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I'm about to cut the cord - any advice?


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#26 OFFLINE   damondlt

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:23 PM

Um ok it cost me $520 a year now for just equipment, so what's the difference?

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Posted 12 February 2014 - 08:42 PM

that's your money and it will be your choice

 

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 09:16 AM

Looking over my current Series Manager and most shows are from the broadcast networks, the rest are available via Hulu. Sunday Ticket remains my biggest concern.

While you may not have series links set up for "cable channels", there's a pretty good chance that your watching them. Hulu Plus covers many series but they don't deliver live event programming.

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Posted 13 February 2014 - 10:14 AM

While you may not have series links set up for "cable channels", there's a pretty good chance that your watching them. Hulu Plus covers many series but they don't deliver live event programming.

 

My "go to" live event channels are ESPNNews, CNN, and Palladia.  I will miss them.


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 05:20 PM

Come back here to let us know haw its working for you when you cut the cord.


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Posted 13 February 2014 - 11:10 PM

Come back here to let us know haw its working for you when you cut the cord.


I'll stick around to keep up, because I'll probably just suspend at first and see how it goes. I'm not out of contract for another month anyway. I have a feeling I'll be back for Sunday Ticket, especially if they give incentives. It's tough to let go of something I've actually fought for to keep for 18 years. I needed my lawyer write into my condo bylaws the right to have a dish. But times are changing, so we'll see. I know I'll never return to cable though!
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Posted 16 February 2014 - 02:48 PM

With Hulu/Netflix you got all your local tv shows and movies.

 

For sports you got MLB.tv,NHL Game Center,and NBA League Pass broadband

Ofcourse ESPN 3 is free.There are some streaming sites that stream sports programming including PPV.


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 05:29 PM

Live sports are the main reason that many (including me) find it difficult to completely cut the cord.  I can't speak to NBA or NHL access (not my thing), but I did check into some options not that long ago.  My interests are Big 10 (Purdue), NFL (Bears), and MLB (Twins).  I was not able to find options that supported my viewing games live streamed, even on a subscription basis, without some sort of subscription television (satellite, cable).  To be fair, I get decent OTA and could see a number of the Bears games each season for free (I live in NFC North territory).  I could get about 2 Twins games a year, 1 Purdue football and 2 Purdue basketball games (all vs. Univ of MN).  But that was too short a list.

 

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You can't watch live home territory MLB.tv games - they are subject to blackouts but can be viewed approximately 90 minutes after game conclusion.  See http://mlb.mlb.com/m...aq_blackout.jsp for details on MLB.tv blackouts.

 

Re: ESPN3 (WatchESPN), it's not free unless you are a US college student or US military personnel.  From the WatchESPN website (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/about):

 

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Access to live programming on the ESPN3 channel of WatchESPN.com is available at no additional cost to fans with subscriptions to participating high speed internet service providers. Click HERE to view a complete list of participating providers.

 

ESPN3 is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel on computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks."


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Posted 17 February 2014 - 08:57 PM

 

Live sports are the main reason that many (including me) find it difficult to completely cut the cord.  I can't speak to NBA or NHL access (not my thing), but I did check into some options not that long ago.  My interests are Big 10 (Purdue), NFL (Bears), and MLB (Twins).  I was not able to find options that supported my viewing games live streamed, even on a subscription basis, without some sort of subscription television (satellite, cable).  To be fair, I get decent OTA and could see a number of the Bears games each season for free (I live in NFC North territory).  I could get about 2 Twins games a year, 1 Purdue football and 2 Purdue basketball games (all vs. Univ of MN).  But that was too short a list.

 

BTN2Go (Big Ten To Go) - Only available to customers of participating TV Providers.  See http://www.btn2go.com/btn2go/FAQ.jsp

 

You can't watch live home territory MLB.tv games - they are subject to blackouts but can be viewed approximately 90 minutes after game conclusion.  See http://mlb.mlb.com/m...aq_blackout.jsp for details on MLB.tv blackouts.

 

Re: ESPN3 (WatchESPN), it's not free unless you are a US college student or US military personnel.  From the WatchESPN website (http://espn.go.com/watchespn/about):

 

"Live streams of all the WatchESPN Networks are available at no additional cost to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV subscription through participating TV providers.

