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Dumping Satellite or Cable for Netflix TV?

submitted on February 12, 2011 by clover in "Products / Gadgets"
Has anyone dumped their Cable TV or Satellite connection for Netflix TV? I have been with Direct TV since 2001 and have the basic package (not family). They are raising my rates again and I have two TV's with a basic converter box and my monthly fees are going to be around $75 after taxes. No extra's. Before I make the change I would like to know other options. I already have the boxes to hook up local. Any input would be appreciated!
     

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  • 103757
    DebsFreebies
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    Posted by DebsFreebies on February 12, 2011
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    I know I just went from Direct to Dish a month ago. Basic package was a 2 yr contract, 1 yr at $24.99/mo plus tax for the basic package, a $50 credit, five PPV credits (with web sign up) and 3 months of HBO/SHOW and Starz (8 channels) is free for a year. With Netflix going to more tv shows and less movies, I decided against it, using the DVR to tape many movies off of Starz and other channels, plus using free Redbox codes. SO....I am paying $27.39/month for local channels, movie channels, etc.
  • 103758
    clover
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    Posted by clover on February 12, 2011
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    Thanks! A 1.8% raise this year but they want us to pay another 9% towards medical and our new Governor wants another 5% out of our paychecks for retirement. I've got to make some cuts! Thanks for the input!
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    • DebsFreebies
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      Posted by DebsFreebies on February 12, 2011
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      geez, what state are you in?
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    clover
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    Posted by clover on February 12, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    Florida! Neutral
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    • DebsFreebies
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      Posted by DebsFreebies on February 13, 2011 [reply] 0 0
      That's what I thought! Yep...I'm in FL, too.
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    Posted by YanBz on February 12, 2011
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    I am probably in minority here but I will share our set up.

    We have two TV's at home that are used primarily for:
    1. Netflix and library videos
    2. Wii games
    3. Occasional DVD's we buy and own
    4. Hulu videos (I have a PC hooked up to one of my TV's)

    We don't watch any local channels or night shows, we get all the news and educational programming via the two laptops in our house and podcasts on Android phones (mostly while driving via car stereo). "National Public Radio" and "Stuff You Should" know are our favorite

    I have not looked into Netflix TV, is there even such thing? Do they have local programming?
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    roxytang
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    Posted by roxytang on February 12, 2011
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    I have AT&T U-Verse, and I am in love with it. I pay under $100/month for 3 receivers, which I can record up to 4 shows at one time, and watch on any of the 3 receivers. I can pause a recorded show in one room, and pick it up in another room. Also included is my internet and home phone.
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    Posted by mooncow728 on February 12, 2011
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    I haven't had cable for around 4 years and don't miss it. I have Netflix and use it regularly. Also My TV still gets local channels for free and they are clear thanks to digital broadcasting. Every once in a while I see something and think man I would like to watch it and typically I can google it and find it. I won't ever pay for cable again.

    The thing that you could help you decide is to figure out how much TV you watch. If you don't watch a whole lot then you've answered your own question, but if you do find out how much of it is on free channels that you can get without the box.

    Then you can start a 2 week free trial on Netflix to see if they have things that interest you and go from there. I was skeptical when my husband first suggested doing this even though I don't watch much TV, but I realize now that it was a good decision. Best of luck with making your choice!
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    deathbynosleep
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on February 12, 2011
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    i keep tossing the idea of getting rid of my cable. I have a pc hooked up to my tv now for watching some movies...plus the wii with netflix. I only watch a half dozen channels on cable...which are now all available for free the day after they air.
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    clover
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    Posted by clover on February 13, 2011 [reply] 0 0
    @YanBz...They do not have local channels so I would have to use the converter box. It's kind of like Hulu but I am not sure how old the TV shows are. I watch Hulu for the weeks shows I missed. No DVR.

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