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tpe4799 6/13/2017 | 2:39:30 PM
Why you should at least try to cut the cord
Congratulations, Mari! you just fell for the initial offer of Comcast and you did not even read the fine print. You are in for a surprise and will ask the same question like many of my friends who wonder why the cable bill adds up to 150+ U$ (per month) and think again if cord cutting is a way of also cost cutting.
At least give it a serious try, buy or borrow an outdoor aerial antenna (for the amount of less than one moth of cable fee) and fetch the local news and the big networks entertainment for free.
 
As for internet service one greatly depend on the local business presence (no FiOS on the west coast...) and FTTx can be very limited in terms of bandwidth- but this is a separate topic. I would not mingle the infrastructure question with some package deal.
DCulver 6/13/2017 | 2:38:55 PM
Breaking The Box Cord cutting is not only possible, it's absolutely being done by many, even those who want to watch live material, like sports. Do a quick search on eBay and the like for techlife, and you'll get a very good idea of how this is being done (please note that I'm not promoting this activity; I'm simply acknowledging that it's definitely happening. A lot.).

I am working now as an AT&T tech installs fiber to my home (finally). It's been a saga finally convincing them to turn the fiber that's been 20 feet from my door for three months green. In the process, I've had 3 different techs out here, and I've inquired from all how prevalent such devices are. All three techs have them. None of those techs use cable or any other type of paid t.v. Why would they?

You can get movies three days after they come out, television shows 2 hours after they air anywhere, and live sports streaming from anywhere in the world, as well as local programming for a one-time fee of about $160. Of course, the legality issue is an issue, but do a quick read of how effective law enforcement in Europe is at stopping these services, and you'll come to understand that the days of Napster are long gone.
Phil_Britt 6/13/2017 | 10:26:15 AM
Re: Chord cutting is very viable The governments imposing the taxes see these as easy slush funds. No rhyme or reason given when taxes on cable (or other telecom services) increase.

 
unbearable 6/13/2017 | 10:23:13 AM
Re: Chord cutting is very viable In my town, taxes are imposed by the national streaming services whether legal or not; they have no incentive to fight them, and my hand-wringing neighbors either shrug or cheer.

 
nfotiu 6/13/2017 | 8:24:53 AM
Equipment costs You gloss over equipment rental costs in this article, but that is where the significant savings of cutting the cord are.  If you have 3-4 TVs, the equipment can be as much as $50/month.  Also don't forget about the $7/month RSN fees, $5/month broadcast TV fees that are on the Pay TV bill.  
Phil_Britt 6/13/2017 | 8:02:56 AM
Re: Chord cutting is very viable Mendyk,

Very simply, I'd like to cut the cord because the cost keeps going up. It's not just the cable company's fees, governments (state, local) see it as something easy to tax.
Phil_Britt 6/13/2017 | 8:02:55 AM
Re: Chord cutting is very viable Mendyk,

Very simply, I'd like to cut the cord because the cost keeps going up. It's not just the cable company's fees, governments (state, local) see it as something easy to tax.
tyrellcorp 6/13/2017 | 7:05:31 AM
Re: Chord cutting is very viable Sports seem to be a major reason many don't cut cord but more sports streaming options are growing.  We cut the cord a couple months ago and are fine with Netflix, Pluto and a range of free content.  We tried Sling, DirecTV Now, PS Vue but end up watching free Pluto more than streaming PayTV.  It's easy enough to rotate free trials with different accounts to get fix of traditional content once in a while.
mendyk 6/13/2017 | 4:43:55 AM
Re: Chord cutting is very viable Phil -- If the cord provides what you want, what would be your reason to cut it?
Phil_Britt 6/12/2017 | 7:46:53 PM
Re: Chord cutting is very viable Would love to cut the cord. But obtaining the sports programming I want and the lifestyle programs my wife and daughter want would be cost prohibitive to package together. 
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