OK, so this is my first go at an MPSIMS thread, but with all the talk about cable companies due to the proposed takeover of Time-Warner by Comcast, I thought I would share.
A little more than a year ago, I realized that my Comcast bill (phone, internet, tv) had slowly crept up to over $200/month. This really made me angry, given how little I felt I got from the services. At around that time, I also noted how much the family had switched over to Roku-delivered content. The last straw came when I realized that one of the two cable boxes had been broken for some time, and nobody cared enough to tell me.
So here’s what I did:
I called the other provider (Verizon) and found that I could get just internet for $45/mo, and faster than what I was getting through Comcast.
The family was skeptical, but I told them we could sign up for one additional premium streaming service, and they chose Hulu+.
I actually put an antenna on my tv! And, despite being 40 miles outside Boston, picked up all the Boston stations, all of which seem to have multiple signals (i.e., 2-1, 2-2, etc). All told I have about 30 channels
I signed up for VOIP (I went with Ooma) at a cost of about $5/mo. We’d have gon strictly cell phone, but the reception at the house is terrible.
SO, From $207/mo to $45(internet)+$5(phone)+$8?(Netflix)+$10?(Hulu)=$73
So here we are, one year on, and everyone in the house (teenager, toddler, two adults) is thrilled with the current arrangement.
Interesting aside: Before I executed the plan, I called Comcast and told them exactly what I was thinking, and offered them the chance to keep me. All they would do is to cut some offerings on the cable and bring the price to ~$167. After I actually cancelled the service, they called and offered me the same deal for $145. I told them they were so far off that we didn’t have anything to discuss.
We aren’t big sports fans in this house, and that’s probably the only thing that would make this tough. Football is still plenty accessible, but if we wanted any of the others we would have to see what the streaming options are, but even if a sports nut had to pay for each of the other big sports (NHL, MLB, NBA) it still wouldn’t come close to the cable bill, assuming $10/mo each.