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Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:03 PM

How I cut the cable (DISH) and learned to love ROKU. And YOUTUBE TV.

Disclaimer: I am neither employed by nor compensated, in any way, by ROKU or YOUTUBE TV.
I am 77 years old and retired (commercial pilot).

We bought a 'smart' TV.
We bought a ROKU stick for $30.
It was on sale, down from $40.
It took about 15 minutes to set it up.
I am NOT an electronics/computer geek.


I now have free access to hundreds of TV channels.
Many are not even broadcast channels.
They are only available on the internet.
Like tubi.
500,000 movies?
OK, you can go to the ROKU website and see what they have.


ROKU does not have local channels.
That's where YOUTUBE TV comes in.
(Not to be confused with YOUTUBE on ROKU. That is completely free and NO commercials. Thousands of movies, TV shows, cooking, documentaries, etc.)

YOUTUBE TV IS $40/MO.
I was paying $100/mo. for DISH and a hundred (thousand) channels I never watched.
You get all your local channels and their national feeds, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, and MSNBC, CNN, CNBC, etc., plus every sports channel known to man. Channels I didn't even know existed.


This is my present to DU.
I quit watching DISH in September.

I cancelled their service three weeks ago.
(Just want to make sure I could watch everything I wanted before I cut the cord. Alabama football, Super Bowl.)


It's not nearly as scary as you think.







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Reply How I cut the cable (DISH) and learned to love ROKU. And YOUTUBE TV. (Original post)
trof Feb 2019 OP
samnsara Feb 2019 #1
flying rabbit Feb 2019 #2
Raven Feb 2019 #3
trof Feb 2019 #22
FirstLight Feb 2019 #4
solara Feb 2019 #5
csziggy Feb 2019 #11
solara Feb 2019 #12
Sherman A1 Feb 2019 #6
yellowdogintexas Feb 2019 #8
Sherman A1 Feb 2019 #9
trof Feb 2019 #23
Sherman A1 Feb 2019 #30
northoftheborder Feb 2019 #7
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2019 #26
yellowdogintexas Feb 2019 #10
procon Feb 2019 #13
GreenPartyVoter Feb 2019 #16
trof Feb 2019 #24
JCMach1 Feb 2019 #14
GreenPartyVoter Feb 2019 #15
KY_EnviroGuy Feb 2019 #17
trof Feb 2019 #25
a kennedy Feb 2019 #18
Fla Dem Feb 2019 #19
a kennedy Feb 2019 #20
ploppy Feb 2019 #21
TexasBushwhacker Feb 2019 #27
hunter Feb 2019 #29
Sherman A1 Feb 2019 #31
hunter Feb 2019 #32
Zorro Feb 2019 #28

Response to trof (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:08 PM

1. also check out PLUTO tv...all free!...

...they even carried the Oscars live last night...

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Response to samnsara (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:14 PM

2. +1

Pluto tv on ROKU has an MST3K channel.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:16 PM

3. Trof, I did the exact same thing this month and had exactly the same experience.

I had Directv which I loved but it was over $100 a month for 2 TVs. I bough 2 ROKU sticks for $30 each, subscribed to Directvnow (different company from DirectV) for $30 a month which covers both Tvs and I'm getting all the channels I need. It's a little scary to cut the cable but I'm thrilled I did it.

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Response to Raven (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 08:11 PM

22. Oh yeah, you can SHARE your YOUTUBE TV subscription with 5 others.

If you split the cost, that comes to under $10/mo.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:20 PM

4. I am considering it...

The NASA channel, and other cool channels are free. Had a friend show me that feature.

I unplugged from cable a long time ago, and have made it by just fine with youtube, and other stuff I can find on the laptop... but I like the variety..

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Response to trof (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:28 PM

5. I would like to do the same thing but

I have just signed up for two more years and if I try to leave my cable company they are gonna get me. I told them I was on a fixed income and I wanted to opt out, they told me I could cut things down like have less channels, lose voicemail on my phone, have less bandwidth with a much slower computer - but I would be paying almost the same for much less. Then I realized I hadn't put anything else in place ( I have bundled Wifi/landline /cable) so I couldn't just stop everything. So I signed.

