Cutting The Cord

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  1. Diane Lane

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    Well, I finally did it. I finally cut the cord, at least as much as I'm comfortable doing during Hurricane Season. I logged on to get my account number for my cable service and compare plans and prices, and freaked out when I saw the amount due. I called and cut down from the level I had to just the local channels. I have been debating between doing that and cutting it off entirely, but when I saw that the charge for local channels was $19, and knew that if I cut it off entirely I'd be charged a $20/month 'unbundling' fee, it was a no brainer. Now I don't have to worry about using the antennas and having to buy another one, and I'll have a more stable signal for Hurricane Season, just in case something does happen. I already have Netflix, and Hulu as well, although I have Hulu on pause for a few months. I will probably keep Hulu on pause while I marathon some shows on Netflix for a few months. I plan to cut back somewhat on my television viewing anyway, because I'd rather focus on reading and other things.
     
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    When we went to Robin’s for Christmas, she was telling us that she had cancelled her DirecTV because she doesn’t watch it, and she said it cost her an $80 cancellation fee. We started out about the next month after she did, and our 2 years is up this spring, too; so it should cost me about the same as it cost Robin to cancel hers.
    Tomorrow, I am going to call them and cancel the service. The bill is almost $100 per month anyway, so the charge to disconnect will only be like paying for a month of service.
    I was looking for low-income internet plans, and they have a bunch of them; but none that will work for us. Most of them require that you have a child in school, or (if a senior) that you are on SSI for low income (which I do not qualify for).
    The ones that would. Accept us are not available where we live. So, at this point, we can’t use any of those plans for internet.

    However....... there is good news !
    Robin said that we can use the hotspots on our iPhones and connect to the internet with that. We both tried it, and can connect right up; so that seems like it will be a viable option for us.
    At least we can try it and see.
    Robin said that she has unlimited data on all of our plans; so it won’t cost her any more for us to use the hotspots, which was my main concern about doing that.
     
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    We used our Verizon hotspot as our ISP for years. You just have to watch your data. If you don't have unlimited data, it can add up fast.
     
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    Well, today I called ATT and cancelled the satellite and internet, so that part is done. They will send us some address labels to print out, and then we just take the package to UPS and they will ship it back for free (to us).
    After that, I called the ATT Access, which is their low-income provider , and filled out the online application and submitted it. They have to review it and then let me know if I am accepted; but the only proof of qualifying that I had to send was the pictures of my SNAP card. Since we already know we are in an area they service, I don’t see any reason it will not go through, and then it will cost $5-$10 per month depending on the internet speed. Ours will probably be the higher speed, which is good, and I am fine with $10.
    Once this is all done, I will take some of the money we save from not having DTV and get some renter’s insurance. Hopefully, there will be no more break-ins; but at least we would have some insurance to cover it if it did happen again.
    At least as far as I can see today, life is coming together this year.
     
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    AT&T still has not turned off our internet, but they have called me at least every other day since I cancelled the DirecTV, and trying to get me to come back , and offering me special deals. I keep telling them that our television quit working and we do not want to have any kind of special offers, and we are just cancelling everything.
    I have asked them several time now to take me off of their calling list because I am not interested; but they do not seem to have interoffice communication about those type of things, just that I am cancelling the service.
    I received the letter from ATT Access and they said that I qualify for their program, so next week, I will call them and see what I need to do to change from the program we are on to the new Access one.
    So, if all goes well, this should be the last payment I have to make for DirecTV, and then we will be on the $10 per month plan for internet.
     
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    Yay and good for you...something I need to work on also.
     
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    Try looking around on dslreports forum to see what ISPs are in your area, then call each one and do some comparison shopping.
     
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  8. Neville Telen

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    You will need a really good antenna, preferably an outside one, as all the indoor sort are awful. That will serve for over-the-air stations. For more options, Internet-TV freesites all the way to go, but you will need a good enough PC to avoid buffering.
     
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    Thank you for the info and

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    Hulu has been impossible for me for the past month or more. I used it for years without connection difficulties, and I still don't have any problems with Netflix or Amazon, but all Hulu does is buffer now. I'm not talking annoyances; it's worse than that - it won't play more than a few seconds of anything before buffering. I never liked Hulu much anyhow so I suppose I can do without it, but there are a few series that I have been watching on it that are no longer watchable.
     
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    Well, I have noticed that Netflix has been buffering a lot lately mostly when I'm bingeing on a series.
     
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    We never cut the cord because we never had a cord to cut!

    We went straight from Broadcast TV to Satellite.

    Hal
     
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    After our DTV stopped working instead of buying another one we also switched to DirecTV.

    We have considered the pros and cons of cutting the cord but we like having the service.
     
