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Rondon : 8/15/2019 10:10 am
First of all, I want to apologize if this topic has been covered before. I am new to this forum. Secondly, I am not tech savvy. So the more help the better.

My wife has been on my case for a while about getting rid of Comcast and I finally did. Paying 220 a month for TV, Internet and Home Phone isn't feasible anymore. Can anyone assist in the best options for a cable alternative? Not sure whether to buy Chromecast or another device? I like live tv. Watch YES and lot of football games. Obviously the Giants. Not sure wheter to buy Hulu, Sling tv etc. There are a lot of options out there. Is there anyway to get the following without streaming from a device? Seems like a pain. But then again not familiar with doing it. So any info on options and how to best to set up the process would be greatly appreciated. Also going with Frontier for Internet seeing that it's considerably cheaper. Any one have any experience with Frontier's internet service? Is it fast enough for searching internet and watching Netflix etc. Thanks
Cancel cable  
NoPeanutz : 8/15/2019 10:16 am : link
get Roku. Do it today. Figure out the apps later. Time is on your side.
I just rented a beach house  
pjcas18 : 8/15/2019 10:16 am : link
and the owners had Roku's with Fubo on every TV.

Fubo is a services that has live network TV and add-on packages for sports, etc, and DVR capability.

I think you first need to examine your reasons for getting rid of cable.

Some of these alternatives get you right back where you were in terms of price when you add in # of TV's and all the options/channels you want.

My first experience with Fubo though and while we didn't watch much TV I liked it.
RE: Cancel cable  
NoPeanutz : 8/15/2019 10:16 am : link
In comment 14530984 NoPeanutz said:
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get Roku. Do it today. Figure out the apps later. Time is on your side.

Quit stalling.
Here's what I'd do  
FranknWeezer : 8/15/2019 10:19 am : link
a) go with the least expensive internet provider;
b) use rabbit ears for local channels;
c) subscribe to Philo- 55 premium cable channels for $22/mo
d) subscribe as desired to ESPN, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. for streaming (or share passwords w/ friends/family).

You should come in under $100/mo.
RE: Here's what I'd do  
FranknWeezer : 8/15/2019 10:20 am : link
In comment 14530991 FranknWeezer said:
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a) go with the least expensive internet provider;
b) use rabbit ears for local channels;
c) subscribe to Philo- 55 premium cable channels for $22/mo
d) subscribe as desired to ESPN, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. for streaming (or share passwords w/ friends/family).

You should come in under $100/mo.


Whoops...forgot e) Buy Rokus for every tv in the house.
RE: RE: Here's what I'd do  
NoPeanutz : 8/15/2019 10:21 am : link
In comment 14530994 FranknWeezer said:
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In comment 14530991 FranknWeezer said:


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a) go with the least expensive internet provider;
b) use rabbit ears for local channels;
c) subscribe to Philo- 55 premium cable channels for $22/mo
d) subscribe as desired to ESPN, Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. for streaming (or share passwords w/ friends/family).

You should come in under $100/mo.



Whoops...forgot e) Buy Rokus for every tv in the house.

I second that plan. If you decide you don't want every app here, you can cancel any of them at any time (with the exception of Amazon Prime).
My two cents  
oghwga : 8/15/2019 10:22 am : link
I have amazon fire sticks and roku TV's and the Roku is much better. Firestick is fine for Hulu and Netflix but other apps seem to get buggy.

I havenít used it  
BigBlueDownTheShore : 8/15/2019 10:24 am : link
But Amazon Recast looks very promising as an antenna alternative for local channels and DVR.
I dont know why this is rocket surgery for so many people  
jlukes : 8/15/2019 10:29 am : link
go to the various sites, put in your zip code, and they will tell you what channels you can get. It's that easy.

Most of the services offer one week free trials, so you can even try out the services before you buy them.

Again, people make this much more complicated than it actually is
Do you have Amazon Prime?  
allstarjim : 8/15/2019 10:33 am : link
If so, you just link your existing member account to your Prime TV account. They have great shows. Bosch, Goliath, Jack Ryan, all good shows.

Additionally, Prime in particular will get you access to Thursday Night Football games, streaming, right through your Fire stick on your TV.

