questionsi'm desperate to get rid of my cable service. has…

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I dumped cable awhile ago, but I kept cable internet. This allows me to get ESPN3 for sports. I use Hulu to keep up with recent shows, as well as the networks own websites (Hulu doesn't have a deal with all of them). I have Netflix streaming as well. You do miss out on some stuff that you would get with Cable, unless you are willing to use some of the dubious sites like Project Free TV. It's worth trying, since you can always go back and probably get a deal.

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@ecwhitt77: I should have been clearer; I do plan on keeping the cable Internet. You're right though....worse that could happen is I go back, with undoubtedly a little sweeter offer. Thanks.

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DISH, had em for years, cable sucks. If you have any Fiber service and I mean real fiber (to the house, not block) such as FIOS or uVerse those are amazing, consistent and give you what you pay for.

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Desperately trying to do what you are, except I am also dumping my cable ISP as well. For the past 10 years, the only broadband ISP that provided service to our area was Charter. Now verizon finally extended DSL service up here, but we are still under contract with Charter until June of this year. My only cable experience has been with Charter and that turned me off of it for good.

Going to get the Verizon package thing with DirecTV and we already have verizon as our home phone provider. Counting down the days.

Like you, I am tempted just having them as an ISP (and for phone service). I get all my media through...let's just say that I am able to get digital files of TV and movies on my PC.

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Yeah, I cut the cable a while back. Saving over $50 a month by using Roku devices. Works for me decause I don't care about sports or local news. But there are some interesting political manuevers being made in the streaming market, so don't expect services like Netflix and Hulu to remain as cheap as they are for very long. Enjoy it while it lasts. I can see us all commenting 5 years from now, "remember how easy and cheap it used to be to just have cable?" LOL!

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The only thing that I got on cable that I couldn't get through Sickbeard+newsgroups or torrents was hockey, so as soon as I found hockeystreams I cut the cord. The money I saved on cable went towards hard drives in the server, which is full of shows I wouldn't even find on cable nowadays anyway.

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I use netflix, and living in the DC area there's enough local programming to help me get by. I browse the web a lot anyway so I'm golden.

Huluplus is a great service I know plenty of people use, and roku is another great option. Have hope, you'll notice that most of those channels were garbage anyway!

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I cut cable a couple of years ago. Apart from sports, it got to be a total waste of money. Even the channels that had gotten me to want cable to begin with got worse & worse, with more ads and more repeats. (Even the History channel, which I loved at first, got to be a total headache--they repeat the same info 10 times over within the same show!) I miss my NESN, but it wasn't worth the $50+ a month.

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I agree with @mikecris that streaming is going to get harder; Fox already pushed their show back a week, and NBC pulled some of theirs altogether. But I say go for it. As you pointed out, the worst that could happen is you go back to a good promo deal.

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Appreciate the input and suggestions. Think the bottom line is just to cut the cord & find a new normal with alternative content. Thanks!

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We only use Netflix. We also have local channels if we want them, but we never do. Also Xbox live on the 360 has Syfy, ESPN, and Hulu. My husband and I have never subscribed to cable or satellite programing.

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FIOS! It came to my area in March, and I jumped on board in April! No contract required, I'm getting MORE services than cable: a 2nd box (with whole house DVR which I didn't order and don't pay for...) A gadget on my kitchen TV so I get all the channels, MORE channels, and DOUBLE the internet speed, all for more than $20 less per month than I was paying Time Warner. They BEGGED me to come back, offering $79 per month for all 3 (after trying to raise my bill for the new contract term.) I told them that now I've seen how fast FIOS internet is, I'll never switch back! End of advertisement. I don't work for FIOS, really!

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Help....FIOS sounds great..where do I find it AND does anyone know if you can watch Showtime anywhere without cable?

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I bought a roku2xs and subscribed to huluplus and netflix ... Works great plus roku has revision3 TV for free and crackle for free

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Quite often just the threat of leaving your current service will encourage your current provider to give you nice discounts and incentives. When my first DirecTV contract was expiring I called and told them I was going to drop them in favor of going back to cable, they made an offer including extra hardware and the whole-home DVR setup. I declined their offers twice and they kept increasing them to the point where I got all the extra hardwasre I wnated, the next two months free, and the movie channels free for six months.

Remember, your currnet provider does not want to lose you and these days they will bend over backwards to keep you.

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It sounds scarier than it really is. We cut cable and use a combo of over the air HD signal (which can be magnificent depending on where you live), Tivo, Netflix and my laptop that I can connect up.

The end result is that we watch far less tv, see far, far less commercials and my two impressionable children's minds aren't so heavily beaten into the consumer BUY, BUY, BUY mode.

I miss some shows but at the end of the day what did I really miss? A television show. Not a big deal.

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I've been off cable/sat for about 4 years now. I use Netflix, Hulu on my Xbox. Stream sports on my PC. I torrent all my other shows.
I have bunny ears for local T.V. and major sports.

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You can also tell a big difference between Sat and Cable high definition service. Satellite (both dish and direc) will blow cable out of the water. A dish service is pushing an hd signal with little resistance (other than attenuation) then to 20-30 ft of copper cable (coax). In most cases Cable is running miles of copper with filters and booster to keep from loosing packets. The other thing is copper is old, dirty, wet etc. It is split several times at your block then at your house. This can be a nightmare for you wondering why your tv looks fuzzy or net connection just sucks.

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I dropped my cable a month or two ago because me and my gf have been having money problems. You just call and cancel and then return your box, it's quite simple. Also, when you call to cancel they will usually first offer you a significant cut to your monthly payments to get you to stay, so you may end up just taking that. When I was first thinking about cutting my cable they cut my bill by 30 bucks, no questions asked. I still eventually went ahead and got rid of it altogether about 6 months later, but it was still nice.

We make up for not having cable with a combination of netflix streaming and dling tv shows. I use a combination of direct downloading and [edit: keep it legal] and I pay for a fileserve account to help with the direct downloading.

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we switched to DishNetwork back in February, best thing we ever did. During the Hurricane this year cable was out for many in out area, but we had Dish all the way through the storm.

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@mkentosh: that's right, if you ever have signal issues either your dish isn't pointed correctly or a ef5/cat 5 storm took out the dish.