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    I know there is probably a thread about this, but I couldn't find it. For those of you who do not use cable as your tv provider, what works best for you? We are looking at doing so and i'm colleecting opinions. Thanks!

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    Over the air & Netflix currently. Just started playing around with all the different streaming that's available online. PLENTY of stuff out there.

    Over a year now and I really don't feel like I'm missing much. I haven't touched on Amazon or Hulu yet - but I hear there's about as much there as on Netflix.

    The most annoying part is the almost daily mail from DirecTV begging me to come back.

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    For NBA/sports coverage, Sling is the way to go. ESPN/TNT/FSN streams, but the app seams clunky at times.
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    We can get Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu through our tv. Sling does look like a good option. The only draw back i have seen is ROOT Sports does not stream anywhere and we like to watch the Astros.

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    So what are people paying who've cut the cord for internet access/speed? Who are your providers? Where are you? I'm in Johnson County, IN. Currently with Xfinity/Comcast as ISP. Metronet is available here. Seems dicier but noticeably more economical.
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    I'm trying to figure out when cable/satellite, and the programmers/broadcasters, are going to realize they can't continue to gouge consumers. The costs are out of control and the added fees are crazy... Receiver (can't buy, have to rent... $$$).... Oh you want to use your DVR? $$$$..... Oh your receiver has the 'capability' to feed mini receivers in other rooms so $$$$.... You don't have mini receivers or TV's in other rooms?? Too bad... still gotta pay....

    Yes, we still charge extra for HD packages even though HD is now the norm... $$$$
    No that channel is not available in your tier so.... $$$$$ if you want it...

    We have to raise rates because local broadcasters are not renewing their contracts at the old rate.... $$$$ (BTW... this never should have been allowed... Government should've made local channels must carry for cable/satellite and broadcasters should've been forbidden from having their OTA advertiser supported channels being a cost to cable/sat providers for in market areas. Required carriage would've been a win-win for everyone, but now it's a net loss for consumers since broadcasters can hold cable/sat providers hostage at each renegotiation and consumers blame the provider for taking their local channel(s) away and pressure them to bring them back.... not realizing it's just going to drive the price up eventually. But I digress...
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    So what are people paying who've cut the cord for internet access/speed? Who are your providers? Where are you? I'm in Johnson County, IN. Currently with Xfinity/Comcast as ISP. Metronet is available here. Seems dicier but noticeably more economical.
    I use Xfinity in the Chicagoland area. 150mbps for $69/month.

    PS Vue for streaming live Sports has been the best for me (and I tried them all, including Hulu live).

    It was a happy day when I called Comcast and told them to cancel my TV service and take back their huge cable box/DVR.



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    So what are people paying who've cut the cord for internet access/speed? Who are your providers? Where are you? I'm in Johnson County, IN. Currently with Xfinity/Comcast as ISP. Metronet is available here. Seems dicier but noticeably more economical.
    Take MetroNet and run like hell. When you cancel with Comcast, tell them where to stick their ******** 1TB data cap that they are forcing on you.
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    Take MetroNet and run like hell. When you cancel with Comcast, tell them where to stick their ******** 1TB data cap that they are forcing on you.
    I have MetroNet and Love it. Will be switching to PS Vue this summer and stepping back from our cable subscription.

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    Take MetroNet and run like hell. When you cancel with Comcast, tell them where to stick their ******** 1TB data cap that they are forcing on you.
    I wish. Where I live in the Chicago suburbs it's Comcast or AT&T Uverse. At least Comcast is fast. Even streaming all TV my family only uses 600MB or so of the 1TB cap.


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    I'm thinking about cutting cable and internet, switching to T-MOBILE, and getting a Hotspot with unlimited data for my 4th line. Has anyone tried something like that?

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    I wish. Where I live in the Chicago suburbs it's Comcast or AT&T Uverse. At least Comcast is fast. Even streaming all TV my family only uses 600MB or so of the 1TB cap.


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    I use Xfinity in the Chicagoland area. 150mbps for $69/month.

    PS Vue for streaming live Sports has been the best for me (and I tried them all, including Hulu live).

    It was a happy day when I called Comcast and told them to cancel my TV service and take back their huge cable box/DVR.



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    What level of PS Vue do you have and what do you use to stream it?

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    I have their "core" plan. It was $34/month when I signed up for it - $44/month now. I stream using an Amazon Fire TV but it does work with virtually every streaming device - Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, etc.

    I'm really happy with the PS Vue/Amazon Fire TV combo. It took a little bit to get used to (it's different) but my family loves it now. And like I said, no more ugly cable box!


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    I'm thinking about cutting cable and internet, switching to T-MOBILE, and getting a Hotspot with unlimited data for my 4th line. Has anyone tried something like that?
    I'd be concerned about the quality of streaming video (assuming you want to do that). If you can test it using the data plan on your phone I'd try that first.



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    We did it today. Bought a $35 RCA attic antenna, used an old 4 way splitter from the previous owners Direct TV and now have 4 tvs with digital reception. As we watched tonight we did not miss anything from cable. We will save around $150 a month while keeping our internet. Feels good.

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    I am moving soon and will be cutting the cord. Plan on going with Sling/Hulu/Netflix. I am tired of paying nearly 200 bucks a month for the Comcast Triple Play thing.

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    I am moving soon and will be cutting the cord. Plan on going with Sling/Hulu/Netflix. I am tired of paying nearly 200 bucks a month for the Comcast Triple Play thing.
    With Hulu's new Live Tv service, I should be okay without Sling.

    I'm close to removing Netflix because it's been the odd app out and usually goes unused.

    I use Prime shipping, so we get the video streaming as part of that.
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    For NBA/sports coverage, Sling is the way to go. ESPN/TNT/FSN streams, but the app seams clunky at times.
    You can get Pacer games that way? Do you live in the Pacer televised territory?

    That's what has been stopping me from going away from Cable/Satellite provider- Pacer games. I can't get league pass because Pacer games are blacked out.
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    You can get Pacer games that way? Do you live in the Pacer televised territory?

    That's what has been stopping me from going away from Cable/Satellite provider- Pacer games. I can't get league pass because Pacer games are blacked out.
    If they're blacked out, that means you're in Pacer territory, which means you can get your regional Fox Sports affiliate (FS Indiana?) on Sling as part of the Sling Blue package. Unfortunately, ESPN is part of another package, Sling Orange, so you'd need that too. Then NBATV is an add-on in a sports pack.

    All in all, you're looking at:
    Sling Blue + Orange = $40
    Sports Add-on = $5

    Not sure what you're paying now, but I'm guessing $45 (+taxes) is significantly less. I've been using Sling on multiple platforms (Roku, Chromecast, Desktop, mobile) and I highly recommend it. They often give free previews for HBO, Showtime, Starz and Epix as well so that's a nice bonus.
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    You can get Pacer games that way? Do you live in the Pacer televised territory?

    That's what has been stopping me from going away from Cable/Satellite provider- Pacer games. I can't get league pass because Pacer games are blacked out.
    I'm in one of the donut counties yes, and the games were never blacked out (that I know of). I couldn't get the Cavs games through FS- Ohio because they were blacked out...

    As long as you are fairly close to central Indiana, you should be good.
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    With Hulu's new Live Tv service, I should be okay without Sling.

    I'm close to removing Netflix because it's been the odd app out and usually goes unused.

    I use Prime shipping, so we get the video streaming as part of that.
    Downsides to Hulu would include the lack of NFL network and AMC. Plus I hate the new menu setup especially when you have live tv mixed in with the library.
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