I also recommend getting a HD antenna. I have one set up inside my window on the side of my house, running to my TV. I was SHOCKED at the quality of the picture (in a good way). I get NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, and other channels I don't watch but never knew existed. But the "Big 4" is certainly going to help you watch games live. Downside is there's no "pause button". I suppose the old-school Tivo would do the trick, but I don't know anything about them. Honestly, not a concern for me, I just watch the games live and deal with the commercials, fair trade-off for FREE TV. The HD Antenna I purchased was a Mohu Curve 50. I would not go with the cheapest option on this, but it's a one-time cost that is going to pay for itself. The Mohu Curve 50 is about $60 and worth it.

With the Fire Stick, you can also add on your subscriptions (just download the app unless it's pre-programmed on the stick, very simple), like HBO, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

Take the leap. I had all the same reservations as you, and I'm so glad we're not paying for cable anymore.
RE: Do you have Amazon Prime?  
NoPeanutz : 8/15/2019 10:39 am : link
In comment 14531013 allstarjim said:
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Downside is there's no "pause button". I suppose the old-school Tivo would do the trick, but I don't know anything about them. Honestly, not a concern for me, I just watch the games live and deal with the commercials, fair trade-off for FREE TV. The HD Antenna I purchased was a Mohu Curve 50. I would not go with the cheapest option on this, but it's a one-time cost that is going to pay for itself. The Mohu Curve 50 is about $60 and worth it.

With the Fire Stick, you can also add on your subscriptions (just download the app unless it's pre-programmed on the stick, very simple), like HBO, Netflix, Hulu, etc.

Take the leap. I had all the same reservations as you, and I'm so glad we're not paying for cable anymore.


FYI- TCL Roku TVs can pause live TV. It's pretty awesome.
I need to figure this out, too  
GruningsOnTheHill : 8/15/2019 10:50 am : link
Am sick of A) paying $200 per month for landline/internet/cable, and B) going through the same soul-sucking charade every year when the bill jumps up to $270 because the "promo price" has expired of calling in, pressing 3 if it's the 2nd Wednesday of the month, and being passed around (and usually disconnected conveniently) while threatening to go with another provider unless they keep my price at $200.

Now is that time of year.

The only thing I watch is HBO, and even that I could do without if not for the wife needing the soap operas and the kid demanding the Peppa Pig cartoons all day.

For the TV downstairs I am going to look into one of the "free" antennas and remove the box, but what--if any--is the simple solution to the cable bloodsucking? If I'm going to get internet from here and landline from there and then get some apps with a basic cable provider just to save $25 and have three bills every month instead of 1, is it worth the hassle?
Here is what I did last year  
mgreenie03 : 8/15/2019 11:17 am : link
I was in the same situation, paying $200 a month for Comcast. I cancelled all of Comcast services except internet, I dont have any choice for Internet $55 a month for 60MB. I signed up with YouTube TV for $40 a month, now its $50. I get all the Boston local channels for football, all of the ESPN channels for college football and NESN for Bruins hockey. Unlimited cloud DVR, key feature. I do have Amazon Prime for other TV and SiriusXM for music, so I spend over $100 per month, feels like I get alot more than what had with Comcast. BTW I have TCL Roku TV's.

Good luck with the research.
find the cheapest internet option you can  
Rory : 8/15/2019 11:20 am : link
buy a chromecast/roku/firestick and get YoutubeTV. $50 a month and its worth every penny.
RE: Here is what I did last year  
Rory : 8/15/2019 11:21 am : link
In comment 14531076 mgreenie03 said:
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I was in the same situation, paying $200 a month for Comcast. I cancelled all of Comcast services except internet, I dont have any choice for Internet $55 a month for 60MB. I signed up with YouTube TV for $40 a month, now its $50. I get all the Boston local channels for football, all of the ESPN channels for college football and NESN for Bruins hockey. Unlimited cloud DVR, key feature. I do have Amazon Prime for other TV and SiriusXM for music, so I spend over $100 per month, feels like I get alot more than what had with Comcast. BTW I have TCL Roku TV's.

Good luck with the research.


just to piggyback off your comment above, you forgot to mention you can have up to 6! users assigned to an account at a time.
The one thing I really disagree with  
pjcas18 : 8/15/2019 11:24 am : link
is so many people saying find the cheapest internet you can. I'd find the best bandwidth you can for the best price.

I have gigabit internet with Verizon and it's a big difference.