 

Access to live programming on the ESPN3 channel of WatchESPN.com is available at no additional cost to fans with subscriptions to participating high speed internet service providers. Click HERE to view a complete list of participating providers.

 

ESPN3 is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel on computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks."

 

If you google first row sports or vipbox tv then you can watch any game including home/local games.


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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:50 PM

If you google first row sports or vipbox tv then you can watch any game including home/local games.

I dont think those sites are even legal.  Just because you can find it on the internet, doesnt make it ok.



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Posted 18 February 2014 - 09:43 PM

I'm considering the same thing I'm recently retired and having to trim the household budget. I've been with Directv since it's inception but I'm paying $110 a month and thats with no sports packages or movie channels just 2 HD dvrs. I would miss my local sports on ESPN but otherwise most everything else I could get through OTA or HULU and Netflix.Probably $20 or more a month are taxes. I also have Play ON which allows me to play on TV shows I download on my computer. I figure even with an OTA dvr like TIVO and add ons like Hulu I can still get my costs down below $50 a month. Next to go is my land line phone and switch to something like Basic. Any one with any additional tips for lowering costs or alternatives I would appreciate the input.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:31 AM

If you google first row sports or vipbox tv then you can watch any game including home/local games.

With really poor PQ and if too many people try to stream they start shutting people off.



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:49 AM

I dont think those sites are even legal.  Just because you can find it on the internet, doesnt make it ok.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:53 AM

I'm considering the same thing I'm recently retired and having to trim the household budget. I've been with Directv since it's inception but I'm paying $110 a month and thats with no sports packages or movie channels just 2 HD dvrs. I would miss my local sports on ESPN but otherwise most everything else I could get through OTA or HULU and Netflix.Probably $20 or more a month are taxes. I also have Play ON which allows me to play on TV shows I download on my computer. I figure even with an OTA dvr like TIVO and add ons like Hulu I can still get my costs down below $50 a month. Next to go is my land line phone and switch to something like Basic. Any one with any additional tips for lowering costs or alternatives I would appreciate the input.

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 05:40 PM

I'm considering the same thing I'm recently retired and having to trim the household budget. I've been with Directv since it's inception but I'm paying $110 a month and thats with no sports packages or movie channels just 2 HD dvrs. I would miss my local sports on ESPN but otherwise most everything else I could get through OTA or HULU and Netflix.Probably $20 or more a month are taxes. I also have Play ON which allows me to play on TV shows I download on my computer. I figure even with an OTA dvr like TIVO and add ons like Hulu I can still get my costs down below $50 a month. Next to go is my land line phone and switch to something like Basic. Any one with any additional tips for lowering costs or alternatives I would appreciate the input.

 

I suggest the Channel Master DVR+ as an alternative to TiVo. Lifetime for a DVR+ with a 500 GB hard drive is about $300 while the low end TiVo Roamio would run $700 for lifetime at retail price.

 

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 05:41 PM

Go to cheaper packages.

 

They can't compete with free OTA and low cost streaming plans like Netflix and Hulu.



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Posted 20 February 2014 - 10:39 AM

Go to cheaper packages.

In my case I am at the lowest package (Choice) that contains the sports channels (Big 10, FS North during MLB season, NFL Network during football season) that I desire.  I've considered dropping down a package level during the "off-season" but between college football/basketball, MLB, and the NFL there is no off-season.  ;)  As may be the case with others, if I were to go to a cheaper package I may as well drop DirecTV in favor of Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Streaming, and PlayOn (Hulu).  Sports is currently keeping me a DirecTV customer, albeit with fewer DVRs (down to 2).  It all depends on your viewing desires and budget allowance.


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 11:06 AM

I've been with DirecTV for 18 years, but honestly Sunday Ticket is what has kept me around.  I am thinking of getting most of my programming with OTA and possibly a Tivo OTA DVR (supplemented by Hulu and/or Netflix).  My commitment is up next month.

