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post #1321 of 1689
The price of sports is driving pay TV prices through the roof. Thanks to my antenna I still get to watch plenty of football all weekend in HD. Then I watch classic TV on MeTV during the week. All for free.

I've filled up 15 six hour VHS tapes of The Beverly Hillbillies and 6 six hour VHS tapes of the 60s Batman off of MeTV. I haven't watch the last 6 tapes of The Beverly Hillbillies because I've been watching some many other TV shows and football. I haven't had my DVD player on since August. I've only spent $30 on DVDs this whole year and that is my total TV bill.
post #1322 of 1689
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Originally Posted by Jedi Master View Post

Thanks to my antenna I still get to watch plenty of football all weekend in HD. 

 

It's not your antenna you should be thanking. It's those advertisers that you so disdain.

post #1323 of 1689
In 1980, when I first got Cable TV, Basic was $8.00 a Month, and the premium channels (HBO Showtime and The Movie Channel) were an additional $7.00 each. If you signed up for two, they tossed in the third for no additional charge.

Today Basic is $129.00 a Month, and the Premium Channels are $12.00 each.

Lets do some Math.

Since 1980:

The price of the Premium Channels has gone up about 58% rolleyes.gif

The Price of Basic Cable has gone up OVER 1,600%!eek.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gif
post #1324 of 1689
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Originally Posted by borntocoast View Post

In 1980, when I first got Cable TV, Basic was $8.00 a Month, and the premium channels (HBO Showtime and The Movie Channel) were an additional $7.00 each. If you signed up for two, they tossed in the third for no additional charge.

Today Basic is $129.00 a Month, and the Premium Channels are $12.00 each.

Lets do some Math.

Since 1980:

The price of the Premium Channels has gone up about 58% rolleyes.gif

The Price of Basic Cable has gone up OVER 1,600%!eek.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gif

Inflation says that $7 premium should be worth $19.65 today - and back then there was just 1 HBO, not 7.
$8 basic should be worth $22.46 today (and when you say basic, what group of channels are you refering to?)
post #1325 of 1689

We're actually cutting the cord again in January.  I was OTA and Internet streaming only a couple years ago when I was unemployed and it worked pretty well for over a year.  I eventually signed back up for pay TV a couple months after I got a job again.  So last week I look and I pay $90 a month for 14 shows I can't get OTA for free.  Of those 14 shows I can get 13 of them for free either thru Hulu or the network website (some on a 30 day delay).  Only 1 seems to be available only pay per episode thru iTunes or Amazon or wait 6 months for it to hit Netflix.  

 

So we've decided we can live with that.  I can do a lot with $90 a month not going to cable.  :)

post #1326 of 1689
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Originally Posted by Berk32 View Post

Inflation says that $7 premium should be worth $19.65 today - and back then there was just 1 HBO, not 7.
$8 basic should be worth $22.46 today (and when you say basic, what group of channels are you refering to?)

I'm talking about ESPN, Nickelodeon, USA, A&E, TBS, WGN, WOR. and later, MTV, TDC, TLC and others. Most of these are only available "On the Upper Tier". (Bear in mind there were NO "Tiers" in 1980, just Basic and the Premiums). When I originally signed up I was like a Kid on Christmas Morning. biggrin.gif I had no way of knowing that the day would come when I'd get so enraged that I'd Cancel my Subscription mad.gif, but then again, I had no idea the day would come when you could purchase entire TV Seasons, including the Complete series, on Home Video. (Do you know of any alternative to Pay-TV that only goes DOWN in price over the years?) Individual Seasons can cost as much as $60.00, and Entire Series can fetch as much as $300.00 eek.gif when they first come out, but wait a few months to a year, and they end up on the bargain Bins. biggrin.gif

BTW I purchased two complete TV Series on DVD from Amazon yesterday as early Christmas Presents "from Me to Myself". 194 Uncut, Commercial-Free Episodes for 35 Bux! biggrin.gif