I have 3 kids, my house has 5 iphones, 8 flat screens TV's, 4 Roku's 2 Amazon fire sticks, chromebooks they kids use for school, laptops/macs because I work from home, and no way that works with "cheapest internet you can find".

Spend more on the internet speed and get a really good router, those directly impact your streaming results.
RE: RE: Here is what I did last year  
mgreenie03 : 8/15/2019 11:24 am : link
In comment 14531086 Rory said:
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In comment 14531076 mgreenie03 said:


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I was in the same situation, paying $200 a month for Comcast. I cancelled all of Comcast services except internet, I dont have any choice for Internet $55 a month for 60MB. I signed up with YouTube TV for $40 a month, now its $50. I get all the Boston local channels for football, all of the ESPN channels for college football and NESN for Bruins hockey. Unlimited cloud DVR, key feature. I do have Amazon Prime for other TV and SiriusXM for music, so I spend over $100 per month, feels like I get alot more than what had with Comcast. BTW I have TCL Roku TV's.

Good luck with the research.



just to piggyback off your comment above, you forgot to mention you can have up to 6! users assigned to an account at a time.

Yes great point!! Yes 6 users but only 3 streams at one time.
You just gotta do it.  
NoPeanutz : 8/15/2019 11:28 am : link
Otherwise you'll keep finding reasons to push it off. Call your cable company, and cancel the rapacious bastids.
As you can see from this thread, there are plenty of options to watch what you want at lower cost and with greater flexibility.

And if you regret your decision to cancel, what are you giving up by trying? If you call back Comcast, they're not going to show up on the same day to reconnect you and start taking your money again?
The only difference is that they'll give you a new customer promo rate ;)
Roku is fine, streamming is great  
Stan in LA : 8/15/2019 11:40 am : link
But I have 300 Mbps so it should be great. Problem is backing up and fast forwarding, terrible. If you are hooked on Tivo you'll see. Speaking of which, I could NEVER go back to watching TV live. Just not possible. Sorry.
FIGHT THE POWER!!!  
x meadowlander : 8/15/2019 11:43 am : link
Yeah, CUT THAT CABLE!!

We use digital antenna's on some sets, Chromecast and Roku on the others.

We rotate services, Netflix, HBONow, Hulu - Amazon Prime we already had anyway.

Even added all together, those services are cheaper.

Take a look at online services like Sling too.
All this shit just ends up adding up all over again.  
Model4001 : 8/15/2019 12:01 pm : link
You get a Roku, then another, then another, then you get this streaming service and that one and the Disney one because now all your shows aren't on Hulu anymore...

You're right back in the barrel again, paying $80/month. Might as well just keep the cable.
Something to consider  
Stan in LA : 8/15/2019 12:10 pm : link
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Your Netflix addiction is gonna cost you a lot more than $12-$16 per month.

As the Los Angeles Times reports, there are a lot of frustrated Comcast customers getting hit with data limit charges, thanks primarily to everyoneís favorite bandwidth-hogging streaming service.

Worse, some customers have the ďoptionĒ of lifting data limits, but at an extra $50+ per month.

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RE: All this shit just ends up adding up all over again.  
Stan in LA : 8/15/2019 12:10 pm : link
In comment 14531153 Model4001 said:
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You get a Roku, then another, then another, then you get this streaming service and that one and the Disney one because now all your shows aren't on Hulu anymore...

You're right back in the barrel again, paying $80/month. Might as well just keep the cable.

Yup.
The absolute best way to save money on streaming services  
Canton : 8/15/2019 12:13 pm : link
Just follow this guideline..

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Good news is, you donít have to. With a little bit of streaming savviness, you can watch all the shows and movies you want without bleeding out your bank account each month.

Most streaming services let you subscribe by the month, which means if you've watched just about everything you want to watch on Netflix, you can take a break until the next season of Stranger Things or Black Mirror appears on the platform.

Plenty of sites will tell you what's coming and going from particular platforms without you having to subscribe to them. Two such resources are JustWatch and Reelgood, which cover Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and more.

Of course you'll need to be on top of when your subscription dates are coming up, but that shouldn't be too difficult. You can check your next billing date on Netflix by visiting this page, for example, and take a pause in your Netflix subscription by clicking Cancel Membership. If you're worried about forgetting, it's a good idea to set reminders on your calendar so you can cancel your accounts on time

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RE: All this shit just ends up adding up all over again.  
NoPeanutz : 8/15/2019 12:13 pm : link
In comment 14531153 Model4001 said:
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You get a Roku, then another, then another, then you get this streaming service and that one and the Disney one because now all your shows aren't on Hulu anymore...

