Want to cut cable, best alternatives, help please!

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I'm looking to cut cable. I pay $250+ per month for a service I barely use. In reality, the only things I really watch are:



Netflix

Amazon Video

Live Golf tournament coverage

HBO & Showtime (some boxing / shows)

Any kind of live local professional sporting events (MLB, NFL, Golf of course etc...)



I currently have 3 TVs at home. One has Apple TV, one has Roku, the other just cable.



Cut to basic cable? Go with some kind of streaming service? SlingTV (I don't really get it)? Something else?



I'm open to any sugguestions, I'd love to hear what you guys have come up with, especially if you're in the same boat as I am.



Thank you in advance, it's highly appreciated!

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  • SixtySomePingSixtySomePing Members Posts: 5,065 ✭✭
    There's a thread about this on The 19th Hole about this called 'getting rid of cable tv' I believe. It covers the same info, and should be helpful...
  • forefore Posts: 1,354 ✭✭
    I've gone with Playstation Vue.



    I run it on an old playstation 3 and an Apple TV. The Apple TV is by far the better of those two devices.



    You can try it for free.
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  • newbsaucenewbsauce Posts: 141 ✭✭
    I upgraded the internet speed and have 3 streaming services: SlingTV (just the Blue package for Golf Channel), Amazon Prime and Netlfix ... and I still come out cheaper than just internet and cable. I also have an HD antennae for the locals. It's very easy to navigate between these 4 options with LG's interface. **** cable!

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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area.ClubWRX Posts: 24,241 ClubWRX
    newbsauce wrote:


    I upgraded the internet speed and have 3 streaming services: SlingTV (just the Blue package for Golf Channel), Amazon Prime and Netlfix ... and I still come out cheaper than just internet and cable. I also have an HD antennae for the locals. It's very easy to navigate between these 4 options with LG's interface. **** cable!




    What kind of HD Antenna?
  • BlueFab5BlueFab5 Members Posts: 91
    I think Roku is doing something with Comcast. I'm not sure of the details but you could look into that. I've just gone the route of calling and negotiating every 12 months.
  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,398 ✭✭
    Internet for $40. DirectTv now $60. Kicker of Netflix and Amazon Prime.



    I was also at nearly $250. I’m missing zero channels, don’t need an antenna. Saving $125/mo. It’s just TV, it’s not that important.
  • gripandripgripandrip Members Posts: 961 ✭✭
    Youtube TV. Golf Channel, local channels, plenty of sports channels. Great solution for someone who doesn't watch a lot of TV, but want the channels that are important. Premium channels are also available. I think I pay $35/month and just used Chromecast to cast to my big screen.
  • mark174acemark174ace Posts: 138 ✭✭
    I have the Direct TV Now streaming service. I have the 100 channel package (includes golf channel) for 60.00 a month and they sent me a free amazon fire box. They are in the process of releasing a free 20 hour cloud dvr service so you can record your favorite shows. It is a pretty good service and there are no contracts so you can cancel anytime you want.
  • theboypinoytheboypinoy Members Posts: 2,036 ✭✭
    HD Antenna covers most of the golf events. All the big tournaments and the majority of the PGA schedule is broadcast on network TV.



    If in an area with good reception, quality will be even better than cable.



    NFL will also be covered on broadcast TV.



    Then you can choose what to get to supplement it. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
  • newbsaucenewbsauce Posts: 141 ✭✭
    DavePelz4 wrote:


    What kind of HD Antenna?




    I got the “Amazonbasic Ultra Thin Indoor Antenna 50 Mile Range”, but there are plenty of good ones in the market. You do need to find the digital tv gov website that shows the direction and distance of the broadcast signal from your house so that you know where it install it and how much range you need.

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  • HoosierMizunoHoosierMizuno Members Posts: 3,352 ✭✭
    anyone know how to set up DVR system without cable. I'd like to record golf events or other events on local tv. wasn't sure how best to go about this.
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  • newbsaucenewbsauce Posts: 141 ✭✭
    anyone know how to set up DVR system without cable. I'd like to record golf events or other events on local tv. wasn't sure how best to go about this.




    This article lays out the options:

    https://www.consumerreports.org/lcd-led-oled-tvs/great-dvrs-for-recording-shows-after-you-dump-cable-tv/

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  • bdubs3316bdubs3316 Members Posts: 411 ✭✭
    https://www.setvnow.com/



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  • dlaneriedlanerie Members Posts: 144
    I've got YouTube TV. 40 dollars a month, good sports coverage overall including golf channel. Run it on a Roku, plus I can watch Thursday and Friday

    PGA coverage at work in a browser.
  • MychMych Members Posts: 1,782 ✭✭
    edited Jun 5, 2018 #17
    I've had PlayStation Vue, Amazon Prime, and Netflix running on Firetv sticks for the last year or two. We have 5 TV's in the house and PS Vue is the only service that allows that many concurrent streams. I think SlingTV can go up to 4. Most others are 2 from what I remember. Kids have plenty of content and I get all the sports I want. I wish they still had MTV/MTV2/VH1 for my wife, but she hasn't complained.
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  • DBillDBill Members Posts: 1,107 ✭✭
    Another vote for PS Vue. Run it on Amazon fire TV and fire stick. Has worked great for the year we've had it.
  • highergr0undhighergr0und Members Posts: 10,136 ✭✭
    Do the math and see if it's even worth it any more. The streaming services are nearly at cable pricing with Vue coming in at $40 a month. If you have to upgrade your internet to support all the streams and/or invest in streaming devices for every TV it may not offer a cost benefit or the ROI will be a long time.
  • BA_LuckBA_Luck Members Posts: 38 ✭✭


    Do the math and see if it's even worth it any more. The streaming services are nearly at cable pricing with Vue coming in at $40 a month. If you have to upgrade your internet to support all the streams and/or invest in streaming devices for every TV it may not offer a cost benefit or the ROI will be a long time.
    This, I cut the cord and then plugged it back in.
  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,398 ✭✭


    Do the math and see if it's even worth it any more. The streaming services are nearly at cable pricing with Vue coming in at $40 a month. If you have to upgrade your internet to support all the streams and/or invest in streaming devices for every TV it may not offer a cost benefit or the ROI will be a long time.




