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    Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Thinking about ditching FIOS and signing up for something cheaper. It's just my wife and I here with the occasional grandkid over for a visit.

    Keep FIOS internet and
    HULU-TV or
    SLING TV or
    FUBO or
    ????

    I don't watch network TV that much and have Netflix and Prime for movies. Primarily watch MLB and or NHL and HGTV / DiY, Discovery, Science and Smithsonian. For world news its generally the BBC. I think ESPN is necessary.

    Wife watches Lifetime and Hallmark.

    Proably have 5 TVs. BR, 2 guest rooms, office and Family.

    Anyone have a recommendation and why?

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    I would go to each of those streaming services and see what their sites say for offerings.

    I cut the cord a few years ago, and I have standard Hulu, not the Hulu-TV option, and can watch a lot cable and network TV, but not all. Disney now has a 35% stake in the company since its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, so its listings are likely to grow.

    I have no experience with the others listed, and like you, I also have Netflix and Prime.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    I would go to each of those streaming services and see what their sites say for offerings.

    I cut the cord a few years ago, and I have standard Hulu, not the Hulu-TV option, and can watch a lot cable and network TV, but not all. Disney now has a 35% stake in the company since its acquisition of 20th Century Fox, so its listings are likely to grow.

    I have no experience with the others listed, and like you, I also have Netflix and Prime.

    I've got the same setup: Prime, Netflix, and Hulu. I could probably cancel all of them and not miss it.

    I do usually stream something when I bike in the gym at work so I don't get bored, so like an hour a day but i'd probably be fine just listening to music instead. My 10 year old son has never lived with cable in the house, so he thinks it's kind of cool when he visits his grandparents.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Disney is also rumored to be making their own streaming platform for everything in the House of Mouse (not sure what that will do to Hulu...)

    Joe, if you're a local MLB/NHL fan, your options are going to be limited as I believe (and others can correct me) Sling/Hulu locals dont offer the regional sports nets.

    Out of market streaming is the best it's ever been with MLB.tv and NHL.tv. NHL is a little more restrictive, with local team, playoffs, and all national broadcasts (NHLNet/NBCSN/NBC) blacked out (NBC/NBCSN streams in the NBC app with Cable Co login). MLB only blacks out local market, ESPN Sunday Night Baseball, HR Derby, All Star Game, and postseason games. (And maybe whatever your local FOX Saturday game is, but I cant remember)

    Obviously if/when you go streaming more, you're going to have to have a good internet package, and sometimes bundling a fast internet and basic TV package is cheaper than internet only.

    I have a middle-ish TV package which included HBO, 150+ Mbps internet, netflix, hulu (not hulu tv), MLB.tv and NHL.tv. and I'd say it comes to just around 180/mo.
    *edit* Forgot Amazon Prime. So closer to 200/mo.
    *edit2* Which is still cheaper than my mom with DirecTV only (she has the top plan from them because the internet doesn't reach where she is).

    Your mileage may vary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    Disney is also rumored to be making their own streaming platform for everything in the House of Mouse (not sure what that will do to Hulu...)
    That's not a rumor, Disney has publicly discussed it. They bought Fox to add specific content to their service. At the same time, they're not abandoning Hulu, but it's a matter of what content on it will look like. My suspicion is that they'll likely keep some content on that service that they don't necessarily want closely tied with their own family-friendly product (think: Deadpool).
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Youtube TV carries several RSNs, and has been my cable-replacement for about 9 months now. I have Netflix and my girlfriend has Prime as well. We sign up for HBO/Showtime/insert premium here when a show we're interested in is on, then cancel when it's over.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Before talking about what streaming service you get...

    What internet do you plan on keeping? While the TV cable is being cut, the actual communication cable has to be there. Unless you have a great mobile service that allows a ton of streaming.

    Given that all of the internet providers are also TV providers, are there good deals out there for internet so that the total price is less than the whole package?

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by alfablue View Post
    Before talking about what streaming service you get...

    What internet do you plan on keeping? While the TV cable is being cut, the actual communication cable has to be there. Unless you have a great mobile service that allows a ton of streaming.

