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here it is for any pending 10 year olds who haven't already figured it out better than most 50 year olds can:

A nice way to get rid of cable for now is a stepwise approach.

Step 0 is to realize that all pay TV channels are worth *zero*, and be unwilling to pay more than zero for them. This is a difficult step for many adults, and for some 10 year olds too.

Step 1, Reduce cable service to *only* the slowest internet service that suffices for you. lately that's 6Mbps for me, $49.95, 5 cents below where the price becomes annoying.

Step 1.4142135, For TV use modern DTVs with QAM tuners. If you want timeshifting, a used Moxi will do that, they are available enough via ebay or whatever, i hear.

Step 1.7320508, In parallel, and to adapt for the impending encryption of local cable channels, one can build-up/have an OTA setup with proper antenna,
and a DTVPal or HD Homerun, or a used channelmaster 7000, or maybe WMC with ATSC-dongle.

Step 2, Then when the free-qam channels are removed from cable, or any time earlier at your choosing, you can switch to some non-cable internet service, and use OTA & downloading to view/timeshift TV.

Step 3, Boom, done.
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here it is for any pending 10 year olds who haven't already figured it out better than most 50 year olds can:

A nice way to get rid of cable for now is a stepwise approach.

Step 0 is to realize that all pay TV channels are worth *zero*, and be unwilling to pay more than zero for them. This is a difficult step for many adults, and for some 10 year olds too.

Step 1, Reduce cable service to *only* the slowest internet service that suffices for you. lately that's 6Mbps for me, $49.95, 5 cents below where the price becomes annoying.

Step 1.4142135, For TV use modern DTVs with QAM tuners. If you want timeshifting, a used Moxi will do that, they are available enough via ebay or whatever, i hear.

Step 1.7320508, In parallel, and to adapt for the impending encryption of local cable channels, one can build-up/have an OTA setup with proper antenna,
and a DTVPal or HD Homerun, or a used channelmaster 7000, or maybe WMC with ATSC-dongle.

Step 2, Then when the free-qam channels are removed from cable, or any time earlier at your choosing, you can switch to some non-cable internet service, and use OTA & downloading to view/timeshift TV.

Step 3, Boom, done.

Step 0 is why it only works for people who don't watch very much TV.
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