I, too, need to dump my exorbitant cable bill!
Just a few snags from the research I've been doing...
I LOVE Mad Men, The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. (AMC)
I also require Person of Interest but, since that's on CBS, it's a non-issue in my book.
My wife will still need her mind-numbing reality TV from whatever networks produce such garbage. (Bravo and TNT, I think).
We'll both need Survivor. Again, CBS, so non-issue...
I can live without my History & SYFY channels as they're just pouring out the same reality garbage as everyone else these days, so...
I've already got a sub to NetFlix.
Should I also be looking into adding Hulu AND a Roku box?
HALP, I want to get rid of my $90+/month cable bill, lol!
OK, We bought a Roku box yesterday.
So far, so good in terms of functionality.
I'm not happy with pretty much any of the channels they offer, so I think I'll return it since we can stream our Netflix (and/or Amazon Instant & Hulu+ if/when we choose to get those) through our gaming console.
My plan now is as follows...
Our cable provider, RCN, charges us $14.95/month to "rent" the HD-DVR.
For $12.95/month, we can swap it out for an HD-TiVo box with the exact same functionality.
That'll save us $24/year.
Couple that with dropping the "Total Premier Pack" @ $16.95/month, which we've never really taken advantage of, and we'll save $227.40/year.
Factor in the Netfilx subscription, $95.88/year, and we'll be saving a grand total of $131.52/year.
I also realized that I'm paying roughly $45/month for Internet access @ 15mbps down/2mbps up.
They're over-charging me. They now offer 25mbps down for the same price, so I'll get that changed as well.
No real savings, but at least now we'll actually be getting what we pay for.
I may try and talk them into lowering my Internet bill once I inform them that I now know about the over-charge if they won't just upgrade me at no extra charge.
OK, so we're not going to be returning the Roku.
We'll be giving it to my father so he can shut off his DirecTV account.
I've also, FINALLY, talked him into shutting off that darned land line of his. It only took five years, lol!
His total savings will be roughly $95/month.
He very rarely watches any sort of TV and, when he does, it's usually older/classic movies or religious in nature.
From everything I can tell from my perusing the Roku lineup, it'll be right up his ally!
Hopefully, it'll be enough to get him back into the black at the end of the month.
As for wifey and me, we ended up with a TiVo Premier and 25mbps Internet.
The TiVo "rental" is $2/month less vs the "standard" HD-DVR.
We dumped the "Total Premier Pack" but the savings are a wash because of the monthly subscription RCN charges on TiVo's behalf for their services.
Long story short, we've almost doubled our Internet speeds for $5/month less, lol!
Hey, at least we're saving something...
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