You're right back in the barrel again, paying $80/month. Might as well just keep the cable.

This is a myth.
Even with all the apps and lots of bandwidth and buying new equipment, you should still expect to come in right at around the 60% range for nonpromo cable TV rates.

That $80/month you mention IS the promo rate. Also, most people I know with cable already subscribe to Amazon Prime and Netflix anyway. So if you're factoring in total savings, you have factor that in as well.

My 2 Cents...  
mstyles22.0 : 8/15/2019 1:13 pm : link
I've been a "cord-cutter" for over 5 years, here are some of my thoughts...

- Do NOT go the cheap route on internet provider. Get as fast as you can get since all of your entertainment will be run via streaming. This will be the bulk of your total cost.

And if possible, get internet through a coaxial over a phone line. In SoCal I use Cox over AT&T and both of them will come around every few months with a some "We'll give you cable and internet for what you're paying now!" promotion. And like all of these kinds of promotions, it's not a flat rate and only good for a few months before the price goes up. Not worth it.

- Sling, DirecTVNow, PS Vue, Fubo, Hulu and YouTube all have uniqueness about them and I've tried them all. In the end, I settled on Hulu Live at $44.99/month. Where I live in San Diego, I get CBS/NBC/ABC/FOX local channels via Hulu live, which has actually made my digital antenna (Mohu Leaf) obsolete. Just see which local channels you'll get on each provider. CNET and other sites like that have pretty up-to-date channel comparison guides for each.

- I don't consider Prime as part of my TV budget since it probably pays for itself via free shipping 3-months into the year. But it IS a great option for some quality content.

- We have Netflix for now, but I could honestly see us getting rid of it in favor of Disney+ when it comes out. (And no, Hulu Live is not part of the announced Disney+ bundle). We have two young kids so probably makes sense for us.

- When it comes to sports, cord-cutting is very beneficial if you live outside of the market where your teams play. In market...you need to do more research as to who will carry (YES, SNY, NESN, the regional Fox/NBC networks)

For an MLB fan, the MLB App is by FAR the slickest, most intuitive app for any of the 4 major sports. And for an out of market Yankees fan like myself, it is a STEAL at $84.99 for the season. Less than $1/game.

- For the folk VERY new to cord-cutting and some of the terminology, it's pretty simple.

Almost all networks and content providers give access to their content via "Apps". That much I'm sure you know. Some of the bigger providers like Netflix and Hulu allow you to access from Smart TV's where the apps are built in.

So why should I buy a Firestick, or Roku or Apple TV if I already have a Smart TV? You don't necessarily have to, but these "over the top" options like Roku offer a much more user friendly, and optimized streaming experience. In other words, these apps and programmed to run off of a Roku or Apple TV versus a Smart TV. With a Smart TV there will always be a level of clunkiness and limitations.

A Firestick, Roku or Apple TV allows you to have it all in one place.

Lastly, gone will be the days of "channel surfing". You're not going to be able to sit and scan the channel guide for something to watch the way you could with traditional cable. You can still do that do a degree, but these services are designed more for knowing what you want to watch.

This is one reason why my 70-year old Father will always have a traditional cable package.

Good luck!
I did this recently.  
81_Great_Dane : 8/15/2019 1:37 pm : link
Decided to do a very thorough upgrade over several months. Glad I did. Your requirements may not be so fussy.

1) Got a new mesh WiFi router, ditched our old Apple Airport system. (Not essential but the new system eliminated dead spots in our apartment and allows faster streaming.) TP-Link Deco 9, with 2 base stations, plenty for our medium-sized apartment

2) Upgraded Internet speed. Due to issues with the old lines in my apartment building, Spectrum had to run a new line. That didn't cost me any money but it involved a bunch of negotiations with my landlord and arranging the installation took weeks.

3) Got new Spectrum modem and router installed, then returned Spectrum router; using Spectrum modem with mesh WiFi system as router. Spectrum charges monthly fee for each cable box and for router, so getting rid of all that provided some savings.

