Cutting The Cord

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  1. Von Jones

    Von Jones Very Well-Known Member
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    I've read a lot how many of you have cut the cord from cable or satellite. What difficulties did you encounter as far as equipment that you found out that you needed and problems you had to either figure out on your own or ask for someone's help?

    We have satellite service and when we decide to do this I'm thinking that the equipment will be collected by the company and I prefer not being left in a quandary as to what to do now.
     
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    We had satelite service and when our contract ended all we had to do was return the equipment they installed inside to them. The satelite dish itself is still up on the roof. Then we plugged in our old converter box antenna to our flat screen, used our remote to go to channel selection...then chose look for air channels and when the TV was finished doing that we saw what channels we were able to get. We also moved our antenna around in different spots to see where it would pick up the most channels...once we found that out...that's where we attached our antenna.
     
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    Thanks for the reminder, it's on my to do list. I think I have a month before my newest promotion runs out.
     
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    I cut the cord with AT &T TV cable service, in favor of an outdoor antenna on the roof for my TV needs. That was easy .... returned their box and I was done.
    However, I still have Internet service with them. ... so that has me still connected to them for now.
    I'm trying to figure out how I can get past that situation.
     
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    Gosh, this post has me stressing. I have a lot of things to do before the end of March!
     
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    I once again settled things with Comcast when they said they would take the extra $20 back off of my bill for the next 12 months. We have been talking about what we want to do, and since we are following the election situation so closely, and it is nice to have the cable channels for that, we decided to keep the cable , at least for the time being.
    Then, this weekend, my daughter messaged me that Sam's Club has a special wth Direct TV, and she is checking that out for herself and going to let me know if that sounds like it might be a better way for us to go as well.
    They are partnered with (I think) AT&T for internet, and it looks like the basic cable and internet would run us around $50 per month, for at least as many stations as we have right now, and maybe even more.
    It comes with a DVR which records shows when you want it to, and there is 3 month free of the premium movies channels. This means that we could watch any movies that we wanted to and then record tham while we have those channels for free
    At this point, Direct TV is looking like it might be a good option for us. Even if we turn the cable off, the price for internet goes up, so we would be paying around $70 just to keep internet from Comcast.
    If we can get all of it for less than that amount, then we are ahead of the game.
    Plus, the deal includes a $300 Sam's gift card.
    Unless Robin finds something wrong , or different than promised, we will probably switch to the satellite service instead, and that way we can still keep all of the special news channels to watch the election coverages.
     
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    Caution....Read the fine print as to what happens after say 1 year..Some introductory offers look real good until later into the contract. I had one heck of a time getting Direct TV stopped when I moved my MIL down to Texas!!
     
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    Yes, have heard some horror stories about stopping Direct TV too. They just don't take NO for an answer, and it doesn't matter what the situation is either.

    Son and DIL had their service while living in NC. When they moved to Texas, Direct TV billed them continually thru the move and while they were looking for a home .... all the while without the service. When they finally bought their
    3 story condo, Direct TV came out to install their equipment. .. But they couldn't get it up on the roof.. so finally they gave in and stopped the service. But that was probably at least 6-7 months without any service.

    I don't understand how they can get away with these practices.
     
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    I have learned a lot about DirecTV over the past 10 years. As far as when one moves it is best to put the service on vacation until you are ready to start it again. My son told me about this and of course I called and asked how it works and you can read it as well on their website.
     
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    I don't think there is another way for you Bonnie unless you don't want internet service at all or you can ask to use someone else's service with wi-fi and pay them. I let my neighbor do this.
     
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    There are other options Von. I just haven't pursued them. FreedomPop is one such service. ... available in many areas, but I just haven't decided to go there yet. .

    http://www.freedompop.com/ ...... I see many complaints in the reviews
     
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    Chrissy, if you haven't already you can call and talk to customer service and let them know that your promotion is going to end and discuss your options for other packages. I think going to their website before contacting customer service would give you ideas as to what you really want as far as the packages that are available.
     
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    Yvonne I think this is the best deal since the two companies merged for new customers. From your past experiences with Comcast, DirecTV's customer service better watch out, huh? :D.
     
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    I'm paying for Sling but I have to remember to drop it soon. It's fairly expensive and I almost never watch it. Having cut the cord long ago, I am so out of the habit of having to remember when a show is on that I rarely boot up Sling and find anything that I want to watch. If I were a sports fan, it might be a good deal but I'm not. I like baseball if I can be there at the stadium, but not enough to watch it on television.
     