 

Couple of questions - are you able to put your account on hold for any period of time without having to return all your receivers?  I never paid much attention to those that only keep their DirecTV service active for the NFL season, but wondering if there is any feasible way to do it.  I know I don't want to go through an installation call every time I activate or cancel.

 

I read on these forums that DirecTV offers kind of a cable equivalent of really basic programming, but that it is not advertised.  Anyone know how I might be able to get that if it is still available?

 

I would like to stay if at all possible, but I can no longer justify paying over $100 every month.  Does retention offer anything special when canceling?  I know $20 off a month and a few months of some premium won't do it for me.  If I could find a way to keep it at $50 or less I could swing that, but I really am prepared to walk away.  I know I need HD and a DVR plus a base package, so I don't see how it would be possible, unless I can get that basic basic package for around $30.  Anyway, worst case for me is free OTA and paying for online Sunday Ticket or whatever option might be out there this summer.  Heck, they might try to lure me back as a new customer with some crazy deals.  My only reservation there would be a 2 year commitment.

 

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Posted 20 February 2014 - 01:22 PM

Get a roommate.

 

BTW, my OTA is up and running with very strong signals.  Just a matter of getting the DVR.  

 

When you suspend service, do they make you renew any commitment when you resume service?  

 

Also, do they treat you better for Sunday Ticket if I were to cancel now and come on as a "new" customer for the NFL season, or would I get the same "deals" if I suspend and renew?  I'm thinking of switching back and forth between suspension with Tivo active, then active DirecTV service for half a year.  I'll be out of contract and need to stay that way to make this happen, so I'm guessing any "deals" made available come with commitments.  Do they ever offer Sunday Ticket deals without that commitment?


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 01:26 PM

You can suspend service for up to 6 months per year. You would not have to return the receivers while suspended and will not be able to watch recordings (except a short time before the authorization times out...if the coax is removed prior to calling to have the suspend effective).

 

Is there a recommended approach regarding removing the coax before calling to suspend?  If I read your post right, if I do that can I still watch recorded programs?


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Posted 20 February 2014 - 03:33 PM

Is there a recommended approach regarding removing the coax before calling to suspend?  If I read your post right, if I do that can I still watch recorded programs?

 
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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:17 PM

OK, now I'm thinking instead of cutting the cord completely I could go on a 6 month on/6 month off (suspend account) schedule. Because of my love of football and the requirement to be active 6 months of the year, I figure I could suspend from March thru August, then activate my account from September thru February.

Does DirecTV allow this type of repeating pattern? When you re-activate, does all your season pass settings remain and you go back to your previous programming package? I'm on a grandfathered package now. My contract period will be over end of month.
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Posted 20 February 2014 - 08:45 PM

OK, now I'm thinking instead of cutting the cord completely I could go on a 6 month on/6 month off (suspend account) schedule. Because of my love of football and the requirement to be active 6 months of the year, I figure I could suspend from March thru August, then activate my account from September thru February.

Does DirecTV allow this type of repeating pattern? When you re-activate, does all your season pass settings remain and you go back to your previous programming package? I'm on a grandfathered package now. My contract period will be over end of month.


I believe the rule is no more than six months in a year.

And yes everything will still be on your DVR activating and deactivating doesn't change any settings on the DVR.

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Posted 21 February 2014 - 10:34 AM

I believe the rule is no more than six months in a year.

 

Yes the rule is normally you can suspend once within a 12 month period for up to 6 months, they don't want people calling in and suspending for like a month at a time every other month.

 

They can extend the 6 month limit in certain circumstances, like moving, house being built, etc.  They usually won't extend it unless you have a good excuse like that though.  I had a buddy who suspended for 9 months while his house was being rebuilt after a fire, DirecTV had no problems extending the suspension in that case.


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Posted 21 February 2014 - 11:05 AM

OK, now I'm thinking instead of cutting the cord completely I could go on a 6 month on/6 month off (suspend account) schedule. Because of my love of football and the requirement to be active 6 months of the year, I figure I could suspend from March thru August, then activate my account from September thru February.

Does DirecTV allow this type of repeating pattern? When you re-activate, does all your season pass settings remain and you go back to your previous programming package? I'm on a grandfathered package now. My contract period will be over end of month.

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