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Forum topic by mramseyISU posted 07-26-2017 06:47 PM 3173 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-26-2017 06:47 PM

So has anybody cut the cord here? No not the power tool cord but the cable cord. We’re looking at giving our cable provider the boot for everything but internet and streaming with either Sling or Playstation Vue and using an antenna to get the local stuff. Anybody else here took the plunge? If so what do you think?

-- Trust me I'm an engineer.

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#1 posted 07-26-2017 06:49 PM

We did about 2 years ago. Use antenna, Sling, Netflix, Prime. Works well for me. Means I watch a lot less television, but intentionally choose to watch what I watch.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 07-26-2017 07:06 PM

We cut the cord 5 or 6 years ago. We primarily use Netflix. Sometimes Amazon Prime (we have Prime for other reasons, not sure I’d join just for the streaming, but between shipping, streaming, and the music servie, it’s a good deal for us.) We do subscribe to HBONow and watch through our X-Box. You can get stuff on Hulu for free, as well as subscribe. We haven’t even bothered with an antenna since we don’t really watch network TV.

For us it’s been great, I’d never get cable again. I love the fact our kids never see commercials, especially around Christmas; no begging for junk they see there and the disappointment when it doesn’t work as advertised.

-- John

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#3 posted 07-26-2017 07:09 PM

Made the move a while back and haven’t missed it…of course, it’s not football season yet. I really wish the NFL would get with the program and offer live streaming of games at a reasonable price.

-- Measure twice, cut once?!? But, cutting is more fun than measuring!

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#4 posted 07-26-2017 07:25 PM

Same here. We left ours behind about 6 years ago, and haven’t missed it one bit. Use Netflix and Hulu primarily, and still don’t have the time to keep up with everything we want to! Of course, it helps that no one in the house really follows sports, so we don’t have anything to miss out on there.

I’m just waiting on Google fiber…as a former tech support employee and field technician, I hate having to call our local company for a problem and getting stuck with someone who knows less than I do. Last time there was an outtage, they had no record of it. I had bypassed our router and plugged straight into the modem, and they suggested that I plug the router back in to see if our internet was back up >:( ...5 minutes later, there’s a truck out front workin on the node that feeds our house. No outtage, huh?

-- "Ladies, if your husband says he'll get to it, he'll get to it. No need to remind him about it every 6 months."

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#5 posted 07-26-2017 07:40 PM

We can’t get cable out in the stix where I live.. but even with limited coverage, I can get over a dozen OTA channels with one of these:

Despite it’s small size, it picks up stuff better than any other antenna I’ve ever used, including those big ass ones you stick up on the roof. And all you need is a piece of plywood, some screws and a couple coat hangers (matching transformer shown above is optional and not really needed). Can be placed out of sight behind the TV or picture on the wall, stuck in a window, etc… I even made some where I welded the elements and used a smaller piece of wood:

Everyone I’ve given one to has been amazed at how well they work…


-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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#6 posted 07-26-2017 08:11 PM

I really want to since I watch netflix far more than the Dish, but I’m a college sports junkie and nothing that I have found will give you all of the sports channels.

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#7 posted 07-26-2017 08:29 PM

I was paying 200 a month for directv. I had kids and have to admit my one vice was nfl sunday ticket. Kids are grown and after last year and the whole kapernick thing, i’m turned off NFL.

I cancelled my service 3 weeks ago. Don’t miss it one bit. I’m a fan of Amazon Prime, so I ordered Fire TV from them and like it. I watch a lot of you tube and watching it on my 65” is pretty cool. I also have net flix.

I figured I’d really miss it but I don’t. Locals are all about politics (I’m near Philly you figure it out). So I’m gone. My oldest just got out of Army and going back to college, so I’m sure I’ll find something to spend the money on.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#8 posted 07-26-2017 09:18 PM

You could look at buying a Roku as well. In total, you have around 2000 channels (aka- apps) to choose from, which includes Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and the list goes on and on. My wife an I pretty much haven’t watched anything off the air for 2-3 years. The nicer Roku units come with a “point anywhere” remote (it basically communicates through RF/bluetooth/WiFi or whatever else) so you don’t need to point it at the unit. The Roku’s are only about $100-$120 or so, so they’re well worth it in my opinion.

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#9 posted 07-26-2017 10:23 PM

I cut the cord over 7 years ago. Phoenix area now has 100 over the air HD channels, most junk, but some surprising favorites.

I love my Roku box. (I have 3 of them now, including a Roku TV) I subscribe to several streaming services (Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu Plus) and seasonally add premium channels like Starz or Showtime (Via Amazon) to binge watch the couple of shows we like. Then we cancel those until the next season comes out.

As for the NFL, The NFL app for Roku is pretty good. Free highlights of all current games are updated during the games. Each team also posts free videos/articles for their team as well. The first year NFL Redzone was introduced, it was offered free. Now it is a pay thing. If you live in an NFL home market (your area has a team) ALL of that team’s games are carried on a local OTA station by network contract. Otherwise you have to buy NFL Sunday ticket to watch the games.

A good 100 mile UHF antenna in the attic sometimes can pull in channels from a neighboring market if that would be advantageous for where you live (Maybe get the sports games that way).

Many, if not most, cable channels have Roku apps that put the last 4 or 5 current episodes of all their shows on their app for free viewing without any subscriptions. Past seasons and complete current seasons would usually require a subscription, however.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS

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#10 posted 07-26-2017 10:30 PM

I really want to since I watch netflix far more than the Dish, but I m a college sports junkie and nothing that I have found will give you all of the sports channels.

- TaySC

ESPN carries ALL the college sports on their Roku channel. I’m not sure if you can subscribe independently or if you need a cable subscription. There are 7, or so, ESPN channels that stream live. (More and less channels based on how many concurrent events are happening). (Family has cable AND a Roku)

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS

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#11 posted 07-27-2017 12:29 AM

Brad, I had to give the antenna a try. Nearest I can tell I got it built to specs, but I can’t pick up anything. I’m surrounded by trees, so might be the problem.

-- if it is to be it is up to me

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#12 posted 07-27-2017 03:19 AM

I recently researched and priced cutting the cord and found that Dish Network Flex Pack + locals ($65/mo) is cheaper for me. Every other option was a compromise with fewer channels I care about, didn’t have DVR/watch on demand, or forced me to watch commercials. If you don’t care about currently airing shows and just want something to watch, Netflix + Amazon Prime will deliver all the television you could ever want and they now have some fantastic series.

-- Rick M,

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#13 posted 07-27-2017 03:45 AM

cut the cord in 2007

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#14 posted 07-27-2017 03:47 AM

Is it weird that I don’t own a television? I do watch Netflix and or Hulu (on my computer) to fall asleep at night though. LOL – I have cable for Internet and phone, but not for TV.

-- Community Manager

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#15 posted 07-27-2017 05:32 AM

Brad, I had to give the antenna a try. Nearest I can tell I got it built to specs, but I can t pick up anything. I m surrounded by trees, so might be the problem.
- Snipes

Trees should not be a problem… I’m in the middle of a hardwood forest :) Being inside a building may effect it though, depending on the construction of the building, nearby wiring, etc…. Try placing it in a window, or moving it around to different locations.

Also, check to see what kind of OTA coverage you have in your area… places like the FCC and have coverage maps you can search.


PS: I tested over two dozen different antennas – from large directional whole house things to single set amplified systems. That little fractal antenna performed as well or better than the others, even being as small as it is.

-- Brad in FL - In Dog I trust... everything else is questionable

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