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#1 of 26 Old 05-15-2014, 10:40 AM - Thread Starter
 
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So, I am trying to decide what to do about dropping cable altogether. I am wondering if streaming TV through Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu is something to look into. It would be mainly for the kids. My husband only watches hockey, and our team just was bounced out of the playoffs last night, so he has no interest in watching until the next season starts (October). My kids are fans of Scooby Doo, My little pony, PBS kids/sprout. They don't watch THAT much, but that's what they like. I don't really watch tv at all. So, I would love BTDT experience with Hulu, Amazon etc. Right now we are paying $90/month just for cable (Dish network). We get a lot of channels, but its mostly crap and like I said above, hockey is over for us until October. I got a quote from Comcast. We already use them for internet and land line. To add cable, comparable to the amount of channels we have now, it would be around $120/month total for all three services. Currently, adding all that together we are paying $160/month... $70/month Comcast, $90/month Dish. Any advice?


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We use Netflix and love it! It's $7.99 a month, and we get our money's worth. There are lots of PBS shows on there (Caillou, Daniel Tiger, Thomas, Super Why, Dino Train), as well as other kid stuff.

If the urge strikes, there are also tons of grown up movies and tv shows.


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I haven't had cable or internet for a couple of years due to financial reasons (I do have a smartphone, this is how I post).

We subscribe to Netflix and get movies and tv shows in the mail for $25/month. They have a large selection and I like watching this vs commercial free and on my own time. Also, our local library has a decent selection of movies, particularly "public service" oriented material such as PBS, Nova, and BBC productions.

Of course my smartphone is expensive (my last vice!), but I no longer pay $165/mo for cable and internet on the computer. Netflix and the library are quite sufficient.
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Thank you both for the Netflix recommendation. I just signed up for a free month. I checked it out a bit and it looks great. I do like that you can watch whatever you want, whenever you want, commercial free vs the opposite of that. Now, I have to figure out a way to hook my laptop to the regular tv. It's older so I'm not sure if it's going to work. We shall see.


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Your viewing sounds similar to ours (and our kids like the same shows).....mostly kid shows and not all that much.  We just ditched our cable which will result in a savings of ~$700/year.  That's insane, and I'm kicking myself for not doing it sooner given how much we actually watch TV.  We have Netflix ($7.99/month) and were already subscribers to Amazon Prime (~$75/year) so we get content through that as well.  We have a Roku box (not sure how much that cost) that somehow gets all of that to the TV, and then there is a lot of content associated with the Roku (PBS is the main one we use).  My husband is the IT guy in our house so the details of the Roku box are a bit sketchy.  Good luck....I don't think you'll miss cable at all.

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We got rid of cable and I personally have not missed it.  We were subscribers to Hulu Plus and Netflix but now only have Netflix (we were not using Hulu much).  We also have an antenna that allows us to pick up CBS, ABC, NBC, Public Broadcasting, FOX, and CW all in HD.  Our kids are young so they only care about cartoons.  I love it because with our public broadcasting channel and netflix we miss all the commercials trying to seduce our children and save money!


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We only have the limited basic (local channels) cable, we ditched the expensive package about 6 years ago.  I called to cancel this one and our overall bill would go UP, definitely not impressed.  :irked

 

We have the cheapest Netflix streaming plan and the Amazon content we get since we are already Prime members.  It's definitely more than enough for us.  If we had another decently fast way to get internet then I would love to cut the cord to cable all together.


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We've never had cable. We do have netflix which has a special kids section with a ton of stuff, not much Scooby Doo though.

 

For me and hubby, we watch our handful of tv shows via Hula or the network websites which usually are about an episode behind what is played on cable.

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Our library's DVDs satisfy our TV/video needs (we have a large regional system), plus some of the free shows on Hulu.  I get news from our TV station's website and internet radio.


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Go ahead and drop cable. You won't miss it. I haven't had cable tv since 2006. I still pay $60 just for internet tho, which is a drag.

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I dropped cable a long time ago and it was kind of hard at first.  Then I started filling up our time with things like sewing, gardening, making music, dancing, getting out for walks and runs.  Generally we are far happier and far healthier since we gave it up.  We all still have our favorite shows.  I watch Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife by streaming them for free the day after they air on PBS.  My daughter as a couple of disney shows she binge watches when she has a free day (not so many of them).  I like netflix because we turn it on and off as we need without losing our list of things we want to see.  I pay for it during school holidays only which is really the only time we have to watch it.  We watch movies/tv shows on weekends from the library or from redbox.  I also pick up dvds at yard sales on occasion, but don't really like to have to store them as we have a very small house.  I had cable briefly after several years of not having it.  I hated it; the kids would flip it on and watch stupid stuff just because it was there.  Just internet now and sometimes I think I would like to get rid of that too.  Life is short and I end up spending too much of on the computer just because it is there...

