FWIW when I called to cancel Comcast/Xfinity (Greater Boston area) that was also the number they quoted me for internet only. I set a cancellation date and they sent me an email asking me to call a different number to discuss other options. That was the actual retention department, and they went down to $55. I still switched to RCN in the end to save another $10.I went to Cancel and they told me the cheapest Internet only plan was $96 so sounds right.
There was some discussion on this topic in (of all places) the Footy Broadcasting thread in the soccer forum. Cord cutting was great for a few years, but there's now a massive fragmentation issue with the services making it potentially more expenses depending on the services you need (especially if you're a sports fan).My question is opposite of this thread title, but I feel like it belongs here: Has anyone cut the cord and decided that it is worth it to go back to the cable universe? I’ve gotten some tempting offers from Xfinity recently. I pay $94/mo. for high-speed internet through them now. I have Sling Blue plus the news add-on because my husband is addicted to MSNBC, so that is $30/mo. We also add the sports package for RedZone and sometimes during golf majors. Netflix at $10/mo., CBS All-Access because we can’t get the local CBS station OTA, $6/mo. I have no NESN currently. The Xfinity mailer promises high-speed plus a full menu of channels, including Netflix, for $125/mo. for a two-year commitment. Assuming I don’t have to pony up for equipment charges (one box rental, tops, stream via Xfinity app on Rokus on other TVs), it seems like it’s worth it.
If you have reconnected the cord, do you have regrets?
It's not ideal but at least they (a) clearly announce it and (b) make it very easy to cancel and switch to some other service if you want to. When traditional cable raises prices, they usually do it with no announcement at all (or via even more opaque methods like increased "fees" instead of increasing the base rate), and they also often make it extremely difficult to cancel. Plus you then have to deal with turning in the cable box, etc.Just got that notice and I’m super annoyed. YoutubeTV was a really solid deal. Not liking the idea they will just increase price like this at all
Exactly. I have zero interest in any of those channels and now the price has jumped up by 25%, at the same time Netflix also went up.Just got it too and those are some joke ass channels I don’t care about.
If you don't have copper to your house, what are you using for internet that's fast enough for streaming?I’m a happy YouTube.TV customer. I’m in New England so I get local news, free DVR, every Patriots broadcast, every Celtics game, and NESN. I literally could not ask for more for $50/mo.
That said, I was a very happy cable customer when I could get cable. Living in DC I paid no more than $75/mo for 75 Mbps internet and 50+ channels. I was watching Pats games at bars and paying for MLB.TV until T-Mobile started giving it away. I moved often enough that I was always on some new customer promotion.
I’d get cable in my current location, but I literally can’t. Comcast wants to charge me $3,000+ to run the cable from the road to my house.
I hope these over the top providers realize what a service they’re providing by offering quality, performant programming in rural areas. I tried Sling and DirecTV Now and others and they just couldn’t deliver steady, HD picture.
Be wary of Google and privacy, but YouTube.TV is a total home run. They could double the price and I’d keep it.
25 Mbps DSL. It took me 4 hours to download Mario Kart on Switch, and forget about uploading. But streaming on YouTube.TV is great. Netflix gets blurry occasionally. Prime and others buffer sometimes. But YouTube.TV quality is consistently excellent.If you don't have copper to your house, what are you using for internet that's fast enough for streaming?
You can get everything that YouTubeTV offers from PS Vue. In fact, PS Vue has the NFL Network while YTTV doesn't.Be wary of Google and privacy, but YouTube.TV is a total home run. They could double the price and I’d keep it.
Thanks Rip! PSVue was the first service I tried. The Roku interface was bad, but I’ll look at it again. I liked it.YTTV was cheaper than PSVue, but with the price hike they're now the same. No need to keep YTTV if they were to double their price, you have options.
This is exactly the situation I'm in. I'm now going to be paying ~$90/mo ($40/mo internet only plan from comcast + YTTV). FIOS keeps offering a 2-year deal for cable+gigabit internet for $80/mo, which sounds great, except I'd also have to get 2-3 cable boxes, rent their router, plus fees, etc, that means the real price is more like $120-140/mo. If I could watch FIOS TV with my rokus, I'd be inclined to switch (although for now I'm able to play zip code games with YTTV that allow me to get sox/pats/bruins/celtics out here in PA, which means I'm likely to keep it even after it's not the most affordable option, or until they tighten their rules on that).How much longer are these prices going to stay cheaper than cable especially when you figure in bundling of Cable + Internet. Streaming services are creeping up in price, as appear to be internet only packages. I think in two years, the costs are going to be pretty much on par. The biggest savings will come in renting add on features like Cable Boxes and DVRs, but a lot of channels are available streaming to subscribers already. I've got access to pretty much everything I need on my basement TV without a box or DVR down there.
