The very best part: No commercials. I've been spoiled; I can't stand to watch commercial TV any more. When travelling I don't even turn on the TV in the room because it is so obnoxious.

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      • #5
        I dropped cable about 7 years ago around the time digital TV transmission rule went into effect. In the years since this happened there are a bunch of broadcast networks that have emerged on the digital subchannels. Here in Orlando for example on 43.2 is getTV - owned by Sony. They play old movies mostly. But on Monday nights currently they play old variety and talk shows. Last night the played the the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. It had the Who, who seemed to me to be lip syncing to me - but then they destroyed plugged in equipment at the end of their set.

        There are a variety of other channels like getTV. I watch a fair amount of YouTube on my TV via an HDMI cable also. I do watch MSNBC Morning Joe excerpts from MJ's website. And I have Netflix and Amazon Prime. I might like to get HBO for Bill Maher's show, but I'm not currently willing to pay $15 per month just to see his weekly show. I watch excerpts on YouTube.

        All in all, I don't miss cable. I'm paying about $10 per month for Netflix, about $100 per year for Amazon Prime, and $68 per month for AT&T internet. Seems like someone would have to compare apples to apples to really know how much money is being saved.
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        • #6
          I ditched TV entirely in the late 1980s. Dropped the cable, did not hook up an antenna, and removed the antenna mast. I've never seen MASH, Seinfeld, Am. Idol, Simpsons, Cheers, Taxi, Sopranos, D.Housewives, Thrones, Anatomy, XFiles, Friends, Abbey, Office, Wire, Big Bang, House of Cards, 30 Rock, Sex/City, and so many that I hear referred to often. Of course this leaves me out of a lot of conversations .

          I gigged on Cruise ships for 3 years in the late 1980s. At that time there was no TV on the ships, except movie reruns and in-house ads.

          When I got off the ship, I reconnected the cable, but found I wasn't watching it. When I did, I had the feeling I should be doing something. So I did. In a couple of months I decided if we aren't watching it, why pay for it? So tell me, how is Johnny Carson doing on the Tonight Show?

          Instead of watching TV I learned my sixth and seventh instruments (wind synthesizer and guitar), learned to write aftermarket styles for Band-in-a-Box and started a mail-order turned Internet order business to sell them to musicians in over 100 countries, this involved learning how to run a business, learned to write HTML and I write and maintain two web sites ( http://www.nortonmusic.com and http://www.s-cats.com ), recorded/sequenced over 500 backing tracks for my duo (and counting), learned enough new songs to keep the duo competitive (this never ends), increased my knowledge in music theory & arranging, Plus I've read books and spent a lot of fun/quality time with Leilani.

          I don't miss TV at all.

          Full disclosure. We have the minimum Netflix one-DVD-at-a-time in the mail membership. Sometimes the DVD sits on the TV for weeks before we watch it, and it's the absolute only time the TV goes on (we live in a fringe area, and can't even get TV without an antenna).

          I'm perfectly capable of hooking a TV antenna up, I was a Cable TV engineer for a few years while testing to see what it was like to be normal. I found that for me, normal is so overrated

          I firmly believe that not watching TV has led to more enjoyment and more enrichment of my life - of course YMMV

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          • #7
            I'm with you there, Notes. For every hour I spend watching TV I probably spend 10 hours reading. For me it's no contest - almost any movie from a book is not as good as the book (assuming the book is good to begin with.) And even 'tho I am a bit of a movie fanatic, my personal canon of greatest movies doesn't hold a candle to my personal canon of greatest books.

            But I may just be built for reading - to truly appreciate movies you have to be something of a multi-tasker which I am so very much not. If I watch closely, I don't listen. If I listen hard, my visual perception goes on standby. My daughter can listen to an audio of a soundtrack and say, "this is the part where they break into the White House", "this is the part where they're flying over the ocean before the bomb goes off" and so on - for a movie she's seen once. That's not my DNA side of things. But she is an English teacher, so there's my DNA. Whew!

            This is something of a golden era for TV, 'tho. The quality of many of the non-network series is by all accounts up, way up - stuff like Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, House of Cards, etc, etc. It's not the typical wasteland of the media world as it's been in so many decades. There's plenty of total garbage, of course - but I have to recognize the great improvement in certain quarters. But for me - I've read the five Game of Thrones books four times, but I can barely make it through a full episode of the TV series.

            nat whilk ii

            Last edited by nat whilk II; 10-18-2016, 11:03 PM.

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            • #8
              I tend to read non-fiction books. Mostly with either a scientific or philosophical theme.

              Probably because my profession deals in fantasy land (musician), a dose of fact is escapism

              Just finished "The Devil In White City" and just started "Swerve".
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              • #9
                Originally posted by MikeRivers View Post

                A few years ago I started collecting TiVos from the local Freecycle list. I have one that still has old enough software so that it will record without a subscription (you have to enter the time and channel manually) and I use a digital-to-analog converter as a front end for that. Good for those late night old movies. It's a good match for my nearly 30 year old Zenith TV. No 4K here.

                And who cut the cable on the last few days' messages here?
                Clever.

                And no idea. My summer photo thread got the axe again, and it takes too long to do that, so I'm not going to bother any more.

                I have cable. I think about cutting it, but I do watch a lot of current stuff, including sports, and that makes it a little more challenging. I believe most cable companies do realize that sports are the main reason people still keep their cable, so I don't know how this will eventually all shake out, but I would like to dump cable at some point.
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                • #10
                  I`m paying for a lot of channels I don`t watch. I could survive w/o TV but I think my wife would freak out so...

                  Honestly, I love Netflix and most of the stuff I find interesting is on YT as well. I like documentaries...

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                  • #11
                    Originally posted by MikeRivers View Post

                    And who cut the cable on the last few days' messages here?
                    It was due to an unfortunate gardening accident...

                    One of the mods encountered a glitch while digging the spam weeds out, and accidentally wiped the first page of SSS.
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                    "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                    - George Carlin

                    "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                    - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                    "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                    - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                    • #13
                      Originally posted by UstadKhanAli View Post
                      So there's no way to get that back?
                      I don't think so - it was hard-deleted in the same manner that we kill spam.
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                      "Look at it this way: think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of 'em are stupider than that."

                      - George Carlin

                      "It shouldn't be expected that people are necessarily doing what they appear to be doing on records."

                      - Sir George Martin, All You Need Is Ears

                      "The music business will be revitalized by musicians, not the labels or Live Nation. When the musicians decide to put music first, instead of money, the public will flock to the fruits and the scene will be healthy again."

                      - Bob Lefsetz, The Lefsetz Letter

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                      • #14
                        Okay. I definitely won't be posting anything labor-intensive here again then. That's the second time that thread got wiped within a short span of time.
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                        • #15
                          Originally posted by UstadKhanAli View Post
                          Okay. I definitely won't be posting anything labor-intensive here again then. That's the second time that thread got wiped within a short span of time.
                          Well, we've now made it so that only Admins can hard-delete threads, mods can soft-delete (which means we can get them back if something nasty happens). No admin has ever blown away a front page (knock on wood), so hopefully it won't happen again.

                          As to cable...I have the "Holy Trinity" of Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube. Even then, it's hard to find content worth watching and network TV is worse. I'm considering getting an antenna for over-the-air transmissions, but the only time I watch anything is while I'm having dinner (unless a movie is so good I watch it all the way to the end). Not a huge fan of TV in general...there's a reason they call it "programming."

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