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As long as the majority of high-bandwidth access is controlled by the very same companies providing cable television services they have no incentive to offer consumers anything. They can just raise Internet price to offset the price difference, introduce bandwidth throttling, etc. Now is a good time to cut cable but don't think the cable companies haven't noticed what people are doing.

I recently got rid of DirectTV and use Netflix 1 DVD at a time and unlimited online view. I pay about $10 amonth for this and feel like it was the best decision I have made in a long time. I no longer waste time getting sucked into the tube and I watch stuff when I want and can pause/start/stop/fastforward/rewind at anytime without an expensive DVR. I use antenna to get local and most good sporting events however I really miss ESPN, the good thing is I can go online and log into ESPN3 and get my fix. Also, Justin.tv.com has most anything on air too, I save at least $30 a month now! Will never go back to cable or satellite, they will hijack your pocketbook.

I use just web viewing using hulu and the fox and cbs websites. Kinda annoying to wait a day or two for my favorite shows but well worth it not to pay. Btw, my fiance was able to get the sharks games for free through a international website.

I have HD 'rabbit ears' for local stations, comcast internet, wifi blue ray player, Hulu and Netflix streaming to my TV.

The one thing I lost with this setup is ESPN and a few other sports channels. Its not a big loss to me and I find its better to go to a bar and watch any game I really want to see. (nice to be out instead of on the couch watching a game.)

I was never a big TV junkie and I've gone years without cable in the past, so it was an easy move for me.

We still like AT&T U-Verse, but every jump in technology online does put us one step closer to dropping cable completely. We watch a lot of shows that Netflix doesn't have permission to stream yet, but when they do, we will jump ship. :-)

We have an antenna for local broadcast TV. Occasionally, I will watch a program at Hulu and I check ESPN.com for sports highlights. What is strange is that my internet/phone company said, last time I called about our rates rising, that if we added cable TV to the mix our monthly cost would go DOWN. My sister and her husband have the same service provider we have with internet/phone/cable and they pay LESS then what we pay. So next time I call, I will ask about this. The other option is to drop the phone part of our package and just use our TracFon for the few calls we make/receive.

Said Comcast ... "All is well! ALL IS WELL!!!"

Digital TV means more channels w/ sub channels and a picture over the air superior to cable and about 80% of US can get all teh networks PLUS several other secondary networks for free. Why Pay for tv?? Landline?? Why?? Get a magic jack if you must have a phone otheer than the cell phone. With seveeral providers of high speed internet for most folks, the landline is DEAD! Watching via the net is easy, have a computer with an HDMI port and just run an HDMI cable to your big screen tv and use it as a second BIG SCREEN monitor to stream video. I still prefer the cheap $4.99 netflix option, 2 first run movies and 3 other runs via a stream a month. combined w/ FREE hulu, etc., an antenna, I'm all set and only $4.99 a month! Come baseball season mlb.co has ALL radio feeds home and away for EVERY game for $20 for the entire season!

I watch some shows when they air on broadcast, ones I miss I use Hulu or CBS.com for (all through PlayOn). I use PlayOn to push ESPN3 onto my tv for college football (most of my team's games are on ESPN3 and not played at local bars or anything), NFL is on broadcast, most other sports I don't care a lot about, but can either watch on ESPN3 or Justin.tv.

This is why the landline is not entirely dead yet: my husband and I did without a landline for years, and then we bought a house. The house has terrible cell phone reception, and I frequently work from home and need a reliable phone for conference calls. If AT&T had better reception in my neighborhood, which is not out in the boonies by any means, we would not have a landline. I would like to look into Magic Jack, though. Does anyone here have it?

We're basically 100% internet TV - we get free 'basic cable' included with our internet, but it's pretty much just the same channels you would get with rabbit ears, but in good quality (I found it odd that we would have to pay $5/month more for our internet to not have the basic cable included).

We actually don't ever watch TV on the TV - we have very large computer monitors, and a TV tuner built into the computer. Windows Media Center acts as a DVR (with no monthly subscription), and also has links to most any show that is available online all accessible with a remote control (including an app for Netflix, but no Hulu).

Then again, we're not big TV watchers anyways - at home we only watch TV for about an hour per week and maybe a movie or two each month. We know what shows we like and that's about all we watch.

Sadly I think it will take a LONG time before cable companies change their attitudes. They have a decades long culture. THe bad service philosophy at cable companies is rooted deep. Big companies and entire industires don't often just turn around and change their way of doing business in short timeframes.

We're 16+ year satellite subscribers. It's been a great service although the price has gone up too much lately.

Ummmmmm -- where are you getting the internet connection to use Hulu and Netflix? Oh, right, your cable provider most likely.

Satellite TV is in trouble in most urban areas, but the cable companies are actually set up very well to handle a transition to internet streaming from basic cable subscribers since they control about 80% of the high bandwidth pipe needed to use those services anyway. In fact, because of ridiculous programming costs associated with content, they'll be MORE profitable if people switch to watching things on the internet instead. No more subsidizing set top boxes, no more outrageous programming fees (which are about 70% of your "ridiculous" cable bill, you want to complain, complain to the programmers, who raise their rates whenever they please, and then harass the cable company to pay it, thus passing the cost on to you, but since you pay the middle man, the cable company is the bad guy), just large chunks of open bandwidth for you to watch whatever the hell you want to watch. It's a cable company's dream scenario because satellite can't compete with the infrastructure and phone companies can't compete on the cost.

Cable companies have resisted a la carte pricing of channels, but that is exactly where internet TV is headed. When ESPN starts offering a REASONABLE internet feed I may just cut the cable out of my bill. Netflix has already led me to cut all premium movie channels from my bill (I am a sports and movies junkie).

I have just asked DISH to cancel my subscription - it was a 2 year contract. It is $31.99 per month, included with my CenturyLink land line, internet, and cable. I watch very few TV programs and most of them I can watch on my computer. I also have DVD's galore and can play them on the TV or the computer.

But, until the phone company goes out of business, I will never, ever give up my landline. First off, it is always on and you don't have to remember to charge it each day. It has better reception and I have used a landline for 65+ years. I hate cell phones, although I do have one for my kids benefit. They worry when I travel to see them and are worried I will get lost, get in trouble, etc. My cell phone # is actually only given out to family. That way I get few calls on it.

Oh, by the way, one of the greatest perks of a landline is that it is in your home and does not follow you around to be answered willy-nilly all the time. Once a humorist was visiting a French philosopher. The phone started ringing during the meal. It was ringing and ringing. Finally the philosopher was asked if he wasn't going to answer the phone. He simply answered, "I'm not it's slave." This is my attitude. I only answer my home phone when I feel like it. There is an answering machine and it will take any messages you care to leave. This leaves me free to do as I please. Hip - Hip - Hooray!!!!!

Totally considering buying a Roku box and using Hulu and NetFlix, but am worried the Internet only fee will be the same as my Internet/cable package now.

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