Originally Posted by Jedi Master
Cox Cable in my area charges over $80 a month for HD service and no DVR. This is with only one cable box. Add the DVR and its over $90 a month. This doesn't include the sports package that has the NFL Network, ESPNU and several others.
See, and that's what I have a problem with in these discussions.
The cord cutters always start lumping stuff onto the subscriptions that they would never have after cutting the cord, then say, "see how expensive cable is?". First it's "I need and other box", then 'I need a DVR" and now it's "I need a sports pack". Still others start lumping in movie channels.
Other than a standalone DVR (which you could also use with cable), please tell me what all you think you'd be getting if you cut the cord? You're not going to get that sports package without cable, so if cost is a factor, why would you plunk down for it with cable? You can still hook your antenna up to as many extra TVs as you want, so how often are you really going to need a second box? I had a second box for the bedroom TV. I found I almost never turned the thing on - and certainly didn't watch a different show on it than I could view on the main TV.
That's my gripe. You guys never compare apples to apples. You want to compare an apple and the entire fruit salad.
I pay around $100 for my service, but that's for everything except the option giant sports pack, special sports subscriptions (like Sunday Ticket) and the movie channels. I could easily save myself a good $35 or more a month, even with the DVR and HD service. Oh, and I would absolutely still have ESPN.