What to Do If Your Cable TV Bill is Too High

by AJ Pettersen · 285 comments

Cable companies are a supreme example of a natural monopoly. They’re the easiest example for economics professors to use, because, due to structural conditions, only a few competitors can exist in any cable market. Often, there is only one option that consumers can choose. The consumer has no leverage and is thus at the mercy of the cable company.

Over the years, the price of cable has increased significantly. Luckily, other forms of technology and media have grown as well, leading to a shift in favor of the consumer.

If your cable bill is too high, you now have options. 

Netflix and Hulu Plus

The internet age has opened the door to new companies, such as Netflix streaming and Hulu Plus, to compete with cable companies.

Netflix offers a wide selection of movies and TV shows, while keeping their price low ($7.99/month). They offer full seasons of TV shows, movies, and HD quality video. While Netflix doesn’t offer a lot of newer shows, they make up for it with quality streaming and a huge array of movies. One account can have up to six devices, with up to four running at once. You can even split the cost among friends and family, which will reduce the price even more. I have had Netflix for over a year now and have been very satisfied.

For the same price as Netflix, Hulu Plus offers a similar platform with a different approach. Hulu Plus puts new episodes of shows on their site the day after they’re aired. My future sister-in-law and her husband have recently dropped cable in favor of Hulu Plus. They can now watch their favorite shows the day after they’re aired, for a fraction of the cost of cable and DVR.

Dish Network

The likes of Dish Network and DirecTV have been competing with the cable companies for a while, and they generally offer lower prices. My fiancé and I currently pay $50 a month for her cable bill, while Dish Network and DirecTV offer yearly contracts for $35/month and $30/month, respectively. For us, getting a dish is out of the question, because she lives in an apartment.

It could be a good option for homeowners, though, as they’ll get a full set of channels and could save a couple hundred dollars per year.

Call Customer Service

Sometimes, a call to customer service is enough to drop your monthly bill. If you look at the current Verizon FiOS promotion codes or AT&T U-Verse coupon codes, you’ll see that the bundle prices are usually guaranteed for one to two years. After that, the cable companies are free to raise their rates considerably.

If you call and say you’re considering switching companies, however, they’ll frequently offer you a “one-time” special offer. This may seem like a backwards approach, but I’ve seen it work numerous times.

What Will You Do?

Is cable best for you? Spending $600 a year on cable is less than ideal, but it’s what my fiancé and I decided was right for us in our current situation. In the future, when we’re both working longer hours, we may consider switching to something different.

Thanks to advances in technology, we now have the ability to make choices about the way we consume our entertainment.

Use your free market power and shop for what is best for you.

How have you cut your cable TV costs? 

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Bundeld January 12, 2014 at 8:27 am

Netflix is definitely worth the $7 you pay for it. You stay legal by not downloading illegal copies yet you still get to see your favorite shows. Great share, thanks.

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paul January 12, 2014 at 10:55 am

That’s great if you don’t watch sports. I watch MLB, NFL, NBA & NHL networks on a daily basis. Also FSD for tigers games.

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V September 3, 2014 at 10:47 am

Get Roku for that!

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D October 15, 2014 at 1:10 pm

How does Roku work? Can it pick up ESPN, FoxSports 1, SEC Network, et al?

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D October 15, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Prior to this year, I was able to watch a lot of college sports on JustinTV.com and Live9.com. Both now defunk. Are there any safe “Live Stream Sports” sites out there? I’ve looked for others and either they want me download a “player” that doesn’t appear safe or they are semi-porn sites. So if any of you have any good live stream sites you can recommend, let me know.

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Henry January 26, 2014 at 10:01 pm

I agree with Paul if you like sports you get left out in the cold. So what can you do?

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Rick February 9, 2014 at 7:41 am

Like me, you would have to just do with out and hope the games are aired on network channels. My cable provider (Direct TV) just hit me for another 25.00 bucks a month. said it was a “normal” yearly increase like I was supposed to be grateful. Geesh!
The options like Hulu and Netflix are only good IF the only thing you watch are movies.

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Ann October 31, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Rick… Hulu Plus and Netflix have far for than just movies. They also have TV shows and documentaries. ;)

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Linea January 27, 2014 at 8:06 pm

There’s an option you left out … the good old antenna, which is nothing like what it was prior to the digital switchover in 2009. The quality is 720p just like digital cable or satellite, and way better than standard cable. Reception is great in most areas if you get the right antenna. The best part is that all the old channels have suddenly become 2, 3, 4 or more channels. Each station can put extra sub-channels on their frequency thanks to digital broadcasting … many of them include their sister networks so stations that are out of range can now be watched through a station that is in range. I get 30 different channels for free after paying just $30 for an antenna and I live in a rural area at that. Even if you buy a super expensive roof top antenna it will only set you back as much as one or two cable bills.

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sue April 3, 2014 at 12:10 pm

Linea, what kind/brand of ‘good old antenna’ do you have that does this for you?

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Leonard Lawrence April 15, 2014 at 11:48 am

Sue: I am a TimeWarner Cable customer, and when they maliciously decided to blackout CBS/Viacom channels last year in a dispute over royalties, I purchased a Mohu Leaf Indoor HDTV Antenna in order to get my local CBS affiliate. This antenna has it’s limitations, but if you are close to a broadcast signal, you will receive crystal clear reception. Mohu makes an entire line of HDTV Antennas, some of which, like the Mohu Sky 60, have a 60 mile range.

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Donna October 26, 2014 at 8:14 pm

I live way out in the boonies and we have an antenna up on the hill. I can only get 3 stations and they are coming from Los Crucis,nm and Albuqurque, NM which 1 is 3 hrs. away and the other is 5 hrs. away. I can’t pull any other signals in but them 2 so what would you suggest I can do in this situation? I have looked all over the internet for solutions but unless I can pull signals I can’t do anything that I found. Would appreciate any thought you you might have. Thank you for any help.

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Nic November 3, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Wrap the antenna in copper wire (10-30 feet of it). You’ll be pulling in stations from Calgary! ;)

Robert Hayes Halfpenny July 6, 2014 at 10:25 am

Most any brand will work well. Just check the range of the antenna to make sure it will reach where the TV stations are located. I live in a rural area of the Twin Cities and find that an aerial with a 45 mile radius will pick up over 36 stations. Using a Roku type device allows me to transfer Netflix or Hulu from my internet to my TV’s (other “Hulu” type of broadcasters also work too). After dropping Directv, I am saving $960.00 a year. That is a significant figure when your retirement net income is only $17,000.00.

