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well, looks like we are going to be getting rid of cable.  Charter just bought out our local company and the lineup is completely changing middle of this month.  Many of the channels that we watch will only be available using their digital service.   We have that now, but was planning on getting rid of it since there was only two channels we watched (that was before the buyout).  Several of them even require you sign a 2 year contract and upgrade to a DVR.  We decided about a year ago, after my ATT contract was up, that we were done with contracts.   They also got rid of all but one of our local channels.  The one local channel that they left is one that we never watch..

The cable bill is too much for the number of channels that we would be watching. 

We will be keeping our internet through them though.  But, we are going to buy our own modem since I can get one for around 50.00.  I pay 4.00 per month right now for renting the modem.  Charter usually charges 7.00 but since we had it through the other company they were giving it to us for 4.00 per month.  They told me today that when I make a change to our account, that it may go up to the 7.00 per month.  So, we figure we will save a good bit by buying our own..

The lady I talked to today said that she does not believe our internt will go up if we don't have cable also, but I am not sure.  Right now we are paying 25.00 per month for internet (not including the modem rental).  That is not bad at all.  If we go up one speed then it goes to 30.00 per month and if we go to their highest speed then it is like 47.00 per month.  We are going to try to get by with the lower one.  We are going to subscribe to Netflix and Hulu plus so we will have to see if it is fast enough to work.

We are going to save at least 50.00-60.00 per month. 

by on May. 7, 2012 at 6:43 PM
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starbeck96
by on May. 8, 2012 at 7:56 AM

Thankfully we are not in a contract.  I will not sign a contract in order to get the channels that we want...lol.  I have done that before with Dish and then we could barely pay the bill when DH's work got very slow.

 

Quoting SlightlyPerfect:

eah. It depends on how long you've been a customer and whether they consider a downgrade to be a contractually defined "change." We were on the verge of the end of the 24-month contract when we did it. But what I learned was that downgrading keeps you at an advantage, and from what I've researched, you can do it at any time before the contract's up. You obviously have to check the terms, though. Charter was always good to us when we lived in the South, but I never downgraded with them. I did this with a company in the North, RCN, with equally good results after a price hike. Once they notified us that the cost of our bundle (which was just cable television and cable internet--no land line) was rising, we just downgraded.

Quoting chichiwvu:

this doesn't always work. With my company (mediacom) if you change your bundle AT ALL during the contract, you have to pay the difference between the bundle price and what you'd have been paying, which can be a LOT. if you have the lowest internet, you really have nothing to downgrade to anyway. I also find going to your local bill pay place will get you better service than calling a 1-800 # (most of the time, i've been VERY lucky mediacom has excellent customer service!)

Quoting SlightlyPerfect:

Call them now and ask to downgrade the package while you still have it.

Just cancelling will force you into a higher pay rate. If you downgrade, it'll put you at a price advantage. We just did this in January. Downgrade now while you have the package (assuming you've got it bundled).




specialwingz
by Corey on May. 8, 2012 at 8:01 AM

Welcome to the ranks!  So many of us have figured out that between the high cost, outages and crappy service (cough, cough, time warner), we are just better off without cable!  LOL.

starbeck96
by on May. 8, 2012 at 8:11 AM

lol..Well, I think we are going to wait until the end of River Monsters to get rid of it.  The last episode is week after next.  If I knew you could watch it online, then I would go ahead and get rid of it. 

We love watching the Andy Griffith show every night right before we go to sleep.  Well, that is one of the stations that they are getting rid of..

Quoting specialwingz:

Welcome to the ranks!  So many of us have figured out that between the high cost, outages and crappy service (cough, cough, time warner), we are just better off without cable!  LOL.


lyrick24
by Melissa on May. 8, 2012 at 9:02 AM
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 good job on saving!

SparklingHope
by Melissa on May. 8, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Yeah, we haven't had cable in a few years too. We have an antenna. I can watch shows online though. Not an entire loss at the moment. 

Quoting katiebug840204:

We haven't had cable in years. We use an antenna and watch the local stations. We can pick up about 10 stations. We don't have Netflix or hulu either because we don't have wifi. Our internet is through Verizon.


matreshka
by Platinum Member on May. 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM

With the bundle its $30 because its bundled with a cable package making my total bill 114. On its own internet is 54 bucks.

Quoting starbeck96:


Quoting matreshka:

We have charter and hate it for cable. The Internet is fast bit expensive so we bundled w cable. I am always on the phone w them for outages or incorrect billing.


OH no, don't tell me that...lol.

How much is the internet for you?  Right now ours is 24.95.


coffeecake1
by on May. 8, 2012 at 11:41 AM

I'm hoping to get my cable back just for a few months, we need some kinda entertainment in this house.  I've read enough books to last a lifetime!

ThePinkRobot
by on May. 8, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Hulu has current TV shows. They're usually up the day after they air. Netflix doesn't have TV shows available for streaming until about a year after the season ends. They're very different & both worth having.

op, I suggest a Roku for streaming to your TV. I have one & I think it's way better than cable. I use Hulu, Netflix & HBO Go. Also Pandora for music. There are also hundreds more channels that you could add. Most of them are free. If you want to pick up the maximum number of TV channels, I recommend a Leaf antenna. I get 30 something channels with it.

A Roku is about $60 & the Leaf is about $30.


Quoting Thisgal:

I'm not really sure why you would want both Netflix and Hulu plus unless you are using Netflix just for DVD/Bluray rentals. I have Netflix streaming and have used Hulu plus as well and have found that most anything on Hulu can be found on Netflix. If you are concerned with saving money I would choose Netflix and skip Hulu
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mellie25
by on May. 8, 2012 at 1:25 PM
We have netflix, intenet service stinks. We cut off tv a few years ago and do not miss it. Now we need to get better internet/computer and we shoulf be set.
mellie25
by on May. 8, 2012 at 1:26 PM
Oh and as for up to date tv shows, you can watch for free on the internet through Hulu if you wish, but I prefer watchseries.eu.
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