Any advice?

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Response to solara (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 10:32 PM

11. Go ahead and get a Roku and start learning to use the free channels

It's worth it. As said, there are a lot of things that are free - Roku has its own channel, Pluto, Vudu (Walmart's and will try to sell you movies, but still a lot of free stuff, Sony Crackle, NASA, and more. Even the free stuff on YouTube is available through Roku so you can watch it on a bigger screen than your computer.

As mentioned in the OP, Roku devices are pretty cheap and once you buy it the only costs are for the streaming channels with a fee. Some of the streaming channels are very cheap even without commercials. BritBox is about $7 a month, AcornTV is $5, Curiosity is $6 (but they just offered me a new cheaper service with ads for $3 a month).

If you already have Amazon Prime they have tons of programs. If you donate to your local PBS station you can get that streamed over Roku.

The biggest problem may be that your say your internet is slower. If it is too slow, your streaming could be affected.

I had a Roku for several months before I convinced my husband to switch over completely. But it is a low investment with a lot of possibilities and worth a trial.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 10:45 PM

12. Thanks for the info!

I'll see what I can do

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Response to trof (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:28 PM

6. Which provider are you using for internet

Cable or AT&T?

I went with Spectrum last year on their 2 year price lock deal and ditched AT&T U-Verse. I am going to get serious this year about cutting the cable cord, but my wife wants to record her favorites (and there are a lot of those) so I need equipment to do that, I need Wifi so I am guessing a router and such along with an antenna or method to get the major networks along with MeTv and hopefully something with a bunch of Westerns for her.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 10:27 PM

8. many of her favorites will be on Netflix, Prime or Hulu

Entire series. Hulu has the current episodes of many popular series. Every Monday or Tuesday I catch up on my favorites; sort of like a different and much less expensive version of On Demand

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Response to yellowdogintexas (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 10:29 PM

9. Thank You

That sounds workable.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #6)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 08:14 PM

23. CenturyLink. They are lousy but have a monopoly in our town.

My bill went from $196/mo. to $38.

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Response to trof (Reply #23)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 09:35 PM

30. Thank You for the response

I have Spectrum right now but we had AT&T. I will go with whoever has the best deal at the time.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 09:45 PM

7. Do you get any PBS stations?

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #7)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 08:59 PM

26. Pbs puts most of its programs online eventually n/t

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Response to trof (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 10:31 PM

10. We are at over 2 years now with just a ROKU

and we got a Firestick for our bedroom TV last year

We have Netflix, Hulu, Prime and HBO Now which is billed through our Amazon.

ROKU has Free Speech TV as a free channel.

Stephanie Miller, Bill Press, Thom Hartmann, Democracy Now and others. Complete archive too.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 10:46 PM

13. Can you save programs to watch later?

what about two programs that are on at the same time, do you have to pick one and lose the other?

Is there any schedule to view in advance to see what is playing or get it saved if its at a time when we aren't home? Are shows are held back and delayed; that's annoying.

DH and I have markedly different viewing tastes and I don't want to be fussing about who gets to watch what and when, you know what I'm saying? We subscribed to HBO and Starz on Amazon prime,but that is only playing on the computers because we don't know how to get it on the TV. I know, we are tech challenged and probably a 10 year old kid could do what we cannot. Pretty sad for two retired professionals, eh?


Lots of these little nagging little questions are the main obstacles that keep us tied to the Cable. We don't know how, or if, this would work for us. We would like to get away from cable tv, but we don't want to deal with a complicated, time consuming hassle every time we want to watch a show.




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Response to procon (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 05:21 AM

16. Most apps have the option to set up personal profiles so you

can really tailor your viewing. For us, we just do it all under hubby's. Hulu has a 50 hour DVR, plus a lot of older stuff is on-demand anyway.