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Jay September 5, 2014 at 9:13 pm

You can get a wide variety of TV shows on the internet. such as all broadcast companies most of the time you see it the day after the broadcast, and 1 is a week after the original broadcast, but so what? I was using a cheapo old indoor antenna and was 10 miles outside the 50 mile range it claimed to have, but I got all broadcast channels and their add on channels like 4, 4.1 etc., extremely clear I just put it in the upstairs window and hooked it to the cable wires in the wall in that room and used a booster and it worked 3 bedrooms, my office and the living room and family room.

I refuse to pay to watch TV that has commercials that pay the broadcasters big time.

Watching TV on the internet saves watching almost 5 minutes of commercials and a little trick I found was if I’m going to make dinner, or have something to do, I can ‘watch’ a hour long show and get back to it at around 50 minutes to stop it before it ends, I can restart it and it plays in full again except none of the previous commercials play so you get that hour show without any commercials and it’s over in whatever it is like 40 – 45? minutes

I moved and am now in the boonies where I’m told cable is required, so I dropped all TV except what I get free online . However when I find that old antenna, I will try using it again just to see if it works or not. It’s in a box around here somewhere.

I watch only 1/2 to 1 hour of TV a day now and none on weekends but every 5-8 months I’ll watch a movie on Utube. Last one was Easy Rider about 2 months ago

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Keith Krusch September 6, 2014 at 6:12 am

I have a Wineguard antenna that I bought on Amazon for $65. Its an outdoor type, pretty big, not amplified and it is installed in our attic. It is awesome. I have it pointed to the nearest large city (Tampa) and you can go online to learn exactly where to point them for best reception. We get about 40 channels. Granted, a bunch of them are religious, spanish or both but there are still a lot of regular channels leftover. All the major networks, a couple home improvement types, a few that cater to old reruns, the standard pbs types. I miss Comedy Central but we still have the internet for that.

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dee October 13, 2014 at 7:05 pm

the best antenna out there is Clear TV……. Wal Greens $14.99

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paul May 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm

but they are local channels only.

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Charlotte Hyatt January 28, 2014 at 6:01 pm

You don’t have to give up sports to use Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon. I purchased a Roku for $50 and it allows me to have a lot more freedom. I am not a sports fan but I have sports channels.

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Phil February 1, 2014 at 1:17 pm

No,but you do have monthly charges of abour $8-$9/month for many of the services on Roku.

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Toni paez January 31, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I have dish net work been with them over 7 to 8 years my cable bill is way high called them they cut twenty dollars off but not true they rig it up to not let me have to bring it to America top 200 still it was not taking twenty dollars off it ended up fifteen off then I called dish to see why twenty has not bern taken off First the man says because u did not pay one bill ad they are ways paid do then he says because cable went up. I said oh all of a sudden it went up so we talk a smart package. He tells me my husband will get all sports channels and manyote sports Chanel’s and the basic ones I go to work come home husband is piss becsuse he had none of his sports channels even ESPN was gone the gentle men stir me so wrong so I had to go back to what I had fir him to get all those Chanel’s what is so wrong fir done cable company to give u a price on the ones. U prefer to choose why can’t that be done in any cable company we tell u what we want at a comfortable price I think 80 is a lots of money for cable I want cable and intetnet for a low price of 50 to 60 dollars a month any body know any cable like that or even if it is just the wifi like less money

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Tamara Williams February 2, 2014 at 7:01 am

I had Directv until last October; I had been calling them for about six months over my high bill. I was paying $103. a month for the lowest package. I finally got enough of their bull and had it disconnected! I have hundreds of DVD’s so I just watch them.

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paul February 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

I Pay $112 a month for the next to highest package.I cut out the premium channels.(HBO,MAX,STARS & SHOWTIME) I get encore with this package which includes the western channel & I also get all MBA,NFL,NHL & NBA networks with this package.

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paul February 2, 2014 at 2:47 pm

I Pay $112 a month for the next to highest package.I cut out the premium channels.(HBO,MAX,STARS & SHOWTIME) I get encore with this package which includes the western channel & I also get all MLB,NFL,NHL & NBA networks with this package.I also get espn and fox sports detroit.

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JJ May 17, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I don’t subscribe to the premium channels; and I’m not into sports at all, so I save money by not having those additional channels. I think it’s unfair and rotten that the cable company doesn’t arrange it so a person can pick and choose instead of having to get channels he/she doesn’t want! A woman I know agrees; she uses Dish, and has the same complaint.

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Recycler to the hilt May 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

Where I live, in a apartment complex, we’re not allowed anything but cable or the new antenna box. The manager informed me that we’re not even allowed the dish that doesn’t require it to be on the roof, but on our porch.

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Paul Revere September 9, 2014 at 10:14 pm

Not true. Our apartment complex landlord told us the same thing AFTER we signed the lease….cable company only. Probably a kickback reward scheme for the landlord. I went online, downloaded the FCC ruling giving permission for apartment lessees to have dish. One cannot/should not attach to landlord’s property (building, wall, etc.) Must not be intrusive or ostentecious (we had an enclosed patio, and clear view of southern sky). I went to Home Depot, got a 5 gal. plastic bucket, 2 in. pipe and bag of quick set cement. End of story and happy with Direct TV for years till I upgraded to HD. HD package arrived at apt. complex office, within minutes office manager was banging on my door, I showed the FCC ruling, the dish in the patio, and they left telling me not to tell any other tenant about my setup. Finally, after more than 15 years with Directv, I switched to ATT which comes over the phone line and I’ve got a great bundled package that includes high speed DSL @20mbps, (used to have only 3mbps/w Earthlink), telephone and cable tv for 3 tvs plus DVR with a ton of major channels included, saving over 150$/month with better service, more channels and long distance to U.K.

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Phil February 1, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Time Warner cable could care less. In Cleveland they have a monopoly on cable and raise the price at will. If you complain, they simply tell you to go to DSL or dish if you don’t like their prices.

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Phil February 1, 2014 at 1:39 pm

BTW: I pay $54.00/month for internet alone. I dropped my TV service years ago and watch most of the TV I’m interested in at http://www.couchtuner.eu for free, although they do not have sports.

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Tonya June 27, 2014 at 6:02 am

Cleveland has Cox, Dish, and AT&T as well. Give them a call and see what they are offering. I have AT&T internet and basic cable for $69. I also have ROKU and Netflix. My kids don’t even watch the cable so I’ll be turning it off after 1 year.

