Could You Live Without Sat/Cable

Discussion in 'Polls' started by Scarpad, May 22, 2006.

Could you live without satellite/cable?

Poll closed Mar 2, 2017.
  1. Yes

    1 vote(s)
  2. No

    134 vote(s)
  1. Mike D-CO5

    Mike D-CO5 Hall Of Fame

    Mar 11, 2003
    I just cut down my programming pack to the hd sliver pack with locals and cut my bill by about 30.00 a month. I am going to try BlockBuster dvds by mail and see if it is any better than Netflix was. It is still 17.99 for 3 dvds at a time so I can see the latest and greatest dvds before they come to the premium channels. As far as the dish programming. I only watch what is on the top 120 and the networks and some of the hd channels anyway. I really haven't got into any of the Hbo or showtime shows since they cancelled 6 feet under and Dead like me. OF course I am now paying about 11.96 a month in dvr fees, but I still save money and get to keep my hd channels and hd locals.
  2. emathis

    emathis Mentor/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Mar 19, 2003
    I am surprised that the results are so evenly split. People who join forums like this, are not just casual viewers. They usually have a substantial investment in hardware and are passionate about technology. That being said, I voted yes.
  3. Chris Blount

    Chris Blount Creator of DBSTalk Staff Member Administrator DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 22, 2001
    I also find it interesting. I guess it still comes down to "It's just TV".
  4. robill

    robill Cool Member

    May 13, 2005
    I dropped Dish about 4 months ago. HD occupies the majority of my viewing time and 90% was OTA. I got tired of paying for the endlessly repeated HD programming on satellite.
    I still have a receiver hooked up. Every once in a while I'll scroll through the guide to see what I'm missing. Every time I do it confirms that I made the right decision.
  5. ClarkBar

    ClarkBar Legend

    Mar 5, 2006
    Out here in the sticks in NE Texas, the nearest analog stations (NBC, CBS) are about 70 miles away. Now there is one DT transmitter for CBS.

    I was the first person in my county to have DirecTV when it came out ($795). It was like Star Trek come true for us. Eventually switched to Dish.

    There was no install charge with my original DirecTV. I clamped the mast base to a tower with 4 "C" clamps during a rain shower, opened the window, and tuned for max sound. In 45 minutes from opening the box, I was watching network TV and "cable channels."

    I find many of the posts by people who live in big cities (as I did until 16 years ago) about Sat TV interesting. Many talk about how they can get along without it. They have OTA, cable modems, can rent DVDs, etc. DBS was built up by selling to people like me who could only get 1-2 fuzzy analog stations.

    So, always remember where this all started - and why. It was the only choice for broad-based TV programming in remote rual areas. We were willing to pay $795 to jumpstart this industry and get good TV reception.

    Same sad story for the Internet. I had 26.4 to 28.8 dialup logons for years. And went crazy trying to download big file updates, like Windows, etc. Now, I have WildBlue ($80 a month) at 1.5Mips. With Dish, Dish HD LIL, a 622, and WildBlue, I am finally satisfied with my electronics. It only took 15 years. But there is no smog or heavy traffic out here. And a Llama is grazing outside my window.
  6. hankmack

    hankmack Legend

    Feb 8, 2006
    It would mean NO TV since we get no OTA (and no cable either).:confused:
  7. JM Anthony

    JM Anthony Child of the 60's DBSTalk Gold Club

    Nov 16, 2003
    Most of my critical viewing (meaning I'm actually watching/enjoying the show, rather than having something on in the background just in case it's interesting) is broadcast OTA HDTV. I can watch that either over satellite or via a Home Theater PC I set up that actually has better reception and PQ than E*. The guide isn't quite as slick, but I can record programs for future consumption. I suspect this option will only get better over time and of course upgrading is a heck of a lot easier!

  8. cybok0

    cybok0 Godfather

    Jan 5, 2006
    no way could I go without. I work nights so when im home my wife is at work and my kid is at school so im bored i watch tons of tv.even though tonight is my day (night) off from work its 415 am everyone is sleeping but me so tv is on and im on the computer.
  9. Opynion

    Opynion Godfather

    Mar 21, 2006
    I could do without Sat-Tv, but still the Internet would be the first to go, :rolleyes: the internet makes me mad, because I spend more time on it, and for that reason I don't watch as much Tv as I would like :scratch: I have hundreds of scenes on DVD/Vhs of my favorite hollywood and international movies, so I don't really need Sat-tv and I don't have plans for getting rid of Sat-tv in the near future either :lol:
    but I'm curious, so I might get ride of it
    Sat-tv later on, for a few weeks or months, just to see how it would workout, with only OTA and my video collection only :cool:
  10. olgeezer

    olgeezer Guest

    Dec 5, 2003
    I think Accura's and my answer meant we could do without TV. Not just sat or cable, but TV.
  11. marko

    marko Godfather

    Jan 8, 2003
    The lack of sports would get to me. Mainly college football/basketball and NBA playoffs.

