Originally Posted by DeadEd
My cable bill is over $300 a month".
Here in Canada (east anyways) we have 2 major telco's when it comes to home TV, phone (home & mobile), and internet. You don't hear about them in the United States b/c they have a government protected monopoly here at home. They are Bell - the traditional phone company, and Rogers - the traditional cable company (substitute Shaw or Cogeco depending on where you live). Consumers get brainwashed by these telco's "bundle" discounts which amount to just FIVE BUCKS off (- $5) when you add individual services together, and their advertising is utterly disgusting when they publish what might be decent package rates BUT ONLY FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS, WITH A 1 OR 2 YEAR CONTRACT
. The advertising is criminal. Once you add the $50 or $75 activation fee, the installation fee, and whatever else you need it literally amounts to a $300 monthly bill, which is downright thievery. Yet people are so helpless because one provider is not any less inept than the other (so there's no alternative), and even though a service reseller may offer the best option for either home phone, or internet, there's this fixation with "The Bundle" that scares people away from considering. Oh no, I can't go with a better internet package with another provider because I'll lose my bundle discount from my main service provider... but that bundle is just $5 a month. Wake up people!
When I got married and moved into my new house 5 years ago I made the tough decision to abandon cable. What a blessing in disguise. The OTA we're pulling in from our antenna gives me all the major Canadian and U.S. networks I need. I get my high speed internet and home phone (land-line) from an amazing local service reseller - a company that uses the big telco's underground infrastructure to provide better/increased service at a much lower cost, with LOCAL tech/billing support - not incoherent CS agents outsourced to India. Between Netflix (more for the kids), internet TV channels, torrents and the OTA we have a pretty good setup going. The only thing I haven't missed until now was sports: the two main cable sports networks up here you can't get OTA or online without paying. Hasn't been a big deal since Toronto's local sports team have been downright PATHETIC in recent years... I can always watch a Leafs game on CBC (OTA HD) every Saturday night but last year in particular their Sat night record was atrocious so I stopped watching. This year however I'm already itching to watch the Blue Jays in action so I may end up ordering the MLB network online - I'd do that before ever giving my money to the two evil telco. UNLESS they actually wised up and allowed consumers to purchase individual HD channels instead of in packages of 20-30 channels, etc. But then I'd have to rent/buy/upgrade a tuner box or PVR... man OTA is just great!