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Mnyama February 2, 2014 at 7:55 am

Two words: ROKU BOX #thatisall

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Phil February 10, 2014 at 6:58 am

I bought a Roku also. The problem with it was the distance between it and my wireless router. My TV is in my living room and my computer is in my back bedroom, so the signal had to pass through three walls and a distance of approx. 40 feet to the Roku. The Roku was always dropping programing because of fluctuation and weak signals from the distance. Buying a wi-fi booster and installing it in the bedroom next to the computer room helped, but wasn’t entirely successful because the kitchen was between it and the Roku. Kitchens have a lot of metal from appliances that hurt. Although I’d rather watch programs on my 48″ HD tv, I’ve learned to watch it on my 24″ monitor instead and settle for $9.00 a month total for Hulu+ and free http://www.couchtuner.eu. If your main source of entertainment is TV, couchtuner for free is awesome. If you want to watch movies go with Hulu+. If sports is your bread and butter, since it’s more controlled, you’re mainly stuck with paying for cable.

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KathyO September 8, 2014 at 8:16 pm

What you need is a Powerline device. It allows the internet signal to go from your router to your Roku (or a distant computer, or a second wireless router, or a SmartTV) via the house wiring. Sounds implausible, and I was skeptical — but it works great! Costs under $100 for a pair. One time investment.

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Paul Revere September 9, 2014 at 10:23 pm

Beware of reflective surfaces like MIRRORS when experiencing poor signal wireless connection. Also placement of the router, should be high ’cause tech told me current routers distribute signal in an umbrella-like fashion as opposed to linear. My problem was the wall to wall mirror in the bathroom, adjacent to the bedroom where the router HAD to be placed because it had the only clean phone jack. Signals were bouncing back and forth, so a hard wired extender was placed in the living room for a good signal to that tv. Second bedroom reception is just fine. Go figure.

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Mak February 22, 2014 at 9:40 am

Comcast kept raising my rate about twice a year and I got tired of it. I realized I dont really have time to watch TV that much so it wasnt worth it for me to keep for an hour show here and there. Plus im sick of all the reality TV junk. I tried a decent HD antanae and get a few channels in HD. The rest of the time im on the internet and use the Netflix type of services once in a while. I also have Sirius with my car and the internet package so I can listen to CNN/ Fox News there if I need to.

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khalid hassan March 5, 2014 at 12:37 am

how i brought down my tv plus cable plus phone bill to $50 a month. of course by matching my real consumption of these utitilities to ‘only pay for ‘what i was really consuming. Step 1; i switched back to my old school time principle given by our principle; track and for one month write down all your spendings down to a dollar; on these utilitities(track where your money is going and; this will bring out what your are only paying but not utilizing; remember; dollar saved is a dollar earned. And remember ; it takes a few days or may be few weeks to get used to your new combination of these utilities; initially it may look awkward but decide only after a few weeks and you might see that you are really not losing much. Step 2: spend some money to buy your own ‘one time expenses like a wireless modem a wireless tv antenna; a flat monthly rate device instead of monthly billing company ; i bought the following and it helped: a wireless tv antenna($50), a clear flat monthly rate($50 per month) ‘clear’ wireless device. Signal strength may not be the best but meets my requirement;you have to let it function it for a few weeks and judge realistically. soon you would realize , it is matter of getting used to itversus the savings. calculate these on yearly basis; it turns out to be substantial.
it all starts by taking the first step; for three months just note down what all you are paying vs what all you are ‘really utilizing.So take the first step.

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Martin Williams April 1, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Technology has really come a long way. We love entertainment, well who doesn’t but it comes with a cost. Now, the advent of this power-saving technology will give us many benefits while we enjoy our favorite movies and TV shows.

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Donald Wilson April 9, 2014 at 9:21 am

I am either looking to lower my internet/TV billing or to do away with these services altoghther.

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mxhology April 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm

I bought a Roku also. The problem with it was the distance between it and my wireless router. My TV is in my living room and my computer is in my back bedroom, so the signal had to pass through three walls and a distance of approx. 40 feet to the Roku. The Roku was always dropping programing because of fluctuation and weak signals from the distance. Buying a wi-fi booster and installing it in the bedroom next to the computer room helped, but wasn’t entirely successful because the kitchen was between it and the Roku. Kitchens have a lot of metal from appliances that hurt. Although I’d rather watch programs on my 48? HD tv, I’ve learned to watch it on my 24? monitor instead and settle for $9.00 a month total for Hulu+ and free http://www.dustreaming.com. If your main source of entertainment is TV, couchtuner for free is awesome. If you want to watch movies go with Hulu+. If sports is your bread and butter, since it’s more controlled, you’re mainly stuck with paying for cable.

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Ray June 8, 2014 at 5:46 pm

One way to save on our monthly internet bill is to buy your own modem (about $80). Comcast charges $8/month to rent their modem. I purchase my own 4 years ago, and have saved hundreds of dollars. The Motorola modem is also very reliable. For phone service, we use the Ooma service (also reliable and cheap).

-Ray

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Grace June 21, 2014 at 7:15 pm

Ray,

Forgive me for not understanding, but you’re saying you only need a modem for Internet? No monthly service fees? Can you explain?

Thank you.

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paul June 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

He still has to pay for internet,but it’s $8 cheaper because he owns his own modem.

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Ray June 22, 2014 at 8:22 am

Thanks Paul.

Grace… That monthly $8 savings adds up quickly.

Ray

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Grace June 24, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Thank you Paul!

Grace

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Grace June 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm

Ray, yes even $8 adds up over time. I only get Verizon in my area though. I pay around $70.00 for landline and internet. Guess it could be worse. It’s amazing, when I think about being a child, (and it wasn’t ages ago). No cell phone, no internet, no computer. No satellite tv. Just kinda simple (though not perfect by a long shot). Ah well, we adapt. But I don’t like the push for all of these digital devices. It seems like total overload.

I try to find joy in the simple things in the real world (or IRL as my sons call it.)

Grace

paul June 25, 2014 at 8:45 am

I have A T & T for my internet connection.my phone is free through safe-link,a free phone system through the government.If you get anty kind of assistance such as food stamps,SS,SSI etc. you should be eligible for it.I get 250 minutes per month.

abraham June 16, 2014 at 10:19 pm

What about getting HBO and showtime without cable or sat?

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Noway June 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm

What about getting HBO and showtime without cable or sat?

That is not possible. The cable companies will not allow it. (especially HBO since its owned by time warner) They know nobody would buy cable any more if they could just buy the channels they wanted. Hopefully one day google and apple will get their acts together and offer that type of plan.