4) Got a new AppleTV. I like AppleTV better than Roku. I wanted the DolbyVision HDR and a few other features. Roku would be fine otherwise. We already had an Amazon FireStick for the bedroom TV. My wife loves it.

5) Got a cheap-ish antenna for over the air, but I have to confess we almost never think to use it, even for the channels that come in clear, because we...

6) Signed up for YouTubeTV. Chose it because of the unlimited cloud DVR. Which streaming TV service you choose, if any, depends on your needs. It's already a little more money than I'd like to pay.

7) Got a Logitech Harmony Hub to provide universal remote control and let us use voice commands with Alexa Dot. (We already had the Dot, which we got free at some event I went to.) This is a luxury but voice commands are nice. The Hub requires some effort to set up and is mostly reliable. Mostly. We still use the device remotes occasionally.

8) I had a fast Internet switch[/b}. Hooked that up to the mesh router. Got some [b]Ethernet cables so everything in the living room is on Ethernet instead of WiFi: Blu-ray Player, Smart TV, Receiver, AppleTV. Now Internet radio and streaming music are rock-solid on the receiver.

* One-time purchases: antenna, Ethernet cables, AppleTV, Harmony Hub and TP-Link Deco 9 mesh WiFi
* Service upgrade: to 400mbps Internet
* Kept: Netflix, Amazon Prime, CBS All-Access
* Added: YouTube TV subscription,
* Dropped: Spectrum cable TV and router.

Bottom line: The cost of YouTubeTV is a lot less than cable, but the subscriptions add up fast and I'm not willing to shell out for all the new ones, because it'll quickly add up to something like the old cable bill.

That's a ton of work and logistics  
JonC : 8/15/2019 1:47 pm : link
to save about $100 and change?
A few questions on Hulu live  
Giantfan in skinland : 8/15/2019 1:56 pm : link
Can this be a solution for Giants games if you're out of market?

In other words:
Do they show Giants games live on the local affiliate?
Can you select the location of the affiliates you want or, alternatively, can you access remotely (if you have someone in market set up the account)?
RE: That's a ton of work and logistics  
GruningsOnTheHill : 8/15/2019 2:04 pm : link
In comment 14531282 JonC said:
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to save about $100 and change?


This.

If only it were easy..
I have Xfinity...  
moze1021 : 8/15/2019 2:05 pm : link
what have folks done re: landline phone when cutting cable??

Xfinity internet/phone packages have terrible low speeds..

I need landline because no cell service at my house.
RE: That's a ton of work and logistics  
81_Great_Dane : 8/15/2019 2:09 pm : link
In comment 14531282 JonC said:
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to save about $100 and change?
It was a lot of work to save around $100 to $150 a month. However we ended up with a better system. So it was part cord-cutting and part upgrade.

I don't think my cord-cutting experience is unusual; a lot of people have found that switching from simple-but-expensive cable to over-the-air and streaming is more complicated than it should be.
RE: I have Xfinity...  
81_Great_Dane : 8/15/2019 2:11 pm : link
In comment 14531296 moze1021 said:
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what have folks done re: landline phone when cutting cable??

Xfinity internet/phone packages have terrible low speeds..

I need landline because no cell service at my house.
Should have noted above: Kept landline service through Spectrum. Scheming ways to ditch the landline. Thinking of porting the number to Google Voice, which is a pain.
RE: That's a ton of work and logistics  
NoPeanutz : 8/15/2019 2:15 pm : link
In comment 14531282 JonC said:
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to save about $100 and change every month?

FTFY.
That's a lot of change. Just picture more than $1200 a year flying out of your wallet into Fredo Dolan's pocket for nothing. $1200 a year that could be saved for college, paying off your mortgage, taking your family on vacation...
RE: find the cheapest internet option you can  
FranknWeezer : 8/15/2019 2:39 pm : link
In comment 14531083 Rory said:
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buy a chromecast/roku/firestick and get YoutubeTV. $50 a month and its worth every penny.


For me, Philo was heads and tails above YoutubeTV, in terms of the quality and diversity of programming offered, for less than half the price and NO CONTRACT. Allows you to pause shows, rewind, etc. Also to save them. You can try it free for 7 days, too. Can't recommend it enough.
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RE: RE: That's a ton of work and logistics  
Gatorade Dunk : 8/15/2019 3:06 pm : link
In comment 14531313 NoPeanutz said:
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In comment 14531282 JonC said:


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to save about $100 and change every month?