    Where is cable $40?
  • BA_LuckBA_Luck Members Posts: 38 ✭✭



    Do the math and see if it's even worth it any more. The streaming services are nearly at cable pricing with Vue coming in at $40 a month. If you have to upgrade your internet to support all the streams and/or invest in streaming devices for every TV it may not offer a cost benefit or the ROI will be a long time.




    Where is cable $40?
    Bundle pricing? I have Comcast with 3 DVRs 400mbps internet and pay $130/mo after tax.
  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,398 ✭✭
    That’s incredible. Any cable lineup worth a fudge here is $200 inc internet once you pay the fees for a box for each tv, dvr, etc.



    My bill was $230 for Centurylink Prism, we did opt for a few extra channels. We could have gotten away with $210 if not for that. Now $40 for internet and $65 for DTV Now. One time investment for 2 fire sticks and we’re rolling.
  • mshillsmshills T-I-G-E-R-S! Fight Tigers, fight dammit, FIGHT FIGHT! Members Posts: 3,816 ✭✭
    dlanerie wrote:


    I've got YouTube TV. 40 dollars a month, good sports coverage overall including golf channel. Run it on a Roku, plus I can watch Thursday and Friday

    PGA coverage at work in a browser.




    Second this. YouTube TV has been perfect for me, and the native app for my Roku TV means no need to cast from a tablet or Chromebook any more. Has everything I need to watch golf, soccer, and college football. We also have Amazon Prime, and my wife likes Netflix. I'd turn off Netflix myself, but it's just a few bucks for her to have a few things she likes to watch so it's all good.
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  • MychMych Members Posts: 1,782 ✭✭
    edited Jun 7, 2018 #25


    Do the math and see if it's even worth it any more. The streaming services are nearly at cable pricing with Vue coming in at $40 a month. If you have to upgrade your internet to support all the streams and/or invest in streaming devices for every TV it may not offer a cost benefit or the ROI will be a long time.




    The big difference for me was equipment rental fees. For 5 tv's in our house, we were paying about $40/mo in box rental fees and only 2 of the boxes had HD/DVR. We already had a few FireTV sticks for Netflix/Amazon Prime/Youtube/Pandora/etc, so our monthly combined cable/internet bill dropped by $80/month, and that was the Comcast promo package which was ending so it would have been about $30 higher now.



    But I agree, doing the math is vital. In certain situations you may not save a dime by cutting the cord.
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  • highergr0undhighergr0und Members Posts: 10,136 ✭✭
    Mych wrote:



    Do the math and see if it's even worth it any more. The streaming services are nearly at cable pricing with Vue coming in at $40 a month. If you have to upgrade your internet to support all the streams and/or invest in streaming devices for every TV it may not offer a cost benefit or the ROI will be a long time.




    The big difference for me was equipment rental fees. For 5 tv's in our house, we were paying about $40/mo in box rental fees and only 2 of the boxes had HD/DVR. We already had a few FireTV sticks for Netflix/Amazon Prime/Youtube/Pandora/etc, so our monthly combined cable/internet bill dropped by $80/month, and that was the Comcast promo package which was ending so it would have been about $30 higher now.



    But I agree, doing the math is vital. In certain situations you may not save a dime by cutting the cord.




    That is where I was originally saving money as well, but the increased internet speed cost has eaten up a lot of it
  • SilverBulletsSilverBullets BMW Members Posts: 5,879 ✭✭


    That's incredible. Any cable lineup worth a fudge here is $200 inc internet once you pay the fees for a box for each tv, dvr, etc.



    My bill was $230 for Centurylink Prism, we did opt for a few extra channels. We could have gotten away with $210 if not for that. Now $40 for internet and $65 for DTV Now. One time investment for 2 fire sticks and we're rolling.




    Yeah I'm in Phoenix and am paying about $200 a month, maybe slightly more, for Directv and Cox internet. We have Cox's high speed internet and pay something like $50 a month.. everytime I run a speed test its over 100mbps.. sometimes close to 200mbps. I use a couple of different tools to run the speed test and they give completely different results but they are all generally at 100mbps or above.



    I'm thinking about making the jump to youtubetv as Directv is has become hot garbage since ATT took them over. Terrible user interface, buggy software, issues with simply changing channels... its become horrible in the past 12 months.
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  • irsihmen453irsihmen453 Members Posts: 202 ✭✭
    HD antenna works great for me. They're no more than 25$ on Amazon and you'll get 25 or so channels and all of the major sporting events. The rest Just depends on the packages/services that you go with. YouTube/DirecTV/Netflix/Hulu, either way you're going to have to pay something on top of your internet fee.
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  • W4LWQW4LWQ Posts: 157 ✭✭
    edited Jul 11, 2018 #29
    Cut the cable 3 years ago, outside antenna , Netflix and 2 free streaming apps. 1st is Crackle,it has commercials. 2nd is Tubi no commercials and completely free. $11.00 a month and don't miss paying any thing else.
  • golfandfishinggolfandfishing Members Posts: 3,398 ✭✭
    ^^^^



    What can you watch on those apps? Over the air broadcasts or are you getting cable channels?
  • Bonneville85308Bonneville85308 Members Posts: 1,629 ✭✭
    I don't have or want cable because I play enough golf that I don't have time to watch it.
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