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paul June 23, 2014 at 6:35 pm

You can still get the pay channels once in awhile. They had a free showing of HBO & Cinemax this past weekend.

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Movie Mood June 26, 2014 at 8:28 pm

I occasionally do request a premium channel when the promo is on if there’s a movie that appeals to me; I record it so I’ll have it to watch as frequently as I please instead of being at the mercy of somebody’s whims. I’d call it quite convenient (for the corporations) that some of the best movies are shown on premium channels!

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JJ June 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Well, there goes that protest shot down! Let’s put our heads together and see if we can’t come up with some legal way to fix it so cable/dish subscribers can get only the channels that interest them, but none they don’t watch. Then there’ll be no worries that some big company will capitalize on it and start charging the people exorbitant prices.
Thank you, Noway. I could never quite figure out what tricks these cable and companies were up to!

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Movie Mood June 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm

Please excuse my typo; my brain and hand sometimes can’t keep in sync! I intended to say “cable and dish companies”.

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Susan July 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm

I agree I’ll stand right beside you JJ~

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JJ August 11, 2014 at 3:22 pm

Thanks, Susan! You’re a good friend. These “moguls”—OK, guys, mogul this and see how you like it—greedy people! I can’t decide whether to get rid of my cable or just go to a lower package; trouble is, there’s too many regular TV programs I enjoy, not just movies, on the expanded basic. Oh boy, decisions, decisions! I’ll have to give this some serious thought and prayer.

Grace June 21, 2014 at 7:12 pm

We were Dish loyalists for about 12 years, but the price kept increasing, and we did not have premium channels. Did away with Dish about 1.5 years ago and after a few weeks of withdrawal (sad but true), I began to realize I had more energy in the mornings and was a lot more productive and creative. I do not miss tv at all. My kids do watch a LITTLE tv and movies on Netflix and Amazon Streaming. If you pay for amazon prime (about $100/year) there are some shows and movies for free. No, it’s not current programming and no sports. But we don’t really care about that very much. I guess it depends what you really want to watch. I think we are healthier cutting most of it out of our lives.

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Lou @Phen-LD November 16, 2014 at 4:48 am

Since getting Netflix I have cancelled all cable subs. I rarely even watch traditional TV anymore. The internet has changed the way I watch ‘TV’. But if people are really struggling to pay for cable, just cancel and go outdoors. I only ever watch TV in the evenings. But now I spend my evenings outdoors, reading, or doing something active. Then I get into bed and watch an hour of Netflix. Life has been so much better since.

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paul June 23, 2014 at 6:38 pm

Dish network is terrible. I switched to Direct TV. It’s a lot better and better than cable too.

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joe June 23, 2014 at 7:36 pm

It is not strange that these TV pirates can steal from the public. Not too long ago
there were no fees for watching TV. Huge companies and local establishments paid to run their adds on certain channels and assumed we would be watching. The advertisers paid to have their goods exposed hoping to draw customers, remember Howdy Doody, Art Linkletter, Alfred Hitchcock.etc? There was fifteen minutes of show then a break for the commercials then back to the show with an ad at beginning and end. Then in the 70’s for a fee you could get extra stations. Time Warner comes along and says why give customers anything for free, lets take a chance and hope they will pay for watching everything? We the
the Public can’t live for just a few weeks without our TV fell for the ploy and T/W
ran with it and are now bilking us out of billions of dollars. We have proved to them that we are spoiled brats, we have to have it NOW regardless of the cost. All advertisers know that there are always those who will buy it because they “have money” which hurts the poor smucks who have little. If we all shut out tvs off for just two days of boycott you would see the rates fall like a rock. But we are spoiled brats and can’t go two days without our “perks” I did and I can get all i need to see and know from the internet. The problem then would be the
internet fees would skyrocket. Why because our Gov’t sits on their arse doing nothing and some of them getting paid to allow this thievery!

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Mike June 28, 2014 at 7:27 pm

It’s not the public being spoiled brats. It’s because there is no competition. Most cities in this country have only one cable company, and they have a monopoly on that city and no other cable company is allowed to touch it. For example…Cox cable services Omaha Nebraska, they have a monopoly on the whole city and no other cable company is allowed to come in. Blame the Gov’t not the public. We are supposed to be a free society yet our government made all these regulations that prohibits other cable companies from going out of their jurisdiction. You need competition to force prices down.

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paul June 28, 2014 at 7:42 pm

That’s a big cop-out. They passed a law allowing other cable companies to compete, but they refuse to do it because it will drive down the cost. If they weren’t allowed to go into other areas, they could stop dish companies from their area.

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JJ June 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm

What I’d like to know is, why didn’t I know this before? Couldn’t somebody have told me? I appreciate your commentary; it’s helping me put cable in a new light! Thank you so much, all of you! God bless you people. I just wish I could return the favor somehow.

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paul June 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

Shutting off our TV’s wouldn’t do any good.you’d still have to pay for those days,besides not enough people would do it.It’s a multi-billion dollar industry.

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Kidhauler1948 June 24, 2014 at 7:55 am

We are paying 128.00 a month for Comcast cable with no premium channels and have two outlets. That is outragous but we live in the woods and can’t get a dish or antenna. This is our only form of entertainment but it does dent our social security then there is hardly anything on to watch worth watching.

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enigma October 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Just pay for internet that will give you 3Mbps or more. Purchase smart-tv box sold in ebay. Prefer you purchase latest with quad cpu @ 2GHz w/8 or 16GB. Then youtube @ XBMC. This should show you how make your TV smarter. You’ll be able to watch ANYTHING you want at your fingertip/remote control.
This will even broadcast what ever you wish to watch at anywhere you are, especially if you have smart cell phone.
When said and done, you have paid monthly broadband internet price. And one time charge of $150 on the box. Or you can try with your computer by downloading XBMC. If you don’t know XBMC, JUST GOOGLE IT. good luck. This will set you free from cable/dish/dtv dependency. Welcome to the MATRIX.

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Jamie October 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Is there a way to get free Internet (the way people buy antennas to get free TV)? I currently pay $10 per gigabyte downloaded, and use 20-25 gb per month (so I spend about $200-250 for Internet only each month). I am as frugal as I know how to be with my Internet too, and only watch about 3-4 hours of TV online each month. That’s it! The rest of the time, I’m chatting with friends or surfing the web. I keep my Flash turned off unless I actually want to watch a video so I don’t get auto-streaming videos burning up my data usage.

