This DB8 has been my home's flag since the day we moved in 5 years ago. The cable company (Rogers) who had the previous owners signed up for cable TV, cable internet, and (cable) VOIP home phone pulled out all the stops to shower us with mail and phone calls and terrific "deals"...
That was one evil I didn't need. For about the first 6-8 months though we had to endure the cable company's evil brother - the phone company (Bell). Although my wife and I would be perfectly happy living off our mobile numbers our families expected a traditional phone line, plus we needed high speed internet from somewhere so we went with what we thought was the lesser of two evils. Well, I ditched this provider due to incessant harassment - NON STOP mail, phone calls to the house inquiring how our internet service was and if we wanted to upgrade... the second last time I received a cold call I told the CS agent to put a note in my file that I would CANCEL all my services if I received one more solicitation. Less than a week later phone rings, "hi I'm from Bell and want to extend a special offer"... I told the dude to read the last note that was inserted in my file a week ago. He read the whole thing to me and was not one bit surprised when I told him to cancel my phone line and DSL internet immediately. The guy offered to patch me in to a special service rep but knew I was serious and didn't bother asking again after I said "nope".
At that point I had already researched an emerging service reseller (or ISP depending on who you ask) and had received many recommendations from IT/techie people I knew who used them. I switched my land-line phone service and high speed DSL over to Teksavvy, a 3rd party who basically uses Bell and Roger's infrastructures to deliver the same service - or I should say MORE service - at less cost. I've never looked back. I'm paying less than before, receiving WAY more in terms of monthly bandwidth (like try <25 GB/mo before vs. 300 GB/mo now), and the BEST PART is that after a few months of cancellation I stopped receiving any mails or calls from the old provider. Is that not ironic? I was harassed MORE as a paying Bell customer and now that I'm not they leave me alone. I get maybe one letter every 6 months but that's it. Rogers sends me one letter (usually around Christmas) to advertise "new customer specials"... (their letters stopped saying "we want you back!" years ago lol)
I get over 25 reliable and unique digital (mostly HD) channels from my antenna. Weekly sports is the only thing I miss but with two small kids (and the fact I get by with OTA) I don't have much time for TV. It just means I get out of the house to watch a weekday game at a buddy's place or stop into a local bar to catch the last hour of a game. Saturday evening is my hockey night, and even the odd Sunday (was nice to see NBC's triple header all day last Sunday). Any shows/movies we can't receive via OTA we get from the web (netflix, torrents, forums, internet TV channels/apps, you name it).
Best part about my current internet plan: unlimited downloading between 2-8am. Won't even count towards my 300 GB monthly limit.