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Old 05-18-2019, 08:29 AM
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I know this has been discussed on this forum, but hubby and I want to “cut the cord” with Spectrum. Our problem is we don’t know much about technical stuff, I.e. which option is best for us and how each option would work. We would like someone who is knowledgeable about this kind of thing to come to our home and go over things with us. We are happy to pay you.

Spectrum is over 200.00\month. We don’t watch that much TV and feel we are throwing our money away, but there are certain channels we must have. Anyone have good knowledge of this kind of thing that would be willing g to help? Thanks....😊
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:01 AM
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I know this has been discussed on this forum, but hubby and I want to “cut the cord” with Spectrum. Our problem is we don’t know much about technical stuff, I.e. which option is best for us and how each option would work. We would like someone who is knowledgeable about this kind of thing to come to our home and go over things with us. We are happy to pay you.

Spectrum is over 200.00\month. We don’t watch that much TV and feel we are throwing our money away, but there are certain channels we must have. Anyone have good knowledge of this kind of thing that would be willing g to help? Thanks....
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:11 AM
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Keep in mind that all the alternatives to cable tv require access to the internet, so you are going to still be paying someone for internet access.

There are a number of streaming (that's the alternative to cable) providers that also include live television. Most are somewhere between $40 to $70 a month depending on what you choose.

Hulu gives you access to live tv and on demand movies for around $50 a month Stream TV and Movies Live and Online | Hulu

DirectTV Now (not DirectTV, that's a satellite service) has live TV also for around $50 - $70 month depending on the package you choose. directvnow.com

Just search the internet for things "streaming tv" and you will find many others.

Almost all of these services are a tad flakey every now and then but not so much as to make you go back to cable tv.

Also all of these services has been raising rates so it's hard to say where their rates will be a year from not. All are month to month services that you can drop at any time, but that also means that you will not have a protected rate like you do with some cable providers.

In the end though these streams service are a good deal for now if you can find one with a package that has the programs you want to watch.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:21 AM
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What channels are a "must have".
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:33 AM
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May want to consider OTA with an antenna.........with or without internet.
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Old 05-18-2019, 09:42 AM
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May want to consider OTA with an antenna.........with or without internet.
That's kinda what I was getting at without getting into a whole debate about antenna's. This thread could turn south pretty quick the way things go.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:09 AM
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All depends on what you are willing to give up.....compromise is necessary or a multitude of streaming services will be needed.
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Old 05-18-2019, 11:21 AM
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We have Roku units, Comcast for Internet and currently subscribe to U-Tube live TV.
Roku unit was about $75 one time cost
Comcast $50 and UTube TV $55 for $105 total per month.
There is also a lot of free stuff available.
You may have to upgrade your router if it is an older unit.
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Old 05-18-2019, 07:53 PM
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I cancelled Comcast last week except for internet. I bought a Roku streaming stick plus (on sale at Walmart online) and subscribed to YouTubetv. YouTubetv has the unlimited DVR. I also used the Roku channel store to download some other free channels (apps) such as the PBS station. Would advise going to suppose.tv.com (note dot after suppose). Select the channels that you must have and a chart will advise which streaming service and the cost that meets your needs.
It was easy to do by myself...just follow the directions once you load the stick although yesterday I helped a neighbor set up his Roku and today he bought a second one for his other home.
My niece cut her cable a couple weeks ago and first tried Sling but switched to Hulu. All the services have free trials so you can try them before you subscribe. It is very individual. I also enabled Amazon Prime and Netflix on my Roku. The Roku itself has many free movies and TV shows. There are many videos and instructions on line. I also have an earlier generation Apple TV.
I have a 55 inch Samsung and the picture is better through the Roku than it was on cable.
If you really don’t think you can’t do it yourself, you might contact The Villages computer club. They usually have a member that makes “house calls” for technical issues. Very reasonable rates. I decided to cut the cord after attending one of the club’s workshops.
I think of cable and satellite TV as dinosaurs lumbering off into the past. I am saving a hundred dollars a month and I am not renting cable boxes, digital boxes, DVRs etc or paying the high taxes and fees, although you will need a pretty good internet connection.
Good luck and remember it is not that difficult.
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Old 05-18-2019, 08:11 PM
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The website is "suppose.tv". There is no ".com" after tv.
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