I live in the middle of nowhere, so my choices are dial-up, or high-speed Internet for $10 per gb. That’s it. I’d LOVE to find a way to get Internet for free by making a one-time purchase of something. Anyone know of anything like that?

I got rid of cable recently. I was paying $80 / month, and they said they were going to bump it to over $100, so I said goodbye. I have an antenna now. Don’t get many channels (11) but I don’t watch a lot of TV either.

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paul June 24, 2014 at 8:04 am

That is a problem if you have a lot of trees around or high buildings blocking the signal.

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Melissa June 25, 2014 at 7:04 pm

I am trying to learn all the sneaky/tricky/techy ways to get inexpensive internet, cable, on demand, etc. Problem is, I am easily distracted or I get a little “lost” in all the possibilities and who or where can receive what. So here’s my question. What can an individual, such as myself, get in order to pay the least amount but also still receive some sort of entertainment. I need internet, small home biased business, also have the xbox linked to our main tv and it needs my wifi because all of our Netflix, games, interaction with friends and family stream from it. Security cam linked to wifi also definatly needed. So wifi is a Must, No exceptions. But cable we hardly ever use, we really only use the on demand for movies on HBO and STARZ or whatever deal our current provider is running. (Cox Cable) it is also bundled. I don’t use home phone. I only use cell. We don’t have tons of trees or things blocking except I do live in a relitavely large apartment community so buildings and direction of signal can be an issue. I live in a very large city, one of the biggest tourist areas in the world actually. Access isn’t the issue. Again I’m very tech forward so if I Can rig my own something (legally) then I will. I want to pay the least amount but also still have good speed wifi/Mifi (either). And movies and/or shows that kids today like to also keep current in their little worlds. :) Again Im Pretty distracted on tons and tons of possibilities. If I ask one provider they tend to only tell me their promos or whatever they want to sell me. I don’t want to be sold. I want point blank. Any provider. Best possible answer for my specific situation. Sorry this was a novel. Lol. :) any suggstions to all of it? Please?

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JJ June 28, 2014 at 8:06 pm

Melissa, if ever you do find out a way to do this legally, could you let me in on it? Thanks. (-:

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carl July 2, 2014 at 9:06 pm

I am so tired of rackig my brain on how to get a cheaper cable bill. I too like my entertainment and sports. but my god there has got to be a better way

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thomas wells July 7, 2014 at 1:50 pm

you’re all to high why don’t you think of the people out of jobs. why do you have to make so much money off us. your kids kids won’t have to work ever is there live’s give all vet’s 15% discount because of them you won’t have the right to do what you are doing. their are a LOT of places doing just that . be an America and do something

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paul July 8, 2014 at 8:58 am

you should send this statement to the cable & Dish companies.I doubt that they pay any attention to this site,but I agree with what you’re saying.maybe we should ask the same type question of the oil companies as well.

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Ran July 11, 2014 at 12:15 pm

What works for me is to just give them a call after my contract expired.
The best time to do it on the way home from office, Keeps me occupied and I save :)

The main problem is that all of us just forget to do so, and until we found out we lost great deal of money!

I may suggest free web tool I am using http://www.Remindme2save.com,
The tool helps me keep track of my monthly payments to my service providers (Cox internet and DirectTV), when my promotion expires it will remind me to call them with the best promotion out there.

I hope it helps!

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Alizawill August 8, 2014 at 1:41 am

Very Good services by Remindme2save
Helped me in saving of $40 this month

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Tony July 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

If you like sports, you use the mobile app of the sports leagues and pay for their sports package. If you like sports, it is a better deal. Imagine being able to watch every football in the nfl every week and still save money!

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paul July 28, 2014 at 9:42 am

Those packages are as bad as the cable and satellite packages.

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Valiant July 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

I think many are missing the real reason we are gorged every month by the cable companies.

It’s legal to gorge us because the cable companies campaign donations to our elected House and Senate when they vote,”YES” for a bill that favors the cable companies.

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Paul July 15, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I am in Las Vegas, I found that Century Link has a internet only special for $40.00. I just watch movies on the net that are free. Thanks to reading the post you have I can add Hulu + for $8.00 and watch what ever I want. Still under 50.00. Before my bill was $170.00 a month. This is a huge savings. About the only sports I watch is professional wrestling. Which of course is scripted.

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Paul July 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm

This is Paul of Las Vegas,

In reading the comments I would like to contribute my thinking about reducing your bills.

I went with t-mobile simple mobile plan. Have an old Galaxy Blaze 4 G phone which has wifi built in. $40.00 per month with limited data plan.
My Century link modem has Wifi with it so can access it anywhere in the house to check on my facebook or anything else that uses internet without using up my data plan. I down loaded a free plan for my phone for protection when using the Wifi in other areas. like the motel or at mcD so have protection on the phone besides in my computer. The CL plan I have is not for 1.5 or 3.0 or 5.0 that they call High speed internet. It is for a 10.0 plan which is much better for watching movies or any other streaming viewing. You can get their internet for $29.00 for the 1.5 (so called high speed) but for the true high speed you need a company that is running the optic cable. Which CL is currently installing in the different cities they have cable in.

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paul July 28, 2014 at 9:46 am

That’s $40 more than I pay. I have safe-link, a free phone thru the gov. If you get any kind of assistance like food stamps, SSI SS etc. you’re eligible. I get 250 minutes per month.

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JJ July 15, 2014 at 3:56 pm

From all I’m reading here, I’m finding out a lot more things about cable companies than I ever realized. It seems they’ve got us over a barrel when we subscribe to their service! Point well taken, folks! I think something is going to go—before my sanity (and funds) do. Thank you so much for opening my eyes. God bless you!

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Teri September 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

I use the Mohu leaf antenna and its better than anything else on the market and brings in antenna tv from as far as Mexico – I’m in Dallas. I get Netflix DVD s of shows that are a season behind, because the cable and internet companies are goughing us. I use my Android for internet but don’t really miss my cable, I’ve been using the time to read more. Here you have little choice, most areas or zip codes have only one provider to choose from and they all suck.

