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  • #16
    I have a fiberoptic internet connection. Rather slow one at 100mbps up and down(they offer over 500/500).
    No cable TV or phone. 99% of what I watch is YouTube. We have Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO streaming. Local news? Could care less. We have smart TV's and there's a PBS app for the kid shows, etc. TV is nothing more than propaganda you pay for, dumbed down for the masses. YouTube has what I want to see.
    Last edited by RB211; 02-23-2019, 01:48 PM.

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    • #17
      Mine's very close to getting cut... 200+ channels of nothing, $160 a month and no premium channels, but we pay extra for "HD" - lol.. this is 2019. I can't get much of anything by antenna, but I can get a "basic package" of local channels for $40 a month. Heck, I just want 1 local channel... they all have the same stuff on them. My "internet" is part of the $160, stand alone that would cost $50 for 10 mbit, but $25 or so for part of the cable package.

      I have a Tivo box (add another $12.99 a month...). More and more we use Amazon prime and just buy series. I do subscribe to the "brit box" which is much of UK TV programming for $6.99 a month. Can't wait for 5G, but... all that will really change is the billing address. Same actors, different costumes.
      Last edited by lakeside53; 02-23-2019, 10:25 AM.

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      • #18
        I dropped cable, hulu, and netflix. All I watch is youtube. Channels, movies, the whole bit on youtube.

        TV is all garbage anyhow.
        Andy

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        • #19
          Originally posted by lakeside53 View Post
          Mine's very close to getting cut... 200+ channels of nothing, $160 a month and no premium channels, but we pay extra for "HD" - lol.. this is 2019.
          That is nuts. In Cdn dollarettes, thats $201 + 13% HST = $235. If some makes $25/h, that's almost 6% before tax of their income. Suppose they smoke, which believe it or not 90% of my plant employees still do, after tax, you're up to just under 15% of income....or they're working almost the first full two months of the year to pay for their smokes and cable.

          I think I'll go in Monday with a brilliant idea on how they can all give themselves a huge raise
          Last edited by Mcgyver; 02-23-2019, 11:34 AM.
          located in Toronto Ontario

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          • #20
            Originally posted by Mcgyver View Post
            That is nuts. In Cdn dollarettes, thats $201 + 13% HST = $235. If some makes $25/h, that's almost 6% before tax of their income. Suppose they smoke, which believe it or not 90% of my plant employees still do, after tax, you're up to just under 15% of income....or they're working almost the first full two months of the year to pay for their smokes and cable.

            I think I'll go in Monday with a brilliant idea on how they can all give themselves a huge raise
            The amount of income the telecom industry has claimed in the last couple of decades is appalling. Cell plans for a family plus cable/broadband/VOIP can easily top $300/mo!
            Location: Jersey City NJ USA

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            • #21
              And after everyone drops their cable TV service and switches to Roku boxes, Firesticks, etc. what do you think the ISP's will charge for Internet service only? The recent battles over Net Neutrality are just setting the stage for "Screw The Consumer V2.0".

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              • #22
                Originally posted by Frank K View Post
                And after everyone drops their cable TV service and switches to Roku boxes, Firesticks, etc. what do you think the ISP's will charge for Internet service only? The recent battles over Net Neutrality are just setting the stage for "Screw The Consumer V2.0".
                If there were actual competition in the industry we'd be fine, but there's not. It's a duopoly, or cartel, or something. They compete on everything but prices, if you're even lucky enough to have a local choice. Many millions on ads, but never value. Sadly, they've made the case themselves that broadband should be regulated as an essential utility.
                Location: Jersey City NJ USA

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                • #23
                  Dan, I could go along with that except that I feel that the average person (American) could benefit by knowing a bit more about what is going on in the world. In the last decade or two of my life I have found that the news has been the most entertaining thing available. You just can't make this stuff up.



                  Originally posted by Dan_the_Chemist View Post
                  Ten years ago we needed to trim our spending. One of the things that we cut was DirectTV. It was hard for the first month or two. I didn't know what to do with the 3 or 4 hours each day that I used to spend in front of the toob. I found I could fill most of that time by going out to my shop, playing with the dog, walking, or actually doing stuff. After a year I realized it had been a wonderful thing to do.

                  I can still indulge in visual entertainment. I just watched a 20 minute video on heat treating aluminum. I dare you to try and find that on regular TV. Channels such as the Discovery, Science, and Learning channel are all reality based crap.

