Cable or Online TV?

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
304 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Contemporary Art Center of Peoria

We currently don’t have cable. Honestly, I grew up without it and as much as I want it, I don’t think it’s worth the cost for us. We subscribe to Hulu and my parents have Netflix. We swapped emails & passwords so we can both benefit from each of them. 🙂 

Have you looked into a Roku? (about $40-50) It’s a box that plugs into your TV and you can stream Netflix, Hulu, etc from that. There’s no extra fee, just your subscriptions. 

Post # 3
1055 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I grew up with cable and couldn’t imagine living with out it… until I looked at the prices when I moved out of my parents’ house!!  DH and I don’t have Cable, but got good internet instead. I watch ABC shows online, but the recently added a catch where you can’t watch a new episode until the following week. I’ve dealt with that, but may get Hulu to watch the next day. Other than that, we are all about Netflix and Apple movie rentals. DH only watches sports socially, so it really isn’t a big deal for us. 

Ive had a Roku, Chromecast and AppleTV and would rate them in that order (with Apple being the best). 

Post # 4
2791 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015 - Walnut Hill Bed & Breakfast

I don’t plan on getting cable in my new house, at least not for a while and even then it would be the basic package.  I do have a Hulu+ account which has most of the shows I watch.  I’ll wait and see but I might also resubscribe to Netflix streaming. 

Post # 5
871 posts
Busy bee

We dont have cable (sky/Virgin) and watch everything from online. It saves SO much money! We convinced my parents to drop their cable package too and they just pay for netflix now instead. They still manage to see everything they want to see either online or netflix! 

Post # 6
2428 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We cut the cable cord over 2 years ago and don’t miss it at all! We were paying an outrageous amount and it just wasn’t worth it. We have Netflix, and whatever we can’t find on there is either on Movie4k, TubePlus, etc. We have our desktop connected to the TV as a second monitor so it works out really well.

Post # 7
6455 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We talk about cutting the cord every month when we get our bill but we just can’t let the sports go. We don’t live locally to our teams so without cable we don’t have a hope of seeing the game we want.

You could look into Hulu to watch those shows. They offer a free trial so you could check it out and make sure those are available. Then you can either pay for a membership and watch them the next day (I believe) or usually they allow you to watch them 8 days after they air for free.

Post # 8
12895 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I am just about to cut cable too.  I just ordered an HD antenna to see how the reception is at my house for broadcast TV.  If that works out, I’ll be cancelling cable.  We were paying $60 for basic cable (I just had to have HGTV), and $27 for equipment rental and DVR.  Which is all ridiculous since most the shows I want to watch are boardcast.  I got an spare computer hooked up to the TV and will buy a TV tuner card for it to still DVR, but instead of 87 monthly, the card is a one time $100 purchase for essentially the same thing since I wasn’t really recording any cable shows.

Post # 9
114 posts
Blushing bee

We don’t have cable.  The only sport FI watches is basketball and since we live far away from his team’s city and the games are not blacked out he gets the NBA league pass or whatever it’s called.  We have Netflix and have a comcast plan that includes the networks and HBOGo!  It’s perfect and we don’t miss cable at all!

Post # 10
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Being in law school with tons of loans, I chose not to buy cable. My SO bought me a Chromecast last year and it’s been life saving. You can cast any tab you’re watching on chrome through any device that can connect to your wifi .

Post # 11
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We were just talking about this last week! We have cable through suddenlink, but we also have netflix streaming through our roku box (along with amazon for new movies & access to hulu+). It seems like alot of the shows we watch on cable are either on hulu+ or netflix and at less than $20 for the both of them versus our current $60 for cable it sounds soo tempting! The only reason I havent turned our cable off yet is that I really enjoy our local news, local pbs station, and broadcast news (cnn, nightly news with brian williams) and I’m not sure about how that would work with hulu+. 

I did notice while browsing hulu+ that some shows say they have like 300+ episodes but they are all just short 1 minute preview clips! Is there any way around that – like a higher subscription level or no?? It was annoying as all hell to see 19 kids & counting but only be able to watch 1 minute previews of each episode =( 

If you are considering the roku box It’s a great deal and we love ours. Had it for nearly 6 yrs now and it’s still going strong! You can also play pandora net radio with it- which i honestly use more than netflix/cable/hulu anyway… They also have other internet streaming channels too like Amazon and you can pull up your facebook photos- say if you wanna show off vacation pics or something… 

Post # 12
2007 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MsGinkgo:  We don’t have cable. Just high-speed internet and AppleTV (and 2 Playstations). We have monthly Hulu and Netflix subscriptions, and a friend of my FI’s gave us his login info for HBO GO so we get to watch HBO for free, too. 😛 I also jhave Amazon Prime, which we can watch through the PS. If we really want to watch something that’s not accessible on Netflix/Hulu/Amazon, we will either rent it (movies) through Apple or buy a season of it (TV shows–American Horror Story, SOA, Mad Men, etc.). We maybe pay $20/month, on average, to watch everything we want to watch. The only thing we miss is football, but we either go to a bar or to a friend’s house if we must watch a game.

ETA: AppleTV also has AirPlay, so if you have an iPhone, you can shoot anything–music, pictures, websites–to your TV. It’s pretty great. But useless if you don’t have an iPhone lol.

  • This reply was modified 2 years ago by  bbbria.
Post # 14
1059 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MsGinkgo:  No cable here. Just internet. Netflix/Hulu Plus. We go over to friends’ houses or the bar to watch games. But neither of us are sports fanatics.

Post # 15
1843 posts
Buzzing bee

Basically I made the switch when I realized that the cable monthly payment when multiplied by 12, bought me a round trip to Europe and some extra money to spend on quality time with the FI. 

And then it’s not like I’m missing out on much. Maybe having to wait to watch some shows. And even when you pay for all the movie channels on cable, you are left with two options. Either watch the same repeated crap movies over and over or pay for On Demand movies. Um, no thanks. I’d rather skip the monthly payment and rent online through the Apple TV.


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