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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 3-22-2019, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Ditched Cable/Satellite

I finally took the plunge and ditched Direct TV last week. I was just tired of paying through the nose for a service I didn't use.



I only had Direct TV because they bought out Prime Star. I got Prime Star back in the day because they were the only company that provided access to Speed Vision. You know, back when it was all about motorcycles?



Well, Direct TV bought out Prime Star. Speed Vision became Speed, the all NASCAR all the time channel. Then finally disappeared all together. Fox Sports 2 took over what was left of Speed's programming. The entire reason I had for even keeping Direct TV was no longer.



Truth be told, I don't know why I didn't ditch it sooner. Direct TV hadn't approached what I kept it for in the last several years. I should have ditched them at the first opportunity simply to protest the loss of programming. Needless to say, that's $159.99 a month I no longer spend.



Instead, we got an Amazon 4K fire stick. That was only around $39 or so. With it, we got access to NetFlix but more importantly, to HULU. All I gotta say is, this is the way TV should be. I get all the channels I watched on Direct TV plus some stuff that I'd not even considered.



I'm not a big TV watcher. I normally don't have a great deal of time to watch anyway. There are like 2 or maybe 3 shows I watch on a regular basis over the course of a week. I can't recommend the combination enough.



The Fire Stick also has a web browser so I can access MotoGP and WSBK official sites and watch the races on my big screen without having to string an HDMI cable from my Surface to the TV. Also, the 4K resolution is just superb. Clearer than anything I ever got over Direct TV or through my Surface.



I also got an email from MotoAmerica and they are going to have a subscription package this year too. I'm going to fork out for that too so I'll have all the races available to me this year for the the first time since the early 2000s.



The bottom line is, I now get all the programming I want, and none that I don't for way less money that I was paying Direct TV. Hulu is something like $40 a month. NetFlix is like $10 a month. MotoGP is around $120 a year. WSBK is about $75 a year. MotoAmerica is about $50 a year. So, all of it for around $75 a month, or less than half of my Direct TV bill. Why didn't I do this sooner?..........sean
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 3-23-2019, 7:51 AM
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Did the same thing last year!

Was tired of paying Frontier cable $200 a month for internet and cable. I remember calling Frontier and asking them if there was a cheaper package because I don't watch but 5 channels. The lady says, "You already have the cheapest package!". I still have the internet ($55/mo) but when I had cable I watched, literally, 5 channels all the time...but was paying for 200 channels that were crap!

So now I have the antenna, which get's me the local channels and a few others like the Buzzr channel (which I love!) that's all the old game show re-runs. (OMG...if The Match Game was aired today, the millennials woud be "triggered" like you've never seen them before! ) and I get the old movies channel and a few others.

Because I'm a huge Walking Dead fan I also order SlingTV which gives me the AMC channel, Fox Sports 1 and 2, and a bunch of other channels for $25/mo.

So...I pay $55 + $25 = $80/mo over the $200 I paid for cable. Works for me and I will never go back to cable.
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When My cable company started broadcasting Arab propaganda channel AL Jezera I canceled.
Got a G box and figured out Kodi 5 years ago and thus saved my self a couple of grand .Its a bit of a PIA because it keeps changing, and you have to keep up, but there is plenty of help out there.
there is not broadcast tv where I live ,that is no FOX.
so an antenna is useless. I have a full Ham kit as well gathering dust, because I live in a hole .
maybe when all the networks crash on there own stupidity a new system will emerge

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The only time I ever paid for cable was in the early '90s, in the Florida panhandle where they didn't receive over the air broadcasts.

I have over 100 free over the air channels. 90 of which are crap, but that was pretty much the way cable was. I don't get that paying for cable, they still run commercials.

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The Match Game
Dumb Dora was sooo dumb


How dumb was she


Dumb Dora was so dumb
The Kawasaki dealer said to first turn on the petcock

so she started rubbing her blank

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Dumb Dora was sooo dumb


How dumb was she


Dumb Dora was so dumb
The Kawasaki dealer said to first turn on the petcock

so she started rubbing her blank

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