Quitting Cable is harder than you think (Do the Math) August 2014

I quit smoking cigars years ago, right when the tobacco patches started being available. It was hard, but not as hard as quitting cable. What am I talking about? Pricing and bundling by the internet providers who also happen to provide us with cable TV. The providers are getting smarter (no Kidding!). Raise the price of internet service and provide packages that make it irresistible to drop the other stuff like phone service and cable TV.

Look around the country, unless you are lucky enough to be able to subscribe to Net Zero internet service or someone like them, you are stuck with Verizon, Comcast, Charter or Time Warner. Look at their websites and you will find that to get decent video streaming speeds you end up paying $50/month for just internet service.

Service

Cost/month

Note

Internet only (25/50)

$50.00

 

Phone only

$44.99

 

Basic cable only (135 channels)

$49.99

 

 Total

$144.98

 
   

Verizon Bundle Local TV

$59.99

Internet & Local TV (40-70 some in HD)

Verizon Bundle #1

$89.99

Internet, phone & TV (225+ channels including 65+ in HD)

Verizon Bundle #2

$59.99

Internet, phone & Local   TV (40-70 some in HD)

   

Cable Boxes (1 DVR and 3 boxes)

$35.00

 You’re killing me!

Note: Prices will rise dramatically after intro period or contract.

Pre-Internet TV and Phone service

Back when I was younger, my parents had AT&T phone service with no voicemail, paid for long distance phone calls to friends and relatives and got 4-5 channels of FREE TV. The cost was $30/month for the phone service and another $10-$20/month for long distance. So say $50/month, 30 years ago.

My point here is that yeah we have to pay something for phone and TV access and to get that access for $50/month is paying way too much, but you don’t have a choice. The question is why are we getting killed to rent cable boxes at the prices everyone charges? We don’t have to pay. Thank goodness for the Roku device.

Never have to negotiate again with the Cable/Internet Company

Go ahead and bite the bullet and pay for the Internet Only package. The price probably won’t go up any time soon. They already charge too much anyway. Then from what you save on the cable box rentals alone, you can set up your own “close to the old days” home media environment at home.

Step 1: Sign up with Roku.com and pick all the free channels you want. Purchase a Roku 3 box for each TV. ($99.00 each).

Step 2: Buy an HD antenna (Leaf or RCA) and stick it in your attic and connect to the coax cable already in the attic. (Leaf $99.00, RCA $50.00).

Step 3: Buy a Tablo DVR box (up to 6 TV’s) and a couple terabyte external HD. And hook them up to your router. (Tablo box, $200, HD $150).

Step 4: Subscribe to the free Hulu and the tons of Roku movie channels that are free. Roku also has channels for Redbox rentals.

 homemediaguy

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FREE Old Movies and TV shows for your PC & Roku

The Roku box has given me the freedom to watch what I want when I want pretty much for free. Getting on in age I sometimes miss the old movies you used to be able to watch on Saturday or Sunday afternoon before cable TV. Classics from the 40’s or 50’s like “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” or old TV shows like “Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe”.

 Well guess what. There are web sites that give you the opportunity to relive those experiences. They can do this for free because the movies, TV shows and even old commercials are now in the Public Domain. That is, no copyrights, no digital rights management. Free!

 The first web site https://archive.org/details/movies is a curator of TV shows, movies, documentaries and even commercials, and lets you download anything you want for free. Another web site http://mubees.webmastah.com/full-list-of-movies has a huge list of just movies you can easily browse through.

 The best part is that there is a Roku channel called Archive.org that gives you access to the content from the web site I just mentioned. And its FREE! The Roku channel categorizes the content for you with different movie categories including categories for TV and commercials.

 So if you have some time to spare, and feel a little nostalgic, tune into the Archive channel on your Roku and watch some really great content, as usual, for FREE.

 homemediaguy

My Roku Channel List – The best of Roku Channels

I wanted to take a moment to share the list of Roku channels I watch on my Roku devices. Your list may be different, but the list below will give you a starting point. If you have channels you like but don’t see here, please let me know. I am always looking for something new. The best part is that if you don’t like a channel, press a couple of buttons and its gone.

Home Media Connect to your own content Special Interest Whatever interests you
Home Media Plex Special Interest DOGTV Channel
Special Interest Para Trek TV
IPTV Content on the Interet Special Interest Paranormal Activity Channel
IPTV Revision3 Special Interest Paranormal Activity Channel
IPTV YouTube Special Interest Paranormal Reality Free Zone
Special Interest TopicUFO
Movies New, Old and Cool Movies Special Interest UFOs and Aliens Channel
Movies Cinema Libre
Movies Dorado Films TV Major TV networks
Movies Drive-In Classics TV A&E
Movies Film Movement TV CBS
Movies Indie Crush TV Comedy.TV
Movies IndieFlix TV ComedyTime
Movies Kino Lorber TV HISTORY
Movies Moonlight Movies TV Lifetime
Movies My Favorite Movies TV NBC News
Movies Openfilm TV PBS
Movies Public Domain Movies & Series TV Syfy
Movies SnagFilms Watch Free Movies TV Warriors of War
Movies The Director’s Chair TV World Worth Watching
Movies Threshold Plus
Movies Vanguard Cinema Vintage TV Old shows and movies
Movies Viewster Vintage TV Comedy Classics Station
Vintage TV FirstRunTV Network
News Major news sources Vintage TV Pop Flix Classic TV
News BBC World News Vintage TV Retro Sci-Fi
News euronews Vintage TV Retro Tech Time Machine
News Fox News Channel Vintage TV Retrovision Internet TV
News RT News Vintage TV Sci-Fi Station
News RT News English Vintage TV Timeless Television
Vintage TV Warner Archive Instant
Other Miscellaneous
Other Update My Channels Casting Use your phone or tablet
Other weather maps US Casting PlayCast
Other Weather4us Casting PlayOn
Casting PlayTo
Casting PlayUSB
Casting Twonky