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rose July 29, 2014 at 4:55 pm

I was reading all the comments and I understand what I am hearing I am having the same problem with Directtv. my bill go up every month my bill was 52.00..Know i am paying 84.00 and I have the lowest package. I am really thinking about turning it off. I have netflix and I enjoy the movie, my only problem is I love to watch the news and if I cut off Direct tv I will not be able to see that…Does anyone have any idea for me. Thank you

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Ray July 29, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Hi Rose,
I also have DirecTV, and only one TV/DVR. They charge me $86.99/month for the CHOICE plan, but since I call them every 6-12 months (when promo pricing ends), I receive a $10 credit for HD and another $10 for the DVR. I also receive a $5 credit for my auto-pay (via my credit card whch I pay off each month) and another $6 credit for my primary (and only) TV. In the end, I pay $65.53.
If all you do is watch news, I recommend you drop DirecTV and get either a Roku box or an AppleTV, plus an HD antenna (to watch local stations).

Ray

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Ray July 29, 2014 at 5:41 pm

Oh…I also get charged a $3 regional sports fee, and tax.

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Teri September 24, 2014 at 6:33 pm

Also by dropping cable I applied that money to buying a newer car.

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enigma October 13, 2014 at 5:29 pm

When I read all these comments, I sympathize. You can watch all channels live and more using broadband internet. As long as you have internet speed of minimum 3Mega Bits per second, you can watch any sport, any episodes, any news, anything you wish. I used to pay no less than $100/month on cable, and I hardly watched TV except sports. I was willing to pay $50/month as long as I get ESPN. But this never happened with cable.
So here’s what I have done to remedy age old question of saving money on cable.
1. Bought out-door antenna for $25 on ebay. This has range of over 100 miles. I get more than 60 channels. All highest definition. Better than cable.
2. Held on to cable internet, using my own modem (save $8/month).
3. Google XBMC. This will set you free of the cable/satellite/netflix,hulu dependency.

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Bob Richards October 21, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I have direct TV and the dollar you to death. I cancelled their ‘repair service’ for $8.00 a month. That’s almost $200 over the 2 year contract. They actually charge you a one time fee to cancel it. If you have internet, you cant get monthly phone service for $11 per month from Wal-Mart. Just plug the device into your modem. CBS.com shows all the CBS shows. I watched Big Bang Theory last night. Free this week, and then $6 per month. They have most of the hit shows now.

Cancel DirecTV. Get FIOS internet if you can. Put up and antenna. All of the news networks have websites. Drudge will give you all the news links.

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JAMES STARK July 31, 2014 at 6:19 am

I am a big fan of FORMULA ONE GRAND PRIX AUTO RACING and watch every race on my TIME WARNER cable.I have searched but have yet to find a way to watch the races for free online etc
thanks
james

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Will August 1, 2014 at 3:39 pm

Yes, when it comes to TV service the majority of us are being taken advantage of just to bring a little more entertainment into our homes. Yes the “big broadcasters” have their hands deep in our pockets. Here is another way to let your voices be heard regarding regarding high cable fees go to: protectmyantenna.org checkout the information and send a message to your gov’t. official, there is a company named Aereo, that’s trying to bring less expensive TV service to Americans but the big broadcasters are taking them to court in order to block Americans from their service. Have a safe day:-)

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Jawbone August 8, 2014 at 11:53 am

We need another Teddy Roosevelt. Damn these companies and their political cronies. I include Big Oil in that category as well. Rip! Rip! Rip! Rip! Rip! Wouldn’t it be fantastic if 90% of Americans got together and just quit each and every one of these cable companies for just one month? Used their vehicles for work and school only for a month? It would be bizarre but with a statement of , “If you want us, no more screw contracts and no more RIP.” “You make every contract to have the same price for at least five years.” “You let us pick our channels,” “Who in blazes can watch 250 channels? ” And to the auto industry: “Rent a big part of the desert because if gas and vehicle prices don’t go down, we are not going to purchase a single new car for up to three years time.” That would bring us some happy times again.

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paul August 8, 2014 at 8:50 pm

FYI-If you have direct tv cinemax is free this weekend through monday.

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Jo Ann August 10, 2014 at 6:16 am

I originally had Time Warner and my bills were outrageous, so when Verizon Fios came into our NY area I jumped on it. Our bills were around $125, now they are over $200 and I do not have all, but do have 4 tvs. That is 0ver $2,000 a year, I called Verizon and they said we gave you a break up front and now you have to pay it back, I was stunned. I have been with them over 4 years. I have had it with Verizon… They told me if I cancel my phone they will charge me the cancelation fee. I have decided to cancel my entire service and go with Direct TV as I was told my bill will be $77 a month. Verizon customer service also told me that they only care about new customers and they really do not care if I cancel. So I decided to accept the cancelation fee and save myself over $1000. Verizon is great when you are a new customer but stink after 4 years.

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JJ August 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Jo Ann, you’re partly right: they don’t care about you personally. To them, all you are just a source of money, not a living, breathing human being. But oh yes, they do care— about your money! You cancelled, though; I’m not a gambler, but if I were, I’d bet they haven’t asked after you, whether you’re managing well or not, or even whether you’re alive! Now that they’re not getting your money all the time, you’re a nobody!

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Teri September 24, 2014 at 6:40 pm

I receive snail mail from Verizon almost daily and have asked them to stop but they don’t so customers are paying for their junk mail and non stop tv commercials. I moved into an apt with Fios already set up but I don’t get any savings from that. Write the FCC daily to oppose these monopolies, it’s illegal

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rims August 12, 2014 at 9:29 am

Stay away from dish. bad service, hidden fees and a mandatory 2 year contract THAT THEY FIRCE YOU TO PAY IN FULL. Service calls are always billed even if the problem is with their equipment. Horrible horrible company.

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paul August 12, 2014 at 9:50 am

You are so right. I have Direct TV. There are some problems with them but a lot better than Dish.

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d.palmer August 16, 2014 at 3:16 pm

what do they mean website I am not to savy old woman that I am (BUT) I do know something that has not been mentiond it’s how to save on hookups for one or more TV’s I am suprised Paul or others have not said anything about it since they seem to be very savy but then $10.00 dollars a month each TV I think is great at least it helps, besides I have dish hate it but I need something but I have found a couple of ways to help my bill. by for now.DP

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paul August 16, 2014 at 4:50 pm

I just dropped my Direct tv to the choice package.I lost a few channels,but I wasn’t watching them anyway.It will save me around $15 a month.
D.Palmer,you don’t have to put anything in that space.I don’t have a web site either. The only thing you have to fill out is the ones with the red asterisks by them. all I ever put in is my first name.