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EmsMom, if it weren't for my husband I would drop internet at home, too. I hate how the computer is such a time sink.
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If any of you decide you want to stop cable or other services and have more time for other activities in your lives, your'e welcome to join us in the TV Free and Loving It group:

http://www.mothering.com/community/groups/show/44/tv-free-and-loving-it

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If any of you decide you want to stop cable or other services and have more time for other activities in your lives, your'e welcome to join us in the TV Free and Loving It group:
http://www.mothering.com/community/groups/show/44/tv-free-and-loving-it

Thanks for the invitation - you do realize though that just because one watches television in one format or another doesn't mean that their life isn't already full of other family activities?
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So, I am trying to decide what to do about dropping cable altogether. I am wondering if streaming TV through Amazon, Netflix, or Hulu is something to look into. It would be mainly for the kids. My husband only watches hockey, and our team just was bounced out of the playoffs last night, so he has no interest in watching until the next season starts (October). My kids are fans of Scooby Doo, My little pony, PBS kids/sprout. They don't watch THAT much, but that's what they like. I don't really watch tv at all. So, I would love BTDT experience with Hulu, Amazon etc. Right now we are paying $90/month just for cable (Dish network). We get a lot of channels, but its mostly crap and like I said above, hockey is over for us until October. I got a quote from Comcast. We already use them for internet and land line. To add cable, comparable to the amount of channels we have now, it would be around $120/month total for all three services. Currently, adding all that together we are paying $160/month... $70/month Comcast, $90/month Dish. Any advice?

Many channels offer their shows on the internet a day or so after they air on television. In our house it's sports that would be greatly missed so our satellite remains connected.
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TCMoulton, yes I realize that - that's why I qualified time with "more" :)  

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I haven't had cable in years, but we do have Netflix (just streaming, so 7.99 a month) and a Roku box (I just have the cheapest one which was ~$60.00). The roku box just plugs into the tv like a dvd player and streams movies through your wifi connection to the TV.  You can also rent or purchase movies that way (through Amazon, etc.), which we occasionally do as a treat. 

 

I have to keep internet because I use it for work, so this is by far the cheapest option for us and we don't miss cable at all. 


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Make sure you are out of contract before you do anything.  I am VERY happy with Dish welcome pack for $19.99 a month and I have Heartland added for $6. you can not go to welcome pack on line on own you have to call or chat.  I get both baby channels too!  We did the streaming but to me there is something nice of turning on a tv and flipping channels.  We almost always find a decent show on and with all the free previews they offer every month we have new things to watch.

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I have Roku. I bough for something like $55.

 

I use Hulu Plus on it $8 per month.

 

I also ahve Amazon Prime already and it streams tons of free content on Roku.

 

There is PBS.

 

Roku has movie service and you can rent many movies for $1.99

 

I am much happier with this than I was with cable or dish.

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We canceled our cable several year ago because we could watch everything we wanted to on the computer anyway.  We love it! We have a digital antenna and still get several channels anyway. And we discovered a real gem for kids shows - qubo - which shows pbs style kids shows 24 hours a day. I wouldn't cable again even if I had unlimited money.


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We use Hulu and Netflix. For $15 a month we have access to all the TV shows and movies we want, whenever we want. I wouldn't pay for cable!


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Your public library! Not only can you borrow for free, you can order anything you can think of and they'll get it from another library for you.

 

I can borrow video games, DUPLO blocks, big totes of toys, Kindles, laptops,  And in Massachusetts we have the Library of the Commonwealth, located at the BPL. (http://www.bpl.org ) where residents of Massachusetts can stream movies and old TV shoes for free. Or learn a foreign language with Mango Language software. Your state probably has a state library too. Your taxes have already paid for it.

 

 

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Netflix here. The Roku box is about $50 one time fee, and we got two so the kids don't have to fight over it. It's great. DS watches Pokemon (his current fad), and DD watches Daniel Tiger, Lunar Jim, and Angelina Ballerina.

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You can watch netflix through a wii too. $8.99 a month Netflix has My Little Pony, Scooby Doo (a newer version though that I deemed to scary for my five year old) and lots of PBS shows. Do borrow from your library !

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How about reading, playing games, playing outdoors, puzzle books? We are media-free and LOVE it. We dropped cable & used Netflix for awhile, but we dropped that too after watching the classic movies we wanted to see... Now we are avid readers and contemplatives. My daughter, an engineer, is much better read than most of her peers. This has put her to a great advantage in interpersonal skills (literature), international relations (history and political science), business acumen (economics), etc. Reading has enabled us to to make connections with thoughtful intelligent people when traveling; it has enabled our daughter to make friendships and contacts with other readers - people who want more from life than "plug in and tune out."

I don't think that being entertained is good for people of any age.

There are also programs on youtube and public domain websites, especially documentaries.

And the library, as a prior poster mentioned.

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We haven't had cable for years here either. I pay for internet but just can't see doing it for cable. Just an idea that no one mentioned .... a digital antenna! They sell decent ones at Walmart for about $40-50 and then you have free tv. This is mostly the local channels and a few PBS types but we have gotten up to 30 channels depending on location and how well it was set up. It was mostly locals plus PBS type stuff although we did get a couple of channels that offered some of the sitcoms like The Big Bang Theory and House. Since we only really used the tv for checking weather, news and the kids a couple of programs on occasion this worked great for us. Unfortunately we gave ours to the in-laws at one point and haven't bought a new one yet. I need to do that. We have just been tv free either watching dvds or renting dvds from Redbox and have been doing this for over a year now.
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