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    I had the DVR, they sent a pre-paid box. I put it in the box and grandson dropped it off at the UPS on his way to work.
     
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    Same here. They at least make that part easy.
     
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    We are going to switch over to DirecTV this next week, and the internet will be from ATT. My daughter found the special that Sam's Club was offering, and she is changing over, and recommended it to us as well.
    Tomorrow, they will change the internet, and later this week, they install the dish for the TV.
    From the channel lineup, we should have more channels than we had with Comcast, and it will cost about $30 less per month than we have been paying.
    We don't watch a lot of television, mostly just the news and weather , and sometimes the local news; but this also includes a 3-month free trial of the premium channels (45 of them), and we can record shows and movies that we like for watching later. I am not sure how much the DVR holds, we have never used one before; but it should be adequate for a bunch of movies.
    It also has the option of watching from our ipads, which is mostly what we would be doing probably; since Bobby and I have different interests in what we watch.
    This also has the rural/farm channel on it, and I remember enjoying that before when I saw it.
    So, altogether, we are looking forward to trying the DirecTV.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith , saving that money each month is great. I loved the DVR when I had cable because it allowed me to fast forward the commercials when watching the recording. That was the biggest reason I recorded as much as I did.

    The DVR shows you the percentage of space you have on it. You can set it to erase a show after watching it or only erase if space is needed. I used to clean it out myself regularly, just because I liked to.

    Have fun!
     
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    I like to record my home improvement programs. When I go to play them I found cartoons, history and animal planet, and discovery channel programs were loaded.on the DVR :eek:. Johnny and Clayton, my grandson, have a bad habit of pushing buttons on the remote without realizing what they had done. So there is ample space for recording programs.:)
     
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    Well, today is our first day of the switchover, and so far, so good. I went to Comcast yesterday (@Joyce Mcgregor went along for company) and I turned in all of the cable equipment.
    Monday, they switched over the internet, and today, the DirecTV installer came and set up the dish (out in the strawberry patch), and now we have it working.
    We have downloaded the iPad app for DTV, and it looks to me like we can watch any of the programs right from the ipad if we want to.
    Bobby is still figuring out all of the buttons on his new remote; but he at least knows which one changes channels, and hopefully, how to turn it off at bedtime tonight.
    Because my daughter referred us, both she and I get a $100 discount, applied as a $10 discount each month until it is used up. We receive 3 months of free prime channels (45 of them) like HBO and Showtime, etc.
    We also are supposed to get about $400 in gift cards, from DTV, ATT and Sam's Club, for each of us; so counting all of that, our first year is basically at a huge discount.
    Anyone I refer can get the discounts (and probably at least part of the gift cards); so if you are thinking of changing over, let me know.
    We just got the basic package on everything, and still have a lot more than we did with Comcast.
     
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    @Yvonne Smith you'll enjoy DirecTV. There are so many programs that will interest you and some you won't. We've had it for 10 years and even though we've scaled down to basic viewings from Premium we still enjoy the programs that are available.
     
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    I have actually pretty much stopped watching television, Bobby is not interested in the programs that I like, and vice-versa. However, with the DTV app, if I can watch it on my iPad, and Bobby can watch on his, then we can each enjoy whatever programs we want to watch, and we usually only use the actual television when it is something we are both interested in seeing, like the news or weather.
    I noticed that they have the farm tv (RFTV?) on the list, and I used to enjoy watching some things on there before, and I also like the home and garden channel; so there will probably be others that I might enjoy once I actually look through what is available.
    Which channels do you enjoy watching, @Von Jones ?
     
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    I'm an avid fan of HGTV and DIY programs. I lost the DIY programs though when we went to basic viewing.
     
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    HGTV programming is one reason I'm considering Sling when I finally cut the cord. They have an add on for $5/month that includes DIY, but I'll probably skip that at first, until I see how much I actually use the Sling. One reason I want Sling, besides HGTV, is for the local channels, especially with Hurricane Season approaching.

    I've considered the DirecTV, but have heard a lot of bad things about them, especially add on fees for receivers, etc., and since they're now hooked up with AT&T, I'm not sure I want to deal with them. @Yvonne Smith Hopefully your experience will be a smooth one.
     
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    1 ditto.gif ...I had a bad experience with them when I canceled my MIL's account.

    Looking at some of the fine print, your first year is at a reduced rate and you MUST sign up for 2 or more years.
     
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