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Joe simpson August 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Thee FCC is the Grand PAPA of anything that as to do with these GURUS of the cable industries . We can demand to the FCC TO MAKE AN AMMENDMENT against the power that was giving to theses company to give us wrong doing services plus BAD CHOICES OF MOVIES THAT THEY DICTATE FOR US AS CONSUMERS THAT WE PAY ALOTS OF TAXES ON.WE NEED TO PUT A STOP TO THIS ON GOING BULLIENESS OF THE INDUSTRIES & let the FCC DO THERE JOB TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE UNDER THE THUM.please FCC you can put a stop of this if you want to, you know that they are wrong & there WRONG DOING, for one’s let the GOOD GUYS WIN & the little people ( you know what I mean) have the EDGE!!! THANK YOU, I know and believe you will do the right thing.(FCC)

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Tina August 18, 2014 at 10:00 am

I’m in Las Vegas, over the years I tried them all cox, century link, dish and directv… Bundled and unbundled, contracted and uncontracted, locked and unlocked (once got this call from a cox rep claiming to lock my price for two years no charge cuz I was a good customer, little did I know.. find out lock means contract) they took advantage of a silly me, how tricky and scandalous! Been with directv for three years started with 60.00 for a year got the good stuff with it, okay over time added 2 more tvs and hd, same channel line up, every month bill was different higher and higher and now pay 179.00 what the heck happened, looked over my bill, I pay per tv, plus insurance, plus hd, raised the package price, on top of that, each tv I hooked up they contracted this I didn’t even realize(added one tv a few months later added another so each tv connect is contracted two years at different times…) I called and asked can I rid the boxes and get the wireless genie thing, can’t do it cuz I’m contracted!!!! It would cost me about 400 to do it not including contract cancels.. I’m stuck in this vortex of a high bill, tv boxes and wires, anybody got any suggestion on what I can do?

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paul August 18, 2014 at 10:14 am

@Tina what package are you using with direct TV? If you go to the direct TV web site and look at the different packages you can scroll down and see what channels you would lose if you change to a lower package.You’re locked into Direct TV,but not into the package. I just dropped mine to The Choice package & it will save me about $15 a month.There’s no point in paying for channels you don’t watch.

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Tina August 18, 2014 at 10:43 am

I’m on the one just above choice, it has history channel2, gsn, disc id, etc.. Those are my favorite stations which weren’t in choice so I’m forced to subscribe, I’ve always had the same package since the promotional one three years ago it’s just gone up so much in the last year, the service is fantastic, never any problems, it’s not really the packages, but just as a scary movie you don’t know when the monster will pop up, so anticipating the bill can give you nightmares

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paul August 18, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I get those channels too on the choice package.I get the history channel,but not H2. another thing you can do is drop your premium channels(HBO,CINEMAX,SHOWTIME &STARS).That will save you around $47 a month.You have to call them and talk to a representative to do that.you can’t do it over the internet.you can change your package over the internet though.I went with choice so I could get MLB network as I’m a big time baseball fan.

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Tina August 18, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I’m with you on the mlb, that’s another reason, I just called them to see what package I have exactly, about a year ago I called about getting the sports channels, for a special deal they upgrade to premier adding all sports channels with it came all the movie channels which I never watch, a lot if sports channel were moved or stopped, during this conversation I explained I’m paying such a high price for movie channels I never watch and sports channels I never got, they agreed to lower me to choice plus for around 73 which has everything I do watch and add at a discounted rate the mlb extra innings for 17.00 which is half price but of course I’m stuck for another year lol, I guess sometimes it pays to call them and complain, I did it in a nice way, it made my day

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Lindah August 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm

@Tina … Your post made me sad. I once had Dish…I got away from that contract and wouldn’t sign another. I’m cableless… I make sure I keep my internet for Roku purposes. If it’s not on Roku, I can’t watch it.

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paul August 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

You can get MLB & NFL on the choice package.I also get the big10 network on it.It would probably be the pac12 network in your area.I get MLB extra innings free at the beginning of each season for about 2 weeks.If you changwe your package,do it on the internet so you don’t have to deal with the idiots on the phone.If you go directtv.com you can compare packages to see what your going to lose if you change.A lot of older shows can be watched on youtube.,even full movies.

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Phil August 20, 2014 at 12:42 am

I am on Time Warner Cable for approximately 15 to 20 years. One thing I do not care for as far as the contract goes,I contracted to pay X amount of money for these particular channels that were in this package. Overtime the price has gone up just like the rest of you who are commenting here. But the main problem I have other than price going up is they have been taking away the contracted channels that I was guaranteed when I started with them.I like particular news channels, channels that bring me the network shows in the evening, specific sports channels that bring me ACC basketball, Atlanta Braves baseball and PGA golf. Within the past year,I have lost the Golf Channel plus four other channels. As far as a contract goes they held to a price for a short amount of time but like the rest of you it goes up $0.45 this month plus additional taxes, two dollars next month plus additional taxes and it has constantly climbed to where my 45.00 is now nearly 90. So this does not work out in the fact that over the years, I am paying much MORE money for many LESS channels than I had when my contract began.Who is holding up their end of the contract?

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Clifton August 20, 2014 at 11:17 am

I have a good tip, but I can’t say it because the cable companies monitor these sites and adjust their policy to make sure they are collecting the most money from their patsies. If anyone says anything that exploits a loophole they quickly close it and I don’t want them to get wise to what I do. I would be happy to share with others but I absolutely don’t want the cable company t find out what they are missing. Btw most of those channels that no one wants, like all the shopping channels and those that are really only 24 hour commercials, actually pay the cable companies to be on the air. The companies know that if their customers could choose only the channels they want (ala carte), then they would lose the money they collect for foisting those garbage channels on us.

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Danny Williams September 7, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Tell me what are some of the tricks to save on my Utilities Bills.

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Dari August 27, 2014 at 8:26 pm

I cut my cable bill years ago. Roku was my first choice. At the time Roku Channels were a big reason. More than any other streamer, although still somewhat restricted compared to Andorid media streamers. Today Android seems to get everything out there on the net. Much more versatile if not wanting to be restricted on what you can watch in any way like you are with Roku and Apple TV.

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JJ September 2, 2014 at 12:16 pm

Tell me if you can, please: if all the people who have cable drew up a petition, would it make the cable company be reasonable and let us choose our channels?

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Alexis September 6, 2014 at 2:22 pm

First Row Sports for sports. I have never paid for cable because I don’t watch it. I LOVE sports and watch it while I’m working out, online (google my first three words), sports parties, or when I want to be around others, I’ll go to a sports bar. Mostly online and at home, so I can be as loud as I want. lol Aside from sports parties & sports bars, it costs me nothing. I’m going to check out this Roku thing though. If it’s reasonable, I have no problems paying monthly (especially during football season, lol).

