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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #15 on: May 13, 2013, 09:06:26 AM »
Having all those channels is the worst.

I sit and watch pure garbage just because I can.

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So true, but then again, I use TV as a complete escape and don't measure my value necessarily on quality.  So watching crap like Duck Dynasty works for me, and by the way is quite hysterical.
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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #16 on: May 13, 2013, 09:36:00 AM »
Having all those channels is the worst.

I sit and watch pure garbage just because I can.

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So true, but then again, I use TV as a complete escape and don't measure my value necessarily on quality.  So watching crap like Duck Dynasty works for me, and by the way is quite hysterical.

I use records for that and don't have to justify it to my friends.

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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #17 on: May 13, 2013, 12:59:02 PM »
I use records for that and don't have to justify it to my friends.

You don't even need to be talking about TV when saying this.   :clap:

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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #18 on: June 07, 2013, 10:22:08 AM »
I've been without cable for almost 3 years and cutting it was possibly the best thing I've ever done.

“Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.” - Bill Hicks

Like RJ said, with all those stupid channels, I'd sit and watch complete crap for hours. I still waste a lot of time, but at least I'm not watching cable.
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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2013, 01:18:34 PM »
Yeah, looks like we're going to try to switch over this weekend, at least just use the Roku...  We borrowed one from my cousin to get a feel...  We'll see how it goes...

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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #20 on: June 07, 2013, 01:41:57 PM »
I have my mind set on doing this.  I am waiting for Dexter to finish and then I will cut ties with cable.
I can get aereo in my area, I already order mlb.tv anyway, I get access to Amazon Prime streaming.  I think you can get the NFL package with an online package.  with espn3 for college basketball, I think I have everything there that I watch anyway.
I have my laptop connected to my stereo to access all my audio from hard drives and would just hook up a monitor (how I watch baseball already).
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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2013, 05:37:01 PM »
So we haven't cut the cable completely yet, but we did downgrade our package from Premium to Economy. And the only change I've noticed is we don't have On Demand and we don't have TBS (the only one of the lost channels that we actually watched.). Our bill dropped from $115 a month to $45 a month. I kinda feel like we've just been giving the cable company $70 a month for nothing.
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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #22 on: June 10, 2013, 11:42:20 PM »
Just figured out that Time Warner has a Roku channel, so we can watch our normal cable via the Roku...  At least I can quit renting the Cable Box...  Still have to subscribe to the service...

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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #23 on: June 20, 2013, 09:55:27 AM »
Roku.....best TV device I've tried yet.....

FU time warner.....FU!
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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #24 on: July 01, 2013, 03:40:04 PM »
I've been without cable for almost 3 years and cutting it was possibly the best thing I've ever done.

“Watching television is like taking black spray paint to your third eye.” - Bill Hicks

Like RJ said, with all those stupid channels, I'd sit and watch complete crap for hours. I still waste a lot of time, but at least I'm not watching cable.

I don't even have a tv anymore. As this chick said the other day, oh you're one of those guys! Yes, yes I am.
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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #25 on: July 10, 2013, 02:46:44 PM »
At our house we've been without cable for almost 3 years now.  We have a 2010 mac mini with a wireless keyboard and mouse.  When I first started I looked high and low for a setup that was "wife friendly" (aka more like a regular TV experience) and could not quite get there at that time.  I use Plex for a media server of my movie/TV collection and while I think Plex can now support much closer to a regular TV experience (like integrated Netflix/Hulu etc.), my wife has since learned to be comfortable with using just using a browser to get to all that stuff.

That said, some of the recent updates to Plex look really good and I'd like to revisit trying to get a nicer experience.
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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #26 on: July 10, 2013, 07:02:17 PM »
Also forgot to mention, we used to have that elgato setup with the mini when we lived in Chicago.  Found a plugin that will automatically cut out commercials and amassed a giant collection of the Simpsons (among other things) until we moved out to the sticks.
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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #27 on: July 10, 2013, 07:09:03 PM »
Also forgot to mention, we used to have that elgato setup with the mini when we lived in Chicago.  Found a plugin that will automatically cut out commercials and amassed a giant collection of the Simpsons (among other things) until we moved out to the sticks.

which area of the sticks are you in?

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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #28 on: July 11, 2013, 12:41:01 AM »
Also forgot to mention, we used to have that elgato setup with the mini when we lived in Chicago.  Found a plugin that will automatically cut out commercials and amassed a giant collection of the Simpsons (among other things) until we moved out to the sticks.

which area of the sticks are you in?

Not the Chicago sticks.  New Mexico, 'bout 20 miles outside Santa Fe.  Suffice it to say I am not catching much Phish out here.
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Re: Cutting the Cable... Advice sought on getting rid of Cable TV
« Reply #29 on: July 11, 2013, 01:27:23 AM »
So we didn't exactly cut the cable...

We ended up keeping TWC for TV, except we went with their "standard" package instead of their "digital" package" and reduced our bill significantly.  They also increased our bandwidth a shit-ton (to what it should be normally) and let us keep the phone (mom loves that)... 

But we also have the Roku, and the kids love the free stuff on Amazon and Netflix...

So we ended up saving some money, and got about the same service we had before.  I do miss having a few channels (History 2, ESPNU, Hub) but I can live without them...

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