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Thu Dec 6, 2012, 09:44 PM

I can cut the cord now!

I've been subscribing to analog rock bottom basic cable for about three years, but last week Comcast sent a letter saying that it was discontinuing analog cable. When I called them, they insisted that I would have to buy a channel package full of formerly good channels that have gone all-reality or all-scandal.

I did a bit of experimenting with a tiny handheld battery-operated TV that I bought for use during power outages, and I realized that everything I watch (mostly PBS and MHz Worldview) is available over the air or through streaming.

Today I bought a 32" Samsung HD TV, and I found that it not only brings in four PBS stations and the Big Three stations beautifully but also shows streamed content very well.

I look forward to telling Comcast that I no longer need their TV service.

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Reply I can cut the cord now! (Original post)
Lydia Leftcoast Dec 2012 OP
Twinguard Dec 2012 #1
cbayer Dec 2012 #2
Lydia Leftcoast Dec 2012 #3
StrictlyRockers Dec 2012 #6
cbayer Dec 2012 #7
Politicub Dec 2012 #4
Lydia Leftcoast Dec 2012 #5

Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2012, 11:44 PM

1. I cut the cable

some two and a half or three years ago. We filled the void with Netflix (both streaming and 1 DVD at a time via USPS) and other than a few live sporting events, I haven't missed cable at all. OK, in all fairness, the first week or so I felt lost (I used to watch ALOT of TV), but now I barely notice if there is a TV in the room... on OR off. I'm no longer hooked on my weekly shows. I haven't even thought about cable news except for the occasional clip from the Rachael Maddow show during election season. I get all of my news from the net, if there is a current show I need to watch hulu usually does the trick, and otherwise I spend more time on my guitar (or more recently, I took up the piano), in my wood shop, working on my yard... It was like a giant weight was lifted from my shoulders when I gave the proverbial middle finger to cable TV.


I'm much happier these days.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Original post)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 11:50 AM

2. And best of all you get even more HD PBS stations than you probably did before.

We pick up 3 major public networks from LA and each as 4 sub-channels. It's great!

Of course, you probably still get the major networks, but I hardly ever even look at them.

The only things I miss are Comedy Central for the Daily Show and Colbert and the Food Network, but I don't miss them all that much.

Enjoy!!

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Response to cbayer (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 7, 2012, 02:24 PM

3. We have only one public television service here, but it has four sub-channels:

the main channel with all the national programming, a home-and-garden-and-food-and-travel-plus reruns channel, a local-documentary-plus-ethnic-programming channel, and an all automated weather channel.

Other than that, all I watch regularly is MHz Worldview, which is on public access cable but which I can also stream live through my Roku. I am addicted to their European mysteries.

Otherwise, it's all DVDs and streaming for me--and I still have more content than I have time to watch!



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Response to cbayer (Reply #2)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:40 PM

6. You can find all the full episodes of TDS and TCR online

at the Comedy Central site. Paying for cable is totally unneccessary.

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Response to StrictlyRockers (Reply #6)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 09:42 PM

7. Yeah, but then I can only watch them on my very little screen and not my TV.

I have no use for cable or satellite TV really. When I find myself in a place that has it, I tend to tune into the Food Network, but that is about it.

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Response to Lydia Leftcoast (Original post)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:46 AM

4. If you can get it, over the air HDTV is amazing

We're on the verge of cutting the cord, too. TiVo works with terrestrial antennas, and most of the shows I watch are on the old networks.

There are also some funky and cool oldies channels you get over the air.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #4)

Sat Dec 15, 2012, 12:42 PM

5. Yes, I am finding that out

Because I live in a major city, I can get all the local channels in HD with just an indoor antenna. I also get programs streamed in HD from services like Netflix and Acorn TV.

And I'm learning about over-the-air MeTV, with its reruns of Perry Mason, The Rockford Files, Thriller, and The Twilight Zone, a channel that is not available on the local cable system.

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