FTFY.
That's a lot of change. Just picture more than $1200 a year flying out of your wallet into Fredo Dolan's pocket for nothing. $1200 a year that could be saved for college, paying off your mortgage, taking your family on vacation...

Considering Dolan sold CVC in 2015, that money would literally be flying into his pocket for nothing.
Hulu Live  
mstyles22.0 : 8/15/2019 3:18 pm : link
Will show whatever your local game is, in my case usually the Chargers and/or Rams. No blackouts.

You can watch live TV remotely via the Hulu app with one caveat: The first time you install the app and go to log-in, your phone needs to be on the same WiFi network as your TV Hulu is running off of.

One you do that, youíre good to watch from anywhere for another 2-3 months before it makes you synch up again. I travel for work all over the country and have watched plenty of live sporting events thru Hulu live. (Like when the Yankees or Giants are on national TV and itís blacked out on the MLB app or Sunday Ticket mobile).

RE: Hulu Live  
81_Great_Dane : 8/15/2019 3:37 pm : link
In comment 14531366 mstyles22.0 said:
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Will show whatever your local game is, in my case usually the Chargers and/or Rams. No blackouts.

You can watch live TV remotely via the Hulu app with one caveat: The first time you install the app and go to log-in, your phone needs to be on the same WiFi network as your TV Hulu is running off of.

One you do that, youíre good to watch from anywhere for another 2-3 months before it makes you synch up again. I travel for work all over the country and have watched plenty of live sporting events thru Hulu live. (Like when the Yankees or Giants are on national TV and itís blacked out on the MLB app or Sunday Ticket mobile).
There are a lot of options now for cord-cutters who still want live sports and news, plus a few cable channels. That's kind of the easy part. And most will give you a 30-day free trial, so you could go for a long time without actually having to sign up.
Philco Vs Youtube TV  
NY Blue : 8/15/2019 3:58 pm : link
Best thing to do is first list everything that you cant live without. With my wife and I TMC, SyFy, MSNBC were a must, Philco doesn't have ant of them so You Tube it is.
RE: Here is what I did last year  
Carson53 : 8/15/2019 5:05 pm : link
In comment 14531076 mgreenie03 said:
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I was in the same situation, paying $200 a month for Comcast. I cancelled all of Comcast services except internet, I dont have any choice for Internet $55 a month for 60MB. I signed up with YouTube TV for $40 a month, now its $50. I get all the Boston local channels for football, all of the ESPN channels for college football and NESN for Bruins hockey. Unlimited cloud DVR, key feature. I do have Amazon Prime for other TV and SiriusXM for music, so I spend over $100 per month, feels like I get alot more than what had with Comcast. BTW I have TCL Roku TV's.

Good luck with the research.
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That's what I am about to do shortly, first the TV.
Comcast/Xfinity quoted me $74.95 for 60 MBPS.
If you want slower (like 15 MB), you can get that for $49. I am not sure that is enough speed!
I will probably go with 60 MB.
Do you like TCL Roku TV?
It is tax free weekend in the Commonwealth this weekend.
Had Directv for 23 years. Well over $200 a month. Canceled  
RDJR : 8/15/2019 5:07 pm : link
last month. Iím an avid sports fan. Everything from auto racing to cycling to the stick and ball sports. I tried Sling first and did not like the fact they had two tier pricing. Canceled during the trial period. Went to YouTube TV, but they donít have NFL Network. Canceled during trial period. Then went to PlayStation Vue and have been pretty happy. 5 streams at once, unlimited DVR, programs kept for 28 days. Has been hassle free. I also have MLB.tv and HBO. My monthly is less than 100 bucks a month now. I use both Rokus and Apple TVís to stream. Good Luck.
Thoughts  
jpennyva : 8/15/2019 8:25 pm : link
Hello - I have not read through all of the comments so I apologize if what I write here has been covered. How far away do you live from a metropolitan area? I live only about 8 miles from Washington, DC. My husband installed an antenna on our townhouse roof pointed in the direction of where the towers are supposed to be (there are sites that can help you figure out what kind of antenna signal you can get from your house) and we get 66 over-the-air channels, including all of the local ones in great HD. The best part is we have these even if internet is out for some reason.