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Faye September 10, 2014 at 2:46 pm

I live in Key West and we get no channels and got cable, bad move. I have Netflix streaming and a HDMI, hook the HDMI to the T.V and Laptop… presto instant streaming.

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jh September 22, 2014 at 12:47 pm

vyve is the worst internet company they lie to you and make you use a cable box
that takes away 79 cha’s and you can not get any one to help you and if you have to call you will be on hold for 1 to 6 hours they need to be shut down by the gov

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paul September 27, 2014 at 1:24 pm

I had cable and went to direct tv because of cost. Direct TV quit when it rained and or snowed. In order to get a repair person for other problems meant you had to go and explain your problem to at least 5 different people, all or which after reading a script to you sent you onto the next. Once I knew what the problem as but no one would listen to me until I said send a repair person now, or I quit. Went back to cable. a smart tv and Netflix and all is great again. BTW Direct T was supposed to send a box so I could return the equipment to them. They never did and I have the equipment ( and cards) in an old box in the back of a closet. The dish is still on the roof after all these years. I am going to cut the cable off this fall.

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Rosio N. Worek October 2, 2014 at 9:36 am

My spouse and I stumbled over here coming from a different page and thought I should check things out.
I like what I see so i am just following you. Look forward to looking at your web page yet again.

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Teri October 4, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I don’t understand this statement, can someone clarify? “due to structural conditions, only a few competitors can exist in any cable market. Often, there is only one option that consumers can choose. “

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paul October 4, 2014 at 7:59 pm

@Teri- that’s not true.any company can service any area,but they refuse to do so,since the competition would drive down costs and they would lose money.

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JJ October 5, 2014 at 5:48 am

Paul—
So that’s their game! My sister lives off a freeway, and she told me the side where she lives doesn’t get cable. At least, that’s what the cable company claimed (key word “claimed”); hence she uses satellite. Once again the verse from the Scriptures comes in: “The love of money is the root of all sorts of evil.” That passage is found in I Timothy 6:10. Greed—that’s one thing God despises! I don’t think the cable companies care a fig about Him, though.

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paul October 16, 2014 at 12:05 pm

If the cable hasn’t been installed in that area there is nothing that can be done other than going with a sattelite system.(direct tv or dish.)

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gary leatherwood October 10, 2014 at 12:43 pm

I built a homemade antenna off of internet. Im 30 miles from nearest station, 70 miles for next in different direction, and 100 miles from next stations all in different directions. i pick up 30 channels. It is called a bowtie antenna. Just punch in homemade antenna.

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Kari October 13, 2014 at 5:20 pm

To use roku don’t u need to have one for each tv??? How does it work? Can a antenna be connected to several TVA also????

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JimboNC October 20, 2014 at 4:01 pm

I had Time Warner Cable basic cable, monthly charge $14.52. When we changed to digital TWC did everything they could to screw up all shows running HD. One would think you are suppose to get all of the channels you pay for. TWC fianlly admitted the blocking and told me: If you want to see the HD programming on ABC, NBC, CBS etc. it will cost you $40 for HD, $20 for the box and $10 for taxes and fees. I cancelled immediately. They had blocked me from seeing CBT Flash Point series entirly. I bought an OTA antenna @ $30, subscribed to NetFlix @ $7.99, and discovered all of Flash Point’s episodes on YouTube. I’m 85 and Lovin’ it. TWC sent reps five times begging me to sign up again. NO WAY JOSE.

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Mark October 27, 2014 at 1:52 pm

I got rid of my cable and got Clear TV; I installed it while my kids were at school; They were upset when they came home and couldn’t watch cable anymore. But i am happy i don’t have to pay a monthly cable bill. I get ABC; NBC; CBS. FOX. PBS. and local stations. BYE BYE COMCAST! HELLO CLEAR TV!

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cornelius October 27, 2014 at 6:05 pm

I have been trying to set up the g box by Matricom. I was told you can stream TV/ sports but so far it had been a pain.
Has anyone tried setting this up?

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Sam October 31, 2014 at 12:01 am

Frankly….I am a big TV fan so would not be interested in any cut however I am wondering if I can get few more channels in the same subscription amount following your tips!!!!!

Keep up the good work….

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T.D October 31, 2014 at 10:51 am

Cost 5 dollars just to call twc if you want to speak to a live person. I’m being charged 90 a month just for internet. Dallas, Texas. So mad.

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cornelius October 31, 2014 at 1:37 pm

I have been trying to set up the g box by Matricon since I am not a tech guy I am finding it slow going.
It claims to be able to stream a huge amount of shows even sports, so far I have only been able to get college games after their broadcast date.
Has anyone tried to use this instead of cable?

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barbara November 1, 2014 at 7:27 am

we use the anntena and a coat

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Greg November 12, 2014 at 7:39 pm

How much of this “cut the cord” chatter is part of or due to the DirectTV
advertising campaign this last summer? TV over internet doesn’t really cut the cord because the best bang for buck internet service is through cable companies.
The recent mandated broadcast changeover to HDTV seemed to be tailor made
to support the cable TV companies. The FCC knows there are “dead spots” all over the USA. The broadcast HDTV signals do NOT follow terrain the way the older signals did. Newer signals are much more line of sight. Putting the antenna up on the roof or on a flag pole mast would likely help a lot because of that. What other internet provider can beat the price vs. bandwidth Cable TV companies provide? Even businesses buy internet services from Cable TV companies now. When you get a DOCSIS internet modem like my ARRIS TM502G and get it provisioned by most Cable TV companies, you get a telephone landline thrown in on the deal. It actually costs $5 more to NOT have the landline service! The internet modem has jacks for two phone lines, by the way. Miraculously we have two competing cable TV companies here and the other one handles their phone lines differently, breaking them out from fiber trunk lines at the neighborhood service MUX box in the alley and running a double cable with coax on one side and twisted pair phone wires on the other side. Often phone from that works even if internet is down, so it has advantages.
Landlines in general are hurting big time with cell phones taking over. If you can beat the cost vs. bandwidth(speed) of Cable TV INTERNET then please let everybody know. Direct TV’s “cut the cord” advertising campaigns haven’t worked so well for them, perhaps because they are not economical providers of INTERNET services and Cable TV companies are. The Rob Lowe snob appeal ads can’t overcome Direct TV’s lack of good and economical INTERNET.

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paul September 2, 2014 at 8:20 am

@ Cazare- click on the link at the bottom of the email to manage your Subscriptions or you can clink on the link at the bottom of this page.

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