Future of Cable TV

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May 23rd, 2017 at 6:26:49 AM permalink
Nareed
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I'm going to stick with cable. I can't ever imagine ditching cable.


But you're supposed to give up cable because it's the trendy thing to do.
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May 23rd, 2017 at 6:28:19 AM permalink
Pacomartin
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I'm going to stick with cable. I can't ever imagine ditching cable.


Some serious sports fans probably can't ditch traditional cable in a cost effective manner. My cable company charges an extra $50 base fee for television, $25 in surcharges, and $20 for equipment rental for three televisions (you can't use Roku) plus a few dollars in taxes.

Sling TV for a basic package costs $20 to $25 a month. The $20 package includes ESPN,DISNEY and FREEFORM (Disney Corp. channels) but only one person can watch live TV at a time. The $25 package includes more normal entertainment packages like FX, FXX, USA Network and Syfy.

Neither package includes such popular channels as:
DISCOVERY CHANNEL
HEADLINE NEWS
TLC
NICKELODEON
NICK-AT-NITE
MSNBC
E! ENTERTAINMENT TV
ANIMAL PLANET
CNBC
SPIKE TV
MTV
VH1
TV LAND
FOX NEWS CHANNEL*

Although many people feel that cable TV is overly expensive, fewer than a million people have switched to Sling in the two years that it has been available.
May 23rd, 2017 at 6:35:43 AM permalink
ams288
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Quote: Nareed
But you're supposed to give up cable because it's the trendy thing to do.


It's the cheap thing to do.

I have the biggest package available with my cable company. I get all the premium movie channels. My cable + internet bill is $182 a month. I consider it a utility just like electricity & gas.
May 23rd, 2017 at 6:37:05 AM permalink
AZDuffman
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I'm going to stick with cable. I can't ever imagine ditching cable.


Way better ways to spend the $1,000 per year I save without it. I find I do more interesting things with my time as well.
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May 23rd, 2017 at 6:42:19 AM permalink
Nareed
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It's the cheap thing to do.


It depends on what you like to watch and where you are.

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I have the biggest package available with my cable company. I get all the premium movie channels. My cable + internet bill is $182 a month. I consider it a utility just like electricity & gas.


I've never had any premium package or any of the associated channels. In the old days, I'd rather browse the video store and rent something. These days you'd think Netflix would do, but the offerings are rather limited to my taste.
If Trump where half as smart as he thinks he is, he'd be twice as smart as he really is.
May 23rd, 2017 at 5:36:49 PM permalink
Pacomartin
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I have the biggest package available with my cable company. I get all the premium movie channels. My cable + internet bill is $182 a month.


What speed is your internet for that price?

Many people consider cable to be frugal purchase in the big picture. You pay $2200 for a year of cable which gives you a wide selection of entertainment for 365 days per year. Presumably you would pay at least $1000 for internet alone.

My brother shelled out over $2000 for season tickets for himself and his wife to go see minor league hockey (70 games per year). In addition there is the cost of beer, snacks and parking. After a while the best players get bumped up to the majors, and the minor league games are less interesting. His wife started to want to skip the live games to watch major league hockey on TV After a while, cable TV doesn't seem so expensive.

Quote: Nareed
These days you'd think Netflix would do, but the offerings are rather limited to my taste.


After a while, Netflix streaming options seem limiting. While it is difficult to say it's not a good deal for $10 a month, HBO NOW is much more vivid for $15 a month. I'm on a free month, and I really liked "Big Little Lies" and Westworld (based on the 1973 movie) and the political satire VEEP.


May 23rd, 2017 at 6:00:53 PM permalink
Nareed
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After a while, Netflix streaming options seem limiting.


My while lasted three months...

Still, I've found a couple of gems there. Like the second season of Smash! (gone now), Rick and Morty (awaiting the third season), and soon the new trek series (so they claimed).

But even full all Trek series now isn't enough for me to retake the subscription. I will if/when either the new Trek series premieres (and there are a few eps), or when the third season of Rick and Morty is on (it's still not on Adult Swim, though I caught the premiere ep online as an April Fool's joke).


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Westworld


I thought the remake of Westoworld was the Simpsons ep where they visit Itchy & Scratchy Land ;)
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