Thursday, February 5, 2015

GOODBYE TIME WARNER CABLE, HELLO STREAMING


With our cable bill almost $200 a month without any extras like HBO, we are being bled dry by Time Warner. With Social Security and a part-time job as our only income, that is too expensive. The main bundle they give us is overpriced and includes channels and programming we do not want. They won’t let us downgrade. But they will let us add on to that existing bundle, for more money, which defeats the purpose. We are just trying to save a buck here. Time Warner refuses to negotiate a new package deal with us at a more reasonable cost, despite being long time customers. All we want is basic cable, no frills. We simply can not afford to continue at these OUTRAGEOUS rates. So we are going to cut the service. In order to do this we have been exploring our options. Dish TV and Direct TV don’t offer the local programming we like. And the thought of a satellite dish on the property is just not that appealing. So we decided to go another route. We are going to embrace new technology. We bought an indoor UHF antenna to pick up locally broadcast channels through the air. Then we purchased Amazon Fire TV to stream TV programs and movies from the internet. To get more content we also signed up for Amazon Prime. We have been experimenting with these things to try to ween ourselves off of the cable tv. But it is hard to teach an old dog, new tricks. We love our DVR that comes with cable tv service, and so far have been unable to cut the cord with Time Warner because of it. But as the monthly bills for cable continue to pile up, it will get easier to do. Have any of you said goodbye to cable?  Or are you hanging onto it, like your landlines? 

15 comments:

Jon said...

Whatever happened to the good old days when you just plugged in a TV and got three networks?

I had to give up cable completely because it's too expensive. Here in TN my Internet provider charges nearly twice as much as they did in Texas.
And I thought things would be cheaper out here in the boonies.....

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I have TWC and the present bundle I have is about to expire and I need to call before the end of the month to see what they have to offer me. I may be in the same shoes as you before it is over. The cost is ridiculously high.

betty said...

I agree with what Ma said, the cost is ridiculously high. I don't like that cable companies bundle and throw in the land line phone which we really don't use but sometimes that is the best price with their bundling to include it. We were paying close to $175 before we moved. Now we are in a new cable company so of course we get their new customer price deal which will only last for six months or a year, can't remember which, then who knows what it will go up to. I need internet for work, so what does a person do? And I feel like I need to go with a "big" company to get it so I have more reliability with service. Good luck with what you guys are doing to try to reduce the bill. That and our cell phone bill have always been high and ones that are hard to reduce. They got you coming and going with technology I do believe.

betty

RoeH said...

I'm totally with you. I tried Dish once and I hated it. And I am so sick of contracts. They are unnecessary. I went back to Cox but they are just a bad as Dish and Direct TV. I've been thinking of getting one of those antennas. My problem is the dang DVR that I've come to love. Had I never tried it in the first place, I wouldn't be in this.

Lori said...

We have TWC -- which merged with our local long-time cable company about a year ago. So far the cost is decent, but we have been thinking about losing it. We have our internet and cable together, but we might possibly drop the cable. Just haven't decided yet.

Paula said...

John handles the TV service here . He gets mad and switches back and forth between Direct TV and Dish. I think I could almost do without as long as I have internet.

Angela said...

We haven't paid for TV since 1994... have always just relied on the antenna and not really cared about what we may have been missing. About a year ago we hooked up with Netflix and have never looked back. $8.55 a month. So far it's been a good fit for us.

jack69 said...

Our case is completely diferent since we are on the road all the time. We do not have the cable but since I have been deaf, we very seldom even turn the TV on.
What you are doing seems wise, That is too expensive.
I am dealing with U-verse (AT&T) we provide for our grandson while he is in college. We negotiated they gave us a better deal over the phone, I had names and times. The bill never hanged. I have it here beside me now and might write and complain again, but I pay by the year and when the money runs out we are out of that and will go somewhere else, but where we do not know but it won't be AT&T.

Yeah, they think you are over a barrel! But you are not.

Red Rose Alley said...

We have the very basic cable, Taryterre, and it really limits us to great programs, but I'm tired of paying outrageous prices, like you, so we just have the basic television stations. I don't mind, it's better than a huge bill every month. Glad you figured things out. You are a very resourceful woman......and smart.

love, ~Sheri

Back Porch Writer said...

I'm anxious to hear how this goes.
I know there are a lot of different alternatives out there and we are not up on all the latest technology. We do have Comcast cable here with the triple play as they called it...phone, internet, and cable. We also have streaming Netflix (and the DVD mail subscription also). We do Amazon prime but the streaming has not served us as well as the Netflix and then On Demand viewing per Comcast we use a lot. I would have trouble giving it up. But would probably learn to live without it if I had to. But once retirement hits you would want it more! Good luck. I guess it is wise to check around with others and see what they do and if they are happy with it.

Mevely317 said...

I, too, am SO curious! 'Was too tired to comment last night, but that didn't stop me from sharing this with DH. While he pays the monthly COX bundle, I'm still troubled by the near-$200/month expense. Granted, he spends lots of time in the recliner watching gosh only knows how many channels going 24/7. Ditto for the land-line; I'd just as soon toss it out the window, but he's bent on status quo.

Carol Z said...

I haven't, but with landline and internet it's still doable. I did switch to Verizon FIOS in the spring and the service is much better. My friends in Brooklyn have an antenna and use Apple TV and Amazon Prime and are very happy and saving about the same as you each month. They also have Netflix for $8.00 (I think) a month. I did switch my cell phone last winter and save thirty dollars a month. Not enormous, but enough to put up with any inconvenience.

Sheila Y said...

I think I could be satisfied with antenna and internet to see most things. I have chrome cast so I can stream to my TV and the TV upstairs has Netflix and stuff built in. But Hubby is a different story, he likes to flip back and forth between shows during commercials. I DVR some things I want to see and watch later. You can buy a Tivo to record shows, works like DVR. Hope it works out for you, Sheila

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Oh wow, that is much too high! And I thought 71 bucks a month for Dish was expensive!
Have a good week, Terre!

Pam Kessler said...

We still have Time Warner, but we're using Amazon Prime (GREAT deal) and Netflix a lot. I didn't even know we got free movie and tv stuff when I signed up for Amazon prime. I thought it was just the free shipping. I'm really thinking that is the deal of the century. My husband is forever ordering off Amazon and next thing you know a package is arriving. They even have Sunday delivery here. I could be a walking advertisement for Amazon :)