Cutting The Cord on Cable/Satellite TV Service?

PortlandSoxFan

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Yeah, I love YTTV...but their price jump policy sucks. I was early (fall 2017 I believe) and grandfathered in for my first year or so...then BAM it went up $15. Now, another $15. Count me in on the exploring alternatives.

EDIT: I didn't get any such email, nor a popup on the webpage when I logged in (but the new channels were there). My billing date is 7/2, wonder if it will come after one last charge at the old rate.
 
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Yeah, I love YTTV...but their price jump policy sucks. I was early (fall 2017 I believe) and grandfathered in for my first year or so...then BAM it went up $15. Now, another $15. Count me in on the exploring alternatives.

EDIT: I didn't get any such email, nor a popup on the webpage when I logged in (but the new channels were there). My billing date is 7/2, wonder if it will come after one last charge at the old rate.
On or after your 7/30 bill, so you'll have one more month at the lower price.

It's a shame that cord cutting is getting back to just looking like cable again.
 

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I don't mind paying if I'm going to get the content I want. But now I'm paying $115/month for YTTV, Hulu no ads, Netflix, Disney+ and HBOMax. Then another $75 for my cable internet. But every service has some kind of exclusive content I enjoy having access to. At least in the old days of cable it was all in one place!
 

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It's a shame that cord cutting is getting back to just looking like cable again.
The saving grace of internet-based TV is the ease of access and lack of contracts. I originally was a PS Vue subscriber, but then they dropped NESN, and within a day I was a YTTV subscriber. No contract to wiggle out of, no appointment to make for a cable guy to show up and install shit, no visit to a storefront to pick up/drop off equipment. That alone is worth cordcutting for. The price for me is still more attractive than cable, too, although that gap is closing rapidly.
 

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The saving grace of internet-based TV is the ease of access and lack of contracts. I originally was a PS Vue subscriber, but then they dropped NESN, and within a day I was a YTTV subscriber. No contract to wiggle out of, no appointment to make for a cable guy to show up and install shit, no visit to a storefront to pick up/drop off equipment. That alone is worth cordcutting for. The price for me is still more attractive than cable, too, although that gap is closing rapidly.
Same. I also like that YouTube allows you to watch on their app anywhere anytime any channel. Back when I had cable my company (Spectrum) pretended they offered a similar service but when you used their app something like 80% of the channels were blacked out if you weren't on your home WiFi. Maybe that has changed now, not sure.

And, yeah, even with those advantages YTTV has gone from "obvious no brainer" for me to "ehhh I guess I'll keep it for now" status. But if I was going to switch to an alternative it would very likely be a different streaming service - having now seen the other side, I really can't imagine going back to the days of all the hoops cable makes you jump through that TAMR notes.
 

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Pretty sad how the fragmented streaming service industry is making cable a reasonably attractive option once again.
The really sad thing is this isn't even true, since so many streaming services now have exclusive content. So while it's theoretically possible that one day cable might again be a decent alternative to, say, YouTube TV, it's never going to be a decent alternative to HBOMax, Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, etc. because cable won't get you all the content exclusive to those services (although in some cases they may offer package deals, slightly better rates, limited-time offers, etc.).
 

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Just dumped yttv. From $40 to $50 to $65 over the course of a year? No thanks.

Basically a 60% price jump from like a year ago. I don't even know what the $10 jump was for...whatever, I'll just stream the playoffs when they come around.
 

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Sigh. I'm rural enough where I can't get cable without paying exorbitant fees to run the lines to my property. I loved that PSVue and YouTube TV gave me access to NESN cheaply. But yeah, I was on the YouTube TV bandwagon when it was $35/mo. $65 is a tough pill to swallow.... I'll probably cancel.
 

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Without sports and with the summer TV schedule I cancelled any service for the time being. When some of the network TV shows start up again I may resubscribe but we’ll see. I’m betting against an NFL season this fall.
 

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The really sad thing is this isn't even true, since so many streaming services now have exclusive content. So while it's theoretically possible that one day cable might again be a decent alternative to, say, YouTube TV, it's never going to be a decent alternative to HBOMax, Disney+, Netflix, Hulu, etc. because cable won't get you all the content exclusive to those services (although in some cases they may offer package deals, slightly better rates, limited-time offers, etc.).
But it's always going to be fraught with tradeoffs, unless you literally subcribe to every possible service. I think the strategy would be to rotate the streaming services based on the content you want being released. If you subscribe to Hulu just because of the Handmaid's Tale, there is no point to maintaining an active subscription in between seasons. My point was that dropping cable was a no brainer before. Now it's not so simple, especially if you can get a new customer package deal on cable locked in for 1-2 years (which would also in some cases yield a complimentary subscription to Netflix and HBO Max).
 

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But it's always going to be fraught with tradeoffs, unless you literally subcribe to every possible service. I think the strategy would be to rotate the streaming services based on the content you want being released. If you subscribe to Hulu just because of the Handmaid's Tale, there is no point to maintaining an active subscription in between seasons. My point was that dropping cable was a no brainer before. Now it's not so simple, especially if you can get a new customer package deal on cable locked in for 1-2 years (which would also in some cases yield a complimentary subscription to Netflix and HBO Max).
True, but with Hulu specifically their annual Black Friday deal ($1.99/mo for 12 months for Hulu with ads) is probably the best deal in TV. The only catch: an individual isn’t eligible in consecutive years, so the ‘ette and I rotate accounts.
 

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I have Youtube TV as a backup(it's good for a TV wall) and because I use it in my office. So I'm sanguine about the cost out of the gate and I'll confess I saw that price increase and it was a little bit shocking.

Funny, I'm watching CNBC right now and that price increase just flashed across the news feed at the bottom. Great timing.

It is only a matter of time until streaming costs as much, or more, as cable. The convenience is better than ever, but the costs are also significantly higher than they were even 5 years ago and it's obviously a significantly more amount than 20 years ago. But I do like my TVs.
 

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The main reason I have YouTube TV is for live sports, so it's near useless to me at the moment. The price increase just made me realize I should have canceled 2 months ago.