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    We went from Comcast cable to DirecTV when they were offereing a special through Sam’s Club. For the first year it was fine, but then the price of everything went up quite a lot, and Bobby was actually watching less television than he had been.
    The main programs that he watched were also ones that came over the local channels and he could get those using the tv antenna that he had installed. It didn’t make any sense to keep paying for something that we never used; so we sent all of the equipment back to DTV and cancelled the service. We did have to pay an early-disconnect fee; but it was only about $60, so less then the per month fee would have been by a long ways.
    We did keep the AT&T internet that went along with DTV; but I switched over to the lowest plan that we could get, and now we pay $10 per month for our internet connection and nothing else.
    We get local channels from the antenna, and Bobby watches movies with the iPad or on the Dell all-in-one.
    It works great for us !
     
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  15. Don Alaska

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    Direct TV works here, but not well. True cable is not available to us as we are outside "civilization". We have DTV, but it isn't worth much. Since the children have left, we only watch a few shows in the evening in the winter. The grandchildren watch videos or PBS Kids which we can get on an antenna. I love my internet and stream videos often. If I get the courage, I will discontinue my DTV and go with ungraded internet and antenna by next winter.
     
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    We had Cox cable for six years. Their prices went up periodically so that our tv, internet, and phone grew enormously. Almost two years ago we switched to direct tv/AT&T for a bundled package. Our contract will be up this fall sometime. Not sure what we're going to do. I don't like what we've got; I don't like what we've had in the past. I'm not going on a contract again. Looks like the major company have you by the ying-yang any way you go.
     
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    When we first moved to Millinocket, neither DSL or cable was available, so we had a satellite package that included television and internet. Now, cable and DSL are available here. Later, we spent a half a year in a more rural area where those were our only choices, and I thought that satellite did okay as far as being able to watch television but it was hardly reliable as an internet connection.
     
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    My internet is the weak link. TV and phone are fine.,Internet can be upgraded but cost more.
     
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    I would cancel my Direct TV and go back to antenna if I could get a good reception. We had an antenna about 6 or 7 years ago and each time it was windy, the sound broke up so bad you couldn't follow what you were trying to watch. I got so tired of it, that's when I subscribed to Direct TV. I don't watch anything but the local channels as it is though. I subscribed to the Family channel and it is still more than I want but at least this service works when it is windy which is most of the time here.
     
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    Denise, We live in the boonies, but we can get quite a few channels with an amplified digital antenna that you mount inside the house on a wall or window. Wal-Mart and Amazon carry a selection, but I would go for the high-end ones unless you are close to a major city.
     
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    I sure don't live close to a major city. I'm about 60 or 70 miles north of one. Do trees make a difference with you? I also have a lot of trees around my house. Some would probably say I live in the woods. That's why I'm asking.
     
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    I am in a birch forest. What you can get will depend on the quality of the antenna and the orientation. I can get 6 channels in one room and 9 or 10 in and adjacent room--strange and I don't know why. The orientation is just a few degrees different. If you decide to try it, check out one of the antenna sites to determine the best direction for your site.
     
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    Having had DirecTV there have been changes since we first got it. We had all the premium channels and I added that sports package for Johnny's birthday present. That package ended after the football season was over. Believe me he took advantage of it everyday, all day.:oops: That's when I sat down at my computer and signed up with Netflix. What can I say it was his birthday present :rolleyes:.

    Later, we dropped all the premium channels for a more affordable package. Then again to the basic package when I got laid off from my job which is less than $100 a month. It's been four years now and I haven't missed having the premium channels because of having Netflix and my own video library consisting of VHS, DVDs, and B-rays. If there is a movie that we really would like to see there's the option of video on demand or paying for the movie.

    My son has VUDU through Walmart and included me as a member. I don't know how many of you are familiar with VUDU but it's a digital library of movies the members own and want to share..

    So if we ever decided to cut the cord we have options in place.
     
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    I thought about this later that Direct TV has me spoiled now. I pay for the network service so I can watch what I have recorded on other tv's in this house and I LOVE IT!!!!! I have a recorder but I have to watch it on the TV that it was recorded from and so many times before I got Direct TV, I was wishing I could watch it in my bedroom but I couldn't then and now I can. That may make the difference with me but thanks anyway!
     
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    We have cancelled our Netflix subscription.
    For the last few months, @Bobby Cole has been grumbling about the poor quality of the movies that he was finding on Netflix, and said that it was even getting hard to find films that were not foreign-made ones, or dubbed from some other language.
    We decided that since Netflix has been explanding into so many other countries, that they probably are now carrying a lot of films that cater to those countries, and less of the films that are strictly American ones.
    Since I rarely watch Netflix anyway, we only keep it for Bobby to watch, and if he can find better shows on Amazon, which comes with our Prime membership, then it didn’t make any sense to keep on paying for Netflix.
    For a while, Bobby had Hulu and Netflix both, but he cancelled Hulu also.
    Since we dropped DirecTV several months ago, we are actually only paying for internet and our Prime membership now, which saves quite a bit of money for us overall.
     
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