(I'll be giving them to my Sister for safekeeping until December 25.) cool.gif
Edited by borntocoast - 11/20/12 at 6:34am
post #1327 of 1689
If it works for you, great.
post #1328 of 1689
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Originally Posted by bonscott87 View Post

We're actually cutting the cord again in January.  I was OTA and Internet streaming only a couple years ago when I was unemployed and it worked pretty well for over a year.  I eventually signed back up for pay TV a couple months after I got a job again.  So last week I look and I pay $90 a month for 14 shows I can't get OTA for free.  Of those 14 shows I can get 13 of them for free either thru Hulu or the network website (some on a 30 day delay).  Only 1 seems to be available only pay per episode thru iTunes or Amazon or wait 6 months for it to hit Netflix.  

So we've decided we can live with that.  I can do a lot with $90 a month not going to cable.  smile.gif

We have been cord free for a year and half, and we haven't missed anything. We are saving $100 a month, which actually paid for a vacation this year that we normally wouldn't have been able to afford. Almost everything is available, and with our OTA DVR I built into our computer, we have given up nothing, have better quality, more tuners to actually record everything, and again, anything else we can get from the web which is hooked up to our tv anyway. Now, seeing the same damn commercial over and over again sucks when you watch via a website, but it is a small price to pay. Heck, it is even better sometimes (like South Park is actually uncensored)...
post #1329 of 1689
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Originally Posted by borntocoast View Post

In 1980, when I first got Cable TV, Basic was $8.00 a Month, and the premium channels (HBO Showtime and The Movie Channel) were an additional $7.00 each. If you signed up for two, they tossed in the third for no additional charge.
Today Basic is $129.00 a Month, and the Premium Channels are $12.00 each.
Lets do some Math.
Since 1980:
The price of the Premium Channels has gone up about 58% rolleyes.gif
The Price of Basic Cable has gone up OVER 1,600%!eek.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gif
I don't know where you're located, but in 1979, when we got cable, it was $22 a month for around 30 channels. That's a heck of a lot more than $8 a month - and would equal $68 now.

Currently, I pay $105 a month for around 200 channels, nearly all of them HD, including several movie channels. Plus, I have a DVR, the ability to program recordings from anywhere and a guide and search function that beats the heck out of the paper TV Guide or that scrolling guide channel I used to have to live with.

Plus, instead an entire day of re-runs on TNT and USA, I get several great original series on AMC, USA, TNT, SciFi and others that rival what I see on the OTA networks.

That's all worth an extra $37 a month over what inflation would have made it cost.
post #1330 of 1689
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Originally Posted by borntocoast View Post

In 1980, when I first got Cable TV, Basic was $8.00 a Month, and the premium channels (HBO Showtime and The Movie Channel) were an additional $7.00 each. If you signed up for two, they tossed in the third for no additional charge.
Today Basic is $129.00 a Month, and the Premium Channels are $12.00 each.
Lets do some Math.
Since 1980:
The price of the Premium Channels has gone up about 58% rolleyes.gif
The Price of Basic Cable has gone up OVER 1,600%!eek.gifmad.gifmad.gifmad.gif

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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

I don't know where you're located, but in 1979, when we got cable, it was $22 a month for around 30 channels. That's a heck of a lot more than $8 a month - and would equal $68 now.
Currently, I pay $105 a month for around 200 channels, nearly all of them HD, including several movie channels. Plus, I have a DVR, the ability to program recordings from anywhere and a guide and search function that beats the heck out of the paper TV Guide or that scrolling guide channel I used to have to live with.
Plus, instead an entire day of re-runs on TNT and USA, I get several great original series on AMC, USA, TNT, SciFi and others that rival what I see on the OTA networks.
That's all worth an extra $37 a month over what inflation would have made it cost.