    Given that all of the internet providers are also TV providers, are there good deals out there for internet so that the total price is less than the whole package?
    When I originally ditched cable TV, I was paying to Charter $160/month for TV and internet. After cutting the cord, I then was paying $60 to Charter for internet, then added Netflix and Hulu subscriptions, along with HBO's streaming service. So I was saving about $60/month. I've no idea what it costs for Cable TV today in my area, but my Netflix prices have rose $3 since then, Hulu has gone down $2, and HBO has stayed flat.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    When I originally ditched cable TV, I was paying to Charter $160/month for TV and internet. After cutting the cord, I then was paying $60 to Charter for internet, then added Netflix and Hulu subscriptions, along with HBO's streaming service. So I was saving about $60/month. I've no idea what it costs for Cable TV today in my area, but my Netflix prices have rose $3 since then, Hulu has gone down $2, and HBO has stayed flat.
    Do you have phone? We are old timers that still have a very well used land line number....

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfablue View Post
    Do you have phone? We are old timers that still have a very well used land line number....
    Not a home phone, if that's what you mean. I only have a cell phone. Back when I did have both a cell and land line, the land line was never used. Why keep it?
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by St. Clown View Post
    Not a home phone, if that's what you mean. I only have a cell phone. Back when I did have both a cell and land line, the land line was never used. Why keep it?
    We keep it more for history- had it before the internet existed- so many people know it, well. And it does not cost much.

    But I get the point of cutting it if we lose cable and whatnot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alfablue View Post
    Do you have phone? We are old timers that still have a very well used land line number....
    I haven't had a land-line for years. When my son got old enough to take the bus home and be home alone for a few hours until the wife and I got done work I got him an iPhone.

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    Losing the landline was one of the greatest moments of freedom in my life. It was up there with driving and telling my parents I wasn't going to church anymore during the 1975 WS.

    Consigning cable to the flames will be up there, too.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Cable is the one thing I think we're going to regret.

    Thatís was collective bargaining and we didnít realize. Weíre all going to pay more for fewer channels and content in five to ten years. And I mean relatively more, costs go up every year but those companies argue on our behalf.

    Then again, once we started to let content providers become or buy content creators, we f-cked ourselves.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Cable is the one thing I think we're going to regret.

    That’s was collective bargaining and we didn’t realize. We’re all going to pay more for fewer channels and content in five to ten years. And I mean relatively more, costs go up every year but those companies argue on our behalf.

    Then again, once we started to let content providers become or buy content creators, we f-cked ourselves.
    In many ways I agree about Cable being on our side against the content providers, however...

    Most of the content on cable TV was content that didn't interest me. I don't mind paying half the price for a third the content because the content I have now more than satisfies my needs. And I can even scale back further should the economics of the situation become untenable for me and my family.
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    What's really funny for me is that I've not really captured the watching TV on demand mindset. Seems like most of the time, I have it on- and am still ok working around the schedule for shows. There are a handful of 10pm shows that I find on demand, but for the most part, I've still not gotten into the on-demand thinking.

    No idea why. Other than being a hopeless TV surfer.

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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    I've got Vue and I'm happy with it, though I think Vue has more of an issue with getting affiliates to sign on than the other services. But an antenna takes care of that.

    If you like NHL Network you'll be more limited in your options.

    Really I wouldn't even stream cable if it wasn't for live sports. Netflix and Hulu take care of most non-sports I like.

    Biggest thing is going to be if FIOS has a data cap. Comcast gives me 1TB a month and I don't really come close to that, but we only have one TV going and aren't on it all day. I've read some complaints of those who have families of 4-5 all watching TV or a couple roommates who stream 12 hours a day of run into issues, but if it's usually just you and your wife and you aren't streaming 4K you should be good. Or you'll be lucky and not have capped internet and you can do whatever you want!
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    Re: Cord cutting - what service to buy after the cable co goes away

    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Cable is the one thing I think we're going to regret.

    Thatís was collective bargaining and we didnít realize. Weíre all going to pay more for fewer channels and content in five to ten years. And I mean relatively more, costs go up every year but those companies argue on our behalf.

    Then again, once we started to let content providers become or buy content creators, we f-cked ourselves.
    I dunno. I want to watch college hockey, and so I sign up for a $40/month subscription that gets me practically all the Gopher games plus a good smattering of other college hockey games. At the end of the season I can just drop it and walk away, then pick it up again next season - all in just a couple clicks and for no penalty.

    Try to do that with cable or satellite.

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