We moved out of state for a job and the local sports in our new town didn't interest us. That made it easy to cut the cord as we could get games for the teams we follow easily through league subcriptions.
We were paying $120 ($1440) a month for TV before moving. That included pretty much all channels including HBO, Showtime, Starts, and Cinemax.
Now we have: Amazon prime (I consider this free as we get it for the free shipping option since we buy a lot from them), Netflix with 2 DVDs ($120), Hulu Plus ($96), MLB subscription ($120), NFL through PS3 ($300), 4 months of Soccer 2 go ($40), we average about 5 movies a month from Red Box ($90), Game of Thrones Season ($19). Total $785
Hardware added: WinTV-HVR-2250 $129. Dual OTA recording. I repurposed an older PC with Win7 and Windows Media Player for OTA.
I already had PS3 for all the Internet based content and Blu Ray DVDs. I had a Logitech Google TV that we use for the second TV.
Total savings for first year: $526. On-going: $655 per year.
Pros: Savings. Mostly ad free experience. We pay only for what we watch. Hulu plus acts as a "cloud" DVR since it has full season of series. Able to watch out of town games.
Cons: Ads in Hulu Plus, although they are just a handful per program. Stil expensive for sports, specially for NFL. The PS3 app says that they have a limited amount of people that can subscribe to the NFL package. HTPC is noisy.
Posible tweaks: Eliminate NFL package for $300. We will consider changing to the going to the bar plan
. Eliminate Soccer2go for $40. I decided against getting the NHL package that was $50 this year. I didn't miss it at all. Get a Roku player for the main TV and move the PS3 back to the second TV.
Wishes: If Redbox can rent a movie for $1.50 why can't the streamers like Vudu or Amazon do the same? For NFL, I would like them to offer a single team subscription or even the Red Zone channel only option for a reduced price. Same for the other leagues. Amazon needs a much improved interface. I would consider TiVo if the subscription was $5 a month. $15 a month to get the guide is excesive. The cable premium channels like HBO Go should offer an Internet only subscription. Offer a $10 a month plan in Hulu Plus and eliminate all ads.
All an all there is tons of content available and there is alwasy something to watch at a much reduced price.
Edited by koji68, 21 April 2013 - 10:32 AM.