I got cable for the first time in 1979 as well. Where I was living there was only one channel available OTA (ABC) so cable was almost a necessity. It was $8/month for basic (12 channels) and $11/month for expanded which added four more channels. HBO, Showtime and The Movie Channel were the only premiums available and were $7 each. I recall that ESPN had no commercials in those days but most of the programming was Sport Center and some talking heads shows along with Australian Rules Football, Rugby and cheerleading competitions.
post #1331 of 1689
I grew up in rural eastern Washington where in 1954 we had all of one channel with all three networks. A little later some of the local radio folks started an independent channel in a nearby city but unfortunately they put the transmitter in town and not up on the butte where the other station was so we couldn't receive it. A year later it was out of business.

Another nearby community put in a reflector to get a Spokane station and my dad put in a yagi to get it. That turned us into DX fans because we would get stations from all over the country by ionosphere bounce including a New York city station once. But the FCC declared reflectors illegal were replaced by translators which the same community put in. For $15 a year we could get three of the Spokane channels. By the 1980s the yearly donation was $25 and there were ~10 channels including some from Portland. But they had trouble getting donations because rural folks were buying C-Band dishes.

The nearby city of 25K did have cable in the early 1950s with the Spokane stations.
post #1332 of 1689
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Originally Posted by NetworkTV View Post

I don't know where you're located, but in 1979, when we got cable, it was $22 a month for around 30 channels.

Redford, Michigan. 28 Channels including HBO, Showtime and The Movie Channel for, as I mentioned before $22.00 a Month.
post #1333 of 1689
when i can get the golf channel in HD i'll consider dropping satellite/cable
post #1334 of 1689
Its my 4 year anniversary of cutting the cord. I cut the cord in Nov. 2008. I have saved $4,800 in cable fees since. That will buy plenty of DVDs of any show that isn't available OTA. The only thing I miss is Monday Night Football but I would rather have the $4,800 I have saved. Plus I can follow the season fine with the games that come on the broadcast networks.

I was in Best Buy Tuesday Night and they had The Expendables on DVD on sale for $3.99. They only had one copy left so I snatched it up. I rented it for $1 two years ago when it came out with hopes of buying it cheap later down the road. This way I can save even more money.

Last month I went to Fred's discount store and they had DVDs on sale for 60% off. I bought several movies on DVD for $3 a piece.
post #1335 of 1689
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Originally Posted by grubadub View Post

when i can get the golf channel in HD i'll consider dropping satellite/cable

During the summer CBS and NBC has golf on all weekend and in HD.
post #1336 of 1689
Not to mention that a lot of networks will go on hiatus again this December and series will start back up again in mid-January. Sometimes I feel like asking the cable company for a rebate for the "dead months." Even some of the cable and premium networks will have nothing on for a couple months that I want to watch. Even FX often has long breaks between their hit series lineup. So the old argument you aren't saving money by renting these streaming does not necessarily hold up.
post #1337 of 1689
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Originally Posted by Brian Conrad View Post

Not to mention that a lot of networks will go on hiatus again this December and series will start back up again in mid-January. Sometimes I feel like asking the cable company for a rebate for the "dead months." Even some of the cable and premium networks will have nothing on for a couple months that I want to watch. Even FX often has long breaks between their hit series lineup. So the old argument you aren't saving money by renting these streaming does not necessarily hold up.
I don't know about the cable operators, but with D* you can put your service on hold for a month or so without officially cancelling.
post #1338 of 1689
can someone please help me. I am looking to finally move over to internet tv!! i wish to have hbo, showtime, and cinemax and all standard channels that come with cable or satellite, without the monthly fees. I've been looking at external hardware for my laptop including antennas but i would like something without the use of cable cards which you have to acquire from a service provider. i see a lot of good products but im not sure if i would be able to get all the channels listed above with them. can someone please recommend how i get all all my channels for free with a external hardware product
post #1339 of 1689
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Originally Posted by poorstudent View Post

can someone please help me. I am looking to finally move over to internet tv!! i wish to have hbo, showtime, and cinemax and all standard channels that come with cable or satellite, without the monthly fees. I've been looking at external hardware for my laptop including antennas but i would like something without the use of cable cards which you have to acquire from a service provider. i see a lot of good products but im not sure if i would be able to get all the channels listed above with them. can someone please recommend how i get all all my channels for free with a external hardware product