                  A while ago a holiday houseguest thought we were deprived and offered to give us a year of satellite TV as a gift. NOPE. My wife didn't want it either.

                  Cut the cable, take back your life. You'll find you are a lot more alive without the toob.
                  Paul A.
                  Golden Triangle, SE Texas

                  And if you look REAL close at an analog signal,
                  You will find that it has discrete steps.

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                  • #24
                    Just like photofockit, if they charge too much people will learn and move on. There will always be something cheaper or free. Don't be loyal to anything.
                    Andy

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Paul Alciatore View Post
                      Dan, I could go along with that except that I feel that the average person (American) could benefit by knowing a bit more about what is going on in the world. In the last decade or two of my life I have found that the news has been the most entertaining thing available. You just can't make this stuff up.
                      While traveling the world, a major mystery to me was solved... Always wondered why the rest of Europe loves our blue presidents, and despises our red ones. Then I discovered that their only real news source provided in large quantities is an ultra left leaning version of CNN. They too are falling for bullcrap propaganda. I view news as corrupt, biased, and a propaganda tool. The only truth is reality, and reality only becomes apparent when you turn off the propaganda.

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                      • #26
                        It was hilarious watching CNN trying to defend itself after the president called them fake news.

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                        • #27
                          Interesting to see your price quotes. At last something in the UK is actually cheaper than in the USA. I think a full cable bundle tv,net,landline is about $100, giving 100Mbps internet and key channels like Disney, sport and films. My internet is 200Mbps but 450 is available.
                          What you are not taking into account is that much of the cable charge is for the content - film rights that pay for those multimillionaire film stars and football stars. Then the cable infrastructure is mostly old and maybe limited to 550MHz, newer stuff to 860 MHz, but DOCSIS 3.1 wants 1100MHz so big bills for new wires and amps.
                          Why is the upgrade for D3.1 needed? Well it is 'cos of all that streaming video. A few emails and a forum only use 50kbps but 4kHD needs 35Mbps and now wife and two kids want different channels simultaneously. Its like Grizzly offering zero shipping cost and guaranteed delivery within one hour all paid by someone else not them. No wonder Netfix and Amazon are coining it.
                          By the way do you still watch TV without a PVR (hard disc recorder) so you can skip the adverts? I hate watching youtube 'cos of all those ads I usually skip. Also all the TV I want to watch is automatically recorded so I can go out of an evening or away for a weekend and know I won't miss anything.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by RB211 View Post
                            While traveling the world, a major mystery to me was solved...
                            I was sure you were going to mention that in Germany the home shopping channel is hosted by topless women.

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Glug View Post
                              I was sure you were going to mention that in Germany the home shopping channel is hosted by topless women.
                              Well, they play hard core porno too over the air. Took me by surprise when I switched the input to analog

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Dan_the_Chemist View Post
                                Ten years ago we needed to trim our spending. One of the things that we cut was DirectTV. It was hard for the first month or two. I didn't know what to do with the 3 or 4 hours each day that I used to spend in front of the toob. I found I could fill most of that time by going out to my shop, playing with the dog, walking, or actually doing stuff. After a year I realized it had been a wonderful thing to do.

                                I can still indulge in visual entertainment. I just watched a 20 minute video on heat treating aluminum. I dare you to try and find that on regular TV. Channels such as the Discovery, Science, and Learning channel are all reality based crap.

                                A while ago a holiday houseguest thought we were deprived and offered to give us a year of satellite TV as a gift. NOPE. My wife didn't want it either.

                                Cut the cable, take back your life. You'll find you are a lot more alive without the toob.
                                Isn't that the truth. We turned our cable tv off when we went to Arizona for the winter about 8 years ago and never turned it back on. Much better that way. We do still have the cable internet connection and it is kind of expensive compared to what it was 5 years ago but we just pay it. Very tempted to add a phone to our plan and leave it as the house hotspot and get rid of the $65.99/month cable internet too.
                                OPEN EYES, OPEN EARS, OPEN MIND

                                THINK HARDER

                                BETTER TO HAVE TOOLS YOU DON'T NEED THAN TO NEED TOOLS YOU DON'T HAVE

                                MY NAME IS BRIAN AND I AM A TOOLOHOLIC

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