Thread: Cutting away from cable TV

CB - 12/31/2017 at 04:37 PM

Just looking for opinions from those how have switched from cable TV to Sling TV, Hulu Live, YouTube TV or other streaming services.

I watch mostly major networks on local channels, sports - ESPN, FOX Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, news, TBS, TNT, WGN, and USA.

Looking for recommendations for other providers as well.

Happy New Year and Thanks,

DeadMallard - 12/31/2017 at 05:43 PM

I looked at the same recently.

It would not work out for me because no one offered all the sports I needed if I cancelled cable. I'm a big college football & basketball fan and must have the Pac 12 Network.

I ended up cancelling everything but basic cable except the Sports Package which includes the above, ESPN, Fox Sports One etc... Lowered my bill by $90 a month.

One issue with cancelling cable was for me they really jack up the price of your internet service. The only other internet service available in my are has a horrible reputation, although much cheaper.

Good luck. Curious to see if you find a better alternative that meets your needs.

[Edited on 12/31/2017 by DeadMallard]

jszfunk - 12/31/2017 at 09:38 PM

I am not really a big tv watcher to begin with. Four years ago we cancelled our Direct TV. It was getting WAY to expensive . We saved alot by getting rid of it .
The only thing I do miss is the sports, but thats what the radio is for now.
I know to some people TV is important ,its just not a priority for me. Alot of it is just awful and can turn into a time suck.

We just have an antenna, Netfilx and Hulu. Thats good enough for me. If it was not for the kids I would probably just have the antenna.

My wife and I listen to alot of NPR radio, great stuff to be found on there and also on our PBS TV stations too.

porkchopbob - 1/2/2018 at 03:20 PM

We cut the cord after our last move and haven't looked back. Had DirecTV for years, mostly for sports. But it was getting ridiculously expensive - over $200/month during NFL season. Along with Netflix and Amazon Prime, most Smart TVs have enough apps that we get what we want without cable. MLB has a great app if you want to follow just your team or get access to all games. You can get a $15/month HBO subscription which has a huge library of movies. We've had good luck with illegal online streams of NFL games. I've tried both Hulu and SlingTV, and found Sling to have a higher quality stream, but still haven't felt the need to pull the trigger on more channels - most of it is reruns anyways or will eventually show up on Netflix or Amazon.

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