You can't, period. Either pay for cable to get those channels or pick and choose from streaming options but none of the channels you want are free.
post #1340 of 1689
dang ok thank you. what would you recommend my best/cheapest option?
post #1341 of 1689
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Originally Posted by poorstudent View Post

can someone please help me. I am looking to finally move over to internet tv!! i wish to have hbo, showtime, and cinemax and all standard channels that come with cable or satellite, without the monthly fees. I've been looking at external hardware for my laptop including antennas but i would like something without the use of cable cards which you have to acquire from a service provider. i see a lot of good products but im not sure if i would be able to get all the channels listed above with them. can someone please recommend how i get all all my channels for free with a external hardware product

Like Nayan said, it can't be done. I've tried a lot of streaming devices and the Rokus are my favorite because they're pretty cheap and have a ton of content, far more than any other device I've heard of. There are some pay channels (Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Hulu Plus, MLB, NBA, NHL, Hulu Plus, etc...) but hundreds of free channels as well. Roku also is open to developers so private channels can also be created and added. New channels are added weekly. http://www.roku.com/
post #1342 of 1689
awesome thank you. Is it possible to access HBO, showtime and starz through roku? i understand that there will be an added cost if so.

I primarily would like to use my laptop as my tv and DVR as i have more room to record and save shows, plus i travel alot with sport and take my laptop with me. i would like to run windows media player to do my recording. (i know that roku is directly linked to my tv) i also have my laptop hooked up to my tv. what are my other options for external hardware where i can still purchase and watch HBO starz, ect while traveling but still connected through wifi or ethernet? cable card are a possibility but what devices would give me these options?
post #1343 of 1689
Those channels are only available through cable or satellite. Both Netflix and Amazon offer movies for $7.99/month, but they are not newer releases. I would suggest browsing both sites to see if they offer what you're looking for.
post #1344 of 1689
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Originally Posted by poorstudent View Post

awesome thank you. Is it possible to access HBO, showtime and starz through roku? i understand that there will be an added cost if so.
I primarily would like to use my laptop as my tv and DVR as i have more room to record and save shows, plus i travel alot with sport and take my laptop with me. i would like to run windows media player to do my recording. (i know that roku is directly linked to my tv) i also have my laptop hooked up to my tv. what are my other options for external hardware where i can still purchase and watch HBO starz, ect while traveling but still connected through wifi or ethernet? cable card are a possibility but what devices would give me these options?

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Originally Posted by Nayan View Post

Those channels are only available through cable or satellite. Both Netflix and Amazon offer movies for $7.99/month, but they are not newer releases. I would suggest browsing both sites to see if they offer what you're looking for.
You can buy or rent individual episodes of some of their shows on Vudu or Amazon Instant Video. HBO is accessible (HBO GO) through Roku but only with a validated cable or satellite subscription from a participating provider.
post #1345 of 1689
LOL, this is hilarious. 'I want all this good stuff for free, or at least cheap!!!' Wah.
post #1346 of 1689
"Internet" equals "Free"....didn't ya' get th' memo? biggrin.gif
post #1347 of 1689
I still have to pay for internet, but it's a better value than cable. Cable doesn't let me talk back to it smile.gif
post #1348 of 1689
If you want free content hook up an antenna and get CBS, NBC, Fox, ABC, and PBS in HD and classic channels like MeTV. Regular Hulu and Youtube are also free.
post #1349 of 1689
I can get Hulu and YouTube with an antenna?
post #1350 of 1689
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Originally Posted by 8traxrule View Post

I can get Hulu and YouTube with an antenna?

Sure, just connect that antenna to a wifi card! wink.gif
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