Sorry, $50 more ($95) or $50 total? I'm getting a little sick of my Comcast bill and $50/mo for that seems pretty good. I have some non-Comcast ISP options in theory, though I suspect their cable modem service is still the best option, sadly.
@cgori $50 total. I've been very happy with the service so far, I cut the cord just about a year ago.Sorry, $50 more ($95) or $50 total? I'm getting a little sick of my Comcast bill and $50/mo for that seems pretty good. I have some non-Comcast ISP options in theory, though I suspect their cable modem service is still the best option, sadly.
The problem with doing that btw (besides the fact the owner of that forum only allows recommendation posts like that on services he sells), and I'm only posting this here because I just noticed that I happened to be one of the people in that thread recommending it at the time, is that such info on the bigger providers like that one can get dated rather quick. Since the spammy ones with too large a marketed following tend to go on to oversell their servers, and which of course that went on to do. It's pretty much trash now. Much better and more reliable options out there these days that don't get plastered all over twitter and youtube.Or just Google "NESN IPTV": https://www.reddit.com/r/IPTV/comments/98fr2h/nesn_red_sox_games_on_iptv/
Maybe this will mean that Amazon will fucking finally add Chromecast support to Prime Video.Youtube, Youtube TV, and Youtube Kids are coming back to Amazon fire devices. For Youtube. it's a return. Hopefully a permanent one.
Now that you mention it.Maybe this will mean that Amazon will fucking finally add Chromecast support to Prime Video.
Oh thank the lord yes. I can finally start watching Amazon shows. I generally only do when I'm traveling and watching things on my laptop anyway, because otherwise it's too much of a pain for me.
I haven't tried that in a bit - Amazon used to try and block it, but it's been a back and forth cold war there - but getting full CC support in the mobile app is a big step forward.Hunh, I've been able to send Amazon Prime Video to my chromcast by opening it in a Chrome browser and hitting the cast button. There have been some buffering issues, but not often.
Same, just switched to Fubo. I tried YTTV a while back but didn’t like the DVR — on certain networks I could only watch the on demand version of something even if I had set it to DVR. I contacted customer support and this is a feature, not a bug.Welp, that's the sound of me dropping PS Vue for YTTV or FuboTV.
To answer my own question: my son was just notified that his college will be turning off the coax in a month, and replacing it with streaming SpectrumTV over the school wifi.I was going thru a box of stuff last night, and I found a few 4' lengths of coax. I was about to save them when it hit me: with HDMI, is there any reason to save coax, even if it's a high end cable? (assuming there are no older devices without HDMI in the house)
I have no idea what equipment you have or the TV package, but I have DTV in 3 rooms and the Premier Pack including regional sports pack and I'm paying $67. I do get $5 off for having AT&T cellular but no internet either. Of course I do battle with them every August and give them a cut off service date and then I get flooded by calls from DTV and they drop their pants. The one thing I did notice is that my bill will be higher because I switched service to east coast recently. The regional sports fee will go from under $2 to around $8.Ok I'm ready
I don't watch any of the channels that I have on DirecTV and I'm paying 147/month without internet for services and equiment
My SmarTV is now dumb and won't connect to WiFI and I would need to drill holes through my floors in order to connect the router to the TV directly.
We got the Firestick which we really love.
The kids have an XBox on their TV.
I was looking at Sling and YouTube TV but it doesn't seem that the fire stick supports it.
Thoughts or are there other venues I should look at?
I'm out of market and would love to make sure I could watch the Patriots but it's not a deal breaker.
3 receivers 2 that were never or rarely used.I have no idea what equipment you have or the TV package, but I have DTV in 3 rooms and the Premier Pack including regional sports pack and I'm paying $67. I do get $5 off for having AT&T cellular but no internet either. Of course I do battle with them every August and give them a cut off service date and then I get flooded by calls from DTV and they drop their pants. The one thing I did notice is that my bill will be higher because I switched service to east coast recently. The regional sports fee will go from under $2 to around $8.
At the end of next month I'll have to do battle with them again...I'll see what happens. $147 seems very high.
Don’t be surprised if you start getting calls. They didn’t make much of an effort when I called to cancel last year. It was after I set the last date of service. I was bombarded within 24 hours.3 receivers 2 that were never or rarely used.
The mid grade 87 package
Then add in the different fees and taxes
So I could easily get it down to 90 with just getting rid of the 2 receivers and HBO but it’s still more than I need.
What’s funny is they didn’t even try and save me when I called to cancel
Honest question here: Are you planning to stop watching sports? Sure you could grab an OTA antenna, but outside of the Fox/CBS football games, a once a week baseball game, that's not getting you much.I'm due for a big shuffle. I'm going to cut YTTV (It was borderline at $40 per month, and at $50 or $55 or whatever, it's no longer borderline) and HBO Now. Dropping back down to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu (which comes free with Spotify).
The whole point in my dropping cable a few years ago was to cut my bill, but now it's crept up to about what it was when I had it.