I miss some dish features, like a bigger DVR, faster scan, and am still getting used to the difference in format, but it's worth saving the money.

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Response to procon (Reply #13)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 08:19 PM

24. UNLIMITED RECORDING in the 'cloud'.


Easiest way to link computer to tv is with an HDMI cable if your tv has that input. Look on the back.
You can also do it wirelessly if you have wifi, but that's a bit more complicated.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Mon Feb 25, 2019, 11:18 PM

14. I use Hulu for live TV and a Firestick

But same concept ... I can watch anything between Hulu, Netflix and Amazon

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 05:16 AM

15. Just cut Dish last night in favor of our Amazon fire stick.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 08:26 AM

17. Trof, just for perspective you may want to include in your OP...

that in addition, you still have to pay for your basic data pipeline....that is, your high-speed internet via cable, DSL or fiber from your local internet provider. So, for many people, they're not really cutting the cable - they're changing what's done with that cable entering their home.

In addition, one has to have enough bandwidth (data rate) to provide data streams to all devices that will be receiving separate programming (multiple TVs, smartphones, computer, etc.) via streaming WIFI. Many folks may also need to upgrade their WIFI modem or router since their WIFI will likely be handling much more data. Your internet provider can help with those calculations.

For an example of internet access cost, when we get it done ours will be between $40 and $50/mo. through AT&T Internet plus a little monthly for the WIFI modem. The $50 rate pays for 50mb/s data speed, which is far more than my family will need.

It's also worthy to mention that most everyone can get the major networks plus their many sub-channels for free over the air with just a set of rabbit ears in urban areas. I've talked to people that were completely unaware that antenna-access broadcast TV is still available (in digital format).

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Response to KY_EnviroGuy (Reply #17)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 08:24 PM

25. I have DSL from CenturyLink. They suck, but the only game in town.

For just phone and internet (no DISH), my bill went from $196/mo. to $38/mo.

Yes, with a $10 indoor antenna I can get 20 channels in coastal Alabama.
About 40 miles from Mobile or Pensacola.
There are no tv stations in my county.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 10:49 AM

18. We're so close to the big cutting as well.......one question.....how do we get our wifi to work

without our cable?? our computer/wifi are through our cable.......how do we get our computer connection??? Thanks.

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Response to a kennedy (Reply #18)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 11:42 AM

19. The only thing you'll be cutting the cord on is TV access.

You'll still will have a cable bill for the internet and phone if you're still using a landline.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #19)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 01:14 PM

20. Ok, thanks.....we did drop our land line so our only cable bill will be

for our computer, that makes sense. Thanks again.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 02:31 PM

21. I've done the same.

Internet connection, Amazon fire stick and subscriptions to Netflix and Hulu. I really love it and don't have to be pissed off every time I pay a Comcast bill because I dumped them!

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 09:03 PM

27. In addition to Tubitv, Vudu has a lot of free (ad supported) content

And Kanopy uses digital content from public libraries. If you have a library card and your library participayes, you can stream 4 free programs per month. They have a lot of stuff you won't find elsewhere.

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Response to TexasBushwhacker (Reply #27)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 09:32 PM

29. Yeah, Kanopy sounds awesome.

Our library started offering it, but I haven't tried it yet.

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Response to hunter (Reply #29)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 09:38 PM

31. Do so

We get 10 programs per month and it is wonderful.

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Response to Sherman A1 (Reply #31)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 10:03 PM

32. Link:

https://www.kanopy.com/

I learned about it from a flier in the library.

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Response to trof (Original post)

Tue Feb 26, 2019, 09:29 PM

28. I'm looking at DirecTV Now

Looks like that's the only streaming service that has the telenovela channels my wife loves to watch. Otherwise Youtube TV would be a strong contender to replace UVerse tv, which is going up 8 percent next month for me.

I agree that the Youtube app on Roku is awesome. Tremendous number of BBC archeology and history shows, old car and airplane manufacturing production reels etc. etc. for free viewing. It's great.

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