(Closed) Anyone gotten rid of their cable?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper

Yep. Darling Husband and I do not have any kid of TV service in our house. We get most of our movies and shows online and then transfer them to a master external harddrive. Our xbox is then connected to DH’s computer and the harddrive through Windows Media Player/wireless internet and we watch them on our TV that way.

We did Netflix in the States, but it doesn’t work over here.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

We have talked about it, but in reality, Darling Husband and I are both channel flippers.  I am also a watcher of OnDemand and TiVo, so I just don’t think we could ever do it.  Neiter of us are big movie watchers, so Netflix isn’t really a good alternative for us.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper

@kate169:  It works out well for us. We actually have the whole house on a central wireless network stemming from DHs office. We can access the public folders and hard-drive from any computer in the house (we have 4, plus 2 xboxes). We have 1 xbox in our living room hooked to that TV and one in our bedroom hooked to a TV there. They both connect in wirelessly and we are able to view any media we want through Windows Media Player, which is standard on the 360. The new OS update on the XBox also allows direct streaming from Netflix and Hulu (as well as BBC and Channel 4 here in the UK). Darling Husband totally geeked out setting it all up. He was way too excited about it. His goal is to have a “smart house”.

(We have 2 xBoxes because we both owned one before we got married. Just wanted to put that out there.)

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We’ve talked about it and once we get married maybe.  I’m not a huge TV watcher and neither is Fiance.  We both love movies though.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

@kate169:  We don’t have cable.  We just use Hulu and Netflix.  We do have a media PC connected to the tv.  FI will put movies and shows on there that aren’t available on Hulu or Netflix.  It works out well for us and we have zero complaints.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

Yes.  We got rid of it in August, and haven’t missed it one bit since.

We have a Roku downstairs where we stream Hulu Plus and Netflix, and an Apple TV in our bedroom where we watch Netflix.  We pay $5.68 a month for basic cable (so we still get ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX and PBS), and I believe around $10 each for Hulu and Netflix.  $26 a month isn’t bad when we used to pay $60 for channels we never watched.  I do miss watching baseball games during baseball season, and Darling Husband misses college basketball games on ESPN, but neither one of us are diehard fans so it isn’t too big of a deal (plus, it makes it more fun to go to a sports bar and watch the games that way!).  Do it, you won’t regret it! (And if you do, you can always get it back for football season Wink). 

Post # 11
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

We did, years ago. It’s just Netflix streaming and broadcast for us. No complaints. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We haven’t had cable for a few years now. We have Hulu Plus and might be re-upping our Netflix account soon. It works really well for us, since we can watch all our favorite shows on our schedule instead of when they air. The only thing I really miss is Food Network 🙁

Post # 13
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Sugar bee

Yeah, we did after a few fights with Time Warner. Honestly, I don’t miss it. There are times when I think, “Man I wish I could watch x on TV right now” but for the event-type stuff we just go to someone else’s house (like the Oscars, Superbowl, etc.) and everything else we stream through our Hulu Plus and Netflix memberships. Having both HP and Netflix is actually FAR cheaper than it would be to pay for cable, and I feel like we have a more enjoyable experience out of it — less flipping around for something to watch and more going through a queue of stuff we REALLY want to watch.

And I also do WAY more with my time! It’s so easy to sit down and get sucked in for hours, but now I find myself with more ability to say, “One more episode” and then get up and do chores or go read my book, etc.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We got rid of ours in June and we haven’t missed it except when the Tour de France was on. Instead, we have streaming Netflix and we’re going to hook up the computer to the TV. In my opinion, it’s totally worth it.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper

@zippylef:  This is exactly what my Fiance and I do too. We’ve never had cable. Our internet speed is super fast so we can D/L a show in under two minutes. It’s great.

Post # 16
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I wish. My husband pretty much lives on sports, so that’s a no go getting rid of it altogether. But I really would like it if we could scale back on the premium channels like HBO, Starz etc. We literally have every channel.

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