    With an MCE machine with 2 HD tuners, and a lot of network shows, I think our family could get by.
  12. jc17981

    jc17981 Cool Member/Supporter DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 27, 2002
    I love my satellite/cable tv (yes, I have both)...but, I have been without it before, and I could do without it again. However, I am very protective over my laptop.
  13. Bobbykewl

    Bobbykewl New Member

    Feb 15, 2006
    I may learn to go without it when I'm forced to go HD. After all the Cable / Sat. providers will charge MUCH more for the same OLD programming in HD, because they can (just like when audio CDs came out, record companys thought they could charge more for "better sound quality"). Imaging if that were the case in the 1960's when TV went to Color? Imagine paying more for cable for a "color" picture? What a horrible situation TV is today.
  14. cowboys2002

    cowboys2002 Mentor

    Mar 15, 2006
    My spin/take.

    Of course I could do without it. But with a busy lifestyle and 3 children, We don't get out much.

    I stopped subscribing to the premium (movie channels) and sports pack years ago. Used that saving to get NFLST. I stopped subscribibg to that 2 years ago.

    If it came down to an economic decision, I will kill the satellite service in a heartbeat. With Total choice Plus w/ locals and 3 Directivo's, i could save $65 a month.

    I am fortunate to live in a large market where OTS reception is good, and we are moving to yet another market. Since I am buying new video equipment (plasma baby!!), I wll need to have a good fee. Before I PAY for what is being broadcast OTA, I will try indoor/outdoor antennas. Hopefully the S3 tivo comes out this fall as scheduled.

    I have all the channels free on DTV through July (billing credits) and honestlty don't see enough content that makes me say "I'm missing all the programmingm, I should subscribe". Plain and simple, I'd rather buy a PPV periodically (and archive to DVD) or buy a DVD If I'm going to watch the same movie over and over, I'm not going to pay a monthly fee to do so!
  15. Opynion

    Opynion Godfather

    Mar 21, 2006
    For sometime I didn't have a Tv when I was a kid, so I could also do without a TV now, but why¿ :confused: and the Poll question was if you could do without cable/sat tv, not just without tv at all; the poll is just about even, but if the question had been without a TV at all, the voting results would be diferent :rolleyes:

    all the dead people are doing it without a TV ;)
  16. UnnDunn

    UnnDunn AllStar

    Oct 27, 2002
    I currently am living without satellite or cable. I miss my F1 racing, and I'm pretty well screwed for the World Cup next month, but other than that I don't see myself caring too much about getting satellite or cable anytime soon.

    Of course, having OTA HD helps a lot, especially since I recently found an antenna placement which lets me pull in around 10 solid digital signals serving 25 digital channels combined (and the channels I don't receive are channels I'd never watch anyway, like CBS or NBC.)

    I do torrent a small selection of cable shows, though, like Entourage, but only when I don't manage to catch it during the week on my uncle's TiVo (he has a DirecTiVo.)
  17. BobMurdoch

    BobMurdoch Hall Of Fame

    Apr 24, 2002
    Hey, we're all spending a lot of time on a forum discussing satellite TV. I'd say that we are voting with our fingers when we talk about how intense our feelings are for this "hobby".
  18. Selenna

    Selenna Fair Lady of the forums DBSTalk Gold Club

    Jun 18, 2004
    I can live without TV, but my internet connection is my lifeline... when I first moved here I was without internet either at home or work and found out quickly how dependent I was on it for communicating with friends, researching, shopping, recreation, and on, and on... I would need to be pretty desperate before I'd be willing to choose to cut that out of the budget.
  19. zman977

    zman977 Godfather

    Nov 8, 2003
    Hey, been over a month since I posted. I think May eleven was the last time I was on. My wife and I have been without tv of any kind for almost a month and we really don't miss it, we have two sirius receivers one for the car and one for the house, We listen to music and pod casts more than we watched tv. We can get all the news, music, talk, and sports from sirius and our broad band internet connection. If there is something we really want to see we have a friend tape it for us. I do miss watching baseball games, I have the mlb audio pass from mlb dot com and if there is a game I really want to see I just pay the three bucks to watch it. We also find we get out and do stuff instead of sitting around the boob tube. We also watch more DVD's than we used to. That extra sixty bucks a month comes in handy too.
  20. Steve Mehs

    Steve Mehs Hall Of Fame

    Mar 21, 2002
    No, I couldn't live without cable. There are 168 hours in a week, 50 of those I'm at work, 35 of them I sleep, I spend 12 hours on Fridays driving around and getting lost for fun. That leaves 71 hours. Subtract taking a shower, going to the bathroom and eating out that's about 65 hours, most of which involves the internet, TV or both.

    I don't exactly have a life. On the weekends I get up at noon and spend the day clearing off my DVR from the previous week and watching movies. In short, I spend my weekends doing nothing but watching TV and surfing the internet.

    I fall asleep listening to XM or Sirius on my clock radio, or once in a while my iPod.

    When the power goes out I’m extremely bored, that’ why now 90% of my bedroom is on UPS. During the Northeastern blackout of a few years ago, I was so bored I wanted to shoot myself, not to mention it was hot without A/C. I spent the day in the basement sleeping on top of the big freezer. Now if that ever happens again I have nearly 100 minutes of TV and computer time, plus my iPod to keep me occupied.

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