We only have high speed internet and have both Roku and Amazon Fire sticks in our house. There are a ton of free "channels" and apps through these. My husband's favorite is Pluto. We also subscribe to DirecTV Now (which is changing soon to AT&T Now). We signed up a couple of years ago and I don't believe the specific package we have is still available (we were grandfathered in when they changed). We pay $50/month and we do not miss cable at all. It offers a cloud DVR, though we haven't used it much. The level we have doesn't offer a lot in the way of sports (ESPN/2, NBC Sports Network, MLB Network, and FS1) - I can only watch Giants when they are on in my area but I stream sports in other ways.

We also have Netflix, Hulu and Amazon Prime, which we had before we cut cable but, like I said, we don't miss it because our needs are met with the above for the most part. Good luck!
My head  
GruningsOnTheHill : 8/15/2019 8:53 pm : link
is swimming from all this stuff. Rolu? Huzu? All I know is I am sick of getting played for a chump by the cable companies and their $200+ monthly charges for cable/landline/internet.
RE: My head  
Gatorade Dunk : 8/16/2019 10:50 am : link
In comment 14531624 GruningsOnTheHill said:
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is swimming from all this stuff. Rolu? Huzu? All I know is I am sick of getting played for a chump by the cable companies and their $200+ monthly charges for cable/landline/internet.

How are you being played for a chump? I suppose you have a valid complaint if you feel like there isn't free market competition, but it's not a really a chump decision otherwise - you can always cancel, right? And if you don't want to or feel like you can't, how is their pricing inconsistent with supply/demand?

Feeling like something is too expensive isn't the same as being an irreplaceable part of the subscriber base.
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mgreenie03 : 8/16/2019 1:16 pm : link
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I was in the same situation, paying $200 a month for Comcast. I cancelled all of Comcast services except internet, I dont have any choice for Internet $55 a month for 60MB. I signed up with YouTube TV for $40 a month, now its $50. I get all the Boston local channels for football, all of the ESPN channels for college football and NESN for Bruins hockey. Unlimited cloud DVR, key feature. I do have Amazon Prime for other TV and SiriusXM for music, so I spend over $100 per month, feels like I get alot more than what had with Comcast. BTW I have TCL Roku TV's.

Good luck with the research.

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That's what I am about to do shortly, first the TV.
Comcast/Xfinity quoted me $74.95 for 60 MBPS.
If you want slower (like 15 MB), you can get that for $49. I am not sure that is enough speed!
I will probably go with 60 MB.
Do you like TCL Roku TV?
It is tax free weekend in the Commonwealth this weekend.

Hey Carson - sorry for the delayed response - I do like the TCL Roku TV's - good, not great, picture for the prices. Very simple and easy to setup. Got them at BJs. I have a 55" and 43".
On the Comcast front - I was paying $75 for 60MBs but they just gave me a discount to $55 per month. My understanding of YouTube TV is you need a minimum of 20MB. That could be for multiple streams.
RE: RE: RE: Here is what I did last year  
Carson53 : 8/16/2019 1:27 pm : link
In comment 14532173 mgreenie03 said:
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In comment 14531076 mgreenie03 said:


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I was in the same situation, paying $200 a month for Comcast. I cancelled all of Comcast services except internet, I dont have any choice for Internet $55 a month for 60MB. I signed up with YouTube TV for $40 a month, now its $50. I get all the Boston local channels for football, all of the ESPN channels for college football and NESN for Bruins hockey. Unlimited cloud DVR, key feature. I do have Amazon Prime for other TV and SiriusXM for music, so I spend over $100 per month, feels like I get alot more than what had with Comcast. BTW I have TCL Roku TV's.

Good luck with the research.

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That's what I am about to do shortly, first the TV.
Comcast/Xfinity quoted me $74.95 for 60 MBPS.
If you want slower (like 15 MB), you can get that for $49. I am not sure that is enough speed!
I will probably go with 60 MB.
Do you like TCL Roku TV?
It is tax free weekend in the Commonwealth this weekend.


Hey Carson - sorry for the delayed response - I do like the TCL Roku TV's - good, not great, picture for the prices. Very simple and easy to setup. Got them at BJs. I have a 55" and 43".
On the Comcast front - I was paying $75 for 60MBs but they just gave me a discount to $55 per month. My understanding of YouTube TV is you need a minimum of 20MB. That could be for multiple streams.
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Okay, thanks for the input.
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